Proud supporter of CBAS and rescue pups. Featured is my beautiful, rambunctious, and cuddly dog Eloise.

When fear overwhelms truth and love, we call it pain. Our spirit as women has all the knowledge and power we need to give birth and to nurture our babies. It is in our genetic coding. It has been there since the beginning of time. You can trust its wisdom.

Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely, admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Maya Angelou


Hospitals served : The Birthing center of Buffalo, Oschai Children’s Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, TWIG Birthing Center at Rochester General

With over 7 years of experience as a doula, offering VBAC support and labor doula services for women from all walks of life, Malissa has seen the spectrum of birth. Collaborating every day with her yoga students at her yoga school Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo (Proud to be female owned and local in Buffalo, NY!) – she works to bring her knowledge of anatomy, yoga, and women’s health to birthing women. Being a small business owner at AYB, Malissa prides herself on accountability, reliability, adaptability and professionalism. As an expert in yoga and breath work with a B.F.A from The New School in theatrical performance, dance and the liberal arts – Malissa brings a keen eye to a woman’s emotional signposts, energy, movements, and breath. Teaching yoga in Mysore rooms for 9 years and Prenatal Yoga for 7 years, Malissa has practiced  physical adjustments to assist alignment and circulation, therefore giving her a unique approach to comfort measures through hands on techniques for the laboring woman. In an environment where things change drastically from moment to moment, Malissa brings a sense of calm knowing and flexibility that affords women the opportunity to push through and attain their ideal birthing experience. A teacher at heart, Malissa helps birth partners engage in comfort measures during labor, teaching them techniques before and during the big day as they provide comfort for the laboring mother. Malissa advocates for the rights of all living beings and she is tenacious in her values around a woman’s right to her body and her birth – Finding new ideas and innovative ways to evoke the strength and courage she knows lives inside of each and every woman. 

Malissa currently resides in the Elmwood village with her rescue fur family Eloise and Buddha. When not teaching or attending you’ll find her with loved ones working up magic in her kitchen, tending to her plants, or playing her guitar creating something new or singing something precious and old. For more on Malissa’s yoga school and daily practice visit Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo’s website. 


“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.” – Unknown



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