MALISSA LARSON (She/Her)
CD(DONA) AYTL1, PYTT, NRP
Hospitals and birthing centers served
Birthing Center of Buffalo, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, FIKA Midwifery, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Sister’s of Charity Hospital, TWIG in Rochester, NY
Since 2014 Malissa has attended over 100 births in WNY and virtually. As a DONA certified doula, Malissa is committed to lifelong learning and their standards and ethics. She is proud to be part of the doulas supporting families at the Birthing Center of Buffalo and is currently enrolled in the Medicaid doula pilot program. Some of her other trainings include Life Cycles in Buffalo, NY, Inspired Birth in NM, Neonatal resuscitation with Karen Strange and, Infant CPR. Current studies include class enrollment at her local college, working towards an IBCLC and RN degree.
A yoga teacher since 2006, she’s taught in various yoga schools nationally including Albuquerque, NM, Buffalo, NY, and NYC including operating her own school, Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo, from 2014-2021 and private practice from 2014-current.
Continued work with families in pregnancy and birth is her greatest teacher. Every birth is unique unto itself and she enjoys the phenomenon of it most. When a birthing person is given dignity, respect, encouragement, love, nourishment and comfort, there is no limit to what they can do. If the choices remain theres, the birth outcome is likely to remain positive, no matter how the path winds.
As unfamiliar moments arise in labor, Malissa brings kindness, calm, clarity, and flexibility to the room. Words of encouragement, Hands-on techniques, and yogic breath-work are some of the many tools she uses to help comfort and ground families. Her love of supporting birth and daily yoga practice fuel the ways in which she teaches and serves her community.
Malissa currently resides in Elmwood Village. In the company of her rescue fur family Eloise the pitty (proud CBAS supporter and volunteer!), her late kitty Buddha (we miss ya bud!), and her partner’s kitty Levon the one-eyed cat. In her spare time, you’ll find her working up magic in the kitchen, tending to her plants, hiking, reading, puzzling, daydreaming, with loved ones, and laughing just cuz.