We’re so happy that you’ve found us! Boundless Birth is a labor of love for Emily Christian-Michaels and Anna Sylvester, who have worked as partners in the Pittsburgh birth community since 2018. We are dedicated to helping you grow your family, and are happy to provide full-spectrum doula services, as well as postpartum help, breastfeeding support, and evidence-based childbirth education.
We provide care to all families at all birthing locations in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Anna, Emily, and Aimee have found their path to birth work via different journeys. Come read about how we got where we are and what we have to offer!
As doulas, we provide knowledge, hands-on support, comfort measures, and patient advocacy. Click here for information about our services, packages, and pricing.
Sometimes we’re so focused on labor, birth, and a healthy baby, we forget to consider personal postpartum recovery. We help you navigate the changes in your new life.
We are doulas and childbirth educators, and our goal is to make your parenting journey successful. Click below to find out what we can teach you about birth and your new baby.
Anna Sylvester was a sibling doula during the birth of my second child. She took care of my 2.5 year old at our house during the entire labor and birth. My daughter had never been left overnight without my husband and me and I was very nervous that she would be confused or scared without me. She loved hanging out with Anna though and it was such a relief during my pregnancy to know that we had a solid plan for childcare. I had been more nervous about childcare for my toddler than the actual birth!
Boundless Birth Doulas was amazing to work with. I am a first time mom, and I was very nervous about being able to advocate for myself, especially if my birth didn't go as I had planned it. Anna and Emily were great to work with in the meetings leading up to the birth, and really helped us work out all of the "what ifs" that come with the process of giving birth.
I am so thankfully that we had Emily around during my first week of postpartum. Emily was the exact right person who you can talk to and showed you how to care a newborn from diaper change to helping your newborn setup a daytime-night sleeping schedule! We highly recommend the birth doula for every mom, which I will definitely use for my second or even third pregnancy!
I highly recommend Emily and Anna, and am so grateful that we chose them as our doulas for the birth of my second child. I came to Pittsburgh towards the end of my pregnancy and Emily and Anna provided so much help and orientation around working with new providers and giving birth at at an unfamiliar hospital. I was hoping for an unmedicated birth and through their skillful support in the lead up to and the birth itself, was able to do so. Beyond their expertise as Doulas, they are just stellar people. Down to earth, supportive, funny, gracious and thoughtful — everything you could want in a doula! Their postpartum support was above and beyond what I could have hoped for, helping us through those really tough days of no sleep and difficult feeds early on. And my older child loved them too! If you are looking for a doula, Emily and Anna are seriously amazing.
Even in the intensity of labor, I recall making a comment that I could not understand how anyone gave birth without a Doula- that's how much of an impact Anna made on the success of our labor and delivery. She provided perfectly timed support to my husband while physically and emotionally supporting me as well. Anna even took incredible photos of the labor and birth that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Throughout the labor, delivery, and postpartum time she was present when we needed her and gave us space when we wanted to experience things alone. We cannot imagine doing this without her and would recommend her services wholeheartedly.
Anna and Emily provided impeccable doula services to us throughout the entire pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. We had an early-morning labor and Anna was over at our house immediately. She was very diligent about COVID-19 mitigation so we weren't worried at all about risking exposure with her. She wasn’t allowed to accompany us to the hospital due to the limited number of support persons allowed during delivery, but she was invaluable on the drive to the hospital. Thinking back on what it would have been like without her help laboring at the house and in the car... we don't even want to imagine it. Her calming presence and expertise were indispensable. We wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Anna’s and Emily’s doula services!
I can’t say enough. Not only do I now highly recommend anyone who birthed have a postpartum doula, but Boundless Birth was exceptional from start to finish. Approachable, comfortable, can-do, motivated in ways I couldn’t imagine! They REALLY helped me get on my feet with my third baby. Not only were they amazing with postpartum care, but also as birth doulas. Emily jumped in and was exactly the right personality fit for us. We had a very fast labor, but she was able to be with us when it really mattered and I’m so grateful for her car and comfort. She is an exceptional birth coach and advocate for natural birth. Our babe is now 4 months old and I’m still on cloud 9 with the care we received both during and after labor.
I chose to utilize a doula for my second birth after my first labor and delivery because I felt my husband and I were left to figure it out on our own. That ended in a long induction process and a long delivery. At 38 weeks pregnant, I fell and broke my ankle. Due to the nature of my break and how far along I was, my doctor and I chose to induce me so I was able to get ankle surgical quickly after. Anna was there to work through fears of being induced again and met the challenge of needing an entirely new plan for my labor. Anna supported my husband and I through my entire induction and was a crucial part of making sure I changed positions frequently. Being bed bound due to my foot, Anna made sure I was in positions that helped the baby move down. With all circumstances, this was my favorite labor and delivery and I couldn't thank Anna enough for taking our situation and still helping me have the best experience I could.
I am SO grateful for Anna. She has the sweetest, soothing personality that put me right at ease from the moment we met. I was a first time Mom with major anxiety for birth and I just knew I'd be in good hands. My labor was very long and difficult and I can't say enough how happy I was to have Anna's support as a doula. The doula support I received was definitely the difference between an amazing birth experience and one that could have been traumatic. I can't say enough good things.
Speaking as the husband, my wife and I had a great birth experience and we’re so thankful to Anna and Emily for their expertise and support! We had Emily for the labor and she was excellent in her encouragement, coaching, and advice. Her presence gave my wife more confidence through her labor and also allowed me to learn how to better coach her myself. Emily also enabled me to take time to update our families and speak with the doctors/nurses without feeling like I was abandoning my wife. Emily was with my wife and I for nearly 24 hours of labor and birth. Her only breaks were a few naps on the floor overnight. Her own perseverance gave us energy and excitement to push through.