BIRTHFIT Ithaca is the Ithaca, new York, local gathering of the #birthfit tribe.

We work with women who are trying to conceive, thinking about trying to conceive, early-, mid-, or "so f-ing pregnant," recently postpartum, not-so-recently postpartum, recently miscarried, empty nesters.... you get the idea. If you live in or near Ithaca, and Motherhood is a thing in your life...


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Janessa Ciaschi

BIRTHFIT Regional Director


I am a mama to 3 kiddos: a vibrant daughter, an angel baby, and a giggly 4-month old boy (our rainbow baby).

I am a preschool teacher, a BIRTHFIT and CrossFit Coach, and an athlete.

I am passionate about supporting individuals and families, our local Ithaca community, fitness, and cooking.

I aspire to walk and grow in grace and love!

CF-L1, BIRTHFIT Coach, USAW Sports Performance Coach


Birth, Postpartum, and Bereavement Doula IN TRAINING!

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Jana Leyden



I am a mother of 3 amazing children: 2 spirited daughters and 1 movement-driven son.

I am a graduate of State University of New York at Cortland & New England University. 

I am a high school English teacher, a CrossFit and BIRTHFIT Coach, and an athlete. 

I have a passion for fitness, family and women’s wellness, travel, and outdoor activities. 

I feel full of gratitude that I get to work with so many amazing athletes on their adventures with CrossFit and BIRTHFIT.

CF-L1 and BIRTHFIT Coach

MA Education

BA Secondary English Education