Our Support Team

Shannon Johns CD(DONA)

Birth & Postpartum Doula

Childbirth Educator

NYS Medicaid Provider

As the founder and Owner of Calming Nature Doula Center and Services, Shannon embarked on her journey as a Doula after supporting and guiding friends through their labors and deliveries. Being a mother of 6 and having 6 natural births she learned that worked for her could also work for other women. Encouraging them and telling them what worked for her during her labors, helped them through theirs. It wasn't until 2014 that she officially trained with DONA and became a certified Birth Doula. In addition to being our Childbirth Educator Shannon also recently in November 2017  became an Evidence Based Birth Instructor, allowing her to present Evidence Based information and education to her community. Shannon is currently one of Catholic Health Prenatal Educators, and teaches a variety of classes at Sisters of Charity Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. 



Rachel Tibold

Birth & Postpartum Doula

NYS Medicaid Provider

Rachel is a wife and mother of 5 daughters. She trained as a birth and postpartum doula through DONA International and has attended many birth conferences and workshops. She has experience in home births, hospital births, vaginal, cesarean and multiples. She supports and receives everyone who is birthing, including IVF and Birthing Centers. As a birth and postpartum doula, her goal for your birth journey is to foster an experience that offers you emotional, physical, and informational support, so that you feel empowered to make choices that meet the needs of you and your family. 

Molly McDermott

Birth Doula Reiki Healer

Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga Instructor

NYS Medicaid Provider

Molly is a Birth Doula and prenatal/postpartum yoga instructor. She Is the mother of two children and two stepsons. Molly began teaching prenatal yoga in 2013 and discovered her love for working with pregnant women. This led her to become certified in this specialty and to become a Birth Doula. Her own experiences with birth have also driven her to help other women to achieve the birth they desire. Assisting women and their partners emotionally and physically, through pregnancy and the birthing process, is one of the most
satisfying roles Molly has ever had. As a yoga instructor, Molly has expertise in breath work, relaxation techniques and aiding physically and mentally for birth and postpartum recovery.
Molly has a special interest in the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women and is currently attending school to be a certified Mental Health Counselor. She has a Master’s in Counseling and is a School Psychologist. Molly provides placenta encapsulation service and teaches workshops and individual sessions in acupressure comfort measures for birth partners. 

Jennifer Woods

Birth Doula

NYS Medicaid Provider

Jennifer became a Birth Doula because she wanted to help make an impact on and change the culture of birth for women, particularly women of color. She believe's that every birthing person should have access to Doula support. Her primary goal is to help women find their voice and birth with confidence.  

As a Doula she will be helping families prepare for birth emotionally, psychically, and spiritually. Jennifer completed her Masters of Social Work with a concentration on sex education and therapy. Now as a licensed therapist she works as a counselor for women focusing on post-partum mental health and birth trauma recovery. 


Tracey McConnell

Birth Doula

Reiki Healer

 Tracey is a respected Reiki Practitioner and birth doula who prides herself in providing her clients and their partners with care, understanding, information and support throughout, during, and after the birthing process. Specializing in natural pain management and healing energy work she offers one complimentary Reiki session during your pregnancy, and Reiki to you and your baby during labor at no extra cost. She brings a warm, intuitive, and professional, yet lighthearted approach to her work. She has a passion for women and works hard to ensure that her clients have a positive and memorable birth experience. She wants her clients to feel informed, respected, supported and for your voice to be heard by your birthing team in your chosen birth environment. 


Reiki supports pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum stage.


Back Up Doulas

Njeri Motley

Birth & Postpartum Doula

NYS Medicaid Provider


Njeri is a Birth Doula as well as a homemaker and provider. She is married and the mother of 6 children, 5 girls and 1 boy. Njeri believes that the power and strength given to woman during childbirth is incomprehensible, honorable and supernatural. Njeri has assisted friends, family and complete strangers in child birthing and her passion in this profession matches her dedication. 

 Njeri's objective is to give her clients the absolute best experience when welcoming their child into the world.


Brenzella Williams

Birth Doula

NYS Medicaid Provider

Brenzella, Della, is the proud mother of 5, grandmother of 17 and great grandmother of 9; she has attended and supported most of their deliveries, and many others. Della has 19 years of hospital experience in Labor and delivery, nursery and postpartum.


It has always been Della's desire to support women in their decision to control as much as they could of their birth plans and births. Over the years she has witnessed the shift as the medical profession has become more and more willing and in agreement that women and their partners should have a more active role in the planning their deliveries. Della now takes on a more supportive role within birth.

223 Grant St. Buffalo, NY 14213 / 716-909-0074 / Shannon@calmingnaturedoula.com

Business Hours:

Mon - Wed: 9am - 5pm

Thur-Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 10am-2pm

Sunday: Closed

© 2018 by Calming Nature Doula Service &Center