Our Support Team

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Shannon Johns CD(DONA), CLC, CBE

Birth & Postpartum

NYS Medicaid Provider

As the founder and Owner of Calming Nature Doula Center and Services,

Shannon’s journey to becoming a Doula started well before her official DONA training. Mother to six children, all via natural births, Shannon learned a thing or two about what worked to reduce the perceptions of labor pain. Through her lived experience Shannon began helping the women in her circle as they navigated their own birth experiences. Encouraging and telling them what worked for her during labor could also work for them. It wasn't until 2014 that she officially trained with DONA and became a Certified Birth Doula. In addition to being a Certified Doula, Shannon has also taken numerous other trainings and certification, including becoming a Childbirth Educator and Certified Lactation Counselor, allowing her to present Evidence Based information and education to her community

 

Not one to ever stop striving for excellence, in 2020, amongst the midst of a pandemic, she founded the Buffalo’s Breastfeeding Sisters Program. In partnership with REACH Buffalo, BBS was established to provide education, support and promotion of breastfeeding in the African American community within the city of Buffalo. The program serves as a peer support program for black women wanting to connect with other black women who are or plan to breastfeed. The goal of this program is to educate and truly support the mothers who would like to breastfeed.

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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. 

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Chermeka Darby 
Birth Doula
Peer Lactation Administrator
NYS Medicaid Provider

Chermeka began her career as a birth doula and lactation counselor in 2019.  She is a wife, mother to four amazing children, and proud Buffalonian committed to serving the birthing community.  

 

She was drawn to birth work at a young age.  Growing up she was able to see her family embrace a community “it takes a village” model, which encouraged her to use this in her approach with pre- and post natal care.  Being raised around women who openly breastfed made the desire to provide supportive, gentle, evidence based assistance to those lactating and interested in breastfeeding a top priority.  Pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and postpartum support are all areas of passion for her.  She believes that every birthing family should have access to resources that position them to have their ideal birthing experience.

 

As a DONA trained doula, Chermeka is dedicated to providing nurturing guidance and support, in addition to utilizing evidence based information and methods to assist the families she serves.

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Jennifer Woods

Birth & Postpartum Doula 

Peer Lactation Counselor

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 believes 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. 

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Symphonie Allen
Birth Doula

NYS Medicaid Provider

Symphonie Chanel is the very passionate owner and founder of Her Sacred Way, a wellness company devoted to the celebration and empowerment of all stages of womanhood. Her personal experience with the shortcomings of the healthcare and wellness systems galvanized her not only study and practice an overall lifestyle change, but to become a Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor and Energy Healer to help others. While completing her yoga certification, Symphonie decided to expand her expertise by adding prenatal and postnatal yoga instruction, women’s physiology, and pelvic floor anatomy. Although she has no children of her own just yet, she has been supporting the births of friends and family members for many years leading up to her Doula training. Symphonie feels she has found her calling and takes pride in providing personalized services that are nurturing and safe for mama and baby. She is a doula that is dedicated to serving women in all aspects of their divinity.

Back Up Doulas

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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.

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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.