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Our Support Team

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Shannon Johns CD(DONA), CLC, CBE

Birth & Postpartum

NYS Medicaid Provider

Executive Director, Buffalo Breastfeeding Sisters

Neonatal Resuscitation Certification

Shannon@calmingnaturedoula.com

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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Njeri Motley

Birth & Postpartum Doula

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Neonatal Resuscitation Certification

NYS Medicaid Provider

njeri@calmingnaturedoula.com

 

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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Rachel Tibold

Birth & Postpartum Doula

NYS Medicaid Provider

Neonatal Resuscitation Certification

Rachel@calmingnaturedoula.com

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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Chinelle Smith, LPN, CLC

Birth & Postpartum Doula

Peer Lactation Ambassador

NYS Medicaid Provider

Chinelle@calmingnaturedoula.com

Chinelle is a mother of 3 and a nurse by trade. Having spent the last 7+ years working as a nurse in the community and from her own birth experiences, Chinelle was inspired to begin seeking knowledge on doula work. She spent 4 years working with women recovering from substance use disorder and was astonished at the need for support these women don't have access to during pregnancy, birth and post partum.

 

Chinelle's focus is to bring doula work to those in the underserved community, educate and advocate for doula services, so it becomes as familiar as being a nurse.

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Charnice McMillion- Martin
Postpartum Doula
Peer Lactation Sister
Charnice@calmingnaturedoula.com

 

Charnice is a mother of one who breastfed for two years. She completed her Postpartum training in 2023 and holds a neonatal resuscitation certification. With a deep compassion for supporting women and families, she believes being a doula is her purpose. Her goal is to provide families with the support and guidance they need during the early weeks of parenthood. Charnice prioritizes fostering positivity and unity when working with families, and she is committed to educating and empowering her clients through their vulnerable and beautiful journey.

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Brenzella Williams

Birth & Postpartum Doula

Neonatal Resuscitation Certification

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.

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Valerie Brown CD(DONA)
Birth & Postpartum Doula
NYS Medicaid Provider

Valerie@calmingnaturedoula.com
 

Valerie, who likes being referred to as "Auntie Val", is extremely compassionate about her work as a doula. She loves empowering women during the birth process, and encourages women to be vocal during their entire birth journey. She has BS in Social Work, and with over 20 years experience working in human services. She adores working with families to enhance their birthing outcomes. Her trainings include Post partum Doula Training , Vaginal Birth after a C Section, Vbac, and Certified Lactation Consultant training

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Shawntay Respress
Birth & Postpartum Doula

 

Shawntay is a mother of 3 and has worked in the community as a case manager for over 15 years. Shawntay has worked primarily for the last 10 years with women who are experiencing mental or substance abuse disorders while pregnant and parenting youth who are in the foster care system. Shawntay work with these women involves providing comprehensive support and guidance and assisting them with navigating challenging circumstances. Shawntay advocates for their rights and helps facilitate access to essential services. It is through this work Shawntay noticed that these women had little to no support systems to ask questions or support them throughout their pregnancy and birth. This inspired Shawntay to become trained as a birth doula to provide support to women and youth during their birth experience. Shawntay has recognized the need for compassion and knowledgeable support during birth and is
committed to providing all women with support and guidance throughout their birth journey. It is Shawntay goal to uplift and empower, and to strive to make a positive difference in the lives of those she serves.

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Zianne Zeigler
Birth Do
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Peer Lactation Sister

 

Zianne,, a mother of two who's breastfed for 2 years now.  Completed her birth doulas training in 2020. Zianne has completed her Certified Lactation Consultant training. 

She chose this path because she feels like this is her calling and has a passion to help support families to have a beautiful birth experience. Zianne finds joy in supporting  and empowering women on their pregnancy and childbirth journeys. 

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