Please note, all of the following doulas are business owners and they are all qualified and able to attend hospital births, home births, and Birthing Center of Buffalo births. Your doula works for you, not your place of birth or your provider. Please contact doulas individually to find out more about their services and to set up a complimentary consultation!
Rebecca’s 15 years as a massage therapist have taken her around the globe. She has worked in several countries and capacities, from medical facilities to luxury spas. She studied Yoga and Reiki throughout Asia and holds Certifications in Essential Oils, Mayan Abdominal Massage, Infant Massage, Pre/Postnatal and Vinyasa Yoga Instruction. Her skill set culminated when she found Doula work 7 years ago. Her extensive knowledge of and deep fascination with human anatomy found its place in the extraordinary anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth.
Rebecca holds a BA from Fordham University, a NYS Massage License, and is a Reiki Master. She works to educate and inform women and their families, advocate for and support them in every way possible during pregnancy and throughout the birthing process, and believes that engaging the partner is one of the most important tools in working though labor. Through Yoga and Massage, she works with women to cultivate the mind/body connection to better prepare for the physically and emotionally transformative experience of birth.
Rebecca is a Buffalo native and owner of Whole Nine Wellness, LLC. Her son was born five years ago at a birthing center and is her single most favorite adventure.
Njeri is a Certified Birth Doula through Life Cycles Collective Doulas (LCCD) 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 women concerning childbirth is incomprehensible, honorable, and supernatural. She has assisted family members, friends, 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.
Njeri is now participating in the New York State Medicaid Doula Reimbursement Program.
After finishing high school Malissa moved to NYC to attain her B.F.A at The American Musical and Dramatics Academy and finishing up at The New School. Yoga was an incredible tool through college and in her theater career and in 2006 Malissa was certified to teach as a way to share what she'd learned. From this she'd cultivated a deep curiosity around the female body and the effects of balancing hormones during life transitions. In 2011 Malissa deepened her studies and became certified to teach pre-natal yoga. She has loved every aspect of the work. In 2012 Malissa took her doula training through Life Cycles in Buffalo NY with midwife Eileen Stewart and her amazing team. Malissa has been teaching Prenatal yoga and attending births regularly since. Early 2018 she took a second doula training through DONA and is excited to be working towards her certification to become a member of the organization. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge and continuing this work with the community in Buffalo, NY.
When Malissa is not attending births, teaching classes, and facilitating workshops you will find her at her yoga school, Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo. For more on her yoga experience and Authorization through KPJAYI see the Bio page at the AYB site.
Currently, Malissa lives in the Elmwood Village in a cozy apartment with her cat Buddha. Often they are frequented by friends and family for dinners, laughs and rummy 500.
Malissa is now participating in the New York State Medicaid Doula Reimbursement Program.
Brenzella Williams (aka Della Williams) 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.
As Della now takes on the role as a Certified Lifecycles Collective Doula (LCCD), she welcomes you and your partner to consider her to be a part of your birth plan and birth experience; she is looking forward to your interview!
Della is now participating in the New York State Medicaid Doula Reimbursement Program.
When Paulines's daughter was born nine years ago, it was a doula who pointed her in the direction of the care and education she needed, which led to a beautiful birth experience for her. Now, she is working to pay that experience forward.
Her belief is that birth is a normal, natural event that is of perfect design. She believes her job as a doula is to educate and remind you of this over and over again so you believe in everything awesome that is going on with your body. There is a blind instinct that ensues with motherhood that can only be heard clearly in a calm space. She works very hard to protect that space necessary for birth. Motherhood itself becomes a positive journey once you feel confident in trusting your instincts.
Rachel is a wife and mom of 5 grown daughters in the Southtowns. She has 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.
Rachel is now participating in the New York State Medicaid Doula Reimbursement Program.
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