About Us

WNY Doulas was founded by three of the most experienced birth professionals in Western New York. One of the founding doulas, Cindy Whittaker, relocated and we have since added three members to our team. Our vision is to work collaboratively on special events like the Better Birth Baby shower, monthly group meetings for our clients, training and mentoring doulas, participating in workshops with other local birth pros and supporting local efforts towards improving birth and postpartum support for all families in WNY. 

Tara Withey, CD, CBE  of Birthing by Design is a certified birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator who has been serving WNY since 2010. Tara is a founding member of WNY Doulas.  She has specialized training in VBAC support, bereavement, pregnancy after loss, fertility planning, and acupressure. She offers a wide variety of classes that would fit any family's needs. Tara is also the only provider in WNY who offers a Christ centered curriculum for couples of faith. Tara recognizes pregnancy and birth as a pivotal time in a family's life and passionately works alongside them to make that transition a smooth one.

Elizabeth Carey of Niagara Doula is a certified birth and postpartum doula and one the founding members of WNY Doulas. She has been serving WNY families since 2005. She has specialized training in the use of acupressure, essential oils and the rebozo during pregnancy and childbirth and is this area’s only certified Dancing For Birth™ Instructor. Elizabeth  maintains certifications through DONA international, Madriella and HypnobabiesⓇ and currently completing training through Still Birthday. Beth has been married for 34 years and has five grown children.

Lou Ann Cane of Bee Maternal  has been an integral part the Better Birth Baby Shower since its first year.  She officially joins us a WNY Doulas member this year.  Lou Ann has an impressive resume. She lived in NYC for nearly a decade working in the fashion industry. She also spent time performing off Broadway. She’s a woman who has lived and breathed a creative, fashion forward mindset. Another notable influence, Lou Ann has most recently spent time working in Western New York as a Midwife Assistant and Doula, but most important to the success of Bee Maternal is her own experience as a mom. Lou Ann and her husband John have two children -John John and Sophie.

Jenny Beam, CD, CLC  of Fearless Birthing of Niagara has been a member of WNY Doulas since 2016. Jennifer is a Certified Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor. Some of her specialized training includes breastfeeding counseling, difficult labor and delivery, as well as dance. Jenny has a passion to help families learn of their birthing options and to lessen the fear and anxiety that often accompanies moms in their birthing journey. She is also able to counsel moms, one on one, as they navigate through the many stages of breastfeeding. She maintains her certification through Madriella.

Crista Davis, CD of Beloved Birth is certified as a birth doula through Madriella and is currently completing her training as a childbirth educator through Childbirth International. Her journey towards childbirth doula and educator began in college as she passionately pursued her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Teaching in Louisiana. After college, she and her husband moved to China for two years where her heart to counsel and serve women and couples grew. In China, with a doula by her side, her first daughter was born as well as her passion for birth. As she prepared for her second daughter’s birth here in Buffalo, Crista’s heart to teach, counsel and serve all women and couples on this journey beat loudly and finally Beloved Birth was born. Her goal is to support and encourage new parents to have peace in pregnancy and bravery in birth, because there is no fear in love.