Meet our doulas

WNY Doulas is a collaboration of experienced birth professionals in Western New York. Our vision is to work together on special events like the annual Better Birth ConferenceTM the monthly Better Birth ConnectionTM, 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.

Beth Carey is a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula, one of the founding members of WNY Doulas and has been serving WNY families since 2005. Her specialized training includes the use of acupressure, essential oils and the rebozo during pregnancy and childbirth. Elizabeth is this area’s only certified Dancing For Birth™ Instructor and teaches classes at The Fountain Wellness Center. Elizabeth  maintains her primary certifications through DONA international and has additional doula training through Madriella, HypnobabiesⓇ & Still Birthday. Beth has been married 34 years and has five grown children. Testimonials are available at Doula Match.
Lou Ann Cane of bee maternal organics and bee maternal doula services has been an integral part the Better Birth Baby Shower since its first 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.

Lisa McLeod of Serenity Birth Services is a DONA trained birth doula currently in the process of certification. She is the newest member of WNY Doulas and has specialized training in comfort measures, acupressure and the rebozo. Her passion as a doula is supporting women and their families to achieve the best birth possible. Lisa hopes to use her talent as a birth photographer to help make moms in labor have a beautiful and memorable birth. Her other talents and interests include singing, traveling, and cooking. Lisa has been married for 35 years with four grown children.