Meet the
Backup Doulas

Brea Friedersdorf, LMT, Labor and Post Partum Doula (she/her)

Iam a trained birth & postpartum doula offering evidence-based doula services & massage therapy in Western New York. As a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist for nearly 10 years, I have been inspired and intrigued by the power of the human body. That interest grew exponentially after the birth of my first son.

My first birth experience was not what I expected & left me wondering if I could have done more to ensure that my voice was heard. Throughout my first year postpartum, I spent hours researching birth. Those who seemed to have a more positive experience had one thing in common: the support of a doula.

I have since birthed my second son! I had an amazing and empowering VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean) with the support of a Doula. Having her made all the difference, and really validated the choices I have made on this career path.

I am proud to support all families regardless of race, faith, sexuality, gender identity, marital status, age, immigration status, or family configuration in & around the Buffalo area. Let’s work toward the positive birth & postpartum transition you deserve.

Miriam Loksen

I’m Miriam Loksen, trained doula through DONA Intl., working towards my certification.
I grew up in Brooklyn, the second to youngest of a large family. I became an aunt by the age of 7 and between my close-knit community, friends and family, I grew up around lots of babies and birth talk. There was always something which drew me in, to listen to the birth talk conversations. I was fascinated by the female body and by the stories the women in my life shared about their birth experience. My sister having her first child was when it hit me that birth work was my calling.

Since recently moving to Buffalo with my husband, I’ve been privileged to meet Malissa and join her team.

I believe that each woman has the innate knowledge of how to birth, and I strive to empower women to understand their body, mind and soul. I want to enable women to tap into their intuitive wisdom and be able to have the birth experience they so desire!

I look forward to being a part of your journey.

Rachel Tibold, CD

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.

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