The doulas in our Collective, while maintaining their individual practices, work closely together and provide backup and support for each other, so when you hire a doula from the Collective you are accessing the skills, care, and knowledge of us all.

Please contact us with questions at buffalodoulacollective@gmail.com.

Gina Varney

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Co-leader of the WNY chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN).

Gina believes that by empowering woman to own their birth, creating a plan that fits their individual needs, and by giving newborns respectful evidence-based care, we can dramatically improve our future. She is a DONA-trained birth and postpartum doula and a placenta encapsulation specialist. She started Own Birth in 2008 and is committed to helping families become educated, supported and empowered. She is the co-leader of the Western New York chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and facilitates the monthly VBAC support group at The Birthing Center of Buffalo. Gina is a certified doula trainer for the Life Cycle Collective Doulas (LCCD) She has three children, and lives in Kenmore, NY.

(716) 238-0708

LuAnn Conte

Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, L&D nurse, Breastfeeding Counselor, pediatric advanced life support certified, hypnobirthing certified and placental encapsulation trained.

LuAnn was a labor and delivery nurse for 23 years. She is hypnobirth certified and a DONA trained birth doula, a childbirth educator, breast feeding counselor (PCE), and postpartum doula. She has pediatric advanced life support certification and is trained in placental encapsulation (Life Cycles). LuAnn is currently an apprentice midwife. She has served hundreds of families in WNY and has made it her lifes work to provide the best care for each, always striving to meet the individual needs of each woman by supporting every family with committed, compassionate care. She is a Life Cycles Collective Doulas (LCCD) certified trainer. LuAnn is the mother of four and lives in Niagara Falls with her husband and two dogs.

(716) 478-5764

Angel Kulczyk

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Angel is a birth and postpartum doula certified through LIfeCycles and The Collective Doulas. She has devoted her practice to helping women become empowered by their birth journeys. She feels truly blessed to serve women during their transition to parenthood, and to find herself working alongside the most amazing, strong, powerful women. She has truly found her calling. Angel lives in Buffalo with her three children.

“To accomplish great things, we must also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”

(716) 906-4203

Pauline Goulah

Birth Doula, Birth Photographer

When my daughter was born almost six years ago, it was a doula who pointed me in the direction of the care and education that I needed which led to a beautiful birth experience for me. Now, I am working to pay that experience forward. I believe birth is a normal, natural event that is of perfect design, and my job as a doula is to 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, so I work very hard to protect that calm, quiet space necessary for birth. And then motherhood itself becomes a positive journey once you feel confident in trusting your instincts.

Rebecca Mercurio

Licensed Massage Therapist, Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, Infant Massage Instructor, Birth Doula, Young Living Essential Oils Raindrop Therapy

A perpetual student of anatomy and bodywork, Rebecca has been working as a licensed massage therapist since 2005. A lifetime of travel and curiosity inform her work. Her yoga practice began in India in 1998. She studied and was attuned to the traditional Usui and Karuna healing systems in Japan and became a Reiki Master in 1999. While pregnant with her son she trained under Gurmukh Kuar Khalsa and became a prenatal yoga instructor in 2012. Rebecca holds a BA in Communications from Fordham University in addition to professional certifications in Essential Oils Therapy, Infant Massage Instruction, Infant CPR and is a DONA trained Birth Doula. She is fiercely dedicated to supporting women and their families throughout the powerful transformations of pregnancy and birth.

(917) 974-9021

Jennifer Lombardo

Birth Doula, Lactation Educator

A passionate advocate for women’s rights, feminism, and birth, Jennifer has found her life’s purpose in assisting each family in connecting with their own birth choices, as they become empowered to have the birth experience they desire. She finds it immensely humbling to support women as they grow, birth, and nourish their babies, and is honored to be invited by a mother and her partner to be part of this sacred event. Jennifer is in the process of certifying as a breastfeeding educator, and has assisted many women in their own breastfeeding journeys. She is also the site coordinator for the annual Miracle Milk Event, which brings funds and awareness to the importance of human milk for all babies. Having struggled with infertility before conceiving her first child, Jennifer has a unique understanding of the emotions, stress, and technology surrounding those who fight this battle. She lives in Tonawanda with her husband and two children, and loves reading, biking, and photography.

(716) 599-0312