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Doulas


 

ANGELA JACKSON, BIRTH & POSTNATAL DOULA and DOULA COORDINATOR

Angela is a certified Birth and Postnatal Doula, as well as the Doula Coordinator for The WOMB's Doula Team. She is also a certified Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher and fitness specialist. After graduating from Western University with a degree in Finance, Economics and French, Angela spent 10 years working for a major corporation which landed her in Costa Rica for two years. During her first pregnancy, she fell in love with Prenatal yoga, and felt that there was a need for more positive, nurturing environments for pregnant people. After the birth of her second child, she left the corporate world and completed her yoga training, began teaching yoga part-time and built a Prenatal and Postnatal yoga community in Halton. Soon after, her prenatal yoga students were requesting that she attend their births and doula support happened organically. Angela served as a Halton Breastfeeding Connection volunteer for several years and has taken many lactation courses. She is passionate about guiding new parents towards their own innate wisdom, strength and intuitiveness.
Angela presently lives in Oakville with her husband, Simon-Peter, and two children, Tessa and Oliver. Angela is the Vice-President of the Crusaders Rugby Club and the head coach of the under 14 girls’ rugby team. She is an avid athlete and a nature lover.

DEB BRINTNELL, CD(DONA), BIRTH DOULA

Deb is a Certified Childbirth Doula and is a member of DoulaCARE. Deb has always had a passion for children and pregnant women, especially after experiencing four high risk pregnancies herself. Because Deb has experienced vaginal birth, caesarean birth and VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), as well as medicated and unmedicated births, she feels her personal experiences have allowed her to be a much more empathetic and well rounded doula. Deb lives in Oakville with her husband and their 4 dynamic children.

LIZ DAHER, CD(DONA), BIRTH & POSTNATAL DOULA

Liz is a Certified Birth Doula with DONA International while also studying for her Breastfeeding Educator Certification. As a licensed professional engineer, Liz gained over a decade of experience in the nuclear industry before answering the call that had tugged at her heart since becoming a mother - to love and support other parents as they navigate the metamorphosis inherent to pregnancy, birth and beyond. A volunteer with the Halton Breastfeeding Connection for several years, Liz is also active in her local online communities, giving her time, energy and empathy to help other parents feel connected and supported. She loves running, yoga, lipstick, coffee, podcasts, and hiking the Oakville trails with her husband and two young kids.

When babies are born, families are born (or grown) as well, and each time is nothing short of a miracle. Liz would be honoured to share in your journey and help you define and manifest your ideal experience.

MICHELLE HACHE, CLD, BIRTH DOULA

Michelle is a birth doula, childbirth educator and reflexologist. She feels the human body is a complex and simple structure. It holds incredible strength and flexibility with the remarkable capacity to adapt to any challenge. Helping people connect with the power they possess is exciting and brings joy to her calling. Over the years she has done specialized training in advanced comfort measures, VBAC and cesarean support, bereavement training, infant mental health, and breastfeeding. Michelle has been working as a birth professional since 2001, is a mom to two girls, loves the outdoors, and lives in Burlington.

 TAMMY MANZO, CLD, BIRTH & POSTNATAL DOULA

Tammy is a Certified Labour Doula, and Postpartum Doula with training through INFACT Canada for lactation support. She LOVES doula-ing and is inspired to make a difference in the "birth" community. Tammy has supported many families in the Halton Region, Peel Region and Toronto through the prenatal, labour, delivery and immediate post partum periods. Tammy loves spending time with her busy family, cottage life and scrap booking. Tammy is a mother of three and has an amazing, supportive husband Louie.

KAREN MCWILLIAM, BIRTH & POSTNATAL DOULA and CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR

Karen is a DONA-certified birth & postnatal Doula, certified Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® practitioner, and creator of The McWilliam Method™ childbirth prep classes. She is a certified prenatal yoga teacher, trainer, breastfeeding educator and sleep educator. Karen offers private, group, and virtual birth prep classes as well as in-person and virtual doula support. Karen is also the founder of the “Life With Baby™” course designed to help families prepare for the myriad of changes that come with a new baby. All of Karen’s offerings are richly steeped in a wisdom born from 16+ years of nurturing and empowering families during this exciting and transformative time.

Karen’s extensive training spans 16+ years. However, Karen’s shine is found within her intuitive and organic approach. She has a special way of creating a customized suite of support services to suit your birthing time needs. What will you need? It is likely you don’t know. But trust Karen to read the energy in the room and know in her bones what combination will be right for you and your family. Intuitive, wise, and grounded, Karen will be there to offer the stability and centering energy you need during this time.

 VANESSA RIZZOTTO, CD(DONA), LACTATION EDUCATOR, BIRTH & POSTNATAL DOULA

Vanessa is a Certified Birth Doula (DONA), Lactation Educator (CAPPA) and is certified in HypnoBirthing support techniques through the HypnoBirthing Institute. She believes women in labor significantly benefit from a loving and devoted tribe around them. Imagine for a moment, you have a birth experience that feels protected, honored and free of judgment. You feel empowered. You are deeply connected to the power of your body and mind, to all of the other women who are birthing their babies and you think, “I can do this!” This is what Vanessa works towards as a birth doula for laboring women and their partners (if there is one). She is grateful for the wisdom of her mentors, teachers and all of the women, partners and babies who have helped form her as a doula. Vanessa has a supportive husband Marat and the greatest teacher of all, her daughter Ariana. She feels blessed to work in a field that truly lights her up.

LAURA YAGER, BIRTH DOULA

Laura is a Certified Birth Doula (DONA) and member of the Ontario College of Teachers. Her passion for teaching and learning extends to the families she supports. Laura works diligently to bring evidence based best practices alongside her warm and caring approach with expectant families. Laura is a mother to two girls and lucky to be married to her best friend, Andrew. For several years, working to grow their family was a challenge as they underwent fertility struggles and ultimately conceived through IVF (Invitro Fertilization). Laura had two very different birthing experiences; medicated and unmedicated and provides a non-judgemental and open hearted space for all families as they discover their physical and emotional strength.

DAWN GUNN, POSTNATAL DOULA, SLEEP COACH & LACTATION EDUCATOR

Dawn is a Postnatal Doula, trained Sleep Coach, Lactation Educator and has completed a Working with Multiples Advanced Training workshop. Dawn has been empowering families to achieve their desired outcomes for the past 20 years by providing support both practically and emotionally.

While aligning her career in Community Living as a Manager in the Supported Independent Living program, with her career today, as a Postnatal Doula (DONA International), Dawn is continuously developing her knowledge and experience to provide what is best for her clients.  With this client-centered focus, Dawn strives to maintain the healthiest nurturing relationships with her clients, while working alongside what matters most to them. 

When Dawn is not busy spending time with babies as well as nurturing clients, she is adoring and spending time with her two girls and Husband Josh.  

KIM MLEKUZ (ECE, RHN, RIHR, CNPA), POSTNATAL DOULA

Kim is a Postnatal Doula with an educational background in Nutrition, Holistic Health, Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Infant Mental Health and Attachment Parenting.

She is dedicated and passionate about helping others, with a special place in her heart for babies and their families. After many years of experience in working with babies and children, she is known for her compassionate and empathetic nature.

As a Mother, Kim understands the profound emotional and lifestyle changes that arise following the birth of a baby.

For the past 9 years, Kim has also enjoyed her work capturing life’s most precious moments as newborn/baby photographer.

With a life long passion for education, Kim loves to learn, teach, guide and share her knowledge. Above all else, she believes that the most important thing a Mother can do to care for her baby(s) is to trust her own Mommy intuition. Kim is here to nurture the family, offering daytime support within the Burlington and surrounding areas.

REGINA NAKAMURA, POSTNATAL DOULA

Regina is a certified postpartum doula with training through DTC. She found herself searching for a job she truly felt passionate about, so she finally left her administration career and dove into starting a doula business. Her passion for babies and helping moms have always been something she felt called to. She knew she had the ability to see the strength in other women and to empower them in their journey as a new mom. Being a mom of 3 grown daughters she can handle anything with a calm presence. Her specialties include travel doula, over night care, breastfeeding support and twin support. Her goal is to provide a safe, non-judgemental space to support your growing family while focusing on baby’s care and mom’s well being after birth, and all of the challenges and joys that come with it!! 

ERICA NEDELKO, POSTNATAL DOULA

Erica is a certified postnatal doula (CPD) with training through Doula Training Canada, a member of the Association of Ontario Doulas, a volunteer and coordinator for the Halton Breastfeeding Connection and continues to pursue updated education for postnatal support topics through various learning mediums. After pivoting almost instantly several years ago from her corporate job to caring for families in the Halton region, Erica considers herself a forever student in this realm of postnatal life. Her passion has become guiding families through ways they can embrace the beauty of early parenthood by providing them time to create space for healing, trust and transition. She specializes in overnight care and families having multiples. 

LESLEY NEEVE, POSTNATAL DOULA, CERTIFIED NIGHT COACH & NEW PARENT EDUCATOR

Lesley Neeve has been a Doula for over 20 years providing non- judgemental, physical, emotional and informational support to hundreds of families in Ontario. She has been married for 25+ years and has 3 daughters. She is a Certified Night Coach, trained Postpartum Doula, New Parent Educator, Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula through CAPPA. Lesley has her PPE Health Care Provider Controls Certificate as well as her Reducing the Risk of SIDS and SUID in Early Education and Childcare Certificate. Lesley continuously attends workshops and seminars on various topics to keep current and up to date in her practice. A Police check and Emergency First Aid and Baby CPR are always up to date.
Lesley provides virtual and overnight support. Lesley has a thorough understanding of the many challenges families may face in the initial weeks/months after your baby or babies arrive. Lesley has worked with many different parenting styles and has experience with twins, preemies, sleep support, postpartum depression and breastfeeding.

JOANNE WARNER, POSTNATAL DOULA

Hello I am Joanne - I am a Postnatal Doula and I love children! I came to childcare after a career in the UK and Canada as an Urban Planner. Over the past 10 years I have worked in elementary schools, with special needs children, in a daycare infant room and as a nanny in private homes and enjoyed every moment.

I was lucky enough to be employed by The WOMB as their ‘Mary Poppins’ at the Milton location and got to work with an increasing number of new babies and their families which opened my eyes to my true ‘calling’, a Postnatal Doula. I went on to train formally as a Postnatal Doula with DONA International.

Spending time with new mum’s, caring for them and their babies, providing support both in practical terms and emotionally has been the most fulfilling job I have ever undertaken. I have personal experience of struggling through the postpartum period, working full time with a young family and living away from a family support system.

In order to support new parents feeling challenges I have training in breastfeeding support, and I have Halton Regional Police Security Clearance including Vulnerable Sector Screening and First Aid and CPR certification.


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