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Doulas


 

LORRI FLEMING, Director, Owner, CD(DONA), CPD

Lorri is cofounder of THE WOMB: The World Of My Baby Inc. as well as a Certified Birth Doula (DONA), a Certified Postpartum Doula (CAPPA), Lactation Educator and Pre/Postnatal Yoga Instructor. She has been providing exceptional birth and postnatal support to 100's of families in Halton and surrounding areas for over 20 years. Opening the WOMB-World Of My Baby has been a dream of Lorri's since she gave birth and realized that there needed to be centres that not only provided a "one stop shop" for everything prenatal-parenting but also a place where ALL moms and their families could be LOVED and cared for the way they deserve throughout their own unique journey. Lorri is an active voice in our community, representing Doulas and supporting Halton families on the Halton Baby Friendly Initiative and Halton Prenatal Network. Lorri has  volunteered for the Halton Breastfeeding Connection and Halton/Peel Representative for Ontario Association of Doulas.  As well as being dedicated to family (hers and her clients'), Lorri is also passionate about her yoga practice. She and Scott have been happily married for over 23 years and they are very proud of their children Cole and Kyra ages 21 and 18. 

ANGIE STENBACK, Director, Owner, Hons BPHE, CD(DONA), CHBD, BFW

AngieStenback3Angie is cofounder of  THE WOMB: The World Of My Baby Inc. as well as a  Birthing from Within Mentor, Certified Birth Doula (DONA), Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator and Pre and Postnatal Fitness Trainer. After graduating with a degree in Physical and Health Education, Angie went on to work in orthopaedics and wellness in two Toronto hospitals. Getting the pull to something “more”, Angie left her “hospital job” in 2006, and answered the call to passionately and lovingly support women through the journey of birth and into parenthood. Angie’s journey led to her to study Hypnobirthing, and then to train under Pam England and Virginia Bobro as a BIRTHING FROM WITHIN © mentor. In 2014, Angie had the privilege to study as a Midwifery Assistant under the midives of The Farm in Tennessee (made famous by Midwife Ina May Gaskin). She is also owner of and fitness trainer for Mommy Bootcamp. Angie is past treasurer for the Association of Ontario Doulas, a member of the Halton Prenatal Network,  and the Family Continuity of Care Committee for Halton Healthcare. Angie loves reading, hiking, and life with her husband Troy and their 4 growing and rambunctious kids.

DEB BRINTNELL, CD(DONA)

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.

TAMMY MANZO, CLD

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.

 SHANNON GALWAY, BIRTH & POSTNATAL DOULA

GaLWaY 2014 112Shannon is a DONA Trained Birth and Postnatal Doula. Today being blessed with children of her own Shannon knew that she would forever be changed. Today she considers it be an Honour to support women and families as they embark through this journey of parenthood. She is passionate about empowering women and watching them become confident and excited about the birth and parenting of their children. Supporting women and families within their beliefs and finding their way. As a Doula she believes in creating realistic expectations about their birth and parenting experiences. "When you know better, you do better...” Maya Angelou

 VANESSA RIZZOTTO, CD(DONA), LE, BIRTH 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.

LIZ DAHER, BIRTH DOULA

Liz is a trained birth doula working towards certification 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.

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 dilligently 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.

KRISTIN OBLAK, BIRTH DOULA

Kristin is a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula. She is also a Prenatal Yoga Instructor (BLOOMA) and is working towards getting her Postnatal Yoga teacher training.

With a history in social work, special needs support for primary ages and au-pairing, Kristin has over a decade of experience working with babies and young children. Kristin left her position with the school board and decided to pursue her calling to support families through their birth journeys and lovingly help them navigate through the delicate postpartum period.

Kristin is a true nurturer at heart with a passion to empower women through education, while learning to trust and connect with their body. She supports and has experience working with a variety of different parenting styles, premies, multiples, postpartum mood disturbances, sleep support and breastfeeding. Kristin is a true animal lover, an advocate for clean living, spends as much time as she can outdoors and lives in Clarkson with her soon-to-be husband, Scott.

LESLEY NEEVE, POSTNATAL DOULA

Lesley Neeve has been a Doula for the past 16 years and has helped hundreds of families.She has been married for 22 years and has three beautiful girls, aged 19, 18 & 16. 

Lesley is a Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula and Postnatal Doula through CAPPA. She holds her Night Specialist Certificate and is currently taking a Infant Mental Health course. Lesley continuously attends workshops and seminars on various topics to keep her current and up to date in her practice.

Lesley enjoys providing overnight support to new families.  She has a thorough understanding of the many challenges families may face in the initial weeks and months after a baby or babies arrive. Lesley has worked with many different parenting styles and has experience with twins, preemies, sleep support, postpartum depression and breastfeeding.  A Police check and Emergency First Aid and Baby CPR are always up to date.

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.


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