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Angie Stenback, Co-Founder, Director

Angie Stenback is a woman who is inspired by nature, who is passionate about everything she does, and who seeks to inspire the world. It is why she spends most days working alongside an amazing team of 30+ experts and leaders in fertility, pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period at The WOMB™. Her goal is to facilitate in each and every team member a desire to create an environment that is healing, loving and supportive. 

Before becoming a birth and postnatal doula in 2006, Angie received her Hons Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto. She became a pre- and post-natal fitness trainer working with FitMomTM in Toronto and then started her own baby and me fitness program called Mommy Bootcamp. Angie was also the driving force behind both orthopaedic research, and a wellness initiative and program at a Toronto hospital for 5 years. After the birth of her 2nd son, Angie felt inspired to give more of herself to birthing work and so trained as a birth doula through DONA International, lactation educator and childbirth educator. She has had the privilege to have received the mentorship of such notables as Pam England and Virginia Bobro (Birthing from WithinTM), Jennifer Elliott (HypnoBirthingTM) and Gena Kirby (Rebozo techniques). Angie, with her business partner, Lorri then went on to first found Halton Doula Group in 2007 and then The WOMB in 2014 where Angie takes on the financial, policies and procedures role and especially loves the new, creative projects entrusted in her care.

Angie has birthed 5 children and has been married to her husband, Troy since 1999. If you don’t see Angie at The WOMB™, you will find her driving her kiddos around to hockey, dance or film school, hiking with her pup through the woods or reading a book. 

Lorri Fleming, Co-Founder, Director

Lorri Fleming is the Co-Founder, Co-owner and Director of The WOMB: The World Of My Baby Inc. She and Scott have been married since 1992 and Lorri is a proud mama (and mama-in-law) to adult children, Cole (wife Moriah) and Kyra. Lorri’s background before becoming a Childbirth Professional and Parent Educator was coaching companies, both in hospitality and healthcare about how to offer an exemplary customer experience. Her dream since getting married and having children in the 1990’s was to build and run a successful Wholeness Centre. To unite a dream team of Healthcare Professionals who are all passionate about fertility, pregnancy, birth, parenting and self growth. This dream became a reality when she and her business partner Angie, opened The WOMB in 2014 and this team started working synergistically all under one roof.

Lorri never imagined that today they would help lead and coach many centres that now nurture, love and inspire communities throughout the province and soon across Canada. After more that 20 years of being a Doula and Parent Educator, Lorri is no longer working one on one with families. The dream has now evolved to foster even more flourishing families by working together with Angie, their managers and franchise teams at all of The WOMB Wholeness Centres. Every community and every family deserves The WOMB.

Sinead Dufour, Director of Physiotherapy, PT, PhD

Dr. Sinéad Dufour is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University in 2003, her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western in 2011 and returned to McMaster in 2013 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship. She contributes to both the Master of Science in Physiotherapy program and the and Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. Her current research interests include: conservative and lifestyle approaches to manage pelvic pain, conservative approaches to optimize pelvic health, technologies to support pelvic floor rehabilitation, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision in women’s and pediatric health. Sinéad currently collaborates with faculty from both the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics on various research projects. She was the recipient of one of the International Continence Society Research Awards in 2017, the Elaine Meadows Research Scholar award (American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women’s Health) in 2018 and is an invited speaker at conferences around the globe. 

Sinéad stays current clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) in Milton, Ontario. Her clinical practice focuses on optimizing women’s and children’s pelvic health. She is also an associate of Pelvic Health Solutions, an active member the Urogynaecology Committee of the Society of Obstetricians of Gynaecologists of Canada and a proud mother of twins.

Media

Blogs

Elvie Pelvic Floor Trainer is your Friend – Snuggle Bugz

What you need to know about post-partum Doulas – The WOMB

What everyone should know about cesarean birth – The WOMB

Trimester Specific Exercise Training – Huffington Post

Unexplained Fertiliy Explained – Huffington Post


Videos

What Mama Didn’t Tell Us – The Belle Method


Healing your Body After Birth – The Belle Method


New Developments in DRA - Femfusion


Potty Learning and Peadiatric Pelvic Health – The WOMB


A new perspective on DRA – Connected yoga teachers


Pelvic Girdle Pain – Connected yoga teacher


Fertility and Pelvic Health - Get pregnant Naturally

Potty learning - Mabels Labels

Recovering from Cesarean Birth - Mabels Labels

Published Research

Association between lumbopelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction in women: A cross sectional study


Exploring the Impact of a Mobile Health Solution for Postpartum Pelvic Floor Muscle Training: Pilot Randomized Controlled Feasibility Study 


Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain: understanding practice patterns and clinical decision making


Establishing Expert-Based Recommendations for the Conservative Management of Pregnancy-Related Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: A Delphi Consensus Study


Understanding Clinical Decision Making: Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Girdle Pain


Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain: Embrace the Evidence and Move beyond Biomechanics


Pregnancy-related diastasis rectus abdominis: Impact of a multi-component group-based intervention


Enhancing Pelvic Health: Optimizing the Services Provided by Primary Health Care Teams in Ontario by Integrating Physiotherapists


Current Research Endeavours 

1) Urinary Incontinence

Dufour S, Wu M (SOGC Urogynecology Committee CPG). Conservative care of urinary incontinence among women. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada (In Press).

Dufour S, Wu M, Clancey A (SOGC Urogynecology Committee CPG). eHealth technologies for conservative care of urinary incontinence among women - In progress.

Dufour S, Best C. Upstream approaches to prevent urinary incontinence in women: A systematic review - In progress.

Managing Bladder and Bowel Incontinence: RANO Best Practice Guideline – in progress
*Expert panel member

International Continence Society – ICI 7th edition
Prevention, Continence Promotion, Models of Care and Education
Chairman: Dr. Angela Rantell
Committee member and chapter author (Canada): Dr. Sinéad Dufour

2) Interprofessional Care for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Alaniz G, Dodds M, Erceg H, Moreira K, Mascola M, Dufour S. Knowledge of pelvic health physiotherapy among pre-Licensure students. Physiotherapy Canada (In Press).

Alaniz G, Dufour S. Can an interprofessional pre-licensure workshop increase knowledge related to conservative care of common pelvic floor conditions? – In progress

Dufour S, Patel T. Evaluation of a pelvic health modules within a family medicine program maternal rotation – In progress

Enhancing Pediatric Functional Constipation Care: leveraging enhanced primary care and community-based pelvic health physiotherapy
*This HANSO funded project engages collaborators within the community, primary care and tertiary care.
Primary Investigators: Dr. Ellyanne Ratcliffe and Dr. Sinéad Dufour


3) Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

Bernard S, Hills N, Petrusevski C, Dufour S. Assessment of diastasis rectus abdominis beyond inter-recti distance: A scoping review – In progress.


4) Pain Science and Pelvic Pain – Focus on Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain

Clark-Smith M, Titchband L, Dufour S. Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain: Are Irish physiotherapists evolving their care to align with advances in pain science? - In progress

Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle Pain: Stress resilience, pain neuroscience education and novel movement -a feasibility study. *This DIFA funded study (Ireland) engages collaborators from different disciplines across different countries. Primary Investigator: Dr. Siobhain O’Mahony University College Cork Clinical Pain science leads: Dr. Sinéad Dufour and Ms Mags Clark-Smith,

Improving pain education across entry-level physiotherapy programs in Canada: An integrated knowledge translation study
*This CIHR-funded study (Canada) engages leads from each of the 13 Canadian universities with an accredited physiotherapy program.
Primary Investor: Dr. Timothy H Wideman McGill University
McMaster University Pain Science Leads: Dr. Sinéad Dufour and Dr. Lisa Carlesso.

Courses

Bia Formations – Pregnancy-related Diastasis Rectus Abdomins

level 1 – pre-natal

level 2 – post-natal

https://biaformations.com/formations/


Pelvic Health Solutions – Perinatal Care

Day 1 – pregnancy and the pelvic floor

Day 2 – pelvic girdle pain

https://pelvichealthsolutions.ca/events/category/education/


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