Our Mission

DTC improves perinatal, infant and family well-being by educating and supporting professional doulas around the world.

We accomplish this by:

  • Evidence based information
  • Mentorship
  • Collaboration
  • Community building
  • Professional development
  • Communication across mediums

Our Vision:

To build a diverse community for the continuing education and inspiration of professional doulas.

 

Why train with the DTC team?

There are many reasons why we are your top choice!

Our team have an incredibly unmatched resume with years of experience in the business of being a doula, education, counselling, academics and as support persons from cultures and traditions worldwide.

​DTC instructors are ready to lead you towards a path of success in your own doula or educator career.

We are more than a doula training.

We are an international Doula Nation!

Are you ready to Doula Canada?
Join Us!

    OUR ADMIN & INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM

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    Shaunacy King (she/her)

    Executive Director of Doula Canada
    Program Coordinator for all Doula programs
    Lead for primary DTC workshop development
    Lead instructor for Menopause Doula Program

    Since beginning her work as a modern birth worker Shaunacy has led with a client centred approach that meets the individual needs of each client and their unique labour experiences and postpartum transitions.

    She has been invited to learn from, and support clients in countries around the world, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Tanzania, First Nations communities in Kanata (Canada), and clients in the communities she has called home.  She is humbled by the wise persons who have entrusted her with their experience and their knowledge.

    With a lust for learning Shaunacy has a history of postgraduate degrees where she has devoted her time to researching social marginalization, with an emphasis on the social and cultural experiences of women and children.

    Mother of two bright-spirited children, you can find her curled up with a cup of coffee and a good book.

     

    Email: shaunacy@doulatraining.ca

    Other awesome facts about Shaunacy
    • President for the Association of Ontario Doulas
    • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula
    • Certified Childbirth Educator
    • MPhil in History, University of Glasgow
    • Doctoral candidate, Trent University (PhD)
    • Trainings in Spinning Babies, Perinatal Loss and Companioning, Dancing for Birth, Breastfeeding Education, Rebozo, Benefits of the Peanut Ball, and marketing for business (various programs)
    • Previous owner of Glow Birth Services (est. 2009)
    • Holistic Nutrition Diploma candidate (2019-current)
    • Herbalist Diploma candidate (2020-current)
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    Sondra Marcon (she/her)

    Education Director
    Lead Instructor, all programs
    Infant and Pregnancy Loss Coordinator

    Sondra’s background in family therapy and mental health work drives her to create environment for her clients and students that is both supportive and challenging of bias and assumptions. Teaching and development of curriculum drives her to continue to grow.

    Sondra is a certified Labour and Birth Doula, Dancing for Birth Instructor, Gena kirby method rebozo certified and a Dad/Partner Certified Doula.

    Sondra is a mama to two curious and bright little girls and 2 fur babies. She loves hiking and camping and tv with equal fervour!

     

    Email: sondra@doulatraining.ca

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    Renée Curry (she/her)

    Communications Coordinator & French-Language Consultant
    Doula Canada Instructor, Labour and Postpartum Doula

    B.Soc.Sc.(Hon.), Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), doula & educator. Owner of Beatha Family Wellness.

    Renées professional experience includes governmental agencies, unions and not-for-profit sector.  She has a background in International Development and Women’s Studies which has a allowed her to research autonomy, agency and traditional birthing practices.

    Renée has been a practicing doula for over 10 years and believes that respect is the key to a satisfying birth experience.

    Email: renee@doulatraining.ca

    Other awesome facts about Renée:

    Registered Massage Therapist (MTANS)
    La Leche League Leader
    Co-Chair of the Nova Scotia Doula Association
    Certified Child Restraint Technician (CPSAC)
    Member of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM)
    Recipient of the Lifelong Learner Award from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (Halifax) in 2017

    Other certificates include:
    Spinning Babies
    Rebozo Connection: The Gena Kirby Method.

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    Monika Goodluck (she/her)

    Inclusion and Engagement Lead, Racialized Communities

    MPH, Health Promotion and Community Development

    Monika has been studying and working in the areas of equity and social justice since adolescence and continuously works at anti-racism, anti-oppression (ARAO) practice in all aspects of her life.  She identifies as a Black, cisgender global citizen. Monika is foreign-born, has lived in numerous communities, travelled to many more, and is multilingual – she was raised in Russian, socialized in English, learnt French, and dabbled in Spanish. Professionally, she gets excited about capacity and skills building work, facilitating authentic conversations, raising silent voices, and community-building.

    Email: monika@doulatraining.ca

    Other awesome facts about Monika:

    A mother of 3 young children, Monika is hyped to be working towards birth and postpartum doula certification.

    Monika is an extrovert who enjoys critical thinking, reading, discovering new spaces/places, dancing, and sleeping in her free time.

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    Anna Penner (she/her)

    Inclusion and Engagement Lead – LGBQT2S+ Coordinator

    Anna is a queer and non-binary person, parent, and certifying birth and postpartum doula with Doula Canada. She is a facilitator and educator who has spent the past fifteen years working to build inclusive spaces for LGBTQ2S people. She is excited to be able combine her experience living and working within queer and trans communities with a lifelong interest in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum wellbeing.

    When not taking care of her kids or cats, Anna enjoys reading, knitting, and riding her bike around Toronto.

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    Shandelle Ferguson (she/her)

    Student and Alumni Relations Coordinator
    Doula Canada Instructor, Labour Doula and Postpartum Doula

    Certified Labour and Postpartum Doula (Doula Canada)

    Shandelle Ferguson is originally from Newfoundland but now calls Nova Scotia her home. With a passion for changing birth culture in Atlantic Canada, you can find her chatting with other doulas, reaching out to birth professionals and helping new parents in their journey into parenthood.  Shandelle is a certified Labor and Birth and Postpartum Doula with Blossom and Birth Doula Services.

    A mother to three, you can find her drinking coffee, or wine, and spending time with her family.

    Email:  shandelle@doulatraining.ca

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    Inclusion and Engagement Lead, Indigenous Communities

    We are currently recruiting for this position.

    Please review the Job Description and Application Process HERE.

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    Caylan Barber (she/her)

    Fertility Support Practitioner, Instructor and Program Coordinator

    Caylan started her doula journey and working with Doula Canada 2 years ago and is currently completing her certification as a Birth & Labour Doula, and Childbirth Educator.

    Before becoming a doula and moving out to BC, Caylan was studying Behavioural Neuroscience when she fought and beat breast cancer.  Since then she has struggled with fertility issues, looking into every avenue possible to improve fertility, and guiding others along the way.

    Coming from a Métis background, she uses the medicine wheel as a foundation in her care, creating a holistic perspective and balancing the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual aspects of the human body and soul.

    Caylan recently became a mother to a beautiful baby girl, has 2 lovely cats, and spends her free time reading, playing music, or exploring the mountains of BC.

    Certifying Labour and Postpartum Doula, Doula Canada
    Owner of Revelstork Holistic Doula Services

    Email: fertility@doulatraining.ca 

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    Tynan Rhea (they/their)

    Tynan Rhea is a queer, nonbinary settler with German and Slovak ancestry.

    Tynan has a private practice in Tkaronto (Toronto) as a sex & relationship therapist, sex educator, and aromatherapist.

    Tynan developed and teaches the Sex & Birth course for Doula Training Canada and is the founder of PostpartumSex.com.

    Tynan approaches their practice from sex-positive, queer & trans-affirming, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and feminist frameworks.

    You can find Tynan on Facebook, Instagram@TynanRhea or TynanRhea.com

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    Jillian Hand (she/her)

    Birth Trauma Program Coordinator
    Doula Canada Instructor, Labour and Postpartum Doula

    As one of the original founders of the Doula Collective of NL, Jillian has been a passionate doula in the St. John’s Newfoundland area since 2008.
    As the sole proprietor of Hand to Heart she is certified as a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Birthing from Within Mentor, Lamaze Instructor, and Masters in Social Work. In 2016, she was the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction award in the Mentoring and Education category for her work within the Newfoundland doula community. She is a busy mother-of-two who presents regularly on the topic of doulas to nursing and medical students, and other health professionals.

    Other awesome facts about Jillian
    • Currently member and Chair of the Doula Collective of NL
    • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula through DONA International
    • Member and certified mentor through Birthing From Within
    • Member and certified instructor through LAMAZE International
    • BSW and MSW degrees in Social Work
    • Trainings in Spinning Babies, Perinatal Loss, Birth Story Medicine (birth trauma processing), Birth Art Processes, facilitating Postpartum Support Groups; Benefits of the Peanut Ball, and running a successful doula business (among others!)

    Email: jillian@doulatraining.ca

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    Carissa Marks Thomson (she/her)

    Doula Canada Instructor, Labour & Postpartum Doula
    Owner,  Babymoon Doula Solutions

    Carissa has been supporting families in the GTA for over 2 years a a career doula, and loves working as an independent business owner and with various consulting teams and collectives.

    Carissa is the single mother of two daughters, ages 30 and 27 and remarried 7 years ago to her fisherman partner, Robert.  She is now the proud parent to one fur baby, Molly, a boarder collie rescue.

    She considers herself an artist, she loves to bake, and is excited to be sharing her knowledge with Doula Canada members as they move forward in their own doula adventures!

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    Other awesome facts about Carissa
    • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, through Doula Canada
    • HR Recruitment
    • Cardiac Technologist
    • Project Management in Health & Safety for the Ontario Government
    • Active member of Toast Masters
    • Registered member of the Association of Ontario Doulas
    • Member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #31
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    Milly Friedman (she/her)

    Instructor – Western Canada (all programs)

    Milly Friedman has been a Personal Fitness Trainer, Nutrition Coach and Business Owner for over 11 years and has always been an advocate for individuals strength and learning. As a Momma to her active kinder Adeline Mae and baby Ollie, she has experienced the transition of parenthood, one of life’s greatest adventures. Becoming a Doula, Childbirth Educator and Doula Trainer has allowed her to follow her passion to serve Families. Milly is an original founder of Village Birth Collective and Chair Person of the Doula Association in Edmonton Alberta. She is our Western Canada Instructor for all programs.

    Certifications:

    • Certified Spinning Babies Parent Educator
    • DONA International Trained Birth Doula
    • Certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula
    • MATRONA Certified Holistic Doula
    • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer & Nutrition Coach

    Email: milly@doulatraining.ca

    Ibukun Afolabi – Instructor of Pelvic Health 101 for Doulas at DTC.

    Ibukun (Ibbie) has been a physiotherapist for 13 years. She has been working in pelvic health for the last 8 years and is the owner of The Mama’s Physio, which is a highly sought out pelvic health practice in Southwestern Ontario. Ibbie’s clinical interests include women’s health, pelvic and sexual health, pain neuroscience, integrated, collaborative and holistic treatment of the whole person, and global health issues and advocacy.  She is particularly passionate about supporting families during the season of pregnancy and postpartum, has taught childbirth education classes, and is an aspiring birth and postpartum doula. As an engaging speaker, Ibbie often is invited to present and teach on topics related to pelvic health to a wide variety of audiences.  However, Ibbie’s most important title is “mom” to 4 young children who have been her teacher. They’ve taught her much of what she needs to know about pregnancy, birth, postpartum and living with grace and compassion.

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    Samantha Whitman (she/her)

    Provincial Liaison – Newfoundland and Labrador

    Certifying Labour Doula Doula, Doula Canada
    Owner of Nesting Owl Doula Services

    Email:  newfoundland@doulatraining.ca

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    Alisa Herriman, RNCP ROHP CHCP  (she/her)

    Holistic Nutritionist, instructor of Supporting Nutrition workshop at DTC

    Alisa Herriman has been researching and teaching Nutrition for 15 years. She specializes in Nutrition for Cancer Recovery and Prevention. This mom of 4, is passionate about teaching others the power of WHOLEFOOD nutrition and its role in disease prevention.

    Her aim is to motivate and empower individuals to make healthy choices through the understanding of how food affects the physical body, emotions and mental health. Alisa teaches several college level courses including the Certified Holistic Cancer Practitioner Program at the prestigious Edison Institute of Nutrition, an internationally recognized Nutrition College.

    Alisa is a highly regarded and sought out speaker on Nutrition and its role in disease prevention. Alisa is a say as it is presenter, who breaks down topics into usable information participants can go home with. Her desire to make a change in a world of preventable illness ensures her audience stays engaged and eager to learn more!

    Alisa was nominated and awarded Best Nutritionist 2018, by National Nutrition, and again was the Recipient of Best Nutritionist 2019 recently receiving the National award!

    Email: nutrinityhealth@hotmail.com
    www.AlisaHerriman.com

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