Now celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

Did you know? 

Doula Canada is one of only a select few of vocationally registered trainings for birth workers in Canada and has a long history of teaching embodied qualifications for persons who support their communities in perinatal care.

What why certification matter?  At DTC you are considered a professional designated doula and receive a certificate of graduation to show for it.  Our curriculum and programming has been reviewed to ensure it meets the expectations for the highest standards in training.

Our Learning Space

DTC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning space for birth workers and persons interested in offering reproductive support and advocacy.  We work towards the creation of caretakers who work within and beyond their community to support all persons in perinatal support, trauma, fertility, loss, menopause and other experiences that impact the well-being of our self-directed clients.

Creating Health in Community

We strive to build a community of professional caretakers who advocate for the equity and betterment of social and reproductive experiences for all persons.  Through the support of professional birth workers and reproductive support we hope to create opportunities that reduce harm, annihilate reproductive violence, and provide clients the space and opportunity to access community care that emphasizes their self-directed needs.

Why train with the DTC team?

Our team has an incredibly unmatched resume with years of experience in the business of reproductive support, education, counselling, academics and as unlearners in our efforts to decolonize reproductive experiences.

​DTC instructors are ready to work with you as you work towards achieving your goals!

BIRTH WORK HAPPENS HERE.
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    We give thanks for this place where we are gathered and for all those beings, both human and nonhuman, with whom we share this space: the rocks, the plants, the finned, the furred, the feathered, the four-legged, two-legged, many-legged, and no-legged, those who creep and walk and swim and fly, all our relations, and acknowledge that our existence is intertwined and interdependent. 

    The DTC home office resides on the ancestral lands of the Anishwabekawi and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas. We recognize the significance of this land, and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Métis neighbours.

    Today, this gathering place is home to many Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledging them reminds us of our important connection to this land where we learn and work.

    OUR ADMIN & INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM

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    Shaunacy King (she/they)

    Director, Doula Training Canada (nationally registered vocational organization)
    Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
    Lead instructor for Menopause Doula Program
    Lead instructor for Reproductive Herbalism workshop

    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 on Turtle Island, and clients in the rural communities that 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.

    Shaunacy lives and works on the unceded territory of the Anishabewaki and Mississauga First Persons of Turtle Island.  She identifies with her primarily white immigrant ancestry (Scottish/ Jewish/ Irish/ Cherokee Nation).  She is the mother of two exceptional humans and the pet parent to a host of creatures who choose to B & B at her home.

    Email: shaunacy@doulatraining.ca

    Professional Designations & Related Experiences

    • Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with CRPO, Ontario
    • Birth and Postpartum Doula, certified with over 20 years of experience working in perinatal support education
    • Trainings from qualified and traditional midwives in countries around the world
    • Certificates of participation training in Spinning Babies, Perinatal Loss and Companioning, Dancing for Birth, and Flock Yeah!
    • Numerous training in cultural awareness, decoding race and white privilege, and anti-oppression for white allies
    •  Direct training from Indigenous midwives in the use of traditional rebozo practices (Guatemala and Ecuador, all teachers compensated)
    • Online trainings in birth positioning and tools, healthcare jurisdiction and ethical considerations, affirmative counselling, and sex education

    Professional Designations & Certificates

    • MPhil in History, University of Glasgow
    • Doctoral candidate, Trent University (PhD)
    • Masters of Counselling Psychology candidate, Yorkville University
    • Registered Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
    • AASECT approved certificate of completion in Sex, Gender and Relationship Diversity
    • AASECT approved certificate of completion in Intensive Sex Therapy theories and modalities
    • Certificate of training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), with a focus on sexual and reproductive trauma
    • Registered member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health

    Volunteer Work

    • Director of Education, Association of Ontario Doulas, 2020-current
    • President, Association of Ontario Doulas, 2019-2021
    • Direct of Marketing, Association of Ontario Doulas, 2016-2019
    • Volunteer First Responder and Fire Fighter, current
    • Hospice grief volunteer, Quinte area locations, current

    Other related qualifications

    • Experienced educator (collegiate level, vocational, and public)
    • 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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    Jessica Palmquist (she/her)

    Fertility Support Practitioner, Instructor and Program Coordinator

    Jessica Palmquist is passionate about supporting individuals and families through life’s many journeys as they navigate through calm & stormy seas so to speak, as we know life is not always what we expect. Jessica helps her clients transition through the new chapters of their life with as much grace and ease as possible while letting them know they are never alone. From growing a family, prenatal and birth support, and postpartum care, Jessica provides customized full-spectrum wrap-around wellness and Doula support pre and post-baby. As an IVF parent, Jessica has a special place in her heart for fertility education and supporting people who are trying to conceive and going through Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Her own journey to conception inspired Jessica to become a Fertility Support Practitioner and Birth and Postpartum Doula to provide guidance and support for others as a knowledgeable and accessible resource.

    In addition to her Doula training, Jessica has lived and worked in multiple provinces and cities, traveled to over 30 countries, is a Yoga Teacher, and holds a Masters in Education in Leadership and Curriculum Development, Bachelor of Education in Elementary and Secondary Education, Bachelor of Arts in Honours History and English Major, and a Principal’s Certificate. As a teacher by trade with a varied employment background, Jessica has experience working in the public, private, and post-secondary sectors in various roles. Jessica especially enjoys teaching adult learners and is invested in ensuring her students reach their goals and experience success in their learning.

    Certified Fertility Support and Doula

    Email: fertility@doulatraining.ca 

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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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    Kayt Ward (she/her)

    Inclusion and Engagement Lead – Indigenous Coordinator

    Kayt (she/her) is an Anishnaabe kwe from Bonnechere Algonquin territory and the owner of Sweetgrass Solace Wholistic Support. Her post-secondary education includes a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of the Arts in Indigenous Studies from Trent University (2021). She is also a certified hatha yoga teacher and a certifying birth and postpartum Doula.

    Kayt has been working in community engagement since 2011, working alongside various agencies in providing cultural and psychoeducation. As a group facilitator, she is passionate about creating saf(er) spaces to explore difficult topics like mental health, trauma, colonialism, and privilege. She is passionate about dismantling systems of oppression and uses research and education as tools for structural change. She is particularly interested in the role of cultural resurgence, reconciliation, and community building on healing from collective trauma.

    As the Indigenous Inclusion and Engagement Lead, she hopes to inform and create equitable and anti-oppressive curriculum and policy, bridge between communities, provide opportunities for education and self-inquiry, and be the amplifier of marginalized voices in the Doula Canada community.

    Keira Grant (she/her)

    Social Media Coordinator & Communications and Inclusion and Engagement Lead – Racialized Communities

    Keira Grant (she/her) brings a wealth of experience to the Online Community Moderator role. She is a Queer, Black woman with a twenty-year track record in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) education, projects, and community building initiatives. Organizations Keira has worked and volunteered for include Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian Gay Alliance at York (TBLGAY), and Teens Confronting and Educating Homophobia (TEACH) at Planned Parenthood of Toronto.

    In 2020, Keira was the Policy and Research Analyst at Rainbow Health Ontario, Sherbourne Health Centre. In this role, she developed resources and policy advice on health issues affecting LGBT2SQ+ communities in Ontario. 

    Keira has experience moderating a number of Facebook community groups.

    As a moderator for DTC, Keira’s work includes screening and monitoring social media sites or applications for abusive, violent, maliciously false, or other inappropriate content ensuring a safer experience for users and communities.

    moderator@doulatraining.ca

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    Samantha Whitman (she/her)

    DTC Communications Coordinator

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

    Email:  samantha@doulatraining.ca

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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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    Nadine Ross (she/her)

    Doula Canada Instructor, Labour and Postpartum Doula

    Nadine Ross is the proud mother to four wonderful people, and two fur babies. Originally born in Calgary Alberta, Nadine has travelled extensively as both a child and young adult. During her time abroad, Nadine was able to immerse herself into different cultures and also had the opportunity to become fluent in both French and Spanish. It was during her time in Mexico that she taught English as a second language to adults and children, and fell in love with teaching.

    After the birth of her four daughters, Nadine opened Kids First Daycare in 2003 where she began her professional work with infants and children for over a decade before taking her passion for babies and birth to the next level and becoming a full time doula. During her time running the daycare, she gained extensive experience with owning and operating a business as well as learning the ins and outs of being self employed in Canada. Nadine is now the owner of Beautiful Beginnings Birth Services and has been supporting birthing and postpartum families in Toronto and the GTA since 2016.

    Other awesome facts about Jillian
    • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula with Doula Canada
    • Certified Childbirth Educator with Doula Canada
    • Placenta Specialist APPAC
    • Dancing for Birth Instructor
    • Doula mentor with the Birth Doula Program
    • Current treasurer with the Association of Ontario Doulas
    • She has taken the Spinning babies training, learned the Gena Kirby Rebozo method, as well as taken several courses on child and infant development and sleep.

    In her free time Nadine can be found at the cottage, camping or traveling to the beach with family and friends. She also enjoys watching movies, reading books, dancing and playing darts.

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    Karena Dang (she/her)

    Doula Canada TA Instructor, Labour and Postpartum Doula programs

    Karena is a lifelong learner who is passionate about sharing knowledge and skills with others.

    She entered the birth world serendipitously, and had been supporting expanding families for a handful of years before the arrival of her first (human) baby in 2021.
    Karena is the owner of Bumps Upon a Time – a doula agency based in Edmonton, and co-owner of Nest Integrative Wellness – a community-focused perinatal wellness centre in the heart of Edmonton. As a doula, she takes pride in imparting wisdom around Eastern-minded postpartum practices in a Western world.

    Other awesome facts about Carissa
    • Active member of the Doula Association of Edmonton and Doula Association of Alberta
    • Advisory board member of YBB Connect

    Between all of her professional duties, she enjoys eating and cooking delicious food, playing tabletop games, going on walks with her family, and catching up on her never ending list of shows.

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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.

    Geneviève Desrochers – Instructor for Perinatal Mental Health for Birth Professionals

    Geneviève Desrochers is a certified postpartum doula and mom of two children.

    In 2009, one month after the birth of her first child, she received the diagnosis of bipolar disorder of postpartum onset with psychotic features.  Since then, she made it her mission to always learn more about perinatal mental health to inform expecting and new parents and to offer them support if they are going through a challenging postpartum period. 

    In 2018, she decided to follow her passion full time and left her 19 years career in education as a teacher and consultant to start her business as a certified postpartum doula. 

    She also self-published her memoir in French and English (Another Reality: The Story of my Postpartum Bipolar Disorder) about her postpartum journey and started a bilingual YouTube channel to share her story, information about postpartum mental health and testimonials of other parents on their postpartum experience.

    She loves to share her passion and her knowledge with parents and other birth professionals!

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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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