Our Mission

Doula Canada’s Mission is to improve perinatal, infant and family well-being by educating and supporting professional doulas in Canada and around the world.

We accomplish this by:

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

Our Vision:

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


Why train with the Doula Canada team?

There are many reasons why Doula Canada is a top choice!


Our team has years of experience in education, business, counselling, academics and as support persons for growing families worldwide.

​The Doula Training Canada instructors are ready to lead you towards a path of success in your own Doula or Childbirth Educator career.

We are more than a doula training.

We are a Doula Nation!

Are you ready to Doula Canada?
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Shaunacy King, CD & CBE

Program Coordinator for all Doula programs

Shaunacy King, (Certified Doula and CBE) is the Director for Doula Canada.
With a lust for learning Shaunacy has a history of postgraduate degrees where she has devoted her time to researching the social and cultural experiences of Canadians.
Mother of two, you can find her curled up with a cuppa tea and a good book or hanging out on the beach during her winter months in Costa Rica!

Other awesome facts about Shaunacy
  • Current Marketing Director for the Association of Ontario Doulas
  • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula
  • Certified Childbirth Educator
  • MPhil in History, University of Glasgow
  • History degree, Trent University (PhD 2007-)
  • Trainings in Spinning Babies, Perinatal Loss and Companioning, Breastfeeding Education, Rebozo, Benefits of the Peanut Ball, and marketing for business (various programs)
  • Previous owner of Glow Birth Services (est. 2009)

Sondra Marcon

Childbirth Educator Program Coordinator, instructor for all programs

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!


Jillian Hand

Atlantic Canada Instructor

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!)

Barb Matteucci

Infant and Pregnancy Loss, Program Coordinator

Owner of Body Maintenance Registered Massage Therapy, Barb has been working as a certified labour doula and bereavement support since 2005.

Barb’s work in the loss community has expanded to include one on one loss support as an on call hospital bereavement doula.  She advocates for women in her community by guest speaking at local events and educational days for hospital staff.

Other awesome facts about Barb
  • Certified Birth Doula, through HALO (now Doula Canada)
  • Currently committee member for Butterfly Run Quinte
  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • Member of Expert Advisory Panel for Early Pregnancy Loss in the Emergency Department – Recommendations for the Provision of Compassionate Care, Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Mental Health (March 2017)
  • Nominee for Canada 150 award, 2017

Falon Martin

Labour and Postpartum Doula instructor, Ontario


Email: instructor@doulatraining.ca

Bio coming soon!

Caylan Barber

Fertility Support Program (coming Fall 2019), Program Coordinator
Provincial Liaison – British Columbia and Alberta

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

Email:  britishcolumbia@doulatraining.ca


Jessica Persiel-Jones

Labour Doula instructor, Alberta

Lover of trees, yoga, yarn and travel. Our primary Alberta instructor has a history in Gender and Women’s Studies and is a certified Labour Doula who has a knack for writing. She finds her muse in nature – truly Canadian! Mother of two busy little men, and woman on the go.

Email: instructor@doulatraining.ca


Kira Beaudry

Provincial Liaison – Manitoba

Certifying Labour Doula, Doula Canada
Owner of Hatch Holistics

Email:  manitoba@doulatraining.ca


Manon Laviolette

Provincial Liaison – New Brunswick

Certifying Labour Doula and Postpartum Doula, Doula Canada
Owner of Holistic Homeostasis

Email:  newbrunswick@doulatraining.ca


Samantha Whitman

Provincial Liaison – Newfoundland and Labrador

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

Email:  newfoundland@doulatraining.ca


Shandelle Ferguson

Provincial Liaison – Nova Scotia

Certified Labour and Postpartum Doula (Doula Canada)

Email:  novascotia@doulatraining.ca

Doula Training Canada

Tara Kloostra – Central and Eastern Provincial Liaison for Ontario

Jennifer Leigh – Northern and Western Provincial Liaison for Ontario

Provincial Liaisons – Ontario


Carma Proskie

Provincial Liaison – Saskatchewan

Certified Childbirth Educator, Doula Canada

Email:  saskatchewan@doulatraining.ca

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