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 training materials
  • Trauma-informed mentorship
  • Collaboration
  • Community building
  • Professional development

Our Vision:

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

Why train with the DTC team?

Our team has 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?
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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.



    Shaunacy King (she/her)

    Director/Owner of Doula Training Canada Inc.
    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 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.

    About Shaunacy:
    – Primarily white immigrant ancestry
    – Bisexual
    – Mother of two bright-spirited young children

    Shaunacy lives and works on the unceded territory of the Anishabewaki and Mississauga First Persons of Turtle Island.

    Email: shaunacy@doulatraining.ca

    Other awesome facts about Shaunacy
    • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula
    • Certified Childbirth Educator
    • MPhil in History, University of Glasgow
    • Doctoral candidate, Trent University (PhD)
    • Masters of Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University
    • Shaunacy has attended training with Spinning Babies, Perinatal Loss and Companioning, Dancing for Birth, Flock Yeah!
    • Shaunacy has training and experience in breastfeeding education, rebozo, birth positioning and tools, decoding race and anti-racism, sex therapy, family systems and counseling tools, ethics, research methodologies, and a number of business workshops.
    • Former President for the Association of Ontario Doulas
    • Previous owner of Glow Birth Services (est. 2009)
    • Holistic Nutrition Diploma candidate (2019-current)
    • Herbalist Diploma candidate (2020-current)

    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


    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 


    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.


    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.



    Samantha Whitman (she/her)

    DTC Communications Coordinator

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

    Email:  samantha@doulatraining.ca


    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


    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


    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!

    Carissa is….
    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

    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.


    • 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!


    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

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