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 dynamic 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 cultures and traditions worldwide.

​DTC 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 an international Doula Nation!

Are you ready to Doula Canada?
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Shaunacy King, Doula Pro

Director of Doula Canada Inc.
Program Coordinator for all Doula programs
Developer of primary workshops
Lead instructor for Menopause Doula Program

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 devoted her time to researching the social and cultural experiences of women and children.

Over the past 14 years Shaunacy has supported hundreds of labour doula clients, and thousands of families in their postpartum transitions, childbirth education courses, and workshop experiences.

Mother of two, you can find her curled up with a cuppa tea and a good book, or hanging out in a cafe somewhere around the world.  She loves to travel!


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 program (2019-current)

Sondra Marcon

Program Coordinator
Lead Instructor, all programs
Infant and Pregnancy Loss Developer

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


Carissa Marks Thomson

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

Renée Curry

Project Manage & French-Language Consultant

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.


Shandelle Ferguson

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

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!)

Email: jillian@doulatraining.ca


Caylan Barber

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 

Bridget Graham

Provincial Liaison – Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

Certified Labour and Postpartum Doula, Doula Canada

Currently a member of the Nova Scotia Doula Association, as well as a Board Member for the Midwifery Coalition of Nova Scotia, Abortion Support Services Atlantic and the Halifax Women’s History Society.  Bridget is a Sparks leader for Girl Guides, and a member of the Students on Ice Alumni Council, as well as a member of Global Shapers Halifax Hub, and an advisor for the Alpha Eta chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta.

Bachelor of Arts Combined Honours degree in Environment, Sustainability and Society, as well as Canadian Studies from Dalhousie.

Master of Arts degree in Canadian History, Dalhousie.

Presenter at the EECOM conference in October 2018 on student engagement via social media.

Bridget vis présentement à Halifax, aussi connu come Kjipuktuk, en Nouvelle-Écosse avec sa partenaire Aaron, et leur chatte Alice. Elle adore lire, cuisiner, faires des conserves et faire du tricot. Elle apprend présentement comment faire du contrepointe.

Email: bridget@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

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