Meet Our Doula Team
Your doula will be with you on one of the most personal and vulnerable days of you life. It’s important that you feel comfortable with who they are and that they fit well into your family dynamic. If there is a specific person from our doula team that you feel drawn to, let us know! Or if you’d like to interview a few, we’d be happy to connect you with multiple doulas to help you find your perfect doula match.
Stefanie Antunes had her first baby in 1998. The experience was NOT AT ALL what she had hoped for. Years later before the birth of her second baby, she made sure to attend childbirth education classes and become an informed decision-maker.
This time, with the knowledge she needed and techniques she learned in class, she had a fabulous experience. Right away she knew she wanted to help other families to prepare for this important day. Stefanie became a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator, and later a certified doula through DONA. She is the former Public Relations Director for DONA International and sits on the board of the Association of Ontario Doulas.
Stefanie believes that the world can be a better place if parents can have more positive childbirth experiences, allowing them to bond properly with their babies. She works tirelessly to change the world in this aspect…one family at a time.
Jayne comes from a family of many nurses and health care workers. Growing up around these professionals gave her a deep love and respect for care-giving, and wonderful insight into communicating with compassion.
Her mother cared for both of her grandmothers and other unwell family members in their home, and in so doing, set a clear example of the positive ways in which you can work with someone who is in need of support. There was no patronizing, no fear, and no assumptions. Jayne loved watching her mother in these situations and would follow her around asking questions incessantly. Even when she was quite young, Jayne’s mother showed the utmost respect for her curiosity and was very patient with her interest. From witnessing her mother in this role, Jayne grew up to be a calm and non-judgemental person, even under the most stressful circumstances.
As a teenager, she refined her own ability to care for others when she began volunteering in an elderly care facility where she learned how powerful listening to people’s stories could be. Jayne was teased by her peers for being so quiet and shy, but the people Jayne met while volunteering were grateful to have someone who would truly listen to them.
As your doula, Jayne will bring peace to your moments of worry, confidence to your moments of doubt, and care to those moments when you feel most vulnerable.
I believe in non – judgemental support and help to ease anxiety and fear related to birth. You CAN be confident and prepared for both your birth and early months of parenting. My experience and confidence can help you best communicate with your care providers, while my calming and nurturing nature can ease your fear and help keep you focused during birth.
Certified DONA Doula, Certified Lamaze Educator and owner of PATH (parenting at the hub – education and consulting for holistic businesses to better support local families). I am also the past Executive Director for The Birth Doula Program and currently the Membership Director for Association of Ontario Doulas.
Recently founded PATH (Parenting at the Hub) – an integrative program bringing Holistic Practitioners, Doulas and Educators together to best Support expecting families during every stage of their journey (fertility to baby’s first year).
I’m Sarah, a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula providing inclusive, non-judgmental care to families in Durham region and the GTA.
My practice is rooted in reproductive justice, anti-racism and anti-oppression. I value diversity and I adore getting to know birthing people and their families, listening deeply to what is most important to you, helping you make informed decisions and supporting your choices without judgment. I believe that the care and guidance we receive when pregnant and birthing should extend to the postpartum period, and that doulas are an essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to creating that “village” support our ancestors had long ago.
My pastimes include hiking in the woods with my dog, spending time with family and friends, making up ridiculous games for my 4 year old, and taking the occasional nap!
Birth Doula, Birthing from Within Mentor
What is one thing about you most people don’t know about?
I trained as a professional dancer til an injury halted that career when I was 21. I took up dancing again a few years ago, and enjoy it more than ever before. Its been a dream come true to perform with my daughter over the last two summers in community projects with Dusk Dances and Porch View Dances.
What is one thing you are most scared about?
Why did you become a doula?
I believe that a mother’s birth experience matters. It matters to her, it matters to her baby, it matters to her family, and by extension it matters to all of us. The scientific evidence concurs with this view. I chose to become a doula to support women in one of the most profound events in their lives. I truly believe that helping a mother to have a safe and satisfying birth can change the world. Becoming a doula has drawn together all the many threads in my life in a way that I could never have predicted, to weave a rich tapestry that feels complete.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working as a doula?
When I’m not doula-ing, you might find me doing yoga or meditating, swooning over good poetry, cooking for my family or catching the latest Marvel universe superhero flick with my husband and girl.
What’s your favorite quote?
“All the suffering in the world has come from wanting happiness for yourself. All the happiness in the world has come from wanting to make others happy.” ~ Shantideva