Meet our Doula Team

At Discover Birth we find the perfect match for you. Meet our doula team.

Meet our doula team – Since birth is a profoundly intimate experience you need to find someone that you and your support person ‘click’ with. At Discover Birth you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Every doula on our team is professionally trained by a recognized certifying organization.

You should interview a few different doulas to choose the one that is the best fit with your personality, beliefs, philosophy, and hopes for birth.Discover Birth team

Some clients prefer to have someone who’s gone through additional special training or who is certified with certain organizations (to receive reimbursement from their benefit plan for example). Finding the one that you feel most comfortable with is the main goal. You are the best judge of their “fit” with you and your partner and other support people. We’ll definitely help you get started! You don’t need to pick from this great big list! We do an intake with you and send you 1-2 doulas to meet with to get started. Please call us at any time! 1-877-BIRTH36 (247-8436)

Areas our Doulas and Educators serve:
TORONTO, ON and surrounding areas
DURHAM REGION, ON and surrounding areas
BRAMPTON, MISSISSAUGA, ON and surrounding areas (West side of GTA)

Management

Stefanie Antunes

Stefanie Antunes

Founder and Chief Doula & Educator

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
DONA Doula Trainer
Lamaze® Educator

Stefanie is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA Birth Doula Trainer and offers birth and postpartum doula services. She has worked in the field for over 15 years and is the founder of Discover Birth, the Birth Doula Program, and Doula School. She has supported over a thousand clients through her classes and doula services and mentors doulas on the team and in the province.

Jennifer Rogers

Jennifer Rogers

Birth Doula, Lamaze Educator

Sales and Management with Discover Birth
Birth Doula
Lamaze Childbirth Educator
I became a Lamaze Certified Birth Educator soon after the birth of my first son. My husband and I had a great experience in our own Lamaze class and felt more prepared, informed and confident going into our Birth. I wanted to help other new families to have a similar experience. Lamaze practices are based on the best scientific & medical evidence available and are designed to promote safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting. I also love that the classes are so interactive and never dull! I also knew that I would eventually find my way into the birth room. As a birth doula, I can hold a safe space for the family to experience something truly amazing. Plus, birth is cool. I love it!

Doulas and Educators serving TORONTO, ON and surrounding areas. Meet our doula team!

Alicia Santin

Alicia Santin

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
Postnatal Yoga Teacher

I have always found birth to be beautiful and powerful. After having my own child and birth experience, I decided to pursue training as a doula.
I believe birth is an act of love. It is transformational in so many ways, and it is so much more than just the birth of a child – it’s the start of a new life for everyone. As a birth and post partum doula I find fulfilment not in giving strength to birthing individuals and their family, but helping them access the strength they already posses. Confidence to trust your instincts, to nurse your baby to sleep if you want to, to hold your baby tons, to ask for help, to read books and then to throw out what doesn’t sit with you – to not let the advice of friends, family or random people on the bus take up too much space in your head. Its this kind of confidence that I encourage in the individuals and families I support.
During birth and in the uncertain days of early parenting, I come alongside families with a non-anxious presence and the belief that they can succeed.

Allana Fulton

Allana Fulton

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
My name is Allana and I bring amazing energy along with my common sense approach to birth and parenting…all of which my clients find uplifting, reassuring and reliable. I am DONA trained as both a Birth and Postpartum Doula and have been working with families in Toronto and the GTA since 2012. In this work I have found my true calling. I am fierce about women’s rights which includes the choice to birth, without judgement or fear. Working with new parents is such a joy for me. Not only do I get to be a part of the beautiful process that is labour and birth but on the postpartum side of things, I get to witness my clients become calm, confident, loving parents. I am driven to build a respected name in the birthing community for Discover Birth while I continue to learn from and serve families in Toronto and the GTA.
Andrea Lorenzo

Andrea Lorenzo

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Doula
20 years of nanny experience
Andrea’s call to postpartum doula and newborn care support came after spending over 20 years as a trained career nanny for infants and toddlers, working for many diverse families. So it was natural for her to make the transition into the doula world. She is a CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula. She is always attending workshops and trainings to strengthen her knowledge, further her education and support families to the best of her ability.
Andrea strongly believes that the postpartum period is a special time that should be tended to with the utmost consideration. The importance of healing for the birthing parent and bonding with the new baby should be the primary concern during the postpartum period. She is committed to guide you through supportive postnatal care, allowing you time to gently recover from childbirth and providing companionship and reassurance in the journey into parenthood, supporting all your choices without judgment.
She will help with newborn soothing techniques, sleep, breast or bottle feeding and healthy gentle routines. All her training and skills are at your service, so you will feel prepared and confident. Andrea also nurtures new moms and assists in both emotional and physical recovery. She also enjoys preparing nutritious postpartum meals.
She firmly believe that the best thing that mom can do for baby is to take good care of herself.
Claire Anne Gallagher

Claire Anne Gallagher

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
My name is Claire Anne and I am mother to two amazing, genuine and sensitive grown children, who are parents to my six beautiful growing grandchildren.

Forever, passionate about Birth, my adult life began with a big move to Alberta at the age of seventeen and became a ranch owner. Managing the breeding farm myself, I witnessed the animals’ births and their behavior and calmness in birth. I envisioned the same for myself. Although my birth was a longer process, the serenity and calmness prevailed and my daughter made her entrance earth side naturally, I was elated and filled with an indescribable energy and motherly love and thus my Motherhood journey began.

Now as a Doula I am able to support families looking to make informed birth choices about their own pregnancy and birth.

I am confident, caring, calm, with a very centered heart. I am fascinated with reading and studying anything related to birth and postpartum, and sharing all this with my clients and other doulas too.

Chimaya Brookes

Chimaya Brookes

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula

My doula origin story started with my third baby. During this pregnancy, I was in a holistic nutrition course and learning so much about wellness and wellbeing. I felt nurtured and excited about my birth. This being my third child, I felt as though I was prepared enough and actually the labour was not all what I had expected. It was my first unmedicated birth and I felt unsettled and unprepared.

I realized that there should be a care position to assist alongside all the other team members. Someone who can hold space for the new feelings I was experiencing, someone to help me move physically through labour and even help in the early days at home This is when I began looking into what a doula is and it fit perfectly with my vision. I now focus on marrying birthwork with wellness and self care. The best part for me in this role, is reaffirming families in their own decisions around their birth and parenting journey.

Janalee Ferreira

Janalee Ferreira

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
Janalee has trained in Ontario, NYC and British Columbia with one intention: to gather all the necessary tools and skills to offer families the support and respect they deserve on their pregnancy and postpartum journey. She is now settled in the GTA and proud to serve families of all shapes and sizes. Janalee’s practice as a doula is centered on holistic, compassionate, and evidence-based care. She believes deeply in the power of a birthing person’s body and intuition, and that the way a person brings their baby earthside absolutely matters. Doula work has allowed Janalee the opportunity and honour to witness families as they bloom and grow into what they’ve always dreamed of becoming.
Marcia Horbacio

Marcia Horbacio

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Certified Birth Doula
Certified Postpartum Doula
Certified Sleep consultant

Marcia has a passion for her work and her love for babies shows in the way she smiles at them. People say that she smiles with her eyes and that is a great feeling when sleep deprivation hits and they need someone with loving arms to hold their babies so they can get some rest. As a birth doula, she is that loving hand, the eyes that speak, and the presence that calms and soothes. 

Marcia believes that the birthing person should be the protagonist in the birthing room and her presence as a doula should be there to reduce fear and increase confidence in the ability to give birth. One of her birth clients said she spoke very little but her eyes were sending a message of courage and safety all the time. 

Marcia has supported countless families through her postpartum support, specializing in multiples and sleep support.

Nikita Shahamat

Nikita Shahamat

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
Specializing in Mental Health Communication

Nikita is a passionate birth and postpartum doula trained with DONA International. She brings her experience in meditation and emotional support to allow a sense of calm and focus to wash over your precious moments. She allows parents to be their true selves without judgment and encourages them to speak their mind and hearts when dealing with life changing moments such as pregnancy and birth. Helping families is her passion.

Nikita Gambhir

Nikita Gambhir

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
Rhondda Smiley

Rhondda Smiley

Birth Doula

Birth Doula
Yoga Instructor
I am a Birth Doula, Certified Yoga Instructor with a passion for pre and post natal yoga.
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.
Sarah Leitch

Sarah Leitch

Birth and Postpartum Doula, ECA

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
Early Childhood Asst

After experiencing my nephews’ birth and caring for him as an infant, it was then when I learned the true value of a strong support system. I wanted to educate myself about all things baby so I could support my family and friends in their transition to parenthood.

Time passed and, after the birth of my second daughter, I officially started on my journey to become a doula. I completed my training with Bebo Mia and have been continuing my education through self-studies of calm birth methods.

When I’m not listening to podcasts and audio books about birth/babies, I love hanging out with my 2 little girls and my husband. We love going for nature walks, having dance parties in the living room, and getting creative with arts and crafts.

My goal is to instill confidence and the feeling of comfort and safety for a seamless transition into parenthood.

“Rule number one: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two: It’s all small stuff.” – Robert S. Eliot

Sabrina Morataya

Sabrina Morataya

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
Bachelor’s Degree in Gender and Women’s Studies
Certified CPR

Sabrina is a Labor and Post-partum Doula; Sabrina is trained in both but specializes in postpartum care. Sabrina has attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from York University. Sabrina believes in supporting all parents during the birth and postpartum period.  Before deciding to become a Doula, she had already begun her journey supporting young mothers. Sabrina is also a mother and based on her personal experiences became a Doula to provide non-judgmental support to other mothers. Sabrina chose postpartum work because she understands that this period is a vulnerable time and parents need as much support as possible to adjust to parenting. Sabrina is dedicated to supporting her clients emotionally by being of service to them in whichever way they need. Sabrina supports her clients by utilizing the knowledge she has attained through her personal experiences as a parent as well as her formal training and education.  

Sarah McKee

Sarah McKee

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula 

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 3 year old, and taking the occasional nap!

Sayshan Johnson

Sayshan Johnson

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Doula 

I am a DONA trained Postpartum doula who adores children and loves to be of service and support to parents in their most vulnerable time: transition to parenthood. I have a background in medical device reprocessing, and I am currently a nursing student. From a very young age I knew that I wanted to assist and care for people, which is what led me nursing. I personally don’t think that parents get the necessary help that they need postpartum. I can be that help! I love making each day a little easier for families and celebrate with them when they achieve their goals. When I’m not working as a Doula I enjoy travelling, trying new foods and binge watching my favourite shows. I look forward to meeting you, and making your transition smooth and your experience amazing!

Suki Gaetz

Suki Gaetz

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula

I have a background in social work and working with families (specifically infants and children). Since I was a little girl I’ve had a passion for helping people. I have always loved babies and after having my own I became interested in how I could get involved in supporting families in their birthing journeys. Becoming a doula has been a perfect fit for me to combine my passion and my experience into a very meaningful and rewarding career. 
My pastimes include soaking up as much time with my teenagers as I can, being with my extended family and friends, spinning, baking, sewing and reading.

Tanicia Reedon

Tanicia Reedon

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Specialist
Breast/Chest Feeding Support
Intimacy/Sex After Birth Trained (Doula Canada)

Tanicia’s passion to become a Doula came to her at the age of 13 when her mother was pregnant with her sister. Experiencing first hand the ups and downs that flowed from pregnancy to birth (…and beyond) cemented her desire to care for mom and baby. After (literally) bumping into a midwifery student on the TTC one day she realized she could turn her passion into a career. Tanicia is a trained Labour Doula and Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Specialist Doula (with ProDoula, 2019) and her Doula arsenal includes: Breast/Chest Feeding, Developing the Bond Between Mother and Baby, Sex After Birth, Pelvic Floor Health, New Parent Education and Infant Massage. With 2 teenaged sisters she is the unofficial “period expert” in her family and among friends. She is fiercely passionate about social justice issues especially those that affect women, and has led women’s health seminars and ‘Lunch n Learn’ sessions at previous jobs.

Tashi Harrow

Tashi Harrow

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
Educator
I am a DONA trained labor/birth and postpartum Doula. Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. My work is truly a labor of love! My approach is holistic and intimate. I ensure that my client and client’s family understand that I am a part of the support staff. Together we build a great rapport and help make your little one’s journey earthside as smooth as possible! I’m also currently earning my certification in childbirth education. I am constantly adding services and skills to my repertoire, to be of better use to my families I work with, and for my overall purpose in life. Being born in Southern California and raised in Japan leaves me with a constant sunny disposition and a great work ethic. I am a mom of two toddler boys which really keeps me on my toes-but it also means that I have pretty much seen, heard and dealt with all sorts of things. I love the Simpsons, animals and good food! I look forward to speaking and working with you soon.

Doulas and Educators serving DURHAM, KAWARTHAS, ON and surrounding areas on the East side of the GTA and beyond. Meet our doula team!

Andrea Paul

Andrea Paul

Birth Doula

Birth Doula Childbirth Educator
I am a DONA certified birth doula, a placenta encapsulator, and a childbirth educator. I believe in informed consent and helping women have the most positive birth memories possible. I love the different experiences I get to have as a doula with each unique and strong mom. Regardless of whether you want a natural birth or not, I look forward to celebrating your birth experience and helping you to have the birth you desire.
Claire Anne Gallagher

Claire Anne Gallagher

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
My name is Claire Anne and I am mother to two amazing, genuine and sensitive grown children, who are parents to my six beautiful growing grandchildren.

Forever, passionate about Birth, my adult life began with a big move to Alberta at the age of seventeen and became a ranch owner. Managing the breeding farm myself, I witnessed the animals’ births and their behavior and calmness in birth. I envisioned the same for myself. Although my birth was a longer process, the serenity and calmness prevailed and my daughter made her entrance earth side naturally, I was elated and filled with an indescribable energy and motherly love and thus my Motherhood journey began.

Now as a Doula I am able to support families looking to make informed birth choices about their own pregnancy and birth.

I am confident, caring, calm, with a very centered heart. I am fascinated with reading and studying anything related to birth and postpartum, and sharing all this with my clients and other doulas too.

Helena McMann

Helena McMann

Birth, Postpartum Doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
Lamaze Certified Educator
Henna Artist
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).

Sarah McKee

Sarah McKee

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula 

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 3 year old, and taking the occasional nap!

Shawna Williscroft

Shawna Williscroft

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula Experience with Multiples
I have always approached life and health in a natural and holistic way, so when I became pregnant with my first child thirteen years ago, my attitude towards my pregnancy and birth was the same. I had done a lot of research during my pregnancy, yet I was disappointed and unprepared when things did not go according to plan. For my next birth, I began a more serious study of the subject , and I am now a DONA educated birth & postpartum doula. Armed with knowledge, education and support, I went on to have three beautiful home births and I am now blessed with four healthy, successfully breastfed children. There are birth doulas, postpartum doulas and then there is me! I combine the two roles with childbirth education for a complete package. I believe that continuity of care is essential for parents to feel confident in their new roles. I work very hard to establish a trusting relationship with families early in pregnancy and this continues well after birth. My specialty is home and/or natural birth and if these are your goals then I am able to help you to achieve them, however I support families in many different situations who chose a variety of birthing options. Through education with evidence-based information, I assist you to become aware of your alternatives. Parents can then feel confident to make decisions regarding their births, whatever the situation may be. My services are tailored to each family’s needs and I offer several packages which include:

  • private prenatal classes (Birth & baby preparation)
  • birth doula services
  • postpartum care (Basic newborn care, breastfeeding, etc.)

My goal is to help parents achieve births that promote better outcomes for both mother and child and help families get off to the best possible beginnings.

Tia Cisneros

Tia Cisneros

Birth Doula

Birth Doula

When I had my first daughter I experienced precipitous labor. Although I was listening to my body and knew I was in labor nobody believed me and I was sent home multiple times. It was a very frustrating situation and although my daughter was born healthy, I was left with memories that replayed several times after due to the fast labor and delivery. When I found out I was pregnant with my second I knew I needed more support. I had an amazing experience under the care of my midwives and during my pregnancy, dove into learning as much as I could about coping with precipitous labor knowing I would likely experience it again. Surely it was the case and thankfully it was a more enjoyable memory the second time around. My experiences made me want to help others ensure they have a positive birthing experience and have that person there for them when things are not your average textbook labor.

Doulas and Educators serving BRAMPTON, MISSISSAUGA, ON and surrounding areas on the West side of the GTA. Meet our doula team!

Jackie Munro

Jackie Munro

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Doula

I am a mother of three and know first-hand the challenges that can come with bringing home a newborn baby. This has been my driving force to becoming a postpartum doula. I really want to help support new parents so that the birthing person can spend their energy healing, and both parents can spend time bonding with baby and resting. By being able to anticipate the needs of the new family, and by providing the extra hands they are looking for, I can help to create a calm and supportive environment.
I am currently in the process of achieving my DONA Postpartum Doula Certification, and am Standard First Aid + CPR qualified.
When I am not working, I love travelling, exploring, nature walks, browsing through Indigo, and zentangle (a fancy way to doodle – very relaxing!)

Mia Myers

Mia Myers

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula
Postpartum Doula
My doula journey began long ago, in my childhood, with the discovery of a random pregnancy book at my local library (where I spent far too much time!). That book inspired a lifelong fascination with birth work, which led me to consume every tv show, book and documentary I could find about pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting. Following my graduation, I worked as a nanny, alongside completing my psychology degree, growing to love babies just as much as I did birth.

By the time my daughter was born, I had long since written up a birth plan, chosen my care providers and felt completely confident in my ability to parent my child. Following my own birth experience, I began to wonder if I could help other parents achieve that same inner peace I had felt beginning my parenting journey. I completed my doula training (inspired by my own doula) not long after. Being able to support families throughout pregnancy, witnessing them meet their babies for the first time, and being there for them as they come into their own as parents, is the most amazing experience, and I hope to be doing this work forever.

Priyanka Gulati

Priyanka Gulati

Birth Doula

Womens Health Physiotherapy
Lamaze Childbirth Educator
Birth Doula (DONA)
Blooma Prenatal Yoga training

I am a women’s health physiotherapist, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Doula and a mom of a two year old girl! Three years ago as I started attending labours I realized the big difference it made for families to have someone by their side. My belief in doulas grew stronger when I had one for my daughter’s birth. My wish is to be there for you and your family through the trials of labour and birth. Labour and birth may be just the way you imagined it, or it may be a different kind of journey, but in the end my goals is for you to come away satisfied and happy for the experience of your birth!

Find a Class or Doula

Our wonderful team of doulas, lactation consultants, and childbirth educators are at your disposal. At Discover Birth you’re bound to find the perfect match for your needs in Durham Region.