MEET THE TEAM

Find the right Doula for you! We are here to help.

We are a team of Birth and Postpartum Doulas, Birth Photographers and Placenta Encapsulators

Thank you for being here! 

 

Our birth and postpartum doulas are here to guide you, support you and provide non-judgmental care. Each doula on our team is certified and trained in many different support methods to best care for you in the most transformative time of your life.

We will be happy to do a in home consultation or meet at a location that works best for you! If there is a doula (or two) that you would prefer to meet please be sure to advise of their names in the comments section of the contact form. Availability is based on each doulas schedule and we will do our best to accommodate your needs and wishes!

All of these doulas support families in Toronto and the surrounding GTA. Let us find the best doula fit for you and your family!

MARIA TAMAYO, Birth Doula

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Warm, intuitive, and knowledgeable; Maria has worked with children and families for many years, following her passion in caring for others. She came to Toronto in 2011 and here is where she finally decided to fulfill her love for women, babies and birth.

After Maria attended her first birth as a Doula, she knew that it was not only what she wanted to do but what she was supposed to do. She found her true calling.

For her, witnessing the transformation that women go through, together with their partners is beautiful. Witnessing and being a part of the miracle of birth is a privilege.

With ample professional training and gentle spirit Maria, guides and supports her clients through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. Her intention as a doula is to create a calm, loving, compassionate, joyful and empowering space to make their experience the best that it can be.

Every pregnant person, baby and birth are unique, and her work involves respecting and encouraging her client’s natural rhythms and needs.

  • DONA Certified Birth Doula CD(DONA)
  • Postpartum Doula
  • Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator (LCCE)
  • Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator (SpBCPE) Placenta Encapsulation
  • Prenatal yoga Instructor.
  • Certified Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant.
  • Trained in Rebozo Techniques.
  • Trained in Acupressure Techniques for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Experience working with families with multiples.

 

NIDHI SETH, Birth Doula

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I am a compassionate Birth and Postpartum Doula who started my journey as a medical student in Europe for 8 years. After seeing how much emotional and mental awareness was lacking in patient recovery,I left medical school in search of a new purpose, that was more spiritually aligned. I want to help women make informed decisions without compromising their recovery. With the right knowledge and by nurturing, empowering & inspiring those to gain confidence during their pregnancy, labour & postpartum. I believe in combining modern day medicine with ancient philosophies to bring about the most balanced version of self.

  • Birth & Postpartum Doula with DONA International
  • Accredited Breastfeeding Course through DONA International
  • Hatha Yoga Instructor
  • Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Instructor
  • Thai Massage Therapist
  • Trained in Rebozo Techniques
  • Trained in Acupressure comfort measures
  • Trained Child & Infant CPR + First Aid

CARISSA MARKS, Birth Doula

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Carissa is a Doula Canada Certified Labour and Postpartum Doula, is a Doula instructor with Doula Canada and is working towards her Childbirth Educator Certification.
Carissa was born and raised in Toronto, and worked as a Cardiac Technologist, Phlebotomist, and in Health and Safety for the Provincial Government. She decided to become a full time Doula in 2018. She is the single mother of two beautiful grown daughters and an auntie to one amazing nephew.
Carissa will support you through your birth and postpartum experience with ease and comfort, whatever that may look like. She will provide you with resources and evidence based information to guide you and support you.
Experience:
  • First, second and third time parents
  • Home and hospital
  • Midwives/OBGYN
  • Breech/transverse
  • High risk & complications/low risk
  • Natural, unmedicated, medicated, epidural
  • Inductions
  • Scheduled, emergency, gentle cesarean births
  • Worked with twins and triplets births and postpartum care
  • Premature delivery/postpartum
  • Postpartum complications, depression, anxiety
  • Trained in rebozo comfort measures via Gina Kirby

NIKITA SHAHAMET, Birth Doula

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Passionate and intuitive, Nikita uses her skills to provide families with comfort and care through labour and postpartum. Her passions of childcare followed her throughout her life and spanned many different countries but this was what she was meant for. This calling has led to helping families through this short and precious moment in their lives. Nikita uses her knowledge to empower her clients to embrace a personal pregnancy & postpartum healing journey. Assisting families through their many fluctuations of birthing, breast & chest feeding and adjusting to life at home.
She hopes to change the stigma that women should do it all and do it with a smile. Her hopes are to turn her clients into a village of people who learn and grow and feed each other with what they need for their families to grow harmoniously. Nikita is an inclusive LGBTQ+ advocate and believes all families should have the opportunity to experience birth and childbearing in their preferred way. She is here to provide knowledge, a sense of calm and support each family to their individual needs.

KIERA JAMES, Birth & Postpartum Doula

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Empathetic and intuitive, Kiera incorporates her skills and compassionate personality together to provide families with the best tools and support for them to make empowering decisions best suited for them.
With a passion for educating families on their rights and options of birth, Kiera enjoys bringing peace of mind and relaxation to families so that they can focus more on the welcoming of their new life. Her mission is to provide unbiased, non-judgmental support to parents in need with a focus of preventing the risks of Postpartum Mood Disorders. Kiera believes that every parent has the right to be informed and to experience the birth they desire without judgement or shame. As your birth and postpartum advocate, Kiera will ensure you are provided with all the evidence based resources and encouragement for families to stand firm in their decisions. Kiera is well trained in both Birth and Postpartum services, Breastfeeding Education and childbirth education. She is here to provide knowledge, support and encouragement to families in need.

AMELIA REBOLO, Placenta Encapsulation

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Placenta Encapsulation is a way that you can help prepare for your postpartum recovery. The process involves have your placenta prepared into a capsule form in order to take throughout your postpartum period. This practice has regained popularity in the past few years and we are pleased to offer this service to you!

For further information about these services please reach out directly by way of the the button at the bottom of this page.

Amelia holds an internationally recognized certificate in IOSHA blood borne pathogens standard 29 CFR 1090.1030 training, and has completed her training with the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts – one of the most comprehensive training programs available with the highest industry standards for safety and quality.

Prepared with organic ingredients (where applicable) and fresh filtered water.

Please see our doula services page for pricing!

Deanna Alves , Postpartum Doula

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Deanna is a calm and compassionate postpartum doula. She has always felt a strong desire to nurture and help others. It came as no surprise that upon learning about doula work, she felt deeply inspired to take a DONA Birth Doula Training and pursue this calling. She has since completed an Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula training and has been passionately supporting families for the last three years. She offers heart-centered care to birthers and their families as well as; provides tools to help birthers empower themselves and heal during this sensitive time. She believes that the birth and postpartum period is one of the most important times in a person's life and everyone deserves access to support during this pivotal transition. She is especially passionate about cooking and loves to nourish families with healing meals and beverages during their postpartum. In her practice, she incorporates the variety of holistic modalities she has learned over the years including Ayurveda, Herbalism, meditation and Reiki.

  • Birth Doula with DONA
  • Accredited Breastfeeding Course (DONA)
  • Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiving training with The Sacred Window Studies
  • Infant Sleep Course for Doulas with Toronto Yoga Mamas
  • Birth Support Infection Controls Protocol Training
  • Medicinal Kitchen Apprenticeship with Milk and Seed
  • Reiki Level 1

VANESSA CARBALLO , Birth & Postpartum Doula

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My name is Vanessa. I was born in Havana,Cuba in 1985, where I had a poor childhood full of fun adventure and lots of love from family and friend. At the age of 16 my mother and I came to Toronto,Canada for a better life, I finished High School and took ECE at George Brown College. After 3 years of college I worked in several daycare where I utilized my knowledge in the infant, toddle and school age rooms. After working in daycare centres I dedicated more than 17 years of my life working as a full and part-time nanny, taking care of newborns, toddlers and school age children. I am also trained with Dona international as a Birth and Postpartum Doula.  More over, I now Coach families with everyday parenting challenges. As a Nanny, Babysitter, Doula and Parenting Coach I encourages Compassion, Understanding, Team Work, A Judgment Free Space, Good Communication Skills, Open Mindedness, Creativity, Love and Respect.  

  • Birth and Postpartum Doula
  • ECE Nanny
  • Babysitter
  • Parenting Coach
  • Family photographer

MARJ WONG, Birth & Postpartum Doula

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Marj is a birth and postpartum doula, a yoga / fitness instructor, an essential oil educator, and a mom of two! She is deeply committed to wellness as a holistic lifestyle.

As a DONA certified doula, Marj believes that it is within each birthing person’s innate wisdom and ability to give birth. Further, she believes that birthing should be an empowering experience.

Throughout both of her own pregnancies Marj practiced prenatal yoga, and she attributes her own remarkable birth experiences to her yoga practice and the HypnoBirthing method.

From motherhood, becoming a birth and postpartum doula was a natural progression for Marj and she quickly found herself fully immersed in supporting clients through pregnancy, labour and beyond. It is in this role where Marj feels her intuition, guidance, and personal experiences to be incredibly supportive and valuable. The maternal period can be challenging, but with the right support, Marj believes it can also be an incredibly joyous and transformative time.

Marj is a diaper free, breastfeeding, and HypnoBirthing advocate. She is trained in many comfort techniques and keeps her approach educational and informative. With her help, you will gain the confidence to nourish and care for your baby and yourself in the best way possible.

GIOVANNA AIELLO (Founder), Birth Doula + Photographer

Giovanna Aiello Postpartum Doula and Photographer

Long before I gave birth to my own child, this was what I always wanted to do. Even as a child I was obsessed with baby bellies and how it all worked. The gift to grow life from scratch is an amazing blessing and a miraculous journey. And experiencing pregnancy, labour and birth myself taught me everything I needed to know to start my journey as a doula. I love birth. I love pregnancy and my passion is for every woman to be treated with respect, tenderness, and skill during her labor and birth, and for all couples to draw closer together as they celebrate their new families. I thank my daughter everyday for inspiring me to do what I love. She is my greatest teacher.

  • Birth and Postpartum doula - Certified with Bebo Mia
  • Acupressure & Shiatsu Certified - Wellmother Shiatsu Birth Training
  • Spinning Babies Certified
  • Rebozo trained & Certified
  • Birth Photographer - Certified with Birth Becomes Her
  • Infant Sleep Educator training - Bebo Mia
  • Beyond the Basics Breastfeeding Education for Birth Professionals- Bebo Mia
  • Trained Child & Infant CPR + First Aid
  • Reiki certified - Level 1