About

About

Launched in 2016, Your Downtown Doula is your Toronto source for pregnancy health and wellness! Looking for a prenatal class that ensures you are prepared for birth? Curious about a doula but unsure about if you really need one? Questions about pregnancy, birth or postpartum care? You’ve come to the right place!

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Co-Founder: Dr. Sarah Winward, ND

Sarah Winward in Brampton

Hi! I’m Sarah, a Naturopathic Doctor, Birth Doula and Pregnancy and Infant Loss Doula and Breastfeeding Expert. I am also a mama to one amazing son. My passion is to empower parents through their optimal birth and postpartum experience, regardless of circumstances.

Background and experience:

I completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences at McMaster University. About a year into my Masters in the same field I realized that I was meant to work with people, not with machines and computer programming. Searching for a path in the health care world led me to Naturopathic Medicine- the perfect blend of science and traditional wisdom that focuses on the patient as a whole person.

I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, completing my internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic. I also had the incredible opportunity to work at the Anishnawbe Health centre during the summer of 2016. These continued experiences have reinforced what I already knew; supporting healing and wellness is what I am supposed to do.

WHY BIRTH?

In 2015, I had the opportunity to take a Naturopathic Doula course. I was absolutely inspired! Here was a way to teach and empower women, to help them navigate one of the most important events of their lives! Soon after completing the course I attended my first birth, and I was hooked. I began devouring every piece of information on childbirth and labour care that I could, and I have been attending births regularly ever since. It is always an honour to be present and to witness the incredible journey of childbirth.

Co-Founder: Dr. Olivia Chubey, ND

Olivia Chubey

Hey! I’m Olivia, a Naturopathic Doctor, Birth Doula and HypnoBirthing Instructor.  I believe in facilitating the change I want to see in the world, which is to remove the fear quite often associated with the birthing process.  I’m passionate about creating a safe and loving space where parents can confidently make informed decisions that work best for them and their baby in collaboration with medical staff. Learn more about me here.

Background and experience:

I recently graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, completing my internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic and at LAMP Community Health Centre.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University. With an active background competing in rhythmic gymnastics, dance and powerlifting, I’ve come to understand the power and importance of the mind and it’s connection to the body.  The value of this connection in healing is what brought me to Naturopathic Medicine, and what has continued to carry me through my other certifications in Doula work and HypnoBirthing.

WHY BIRTH?

I’m in constant awe of the ability women have to grow and birth life.  I felt growing up though that the celebration of this gift and passed-down knowledge around pregnancy in general had become scarce in my environment.  In the past, we saw our sister, cousins, friends give birth, it wasn’t ‘scary’ or ‘foreign’.  If not for my naturopathic training, I felt like my environment would have frightened me as opposed to prepared me for labour.  Like Sarah, I felt inspired after taking a Naturopathic Doula course and began volunteering with the Hearts and Hands Doula Group at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. I then heard about HypnoBirthing and after shadowing a few instructors I knew it would benefit future parents, so I wanted to be able to offer it. I’m passionate about this as through the work I do, I see the change happening! I see more and more parents wanting empowered births and I want to take part in helping people feel confident, calm and happy with their birth experiences.

Dr. EeVon Ling, ND

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So nice to meet you! I’m EeVon, a Naturopathic Doctor, Hypnotherapist, Birth Doula and HypnoBirthing Instructor. I like to take a down-to-earth and energetic approach while bringing my medical knowledge and experience to each and every birth.

Background and experience:

With a bachelors degree in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University, I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003 and started practice that same year. A few years later I became a certified Hypnotherapist to integrate more mind-body approches into my practice. Currently, I provide services from “pre-bump to baby”: I help women and men overcome fertility challenges; I offer HypnoBirthing classes to help pregnant women prepare and empower themselves for a positive birth; and I provide doula services to parents to help them during a very transformative time in their lives. Needless to say, every work day is different and I love what I do!

WHY BIRTH?

It sounds funny, but I evolved into a doula. After a few years of general practice as an ND, my clinical focus shifted into fertility. Then I became pregnant. And the funny thing was, even though I was helping women become pregnant, it wasn’t until after I got pregnant myself that I first thought about labour and birth. I learned about HypnoBirthing from a patient which lead to my husband and I taking the classes.  As a result, I had 2 very positive home births for our daughters. Soon after the first birth, I became a certified instructor and though the years I have immensely enjoyed teaching hundreds of parents and empowering women to have prepared and confident births. Inevitably, parents started asking me to attend their births, making it a natural next step for me to become trained as a doula. Being a doula is amazing! Whether it is a new mom, experienced mom, single or twins, VBAC, natural, epidural, induction or c-section, you are there to help coax out the power that resides in each and every woman. Through my own births and through the years as a doula, I’ve come to realize that what we do as doulas is important work. It’s important for each mom and each family we work with. And collectively, it’s important work for changing the landscape and culture of birth for women and their babies.

Dr. Kim Abog, ND

Kim

Hello, I’m Kim! I am a Naturopathic Doctor, Doula, and Natural Fertility and Reproductive Health Expert. I strongly believe in the role of the doctor as a health educator and facilitator, and what a privilege to be able to do just that! I aim to provide people with the right tools for the betterment of their health. I dedicate my time to helping people realize the incredible capacity of the body to heal and thrive especially when nurtured with good nutrition, movement, ample integrative care, informed health choices, and love and human connection. What a better way to realize this than through reclaiming your fertility and supporting your pregnancy!

Background and experience:

I earned my Doctor of Naturopathy degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. I completed my internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto.

Prior to moving to Toronto, I earned my degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines as well as a handful of medical school enrolment forms. Back then, I had a faint idea of what sustainable health care looked like, but I had already been doubting the ability of conventional medicine to provide people adequate health guidance and preventive education. I was able to witness a medical practitioner there that practiced obstetrics and gynaecology in a nurturing and holistic way, and that inspired me to further my curiosity in the realm of reproductive health. I was reminded of this experience while completing my studies in Toronto. I then completed the Naturopathic Doula course and conducted volunteer doula work as a student.

My enjoyable experiences with holistic practitioners and expecting people have only encouraged me to expand my practice by integrating doula work with integrative naturopathic care.

WHY BIRTH?

I was born and raised in the Philippines, where conventional medicine dominated the tone for healthcare. Lives were saved, yes, but consequently, the approach to obstetrics was generally cold and rushed. The idea of pregnancy, birth, and labor was usually laced with dread and fear. I wanted to help change how we see these natural, normal, and incredible phases of our journey. I believe that providing naturopathic and integrative care in preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum can also be a great way to helping expecting people and their families achieve their best health.

Alex James

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Hey there! I’m Alex, a Postpartum Doula and Nutritionist. I believe it’s possible for all birthing people and their families to have an amazing postpartum experience, where they are honoured, celebrated, rested, and well fed.

Background and experience:

I’ve spent nearly a decade supporting and empowering people with their health and wellness. In 2013 I graduated with First Class Honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Over the last couple of years I became interested in using my knowledge to support families, and began continuing my education in prenatal and pediatric nutrition. I completed my Postpartum Doula certification with Doula Canada.

WHY Postpartum?

Simply put, there is not enough support in our culture for people who have just had babies! The postpartum period is often overlooked amidst all the excitement and preparation for the birth, after which the focus becomes all about the baby instead of supporting the parent(s) and the family as a whole.

Other countries around the world have rich traditions during the postpartum period. These traditions are centered around food and rest, they nourish the birthing person in their recovery, and they honour the huge transition that has occurred...this is what inspires me in my work! I believe the fourth trimester is a special, sacred time, and that parents need appropriate space and time for healing, bonding, and adjusting. If the parents are thriving, the baby will thrive, too. The positive long term effects of this kind of postpartum care are unknown - but I believe there are many, and that they may carry on for generations.

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