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LAUNCHED IN 2016

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!

Founder: Dr. Sarah Winward, ND

Hi! I’m Sarah, a Naturopathic Doctor, Birth Doula and Pregnancy and Infant Loss Doula. My passion is to guide and empower parents through their optimal birth 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 recently completed my last year at 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.

Dr. Olivia Chubey, ND

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia Chubey

Simone Costa

Hi! I am Simone, Birth Doula, Naturopathic Doctor graduate and Massage Therapist graduate. I love empowering women to reconnect with their inner instincts and have the best possible experience with their births, in whichever way they choose to give birth.  Learn more about me here.

Background and experience:

I am a Birth Doula trained by DONA International. I am also Naturopathic Medicine graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario, and most recently, I completed studies in Massage Therapy at Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy, Toronto, Ontario. Other trainings include Reiki and BodyTalk System.

My training and experience allows me to empower women with up-to-date information, relaxation techniques, massage, energy healing techniques, to guide and comfort women as they go through the process of giving birth.

As a practitioner,I am passionate about listening to what my clients need, providing a safe space for them to share their concerns and wishes and helps them achieve their highest potential in life. With my knowledge and skills, I am able to assist them in re-establishing balance in their person as a whole.

WHY BIRTH?

Birth is one of the most intense experiences women can go through in their lives and it can affects their babies as well. In my personal experience, my mother had a very difficult birth process when I was born. Every time she would tell the story of my birth, I would experience her feelings of sadness, fear and despair, as she had a very difficult birth and lack of support. This motivated me to explore birth in depth, learning about the amazing physiology of birth and finding out more about what can help yield a more positive experience of birth. I observed that, as women distanced themselves from their roots as human beings, it affected their birthing process, making it harder than it is. On the other side, the more women could reconnect with their basic natural instincts, trust their bodies and receive support, the more satisfying was their birthing experience. This have inspired me to help as many women as possible by supporting and helping them to reconnect to their roots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex James

Hey there! I’m Alex, a Postpartum Doula, Nutritionist, and Placenta Arts Specialist. 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, and my Placenta Arts certification with the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our approach

Our role is to provide a non-judgemental support for you and your partner. We provide you with information, support and care- physical, emotional and spiritual, so that your birth experience is one you cherish. You are the leader in your birth journey, you deserve to have the best team behind you.

WHY CHOOSE A BIRTH DOULA?

  • Better pain managment means less use of pitocin

  • Less epidurals

  • Higher apgar scores for baby

  • Fewer C-sections

  • SHORTER LABOUR

  • LESS USE OF INSTRUMENTS LIKE FORCEPS AND VACUUMS

  • MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A VAGINAL BIRTH

  • MORE SATISFACTION WITH YOUR BIRTH!

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Getting ready to give birth in Toronto? Start your journey by booking a FREE 15 minute doula consultation today.  We are looking forward to supporting you.

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