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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Sarah Winward in Brampton
Co-Founder: Dr. Sarah Winward, ND IBCLC


Hi! I’m Dr. Sarah, Naturopathic Doctor, Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Infant Craniosacral Therapist (mouthful, I know). What all those titles really mean is that I live and breath babies and lactation.  I'm also mom to 2 boys, one of whom breastfed until he was 3 and the other is still going! 

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 in 2016. After graduation I went on to study lactation, first at the International Breastfeeding Centre, then among a number of community practitioners. With 500 hours of hands on lactation support under my belt I wrote my IBCLC exam in 2020, while in lockdown. 

Why Lactation?

I am in constant awe of the human body, and the families I work with. After I had attended a few births and seen parents struggle with lactation, I decided I needed to learn more about it. Our medical system is so broken when it comes to supporting breastfeeding. Parents are often left confused or under supported and then feel like they've failed when they struggle to feed their babies. To me, supporting feeding goals is the start of families having confidence as parents- it's one of the very first parenting decisions we make! If we start off confidently and trusting our instincts, that really sets the whole tone of how we raise our children. I want every family to feel empowered to do what's right for them.

Co-Founder: 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 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.


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
Co-Founder: Dr. EeVon Ling, ND


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!


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


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.


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.

Dr. Alisa Murli, ND


Hi, I’m Alisa! I’m a Naturopathic Doctor and Birth Doula. I always ask my patients “what are your goals from working with me?”. I do this because I want to know what life values are important to my patients in order to provide lasting and impactful treatment. This is no different when it comes to parents and their birthing experience.

Background and experience:

I am a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, who graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to this, I achieved an Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences at McMaster University. I’ve wanted to become a doctor since I was 12 years old. While finishing my last year at McMaster, I discovered the field of Naturopathic Medicine and immediately felt like this was what I was meant to do. After 3 years of rigorous classroom education (including practical experience), I spent my internship treating a variety of patients, mostly women and children. One weekly shift of mine was focused on pediatric health, which allowed me to learn about healthy pregnancy and newborn health.


Two of my focuses in healthcare include women’s health and pediatrics. Becoming a birth doula and being able to care for moms during their pregnancy, birth, and both her and baby beyond birth, seemed like it was such a great combination of these two passions. I believe pregnancy is so beautiful, and I wanted to expand my role in supporting it. I have grown up being afraid of birth, as I know most people to be. I generally hear people say that they want babies, but are terrified of actually going through labour and birthing babies. What I want to do is remove the fear from birth and remind people that this is what our bodies were made to do. Everything we need for birthing is within us, we just sometimes need a little support and guidance to find it.

Dr. Arlene Dubier, ND


Hi, I’m Arlene! I’m a Naturopathic Doctor and Birth Doula with a special interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture therapy. The key to an effective therapeutic relationship is allowing for your voice to be heard as a patient, while offering guidance and support along the way. The goal is for you to feel empowered as you carry on along your birth journey and into life!

Background and experience:

After completing an Honours Bachelor of Science at McMaster University, I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. My internship year involved a month-long externship at the Zhongfang Red Cross Hospital in China, where we dove in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and uses, including labour preparation.


My current practice revolves around general hormonal health as well as supporting both women and men through fertility struggles. This includes education on lifestyle, movement and stress management. Incorporating nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine and TCM where it fits.


There is so much revolving pregnancy and birth that can be stressful and downright confusing. This is essentially what prompted me to take the Naturopathic Doula course which opened my eyes to how we as women can take back the power in pregnancy and labour. In reality, birth is a completely natural aspect of life which the female body is equipped to handle. As a naturopathic doula, let me take on the stresses of birth and labour as they come up, while you focus on and enjoy your pregnancy journey!

Feel free to learn more about me here.

Dr. Yasmin Amini, ND

Hi, I’m Yasmin! I am a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Doula! My focus is patient-centered care with a realistic approach to reach optimal health and comfort. My priority is to support my patients’ health by providing them the education and tools they need to live healthier and happier. I incorporate diverse and unique modalities, including acupuncture, physical medicine techniques, lifestyle modifications (nutrition and physical activity), botanical medicine, proper supplementation, counselling and homeopathy into individualized treatment plans.


Background and Experience:

After completing my Bachelor of Science with Honours in Kinesiology, I completed my degree in Naturopathic Medicine. During my time at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I knew I wanted to become a Doula and support women through pregnancy and beyond. In addition to treating patients within multiple clinics, I worked with family members and friends to gain experience with labour and birth and saw the differences in experience outcomes. I then followed this path to support, empower, educate and instill confidence in women during pregnancy, labour/birth and postpartum.



 I have seen far too many times the gaps and challenges that women face during the time of pregnancy, labour and birth. This experience stays with us forever, so why not make it the most positive one? Pain management is one of my biggest focuses and I use techniques and naturopathic tools to allow women to cope. Let’s take on this adventure together as your body is worthy of the best care and was built for birth!

I offer care in English, French, Farsi and Spanish.


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