Meet The Doula Team

 Doulas in Toronto

 

Trust. Support. Empowerment.

We truly believe trust, support and empowerment is what it takes to create a safe, easy and delightful birthing and postnatal experience for our clients.

It takes a village. We once had many women supporting birth but now there is little tradition left in North American society where women are supported with a tribe of mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends. My group of chosen doulas strive to provide women with the family support needed to encourage an easy transition into the best parent you can be.

My doulas are your village. Please read more about these wonderful, experienced doulas that will empower and support you and always have your best interests at heart.

April Kowleski

Birth Doula Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator, Holistic Nutritionist and Reiki Practitioner

Meet April, A DoulaI am a trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Educator and Holistic Nutritionist, specializing in nourishing the mother.

My career in the healthcare field spans over 25 years, a gathering of experiences which include my work as a Pharmacy Technician at The Hospital for Sick Children, Doula training at the Aviva Institute for Midwifery, Holistic Nutritionist training at CSNN, and my training and practice as a Jikiden Reiki practitioner.

Although these have influenced my life and work philosophy, it is my early personal experiences that have fed my passion for working with families. I grew up surrounded by the support of my large family and community. I have a deep and loving respect for my mother’s approach to raising and running a household of 6, something that became clear to me, as I approached the new and daunting  task of becoming a mother myself.

Women are natural caregivers. So much so, that they often deplete themselves by looking after other’s needs before their own. I believe that the mother is the centre of the family and requires support, nurturance and nourishment during the childbearing year. When the mother’s needs are met and supported by families, friends, community, (and doulas) the whole family flourishes.

I bring compassion, empathy, and energy to my work and I take pride in offering a continuum of care from pregnancy to postpartum. I provide nourishment through healthy meal preparation for pre and post birth, informational, emotional and physical support for all types of labour & births, in addition to helpful tips on healing the mother and overall baby care.

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Tehseen Meghji, BSc., ND

Naturopathic Doctor, Doula

Naturopathic Doula TorontoI am a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Doula serving Toronto and the GTA.  My training as a Doula began at a very early age.  I was consistently drawn to pregnant mothers as a child, often asking to touch their bellies, fascinated by the growing life inside them.  At the age of 4, when my mother was pregnant with my sister, I recall spending hours by her side massaging her with my little feet and holding her hair back when she was nauseous.  I vividly remember holding my sister in my arms on the day she was born, in awe of the miracle of birth.  I officially completed Naturopathic Doula training in 2011, and had the privilege of witnessing my first birth in Haiti during a medical externship.  Since then I have gained experience in home and hospital births and am honored to be a part of Kelly Maslen’s team of birth professionals.

My goal as a Naturopathic Doula is to provide mothers with an environment that is comfortable, empowering and supportive for their birthing experience.  I believe in working with mothers and fathers to awaken their innate strength to parenthood and to provide them with the knowledge to make informed decisions about the birthing process.  Healthy and happy babies and parents bring me the utmost joy, and I am committed to providing families with positive birth experiences.

As a Naturopathic Doula, I have the unique ability to provide Naturopathic care during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.  I utilize safe and gentle naturopathic modalities, such as nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, botanical herbs and homeopathic remedies to ease discomfort, and ensure optimal nutritional health during pregnancy, effective pain management during labour, and enhanced postpartum healing and breastmilk production. 

I look forward to being a part of this empowering and transformative time in your life.

*Naturopathic Doula services are partially covered under most extended healthcare plans

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