Above:(left to right) Meghan McCauley Brown (VP), her son Fionn, Meredith Ballaban (Guelph Rep), her daughter Avery, & Jody Cummins-Lambert
at the "Where's My Midwife" Rally in November. One World Birth was there to film the event and privileges were granted to the Midwives
approximately 2 weeks later - after a year long battle!
Congratulations to Toronto our best region award winner for 2011!
The Heather Mains award recipient for 2011 was Michelle Hache from Halton Region. Congratulations Michelle! Keep up the amazing work!
Guelph ~ Has recovered from hosting the AGM and have most recently come
together to discuss Back Up Arrangements and Supporting Families with
Multiples, with Rebecca Serroul bringing her experience and knowledge to the
table for the latter. They will meet in early February for a self care pampering
night of Yoga and Henna!
Haldimand Norfolk ~ From the heart of Dunnville, Rep Julia MacNeil and her
doula posse are growing the Haldimand Norfolk region slowly but surely. Future
topics at hand are HypnoBirthing, Prenatal Nutrition, Tricks of the Trade,
Communicating with the Birthing Team, Perinatal Loss & Public Relations.
Halton Peel ~ Said goodbye to long time Rep Michelle Hache and Andrea
Williams stepped up to take the reigns. They hosted another very successful
Family Birth & Baby Show in the fall and have all meetings planned and in place
for the year!
Hamilton ~ Leanne Palmerston stepped down after completing her two year
term as Regional Rep and Angela Andersson has stepped up to fill her shoes.
One of the first orders of business was to look at Post Partum Red Flags. Signs
and symptoms were identified and resources highlighted.
Ottawa ~ Regional Rep Margaret Holman has done an amazing job getting the
DoulaC.A.R.E. community in Ottawa up and running. At their first meeting there
were 13 doula’s in attendance! Founding DC member Susan Martensen
presented the history of DoulaC.A.R.E. emphasising the benefits of membership
and meetings. Speaking in the spirit of the community she noted that the more
doula’s there are the more potential there is for referrals to clients. Since that
first meeting they have gathered monthly discussing topics like Birthing from
within and were set to watch the New Business of Being Born just before
Christmas. They are planning a Jack Newman Conference in the fall of this year
and are looking forward to raising the profile of doula’s in their community.
Simcoe ~ Continues to address and live with the reality of Royal Victoria
Hospital’s insurance policy issues which have effectively banned doula’s and
birth support workers from assisting the families they serve in hospital. For more
information visit www.doulasforsimcoefamilies.webs.com
The region continues to meet and have covered Controversial Issues with Clients
to date and are reworking their display bard which is serious need of TLC and
Toronto ~ The Best Region of 2010 / 2011 recipients started off the 2011/2012
year addressing the topic of Survivors of Abuse with guest speaker Leslie
Chandler, a Certified Birth Educator who has worked at Women’s College
Hospital and has 25 years of birth work experience. November saw long time
doula Jessica Cherniak speaking about postpartum depression and mood
disorders - how to identify and support as well as case studies and resources.
York ~ Mona Matthew fulfilled her two year commitment as Regional Rep and
remains faithfully on board until a replacement can be found. The new
DoulaC.A.R.E. year has seen a growth in meeting attendance and November
welcomed a visit from Elisabeth Calippe “The Sling Fairy”. Elisabeth spoke to
the benefits of baby wearing for the infant as well as their caregivers with the
importance of positioning emphasized.
Open Regions ~ there are currently several regions without a Regional Rep. For a
list of open areas please see the “About” section at www.doulacare.ca If you
are interested in growing the doula network and profile of doula’s within your
community please contact Jody Cummins - Lambert at
DoulaCARE Chapters & Reps
in Your Community
Stephanie Ross Alouche…...905-428-1766
DoulaCARE Simcoe/ Orangeville
Amanda Low.... 705-329-4126
Mona Mathews..... 905-473-5939