We were all new at this once, but we don’t all have to reinvent the good things that have worked for countless ages to support parents as they grow, feed, and care for babies. Our team is here to help you find your place in the village, to find your space as your children grow.
All of our doulas and health providers consider this our calling, and we work hard, train hard, and keep up our continuing education, dedicating ourselves to being the best in our field.
Maria Andrusiak Morland
Co-owner, Doula, Counsellor
I have been a labour, birth, and postpartum doula since 2007, am a mother of four, and am also a certified breastfeeding support person with over 20,000 clinical hours and 20 years experience as a fertility awareness counsellor.
I started The Birthing Space because I believe in the support that a doula provides. My philosophy is simple – I am here to support you no matter how you choose to birth or parent. I will help provide the physical, emotional, and informational support you need to have the experience you are looking for. I don’t replace your family members – I support the whole family together.
My vision is one space for all families – your village – to find one another.
Book with Maria
Co-owner, Doula, Counsellor
As an Early Childhood educator, a certified breastfeeding support counsellor, and mother of three, I have certainly had friendly ‘advice’ handed down to me. However well intentioned, advice does not always get you to the day-to-day parenting you are comfortable with.
As parents, we need ways to process our own thoughts and feelings as they relate to our children and families. Moving towards the choices that work best for us. With evidence based practice and developmentally appropriate expectations we can look beyond advice and find information, education and decisions that fit you.
My mission is to help families find their own voice.
Book with Denise
Laura Wallace Jarvis
I was first introduced to The Birthing Space while searching for a ‘village’ following the birth of my daughter.
Aside from being a wife, work-from-home/stay-at-home mother of two small children, part time music teacher for young children and aspiring doula, I’m very excited about the opportunity to continue in the administrative work that I loved in my previous life-before-children and give back to the village that has supported me in my journey.
I look forward to meeting you in the clinic, chatting with you over the phone and/or corresponding with you over email.
I help The Birthing Space get its p’s and q’s straight each day.
My biology and ecology background helps with understanding the importance of keeping the birthing pool clean. 😉
Home baked cookies help bribe people to come say hello and keep doulas and parents sane. I am happy to help with a listening ear, if you’re stuck, or confused, and need an answer, I’m your person.
Grace Van Bruwaene
My interest in birth began in 2002 when I found myself unexpectedly pregnant with my first child. I knew absolutely nothing about birth, breastfeeding or taking care of infants.
I am drawn to come alongside labouring women, to support them as they bring life into the world. After struggling to nurse my youngest, I understand the benefits of educated breastfeeding support and strive to provide that kind of support to other women.
As I grow as a doula, I am continuing to seek out opportunities to learn so that I can better support my clients.
Doula, Child Birth Educator
I became a doula shortly after the birth of my first child in 2012. I was wildly unprepared and felt as though if I had known more about physiological birth and my rights as a parent, then it would have changed my first birthing experience. I knew after doing much research that I wanted to pursue my dream of empowering women through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.
While pregnant with my second child, I also become certified as a Childbirth Educator to not only support women in pregnancy and birth but to provide them with the tools used to prepare them for their journey.
I bring all parts of myself to birth. I am an professional engineer, a mother of two children, a musician, and a stage manager. All of these roles are about behind-the-scenes building and supporting, at the same time also about making the on-the-stage moments happen. I bring these parts together as a doula to work with families of all kinds, all births, to make their moments right for them.
Logic and knowledge, and personalized caring go hand in hand. I would be honoured to support you as you add a new member to your family.
Massage Therapist (RMT)
I provide individually catered massage therapy treatments to meet the needs of parents.
After searching in the area myself for a decent RMT, I felt inspired to go back to school to fulfill my passion for massage therapy. Since graduating in June, 2012 from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy, I have continued education in pre & post natal massage as well as added Reiki treatments to my set of skills.
Due to my own experiences with pregnancy, breastfeeding & infants, I look forward to focusing on a family friendly practice including infant & pediatric massage.
Book with Erin
Occupational Therapist (OT Reg.)
I’m an OT working since 2008d in pediatric occupational therapy. Now I’m bringing my services directly to families in a relaxed friendly environment.
I am happy to help with variety of diagnoses and challenges such as fine and gross motor delays, Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s, Muscular Dystrophy, ODD, Cerebral Palsy, seizure disorders, intellectual delay and medically fragile children. I also love working with typical children that just need some help with daily skills.
Book with Jennifer
Yoga Instructor, Doula
My role as a doula enables me to support and care for women as they experience significant changes. I have been blessed to apprentice with several compassionate and caring women who have passed onto me an abundance of riches in wisdom, perseverance and the art of womanhood.
Today, my “doula niche” is in supporting single women, speaking English, French or Spanish; teaching pre and post-natal yoga and offering non-biased informational support to anyone interested in sexual health, pregnancy or labour and navigating birth-related options.
Kyla has moved on to Midwifery at Laurentian! We’re so excited! See you again soon Kyla!
My passion for supporting birthing familes stems from my own experiences of becoming a mother and from the invaluable support I received during these times. I also draw from my prior experiences of working as a Personal Support Worker in many different settings with a diverse client base. Additionally, I have completed the World Health Organization’s comprehensive Breastfeeding Training.
“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.” – Heather McCue