Dr. Laura Pascoe is currently serving as Chairperson and Director of Doulas for the Doula Support Foundation. Laura is a certified birth doula and has been working in the field of sexual and reproductive health for over a decade. In addition to providing doula services both privately and through the Doula Support Foundation, she runs her own consulting business working with nonprofit organisations and universities both locally and internationally in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights, masculinities, gender justice, and gender-based violence prevention and response. She holds a Master's and a PhD and is a member of the Ontario Public Health Association's Reproductive Health Workgroup, where she contributes to policy advocacy to enhance reproductive health for Ontarians.
Chelsea Rae is the Vice-Chairperson and Director of HR for the Doula Support Foundation. She is in love with all things birth and gets involved whenever she can. As well as helping people navigate the system of birth and postpartum in her local community, she also finds value in the ways different cultures treat birth and postpartum. Chelsea is also a childbirth educator and serves on the board of a local charitable organization offering birth education. She believes that education is the best and most effective way to remove the stigmas and secrets around childbirth in order to bring together a stronger community of parents and professionals. She loves working with people and works to share her outgoing and approachable personality with those she meets. She works hard to motivate and inspire the people she works with by using her ability to delegate and organize a team.
Director of Marketing
Royah Loie currently serves as the Director of Marketing for the Doula Support Foundation. She’s a certified doula, childbirth educator and lactation educator and counsellor. She also has experience working with various volunteer organizations and non-profits.
Realizing the need for greater access to doula care as well as a need for increased education about the profession and the benefits it can provide, she co-founded the Doula Support Foundation with a team of doulas in Kingston, Ontario.
Rachel is a certified birth doula and placenta encapsulation specialist currently serving as the Doula Support Foundation’s Secretary. She has been passionate about all things related to human sexuality and reproduction for all of her adult life, and has been attending births for nearly that long! Through her years of expertise, she has seen the ways that birth is an intensely powerful event in the lives of both the individual giving birth and their whole family, and that the experience of birth can impact them for years to come. Rachel is trained in yoga nidra and is also a home educating mother, and through this has developed invaluable skills on recognising each person’s unique abilities and gifts, and loves to work with others to discover and help them realise their own unique path. As such, in her work as a birth doula and with the Doula Support Foundation, Rachel is committed to improving people’s birth experiences by helping to create a climate of gentle support, warmth, and care.
Director of programming
Edina MacDonald brings enthusiasm, a drive to help, and passion to her work. She has wanted to work in a helping profession since childhood and believes that providing understanding, non-judgemental, and fully present support can mean the world to another person.
Dina draws on a creative and client-centered approach as the Director of Programming of Doula Support Foundation. Using Her background in Community Work, She is able to bring a unique viewpoint to birthwork and DSF alike.
Previously, Dina has worked in the non-profit sector, most recently as a Peer Support Worker at Peers of the Round Table in Kingston, Ontario. While there, She worked closely with clients experiencing mental health and addiction challenges. Using her love of the arts, She also created original programming which included running a successful mental health based art program for several years.
Dina holds a diploma in Community Work from Trillium College. She completed Doula training with DONA and is a certified Birth and Bereavement Doula with StillBirthday. She Specializes in supporting and empowering clients facing challenges with mental health and addictions.
Josée is a professional translator and the French doula and translator of the Doula Support Foundation. As a new doula, she is highly motivated in helping the Foundation grow and in turn growing with the Foundation. Josée has always been a team player in her various activities over the years. She has worked as a daycare director, sailor and a translator/editor at Scholastic Canada. She is dynamic, passionate and caring.