Board of Directors

Our Board is comprised of hardworking members of our community who are passionate about Birth, Doulas, and the Wellbeing of our community at large.

Laura Pascoe
Chairperson

Laura is a certified Birth Doula with a passion to ensure all birthing people have the information and support they need to feel cared for, respected, and heard, and to make full-spectrum doula care available to all.

In addition to her Doula work, Laura is an experienced applied social science researcher in sexual and reproductive health and rights, parenting and healthy relationships, and preventing violence with a specialization in working to mobilize more men and boys as co-beneficiaries and stakeholders in gender and social equality. She works as an independent consultant for businesses, nonprofits, and universities both nationally and internationally, including as a Senior Researcher with Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence out of the University of Calgary.

She brings to her position expertise in leadership, people and project management, capacity-building and technical assistance, education and knowledge translation, and policy analysis and advocacy. She has two young children and two amusing cats she co-parents with her wonderful spouse.

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Bethany Geisel
Director of Doulas

Bethany is a proud mom to three littles, married to a great spouse, and has been a birth doula since 2012 and childbirth educator since 2018. She has formal doula training through DONA International, Stillbirthday, & Hypnobabies. Bethany is  a fully certified childbirth educator through Lamaze International and she is very passionate about supporting both clients and other doulas. Bethany is thrilled to be a part of DSF.

She believes that supported, connected, and informed doulas are capable of providing better support to their clients in turn, and she is excited to be in a role where she can help facilitate doulas to both support their clients better and to grow as birth workers, too. 

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Anna Siwakoti
Treasurer

Anna is our new Treasurer at DSF and she is looking forward to helping the foundation grow, flourish and help with the finances. As a small business owner, she understands how important having up-to-date finances can be vital to ensuring the success of the organization.

 

She brings with her four years of experience as a board treasurer with a different board, experience with payroll, CRA reporting as well as experience with grant applications.

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Rachel Nafziger
Secretary

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. Through this, she has developed invaluable skills in recognizing each person’s unique abilities and gifts and loves to work with others to discover and help them realize 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.

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Edina MacDonald
Director of Programming

Edina 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-centred 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 birth work 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.

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Lauren Miller
Director of Marketing & Fundraising

Lauren joined the board in 2021 and has brought with her experience in social media marketing and excitement about fundraising for our organization. She is a single mother of two and a furbaby that might as well be a third child. She has a background in Early Childhood Education as well as Freelance Writing. 

Lauren currently practices as a Postpartum Doula as well as teaches Postpartum parenting courses. In the future, she hopes to expand to birth doula work and childbirth education.

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Chelsea Loutsenko
Board Member

Chelsea 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 has served on the board of Childbirth Kingston.

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. 

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Josée Leduc
Board Member
Birth Story Contest Creator and translator

Josée is a trained Birth Doula, French Translator and the creator of the DSF’s Birth Story Writing Contest followed by the Birth Sharing Circle which was held in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

We are now working on publishing An Anthology of Canadian Birth Stories. Josée strongly believes that doula support should be accessible to all and valued. This is why she volunteers with DSF. So far, being on the DSF’s board of directors has been a tremendous experience of doula solidarity by which she feels empowered. 

Mandy McLellan
Board Member

As a mother of 6 kiddos born over the course of 2 decades, Mandy has been a witness to the evolving change in the culture of birth and childrearing. The pregnancy and birth experience of her first child over 20 years ago left her in awe of the transformative power of birth and with a profound and passionate connection with her reproductive power. This was the beginning of a deeper dive into exploring and understanding birth culture, perinatal health and reproductive justice. Attending births and supporting families through the peri and postnatal periods, Mandy's enthusiasm to continue learning and sharing knowledge has only grown.

Mandy became involved with Childbirth Kingston in 2008 and served on the board of directors for over 10 years in various positions. In 2020, along with CBK, she became part of the Doula Support Foundation Family. As a Childbirth Educator and Doula, teaching provides her a platform to educate and support expectant parents, to normalize childbirth, debunk myths and misinformation around popular culture stigmas, and provide parents with the information and tools they need to confidently and fearlessly enter into their own parenthood journeys. 

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Jazmin Eadie
Board Member

Jazmin is thrilled to be our newest board member here at DSF. She is currently in her undergraduate degrees at Queens University in psychology and concurrent education. Jazmin is also training to be a birth and fertility doula.

She aspires to have a psychotherapy practice that incorporates doula work to help with fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum mental health. At Queens, Jazmin is working on creating modules to help people psychotherapeutically conquer postpartum depression. Within DSF she has been working on listservs to let other doulas and birth workers know about this organization. Jazmin is excited to see what the future holds within DSF and she feels honoured to work with amazing minds who are passionate about providing pregnancy care for all. 

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