ABOUT GRACEFUL BIRTH DOULAS

Warm, Caring & Professional Doula Support

Grace Jose

Grace Jose

Founder, Labour and Postpartum Doula Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Grace is a professionally Certified Labour Doula, a trained Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator and an Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA) Certified Placenta Specialist. She is a member in good standing of CAPPA, APPA, and the Ontario Professional Doula Association. Grace has her Lactation Management Certification through the world-renowned INFACT Canada, based on the WHO / UNICEF Guidelines. She is also a Certified HypnoBirthing® Doula.

Having experienced three very different births of her own (epidural, natural childbirth, and cesarean), and various postpartum experiences (postpartum depression, baby blues), Grace understands the anxiety and confusion that can sometimes be associated with childbirth and becoming new parents. This is why she is so passionate about sharing her knowledge, skill and experience with others during the wonderful, but sometimes overwhelming transitional stage of life. Grace feels that with the proper support and with placenta encapsulation, women have a great chance of having a wonderful postnatal experience.

On her free time Grace volunteers at the Credit Valley Hospital in the Birthing Suites and at Heartland, A Church Connected. She loves to spend time with her family. Grace also loves to play sports and travel. She spends much of her free time supporting her very active family on the volleyball court and Frisbee fields.

Contact her today for more information on how a Graceful Birth Professional can make your birth and transition to parenthood a better one.

Diane Clarke

Diane Clarke

Labour and Postpartum Doula

Diane Clarke is deeply passionate about serving families and welcoming babies into the world. She has two daughters of her own, and is married to her wonderful, longtime sweetheart, Dave. Diane lived in England until 2005, where she worked as a Diabetic Foot-Care Specialist, and Wound Care Sales Representative in the Healthcare Industry. Diane has always had a passion for helping others and has recently found her calling as a doula.

Diane is a professionally trained Labour and Postpartum Doula, and has her Level B CPR/First Aid Certification. She provides families with calm, nurturing, and judgment free support, and believes that all families should have access to non-biased, evidence based research, to make an informed decision about their body, birth, and their babies.

When Diane is not attending births, or working with families, she is busy spending time with her active family. She is an avid crafter and loves to cook and bake. She enjoys long walks with her dogs and supporting her girls on the volleyball court.

Sheridan Daly

Sheridan Daly

Postnatal Doula

Sheridan comes with a wealth of knowledge from raising her own four children and working as a registered nurse.  She is a Certified Postpartum Doula with CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) and regularly attends classes on infant and postpartum care.  Sheridan is also a volunteer with the Peel Region Breastfeeding Companion Program.

Sheridan brings a soothing peace to new families as she calmly assists the new parent with infant care.  By drawing on her knowledge and our resources, Sheridan will answer all your questions and concerns regarding maternal recovery and your baby.  She is there to help with either bottle or breastfeeding.

Her goal is to help your home run smoothly by taking care of practical needs as you bond with your baby.  Making meals, organizing baby and home spaces as well as caring for older children and pets are just a few of the things she can do for you. She enjoys working with older children and is well suited for those having baby number two or three!

Odette Clarke

Odette Clarke

Labour and Postnatal Night Doula

Odette is a proud mother and a trained DONA Doula.  She began her journey as a Doula thirteen years ago after the birth of her first child.  She volunteered at a teen centre for young mothers who had little to no support where she quickly became fascinated with the idea and techniques of empowering women during childbirth. Odette understands how anxious families can feel as they approach their big day because she too has had to walk the journey.  Odette is educated, skilled and is passionate about helping women eliminate the fear of childbirth and increase their confidence as new parents with their precious newborns.

Odette birthed her own children in the hospital, at home and has had a water birth.  As a doula she is empowering women to have a voice, believe in themselves and their partners to have the best birth and postnatal time possible.

Odette has experience working with families in hospitals, at home, with midwives and OBGYNs.   She also provides night doula services to help families get the rest they need to provide the best care during the day for their families.

Sarah Wetmore

Sarah Wetmore

Labour and Postnatal Night Doula

Sarah trained as a Labour Doula in British Colombia in 2011. Sarah is also a trained midwife and recently graduated from a fast-paced and busy Midwifery program in El Paso, Texas.

Sarah believes that the three most valuable aspects of mother and family care are: informed choice, patience and understanding, and heart-centered care. As your Doula, Sarah will wholeheartedly support you in the decisions you make for yourself and your family throughout your pregnancy, labour and postnatal time. She knows how important it is to have all your worries, doubts and questions listened to and honestly answered, and will always make the time for you.  She understands that pregnancy, childbirth and caring for a newborn can be life changing events for a family, which is why Sarah’s support is thorough, patient and loving.  As a trained Thai Massage Therapist, her hands are “filled with love”, and she is happy to share her knowledge, experience and friendship with you and your family-to-be.

Sarah is fluent in English and in Spanish.  When not “Doula-ing”, she enjoys being active, cycling, walking in the sunshine and simply observing the beauty of life.

Nadia Verdugo

Nadia Verdugo

Labour Doula

Nadia is a CAPPA Certified Labour Doula and a member of the Association of Ontario Doulas.  After having three high-risk pregnancies of her own and being present for the birth of her niece, she knew she wanted to support women on their journey through pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.  She has been supporting families since 2014 and feels that birth should not be feared but rather an empowering and exciting experience. She is passionate about helping women increase their confidence in their ability to give birth and feels honoured to be with mothers and their partners during such an amazing time in their lives.   Her kind, compassionate heart and gentle and calm voice is just one of the many qualities that Nadia brings to families during labour.

Nadia is a mother of three girls and wife to her wonderful, supportive husband Carlos.  She loves to travel, spend time with her family, and loves to read.

Please contact us today to book a free consultation to meet Nadia.

 

 

Caitlin Black-Allen

Caitlin Black-Allen

Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Caitlin is a fun loving mother to two spirited little boys and two amazing step-children. Caitlin’s journey as a Lactation Consultant began after the birth of her first son.  His birth had impacted her life greatly. While her son stayed apart from her in the intensive care unit, the best way Caitlin could be a mother to him was to breastfeed him. Their breastfeeding relationship continued to grow and they breastfed for over two years. It was during this time, that Caitlin realized how much of an impact breastfeeding has on both baby and mother and how she wanted to help mothers with their breastfeeding goals.  Caitlin left her teaching career to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  Caitlin strongly believes in helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals.  For Caitlin, there is no greater joy than to watch a mother cradle her newborn and lovingly stare deep into their eyes.

Caitlin’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education, Lactation Educator Certification through CAPPA, and she is an IBCLC.  In 2015 she joined the Graceful Birth team to expand her reach and offer breastfeeding education and support to families in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Brampton and Milton.

FIND A DOULA IN YOUR AREA:

Graceful Birth Doulas are ready to support families in their home and in hospitals around the GTA, and the Halton Peel Region including: Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton, Etobicoke, Toronto, and Burlington.

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Our Promise

  • We will respect and work alongside you, your family and your health care providers.
  • We will provide judgement free support.
  • We will respect your privacy at all times.
  • We will provide evidence based research to help you make an informed decision.

We Are Here To Serve You

Graceful Birth was established in 2009 by Grace Jose with a desire to see families in the Oakville and surrounding areas receive exceptional and compassionate care during their pregnancy and labour.  We offer a full range of services including childbirth, infant care and breastfeeding workshops, postpartum day and night doula services, as well as placenta encapsulation services.

Our Doulas

Each of our doulas bring a unique quality to the team.  We are all educated, fully trained and experienced to provide your family with the care you need to have the birth and postnatal experience you desire. Take a moment to read our profiles to learn a little more about each of our birth professionals. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Warm, Caring & Professional Support

Our expereinced childbirth and postpartum professionals bring a wealth of knowledge and information to help you navigate through the all your birth options. But most importantly, we do it with care, compassion, and heart.