Meet Our Team
Serving Waterloo Region & Surrounding Areas
Amanda is the founder and director of The Nesting Instinct, as well as DOULASinc., a Canada-wide doula training organization. Her journey into the wonderful world of birth has been exciting and fast paced from the moment she decided to follow her dream of becoming a doula. Working with expectant families, she quickly recognized the need for an all-embracing community of professionals to serve growing families exclusively. The Waterloo region was lacking community for families, and Amanda possessed the drive and passion to quickly change that. Amanda continues to learn and grow, all while expanding The Nesting Instinct and all it has to offer.
As a Labour & Postpartum Doula, Doula Trainer, Mentor, Childbirth Educator & Placenta Specialist, Amanda is passionate about empowering families to have positive and beautiful birthing experiences. Her wide range of personal experience with infertility, adoption, hospital birth, home birth, C-section (of twins!), newborn illness and nursing a baby after breast surgery give her a unique advantage in supporting women in a variety of situations. As someone who can relate to the trials and tribulations of many struggles throughout your childbearing year, she can offer gentle guidance, support and encouragement through almost any challenge you may be facing.
Amanda lives in the small town of Plattsville with her (blended) family of 7. She also works as volunteer firefighter, and has extensive Emergency Medical Response training.
Katie is the Assistant Director at The Nesting Instinct. She holds a degree in psychology and sociology, and a graduate degree in education. After the difficult and premature birth of her daughter in 2012, Katie pursued several career avenues, without ever feeling truly fulfilled. With a few big life changes, including a move back to her home town of Kitchener, Katie decided to explore her passion for perinatal and postpartum health and began her journey with us at The Nesting Instinct. Without a doubt, Katie has found her calling. Katie’s huge heart and compassionate nature have proven to be invaluable strengths in her work as a doula. Her comforting presence is sure to bring peace and strength to any expecting family who would invite her to be a part of their birth team.
Katie is passionate about women and wants to help expecting mothers and parents-to-be feel comfortable and confident in their abilities. Through support, communication and trust, we will accomplish wonderful outcomes. Katie will empower your decision making and treat you with kindness and respect; your voice will be heard! Let’s create lasting memories and a loving foundation upon which you will grow your family.
Kathy began her studies as a doula in 2014, and within her first year has had the privilege of serving several families, and found a tremendous passion for all things birth. Now, fully certified, with rave reviews from her previous clients, Kathy continues along this amazing journey with a passion for helping women succeed.
Kathy has been considered an amazing asset to each and every family who has invited her to be a part of their birth team. Her desire to help each family connect with their own birth choices has allowed her the opportunity to utilize the pregnancy and birth knowledge that she has been gathering. One of Kathy’s most rewarding days as a doula was welcoming a baby into the world with one of her Doula colleagues who she studied with. To share together all they had learned and what it was really like to be called a part of “The Birth Team”; this was truly on honor and blessing, and only affirmed Kathy’s desire and passion for birth work.
Kathy resides in beautiful Wellesley, ON with her husband Ron, their two sons and two dogs.
Sandra has 30 plus years working with parents and their children as an Early Childhood Educator and Educational Assistant. Including, yet not limited to, being a Day Care Supervisor in Toronto, facilitating a parent participating preschool, having a successful in home childcare and working as an EA. She has worked extensively within this broad field to create a balance for children and families at all stages. She currently works in a local library system as a children’s program assistant.
As a young woman Sandra felt an intrinsic passion for naturally nurturing and empowering women. Recognizing that pregnancy is a state of health and education is key to understanding how to have a full, personal birth experience. Her greatest joy has been found in being a mother to her 3 daughters who are now in their 20′s. She recently came full circle returning to her passion for nurturing women by choosing to become a Doula.
Sandra has completed her in class training with the Nesting Instinct, has attended several births and is working towards her full certification.
After starting her Doula training in January 2015 Amy feels she has finally found her place in the world of prenatal care, as a labour doula. Amy’s presence offers a passionate and energetic, yet calming feeling to each of her clients’ unique experiences. Amy feels strongly for sanctioning a strong sense of self-worth in expectant mothers and expanding families, while assisting them in building confidence in their new roles.
From a young age, Amy has always found herself being drawn to infants and pregnant women in a caring and nurturing way. It is clearer now, than ever, as she completes her first year as a doula that, she has finally found her calling in life. She has worn many hats over the years while raising her young family; from working as a chef, owning her own cleaning business and now running a successful home based daycare.
Amy lives a busy life in New Hamburg with her husband, two children and many four legged furry friends. However, she manages to stay very active within our practice and with our clients, by acting as one of the hosts of our Prenatal Circle (a free community group for expectant moms), as well as our local breastfeeding tent found at many community festivals and events throughout the Waterloo Region.
Melissa has a Bachelor of Business Operations and Project Management, and spent many years working traditional 9-5 jobs, but was left feeling like she wasn’t fulfilling her passion to help others. In 2014, her sister invited her to be present at the birth of her youngest nephew, where she also had a Doula as part of her support network. She was inspired by the empowerment her sister was given to birth on her own terms, and knew in her heart that this was a path she was meant to follow.
In 2016, a long-time friend of Melissa’s asked her to be part of her birth team, and Melissa knew it was time to seek out training to pursue a career in birth services. Melissa has taken both the Labour and Postpartum Doula training provided by The Nesting Instinct. She helps run Prenatal and Postpartum classes, and holds a monthly Women’s Circle at The Nesting Instinct.
Melissa is currently working on completing the Holistic Herbal Studies Program at The Living Earth School, and hopes to enroll in Reiki training in the near future.
After the transformative experience of giving birth to her daughter, Victoria knew that she wanted to help educate women about labour and delivery, and connect with expectant mothers in an authentic and impactful way. Enter doula work.
Completing doula training was a natural evolution of Victoria’s life-long love of learning, which includes three University degrees, and a fascination with the human body, which includes nearly a decade of teaching as a certified yoga practitioner, and a world bronze medal in figure skating!
Victoria loves to make heartfelt connections, and help others enjoy the experience of learning more about their bodies through movement and breath. As a doula, she’s honored to participate in the arrival of life’s most precious gift: family.
Victoria, her husband, and their daughter reside in Waterloo, where Victoria works at UW, and teaches yoga at Moksha Yoga Waterloo.
Serving Norfolk & Surrounding Areas
Jessica is a Birth and Postpartum Doula working towards her certification with DOULASinc. She is also working on her certification to become a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and inclusion jewelry with the International Placenta & Postpartum Association and attending many workshops to better serve the women and families in her community.
After the difficult pregnancy and labour with both of her sons in 2013 and 2015, Jessica felt empowered to learn more about maternal care and bagen her journey to become a Doula in January 2017. Her core belief is that knowledge is power. She is excited to assist her clients to be well educated to make informed decisions in hopes to create a positive birth experience.
Jessica is honoured to be serving her community of Delhi and surrounding area.
Serving London & Surrounding Areas
Jennifer has a DSW diploma from Fanshawe College and has spent most of the last 15 years working to support individuals with disabilities and their families. She also spent time working in a centre that provided resources and assistance to homeless and high risk youth. With many pregnant women and young families accessing the centre, it was there that her passion for birth work truly began. Jennifer began her career in 2014 when she joined the doula training program through The Nesting Instinct. Since the very first day of classes there has been no doubt that she is exactly where she belongs.
Passionate about empowering childbearing individuals and advocating for inclusive healthcare, Jennifer hopes to assist all those she works with to have the beautiful birth experience they deserve. Lovingly called “The Birth Nerd” by her friends and family, Jennifer embraces every opportunity to read, learn or talk about pregnancy and birth. She attends a variety of workshops and looks for every chance she can to enhance her knowledge base. No topic is off limits!
Jennifer lives in London with her partner and six year old son.
Miranda started her journey with the Nesting Instinct when she started training as a Labour Doula in Fall 2014. After completing her in class training Miranda started to work with at risk prenatal and postpartum women and their babies. Combining Miranda’s acquired knowledge through our training program, life experience and compassionate heart, she has been an invaluable support to the women she serves.
Miranda continues to dive into the birth world with ongoing education and workshops. Some of her most recent training includes Postpartum Training, Bereavement, Breastfeeding and Rebozo.
Miranda lives in Ingersoll with her 4 children, and serves as a birth professional in the London and surrounding areas. She is passionate about the work she does and the experience she has gained this past year, ever confirms that she is in the right profession.
Madisen began her doula career when she trained with DOULASinc in January of 2018. She developed a passion for birth work after the birth of her first child in November 2012. Although she wasn’t yet sure how she would support pregnant women through their childbirth journeys, she knew it was her calling. Helping women feel safe, supported and confident through their own labour experiences is something near and dear to her heart. Having had two very different pregnancies and deliveries of her own, she understands the value of being well informed and cared for during the entire childbirth process and beyond into the postpartum period.
Madisen is actively working towards her full Labour and Postpartum Doula certification. She has done training in Postpartum Belly Binding, Breastfeeding support and VBAC deliveries, and is insured through the Association of Ontario Doulas.
Madisen lives in St. Thomas with her husband and two children.
Christine began following her dream of becoming a Labour and Postpartum Doula in November of 2017 while training with DOULASinc. It has been a life changing experience and she finally feels like she has found the path she was searching for, to supporting families through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Christine has a special place in her heart for supporting families through pregnancy and infant loss. She has experienced first hand, the raw and emotional bereavement process after suffering her own losses through miscarriage and infant loss. Christine feels her own experience with subsequent pregnancies after loss can help families navigate through similar experiences, while finding unexpected joy.
Christine is continuing to actively work towards certification and attends ongoing education and workshops. Christine feels strongly that women should have as much information and knowledge as possible in order to make informed choices both during and after childbirth.
Christine lives in London with her partner Dave and their four children where she runs a small business and volunteers as a Crisis Responder with Victim Services London/Middlesex.