List of Doulas and Midwives in the Greater Toronto Area

List of Doulas and Midwives in the Greater Toronto Area

More and more Canadian women are choosing the services of a Midwife or Doula. Below you can find a list of resources on where to find Doulas or Midwives in the Greater Toronto Region. If there are other resources you would like for us to list, please let us know. Also, please refer to our other articles on the subject of Doulas and Midwives.

Questions to ask before choosing a Doula or Midwife

What’s the difference between a Doula and a Midwife?


Midwife Groups

Community Midwives Toronto (416) 944-9366 website

Diversity Midwives (Scarborough) (416) 609-8187 website

Kensington Midwives (416) 928-9777 website

Midwife Alliance (Etobicoke) (416) 534-9161 website

The Midwives Clinic of East York Don Mills (416) 424-1976 website

Midwives Collective of Toronto (416) 963-8842 website

Riverdale Community Midwives (416) 922-4004 website

Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto – clinic located at the Toronto Birth Centre (416) 530-7468 website


Search Midwife Directories at:

College of Midwives Ontario

Association of Ontario Midwives 

Ontario Midwives




Association of Ontario Doulas

Toronto Doula Group



Tricia Madill
Babe + Belly
Toronto, ON

Carol Anne Skorvaga
Lifetime of Love Birth Doula Services
Brampton, ON


Amber Hines
Labour with Love
Toronto, ON

Kris Pedder
Beautiful Bellies Doula Care
Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton & GTA, ON

Nici Shipway
Nici the Doula

Amy Wehner
Opet Childbirth Services
Toronto, ON

Andrea Paul
The Happy Little Doula
Kawartha Lakes, Durham Region and GTA, ON

Marjorie Wong
Breath it Down Birth Services
Toronto, ON

Elaine Cavin May
Baby Ready
Toronto, ON

Nadia Verdugoy
Bellies to Babies Doula Services
Toronto & GTA, ON

Grace Jose
Graceful Birth Doula Services
Oakville & GTA, ON

The Doula Collective
Toronto, GTA, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Hamilton, Grimsby & Brantford, ON

Christie Gray
My Doula Toronto (Part of Toronto Yoga Mamas)
Toronto, ON

Nelia DeAmaral
Birth With Care
Milton, ON


Rhiana the Doula
Postpartum Doula
West Toronto, ON

Susan Balaz
Love’s Memoray Labour Doula
Burlington, ON

Kyla Austin & Sondra Marcon
Sisterhood Wellness Collective
Toronto, ON

Julie Saunders
Julie Saunders Doula Services
Whitby, ON


Joanne Raines
Whispering Heart
Toronto, ON

Jessica Powell
Jessica Powell Doula Services
Durham Region & GTA, ON


Michelle Haché
Birth Beginnings
Burlington, ON

Jenny Barandich
Doula Secrets
Thornhill, ON

Rean Cross
Lucina Birth Services
Toronto, ON

Megan Graham
Sitting On An Egg Pregnancy And Doula Services
Toronto, ON

Tashi Harrow
Enjoie Birth Doula & Childbirth services
Kleinburg, Vaughan, Markham GTA, ON

Milton, ON

Pamela Vieira
Birth and Postpartum Doula CD(DONA)
Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, Toronto

Jacquie Thompson
Happy Healthy Doula & Nutrition Services
Whitby, Ajax, Pickering & Oshawa, ON

Jaklyn Andrews
Oakville Family Birth
Oakville, ON

Lindsay Dalton
Gentle Mama Doula
Toronto, ON

Anna Berger
Midtown Doula Services
Toronto, ON

Renee Dawley
Labour & Beyond
Durham Region and GTA, ON

Catherine MacKay
Birth Harmony
Oakville, ON

Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine
Birth & Postpartum Doula Services
Toronto & GTA, ON

Rachelle Marek
Sage Care
Toronto, ON

Jessie Silveira
Sweet Baby Labour Doula and Birth Services
Milton, ON & surrounding areas

Danielle Love
Labour With Love
Burlington/Mississauga, ON

Laurie Browne
Doula on Board
Milton, ON

Leanne Sedentopf, RHN & Doula
Be YOU Health and Wellness
Burlington, ON

Karen McWilliam
Transitionings: Prenatal & Postpartum Support
Toronto & GTA including the greater Hamilton area

Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker Doula Services
Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville & GTA, ON

Toriano Dyer
Beautiful Dawn Doula Services


Questions to ask before choosing a Doula or Midwife

Questions to ask before choosing a Doula or Midwife

Having the right support system surrounding you during pregnancy and childbirth is essential not only for your health, but also for baby’s. A midwife is a medically-trained professional who will serve as your primary caregiver during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. A doula is someone who acts as a caregiver and advocate for you in addition to a medical professional. Here are a few things to think about when choosing one of these caregivers.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Before you search for the perfect caregiver, take some time to think about and clarify what you want from your providers and what your ideal experience would be (of course, labor and delivery can be unpredictable so remember that this isn’t like placing an order for a birth. Instead, it’s a statement of your best scenario.). You don’t have to have all the answers now, but knowing some of these details will help you find a caregiver that is a good match.

  • Pain Management. Are you open to an epidural or are you trying to avoid one? Have you looked into other pain management techniques like breathing exercises, massage therapy, or acupressure?
  • Delivery. How do you feel about procedures like episiotomies or the use of Pitocin before or after birth? Do you want to delay cutting the cord? How does your partner fit into this plan?
  • Visitors. Who do you want in the birthing room with you, including your partner, other children, or other relatives?

Questions for the Caregiver

The first questions to ask before you meet with a midwife or doula is about training and certifications. Midwives in Toronto must be licensed by the College of Midwives Ontario. Doulas do not need to be licensed, but you should check their education and experience before proceeding. Once you have those details worked out, here are some questions to ask to see if the caregiver is a good fit.

  • Experience. Ask how long she has been a midwife or doula and how many births she has attended. Were there any troubled births? What happened? How were they handled? At what point would a pregnancy or birth require further assistance from a hospital or obstetrician? (For example, what if the baby is presenting breech? What about going past your due date?)
  • Philosophy. There is no right or wrong answer here; you’re looking for someone whose philosophy of birth, prenatal, and postnatal care matches yours. Ask about pain management techniques, labor practices, thoughts on things like manually breaking the water and use of Pitocin, the need for continual or intermittent monitoring during labor.
  • Schedule. How many women do they attend to currently? What does the backup team look like? How often to patients typically see their primary provider compared to the backup team? How many patients are due around the same time you are? Can you meet with other providers beforehand?
  • Services. How many prenatal visits are provided? How many postpartum visits? Which tasks and services are provided? For example, is nutritional support provided? Childbirth preparation? Are routine screenings included, such as glucose and protein levels? Most of these specific questions would not apply to a doula but are essential for choosing a midwife.
  • Affiliations. Does the caregiver work with your chosen hospital? Has she attended births there in the past? What are her experiences with the rest of the medical staff at the hospital? Even if you’re hoping for a home birth, it’s best to be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Timing. At what point during labor will the midwife or doula join you? How long following birth will she stay?
  • Partners and Family. How does the provider feel about other people in the delivery room? Does this match your feelings? For example, will the provider be uncomfortable if your mother and sisters want to be present? What if you prefer a more private birth, will she be comfortable asking others to stay out?

After the Visit

Following an interview with a potential caregiver, take a few minutes to assess your feelings about the visit. Did you feel comfortable? Safe and secure? Did you feel heard and understood? Are your personalities a good fit? Some might prefer a high-energy caregiver to keep up the momentum while others need someone calm and steady. How was she toward your partner and other children? Do you feel comfortable calling to ask questions?

When choosing a professional to help with your pregnancy and birth, checking credentials and calling references is important. However, your feelings and comfort are just as relevant so don’t feel pressured to choose someone because your friend loved her or because she has excellent references if you’re not completely comfortable. This time is about you and your baby; make the choice that makes you happiest.

What’s the difference between a Doula and a Midwife?

What’s the difference between a Doula and a Midwife?

Whether it’s your first or your fourth, planning for a baby is always an exciting time filled with many decisions. One of the first decisions to make is choosing what kind of care you would like during your pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum days. If you’re thinking about a midwife or a doula, here’s what you need to know about each.

The Role of a Midwife

Midwives are medically trained professionals who attend your pregnancy and birth instead of an obstetrician. To practice in the province we operate in; Ontario, midwives must complete a four-year degree through the Ontario Midwifery Education Program. Upon completion, midwives will obtain a license and then must complete a one-year mentorship with an experienced midwife. There are currently more than 800 registered midwives in Ontario who deliver more than 130,000 babies every year.

Pregnancy with a Midwife

If you choose a midwife, she will be your primary health care provider for the duration of your pregnancy and the first several weeks after delivery. You will meet with your midwife throughout pregnancy for physical examinations and discussions. She will monitor baby’s progress while also providing support and guidance, and answer any questions you may have.

Your midwife can arrange the same routine prenatal tests as doctors, including ultrasounds, genetic screenings, and lab tests as well as receive and discuss the results of each test. Midwives can also prescribe necessary medications such as morning sickness relief and antibiotics. You will receive information about available tests and medications, including associated risks. She will make recommendations, but ultimately the decision will be yours to make and your midwife will support your choices.

Birth Locations

If you choose a home birth, your midwife will provide you with all the information and support you need for success. She is trained to provide care and support for a home birth and brings the necessary equipment including sterile instruments, oxygen, and medication to stop bleeding if it becomes necessary after delivery.

Staffed by midwives, birth centers are another option for a safe, comfortable environment for delivery. The instruments and equipment at a birth center are similar to what would be found in a hospital delivery room for a typical delivery, but no surgical procedures are performed in a birth center. Several hours after giving birth, you will be transported home for recovery.

Epidurals and narcotics can only be administered in a hospital. If these are part of your pain management plans, you must arrange for a hospital birth. All midwives in Ontario can attend a hospital birth; check with your midwife to find out in which hospital she holds privileges as that’s where your delivery will take place. Your midwife works with all other medical staff, and just like a physician, will admit and discharge you when the time comes.

After Delivery

After giving birth, your midwife will provide care in your home for the first 24 hours. Over the next six weeks, you and baby will meet with your midwife about once per week. She will monitor your recovery and help you establish good breastfeeding habits. She will also examine baby at each visit to check overall development including weight, height, heart, lungs, and healing of the umbilical cord.


Midwives are highly trained to handle complications during pregnancy and birth. In the event of a development that exceeds your midwife’s abilities, she will consult with an expert such as an obstetrician or neonatologist and transfer care if necessary. During birth, your midwife is capable of handling a number of difficult situations. If needed, transportation to the hospital where she has privileges will be arranged. In the event of an urgent situation, emergency ambulance transfer to the nearest hospital will be made. Your midwife will remain with you as your primary care provider throughout, even if you are transported to a hospital.


The Role of a Doula

A doula plays a very different role in the pregnancy and birthing process. She is someone you may choose in addition to an obstetrician or midwife, but she will not replace a primary healthcare provider.

The doula’s job is to provide personal care, support, and assistance to a birthing mom, both physically and emotionally. She’s there to be an advocate for you and your personal needs during a time when you may not be the best advocate for yourself. An experienced doula has attended many births and can answer all your questions about pregnancy, including all those “is this normal?” questions that come up.

You’ll also spend time talking with your doula about your birthing goals, such as a desire for an unmedicated birth, and go over what steps to take when medical intervention may be required. When it is time to give birth, a doula will stay with you for the duration of the delivery and offer comfort, help with positioning during labor, and help you interact with your medical support team. Once the baby is born, your doula will help you recover from delivery and provide breastfeeding support.

Many people compare a doula to a birthing companion or a good friend (with tons of experience!) who will be by your side. She is someone who will give your partner a break–especially during delivery–so you both are calmer and more prepared for what’s coming. A doula will help you feel safe and comfortable while also making sure you meet as many of your birthing goals as possible.

The Best Decision for You

While you will need to choose whether you prefer a midwife or an obstetrician, a doula is an optional companion. Making the right decision comes down to finding the right fit for your needs. Don’t be afraid to talk to a few different providers as soon as you find out you’re pregnant–or even while you’re still trying to get pregnant–and ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable.