Meet the Team

Meg Kant, Founder & Doula

Meg is the proud mama of two happy boys – whose journey into motherhood was not an easy one. Her first pregnancy ended in a late-stage miscarriage, and she suffered from antenatal depression during her second pregnancy. (You can read about her story in more detail here.)

The silver lining of her difficult experience was that she developed a deep interest in, and passion for, childbirth – which ultimately led her to become a doula and launch Northern Mama.

In 2015, Meg became certified through Bebo Mia and she’s been providing birth and postpartum doula services to families in Sudbury ever since. She approaches her work with a firsthand understanding of the fears and challenges that many expectant mothers face – and a great deal of empathy and understanding as a result.

Summary of education and credentials

  • Certified Doula through Bebo Mia
  • Honours Degree in Psychology
  • Monthly Professional Contributor to www.PregnancyAfterLossSupport.com
  • Member of Baby Friendly Initiative through Sudbury District Health Unit
  • Professional Collaborator with The Northern Ontario School of Medicine

 

Lisa Irwin, Doula

Lisa’s passion for pregnancy and childbirth began in 1999 when she was pregnant with her first child. After reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin, she was inspired to birth her daughter at home (long before midwifery care and homebirths were common in Northern Ontario). Since then, she’s spent 15 years supporting families as a counsellor (and birthed another baby – who is now a teenager! – at home).

Lisa trained as a doula through Bebo Mia and joined Meg as part of Northern Mama in 2017, where she supports mothers through birth support. A strong belief in informed consent and informed choice form the foundation for all of the work she does with new and expectant mothers.

 

Summary of education and credentials:

  • Certified Doula through Bebo Mia
  • Pelvic Instructor through the Northern School of Medicine
  • Certified Childbirth Educator (in progress) through Bebo Mia
  • Midwifery Education Program, 1 year through Laurentian University
  • Sociology Program, 1 year through Laurentian University
  • Child and Youth Counsellor Diploma through Cambrian College
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Multiple social work-related specialized trainings, including trauma evaluation and early intervention, mindfulness-based stress-reduction, and the integration of aboriginal healing methods.

Shannon MacAulay, Social Worker

Shannon’s own experiences with pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period included trauma, a high risk pregnancy and postpartum anxiety and depression; as well as lots of joy and love. Her journey into motherhood gave her a firsthand appreciation for the challenges so many women face as they become a mother – and inspired her to focus her work solely on supporting pregnant and postpartum women.

Shannon draws mostly from mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and narrative therapy.

Summary of education and credentials:

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree with a focus on Women’s studies (through Lakehead University)
  • Bachelor of Education (through Lakehead University)
  • Honours Bachelor of Social Work (through Lakehead University)
  • Maternal Support Practitioner training through Bebo Mia
  • Sleep Educator training through Bebo Mia 
  • Ecological Baby training through Bebo Mia

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