Birth Mark Doula, Toronto
Specialties: birth, Spinning Babies, Hypnobirthing
Dinah (she/her) is a registered and DONA certified Birth Doula based in York Region, working with clients throughout the GTA.
Dinah grew up in the English countryside. She studied agriculture after High School. After working on farms and in research she was accepted to work for two years with a volunteer organization in Papua New Guinea. Two years grew to nine, arriving in Canada with her Canadian husband and son. Five years later the by-now family of three, spent two years working in a Women's Skills Training Centre in Indonesia.
Tropical agricultural and community development skills not being in demand in urban Canada; Dinah became involved in breastfeeding support as a leader with La Leche League and a volunteer educator at the local hospital. She was also active in the Midwifery Taskforce, which worked for the recognition of midwifery in the province.
Dinah has been a Certified Fitness Professional for 25 years. She has a special interest in pre and postnatal fitness. She is trained in Spinning Babies, physical techniques used before and during labour to increase comfort. She is also trained in Hypnobirthing which promotes mental relaxation during childbirth.
She became a Doula after her children left home. Her experience of childbirth in Papua New Guinea and Canada under the care of midwives had left a lasting impression of the value of careful preparation and having a caring person attending throughout birth. She felt her life experience of multiple cultures with strong community involvement would be helpful to a diverse client base.
Dinah is humbled and honoured for the privilege of attending births.
She's is proud to serve as a Birth Doula to Birth Mark, whose mission statement and values align with hers. In addition, she has a private business: