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Angela with her kids at Nutmeg Consulting

Nutmeg Consulting is proud to offer
non-judgmental support THROUGHOUT YOUR PARENTING JOURNEY!

Owner and founder, Angela Grant Buechner has assembled a team of amazing professionals who have a passion for caring for new parents, babies and their families during Pregnancy, Birth, and the often stressful and exhausting Postpartum months after having a baby.

Angela Grant Buechner BA, BScN, RN, IBCLC

The Owner and Founder of Nutmeg Consulting, Angela Grant Buechner, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Registered Nurse, Birth Doula and Educator, who has spent over 20 years working with new parents and babies.

Angela (she/her) has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at a major, Toronto teaching hospital as a nurse for over 20 years, has worked as a Childbirth Educator for Peel Public Health, and since 2009 has worked as an NICU Lactation Consultant. Angela is a published author of a textbook chapter on Breastfeeding Challenges in the NICU, she is the current President of the Canadian Lactation Consultant Association, is a Breastfeeding Educator for Health Care Professionals, and has presented at the International Lactation Consultants Association Conference.

Angela is a mother of three exclusively breastfed children and she knows the benefits and rewards of breastfeeding/chestfeeding, but also understands that there are often challenges to overcome. As a Lactation Consultant she understands the importance of providing NON-JUDGMENTAL support to help you reach YOUR feeding goals, no matter how things are going.  Angela offers Private Breastfeeding Prep consults, and she can provide Private Lactation Support for any feeding challenges you experience once your baby is born.

Angela has also worked as a Birth Doula since 1998, and has been privileged to attend hundreds of births ranging from beautiful home births to amazing Cesareans (and everything in-between!) Angela has experienced 2 un-medicated births and a wonderful cesarean birth, and so she has built a team of supportive, non-judgmental Birth & Postpartum Doulas who are happy to offer support to all parents who wish the support of a Birth Doula, no matter what kind of birth you want!  We believe in providing care for all types of birth, and continue that support throughout the Postpartum months!

MEET THE TEAM

Our Birth Doulas can offer constant, professional and unbiased support to you throughout your pregnancy labour & birth • Lactation Consultant sessions can bring non-judgmental support into your home or hospital room, to help you • Registered Nurse Education Sessions can help you feel ready to take on all the new things to come (so you can take care of the new tiny person you just brought home!) • Our Postpartum Doulas can help you during the transition to parenthood, day or night, and allow you to better enjoy this new role • Our other amazing professionals can help you to get more sleep, feel better and will support you through out the whole process!

We look forward to supporting you!

Rebecca Carambelas birth doula postpartum doula placenta specialist

Rebecca Carambelas

Rebecca’s lifelong passion for all things childbearing and parenting has only continued to grow. Since becoming an Aunt 20 years ago, and then having her own two children, her experience has only strengthened that passion. Rebecca has also trained through ProDoula as a Labor and Postpartum Doula and is also a Placenta Specialist.

Warm, intuitive and nurturing, she draws on a lifetime of caregiving experience to help each member of a growing family stay confident and grounded through the transformative season of pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. At the heart of Rebecca’s professional, non-judgmental support lies her mission to keep her clients’ priorities, vision, and comfort, front and center.

Heather Fleming

Heather has always had a passion for birth, stemming back to 10 years ago with the birth of her first child. Heather earned a University Degree in Social work in 2006 and after her 3rd child was born, she decided to pursue her doula career.

She completed her Birth and Postpartum Doula/ Maternal Support Provider training with Bebo Mia, then went on to learn hypnobirthing with Karen McWilliams which grew her love of birth even more.

Heather has also studied Sleep education and is currently finishing up Placenta Encapsulation and Stillbirth Doula training.

She enjoys spending her spare time doing outdoor activities with her husband and 3 children, and loves to spend her free time up North during the summer, swimming, boating and walking with her 2 dogs.

Adrienne Wetherell, CD(DONA)

Adrienne is a Birth & Postpartum Doula, yoga teacher, and proud mama. As a doula, she draws on her practice of yoga and mindfulness to support expectant parents through the transformative process of birth and feels honored to work with families during such a life-changing time. Adrienne received her doula certification under the mentorship of Crescence Krueger from Heart of Birth, and with DONA International.

A yoga teacher since 2005, Adrienne is passionate about making the practice a safe and nourishing experience for her students. Adrienne’s prenatal and postnatal classes explore the powerful relationship between yoga, birth and parenthood, and aim to support the development of a healthy parent-baby bond. Adrienne also completed Mindful Motherhood facilitator training, a course designed to teach practical mindfulness tools to help with the ups and downs of pregnancy, parenting and beyond.

In September 2013, Adrienne gave birth to her breech baby Ava and has since been blessed by the many joys and challenges of motherhood.

Brittany Marziani, ECE

Brittany is a passionate postpartum doula who’s only goal in life was to be a mommy. She gave birth to her daughter in May 2017 and after that wonderful, challenging, and educational experience decided that she would love to support other new families.

She is an Early Childhood Educator who worked in the childcare sector for over 5 years with every age from infant to 12 years old. She has a deep understanding of child development and developmentally appropriate behaviour and practices.

In addition to offering daytime/evening Postpartum Doula support, she hosts “Play Time” consults for parents and caregivers to watch children play and learn about developmentally beneficial ways to play with their babies and children.

Natalya Wheeler

Natalya has always had a knack for working with people. After nine years working in Customer Service and Management, she is able to anticipate people’s needs and expectations. Once Natalya was exposed to the world of Birth/Postpartum, she knew the career fit her perfectly.

Since attending the Maternal Support Practitioner (MSP) course with Bebomia in 2016, Natalya has become so passionate working in this field, supporting new families. She has truly learned the power of the birthing person, and especially enjoys supporting the strong bond between partners during such a special time.

Rhondda Smiley, BA Hons., CD(DONA), CYT

A self-confessed birth nerd and lactation geek, Rhondda chose to make this passion her focus following a successful career in the corporate world. She began offering breastfeeding support to families around the globe as a La Leche League Leader and published author on the esteemed Kellymom.com, all while still working as a senior manager in arts & entertainment, and holding down the fort as a working mom.

But when the time came to follow her heart’s true calling, she jumped with both feet into the world of birth as a birth and postpartum doula. Her mission is to provide you with the support, encouragement, information and resources you want, so that you feel confident in making your own choices about what is right for your family. She does this by listening deeply to what is most important to you, and hearing what you most need during this profound life transition.

As a Certified Yoga Teacher specializing in Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga, her lifetime practice of yoga, movement and meditation provide a bedrock foundation that she offers to you through her steady, grounded presence. While completing her BA in Dance at York University, Rhondda first encountered yoga, which in turn led her to the life-changing benefits of meditation. She has been teaching meditation and mindfulness across the GTA for a decade, and teaches yoga at Toronto Yoga Mamas, Spynga, The Yoga Sanctuary and other Toronto studios. She shares concrete tools for using breath, movement and mindfulness to bring greater ease and joy to you and your family during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

Julie Saunders

Julie has been a birth and postpartum Doula for 7 years, and thinks preparing people for birth and parenthood is a ton of fun. Helping parents feel more prepared and ready is the greatest reward.

Her gift is her natural intuitive ability to connect with people quickly and create intimate bonds. This is pivotal to the foundation of trust that leads to her ability to support positive birth experiences for both the labouring person as well as her partner. It can be difficult to convey the value of a Doula to a person yet to experience labour and postpartum. She finds that often it’s not until one has had the “doula experience” that they learn the true value of one. 

Julie has three kids of her own, and when she is not at a birth or lending a hand with newborn babes, she’s adventuring through life with her partner Scott.  They collectively raise 5 little humans, and she loves to read, travel, play monopoly, listen to live music, read anything birth related, and thinks podcasts are great.

AIDAN BLACK-ALLEN

Aidan has worked with families and children for over 10 years, and during her own pregnancy she truly realized how vital prenatal and postnatal support is to new parents. As a Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula, Infant Sleep Educator/Holistic Sleep Coach and Lactation Educator, she is 100% committed to her clients. 

.Aidan knows that this time in your life is a rollercoaster of emotions and is determined to provide the tools you need to navigate your unique family’s circumstances.  She will find ways to help your babies sleep better (and longer!) without sacrificing our own emotional and physical needs.  Her holistic, attachment based approach honours babies’ needs while making sure you get the necessary rest and relaxation to be your best.  

Carissa Marks-Thomson

Carissa is a Birth and Postpartum Doula, a proud mother of two grown daughters, and loving aunt to her only nephew. After attending his birth 9 years ago, Carissa knew that the role of a Doula was the right fit for her.

Carissa has over 10 years of experience working in cardiac care, and left the corporate world for the work of a Doula on a full time basis. Carissa’s is certified as a Birth & Postpartum from Doula Canada, and she can blend into any situation and make you feel cared for and supported during this important phase of your life.

She lives in Etobicoke with her husband and border collie rescue, Molly! She has a passion for supporting families, loves to walk, is an artist and is also a great cook!

Liana Salvador-Watts, RN, IBCLC

Liana Salvador-Watts is a Registered Nurse, Prenatal Educator and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Liana is kind, gentle, and is passionate about supporting families to achieve their OWN breastfeeding goals, whatever they may be. Liana became a lactation consultant so she could contribute towards making that dream a reality.

Liana became certified as an IBCLC in 2014, and also worked as a Registered Nurse in a Labour and Delivery unit birth and teaches prenatal classes in a downtown Toronto hospital. She gave birth to her daughter in 2014 and became a La Leche League Leader in 2015 to provide more mother-to-mother support to families in her community. She now focuses on doing Home Visits for breastfeeding support.

KELLY JOWETT

Kelly has a background in special education and fitness, but has found her passion in supporting parents and being part of the journey into parenthood.   Her recent experiences becoming a new mother has helped her have even more insight into the support that new parents need and deserve.

Kelly believes that the job of a doula is to give you unconditional support both physically and emotionally during labour and delivery.  She holds space and helps create a welcoming environment for your baby to be born into, and supports you during the early days of parenthood.

Kelly married her highschool sweetheart and has a Boston Terrier named Rodney.  The recently welcomed a baby girl of their own in December of 2020.  Kelly supports clients in Burlington, Oakville and the GTA.

Katia rock

As a Certified Doula with over 30+ births and 100+ postpartum clients in experience, Katia’s is very experienced with aiding couples to develop assurance and self confidence as they embark on their new adventure into parenthood.

Katia equips her clients with evidence-based information so that they are able to make informed decisions throughout the pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey.  She is a mother of four who experienced a very different birth journey with each of her children. They each had their own individual challenges and like many of us she had no outside support or knowledge of doulas at the time.

Katia has always been described as a natural nurturer and mother. She is empathetic to the fears and worries that come with prenatal and postnatal concerns for parents.  She believes it is an honour and a privilege to be invited to take part in the most personal and private moment in a client’s life.  Her goal is to be encouraging and supportive as she guides clients during birth and the transition from birth to the beginning of parenthood. Whether you choose breastfeeding/chestfeeding or bottle feeding sh can guide you through that new
experience and aid you in honing your parenting skills.

mia MYERS

Mia Myers is a birth and postpartum doula, yoga instructor and mother to a little girl. Her doula journey began long ago with the discovery of a pregnancy book at her local library. That book inspired a lifelong interest which led her to reading every book, and every TV show and documentary she could find about pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Before she became a doula, she worked as a nanny, as well as completing her psychology degree, and coming to love babies as much as she did learning about birth.

It was after her daughter was born that she began practicing yoga and meditation (inspired by her own doula), and she completed her prenatal yoga certification in 2018 and her 200 hours in 2020.

Mia is still a lifelong learner, taking on new trainings and certifications whenever she can so she can better support her families.

Elyse Waugh Doula

Elyse Waugh

Hello! My name is Elyse (she/they). I am a Queer, able bodied, white settler living on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki, Mississaugas of the New Credit River and Wendake-Nionwentsio.

I am a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Theatre & Performance Studies), a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher, and a certified Birth & Postpartum and Abortion doula.

At heart, I am a mover, shaker, thinker and explorer. I have spent a large part of my twenties letting my inner child play, marvel and absorb the world around me. I love the mountains, I love to dance and I love to care for others. I feel most at home when I am teaching, guiding and holding space for the people around me.

Movement and the body has always been a part of my life. I am intrigued at the ways in which our bodies change and adapt to the world around us. I like exploring the mind-body connection and discovering new ways to feel, see and imagine the body. 

I am committed to providing a safe, supportive, and holistic space for all bodies. My teaching and birth work is rooted in making folks feel comfortable, heard and judgement free. As a yoga teacher and birth worker, I am also committed to the principles and practices of anti-oppression, anti-racism, intersectional feminism and affirming LGBTQ2S communities.

Sharon Shakespeare-birth doula-cloth diaper expert

Sharon Shakespeare

Sharon Shakespeare is a Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula with Nutmeg Consulting, who has been working with babies and children for over 15 years. She has four children of her own, and she is caring, supportive and energetic (and even loves overnight shifts!).

Sharon is intuitive, and passionate about supporting new parents in all their birth and parenting choices.  She is also a Cloth Diaper expert, and knows about all the newest Baby gear! 

Erin Heywood

Erin Heywood is a professionally trained Postpartum Doula. She loves kids and helping families with their newborns, be it feeding, baby care, babywearing, a friendly non-judgmental ear to listen to your ups and downs, light housekeeping, errands and preparing amazing meals and nutritious snacks.

Erin lives with her husband and 3 children plus a cat and felt called to become a Doula when her children were small. She also enjoys helping in the community as a Scout Leader and volunteering at her children’s school. In her free time she enjoys geocaching adventures with her family, camping and reading.

Erin is the facilitator of the brand new ‘Modern Grandparent’ prep class. She leads new and expecting Grandparents through the newest recommendations for baby care and feeding, so they can combine their own amazing experience with the newest research to be the best support possible to their children and grandchildren!

Allison Madigan, Nutritionist

Allison is a Holistic Nutritionist, with a special focus on Pregnancy, and Postpartum health.

Holistic Nutrition looks at the whole person, including the physical, mental, emotional, and environmental aspects involved.

Allison will create a customized, and easy to follow plan, for pregnant and new parents.

She will evaluate your complete health history, emotional state, lifestyle habits and diet to create an individualize approach to healing.

She believes in the power of food to heal and prevent disease, as well as preventing and reversing nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy and postpartum, to help you reach optimal health.