Our Instructors

Eva Bild, MA, AdvCD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE


Founder, Director & Co-Owner of The Mothering Touch Centre; Childbirth Educator, Certified Doula and Breastfeeding Educator

Eva is the Director and Co-Owner of the Mothering Touch Centre. She coordinates the childbirth, activity, yoga and fitness classes. She teaches some of our Childbirth Preparation Classes, Birth Doula Training Workshops, and En français! ,and facilitates the Baby Groups and Pregnancy Happy Hour.

Eva has been working with childbearing families since 1991. She started her training as a Childbirth Educator with the National Childbirth Trust in Scotland and is now a Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator.

Eva has been a doula since 1995, becoming certified by DONA International in 1997. She has accompanied over 140 families through childbirth. It is always an honour to be invited to share this wonderful time in a family’s life. She is very grateful for the privilege of working with new mothers and babies. Eva parle couramment le français et propose ses services d’accompagnante à la naissance à la communauté francophone de Victoria.

Eva completed the Douglas College Breastfeeding Course for Health Professionals in 1996 and has been helping new mothers and their babies learn the mother-baby breastfeeding dance since then. This is one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of Eva’s multi-faceted work life.

Eva is married to Randy Enkin, a geophysicist, who is also her business partner. Eva and Randy have three wonderful grown-up children – Daniel, Simon and Hannah – co-owners of The Mothering Touch Centre.

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Jay Duncan, LCCE

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula & Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator

Jay has been teaching Childbirth Preparation Classes for the Mothering Touch Centre since 2007. After the very positive birth experiences she had with her children, Jessi in 1996 and Sam in 1998, she decided to make birth work her career. She had always been fascinated with the mystery and power of birth, so it was no mistake that she decided to work in this field.

Jay trained as a Prenatal Educator through Douglas College in 1998 and trained as a Postpartum Doula through the Seattle Midwifery School in 2002. She is also a DONA-trained Birth Doula and taught prenatal classes with the YMCA from 2004-2007.

Jay feels honored to be a part of the most amazing and intimate part of a woman’s life: the birth of her first child and the expansion of a new family. She is constantly learning, developing and growing as a teacher and birth doula and is excited to work in such a nurturing and dynamic work environment as the Mothering Touch.


Amanda Sequin, LCCE

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator & Birth Doula

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Amanda has been teaching prenatal classes at Mothering Touch for a couple years. She took her training with Lamaze through Douglas College in 2013. After having her little girl in 2010, Amanda found herself inexplicably drawn to the process of birth. While Amanda lives on Pender island keeping honeybees, she manages to attend births in Victoria, work at a midwife office in Fernwood and teach prenatal classes. She is excited about this work and the variety it offers. Working at Mothering Touch with such a beautiful team and offering education to new families is tremendously inspiring. She is excited to be part of the significant journey when people becoming parents.


Pamela Bethel, LCCE

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, & Birth Doula
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Birth and parenthood are profound and transformative; they are passages that connect us to the past, present and future. They are also complex, messy, scary, incredible, joyous, frustrating, hilarious, crazy-making and sleep-depriving. In fact, just insert any adjective and it probably applies to the rich journey of parenthood. Pamela enjoys helping new and expectant parents develop their confidence and their own unique approaches to birth and parenthood.

Pamela lives with her partner Matthew and their 3 year old son/wildcard Munro. They are all actively engaged, in various capacities, with Victoria’s performing arts scene.


Melissa Harris, LCCE

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, & Birth Doula

MelissaAfter working in the fertility industry and having a doula at her first two births, Melissa knew that helping people and birth would intersect for a long time to come. Melissa has been a DONA certified birth doula and Douglas College trained breastfeeding educator since 2011. Before becoming a doula, she wanted to become a teacher, but with 2 small children, the timing didn’t seem right. Becoming a childbirth educator at Douglas College has bridged that gap of teaching and birth. Melissa enjoys teaching evidence based birth strategies and hopes that all of the families she meets can gain confidence in their birthing and parenting choices. Since each birth and family is different, she is constantly gaining knowledge from each family that she works with in her classes and as a doula.

Melissa has 3 boys who are all obsessed with hockey and baseball, and she is likely to make several sports references during her classes.


Clarissa Stuckenberg

Retail Staff; Yoga Teacher; Birth Doula

Clarissa Stuckenberg

Clarissa has been working at Mothering Touch Centre teaching yoga since the summer of 2011 she has loved every moment of teaching and in August of 2013 became a part of the Mothering Touch retail family which gives her many more opportunities to support, share, and chat with new and expectant parents which she loves.

Clarissa took her birth doula training here at Mothering Touch in the fall of 2012 and is so thankful for everything she has learned and is excited to continue to support families in this wonderful community. Clarissa feels very lucky to be a part of Mothering Touch finding it incredible to see women grow as they come in for prenatal classes and thinks it’s amazing when they bring their babies in once they have come into the world!


Renee Ahmadi

Yoga Instructor and Birth Doula

Renee Ahmadi

Renée teaches Toddler Yoga and Mom and Baby Yoga classes. She has an undergraduate degree from UVIC in Child and Youth Care is working on a Masters in Disability Management. Renée’s last fifteen years of work experience have been about supporting families at every stage of life, from working with young children and youth to adults with unique needs. She is passionate about the meaning of truly inclusive yoga for every body. Renée is mother to Ezra (2 1/2) and Arya (16 months). When she is relaxing she can be found in her garden with her children grazing nearby.


Sarah-Jane Steele

Prenatal Yoga Strength and Stretch Teacher, Yoga teacher, Birth Doula

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When Sarah-Jane was in Journalism School some years ago a professor told her she was a “bit too into” her story on midwives and pregnant women… the seed was planted. Years later Sarah-Jane works exclusively with women and their babies and swears by the saying “you don’t find the calling, the calling finds you.”

Sarah-Jane came to us in Fall of 2012 and has been teaching prenatal and postnatal Strength and Stretch ever since. She has more than 300 hours yoga and Pilates teacher training, 85 of which are specific to the prenatal and postnatal mother’s body.

Sarah-Jane trained as a Birth Doula through Douglas College in 2011 and with Ina May Gaskin as a Midwife Assistant at the Farm in 2013 after having a very positive home birth experience of her daughter Eena-Mae.


Alyssa Jean Gardner

Yoga Instructor, Musician
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Alyssa is grateful to be able to share her love for Yoga with this amazing community at Mothering Touch. She has two young daughters and has relied on Yoga to provide clarity and strength during this ever changing time of life.  Alyssa has completed two trainings, one under Rameen Peyrow the founder of SATTVA Yoga, and with Ann-Kathrin Martins in a Prenatal/Postnatal course.

In the past she has taught many different styles of Yoga in many different settings both physical practice, breathing techniques and meditation. She also has a background in music and incorporates instruments, chanting and singing in her classes. This year she will be teaching a Sing Along class – Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers – that she can hardly wait for!


Shannon Dodson

Yoga Instructor, Chiropractor
Shannon Dodson

Shannon recently made the move to Victoria from Ottawa, Ontario and has been building her chiropractic practice over the last year working with expectant mothers and their families. While taking her chiropractic training Shannon realized her passion was working with expectant mothers, infants and children. She became certified in Webster Technique and went on to become a prenatal yoga instructor. She inspires to empower women to be the happiest and healthiest they can be during their pregnancy by making safe and modified exercise available. She is looking forward to joining Mothering Touch to continue to educate and be part of such a great community!


 Layla Cochrane

Layla teaches our very popular Sign and Sing with your Baby drop-in class.

She is the mother of two little girls and a Certified Independent Baby Signs Instructor. After discovering the wonderful benefits of signing with her own two children, Layla began offering workshops, play classes and signing resources to families and caregivers in Victoria.


Theresa Gulliver, BSc, RTC

Registered Therapeutic Counselor

Theresa leads our Motherhood Circle.

Theresa has visited and lived in almost every province and territory in Canada. After travelling to Central America, India, South-east Asia and West Africa, Theresa settled in Victoria with her partner, step daughter and daughter. Despite the challenging feats she accomplished in her life, nothing tested her stamina and sanity as much as motherhood. Theresa believes it is vital to create community and garner support through this overwhelming life change.

Theresa draws on her decade of experience teaching yoga and practicing meditation to offer a holistic therapeutic approach to helping new mothers to thrive.

To learn more about Theresa, visit her website.


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Amie McColl, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Amie teaches our Baby Massage drop-in classes.

Amie McColl is one of Victoria’s leading pre & postnatal Registered Massage Therapists and a teacher at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She has been teaching new parents baby massage since 2007 and is excited to teach this class to the Mothering Touch community. She is blessed to be a mother to Iris, who bring so much joy into her life.

Amie works at the Aria Health Clinic. You can learn more about her on her website.


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Dimitri de Morea, M.A., CCC

Clinical Counsellor

Dimitri leads our Dads’ Group and teaches the Becoming a Dad Workshops.

Dimitri is a certified clinical counsellor who works with individuals, couples and families helping them transform their difficulties and lead more fulfilling lives. He holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Dimitri enjoys his work greatly, and finds it consistently rewarding and renewing. He has seen many people make changes, and transform their lives in ways that they did not think were possible. Dimitri is also a happy father and is very excited to be facilitating the new Dad’s Group at Mothering touch, and to be leading a workshop for new and expectant fathers. To learn more about Dimitri please visit his website.