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, Parenting the Newborn, Birth Doula Training Workshops, and Grandparents' Classes, 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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Pamela Bethel, CD (DONA), LCCE

PamAndCaleb_pinterestLamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, & Birth Doula

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, CD(DONA), LCCE

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, & Birth Doula

After 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.

 


Danika Surm, LCCE

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, & Evidence Based Birth® Instructor

Birth and early parenthood are such an incredibly vulnerable, joyful, momentous, soul-stretching stage of our lives. It is my honour and privilege to support families during this transitional period. I am passionate about birth; about understanding current research and integrating it with the inherent wisdom and knowledge that women/birthing folk possess about their own bodies and needs; and about supporting birthing individuals in finding their own power and voice – things I think are often undermined in our culture. I believe that every person deserves to feel listened to, honoured, and celebrated in this momentous time - I am grateful for my involvement in your family’s journey and hope you leave my classes confident, empowered, and informed.

When not talking birth I can be found playing in the forest with my own two munchkins, shopping at the farmer’s market, cooking up a storm, and currently, learning to knit.

 

 


Clarissa Stuckenberg

Retail Staff; Yoga Teacher; Birth Doula

Clarissa spent 15 years as a trained dancer in her youth. Just after that time she tried a yoga class and was hooked right away. She began practising a vinyasa flow style that felt much like dance but the energy was calmer and she enjoyed learning about the importance of the breath. In 2009 Clarissa completed her first yoga teacher training (100hr) in Vancouver with Derek Ralph’s. In 2011 Clarissa and her husband moved to Victoria and she completed another teacher training (250hr) at Moksana in Victoria. Just after that training Clarissa took a specialized pre/post natal yoga teacher training at Moksana out of curiosity and was happily surprised at how much she loved it.

In 2012 Clarissa took a birth doula training course at Mothering Touch and in 2016 became a certified breastfeeding educator. Clarissa is a mother of two and found yoga so incredibly beneficial while she was going through pregnancy and postpartum. She finds it so special to teach other people during this season of their lives and is always seeking to help them find comfort and mobility.

You can contact or learn more about Clarissa on Instagram: stuckenstrong


 

Angela McMillan

Yoga Instructor 

Yoga has been a part of Angela's life for 20 years. In 2015, she completed her RYT200.  In addition, she has extra training in Prenatal Yoga. Prenatal Yoga is a passion of hers. You don’t need to be a practicing Yogini to reap the benefits of Prenatal Yoga. Besides her involvement with Yoga, she works as a Visual Language Interpreter. Facilitating communication between hearing and Deaf students within the Victoria School District.

She feels fortunate to have a wonderful family of her own. Being married with three children, one daughter-in-law and two step-children keeps her busy, blessed and happy.
She looks forward to seeing you on Sunday mornings. Her objective is to help you build strength and flexibility preparing your body for birth. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents-to-be in your community who are enjoying the same journey as you!

 


Alexandra Pellat

Yoga Instructor and Holistic Doula

Alexandra is a yoga, barre, mat pilates, and bellyfit instructor.  Her enthusiasm shines in each of her classes while challenging you to move within the realm that is safe for you. She is also a Holistic Doula and has connected her passion of fitness and birth together to teach prenatal and postpartum classes.

As an instructor, Alexandra’s passion is to help you become captivated by your body. She encourages you to move beyond the physical and incorporate both mind and spirit into your practice. Alexandra weaves in yogic and life lessons, as she guides you through your practice.

Alexandra has been mentored by Physiotherapists, which has given her solid knowledge of alignment and how to safely cue you through your practice. Alexandra is always ready to learn new things and share them with her students! When she is not in the studio you can find her running through the forest with her puppy.

 


Gaby Emmett

Yoga Instructor 

Gaby holds a degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria and has a background in adaptive recreation and outdoor education. Gaby completed her 200hr yoga teacher training through the Brahmanda School of Yoga in 2017 and more recently completed her Prenatal/Postnatal teacher training at Moksana. Gaby also works as a holistic birth and postpartum doula. She has always enjoyed helping others find answers and creating comfortable and trusting environments. With her experience teaching children, youth, and adults, she easily adapts yoga classes to the individual needs of the students and creates an open and inviting space to practice in. When not teaching, Gaby loves spending time outside, reading a good book and curling up with her puppy and cup of tea.

 


Amanda Kihn

Registered Massage Therapist

Amanda Kihn trained at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She also completed Mothering Touch’s DONA-approved Birth Doula Workshop and Prenatal classes. A self-proclaimed baby-whisperer, this mother of two small children delights in caring for other mothers and their babies.

Amanda teaches our Baby Massage classes.

 

 

 


Theresa Gulliver

Master Therapeutic Counsellor

Theresa leads our Motherhood Circles and runs her counselling private practise from Mothering Touch.

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 significant life change.

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

To learn more about Theresa, please visit her website.