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 Peekaboo! Coucou! ,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

MelissaLamaze 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 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

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 and Arya. When she is relaxing she can be found in her garden with her children grazing nearby.


Alyssa Jean Klazek

Yoga Instructor, Musician

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.  To learn more about Alyssa, please visit her website.


Shannon Dodson

Shannon DodsonYoga Instructor, Chiropractor

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 aspires to empower women to be the happiest and healthiest they can be during their pregnancy by making safe and modified exercise available. She joined Mothering Touch to continue to educate and be part of such a great community!


Regina Flueck

Regina FlueckCertified Stott Pilates Instructor, Total Barre Instructor and Hanna Somatic Exercise Coach

Regina moved to Victoria from Perth Australia in March 2016 to be with her Canadian partner. She is originally from Switzerland but did all her Pilates and Barre training in Australia. She has done many workshops for pre and postnatal Pilates and used to teach regular classes. Teaching "Mums & Bubs" Barre classes in Australia was her favourite. Regina is expecting her first child and is excited for this new adventure.

Currently she has been focusing on her Hanna Somatics training to help people with chronic pain. However, the gentle and simple Somatic Exercises are valuable for everyone and she is interested to experience the effects in pregnancy for herself.


Amie McColl

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.

To learn more about Amie, please visit her website.


Theresa Gulliver

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, please visit her website.


Leah Brenda Smith, B. Msc

Mindfullness Coach and Certified Reiki Master

Leah has 40 years’ experience as a caregiver, educator and health and wellness specialist. She is well versed in many relaxations techniques including life coaching, meditation, and mindfulness. Leah is the Founder of “Come Back to Your Senses Radio”, an online show which provides practical tips for helping you to recover your sense of well-being.

As the sixth child of a family of ten children, Leah became a caregiver early in life. She understands well family dynamics, human needs, and the challenges and joys of rearing children. As a teenager she had the touch and became the person in her community that adults left their children with while they went on vacation. Leah has an innate ability to create rapport with children and their parents. She maintains a healthy balance between having fun, bringing a calming influence, and being someone people feel safe with.

Leah teaches our Mindfulness for Parents class.