Linda Baril, RCRT
Licenced Reflexology Therapist
Reflexology treatments are helpful in relieving some of the challenges of pregnancy. Stress and fatigue can be reduced.
Linda Baril has been a reflexology practitioner for 30 years and is an Instructor with the Reflexology Association of Canada. Linda is also a Childbirth Educator and a Birth Doula. She began attending births over 30 years ago and brings her passion and belief in supported natural childbirth to her reflexology practice.
Linda has created her own workshop “Assisting Women Through their Childbearing Year, Using Reflex and Acupressure Points”. She is happy to share the techniques she has found effective during pregnancy and childbirth with you.
You can read more about Linda on her website: www.lindabaril.com
Pamela Bethel, CD(DONA), LCCE
Lamaze 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.
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 is a trained Breastfeeding Educator (Douglas College) and has assisted over 500 families with breastfeeding issues.
Over the years of facilitating the Baby Groups at Mothering Touch (since 2005), Eva has come to believe that while most babies and their families work out a way to sleep well together sometime in the first 6-8 months, many babies and their parents need a more structure approach to establishing comfortable sleep patterns. So Eva provides Sleep Consulting Services, informed by her experience as a breastfeeding and parenting educator.
Eva has been working with childbearing families since 1991. She is a Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator and an Advanced Certified Doula and Doula Trainer with DONA International.
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.
Dr. Shannon Dodson, D.C.
Yoga 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!
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.
Marika Hall BA HDP R.Ac.
Registered Acupuncturist, Birth and postpartum doula
Growing up near her grandparents and extended family from the earliest age, Marika was exposed to the importance of being raised by the village. But it wasn’t until living in Tanzania on a medical anthropology internship during university, that she recognized that the village was lacking for most families she knew in Canada. Upon returning to Canada she became a birth and postpartum doula to work with families through the child bearing years, especially in creating a web of support during the postpartum period.
It was during her training as a doula at Pacific Rim College that she was inspired by the philosophy and wholistic health model of Chinese Medicine. After several years of working as a doula and studying to be a Shamanic practitioner, she decided to return to Pacific Rim College to complete her training as an Acupuncturist.
Find out more about Marika at her website www.marikareidhall.com
Marika teaches our Acupuncture for Couples and Restorative Yoga with Acupuncture workshops.
Melissa Harris, CD(DONA), LCCE
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, & Birth Doula
Melissa has been a DONA certified birth doula and Douglas College trained Breastfeeding Educator since 2011.
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.
Melissa has 3 boys who are all obsessed with hockey and baseball, and she is likely to make several sports references in any conversation!
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.
Here’s a testimonial from a client of WCCMT that Amanda cared for 6-months before and after her first baby was born:
“Amanda’s treatment style is incredibly connected to what my body needs. She is an amazing communicator who always asks the right questions to ensure the most efficient and accurate treatment. After a massage with Amanda, my stress level is significantly reduced, and I always leave feeling rejuvenated and well cared for.” -HG
Jill Moran, R.Ac
While at University of Guelph, completing her degree in Bio_Medical Science Jill was introduced to acupuncture and Chinese philosophy. Before embarking out West to follow her curiousity in both the West coast and Acupuncture she completed a diploma at George Brown College in Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician interning as Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Realizing that this was not her passion she moved to Victoria BC to study Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She completed a five-year diploma in Doctor of Chinese Medicine and in 2004 she completed in internship at the #1 University Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of HeiLongJiang, in Harbin China.
Jill has continued her education in ear acupuncture, musculoskeletal conditions such as Matt Callison's Motor Point course and Women's health training with the likes of Debra Betts, Ravine Lewis and Jane Lyttleton. She has studied Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran, and Shonishin - Pediatric Needleless acupuncture. Jill is currently studying to become a fellow with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.
When not in the clinic you will find Jill exploring the diversity of the West Coast, trail running in the wild, surfing in the waters of Jordan River or stretching and breathing in her dedicated practice of 17 years of Iyengar Yoga.