Doulas, Specialists and Educators

Working Together to Provide Best Care

Foundations is built on the concept of collaboration and teamwork.  The original doula team experienced first hand the tremendous benefits of working in true collaboration, both for their clients and for their own families.  Over a period of several years they developed a style of supporting each other that mirrored the support they were providing to families.  This created a strong fabric of care and a sustainable career path.

Each expansion and growth spurt of our support team, has felt organic and ‘meant to be’. Everyone on the Foundations team is interconnected in some wonderful way to at least one if not several other team members.  Working in this way together gives each of us the opportunity to be independent and yet connected.

 


Tarana Wheelwright, RMT, CD(DONA)

Birth Doula, RMT, Founder


Tarana stumbled across the word doula in January 2007 when she was looking into volunteer work opportunities at a local home supporting pregnant women in need. She quickly realized she was being called to the birth work and began the process of changing her life to become a full time birth Doula.

She attended a training course and read every book she could find about birth work and supportive care. Realizing her family was not ready for her to be living an on-call lifestyle just yet, she laid the groundwork for making birth work her career, and finally attended her first birth in August 2009.  By that time she had left her career of almost 20 years and enrolled in the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba, (now known as Evolve College).

While attending college full time she attended 25 births which was incredibly helpful for her studies. Being in the classroom learning physiology, anatomy, and other related topics was also very useful in the birth room. During her time in school, Tarana fell in love with the work of remedial massage therapy as well!

In a perfect world she is supporting her massage clients in pregnancy (or even pre-conception!) through the birth experience, and beyond.  Tarana has a strong belief in the village care concept, and works hard at trying to facilitate that sort of support network for her clients.

Once she graduated, she was ready to immerse herself in the birth work, and establish her massage practice.  Over the past nine years she has provided support at over 300 births. Tarana took Infant Massage Teacher Training almost immediately after graduating and enjoys the opportunity to facilitate nurturing touch in new families.  She has expanded her understanding of the female body by taking the Arvigo (R) Techniques of  Maya Abdominal Therapies training, and has been privileged to witness the births of several babies conceived after that treatment protocol took place.  In 2016 she began studying Craniosacral therapies with Carol Gray, focusing on working with infants, and is excited to be integrating this work into her practice. After having used the techniques found on the Spinning Babies website for several years, she was thrilled to finally get to an in person workshop with Tammy Ryan in June 2017.  Always driven to learn more, there is no doubt she will continue fitting in expanded training whenever the due dates allow for it!

Every birth brings her new insight into the human experience.  Her view and understanding of birth work has shifted and changed over the years, however her belief that birth matters has only deepened. The amazement and wonder of birth work has not diminished in the least, and if  you ask her she will tell you that, for her, being a doula is a living dream come true.


 

 

 

Mandy Renaud, B.A., CD(DONA) Dip. CBED, GBCE

Prenatal Educator & Birth Doula


When Mandy became pregnant with her first child she was working full time as a executive director for a provincial sport association as well as coaching at the national and international levels, and was completely dedicated to that career.  Becoming pregnant sent her in search of the best evidence and information she could find about maintaining a low risk pregnancy, having a physiologic birth, and nurturing her child with a big picture view for a healthy life.  This led her to finding, and hiring, a doula team that supported her and her husband’s vision for their family.

The impact of having supportive care during this pivotal time in her life, rippled far beyond that pregnancy. Having a strong secular foundation in the team concept, she recognized the benefits of creating a birth team and birth goals.

Mandy fell in love with all things birth, after the birth of her first daughter, and has never looked back.  She realized very quickly that she was being called to the birth profession and made what felt like a radical decision, at the time, to remain home with her daughter after her year of maternity leave was over.

She began studying, training, and being mentored as a Childbirth Educator, with the doulas who supported her through her birth journey!

She has since given birth to another daughter, and a son, giving her a new depth of understanding about the birthing process.  Being the forever student that she is, Mandy is also a DONA trained Birth Doula.  She chose to take the Birth Doula training to round out her perspective, and give her additional tools to offer the Birth Partners she instructs.  Of course now she is hooked! In 2017 she began attending births, and is so happy to be bringing all the knowledge and experience she has acquired on this journey so far, to each new birthing team she engages with.

Mandy is one of our group class instructors and is also available to teach private classes in our office or in your home!

To arrange a private class you can contact her directly through email.


Cindy Rogers Maitland, IBCLC

Breastfeeding Specialist and Prenatal Educator


Cindy is mother to two lovely young adults and one wonderful child.

Cindy has been a birthworker in various forms since 1996, including breastfeeding peer support, birth doula, doula trainer, childbirth educator and mentor, as well as working with parents (and sometimes grandparents and birth workers) with healing from emotional birth trauma. She has trained extensively and personally with Pam England, founder of Birthing From Within, and has co-facilitated BFW childbirth workshops internationally.

Cindy certified as an IBCLC in 2010, and now focuses much of her time on working with families during their breastfeeding relationship. Beginning with a focus on getting off to a good start in the early days, she is able to help parents become confident in their abilities to learn to latch baby well and comfortably. Cindy also has extensive experience in working with and assessing possible tongue/lip tied babies, breast reduction/augmentation, teen parents, adoption and surrogacy, and various other special situations.

She enjoys working with families (and babies!) and is passionate about helping to create a new generation of parents who are confident in their abilities to nourish their babies at the breast.

 

Dana Fast

Birth Doula


Dana first became interested in birth work after she experienced birth and the postnatal period herself.  She gain a new understanding of what women go through and ultimately need during that journey. Her empathy turned into a passion.  This sent her in search of a way that she could provide the support and strength she believes every birthing person deserves to have as they travel the path of childbearing and parenting.

Dana has a strong belief in the ability of the human body to birth.  She believes that in a normative birthing experience, there can be peace and strength and positive memories.  Whatever a person chooses as their definition of positive for their birth, it is important to Dana to help them achieve that.

Her goals are to empower women to find the strength to bring new life into the world, knowing they have a voice, choices and options.  She is determined to support birthing teams to feel confident and informed throughout the birth experience so that they can carry that forward into parenthood.

Teaming up with a group of like minded birth workers that bring a variety of expertise and experience to the table, seemed like the most natural next step in her journey as a Birth Doula. She is excited to have a strong support team around her, so that she can always bring her very best self to each birth.

Living in the Anola area, she is close enough to Winnipeg to support clients there, but is also comfortable supporting birthing families in the many surrounding towns from Steinbach to Beausejour!

About Us!

Foundations has grown in many ways lately. We are happy to be finding new ways of working together and adding of new partners and services. It is so exciting to be actualizing the depth of care that has been our vision for quite some time now. Read More about “The Path To Here”

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