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Team

Meet the family

Our Childbirth Class instructors, who are qualified and certified, truly believe that knowledge is power and our goal is to help prepare and empower parents!

Sue

Co-founder, Certified Nurse-Midwife and Head of Childbirth Education

Sue is co-founder of The Baby Academy, Nurse, Midwife, Childbirth Instructor and a busy Mum of two. With over 15 years’ experience Sue has worked in all areas of Midwifery such as Birthing Suite, Antenatal wards, Postnatal wards and currently manages The Antenatal Education Department in a large Maternity Hospital.

Crystal

Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Crystal is a Midwife who brings a wealth of experience to The Baby Academy with almost a decade of Midwifery in Canada. As a busy mother of three, she has supported labouring people in and out of hospital settings, with a huge passion for Childbirth Education. Crystal loves to travel and has also volunteered in Maternity Hospitals in rural India and Tanzania.

Alexia

Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Alexia is a Registered Midwife practicing extended scope Midwifery in a busy and diverse Canadian community. She has supported hundreds of families through birth in both home and hospital settings, however, loves all aspects of prenatal, birth and postpartum care. Alexia has had the pleasure of supporting Inuit midwives in an extremely remote community in Northern Canada by providing locum midwifery care for up to 6 weeks at a time. She has led the skin-to-skin C-section initiative in her organization to ensure all parents have the same opportunity for bonding and improved outcomes regardless of delivery method. Alexia is passionate about improving health literacy and informed decision making for under-resourced community members with a strong focus on individuals who identify within the Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities. She is also an ongoing preceptor and mentor for midwifery students with the Midwifery Educational Program.

Hayley

Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Hayley is a Senior Midwife and was the first instructor to join The Baby Academy in Canada. Hayley brings a wealth of experience to The Baby Academy, having graduated ‘summa cum laude’ from McMaster University, and has gone on to working with marginalized and under-served communities. She helped to develop a First Nations Health Initiative and has a particular passion for supporting LGBTQ+ families as they navigate the unique challenges of pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. She is honoured to support and guide birthing families as they seize the many opportunities for empowerment and growth throughout the childbearing year.

Sarah

Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Sarah graduated with honors from the Midwifery Science program and has been a Registered Midwife in Canada since 2011. She has practiced as a Midwife in both Urban and Rural areas in Canada and has also volunteered internationally in Guatemala and Haiti. As Sarah is the mom of 2 lovely children, she understands the challenges of becoming a new parent. Sarah enjoys educating and caring for families throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Ildiko

Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Ildiko is a registered Midwife practicing full scope midwifery in a busy urban centre. She is extremely passionate about the development of inclusive public health policy that ensures equitable access to all facets of reproductive care. Ildiko works mostly with new immigrant, refugee and uninsured populations, and enjoys teaching as a childbirth educator and preceptor with the Midwifery Education Program. With recent experience as both the postpartum/newborn follow-up clinic co-ordinator and COVID-19 practice lead at an integrated, multi-disciplinary clinic, Ildiko brings a wealth of knowledge to her classes at The Baby Academy.

Caitlin

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Caitlin has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for many years helping thousands of families achieve their breastfeeding goals. Through the pregnancy and post-partum journey with her first baby, she became interested in maternal health and helping parents with their infant feeding goals. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. Caitlin has applied her knowledge of breastfeeding and education through the development and instruction of breastfeeding courses at the post-secondary level. She is passionate about supporting families in their individual infant feeding goals and increasing the educational foundation of breastfeeding among health care professionals. Caitlin is a busy mother of five and often likes to explore the great outdoors.

Pam

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Pam has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for over 10 years. She works in private practice and appreciates the highly personalized support it allows. She has also been a Certified Birth Doula for 15 years. Pam adores the beautiful work of assisting families as they begin their journey with their precious new baby! Although she is quite busy she can always find time to help her clients as she understands the need for support when facing challenges. Pam truly loves empowering families by providing them with the latest evidence-based information about birth and breastfeeding. She has a wonderfully full home life with a fabulous husband and six awesome children.

Samantha

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Samantha is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) as well as a Nurse. Since 2013, she has worked in the postpartum unit of a busy hospital, taking care of new moms and babies. Samantha overcame her own breastfeeding challenges with her first baby, with the help of a supportive Lactation Consultant. After seeing how impactful good help can be with breastfeeding issues, she furthered her education and wrote the IBCLC board exam. Since becoming a Lactation Consultant she has started a private practice and provides breastfeeding support for new parents from the comfort of their own home. When she isn’t providing breastfeeding support, Samantha loves spending time with her husband and two children.

Hayley

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Hayley is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Certified Baby Sleep Specialist and Instructor at Mohawk College where she teaches Advanced Breastfeeding to professionals.

Her mission is to support individual feeding goals in a supportive and understanding environment, where we support natural development while building lasting connections. Hayley believes every parent deserves the knowledge and expertise to make the very best decisions for their children. Every. Single. One.

Here at The Baby Academy we are looking to grow our team so that we can empower as many mothers and fathers as possible. If you are a Certified ObGyn, Nurse, Midwife, Doctor, or if you would like to work with our ever-growing office support team, please get in touch: reception@yourbabyacademy.ca. We’re looking for people who are passionate about helping parents.