Meet Our Team
Stefanie Antunes, Founder, Doula School
Stefanie has been a Lamaze® Educator and doula since 2002. After the birth of her second son, Stefanie saw just how valuable it is to be prepared for birth and to have good support around you.
Stefanie is a visionary in the childbirth field. She leads the Discover Birth organization providing a variety of services to expectant parents and training for those wishing to pursue work in the childbirth field. Stefanie is a former board member with the Association of Ontario Doulas, former Public Relations Director and Treasurer for DONA International, and sits on many local boards and coalitions to improve our communities. She is a DONA-approved Birth Doula Trainer, and runs a Lamaze Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program.
Stefanie is a contributing author in the best selling Power of Women United and the book Bearing Witness: Childbirth Stories Told by Doulas. She is a regular contributing writer and blogger, and has done many interviews online and for TV/radio.
Her belief is that the world can be a better place if parents can have more positive childbirth experiences that allow them to bond properly with their babies. She works tirelessly to change the world in this aspect…one family at a time.
Julia Forest, Founder, Awakened Spirit Yoga
Julia is an international yoga teacher, birth doula, women’s health advocate, and closet artist who is passionate about health, environmentalism and empowered birth. She is co-creator of the Sacred Birth Yoga & Doula Training, is founding director of Awakened Spirit Yoga and co-founder of the Wellkind Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on community empowerment and wellbeing through the lens of permaculture. She also created the Sacred Earth Yoga Training, the first yoga teacher training program that combines yoga, mindfulness, permaculture and leadership to transform lives and communities.
Kathrin Auger, Postpartum Doula Trainer
Kathrin started her training as a pediatric RN in Switzerland in 1993 where she worked on the NICU at one of the leading university hospitals in Switzerland for several years before moving to the USA. Kathrin’s years of conventional medical training fed her desire to step outside the typical medical model and go deeper into more personal care during pregnancy and the birth and postpartum period. She got certified as a birth doula in 2003 and as a postpartum doula in 2004 through DONA International. In 2007 she became a DONA International approved postpartum doula trainer. The Bastyr University in San Diego welcomed Kathrin to their faculty in 2013 as a postpartum doula trainer until they closed their doors in 2015. Today she is the founder of ‘Los Angeles Doula’ and leads our Postpartum Doula program here at Doula School.
Jennifer Rogers, Program Director - Lamaze Seminar
As the proud owner of FITMOM Durham, Jennifer helps women achieve their personal wellness goals and PROMOTES healthy birth experiences for new and expecting moms. With over 10 years in the health & wellness field she brings extensive experience in group facilitation and public speaking, and is skilled in providing enhanced learning and fitness experiences for her clients.
In 2006 she became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and a Lamaze Program Director in 2015. She has been teaching prenatal Lamaze classes since then to families across Durham Region. Her background in Adult Education, Group Facilitation and Public Speaking ensures that your group or private series is fun and informative. She is well known for her sense of humour and past participants often say that attending her classes was the highlight of their week! Jennifer is also a DONA trained Doula. She regularly attends workshops and courses to ensure her knowledge regarding fitness and healthy birth practices for the childbearing mother, is current. In her FREE time, Jennifer, gives back to her community as an active volunteer with the Durham Family YMCA.
Most importantly, she is also known as Mom to two busy, growing boys Ben & Jakob.
Priyanka Gulati, Program Trainer - Lamaze Seminar
Priyanka is a women’s health physiotherapist, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Doula and a mother. She is a program trainer who spends her time between Canada and India helping families and birth workers alike. Priyanka has extensive experience providing both doula support as well as childbirth education to families across Canada and India. Her inclusive, dynamic, and engaging classes have clients always asking for MORE. We are thrilled to have Priyanka’s extensive experience and passionate and fun teaching style join our program!
Jennifer Fontaine, Program Trainer – Lamaze Seminar
Jenn has been supporting the families of Winnipeg as a birth doula (attending several hundred births) and childbirth educator (preparing over a thousand new families) since 2002. Over the years, while supporting families, Jenn has made education a priority. She has achieved DONA International Certification as both a birth & postpartum doula, become a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer and a certified Lamaze Educator.
Jenn is passionate about passing along her knowledge to families and other doulas, knowing that she is learning just as much from them! She loves training new doulas and childbirth educators. Jenn is a sought after instructor, she’s traveled all over North America, and even to Australia to teach and help new birth workers find their own path. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her wonderful husband, her four amazing kids and two drooling bulldogs.