Here is our current board:

Renée Curry


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For over a decade, Renée has been supporting women and families through pregnancy, labour and early postpartum life. After working privately as a doula and childbirth educator in Ottawa, she and her husband packed up their circus and moved back home to the Maritimes in 2012. One good word to describe her life is “CHAOS” - as in Caffeinated, Hectic, Abundant, with Occasional Sleep. She is the proud mama of five (6) children - yes, you read that right – and when she’s not supporting birthing families or practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist, her days consist of putting out fires (figuratively only, thankfully!), cooking and knitting with her nose in several books at once. She speaks both French and English. Please contact Renée at


Mercedes Ruiz

Director of Membership

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Mercedes is originally from Mexico City, she has a BS in Psychology, a MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy, is a trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator & Master Trainer, DBL Baby Language® Educator, Certified Counsellor, Certified Hypnotherapist and a mother of an adorable girl.  As a hobby, she volunteered as a paramedic for over 8 years and has always been very interested in pregnancy, birth, babies and women's health and well-being. She has been working specifically with expecting families for the last 3+ years. Mercedes believes that every woman in the world is entitled to have the birth they dream of, that every parent should be able to understand what their baby is trying to communicate and to live their lives in a peaceful manner. If you would like to become an NSDA member or have any membership questions please contact Mercedes at


Jenny Jarrett

Director of education


Jenny has always had a passion for birth and women’s wellness. As a registered massage therapist for ten years, she wanted to further support women throughout their pregnancies and became a Birth Doula. She has had the privilege of helping families in this role for four years since completing her training with Doula Training Canada. She is also certified in her Level 1 & 2 of Pelvic Health Massage Therapy. She is a mother to two beautiful girls who fill her days with a little bit of crazy and a lot of laughter. Her family loves going on adventures around Atlantic Canada and love to camp, explore beaches, take hikes, and the never ending pursuit for the best ice cream! Jenny can be reached at



Amy MacAulay

Director of Community Outreach

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Amy MacAulay believes doulas illuminate the heart of birth and has supported hundreds of families throughout her 10 year career. As a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula and infant massage facilitator Amy is passionate about creating a positive birth and positive birth and experience for parents and their families. For the last 8 years (minus 2 maternity leaves) she has facilitated a group at Fiddleheads Kids Shop where she hopes parents can connect and start to create their community. She currently lives in Clayton Park with her two amazing kids and husband where silly dancing, going to playgrounds, kicking the soccer ball or hanging out at Chapters is a common sighting. Amy is very excited to be serving as the Director of Community Outreach for the Nova Scotia Doula Associations and looks forward to continuing the work that NSDA has done for doulas in Nova Scotia. You can reach Amy at


Karen Reid


Karen is our wonderful and talented Treasurer and beings to her role an impressive 15 years of experience as an Analyst and Accountant. She has a Bachelor's in Biology from Dal and completed the academic portion of the Certified Management Accountant Program in 2015. Karen keeps our books balanced and our mouths drooling with her yummy yet healthy recipe contributions to our newsletters. Please contact Karen with any payment questions at


Jennifer Drummond

member at large

Info coming soon!


Shandelle Ferguson


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After having her 3 wonderfully unique children, Shandelle was strongly compelled to follow her dream, and began her training as a doula.  She began her doula journey in Newfoundland, but moved to Nova Scotia in 2017, with her husband and children.  She is a Birth and Postpartum Doula, certified with Doula Canada.  Shandelle is also very present in the doula community through her role as Provincial Liaison and Public Relations officer with Doula Canada. When not supporting families, Shandelle likes to be near the water, spending time with family, eating good food and drinking great wine! You may contact Shandelle at



Cynthia Mann

Professional Liaison

Cynthia is a LLL leader, perinatal nurse, and mother of five. She has Master's degrees in both Nursing and Health Administration with focuses on obesity and women's mental health in particular postpartum depression. Cynthia has been supporting women throughout her career as a registered nurse. She has also been providing women with mother to mother support as a LLL leader. Her passion is helping women get the information and support they need to be empowered to make choices that feel right for their families, as well as helping other mothers support women so that we create a network of support around new mothers and families. Cynthia can be reached at:


Monique Legere

Member at Large

Info coming soon!


Bridget Graham

Member at large

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Bridget is a certifying Full Spectrum (Labour and Birth) and Postpartum Doula with Doula Canada. She is also a certified Abortion Doula with the Abortion Support Services Atlantic (ASSA). Bridget is fully bilingual in French and English and provides support to families in HRM with her business, Nova Vitae Doula. Bridget is the current Provincial Liaison for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec with Doula Canada, and she is a Board Member for the Halifax Women’s History Society, the Midwifery Coalition, ASSA and is excited for her new position as a Member at Large with the NSDA! In her free time Bridget loves to read, cook, garden and run! You may contract Bridget at