Renee Curry


For the past 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 5 years ago. One good word to describe her life is “CHAOS” - as in Caffeinated, Hectic, Abundant, with Occasional Sleep. She is the proud mama of five (5) children - yes, you read that right – and when she’s not supporting birthing families, her days consist of putting out fires (figuratively only, thankfully!), cooking and knitting with her nose in several books at once. She also keeps a running list of workshops and professional development opportunities for which she doesn’t have time, which makes her a useful Director of Education for you!  Please contact Renee at


Adrienne Kehler



Adrienne is originally a prairie girl from Manitoba, but moved to Nova Scotia 25 years ago.  She has been a doula since 2011 and is certified with DONA International CD(DONA).  In addition to doula work, Adrienne is a LCCE, Certified Childbirth Educator with Lamaze International which promotes & supports the 6 Healthy Birth Practices to help women birth with confidence. Apart from working with new mothers and their families, Adrienne is most proud to be the mom of four amazing children.  For her creative growing edge, she jams musically as a vocalist and loves exercising her chops as a stage actor.  You can contact Adrienne at



Kelly Carrington


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Kelly Carrington graduated from ICT Northumberland College in 2001 with a diploma in massage therapy.  After graduation he became an RMT with the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) and he continues to be an active member with this professional association.  For six years, Kelly practiced in a busy wellness clinic in downtown Halifax during which he earned a solid reputation with a steady following of loyal clients.  In 2007, he proudly started Evolution Massage Therapy, a mobile massage therapy business.  In 2012, Kelly started his journey to become a certified birth doula through Doulas of North America (DONA) and in May 2014, became the first male to be certified through DONA International in Canada.  Kelly loves working with families and always looks forward to helping families make the transition to parenthood through no-nonsense education and a sense of humour. Kelly is a loving partner to his high school sweetheart and together are raising three boys. You can contact Kelly 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


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® Practitioner, DBL Baby Language® Educator, Certified Counsellor 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 especifically 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


Jessica Edgar

Director of education

Jessica is originally from New Brunswick and she moved to Nova Scotia in 2012, giving birth to her first baby soon after.  She then opened a small Natural Parenting store in Elmsdale and met and supported so many wonderful families.  She was introduced to a community of wise and loving Midwives, who encouraged her to birth her second baby in her power, which deepened her love for birth work!  After receiving her first Reiki attunement, she realized she wanted to combine Energy work with Birth work. She has continued to work on her own self and spiritual growth as well as learn all she can about birth and soak up all the wisdom from everyone she meets. She loves experiencing all that life throws at her, making a mess in the kitchen, and basking in the glorious energy of the outdoors! She believes building strong communities and learning  and growing together to nurture each others strengths in the way of the future! If you have any questions about doula training and continuing education or scholarships provided through the NSDA, please contact Jessica at


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