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 24 years ago.  She has been a doula since 2011 and is certified with DONA International.  In addition to doula work, Adrienne is Certified Childbirth Educator with Lamaze International.  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 for fun.  Please contact Adrienne at




Jeannette Combes

Director of Liason/Secretary

Jeannette Combes completed her Hospital Based Diploma at the Western Australian School of Nursing and her Masters of Nursing in 2008.  She has done neonatology, midwifery, pediatrics, coronary care, offshore nursing, adult and pediatric emergency care and occupational health nursing.  She is a Canadian Certified Perinatal Nurse and a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  She is a member of the Women's Wellness Within and believes in doula support for families. Please contact Jeannette 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 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! You can contact Jessica at