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 Kristi Clements

Co-Owner

RMT, Birth and Postpartum Doula

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Jessica Payne

Co-owner

Birth and Postpartum Doula

She is the mother of three beautiful children, and a professional Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) Doula for over one decade. Kristi Clements has a deep and intimate appreciation of the wonderful world of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood. In her capacity as a Registered Massage Therapist, a seasoned Doula, and the Founder of Helping Hands Doula, Kristi and her team are pleased to offer a unique combination of services to her clients across the Greater Toronto Area.
Over the past thirteen years, this Doula has supported almost 400 births that have ranged from hospitals to homes, c-sections to VBAC’s, and twins. These experiences have helped to shape Kristi into a more compassionate and confident Doula. She is incredibly passionate about her work and her impact.
In 2002 Kristi graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Kikkawa College in Toronto, specializing in Pregnancy Massage as well as other Labour Support Classes. Her specialities include: RMT as a Labor Support Provider; Hypno-birthing; RMT as an Infant Massage Instructor; Pre and Perinatal Massage Therapy; Infant Massage Therapy; Pregnancy Massage; Labour Support Workshops; and, Pregnancy, Labor and Birth support.
Jessica began her journey at The University of Western Ontario focusing her studies in Psychology & Health Sciences.  She volunteered her time as an EMT through the university and loved working with the more compassionate cases.  She has always had an interest in supporting others around her but couldn’t put her finger on how she wanted to help others.  It was her final year at university that she came to realize her career path and became immersed with everything to do with pregnancy, childbirth and newborn development.She is formally trained and certified with DONA International; and regularly attends meetings, workshops, and conferences to keep current in her profession. In the last 4 years she has supported close to 100 families welcoming their babies.  She considers it a privilege to be a part of her clients’ birth team and empower them to realize their own birth wishes and be their helping hand through the transition to parenthood.

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Birth and Postpartum Doula

Carla’s path to doula care began years ago with her work in Tanzania, where she volunteered with midwives for a year to support labouring women. Carla had the unique experience to see childbirth supported in a context where resources were not readily available. She and the midwives had to rely on their instincts, hands and strong words of reassurance as their primary tools to help clients cope with labour and struggles in postpartum.  It was from this experience that Carla felt inspired to complete her doula training and continue to offer birthing and postpartum support in her home town of Toronto

Carla encourages parents to make confident and informed decisions during pregnancy, birth & postpartum. Having seen so many ways that birthing may unfold, she has applied that reassuring touch and presence to clients who have birthed in many different situations.  Carla is a twin and multiples specialist, and in the last 3 years has focused her care on postpartum support to help families adjust to their growing family.

Carla is also a Traditional Reiki Practitioner who loves to incorporate this touch into her doula practice.


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Postpartum Doula

Sharon’s doula journey started informally with the birth of her granddaughter in 1999. She was able to know just what her daughter needed in her postpartum period to make it a smoother transition for her. She has been asked by many family members to “give them a hand’ during their postpartum period since. Many of these family members felt more comfortable with Sharon handling their baby than anyone else because of her ‘calming presence’ and ‘confidence with their little ones’. She decided to make this support official in 2015 and took her Postpartum Doula Certification course with Prodoula. Sharon enjoys every family she works with and supports all parenting styles.

Sharon loves spending time with her 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and relaxing at the cottage.


 We are currentlyHeidi Matthias

Birth & Postpartum Doula 

Heidi has enjoyed caring for babies since a young age-always a preferred babysitter by family and friends. Her background in physiotherapy has suited Heidi well in her current career as a doula and childbirth educator. Heidi enjoys staying current with research and strives to share only the best evidence with her clients. At the same time, Heidi deeply believes that each family will find their own ‘best way’ to love and nurture their children.

Heidi has a gift for soothing new moms and newborns alike. Her calm, gentle demeanor instills confidence in new parents and helps them ‘tune into’ their inner parenting wisdom. Heidi is DONA trained and certified and it is her pleasure and honour to support families along their journey into parenthood.

Heidi is the proud mother of 3 children, loving aunt to 9 neices and nephews and enjoys spending time with family at her cottage.


  OUR GENTLE SLEEP COACHES

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Gentle Sleep Coach

Amanda is a Trained and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach dedicated to changing the lives of sleepless families. She passionately believes that parents should not have to suffer months, if not years of sleep deprivation when there are solutions out there that work.

Amanda’s sleep journey began 13 years ago when the first of her four children were born. “I was as dazed and confused as any other first time parent” It was then she began her search for the most comprehensive and extensive Sleep Coaching Program available. The Gentle Sleep Coach approach is a gentler alternative for families who emotionally or philosophically resist letting their babies cry it out: for families who tried “Ferber” (controlled crying) and it didn’t work, and for families who let their baby cry-it-out earlier but now find it doesn’t help.

Today, Amanda supports, educates and empowers families while gently guiding their children with a compassionate approach, teaching great sleep skills that will last a lifetime.

“I feel privileged to be invited into the homes and lives of the families I work with”


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Gentle Sleep Coach

Andrea has been supporting families since 1999 as a Doula and started her Sleep Coaching practice in 2004. She have trained in both the Gentle Sleep Coach program and Naturally Nurturing; She also trained as an Adult Insomnia coach. In addition to her training, she has spent over 10,000 hours supporting babies and their families at night. Currently, she is an instructor in the Gentle Sleep Coach program, Night Coach Instructor and co-founder of GentleBabySolutions.com.

She is also a Mother of 3 amazing young adults, 2 sons and a daughter.

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