About Ileana

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Me pregnant with Adrian, (my third child). Photo courtesy of my lovely & talented sister, Julia Sparkes.

Our family immediately after Adrian’s birth. There are gaps in ages between my kids; 8 years between Austin & Anya, and 6.5 years between Anya & Adrian! Photo courtesy of Julia Sparkes.

I am a nurturer by nature and becoming a mother was my biggest aspiration in life. After the birth of my first child in January 2001, I discovered a passion for supporting women & families through the transition of becoming parents. Later that year, I became a childbirth educator with the Ottawa Childbirth Education Association and then an “aide natale” at a birth centre in Gatineau.  Here, I provided postpartum care to new families in the first 24 hours after the birth of their child.

These opportunities have been the most fulfilling work of my life! I feel incredibly honoured to provide support to women & families, from birth preparation to transitioning into their lives with their wee ones. Providing postpartum support as a doula in the Ottawa & surrounding area is a beloved continuation of this work for me.


My Approach

I provide both unbiased and deeply nurturing postpartum support.  I offer my own personal knowledge as a mother of three beautiful children (Austin, Anya, & Adrian), as well as extensive experience teaching prenatal classes and supporting families of diverse backgrounds and cultures. I recognize that each family has their own values, beliefs, desires and individual needs. Each of us must choose our own unique path toward parenthood. As such, I offer judgement-free care to the women and families that I work with. I invite you to wander over to my Postpartum Support page to learn more about the services that I provide.

I’m here to help ease your family’s transition into a life with your wee ones!

I welcome the opportunity to get to know each other better to see if I’m the right fit to work with your family. If you’d like to set up a time to chat with me, or if you would prefer to contact me via email, I invite you to connect!