About Ileana

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

Our family immediately after the birth of my 3rd baby. There are gaps in ages between my kids; 8 years between #1 & 2, and 6.5 years between #2 &3! Photo courtesy of Julia Sparkes.

I am a nurturer by nature! Before ever having children of my own, 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. Subsequently, I become a childbirth educator with the Ottawa Childbirth Education Association later in the year 2001. In addition, this led me to become an “aide natale” at the birth centre in Gatineau in 2002. As an aide natale, I provided immediate postpartum care to the new family for the first 24 hours after birth.

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


My Approach

The postpartum support that I provide is both unbiased & deeply nurturing. Now a mother of 3 children and having experienced many years of motherhood, teaching prenatal classes, and supporting families of diverse values, I firmly believe that each and every one of us has our unique journey on our paths of parenthood. We each have our own (very valid) values, beliefs, desires, and needs. It is from this place that I offer judgement free care to the 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 interview me or to send me an email, then I invite you to connect with me!