I love the joy and ritual of life's milestones and celebrations. It all starts with our first moments in this world. On the day we are born, we are small, but full of perfect potential and I believe that is beautiful.
I also love how similar birth and death are. The doors we walk into and out of this life often seem to be the same door.
I have wanted to help people since I was a child. I believe that being understanding and fully present in someone's life can make all of the difference for them.
There are so many people who can benefit from having a Doula, especially those in the mental health/addictions system. I love to mix my background in community work with my Doula work. It's not my only area of work, but it's my passion.
“Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret." -Don Miguel Ruiz.
Edina MacDonald, SBD
Hi! I'm Dina the Doula!
I was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. I adore Kingston for its gentle flow and history.
I have a boxer named BeBe Boxerhounden.
I am a bit of a bookworm and I love learning about new things. I read a lot of memoirs, especially about the lives of people who have faced great challenges. I love makeup and fashion! I probably watch too much YouTube and I'm always, always playing music.
I'd say I'm a bit of an odd duck. I am super friendly, bubbly, and supportive. I've been told that I have a great shoulder to lean on (both figuratively and literally!)
I have completed my Doula training, Birth and Bereavement training, and Death Doula training. I have a diploma in Community Work and have spent time as a Peer Support Worker. I also ran a therapeutic art program for people in the mental health system. I adore the arts and believe they can be a powerful tool for people to express what they may not have words for.
I am also now the Director of Programming for Doula Support Foundation. DSF will provide Doula funding and specialized programming for people in our community who are low-income and/or are experiencing mental health/addiction challenges. I am thrilled to be able to help build such a beneficial resource for our community alongside such talented and lovely Doulas.
Doula Training - Douglas College, 2020
Doula Training - DoulaSchool.ca, DONA International, 2016
Birth and Bereavement Doula Certification - StillBirthday, 2017
Community Worker Diploma
Trillium College, 2010
Advocating and Counselling for Women and Children (various classes) - George Brown
Vaccines - University of Pennsylvania
AIDS: Fear and Hope - University of Michigan
Psychological First Aid - Johns Hopkins University
Psychology of Popularity - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill