About us

CARE doula are leaders in providing doula support to the vulnerable pregnant population. Training and mentoring to doulas and the organizations they serve.  Working in collaboration with local organizations serving the vulnerable pregnant population, CARE doula provides training, support, programming and mentoring. CARE doula provides educational opportunities for organizations and doulas to better serve the women we support.

OUR VISION is emotionally safe birth experiences, empowered mothers and healthy babies.
OUR MISSION is to provide programming, training and mentoring to doulas and the organizations they serve.

To achieve this mission, our core strategies are to:
Inform and educate the social services sector on the value of doula services
Train and mentor doulas in gaining skills to work effectively with the vulnerable pregnant population.
Collaborate with social service organizations, healthcare services {etc/other} to implement sustainable doula programming.

Birth is a profound event in the life of a woman and has an inevitable power to change her life.

We believe all social sector organizations serving the vulnerable pregnant population should make available the service of doulas.

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Executive Committee

Alison Patenaude
Founder and Executive Director
Alison has been a doula for 20 years, she is passionate about women having doula support during childbirth. Alison has many certifications and trainings in the areas of childbirth education, labour support, breastfeeding and early parenting. As well as complimentary trainings and experience in addiction, mental health, domestic violence, trauma and brain development. She has a strong heart for women studies and women issues. CARE doula has been a true life calling on her doula work. She is a leader in developing programming and training for doula services in the social sector in Calgary. Alison is committed to seeing a social evolution of access to doula services for the vulnerable pregnant population. She is married with 5 children and loves playing in the mountains especially when it snows!

Advisory Committee
Calgary CARE doula has an advisory committee comprised of highly experienced individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds. They are committed to the cause of CARE doula and volunteer their time as advisors. 

Sharon Storton

Sharon is a registered mental health professional in Canada and the U.S., with a specialty in perinatal mental health, trauma recovery, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. In 2007, Sharon founded Solace for Mothers, Inc., an organization designed to provide support for women who have experienced childbirth as traumatic and education for professionals who care for birthing women. Her published work includes University of Calgary M.Sc. thesis – “Internet-Based Peer Support Following Traumatic Childbirth”, “Lessons from Solace for Mothers” – Midwifery Today (2009), “Evidence-Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care” – Journal of Perinatal Education (2007), and “Post-Traumatic Stress and Burnout in Healthcare Professionals” CAPPA Quarterly (2004).

Olivier Mills
Communications & Marketing
Olivier has over 14 years experience working in non-profit organizations. He is on the executive team of the non-profit CAWST as the Director of Communications and provides srategic direction in communications, marketing and information communication technology. Olivier brings his communication, marketing and IT skills to Calgary Care Doula.