Karen McWilliam, BA, CD(DONA), LE (CAPPA), HBCE, BFWM, CEPYT500

Hospitals Served: Credit Valley Hospital, Etobicoke General - William Osler Health, Guelph General Hospital, Joseph Brant Hospital, McMaster University Medical Center, Michael Garron, Toronto East, Milton District Hospital, Mississauga General, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph's HealthCare, Hamilton, St. Joseph's, Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Sunnybrook, Toronto, Toronto Birth Center

Services Offered: Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education

Owner and Founder of Transitionings: Prenatal & Postpartum Support, Karen is a DONA-certified Birth Doula, certified Mongan Method HypnoBirthing®Practitioner, Postpartum Doula, certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainer and Advanced Doula Trainer, and Breastfeeding Counsellor. Karen offers private and group HypnoBirthing classes as well as private classes in the Birthing From Within method. Karen also created her own childbirth preparation series entitled The McWilliam Method which incorporates the “best of” all her modalities including Spinning Babies. She also offers a variety of empowering Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga classes, Parenting workshops, Mothers’ Support Groups and Breastfeeding Support.

Karen has been attending births for well over a decade in Toronto and the GTA and she continues to support hundreds of families as they transition to parenthood.

Karen mentors and supports each and every doula associated with Transitionings in order to help each woman meet her full potential in her passion.

Karen’s Philosophy and Mentoring Approach:
The birth of my daughter inspired me to journey into the world of Childbirth Education, Preparation and Labour, Postpartum and Breastfeeding Support. My entire body of work is focused around prenatal and postpartum care. I passionately support and mentor “Team Transitionings” and am available for both the families I support as well as the doulas I work with throughout the pregnancy and early postpartum period.

I am passionate and dedicated in helping families find their own source of wisdom and strength as they move through their pregnancy and parenting journey. With so much contradictory information available outside ourselves, I guide women and families to not only uncover the basic intuitive knowing in their bones, but also to be savvy about the current birth culture and the wide range of birth choices available. My approach is non-judgemental and compassionate.

My greatest teachers and source of all that is light and precious in my world, are my two children – Aislin and Gabriel. Thank you for choosing me to come through into being.

I also wish to acknowledge and thank all of the women, partners and babies who continue to inspire me in my work. I am truly blessed and thankful for finding my passion and love of this work.