Meet the family

Our Childbirth Class instructors, who are qualified and certified, truly believe that knowledge is power and our goal is to help prepare and empower parents!


Co-founder, Certified Nurse-Midwife and Head of Childbirth Education

Sue is co-founder of The Baby Academy, Nurse, Midwife, Childbirth Instructor and a busy Mum of two. With over 15 years’ experience Sue has worked in all areas of Midwifery such as Birthing Suite, Antenatal wards, Postnatal wards and currently manages The Antenatal Education Department in a large Maternity Hospital.


Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Crystal is a Midwife who brings a wealth of experience to The Baby Academy with almost a decade of Midwifery in Canada. As a busy mother of three, she has supported labouring people in and out of hospital settings, with a huge passion for Childbirth Education. Crystal loves to travel and has also volunteered in Maternity Hospitals in rural India and Tanzania.


Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Alexia is a Registered Midwife practicing extended scope Midwifery in a busy and diverse Canadian community. She has supported hundreds of families through birth in both home and hospital settings, however, loves all aspects of prenatal, birth and postpartum care. Alexia has had the pleasure of supporting Inuit midwives in an extremely remote community in Northern Canada by providing locum midwifery care for up to 6 weeks at a time. She has led the skin-to-skin C-section initiative in her organization to ensure all parents have the same opportunity for bonding and improved outcomes regardless of delivery method. Alexia is passionate about improving health literacy and informed decision making for under-resourced community members with a strong focus on individuals who identify within the Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities. She is also an ongoing preceptor and mentor for midwifery students with the Midwifery Educational Program.


Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Hayley is a Senior Midwife and was the first instructor to join The Baby Academy in Canada. Hayley brings a wealth of experience to The Baby Academy, having graduated ‘summa cum laude’ from McMaster University, and has gone on to working with marginalized and under-served communities. She helped to develop a First Nations Health Initiative and has a particular passion for supporting LGBTQ+ families as they navigate the unique challenges of pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. She is honoured to support and guide birthing families as they seize the many opportunities for empowerment and growth throughout the childbearing year.


Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Sarahanna graduated with honors from the Midwifery Science program and has been a Registered Midwife in Canada since 2011. She has practiced as a Midwife in both Urban and Rural areas in Canada and has also volunteered internationally in Guatemala and Haiti. As Sarahanna is the mom of 2 lovely children, she understands the challenges of becoming a new parent. Sarahanna enjoys educating and caring for families throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum.


Certified Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Ildiko is a registered Midwife practicing full scope midwifery in a busy urban centre as well as being a devoted mom to her gorgeous children. She is extremely passionate about the development of inclusive public health policy that ensures equitable access to all facets of reproductive care. Ildiko works mostly with new immigrant, refugee and uninsured populations, and enjoys teaching as a childbirth educator and preceptor with the Midwifery Education Program. With recent experience as both the postpartum/newborn follow-up clinic co-ordinator and COVID-19 practice lead at an integrated, multi-disciplinary clinic, Ildiko brings a wealth of knowledge to her classes at The Baby Academy.


Registered Midwife and Childbirth Class Instructor

Susie grew up hearing about her mother’s wonderful birthing experiences with Midwives. She developed a passion for empowering people to take steps towards the birth experience they desire. She has been practising for many years, in small communities and bigger cities and even had the opportunity to consult in the Arctic supporting Inuit midwives in their important work. She enjoys caring for clients and teaching students, and is delighted to work with The Baby Academy to educate people on their pregnancy and parenting journeys.


Childbirth Class Instructor and Perinatal Mental Health Educator

Niki is a Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator, and Health & Wellness Coach for pregnant and postpartum women. She has over two decades of experience working in various maternal-child settings, such as labor & delivery, postpartum units, maternity clinics, and Public Health programs. Niki is passionate about bringing forth evidence-based education to expecting families and is fiercely committed to educating families about Perinatal Mental Health and how to navigate the transition to parenthood. She is currently working through her Perinatal Mental Health Certification. Along with being an RN, Childbirth Educator, and Coach, Niki is also a Mom of two daughters in high school and university.


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Samantha is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) as well as a Nurse. Since 2013, she has worked in the postpartum unit of a busy hospital, taking care of new moms and babies. Samantha overcame her own breastfeeding challenges with her first baby, with the help of a supportive Lactation Consultant. After seeing how impactful good help can be with breastfeeding issues, she furthered her education and wrote the IBCLC board exam. Since becoming a Lactation Consultant she has started a private practice and provides breastfeeding support for new parents from the comfort of their own home. When she isn’t providing breastfeeding support, Samantha loves spending time with her husband and two children.


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Hayley is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Certified Baby Sleep Specialist and Instructor at Mohawk College where she teaches Advanced Breastfeeding to professionals.

Her mission is to support individual feeding goals in a supportive and understanding environment, where we support natural development while building lasting connections. Hayley believes every parent deserves the knowledge and expertise to make the very best decisions for their children. Every. Single. One.


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Caitlin has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for many years helping thousands of families achieve their breastfeeding goals. Through the pregnancy and post-partum journey with her first baby, she became interested in maternal health and helping parents with their infant feeding goals. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. Caitlin has applied her knowledge of breastfeeding and education through the development and instruction of breastfeeding courses at the post-secondary level. She is passionate about supporting families in their individual infant feeding goals and increasing the educational foundation of breastfeeding among health care professionals. Caitlin is a busy mother of five and often likes to explore the great outdoors.


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Melanie is a Naturopathic Doctor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She focuses on supporting families from pregnancy and throughout their breastfeeding journey with prenatal education and hands-on lactation support (from newborn to weaning).
She began working with breastfeeding families after her challenging start to motherhood. She is passionate about supporting families with their individual breastfeeding goals and believes that prenatal education and early hands-on support can allow for a smooth transition into breastfeeding.
Melanie is also a busy mom to 2 amazing kids and enjoys gardening and exploring the outdoors with her family and puppy.


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Pam has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for over 10 years. She works in private practice and appreciates the highly personalized support it allows. She has also been a Certified Birth Doula for 15 years. Pam adores the beautiful work of assisting families as they begin their journey with their precious new baby! Although she is quite busy she can always find time to help her clients as she understands the need for support when facing challenges. Pam truly loves empowering families by providing them with the latest evidence-based information about birth and breastfeeding. She has a wonderfully full home life with a fabulous husband and six awesome children.


Pediatric Nurse

Kaila is a mom to an energetic toddler and has been a registered nurse for 10 years, spending her career specializing in pediatrics. She has gone from working in a busy Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to rural hospitals in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Emergency Room. Kaila is passionate about teaching both families and medical staff about the pediatric population and their health. She strongly believes that all care should be “Family Centered”. Her goal is for families to have a sense of ease and comfort in the home; empowering them while reducing anxiety – allowing for more time spent enjoying those precious moments and all the “firsts” that come along in those early years.


Pediatric Nurse

Amie graduated from the University of Calgary in 2010 with her Bachelor of Nursing. Since graduating, she has worked as a Registered Nurse with a specialized population in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Amie enjoys the challenges that the NICU brings forth but she really finds joy in parent education and the Family Centered Care aspect. She has a strong passion for encouraging families to gain the confidence to safely care for their new baby. Amie is Neonatal Resuscitation certified as well as certified in Basic Life Support at the Health Care Professional Level. As a Mom of two little girls, Amie knows the fears that parenthood can generate but also all the happiness and love that it can bring to your life. Amie is excited to be your Baby Safety instructor and hopes to enhance your confidence in baby safety, enabling you to focus on making memories and enjoying your new baby with fewer worries.

Here at The Baby Academy we are looking to grow our team so that we can empower as many mothers and fathers as possible. If you are a Certified ObGyn, Nurse, Midwife, Doctor, or if you would like to work with our ever-growing office support team, please get in touch: We’re looking for people who are passionate about helping parents.