Our Team

CCEDA is Calgary’s gold standard professional collaborative. At CCEDA we believe in the importance of providing superior professional services. CCEDA is an interdisciplinary professional cooperative offering comprehensive support and education to parents through contracted service providers. CCEDA, formerly The Calgary Childbirth Education Association (CCEA) has been trusted in the Calgary Birthing Community for over 25 years.  We are dedicated through a family-centered philosophy to meet the needs of expectant or new parents.

We are thrilled to announce the addition of three recently graduated Doulas to Calgary Childbirth Education and Doula Association. Kate G., Deb, and Lynn are in our mentorship program and are currently taking Birth Doula clients at a reduced rate while seeking their DONA© Doula Certification. To learn more about these wonderfully passionate new CCEDA members, please read their bios below and send us an inquiry at calgarychildbirth@gmail.com

Kate Gillespie -Birth Doula

I have 3 children of my own and I was fortunate enough to have had the help of a Doula with my 2nd and 3rd births which was my introduction to Doula support. However, I have always had an interest and fascination with pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn. Although I have a commerce degree, I didn’t feel this is where my passion lay and had originally looked into the path of a Doula many years ago. I recently completed the Birth Doula course in August 2015 and I am taking the Postpartum Doula course in April of 2016 while the process of DONA certification is ongoing. I am thrilled to finally be active in this field of serving women and their partners so they feel supported and empowered in their pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period – in whatever way this looks for each individual.

I cherish my two daughters and son, and they keep me on my toes. When I can find the time, I enjoy dabbling in food and flowers. And my favourite place in the world is sitting on the rocks of Georgian Bay looking out at the water.

Deb Wideman -Birth Doula

My greatest joy in life is being a mom. I have four married children and six beautiful grandchildren. I gave birth to four 10 lb babies completely naturally but when I attended the birth of my last grand baby I realized how different things could have been. It was beautiful and amazing.

I have always had a passion for pregnancy and new moms. To me giving birth is the most beautiful experience in life. My desire is to help mom, dad and baby have the best possible experience that they will treasure and not fear.

Lynn Senneker -Birth Doula

A mother of four beautiful children and a love for all things family. From that comes my inspiration to instill confidence, equip and empower expectant mothers throughout their journey of childbirth.

Kate Forsyth -Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulator

I am a proud mother of three and grandmother to two dear little grandchildren. I have truly found my passion in being a Doula. My goal as a Doula is to help the mother have a safe and happy birth experience that is meaningful and satisfying and relatively free of stress. Labour support adds so many positive things to birth for the mother. I think a Doula helps the mother’s emotional, physical and psychological well being by being there for her (and her partner) with reassurance, comfort and information. I want to give her and her partner as much information as possible so they have the confidence to make informed decisions and feel that they have choices in certain areas. I will make every effort to ensure that the memories of the birth are happy and cherished.

Gloria Hemming -Childbirth Educator and Lactation Consultant

I had four sons before I realized that pregnancy and childbirth was not something I could easily leave behind. Working as a Public Health Nurse for the last 30 plus years and as Lactation Consultant for the last 15 years has allowed me to have daughters vicariously through many, many others. Labour and birth experiences impact babes on the short term and mothers on the long term.

Lindsay Vanderburg – Placenta Encapsulator

I have a passion for helping people and a fascination with the human body. These come together for me by supporting and empowering women in pregnancy and birth. I believe in bolstering women with the knowledge and alternatives available so that she can make the choices that are best for her, as well as providing her the emotional and physical support that she needs during this exciting and sometimes scary time.

Besides being consumed with everything birth-related, I am also a bit of a foodie, and enjoy spending my time with my family and friends.

Hanneke Dewit -Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator – ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE

For eight years I have been involved with The Pregnancy Care Centre in Calgary, assisting women faced with unplanned pregnancies and facilitating parenting classes.  During this time I have learned how invaluable non-judgemental support is to women faced with overwhelming circumstances.  For many women this time is filled with uncertainty and vulnerability.   I enjoy assisting women in making informed choices and offering support as they make difficult decisions.  Through the Centre I became interested in supporting women through labour and birth. Many women do not have the support of loved ones.  My hope is that any women seeking additional, experienced support should have it.  In many ways my work at the Centre parallels what I do as a doula and childbirth educator. Offering non-judgemental support, inspiring confidence and educating women to prepare them to make informed choices which include current evidence based research.  My hope is that each women can experience labour, birth and motherhood  as empowering.

I am a mother of two wonderful kids and married to my best friend.  I believe that becoming a mother is a beautiful, life changing event, and it is my hope that our team here at Calgary Childbirth Education and Doula Association can assist women and their families in preparing for, and support them through, their experience of labor and birth and early parenting.




We hope that we will be able to support you in your journey through the childbearing year.