Our Team


Our outstanding volunteer board of directors…

Marika Reid Hall BA, HDP, RAc.
Board Chair

Marika is the current Chair of the board as well as a mama, Acupuncturist, Holistic Doula and Shamanic Practitioner. Her passion for this work began while travelling around the world and realizing how little help families have during the birthing years in our culture. Her own experience working with clients and as a mama has provided further evidence that to raise a child takes a village and through her work on the board and with her clients she is dedicating to making change and creating more community support especially in the postpartum year.

For more information https://marikareidhall.com

Allison Runnalls
Community Outreach Coordinator

Allison Runnalls
Allison has been on the board of the Birthing Families Foundation as the Community Outreach Coordinator since March of 2021 after moving from the mainland to the island in 2020.

A birth doula since 1996, she has worked with thousands of birthing families in her private practice as well as with community based programs such as S.M.I.L.E., CBP, and YPP throughout her career. Allison continues to be passionate about supporting vulnerable families throughout their birthing journey. She also mentors other doulas across the island and in the Lower Mainland.

Allison is a mother of four and enjoys spending time with her grand-doggies, dying her hair multiple colours and wearing mismatched socks.


Our amazing staff …

Laura Interlandi
Education Coordinator

Laura Interlandi is a postpartum-centric full-spectrum doula, and mother of 3 living on unceded Quw’utsun and Malahat land. She comes from a lineage of educators and uses her creative background, and desire for full-scale systems change, to re-imagine emergent learning experiences.

Laura became a doula in New York City where she had the opportunity to learn from powerful and diverse teachers and leaders at the front lines of reproductive justice movements; she hears the voices of her mentors in her mind and strives to honour them through her work.

When she isn’t working in the community through Birthing Families Foundation, or in her private doula practice, Laura can be found writing and collaborating with her creative soulmate Erica Livingston through their shared platform and business, Birdsong Brooklyn. Laura loves to make people laugh in uncomfortable situations, and her favorite place to be is in her garden belting out 90’s diva classics while pretending like she knows what she’s doing with plants.

Pamela Shakespeare, BA
Administrative Coordinator

Pamela has a BA in Global Studies from Vancouver Island University which gave her an in depth global perspective of the inequities our society is facing. This lead her to social justice movements such as indigenous rights, occupy Wall Street, refugee crisis’ and then to birth justice, which she became more aware of when she was pregnant with her second child six years ago.

Now she is passionate about creating a healthy, inclusive, equitable world, which begins with healthy beginnings and where she came to co-found Birthing Families Foundation. She also loves growing food and providing nourishing meals for her family, being out in nature hiking, surfing, scuba diving and exploring.

Sadie Hodswood (she/her) BA VISA UBC
Executive Director

Sadie Hodswood
Sadie Hodswood is a mother of two, (And, currently mothering an 9 month old and working when she can from within the time cracks of her life.) a full spectrum doula and an artist who lives and works within the ancestral and unceded traditional territory of the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples.

She is a co-founder of the Birthing Families Foundation (BFF) which is a project she envisioned when she first became a doula, 7 years ago. At that time Sadie recognized that the birth world had many inequities and she felt propelled to make doula support available to all families, not just the privileged few. Always keen to learn, in 2017 she travelled to Brooklyn NY to take part in another doula training with Ancient Song Doula services, this training helped to anchor her dedication to create change back at home. Sadie is passionate about systems change and reproductive justice and she is driven to learn new ways to show up in this world.

When not working with BFF, and of course mothering 24/7, you will find her getting creative in her studio or out of doors drinking in nature.


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