Rebecca Serroul's Resume

Rebecca Serroul • 17 Bismark Ave • Kitchener ON • N2H 5S6•519.571.9743•rebecca@tummiestotoes.ca


OBJECTIVE
To pursue professional growth in the area of women’s health, especially pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. To continue my work supporting the mother–baby dyad in peer and health care settings

WORK EXPERIENCE

Owner & Certified Childbirth Educator, Tummies to Toes, Kitchener ON (2004-2017)

  • Tummies to Toes is a successful business, teaching prenatal classes throughout Waterloo, Wellington, and Perth regions.
  • Effectively provided promotion, organization, budgeting and outreach for this growing business.
  • This business has been profiled in the local magazine “Guelph Life” "Holistic Parent Magazine", the parenting magazine “Today’s Parent” and “The Globe and Mail” in issues regarding birth and postpartum.
  • Community outreach included providing free prenatal classes at Marillac Place and Monica Place where the focus is on pregnant youth.
  • Taught in Midwifery Offices, group classes, and one-on-one.
  • Supporting the relationship of breastfeeding in a multitude of ways, including: helping lesbian couple both breastfeed, supporting adopted mother with breastfeeding, working with diverse population (low income, cultural and language differences to my own, survivors of abuse, teenagers and young women), survivors of breast cancer, breastfeeding multiples, poor latches, over/under abundance of breastmilk.
  • Keynote speaker and facilitator, topics include: breastfeeding events, breastfeeding devices (Breastfeeding Buddies Conference 2015), breastfeeding and advocacy (Breastfeeding Buddies Conference 2015, 20 Hour Lactation Course for Peers) the culture around breastfeeding, breastfeeding multiples, infant massage (Ontario Early Years Center 1998-2017 and Early Learning and Child Care Conference 2012) further education for peers and birthing professionals.
  • Supporting and networking with other programs such as interpreters, doulas and supports within the community.
  • Altering class to meet needs within the class (multicultural, teenage mothers, home or hospital birth, medically fragile, special medical needs)

Childbirth Educator, YMCA/Ontario Early Years Centre, Kitchener ON (1998-2015)

  • Working with multicultural and diverse communit

Doula (antenatal, birth, postpartum): Kitchener ON, (1995-2017)

  • Support has included working with women and families from diverse backgrounds, knowledge and support. 
  • Advocating for/with families, and supporting them as they find resources within the community to sustain them in the long term

Personal Support Worker, Extend-A-Family, Kitchener ON (2006 – 2009)

  • Supported families with newborn babies with disabilities and that were medically fragile.  Support included breastfeeding.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Baby Friendly Initiative Ontario: subcommittee for the BFI Expo in Halton 2017

La Leche League Leader (2014 - present)

 

  • local leader, as well as event planner on a national level

 

Multicultural Prenatal Health Fair Network (2013 – 2015)

Kitchener/Waterloo Pregnant and Parenting Youth Network (2013 – present)

Board Member, Waterloo Region Community Breastfeeding Alliance (2012 – present)

  • Previously known as the Waterloo Region Baby Friendly Initiative Advisory Group, but changed its name in 2012 due to a change in direction of the group (2002 – 2012)

  • Active, core member of this board since its inception. Participated in subcommittees on breastfeeding promotion and initiatives in the Region, including supporting organizations in developing policy.

Breastfeeding Buddy, (2009-present)

  • Paired with families for peer breastfeeding support. Participated in subcommittee working on new curriculum development.

Roots of Empathy Instructor, Suddaby School, Kitchener ON (2010 – 2011)

  • Grade 2/3 and 3 classrooms, speaking about child development, breastfeeding and building emotional intelligence with students. Roots of Empathy has been proven to reduce bullying and increase self esteem.

Committee Member, Cambridge Community Breastfeeding Group (2006 – 2010, 2013 – till present)

  • Supported the group with community events, newsletter and supporting breastfeeding dyad within the community

Volunteer, Antenatal Clinic in Cairo Egypt (1998)

  • Teaching breastfeeding classes to clients at a refugee clinic
  • Supporting healthcare providers in medical exams of pregnant and postpartum woman and infants


EDUCATION
Child Sleep Institute: 2012

  • Night specialist: sleep coaching and guiding families to better sleep patterns

CAPPA Childbirth Educator Certification: 2009- present

  • Finished exam top within the class (above 95% average)

Health Sciences: Ryerson University (1999 -2003)

  • Some of the course work includes: Anatomy and Physiology, Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health, Research Methods and Critical Appraisal, Life Sciences, Reproductive Physiology, Pharmacology, Global Health and Promotion

Faculty of Arts, Independent Studies: University of Waterloo (1996-1999)

  • Coursework focusing on the birth cycle.

Workshops and Conferences:  List within binder (1994 – present)

  • Have gone to several workshops and conferences related to breastfeeding and education.

 


QUOTES/REFERENCES (also see testimonal page)
“Rebecca has been a dedicated teacher, always well prepared for classes, and has brought much enthusiasm to her work.  She is highly organized, energetic and knowledgeable about her chosen field of work.  She has impressed me with her initiative in developing new ways to present childbirth topics to adult learners… I would like to offer my support to Rebecca in her continuing career in the field of woman’s health care.  I believe that her intelligent, compassionate and professional approach with serve her well with her goals” – Dianne Smith (Registered Midwife)


“Rebecca was extremely knowledgeable, and yet she imparted her skills and wisdom in a non-threatening and non-judgmental manner…as a teacher myself, I enjoyed her interactive and creative teaching style…I was also impressed with how thoroughly she prepared her lessons” – Gail Fricker (parent)


Further references are available upon request.