Our Team

Elsie Amoako

Elsie Amoako has worked in research for over 8 years. She has founded Mommy Monitor and the Racialized Maternal Health Conference and she is the recipient of several awards and funding. She continues to be recognized as a rising leader in racialized maternal health in Canada.

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Azem Cetiner

Azem is a computer scientist with experience in mobile and web application development. He has been working with Mommy Monitor to help develop an application to assist individuals in their journey to parenthood. He also assists in maintenance of Mommy Monitor and the Racialized Maternal Health Conference websites.

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Tricia Cooper

Tricia has worked for over 10 years supporting women, children and families seeking support for mental health issues and opportunities for growth. With a master’s in social work (specializing in children and families), from the University of Toronto Tricia has worked in community and hospital settings treating acute mental health illnesses and providing families with education and support.

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Naomie Joseph

Noamie is a chemist who is currently working in intellectual property. She is also pursuing an MBA in strategic project management and is a public health advocate with experience working in the non-profit sector.

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Feza Lugoma

Feza is a community birthworker and visual artist born in Congo and based in Ottawa. As a birthworker they have worked with Black, immigrant, refugees, young mothers and LGBTQ parents, offering reproductive health ressources as well as support. They thrive to create spaces where Black people can share, build and heal with each other.

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Andrea Meade

Andrea completed her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Toronto, and Pelvic Health has been her area of focus since 2010. She is certified through the American Physical Therapy Association, and is authorized to practice in this special area by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Andrea provides skilled care for clients experiencing challenges related to physical function during pregnancy and postpartum, including bladder or bowel dysfunction, persistent pelvic pain, and sexual health issues.

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Nicki Reid

Nicki is a certified health, life, and transformational coach. She helps women survivors of suicide find solace by creating safe spaces for them to be seen, be heard, and feel like they belong so that they can be confident in themselves; mind, body, and soul. She uses a variety of holistic techniques such as (mindfulness) meditation, breathwork, movement (yoga), aromatherapy, nutrition, etc. to support her clients in returning home to themselves and facilitating long-lasting changes.

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Shani Robertson

Shani Robertson is the Clinical Lead, as well as a Registered Midwife and Public Health Consultant (Own Volition). She completed a Honours BSc. (Human Biology) at the University of Toronto (2006), a MPH (Behavioural Science and Health Education) at Emory University (2011) and a BHSc (Midwifery) at Ryerson University (2019). Her life's work has consistently focused on improving the reproductive health of BIPOC communities through research, education, and the provision of respectful clinical care.

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Cheyenne Scarlett

Cheyenne is a recent master's graduate and mom of 3. She is passionate about supporting families and helping them feel more confident in their abilities. She also has a special interest in childbirth and improving the childbirth experience. Cheyenne works from a trauma-informed and person-centered lens.

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Efrah Yousuf

Efrah is a health researcher and PhD candidate. Her interest in health equity led her to Mommy Monitor, where she works to oversee the coordination and execution of various community programs and events that aim to educate, empower, and support Black parents and families.

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