Hi, I'm Jae Steele.

Since attending my first birth at age 14, I knew that I wanted to devote my life to supporting the well-being of parents and babes.

I have a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) in Midwifery from Ryerson University. I have attended roughly 200 births, both in hospital and at home, and supported those families intensely both prenatally and in the postpartum period. A commitment to evidence-based health practices and informed choice guides my work – sensitively supporting clients in making the decisions you feel are best for your family. My support is holistic and feminist, and I have years of experience working with LGBTQ+ families. A particular interest of mine is in making parenting more manageable for those with perinatal mood disorders.

I am the founder and COO of 4 Trimesters Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Conference, a wellness and community-building hub for those from the time of planning-to-conceive to the end of the first postpartum year. I am also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition), and the award-winning author of two vegan whole-foods cookbooks, Get It Ripe (2008) and Ripe from Around Here (2010). I have studied shiatsu, reiki and herbalism. Between 2005 and 2012 I wrote a popular blog called Domestic Affair.

Mother to a delightful and willful three year old, I have first-hand experience with Attachment Parenting, including breastfeeding after reduction, bed-sharing, babywearing, and elimination communication. Motherhood has deepened my tender respect for the early postpartum period, and I understand firsthand the value of supporting the gestational parent to heal, nourish and be nourished, as they transition into the magical and challenging role with their small new person.

My family is based in Toronto, Canada.

Professional development

Counselling Skills Certificate, Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute/Bonnie Miller, 2018

Infant and Early Child Mental Health, graduate program, Seneca College, 2018 

Babywearing Educator Course, levels 1 & 2, Canadian Babywearing School/Arie Brentnall, 2017

Queer Conception: Midwifery Approaches to Donor Insemination, Maia Midwifery & Fertility/Kristin Kali, 2017

Resilience & Relationship training, Gordon Neufeld, 2016

AGM & Conference, Association of Ontario Midwives, 2016

Hypnosis for Childbirth, Childbirth Joy/Shawn Gallagher, 2015

Emergency Skills Workshop re-certification, Association of Ontario Midwives, 2015

Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery (BHSc), Ryerson University, 2015

Spinning Babies training, Midwifery Today/Gail Tully, 2013

Neonatal Resuscitation & Transitions, Karen Strange, 2013

Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM), Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada, 2011

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Intensive, Findhorn Community/Dominic Barter & Kit Miller, 2010

Shiatsu Massage, Dragon & Phoenix School/Jeanne Cronin, 2007

Reiki levels I & II, Body Being & Heart/Kira Lober, 2007

Natural Nutrition Program (RHN), Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, 2006

Want to learn more about how Jae can support  you
throughout pregnancy and your first few months with baby?

Click here to arrange an introductory consultation.

Heather Bays is a warm and wonderfully skilled local photographer. I certainly don't need to tell you how amazingly well she captures the hygge families exude, you can see it in her images right here on my website. Heather and I have plans to collaborate on future projects, but in the meantime, there's no one I would recommend more highly to capture stunning images of you and yours, be it in your pregnancy, at your birth, or in those precious first few weeks with your newborn.

Equally skilled are: 

Kristin Sjaarda, who shot the Nourish Mama photographs, and also the cover of my first book, Get It Ripe way back when. (She mostly shoots stunning interiors and positively poetic fine art.)

Calla Evans, who has sadly retired from work as a photographer, captured me and my daughter in the photograph above.