Du (pronounced “Yo”) La is co-owner and co-founder of Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine.
Du is a licensed naturopathic doctor, registered Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist, and one of the most experienced naturopathic birth doulas (professional birth assistant) in Canada.
Du has over 14 years experience and has a particular expertise in treatment of:
Du offers naturopathic care to families, helping parents establish the best foundation and framework for their health and the health of their child(ren). She bridges evidence-based medicine with time-tested traditional approaches to health care.
With a calm manner and experienced, caring presence she has supported over 250 women and their families as a birth doula in births at home, hospitals throughout Ontario and at the Toronto Birth Centre. She has collaborated with midwives, obstetricians and family physicians to ensure a positive birth experience. She is an expert in natural childbirth and high-risk pregnancies. She is a founding member of the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors and continues to mentor naturopathic doulas.
Du is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Human Biology and Physiology, 1998), the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2002) and the Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2006). She is certified in Bowen Therapy from Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia, mind/body medicine from the Mind/Body Medical Institute (an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education) and has completed training in medical herbalism. In 2000, she completed an acupuncture internship at the pediatric neurology clinic at Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan.
Du enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with her two young daughters, Esmé and Anja, keeping active and spending time in nature. She makes time every day for mindfulness and to laugh, play and cook with her family. To get to know Du a bit better (and for healthy recipes), follow her in Instagram.
- Du walks new parents through the process of introducing solids foods into their infant’s diet
- Mother-of two, Du offers three tips for keeping school lunches healthy
- Du explains what you can do in the early months of your newborn’s life to build lifelong bonds
- Du La explains why she loves being a dou-la
- Du offers advice on preventing mosquito bites, without toxic chemicals