Prepare Wisely
Birth Powerfully
Parent Authentically

During the covid-19 pandemic we will be offering our classes live via Zoom!

 

MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes are for anyone birthing in Canada, whether you are hoping to have an all natural birth, know that you want pain relief or are having a planned caesarean. We will provide you the information and resources to help guide you through all birthing scenarios in a fun hands-on class!

What to REALLY expect when you're expecting.

 

Is the idea of giving birth and the prospect of life with your new baby a little intimidating? Do you feel that the information you have been getting so far is overwhelming or full of conflicting opinions about how you “should” do things? Our childbirth educators are highly experienced, deeply compassionate and currently active birth and parenting support professionals. In over two decades we have taught our Birth Essentials labour and delivery support skills to countless expecting parents and nursing students. Our judgement-free prenatal classes will give you the knowledge, tools and confidence to birth and parent like a rock star.

Register for a class now!

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December
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

December Virtual Group Prenatal Classes

Class is 4 three hour sessions live via Zoom. December Class Dates: Monday December 6th  6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday December 9th 6:30pm-9:30pm Monday December 13th 6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday December 16th 6:30pm-9:30pm MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal ...

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January
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

January Virtual Group Prenatal Classes

Class is 4 three hour sessions live via Zoom. January Class Dates: Thursday January 20th  6:30pm-9:30pm Monday January 24th 6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday January 27th 6:30pm-9:30pm Monday January 31st 6:30pm-9:30pm MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes ...

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February
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February Virtual Group Prenatal Classes

Class is 4 three hour sessions live via Zoom. February Class Dates: Monday February 7th  6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday February 10th 6:30pm-9:30pm Monday February 21st 6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday February 24th 6:30pm-9:30pm MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal ...

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March
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March Virtual Group Prenatal Classes

Class is 4 three hour sessions live via Zoom. March Class Dates: Thursday March 3rd  6:30pm-9:30pm Monday March 7th 6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday March 17th 6:30pm-9:30pm Monday March 21st 6:30pm-9:30pm MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes ...

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April
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

April Virtual Group Prenatal Classes

Class is 4 three hour sessions live via Zoom. April Class Dates: Monday April 4th  6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday April 7th 6:30pm-9:30pm Monday April 11th 6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday April 14th 6:30pm-9:30pm MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal ...

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Prepare Wisely

More than just learning what to REALLY expect when you’re expecting, you’ll learn what to DO! Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes prepare the birthing parent and partner for all aspects of pregnancy, labour and delivery, and life with a new baby! Our fun, interactive, and inspiring classes will demystify the birthing process, outline your options, and help address your fears.

Birth Powerfully

Birth is unpredictable. We provide you with judgement-free information, techniques and skills to help you cope effectively with the expected AND the unexpected. Whether naturally, with pain relief, or by Caesarean, MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes will prepare you to birth like a rock star.

Parent Authentically

New parenthood can be overwhelming. MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes will help you feel confident about understanding you and your baby’s physical and emotional needs. You will learn about feeding and newborn care through interactive hands-on demonstrations.

We educate and support you unconditionally in your choices.

There is no one ideal way to give birth or parent!

Birth, Coping, and Partner Skills
  • How the body prepares for birth (and how you can help it)
  • Signs of labour
  • The experience of birth
  • The problem with timing contractions
  • When to REALLY get going to your place of birth
  • Coping with labour (pacing, relaxation, breathing, identifying your natural coping skills)
  • Partner skills (massage and emotional support)
Newborn Feeding and Bonding
  • The baby’s experience of birth
  • The immediate postpartum experience for Mom and Baby
  • Family bonding in different scenarios
  • Breastfeeding
  • When breastfeeding needs help
  • Options in feeding
  • The partner’s role in supporting infant feeding
Options in Childbirth
  • What happens when I get to the hospital/birthing centre?
  • Demystifying clinical routines
  • Medical pain management options
  • Cesarean birth
  • Use your BRAIN (Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, Need time or Nothing)
  • The rights of the labouring parent
  • Managing your expectations
Baby Care and the New Family
  • Home with Baby…now what?
  • Basic baby care skills and concerns
  • Postpartum recovery
  • Why is my baby crying?
  • Newborn sleep and parent survival
  • I’m not myself; signs of anxiety and depression
  • Importance of community and support

Who?

Birth Essentials are taught by certified doulas from MotherWit Doula Care. Our MotherWit Certified Childbirth Educators have diverse backgrounds and expertise in such fields as breastfeeding support, baby wearing, infant sleep education, counselling, homeopathy, nutrition, massage therapy and so much more. Having attended well over a thousand births at all the hospitals and birthing centres in Montreal and Ottawa, our highly experienced, engaging and fun team of educators can address protocols and available resources at your chosen place of birth as well issue insurance receipts as Naturopaths. (Quebec only)

What?

Our group classes are small and intimate to ensure personalized attention for all participants. Not only will you receive the most comprehensive childbirth education, you will also get several additional bonuses such as:

  • A Birth Essentials swag bag containing small gifts, discounts, information and other fun things from some of our friends.
  • Online access to our detailed class notes, supplemental reading and videos, for your reference.
  • Postpartum check-in by phone after your baby has arrived to ensure all is well.
  • Access to our weekly Pregnant and New Mom Meet-ups.
  • Access to our lending library.
  • Referrals to other local pregnancy resources.

Where?

Our group classes are held in convenient, easily accessible locations in Montreal and Ottawa. Our spaces are cozy and inviting to make you feel at home. Enjoy free coffee, tea and a snack while you learn. Our private classes can be held either at our offices or in the comfort of your own home.

When?

Birth Essentials are offered in several different formats to accommodate your schedule. Group classes can be taken either in a 2 Saturday intensive or a 4 week evening class. Don’t feel you need to take the whole series? Each class, in either format, can be taken separately to deepen your knowledge in a specific area or as a refresher if you’ve already taken a prenatal class. Private classes are also available that can be tailored to meet your specific needs and schedule, in our office or the comfort of your own home.

Weekend or evening classes to fit YOUR schedule!

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MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal classes believes that new parents and babies are our community’s most precious citizens.

Non-judgemental, supportive social contact is essential to the wellbeing of parents. Our popular weekly MotherWit Moms’ Meet-ups are safe places to bring your belly or your baby, share experiences, resources and expand your village. A MotherWit  certified doula always facilitates to answer questions.

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Our Montreal Birth Essentials Team

Lesley Everest MotherWit Montreal West-Island Doula

Lesley Everest

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

Founder and Director MotherWit As a mother of four and a doula since 1993, I draw upon my experience as a bodyworker, counsellor, educator, and lifelong learner of the healing arts to reduce tension and fear throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. I facilitate connection to one’s inner-strength and wisdom in my mission to help families birth and parent like rock stars. I have always loved babies and been fascinated by birth. At the tender age of 14, I found myself bitterly disappointed that I had missed the birth of my cat's kittens. I vowed to witness the mystery and miracle of birth someday. When I became a mother to my first (now adult) child, I realized how powerful a medicine feeling supported and upheld throughout birth and early parenting on one's own terms can be. I also witnessed the emergence of my own motherwit, which is now a powerful tool that serves me well.  I committed myself to the doula path in order to professionally honour and support the important transition into parenthood.  Over two decades later, I am still fascinated to witness birth: birth of motherwit, birth of babies birth of families. I am passionate about writing, teaching parents, training doulas, and storytelling (usually about birth). Long walks in Nature, spa, and brunch with friends are my favourite self-care rituals.  My journey of healing from cancer has nourished my belief in the power of love and trust in one’s motherwit. As an interspiritual minister and hospice volunteer, I also provide doula care to those at the end of life.  Besides hanging out with family and friends and working with birthing families, I'm happiest when I'm dancing.
- Lesley

 

Millie Tresierra MotherWit Montreal Doula

Millie Tresierra

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

As a doula since 2010, I use my background as a drama therapist, homeopath, and lifelong educator on my mission to observe, listen, and gently hold women/couples as they find their voice during the process of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.  Having given birth to two children, I have come to know as a woman, mother and Doula that there is no one right way to become “family”.  Every way is perfect and unique.  It is with this in mind that I support families through the perinatal period in an unbiased and non-judgemental manner.  Trusting women supports the unfolding of an empowering birth experience in which the birthing family feels choice is always present, lived fully in the moment consciously and with awareness. My children’s presence injects me with sunshine every day.  I have a supportive partner whose grace among all the women constantly in his home amazes me.  When I am not doula-ing families, I love to train postpartum doulas, make music with my daughter and friends, cook, knit, read, and go into Nature as much as I possibly can.

- Millie

 

Laurel Tidman MotherWit Doula Montreal

Laurel Tidman

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

As a mother of two and a doula since 2010, I draw upon my background in psychology and family therapy, along with eight wild years as a stay at home mom, to guide families through birth experiences I do my best to keep safe, sacred, and memorable. Doula work was an obvious choice for me following my own experiences of birth which were both different and amazing.I am regularly humbled to witness the enormous sense of power parents gain when they understand what is going on around them during and leading up to their baby’s birth.  Working with families is a shining light for me in an often disconnected world, and for that I am ever thankful. I love being creative and making things with my hands, be it food, crafts, or knitting projects. I am happiest when I am surrounded by the simplicity of the great outdoors, am off camping, and taking epic road trips with my family.

- Laurel

 

Megan Tolbert MotherWit Doula Montreal

Megan Tolbert

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

A doula since 2010 and a mother of an awesome son, I have a background in psychology.  With my deep belief that birth matters, my mission is to guide new families through this very special time in their lives by helping them to clarify their preferences, making sure they know what their options are, and always supporting them in their informed choices about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. My own personal experience with giving birth showed me how incredibly powerful a woman can be, and at the same time, incredibly vulnerable.  Working with so many families has taught me to be very flexible in my approach, figuring out what my clients’ individual needs are, how I can help them achieve what they are looking for, honouring their uniqueness. Birth is a transformative journey, and I am privileged to undertake it with the families I serve. When I’m not running off to a birth, I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends, exploring the nooks and crannies of our fabulous city (and others, when I can find the time to travel!), and I plan to take up knitting. Water is incredibly restorative for me and I love to be in it or near it–which explains my son’s water birth twelve years ago!

- Megan

 

Barbara Hitchko-Thompson MotherWit Doula

Barbara Hitchko-Thompson

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator As a mother of four adult children and a certified chef, I know well the difference love and nourishment can make to any situation. Through listening, trust, and nurturing the body, mind, and soul, it is my mission to encourage connection to the inner strength each new family possesses. When there is a baby around, I am in my happy place.  I was drawn to doula work in 2013 when I observed that the extended family unit, once there to teach, support, and care for the new family, was no longer the norm in our society.  I decided to switch careers and fill the need there is to serve birthing and new families in a loving and empowering way. I enjoy gardening and woodworking.  Making things with my hands and watching things grow brings me peace. When I am not at a birth or snuggling a new baby in the middle of the night while his parents sleep, I am supporting my children through the labyrinth of adulthood or in my garden tending to my organic vegetables.  I have volunteered for a palliative care centre for over a decade, and provide meals to seniors.  I can usually be found in my kitchen or in the kitchen of friends, where I find the most enriching gatherings to be had.

- Barbara

 

 Robin and I would like to thank MotherWit for the great Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes they gave, we really enjoyed the format and information given!

It was great being in such an open, welcoming environment and we really liked that all types of birth were covered and there was no judgement or pushing in any one direction as being the “best”.

Corinna Groenendaal

I wanted to thank you all again for the Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes.  I thought you would be happy to hear that Nicole gave birth to our little baby, Luna Mercy, on August 20th.  Labor was swift and intense but through what we learned in your classes we felt empowered and prepared.  Throughout labor Nicole was able to tap into her MotherWit and I could feel the power radiating from her the whole time.  It was a wonderful birth experience and we can thank MotherWit for contributing to that.  The three of us are now nesting, resting and bonding on our little babymoon.

Jack Lamont

Pregnant for my first time, so clueless as to what to expect, I knew my husband and I needed guidance and knowledge. Lesley and the team at MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes did such an incredible job of laying out the facts of childbirth with humour and warmth. They opened our eyes and prepared us in ways we would never have figured out on our own.  Thank you MotherWit!

Amy Millan

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Have questions about any of our services or classes? Please send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

 

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