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when you’re expecting!

Montreal Prenatal Classes

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May Virtual Group Prenatal Classes

Class is 4 three hour sessions live via Zoom. May Class Dates: Monday May 6th  6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday May 9th 6:30pm-9:30pm Monday May 13th 6:30pm-9:30pm Thursday May 16th 6:30pm-9:30pm   MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes are for anyone birthing in Canada, whether you ...

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Our Montreal Birth Essentials Team

Lesley Everest MotherWit Montreal West-Island Doula

Lesley Everest

Welcome!  I am the founder of MotherWit Doula Care and MotherWit Doula Training.  My company expresses our collective heart-felt vision, which is to create and facilitate spaces that our community of pregnant and new parents can gather safely within.

My work has always been about connecting people to their resources, both external and internal. It is a privilege to bear witness to the birth of families in a way that supports them in witnessing themselves as magnificent birth givers and worthy stewards of the next generation. I believe in the deep nourishment that loving and attuned connection can provide in times of uncertainty and challenge. I know personally and professionally that a birth experience parents feel good about can contribute to a happier early parenting experience. It is important for a parent to feel good about themselves! This supports the bonding of parents and baby, which is at the root of a child’s secure attachment, serving as a building block of optimal health. Birth matters. 
I have been accompanying families through the intimate transitions of birth, early parenting, and loss for over a quarter of a century. As a mother of four and trainer of a large percentage of the English speaking doulas in Montreal and Ottawa, I draw upon my experience as a bodyworker, counsellor, educator, inter-spiritual minister, transformational coach, 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 (motherwit) in my mission to support birthing and new families in feeling triumphant, even when things don’t go as planned. 
My journey of healing from cancer as well as sitting at the feet of Birth as its faithful student for so long has nurtured my belief in the power of love and trust in one’s motherwit. Writing, long walks in Nature, spa visits, singing badly to eighties music, and brunch with friends are my favourite self-care rituals. I’m probably happiest when I’m dancing.

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


Megan Tolbert MotherWit Doula Montreal

Megan Tolbert

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

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


I’ve been fascinated with pregnancy and childbirth for as long as I can remember. Having closely followed the pregnancies of dear friends and family, I was witness to the incredible changes that occur during this remarkably powerful, yet vulnerable time; I simply knew that bringing support, comfort, and peace during these precious moments was where I needed to be. I draw upon my 12+ years working with families in a childcare setting to guide me as I provide individualized, nurturing, and attentive care to my clients. I do this by listening to and appreciating your preferences, nourishing you deeply and wholly, and by equipping you with accurate, evidence-based information so that you may navigate these new waters more confidently. I’ll encourage you to breath out tension and fear, and to listen to your intuition, as there is so much deeply-rooted knowledge in the body. And I’ll still be here to help as you come into your own as parents, encouraging you in all your magnificence (and feeding you banana bread!). When I’m not at a birth or reading up on all things birth-related, I’m probably rock climbing, adventuring (either in the city, or to far-off places), getting lost in nature, or perfecting my morning latte. I also love cooking, and am happiest when I’m sharing a heartwarming meal with the people I love.


Barbara Hitchko-Thompson MotherWit Doula Montreal

Steph De Sousa

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Sibling Doula

MotherWit West Island Moms' Meet-Up

Every Friday morning

Plaza Pointe-Claire
269 Blvd. St. Jean
Pointe-Claire QC
H9R 3J1

MotherWit Montreal Moms' Meet-Up

Every Thursday morning
10:00am – 12:00pm

MotherWit Doula Care
5726 Sherbrooke W
Montreal, QC
H4A 1W8


MotherWit Montreal Postpartum Depression Support Group

Every Thursday afternoon

MotherWit Doula Care
5726 Sherbrooke W
Montreal, QC
H4A 1W8


Birth Essentials Montreal 5726 Sherbrooke W Suite 214 Montreal QC 514-237-0737

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