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Prenatal Classes in Ottawa
March 23rd and 24th 2018 Ottawa Prenatal Classes Weekend Intensive Ottawa
When: Saturday and Sunday March 23rd and 24th 2018 10am – 4:30pm
Where: MotherWit Doula Care 779 Bank St #203 Ottawa ON
All of our instructors are MotherWit Certified Childbirth Educators, Birth and Postpartum Doulas.
April 27th and 28th 2019 Ottawa Prenatal Classes Weekend Intensive Ottawa
MotherWit Birth Essentials Ottawa Prenatal Classes Weekend Intensives When: Saturday and Sunday April 27th and 28th 2018 10am – 4:30pm Where: MotherWit Doula Care 779 Bank St #203 Ottawa ON Cost: $200/couple All of our instructors are MotherWit Certified Childbirth Educators, Birth and Postpartum Doulas.
May 25th and 26th 2019 Ottawa Prenatal Classes Weekend Intensive Ottawa
MotherWit Birth Essentials Ottawa Prenatal Classes Weekend Intensives When: Saturday and Sunday May 25th and 26th 2019 10am – 4:30pm Where: MotherWit Doula Care 779 Bank St #203 Ottawa ON Cost: $200/couple All of our instructors are MotherWit Certified Childbirth Educators, Birth and Postpartum Doulas.
Our Ottawa Birth Essentials Team
Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator
An Ottawa doula since 2011, as mother of two and a photographer, I draw upon my ever-continuing education and wealth of experience to accompany families as they journey through pregnancy, birth, and the Baby Moon. Respectful of each family’s different needs, I offer non-judgemental guidance and information sharing to encourage their inner wisdom to surface during this life changing event of becoming a family. I was invited by clients to photograph their planned home birth and upon arriving at the birth I became captivated by what a saw! A powerful mom labouring in her birth tub, her partner close by holding her hand, and her doula just as close rubbing her back. It was that moment that I dreamed of being in “this” environment as much as possible and I wanted to be “that” person….the DOULA!! Who was this person and how could I become her? I quickly did my research, and signed up for the next training I could. Bearing witness, holding space and being present as a mother and father welcome their baby earth side is my greatest joy, whether it be at home, the birthing centre, or the hospital. When I am not driving my two teenagers to their activities or tucking new families in with their babies, I love to attend Book Club, unwind with my girlfriends, practice yoga and visit the spa! Although I carry a full family load and a full-time Doula career, self care is also a priority so I can best serve others!
Becoming a mother was a transformative experience for me. My own postpartum experiences awakened a passion inside me to support families as they bring their babies into the world, and navigate their own postpartum experiences in the ways that work best for them. I draw upon my post-graduate degree in microbiology and my background in the sciences to inform my interest in herbal remedies for the childbearing year. Through personal and professional experience I have come to believe the current culture and illusion of the “Super Mom” is an impossible standard, and a very damaging concept that can cause such unnecessary hardship and stress in the life of a mother. After birth, resting and bonding are crucial for the mother, her partner, and newborn baby to begin their new life together. As a doula dedicated to learning what is needed through listening without judgement, it is my mission to encourage mothers and their families to find and follow their intuition about how they wish to live and thrive as a family. I am a mother of three children, though my son Connor has never lived Earth Side. Losing him broke my heart, but in the process of grieving him, I have learned so much about myself and have found the courage to follow my passions. My experience led me to seek advanced training in supporting pre and perinatal loss so that I can provide a safe space for grieving parents. When I’m not wearing a baby or making a new family a meal, I love to read, hike in the woods, and travel.
Birth and Postpartum Doula
My passion as a certified birth doula is helping new parents feel prepared, informed and supported in their birth experience. After spending 15 years working in the non-profit sector, traveling the world, and having my 2 babies, I found this amazing profession that allows me to care for families as they embrace parenthood. This transition, at times, can feel so overwhelming! Not only are there new gadgets and miniature clothes taking over your once simple abode, you are also trying to make sense of your emotional journey towards becoming a parent. With so many questions, you’ve probably been given advice from well-meaning people in your life or trapped in the endless sea of parenting websites (I know I use Dr.Google way too much!). But you know what? You’ve got this! And as a doula, I am there to ground you and your partner so that you stay connected and feel powerful in your birthing journey no matter what twists and turns it takes. Together, we will make simple the array of information out there and help you stay centred on your intuition and your strength. As a mother of two beautiful (and energetic) boys, I am also a Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist and draw upon my Kinesiology and Health degree to support you so that you feel nurtured and ready to care for the arrival of your new baby. When not doula-ing (is that a word?), I’m often in a hockey rink, in my garden, or trying to ignore piles of laundry with a good book.
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