OUR SERVICES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

Birth: At this time, Doulas are allowed to attend births at ALL Ottawa area hospitals and birthing centres and for home births! However if you would like virtual services, please contact us to learn more.Contact us to learn more!

Postpartum and newborn care: We are able to provide support to families in-person with COVID safety measures or virtually. Contact us to learn more!

 

About MotherWit Doula Care

At MotherWit, we know that birth and the early weeks of parenting deeply matter to the healthy, happy development of a family.  

Our vision at MotherWit is for every parent-to-be, birth giver, birth partner and new parent to feel amazing about themselves.  No matter what.  You’ve got this…and we’ve got you.

With over two decades of experience, our MotherWit Ottawa doula team understands how varied the support needs of every pregnant and new family are.  Our mission is to offer nuanced, personalized services to meet your unique needs, providing you with insightful support for extraordinary transformation.

Birth Doula Care

If you want a personal birth coach who will guide, respect, and support you throughout one of the most powerful experiences known to humankind (however it goes and however long it takes), Birth Doula Care is for you.

Postpartum Care

A family is born (or expanded)! For optimal adjustment and enjoyment of  life with Baby for all family members, MotherWit offers Postpartum Doula Care, Sibling Doula Care, and Overnight Doula Care.

Prenatal Classes

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!

Overnight Care

Night time is hard with a new baby.  An Overnight Doula supports you in mastering night-time parenting on your terms, providing reassuring company if you’re awake in the wee hours, as well as tending to your baby while you sleep.

 

 

MotherWit

 

There is so much conflicting information and philosophies about birth and parenting out there.  We know you want to ensure the choices you make are the best choices for you and your family. We understand how easy it is to feel overwhelmed.

Many parents-to-be and new parents find that time with their primary care provider is limited, and don’t feel that their personal questions and concerns are addressed fully.  Our prenatal visits, postpartum follow ups, and email/phone support give you TIME to use us as sounding boards, informational resources, and sources of calming reassurance.  We do not charge extra if your birth happens to be longer than average.

MotherWit Ottawa Doula Care has borne witness to and loved all types of birth/parenting experiences and expressions of family.  

We know that the best choices are the ones that make you and your family feel secure and happy.  There is no one ideal way to do this.  You’ve got this.  And we’ve got you.

 

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Why MotherWit?

 

Outstanding Experience

Empowering Education

Empathic Listening

Insightful Guidance

Continuity of Care

Unconditional Support

Nurturing Community

 

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Our MotherWit Ottawa Doula  Care Team

Erin Kasungu MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Michele Clarida

Birth Doula

 

 

My love for holding space and supporting others has been a driving force for me throughout my life. Since 2001 I have been doing this within the Spa industry, and I am so grateful to be able bring this experience with me as I support others during birth, full of love and without judgement.

My years of training and experience with Aromatherapy, Reiki, and Reflexology along with my foundation in Esthetics gives me an added perspective that helps me to support parents through this beautiful time in their lives. I strive to be forever in a place of learning and growth and it is truly a gift to be able to support others on their own journeys.

The experience of my own two births (along with the rollercoaster ride that is parenting) has truly changed me. It was these times in my life that I felt the most powerful and connected to my body. My goal is to help others to experience childbirth on their own terms and feel this empowerment from a place of trust and support.

When I am not with clients, I love spending time and being silly with my family, reading, exercising, and practicing yoga.

Erin Kasungu MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Alison Hardacre

 Postpartum Doula

 

 

I believe there is a special magic in postpartum spaces.  I remember telling my friends after my daughter was born that postpartum was truly magical and truly exhausting.  In equal measure!
As a Postpartum Doula,  I aim to protect that magic by helping to create time and space for you to care for yourself as you move into your new life with your baby and your growing family. I encourage you to slow down and to lean into rest so you can bond with your baby and allow yourself time to heal and to adjust to your new role.
You are the expert of your baby, yourself and your family and you will find your own path in parenting. I am here to nurture you, to see you, to celebrate you, to hold space for you and to help you rest so you can bond with your baby and family.  I encourage you to listen for your own inner wisdom when finding your path in parenting.

I have great respect for life stories and I hold space as you work through yours.
When not working with clients, I love to have adventures with my two children. I love any time with friends and family. I am always interested in taking courses to expand my knowledge of holding space, the changing brain as we move into parenting, the effects of trauma on our bodies and how to improve postpartum spaces. I also love reflexology and reiki.

 
 
 
Erin Kasungu MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Josmi Bansal

 Birth Doula

 

 

When I was expecting my first child years ago, I had no idea what a doula was! I was curious to learn more about what they can offer, and hiring one was one of the best decisions I made for myself and my family. I knew in my heart that one day I would love to nurture, validate, advocate and hold space for future expectant parents, and give them the compassion that I was shown during such a transformative time in life. I am pleased to have achieved my dream!

With my social work background, coupled with my experience in a variety of births, I have a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive approach to childbirth, so that I may offer non-judgemental and compassionate support to my clients. I like to share my East Indian culture through massage, breathing techniques and Ayurvedic postpartum healing methods for the birth giver. 

I am constantly filled with wonder and excitement about the birth giving process, and when I am not wearing my doula hat, you can usually find me cooking some delicious Indian food for my family, gardening, or playing with my two wonderful kids. Their births are a constant reminder to me of the value of compassionate care in birth, and I hope to offer that love to as many people as I can! 

Christine Crook MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Bonnie Lockhart

Postpartum Doula

Many years ago I started my career as a Prenatal Doula. When my own family came along, I put my passion on hold to raise our four sons. One day a friend asked me about my past doula experiences. I told her I had recently been looking into online courses. She replied, "let’s take them together". We did and haven’t looked back since.
I’m a trained Prenatal and Postpartum Doula. My passion is Postpartum work. I love to assist a new single parent or a couple as they transition into the joys and sometimes overwhelming challenges of being parents.
You have the power to parent inside of you. I can help you find it. Every family has different needs when you arrive home with your new baby. If you need rest, get the rest you need knowing your baby is in caring hands.
I am the extended family you choose to support you. Your baby’s comfort and your peace of mine is my heart’s desire.

Meet the MotherWit Doulas Night!

Meet the MotherWit Ottawa Doula Care team on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Learn more about how a  MotherWit Ottawa Doula can help during pregnancy, labour, delivery and after. Discover why Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes, in group or private sessions, are the most informative and interactive child birth preparation classes in Ottawa.  

You've got this... and we've got you!

 

No Need to RSVP

If you can't make it please contact us and we can arrange a free private meeting!

Meeting ID: 826 7841 5366
Passcode: 543093
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Our Experience

All of our MotherWit Ottawa Doula Care team are not only MotherWit trained and certified doulas, but have relevant educational and professional backgrounds to inform and nurture your journey into parenthood. We have experience with:

  • Normal, physiologic birth
  • Hospital, Birthing Centre, and Home Birth
  • Birth with pain medication
  • Induction
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)…even after two Cesareans
  • Vaginal Breech Birth
  • Vaginal Birth of Twins
  • Cesarean (planned AND unplanned)
  • Perinatal Loss
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Survivors of Trauma
  • Families with Histories of Anxiety and Depression
  • Families with Health Challenges
  • LGBTQ Families
  • Polyamorous Families
  • Single-Parent Families
  • Teen Parents
  • Families of Diverse Ethnic and Religious Backgrounds
  • Surrogacy
  • Adoption
  • and much more

Upcoming Events

Christine was simply amazing. She stayed with us through 48 hours of labor (including an emergency caesarean section) and was an incredible source of information, support and strength. Through our experience with her, she has become a part of our family and will no doubt be invited to attend the births of our future children. I recommend Christine completely and whole heartedly.

We love you Christine!

 

Carrie Innes and Jason White

Want to book a doula? Want more information?

If you are interested in working together, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!