MotherWit Ottawa 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Are you expecting another baby? Does wondering what you’re going to do with your child/ren when you go into labour cause you stress? Or are you interested in having someone tend to your child during your homebirth? Look no further!
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.
Continuity of Care
Our MotherWit Ottawa Doula Care 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!
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. I can issue naturopathic insurance receipts for residents of Quebec with appropriate coverage.
Birth and Postpartum Doula,
Pre and Post-Natal Fitness Specialist
Birth and Postpartum Doula
My interest in Doula work stems from a deep commitment to supporting self-determination. For several years I have offered my time to organizations that seek to nurture my community. Be it through peer support training at my university, sexual assault crisis line counselling, or developing relationships with residents and supporting programs at Ottawa’s Cornerstone Housing for Women, I enjoy working with people to recognize their own power and encourage self-advocacy. Doula work is exactly that. As a birth doula I will work with you throughout your pregnancy to understand your wishes, fears and dreams! Together, we will navigate the birth world and strive to ensure you receive the respect and care you deserve.
I am consistently growing and learning from experience and continuing education. By serving as a resource of information, I support my clients to feel they are prepared to make informed decisions about their birth, their bodies and their babies.
As an experienced childcare provider, my life has been profoundly shaped by my work with families. In 2014 I began working as a nanny, and eventually found my niche providing care for infants. Time and again I have witnessed the transformative ability of tiny humans, for teaching us adults to approach every day with more wonder, flexibility and humour. While I believe children are a positive force in our lives, this work also fostered a critical awareness of the overwhelm and exhaustion that is ‘normal’ in our parenting culture. These experiences guided me to become a doula by encouraging my curiosity in birth and infancy, and my deeply felt commitment to supporting families. I have recently completed my Masters degree in international development. I put this to good use as a doula and advocate for women's reproductive rights Postpartum doula work for me is an intentional, community-building practice that aligns with my social science background. I offer solidarity for the ‘fourth trimester’ by providing compassionate and insightful support through the everyday triumphs of early parenthood. I’m here to problem solve with you, to honour the amazing parenting you’re already doing, and to help with things around the house, so you can have a restorative first few weeks getting to know your new baby. My goal is to make parents feel confident and connected, rather than overwhelmed and isolated, and I hope this can be the normal we collectively strive for.
Birth and Postpartum Doula,
Meet the MotherWit Ottawa Doula Night!
Come and meet the MotherWit Ottawa Doula Care team in person, on the 3rd 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.
7:30pm 779 Bank St. #203 Ottawa ON
No Need to RSVP
If you can't make it please contact us and we can arrange a free private meeting!
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
- 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
- and much more
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!