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Our MotherWit Ottawa Doula  Care Team

Christine Crook MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Christine Crook

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.

Erin Kasungu MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Erin Kasungu

Birth and Postpartum Doula, 
Childbirth Educator
Pre and Post-Natal Fitness Specialist

 

 

Deirdre Bain MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Deirdre Bain

 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.
As a postpartum doula, I offer respite in a time of constant change. I will be there for you for breastfeeding support, to listen empathically to the challenges you are facing, to care for your little one, and to declutter the house, stock the fridge, and help you get some well deserved sleep. 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.

 

Steph Bradford MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Steph Bradford

 Birth and Postpartum Doula

 

 

Steph Bradford MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Laura Atwater

 Birth Doula,
Yoga Instructor

 

 

I became a Doula because I have found my passion in holding space and assisting in transformational life events, especially surrounding the beautiful divine process of birthing a new life into being. As a Birth Doula, I want all parents to feel prepared, supported, to know what their choices are, and to feel empowered in making the best decisions for them. And let's face it, there are a LOT of things to consider - All the things! There are more books to read than you possibly can in 9 months, the choices on tests and procedures, all the things they tell you to buy, and of course, the people (including complete strangers) ready to offer you their ‘advice’... so, I can be there to help you go through all that noise, and come to a collective, happy place of empowerment and excitement. From my experience, it’s all about healthy boundaries, releasing fears, knowing what you really want, knowing what your options are, and taking back your power so you can make the decisions that are best for you and baby. And have fun while you’re at it. I have been working in the science field for the last 6 year, and have now moved more into healing, and transformational life work. I am a practitioner in Shamanic Medicine Work (Spiritual and Energy Healing), a Yoga Instructor, a pretty cool Mom to 3, and Auntie to 6! What really drives me is to give back what I received through my pregnancy, as a birthing momma, and into the post birth life. My sisters and mom were the best, most loving support a girl could ever ask for, and I realize that this isn’t the case for all birthing families. So I want to be that for you. I want to be the loving, supportive presence at your birth, knowing that I’ve got your back, no matter what. I want to be that person holding your hand, encouraging you, pressing on your hips, handing you the water, catching your partner if they faint (not that that’s going to happen..), I want to be your rock, that person you know is there and will step up and do anything you need. I want you to have the best experience possible, whatever that looks and feels like for you. Xo L
My passion for birth and desire for everyone to be able to have the most positive experience possible throughout their pregnancy, birth and welcoming baby home began when I went through my own experience with my two children. It was such a big learning and growing experience for me. I became a doula because I want to support others in the way they need and deserve. Before becoming a doula and having children I spent many years studying music, performing and teaching. I draw on this experience when working with families. An existing family adding an additional member is not a black and white experience, there are many emotions and learning experiences involved in the transition. Like music it is not just a physical experience but an emotional one as well. Everybody is different and has different desires and needs. My hope is to help you in the way you need and for you to feel that you can make the choices you want and need without feeling any pressure or judgement in your choices. One of my passions is sleep. As an infant sleep educator I strive to support families to obtain as much sleep as possible for themselves and their baby. When I am not busy caring for families with a new baby or my own family, you can find me playing music, reading, biking or hiking in the woods.
Deirdre Bain MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Elizabeth Foster

Birth and Postpartum Doula,
Sleep Educator

 

 

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.  

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

 

 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!

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