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

 
Erin Kasungu MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Erin Kasungu

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

 

 

Erin Kasungu MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Erin Kasungu

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

 

 

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

 
Christine Crook MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Julia Davie

Birth Doula, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Yoga Instructor

Growing up the daughter of a midwife, I have always had a deep love and appreciation for birth. But it wasn’t until I had my own three children that I came to fully understand the transformational nature of childbirth. What became clear during my own experience is the profoundly valuable role of the support person in holding space for the birthing person and their family. I understood that having an experienced birth-worker as a support person can make all the difference in feeling positive, and even empowered by one's pregnancy and birth.  This inspired me to become a MotherWit Certified Birth Doula. Birth work is my heart’s work! I am honoured to support families through this important part of their lives. As a Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Yoga Teacher, I draw from my other modalities to support my clients with dietary, supplement and lifestyle recommendations that are specific to their needs during each stage of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. When I am not attending births I can be found taking courses (I have a deep love of learning and am always taking a new certification!!), practicing yoga, cooking, hiking or adventuring with my three young and energetic kiddos. 

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

Michele Clarida

Birth Doula

 

 

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.

Meet the MotherWit Doulas Night!

Meet the MotherWit Ottawa Doula Care team on the 2nd 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!

14
July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Meet the Doulas Night

ONLINE event Hello, New Parents and Parents-To-Be! You are invited to an online gathering hosted by the Ottawa MotherWit Doulas. Whether you are trying to figure out if ...

11
August
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Meet the Doulas Night

ONLINE event Hello, New Parents and Parents-To-Be! You are invited to an online gathering hosted by the Ottawa MotherWit Doulas. Whether you are trying to figure out if ...

8
September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Meet the Doulas Night

ONLINE event Hello, New Parents and Parents-To-Be! You are invited to an online gathering hosted by the Ottawa MotherWit Doulas. Whether you are trying to figure out if ...

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