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

Elizabeth Foster

 

Birth and Postpartum Doula,
Sleep Educator
Pre and Post Natal Fitness Instructor

 

 

 

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.

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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