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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!

 

Becoming a mother was a transformative experience for me. My own postpartum experiences awakened a passion inside me to support families as they bring their babies into the world, and navigate their own postpartum experiences in the ways that work best for them. I draw upon my post-graduate degree in microbiology and my background in the sciences to inform my interest in herbal remedies for the childbearing year. Through personal and professional experience I have come to believe the current culture and illusion of the "Super Mom" is an impossible standard, and a very damaging concept that can cause such unnecessary hardship and stress in the life of a mother. After birth, resting and bonding are crucial for the mother, her partner, and newborn baby to begin their new life together. As a doula dedicated to learning what is needed through listening without judgement, it is my mission to encourage mothers and their families to find and follow their intuition about how they wish to live and thrive as a family. I am a mother of three children, though my son Connor has never lived Earth Side. Losing him broke my heart, but in the process of grieving him, I have learned so much about myself and have found the courage to follow my passions. My experience led me to seek advanced training in supporting pre and perinatal loss so that I can provide a safe space for grieving parents. When I'm not wearing a baby or making a new family a meal, I love to read, hike in the woods, and travel.

 

 

Sarah Mcilwham MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Sarah McIlwham

Birth and Postpartum Doula,
Sleep Educator

Erin Kasungu MotherWit Ottawa Doula

Erin Kasungu

 

Birth and Postpartum Doula,
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.

 

 

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

 

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.

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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