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You are cordially invited to a gathering hosted by the MotherWit Doulas!  Whether you are just trying to figure out if doula care is right for you, want to show off your new babies...


MONTREAL
2nd Wednesday of each month at our NDG locaction
5726 Sherbrooke West
Suite 214

Next Meetings:
June 08 2016
July 13 2016
Aug 10 2016

7:00 - 8:30
No Need to RSVP

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WEST ISLAND

1st Monday of each month at
Quanta Wellness Centre 57 Donegani,
Pointe-Claire QC
H9R 2V8

Next Meetings:

July 4th
7:00 - 8:30
No Need to RSVP

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Ottawa

Kneaded Touch Massage Westboro 389 Danforth Ave Ottawa ON

Next Meetings:
Wednesday June 15 6:30pm
No Need to RSVP


SOIREE DETAILS

 

Birth Essentials
Prenatal Classes

(Childbirth Education)

2 Day Intensives

MONTREAL
10am-4:30pm.
5726 Sherbrooke W Suite 214

Next Sessions :

Apr 16/23 2016
May 7/14 2016

June 11/25 2016
July 9/30 2016
Aug 13/20 2016
Sept

OTTAWA
10am-4:30pm.
Kneaded Touch Massage Westboro
389 Danforth Ave, Ottawa

Next Sessions :
May 28 and June 4 2016

CPR Family and Friends
Infant and Child
Feb 21 10am-2:30pm
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Doula Training

Postpartum Doula Training Workshops

September 15-18 2016
Monttreal QC

 

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CORE Birth Doula Training Workshops

August 21-24 2016
Montreal QC

 

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Welcome to MotherWit Doula Care
     

MotherWit Doula Care strives to provide the essential support services you need for your childbirth experience in Montreal, Canada. Offering holistic prenatal education, childbirth companionship, breastfeeding support, postpartum care,  and doula training, MotherWit Doula Care lovingly guides you through your journey into motherhood.

What is MotherWit? The word "motherwit" refers to an innate knowledge; a wisdom based on intuition and common sense. With the majority of pre/postnatal visits, prenatal classes, and births taking place in clinical hospital settings, the fact that birth is usually a normal, healthy process is sometimes elusive.  MotherWit Doula Care seeks to reclaim the belief that birth is a family-centred as opposed to a medical-centred event,  and encourages you to explore the opportunities for personal growth and healing during this transformational time.

 
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Every kind of birth, from natural labour to those with interventions which preserve the mother's and baby's health and/or comfort, is a monumental event in a woman's life we hope she can look back upon with a sense of triumph.

MotherWit believes that a "good" pregnancy/birth/parenting experience is not necessarily one in which everything goes as expected. This is one of the most challenging aspects of the childbearing year: that we don't have a lot of control over how it unfolds.  While we can influence the normal process by maintaining optimal health, ultimately, we are not in control.  What contributes to a good experience is respect for parental concerns, support for their needs and desires, and parental involvement in all the decision making whenever possible. MotherWit Doula Care strives to empower families to make informed choices based upon their needs and values surrounding birth and parenting.

MotherWit Doula Care believes all aspects of a woman's life touch her birthing experience, from how she cares for herself, to the attitudes she was taught to believe about childbirth, to how she copes with stress and pain. MotherWit guides the pregnant woman to discover and work through the concerns she has during pregnancy, thus creating space for calmer and more centred birthing and mothering. Nourishing the whole woman, her body, mind, and spirit, is the role of the MotherWit doula. This is done through encouraging her to find a doctor or midwife with whom the expecting parents have good rapport, good nutrition, couple communication, discussing her intuitions, facilitating emotional exploration, bodywork, and practical prenatal education. When a woman has created an internal environment which makes her feel powerful about embarking upon the unknown journey ahead and is surrounded with good support, she enters into motherhood with a greater sense of confidence and wellbeing. MotherWit honours new babies, mothers, and fathers as our most precious citizens, and seeks to nourish this relationship for the benefit of generations to come.
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Weekly peer to peer support group for pregnant and new mothers who are struggling with perinatal anxiety and depression.

Every Thursday afternoon 12:30-2:00 pm at 5726 Sherbrooke W

 

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Having a baby is a big deal.  We understand.  We’ve been there.  We know you have questions and concerns about the unknowns in birth and parenting.  Possibly some that even keep you up at night.  


  • Birth is so unpredictable!  How will I cope with pain and the fact I don’t know when it will happen or how things will go?


  • Will I be able to feed my baby the way I want and make parenting decisions I feel good about?


  • How will I transition into my identity as a new parent/parent of another child?


Take a deep breath.  You’ve got this.


What is motherwit: “innate practical intelligence, intuition rooted in common sense”


There is so much information out there about the best ways to give birth and parent your baby/ies.  So much of that information is conflicting.  Our modern birth culture is amazing at speaking to the conscious parts of your brain that need information to feel secure.  This is an important and necessary part of prenatal education and clinical care.


It is important to know, however, that the part our brain most active in birth is not the part that absorbs information.  It is the more emotional, intuitive part that is most present.  It is your body, encoded with thousands of generations of birth giving magnificence, that gives birth. It not your rational mind. This can be a frightening concept to many pregnant folks.


The MotherWit Doula Care Process


Our job as doulas is not to bombard you with more “expert advice”.  Instead, we want to make you (and if you have a partner/s, they are included too) a cup of tea.  We want to take time with you to truly listen, and get to know the things your health care providers generally don’t have time to ask:


  • What feels most important to you?  

  • What supports your values?

  • What worries you?

  • What does your motherwit say (males have motherwit too) ?



As the trusted keepers of your birth dreams, we accompany you to your place of birth and support you on your terms with all the great tools we have at our disposal, like massage, acupressure, aromatherapy, homeopathy, “word medicine” (encouragement, guided imagery, reflection, validation), information sharing, breastfeeding support, tending to intense emotions, and sometimes simply being a quiet, nurturing presence that makes you and your partner feel emotionally safe to do your important work together.  We support all birth choices without judgement.


After birth, we pop by to debrief, answer questions, and



“Birth Matters.  It is not just a means to an end.  The experience of how we bring our babies into the world shapes our lives as new parents, which impacts our babies’ lives too.  It is important for that experience to be one that allows you to draw power from it when you reflect upon your birth. A powerful birth is not necessarily one that matched your plans (it almost never does).  A powerful birth is one in which you felt heard, respected, and dare I say loved, no matter how it unfolded.  It is a birth you feel proud to own. Whether you give birth all naturally, choose pain relieving medication, or have a Cesarean, we promise you this: you are a rock star!” -Lesley Everest, founder MotherWit Doula Care  

MotherWit has experience with and sensitivity to:


  • families new to Montreal

  • single parent families

  • teen parents

  • “older” parents (over 40)

  • LGBT families

  • families of diverse ethnic/religious/cultural backgrounds

  • surrogate carriers

  • women birthing babies to be relinquished for adoption

  • VBAC (after one or more previous Cesareans)

  • twins

  • vaginal breech birth

  • high risk pregnancies/births

  • families who have experienced perinatal loss

  • families with various health challenges

  • families with premature babies

  • women who have experienced past birth trauma

  • women with histories of childhood sexual abuse

  • families with perinatal anxiety/depression

  • families with breastfeeding challenges
 
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