Meet Our MotherWit Montreal Doula Care Team
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Lesley Everest

Founder and Director MotherWit
Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Sleep Educator, TummyTime!™ Method Instructor

Welcome to MotherWit! It is an honour to have you here! 
 
I am the founder of MotherWit Doula Care and MotherWit Doula Training.  My company expresses our collective heart-felt vision, which is to create and facilitate spaces that our community of pregnant and new parents can gather safely within.  We meet you as you are, and strive to ensure you feel included and supported, no matter what your values around birth and parenting are. 
Our work has always been about connecting people to their inner and outer resources. It is a privilege to bear witness to the birth and thriving of Family.  
Our prenatal classes and doula care focus on supporting you in witnessing yourself as a powerful birth giver and worthy steward of the next generation, no matter what that looks like.  We believe in the deep nourishment that loving and attuned connection can provide in transitional times that are fraught with uncertainty and challenge.  We know professionally and personally that a birth and postpartum experience parents can feel good about (or at least make a powerful meaning of) can contribute to a happier parenting experience.  It is important for parents to feel good about themselves!  This supports the bonding of parents and babies, which is at the root of a child's secure attachment, serving as a building block of optimal family health.  Birth and the weeks afterwards are peak transformational times for families.  Evidence shows that doula support can contribute to more positive early family life experiences.
I have personally been accompanying families through the intimate transitions of birth, early parenting, and loss for nearly three decades. As a mother of four and trainer of a large percentage of the English speaking doulas in Montreal and Ottawa, I draw upon my experience as an educator, trauma-informed bodyworker, transformational coach, inter-spiritual minister, infant/family sleep supporter and lifelong learner of the healing arts to inform my work.  I seek to reduce tension and fear throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period by facilitating connection to one’s inner-strength and wisdom (motherwit) in my mission to support birthing and new families in feeling triumphant about their efforts (even when things don’t go as planned). 
In the last decade it has been an honour to teach about "the deeper curriculum" of birth not only to the general population and doula trainees, but also to nursing schools, medical institutions, and conferences/birth and parenting organizations throughout North America 
 
My journey of healing from cancer as well as sitting at the feet of Birth as its faithful student for so long has nurtured my belief in the power of love and trust in one’s motherwit.  My family is my heart. Writing, long walks in Nature, spa visits, singing badly to eighties music, and brunch with friends are my favourite self-care rituals. I’m probably happiest when I’m dancing.

A doula since 2010 and a mother of an awesome son, I have a background in psychology.  With my deep belief that birth matters, my mission is to guide new families through this very special time in their lives by helping them to clarify their preferences, making sure they know what their options are, and always supporting them in their informed choices about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. My own personal experience with giving birth showed me how incredibly powerful a woman can be, and at the same time, incredibly vulnerable.  Working with so many families has taught me to be very flexible in my approach, figuring out what my clients’ individual needs are, how I can help them achieve what they are looking for, honouring their uniqueness. Birth is a transformative journey, and I am privileged to undertake it with the families I serve. When I'm not running off to a birth, I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends, exploring the nooks and crannies of our fabulous city (and others, when I can find the time to travel!), and I plan to take up knitting. Water is incredibly restorative for me and I love to be in it or near it--which explains my son's water birth twelve years ago!

 

 

Megan Tolbert MotherWit Doula Montreal

Megan Tolbert

Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator
Laurel Tidman MotherWit Doula Montreal

Laurel Tidman

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

As a mother of two and a doula since 2010, I draw upon my background in psychology and family therapy, along with eight wild years as a stay at home mom, to guide families through birth experiences I do my best to keep safe, sacred, and memorable. Doula work was an obvious choice for me following my own experiences of birth which were both different and amazing. I am regularly humbled to witness the enormous sense of power parents gain when they understand what is going on around them during and leading up to their baby’s birth.  Working with families is a shining light for me in an often disconnected world, and for that I am ever thankful. I love being creative and making things with my hands, be it food, crafts, or knitting projects. I am happiest when I am surrounded by the simplicity of the great outdoors, am off camping, and taking epic road trips with my family.

 

I’ve been fascinated with pregnancy and childbirth for as long as I can remember. Having closely followed the pregnancies of dear friends and family, I was witness to the incredible changes that occur during this remarkably powerful, yet vulnerable time; I simply knew that bringing support, comfort, and peace during these precious moments was where I needed to be. I draw upon my 12+ years working with families in a childcare setting to guide me as I provide individualized, nurturing, and attentive care to my clients. I do this by listening to and appreciating your preferences, nourishing you deeply and wholly, and by equipping you with accurate, evidence-based information so that you may navigate these new waters more confidently. I’ll encourage you to breath out tension and fear, and to listen to your intuition, as there is so much deeply-rooted knowledge in the body. And I’ll still be here to help as you come into your own as parents, encouraging you in all your magnificence (and feeding you banana bread!). When I’m not at a birth or reading up on all things birth-related, I’m probably rock climbing, adventuring (either in the city, or to far-off places), getting lost in nature, or perfecting my morning latte. I also love cooking, and am happiest when I’m sharing a heartwarming meal with the people I love.

 

Barbara Hitchko-Thompson MotherWit Doula Montreal

Steph De Sousa

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

Laurel Tidman MotherWit Doula Montreal

Megan Bradley

Postpartum Doula

As a postpartum doula and mom, I can tell you I've been there.  Having my own now school-age children, I remember very well what it was like during my postpartum period.  I always thought I needed to please everyone else before taking care of myself. I remember those sleepless nights with a baby on my breast; the smiles, the tears, the joy and the fears.
Being a Mother is something I knew I was meant to be since I was little.  Now as a grown woman, I recognize and honour my maternal side, as have many others. I ran a day-camp from 2010 to 2021, connecting with hundreds of parents and their children.  I was given the title "Camp Mom", a title I held with great pride.
As well as being a Camp Mom, I am a massage therapist, trained in various techniques including perinatal massage.  It is a miraculous thing to be able to offer comforting touch.  I knew I was meant for even more than just loving families throughout the summer and providing massage therapy to my clients.  I finally answered my calling to become a postpartum doula and trained with MotherWit Doula Training.
I am now bringing my experience with families and nurturing through touch together into one beautiful career.  I am so honoured to be welcomed into the homes of new and growing families to offer a listening ear and an extra pair of arms to make sure that these families get the best start on this crazy adventure called Life.
As prepared as I thought I was, my childbirth experience was challenging. Coming out of this experience, while discovering what being a mom in the day-to-day really meant, I felt drawn to helping change the birth paradigm. Supporting families in their birthing journey, helping them see success in every birth, even when things don’t go exactly as planned became a passion.
As a life-long learner, I have dedicated years of my life training to becoming a 360-support person for birthing people, as a Birth Doula of course, but also as a Holistic Coach (certified Yoga therapist and Energy worker). Parents have also enjoyed my experience as a photographer, allowing them to preserve their safe birthing place from extra presence, while holding on to life-long souvenirs of this unique adventure.
Making a point of defending empowered birth for ALL is essential to me, having supported parents with many different birth wishes, from home-birth to planned c-section. Protecting autonomy for families by providing them with judgement-free evidence-based information is what I centre my practice around.
When I am not with birthing people, I spend my time composing music and creating contemporary art pieces. I love inviting my friends over to cook and care for them.
Being the witness of birth is a real privilege, so I thank you for letting me in.
(Languages: native French, fluent English, moderate Spanish)

 

 
Barbara Hitchko-Thompson MotherWit Doula Montreal

Barbara Finck-Beccafico (she/they)

Birth Doula, Yoga therapist & Birth photographer

Laurel Tidman MotherWit Doula Montreal

Lisa "Dee" Perusse

Postpartum Doula, Pre and Post-natal Yoga Teacher, Elimination Communication Consultant

When my first baby was born, I quickly learned how under-supported parents are in our society. Who could I turn to when my baby would not latch or sleep, and how could I get over the feeling that it was somehow my fault?
My path to becoming a postpartum doula began with this all-too-common experience of loneliness, exhaustion, and anxiety. Now, I am here to support parents during their difficult – and immensely rewarding – journeys. 
As a mom of two and a pre- and post-natal yoga teacher, becoming a postpartum doula was a logical progression in my mission to help parents.
I am a 500-hour +++ certified yoga teacher, specializing in gentle movement for pregnant and recently pregnant bodies. I'm obsessed with the Pelvic Floor!! As a science nerd, I focus on nervous system down-regulation through pranayama (breath-work) and asana (yoga poses), as well as meditation and mindfulness. My yoga classes focus on health, not weight loss. I am also a certified elimination communication and potty training coach, offering group workshops and individual consultations aimed at helping you and your child transition away from diapers. 
I firmly believe that new parents – especially birth-givers – need to commune with each other during this adjustment period. Babies are hard work, requiring dedication and presence.

We can meet this challenge with grace TOGETHER.

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Lesley Everest MotherWit Doula Montreal Image by www.AdorroImpressions.com

Lesley Everest

Founder and Director MotherWit
Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Sleep Educator

Welcome to MotherWit! It is an honour to have you here! 
 
I am the founder of MotherWit Doula Care and MotherWit Doula Training.  My company expresses our collective heart-felt vision, which is to create and facilitate spaces that our community of pregnant and new parents can gather safely within.  We meet you as you are, and strive to ensure you feel included and supported, no matter what your values around birth and parenting are. 
Our work has always been about connecting people to their inner and outer resources. It is a privilege to bear witness to the birth and thriving of Family.  
Our prenatal classes and doula care focus on supporting you in witnessing yourself as a powerful birth giver and worthy steward of the next generation, no matter what that looks like.  We believe in the deep nourishment that loving and attuned connection can provide in transitional times that are fraught with uncertainty and challenge.  We know professionally and personally that a birth and postpartum experience parents can feel good about (or at least make a powerful meaning of) can contribute to a happier parenting experience.  It is important for parents to feel good about themselves!  This supports the bonding of parents and babies, which is at the root of a child's secure attachment, serving as a building block of optimal family health.  Birth and the weeks afterwards are peak transformational times for families.  Evidence shows that doula support can contribute to more positive early family life experiences.
I have personally been accompanying families through the intimate transitions of birth, early parenting, and loss for nearly three decades. As a mother of four and trainer of a large percentage of the English speaking doulas in Montreal and Ottawa, I draw upon my experience as an educator, trauma-informed bodyworker, transformational coach, inter-spiritual minister, infant/family sleep supporter and lifelong learner of the healing arts to inform my work.  I seek to reduce tension and fear throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period by facilitating connection to one’s inner-strength and wisdom (motherwit) in my mission to support birthing and new families in feeling triumphant about their efforts (even when things don’t go as planned). 
In the last decade it has been an honour to teach about "the deeper curriculum" of birth not only to the general population and doula trainees, but also to nursing schools, medical institutions, and conferences/birth and parenting organizations throughout North America 
 
My journey of healing from cancer as well as sitting at the feet of Birth as its faithful student for so long has nurtured my belief in the power of love and trust in one’s motherwit.  My family is my heart. Writing, long walks in Nature, spa visits, singing badly to eighties music, and brunch with friends are my favourite self-care rituals. I’m probably happiest when I’m dancing.
Laurel Tidman MotherWit Doula Montreal

Laurel Tidman

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

As a mother of two and a doula since 2010, I draw upon my background in psychology and family therapy, along with eight wild years as a stay at home mom, to guide families through birth experiences I do my best to keep safe, sacred, and memorable. Doula work was an obvious choice for me following my own experiences of birth which were both different and amazing. I am regularly humbled to witness the enormous sense of power parents gain when they understand what is going on around them during and leading up to their baby’s birth.  Working with families is a shining light for me in an often disconnected world, and for that I am ever thankful. I love being creative and making things with my hands, be it food, crafts, or knitting projects. I am happiest when I am surrounded by the simplicity of the great outdoors, am off camping, and taking epic road trips with my family.

 

Megan Tolbert MotherWit Doula Montreal

Megan Tolbert

Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator

A doula since 2010 and a mother of an awesome son, I have a background in psychology.  With my deep belief that birth matters, my mission is to guide new families through this very special time in their lives by helping them to clarify their preferences, making sure they know what their options are, and always supporting them in their informed choices about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. My own personal experience with giving birth showed me how incredibly powerful a woman can be, and at the same time, incredibly vulnerable.  Working with so many families has taught me to be very flexible in my approach, figuring out what my clients’ individual needs are, how I can help them achieve what they are looking for, honouring their uniqueness. Birth is a transformative journey, and I am privileged to undertake it with the families I serve. When I'm not running off to a birth, I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends, exploring the nooks and crannies of our fabulous city (and others, when I can find the time to travel!), and I plan to take up knitting. Water is incredibly restorative for me and I love to be in it or near it--which explains my son's water birth twelve years ago!

 

 

Barbara Hitchko-Thompson MotherWit Doula Montreal

Steph De Sousa

Birth and Postpartum Doula

I’ve been fascinated with pregnancy and childbirth for as long as I can remember. Having closely followed the pregnancies of dear friends and family, I was witness to the incredible changes that occur during this remarkably powerful, yet vulnerable time; I simply knew that bringing support, comfort, and peace during these precious moments was where I needed to be. I draw upon my 12+ years working with families in a childcare setting to guide me as I provide individualized, nurturing, and attentive care to my clients. I do this by listening to and appreciating your preferences, nourishing you deeply and wholly, and by equipping you with accurate, evidence-based information so that you may navigate these new waters more confidently. I’ll encourage you to breath out tension and fear, and to listen to your intuition, as there is so much deeply-rooted knowledge in the body. And I’ll still be here to help as you come into your own as parents, encouraging you in all your magnificence (and feeding you banana bread!). When I’m not at a birth or reading up on all things birth-related, I’m probably rock climbing, adventuring (either in the city, or to far-off places), getting lost in nature, or perfecting my morning latte. I also love cooking, and am happiest when I’m sharing a heartwarming meal with the people I love.

 

Laurel Tidman MotherWit Doula Montreal

Megan Bradley

Postpartum Doula

As a postpartum doula and mom, I can tell you I've been there.  Having my own now school-age children, I remember very well what it was like during my postpartum period.  I always thought I needed to please everyone else before taking care of myself. I remember those sleepless nights with a baby on my breast; the smiles, the tears, the joy and the fears.
Being a Mother is something I knew I was meant to be since I was little.  Now as a grown woman, I recognize and honour my maternal side, as have many others. I ran a day-camp from 2010 to 2021, connecting with hundreds of parents and their children.  I was given the title "Camp Mom", a title I held with great pride.
As well as being a Camp Mom, I am a massage therapist, trained in various techniques including perinatal massage.  It is a miraculous thing to be able to offer comforting touch.  I knew I was meant for even more than just loving families throughout the summer and providing massage therapy to my clients.  I finally answered my calling to become a postpartum doula and trained with MotherWit Doula Training.
I am now bringing my experience with families and nurturing through touch together into one beautiful career.  I am so honoured to be welcomed into the homes of new and growing families to offer a listening ear and an extra pair of arms to make sure that these families get the best start on this crazy adventure called Life.
Barbara Hitchko-Thompson MotherWit Doula Montreal

Barbara Finck-Beccafico (she/they)

Birth Doula, Yoga therapist & Birth photographer

As prepared as I thought I was, my childbirth experience was challenging. Coming out of this experience, while discovering what being a mom in the day-to-day really meant, I felt drawn to helping change the birth paradigm. Supporting families in their birthing journey, helping them see success in every birth, even when things don’t go exactly as planned became a passion.
As a life-long learner, I have dedicated years of my life training to becoming a 360-support person for birthing people, as a Birth Doula of course, but also as a Holistic Coach (certified Yoga therapist and Energy worker). Parents have also enjoyed my experience as a photographer, allowing them to preserve their safe birthing place from extra presence, while holding on to life-long souvenirs of this unique adventure.
Making a point of defending empowered birth for ALL is essential to me, having supported parents with many different birth wishes, from home-birth to planned c-section. Protecting autonomy for families by providing them with judgement-free evidence-based information is what I centre my practice around.
When I am not with birthing people, I spend my time composing music and creating contemporary art pieces. I love inviting my friends over to cook and care for them.
Being the witness of birth is a real privilege, so I thank you for letting me in.
(Languages: native French, fluent English, moderate Spanish)

 

 
Laurel Tidman MotherWit Doula Montreal

Lisa "Dee" Perusse

Postpartum Doula, Pre and Post-natal Yoga Teacher, Elimination Communication Consultant

When my first baby was born, I quickly learned how under-supported parents are in our society. Who could I turn to when my baby would not latch or sleep, and how could I get over the feeling that it was somehow my fault?
My path to becoming a postpartum doula began with this all-too-common experience of loneliness, exhaustion, and anxiety. Now, I am here to support parents during their difficult – and immensely rewarding – journeys. 
As a mom of two and a pre- and post-natal yoga teacher, becoming a postpartum doula was a logical progression in my mission to help parents.
I am a 500-hour +++ certified yoga teacher, specializing in gentle movement for pregnant and recently pregnant bodies. I'm obsessed with the Pelvic Floor!! As a science nerd, I focus on nervous system down-regulation through pranayama (breath-work) and asana (yoga poses), as well as meditation and mindfulness. My yoga classes focus on health, not weight loss. I am also a certified elimination communication and potty training coach, offering group workshops and individual consultations aimed at helping you and your child transition away from diapers. 
I firmly believe that new parents – especially birth-givers – need to commune with each other during this adjustment period. Babies are hard work, requiring dedication and presence.

We can meet this challenge with grace TOGETHER.

Would you like to meet with a MotherWit doula or learn more about doula care?

If you are interested in working together, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!