Meet Our MotherWit Montreal Doula Care Team
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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!  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.

My work has always been about connecting people to their resources, both external and internal. It is a privilege to bear witness to the birth of families in a way that supports them in witnessing themselves as magnificent birth givers and worthy stewards of the next generation. I believe in the deep nourishment that loving and attuned connection can provide in times of uncertainty and challenge. I know personally and professionally that a birth experience parents feel good about can contribute to a happier early parenting experience. It is important for a parent to feel good about themselves! This supports the bonding of parents and baby, which is at the root of a child's secure attachment, serving as a building block of optimal health. Birth matters. 
 
I have been accompanying families through the intimate transitions of birth, early parenting, and loss for over a quarter of a century. 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 a bodyworker, counsellor, educator, inter-spiritual minister, transformational coach, and lifelong learner of the healing arts to reduce tension and fear throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. I facilitate connection to one’s inner-strength and wisdom (motherwit) in my mission to support birthing and new families in feeling triumphant, even when things don’t go as planned. 
 
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. 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.

As a doula since 2010, I use my background as a drama therapist, , and lifelong educator on my mission to observe, listen, and gently hold women/couples as they find their voice during the process of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.  Having given birth to two children, I have come to know as a woman, mother and Doula that there is no one right way to become "family". Every way is perfect and unique.  It is with this in mind that I support families through the perinatal period in an unbiased and non-judgemental manner.  Trusting women supports the unfolding of an empowering birth experience in which the birthing family feels choice is always present, lived fully in the moment consciously and with awareness. My children's presence injects me with sunshine every day.  I have a supportive partner whose grace among all the women constantly in his home amazes me.  When I am not doula-ing families, I love to train postpartum doulas, make music with my daughter and friends, cook, knit, read, and go into Nature as much as I possibly can.

 

 

 
Millie Tresierra MotherWit Doula Montreal

Millie Tresierra

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Sleep 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.

 

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
Barbara Hitchko-Thompson MotherWit Doula Montreal

Barbara Hitchko-Thompson

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator As a mother of four adult children and a certified chef, I know well the difference love and nourishment can make to any situation. Through listening, trust, and nurturing the body, mind, and soul, it is my mission to encourage connection to the inner strength each new family possesses. When there is a baby around, I am in my happy place.  I was drawn to doula work in 2013 when I observed that the extended family unit, once there to teach, support, and care for the new family, was no longer the norm in our society.  I decided to switch careers and fill the need there is to serve birthing and new families in a loving and empowering way. I enjoy gardening and woodworking.  Making things with my hands and watching things grow brings me peace. When I am not at a birth or snuggling a new baby in the middle of the night while his parents sleep, I am supporting my children through the labyrinth of adulthood or in my garden tending to my organic vegetables.  I have volunteered for a palliative care centre for over a decade, and provide meals to seniors.  I can usually be found in my kitchen or in the kitchen of friends, where I find the most enriching gatherings to be had.

 

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

Megan Tolbert MotherWit Doula Montreal

Lise Amarasekera

Birth and Postpartum Doula

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been drawn to Nature and ecology, so I obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Science from McGill University and became a wildlife biologist intent on making a difference and trying my best to continuously be aware of our impact on Nature. By working in Nature and with wildlife (predominantly birds of prey!), I became even more aware of the disconnection in many aspects of our culture. When I first became pregnant, I had no idea how little our culture prepares us for this journey into birth and parenthood. Moreover, even though I was born and raised in Montreal, so had many friends and family to support me, I still struggled, and continue to face new parenting challenges, thus realized the deep need of families for community and support. I was blessed to find MotherWit Doula Care just a month before the birth of my first child and felt so amazed and empowered by the heartfelt support I received. I couldn’t believe that I did it! At the same time, I was also stunned by my first experience with our birthing and parenting culture and so began to question everything and became fascinated about all things birth and parenting. Enamoured with my experience having a doula for my 3 births, I finally decided to become one. I am always honoured to join parents on the transformative, powerful journey of birth, and try my best to really see and hear them. Now the mother of three children (and two dogs), I also have a passion for cooking, gardening and permaculture, photography (I do birth photography too), music, dancing, NVC, the natural world and did I mention good food!? How does being a doula relate to ecology and making a difference? I saw a plaque in a midwife’s office once: “Peace on earth begins at birth.” I truly believe, that when families are uplifted, trusted, know their options, and are seen and heard as they embark of this powerful, wild journey, that we will live in a kinder, more connected world.

 

 

 
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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!  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.

My work has always been about connecting people to their resources, both external and internal. It is a privilege to bear witness to the birth of families in a way that supports them in witnessing themselves as magnificent birth givers and worthy stewards of the next generation. I believe in the deep nourishment that loving and attuned connection can provide in times of uncertainty and challenge. I know personally and professionally that a birth experience parents feel good about can contribute to a happier early parenting experience. It is important for a parent to feel good about themselves! This supports the bonding of parents and baby, which is at the root of a child's secure attachment, serving as a building block of optimal health. Birth matters. 
 
I have been accompanying families through the intimate transitions of birth, early parenting, and loss for over a quarter of a century. 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 a bodyworker, counsellor, educator, inter-spiritual minister, transformational coach, and lifelong learner of the healing arts to reduce tension and fear throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. I facilitate connection to one’s inner-strength and wisdom (motherwit) in my mission to support birthing and new families in feeling triumphant, even when things don’t go as planned. 
 
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. 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.
Millie Tresierra MotherWit Doula Montreal

Millie Tresierra

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Sleep Educator

As a doula since 2010, I use my background as a drama therapist, homeopath, and lifelong educator on my mission to observe, listen, and gently hold women/couples as they find their voice during the process of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.  Having given birth to two children, I have come to know as a woman, mother and Doula that there is no one right way to become "family". Every way is perfect and unique.  It is with this in mind that I support families through the perinatal period in an unbiased and non-judgemental manner.  Trusting women supports the unfolding of an empowering birth experience in which the birthing family feels choice is always present, lived fully in the moment consciously and with awareness. My children's presence injects me with sunshine every day.  I have a supportive partner whose grace among all the women constantly in his home amazes me.  When I am not doula-ing families, I love to train postpartum doulas, make music with my daughter and friends, cook, knit, read, and go into Nature as much as I possibly can.

 

 

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.

 

Barbara Hitchko-Thompson MotherWit Doula Montreal

Barbara Hitchko-Thompson

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator As a mother of four adult children and a certified chef, I know well the difference love and nourishment can make to any situation. Through listening, trust, and nurturing the body, mind, and soul, it is my mission to encourage connection to the inner strength each new family possesses. When there is a baby around, I am in my happy place.  I was drawn to doula work in 2013 when I observed that the extended family unit, once there to teach, support, and care for the new family, was no longer the norm in our society.  I decided to switch careers and fill the need there is to serve birthing and new families in a loving and empowering way. I enjoy gardening and woodworking.  Making things with my hands and watching things grow brings me peace. When I am not at a birth or snuggling a new baby in the middle of the night while his parents sleep, I am supporting my children through the labyrinth of adulthood or in my garden tending to my organic vegetables.  I have volunteered for a palliative care centre for over a decade, and provide meals to seniors.  I can usually be found in my kitchen or in the kitchen of friends, where I find the most enriching gatherings to be had.

 

Megan Tolbert MotherWit Doula Montreal

Lise Amarasekera

Birth and Postpartum Doula

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been drawn to Nature and ecology, so I obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Science from McGill University and became a wildlife biologist intent on making a difference and trying my best to continuously be aware of our impact on Nature. By working in Nature and with wildlife (predominantly birds of prey!), I became even more aware of the disconnection in many aspects of our culture. When I first became pregnant, I had no idea how little our culture prepares us for this journey into birth and parenthood. Moreover, even though I was born and raised in Montreal, so had many friends and family to support me, I still struggled, and continue to face new parenting challenges, thus realized the deep need of families for community and support. I was blessed to find MotherWit Doula Care just a month before the birth of my first child and felt so amazed and empowered by the heartfelt support I received. I couldn’t believe that I did it! At the same time, I was also stunned by my first experience with our birthing and parenting culture and so began to question everything and became fascinated about all things birth and parenting. Enamoured with my experience having a doula for my 3 births, I finally decided to become one. I am always honoured to join parents on the transformative, powerful journey of birth, and try my best to really see and hear them. Now the mother of three children (and two dogs), I also have a passion for cooking, gardening and permaculture, photography (I do birth photography too), music, dancing, NVC, the natural world and did I mention good food!? How does being a doula relate to ecology and making a difference? I saw a plaque in a midwife’s office once: “Peace on earth begins at birth.” I truly believe, that when families are uplifted, trusted, know their options, and are seen and heard as they embark of this powerful, wild journey, that we will live in a kinder, more connected world.

 

 

 

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