Meet Our MotherWit Montreal Doula Care Team

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

Lesley Everest

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

As a mother of four and a doula since 1993, I draw upon my experience as a bodyworker, counsellor, educator, 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 in my mission to help families birth and parent like rock stars. I have always loved babies and been fascinated by birth. At the tender age of 14, I found myself bitterly disappointed that I had missed the birth of my cat’s kittens. I vowed to witness the mystery and miracle of birth someday. When I became a mother to my first (now adult) child, I realized how powerful a medicine feeling supported and upheld throughout birth and early parenting on one’s own terms can be. I also witnessed the emergence of my own motherwit, which is now a powerful tool that serves me well.  I committed myself to the doula path in order to professionally honour and support the important transition into parenthood.  Over two decades later, I am still fascinated to witness birth: birth of motherwit, birth of babies birth of families. I am passionate about writing, teaching parents, training doulas, and storytelling (usually about birth). Long walks in Nature, spa, and brunch with friends are my favourite self-care rituals.  My journey of healing from cancer has nourished my belief in the power of love and trust in one’s motherwit. As an interspiritual minister and hospice volunteer, I also provide doula care to those at the end of life.  Besides hanging out with family and friends and working with birthing families, I’m happiest when I’m dancing.

 

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.

 

 

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–w