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Lara & Sarah- co-owners
*see below for our full bios, and meet the rest of the team*
We are women with a passion for birth and education. Together we have supported over 100 families.
We work together to pool our skills and strengths to offer the best care possible. We are adaptable and communicate effectively with your health care provider.
We eat, sleep, breathe this work.
From prenatal classes to birth support,
postpartum doula care, coaching, and massage;
we’ve got a lot to offer.
Our mission is to work with birthing people and their families to direct them to the best sources for information, support, and health care and encourage them to grow into confident, strong, happy humans. We are on call for your from the moment you sign your contract.
"When you change the way you view birth, your birth will change."
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Lara Martens - co-owner, birth doula, RMT
Mom to two strong and free spirited little ladies, and wife to my high school sweetheart.
This journey of mine started with Massage Therapy school and a love for prenatal massage. I finished my diploma in May 2005 and have been self employed ever since. I worked at a variety of locations; laser therapy clinic, spa, Pilates studio and a chiropractic clinic in addition to working out of my home as well. I developed a passion for health and wellness and all it involves. I learned about how nutrition, movement, and self care are incredibly important parts of your health regime, and they all work together. I did my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 to give myself more education on movement and fed my soul in the process.
In 2012, shortly after having my first child (and having my own doula present) I decided to become a trained ‘Perinatal Support Practitioner’ under Carol Peat’s direction.
I was so excited to be able to offer this service to my prenatal massage clients, as well as family and friends.
Massage Therapy and Doula work were a great fit and I quickly found myself doing 10 births a year. To say I am passionate about women, babies, and everything that involves is an understatement. I believe Birth, parenting, and life beyond is an ever changing, imperfect adventure. With Ups, Downs, Twists and Turns. I adore helping my clients navigate many different situations, and seeing them thrive after receiving support and education.
I’ve supported over 65 births and each one I learn from, and grow a greater appreciation for the process. Here are some of the things I know for sure TODAY:
That breastfed is optimal,
bottle/formula fed is an incredible option.
That vaginal birth without intervention is beautiful,
so is every other variation of your babies possible birth.
That a mother’s mental health is the MOST important aspect of any decision made regarding her baby.
That when we know better we do better:
education and information are key.
That sometimes life, babies, and birth, are imperfect and definitely unpredictable
you CAN prepare for that.
That no one can actually explain what the first 6 weeks post partum feel like,
you can and will get through it.
Registered Massage Therapist - D'arcy Lane 2005
200 hour Yoga Teacher and Stretch Therapist
Graduate from Carol Peat's Perinatal Practitioner Program 2012
Infant Feeding Specialist
Experienced Birth and Post Partum Doula
Lover of bodies, brains, birth, babies and breastfeeding.
And women. Sigh. Women are so amazing.
When a woman becomes pregnant, her capacity for learning about growing and birthing her baby grows. There is such innate wisdom to be tapped into, and yet often in today’s society there is enormous pressure for a woman to conform to a prescribed set of medical practices and ignore what her own body may be telling her. Women who try to listen to their instincts often face a lack of support and direction.
As a mom who gave birth to three boys (two of whom are twins) one hospital birth, one home birth, both unmedicated, I have spent countless hours studying, training, and working with the human body.
I love to help women to trust their bodies through education and support, to birth and breastfeed their new baby. Because I believe in the incredible process of trusting what a woman’s body tells her to do in birth, I am intensely devoted to unmedicated birth.
I’d love to chat with you to see if I can offer you the kind of support that resonates with you, and to see if we are a good fit.
Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario
Graduate of Carol Peat's Perinatal Practitioner program 2013
Enjoys plants, the outdoors, human connection, yummy food, a good laugh
and a sweaty workout, preferably crossfit.
Sarah Hutchison - co-owner, birth doula, post partum doula
Demi Babe - post partum doula, birth doula
The more you get to know Demi, the more you are going to love her.
She is magnetic, you will be so drawn to her gentle, kind and old spirit; she is quite literally balm in human form.
Originally from Alberta, Demi and her last name actually is Babe!!
Hockey fan? Demi’s dad played in the NHL - and safe to say she inherited his hard work ethic and dedication. When Dem decided last year to follow her passion, she went for it!!
With a coffee w cream in hand or a black tea latte from Starbs, Demi’s day job is at University Hospital, and guys, she has to get a covid test weekly!
She loves concerts and hugs, and can’t wait for backyard bbqs again. She can’t decide between hamburgers or hot dogs, so goes for half of each - girl after our own heart.
She drives a sweet white jeep and we can’t wait for an off-call, top down, beach day with her. She’ll never say no to outdoor adventures, sour patch kids, licorice, miss vickies chili chips or chocolate turtles.
Demi can’t lie to save her life, even her 3 year old son knows if she’s trying to pull a fast one! Lol, her head shakes and gives it away.
Know that she is eager to pull an all nighter holding your baby, while you get a full night’s sleep; this works for bottle and breastfed babies!
- Postpartum Doula (Prodoula and DONA)
- Labour Doula (Prodoula)
- Advanced Newborn Care Specialist (Newborn Care Solutions)
- Breastfeeding for Doulas Course (DONA)
- Infant Sleep Course (DONA)
Ashley Stoner - postpartum doula
I’m a sucker for sunrises, sunsets, and willow trees. A lover of iced coffee, maple donuts, and everything spicy. Mama of two little girls and one 11 year old Yellow Lab. I have been married to my best friend, Matt, for 10 years this summer. We have lived in the beautiful community of Lucan for 8 years, where I work as an education assistant.
I am an avid runner and lover of fitness. This past fall, I completed my first Marathon - running from the farm I grew up on to my current home in Lucan.
I am the oldest girl of 6 siblings, I have three brothers and three sisters. There seemed to always be a baby in the house, which I credit to my love of babies. Thanks Mom and Dad!
You can usually find me hanging out with friends and family, listening to a podcast, or running and checking my Garmin. I am known for loving quotes, laughing until I cry, and messing up sayings... it is “close but wrong cigar” right?
I’m awful at spelling, but even more at spell checking. I rarely follow a recipe, and usually swap Greek yogurt into everything - which drives my husband crazy. I don’t order steak at The Keg, which I've been told is heartbreaking! I floss, but only the day before a dentist appointment. (Shh, don’t tell my hygienist friends!) I hate the feel of sand, and hate swimming in open water - but love the beach.
I have a big heart, hardworking attitude, and my friends tell me I have great listening ears. I look forward to being able to share all of these things and so much more with each family I will have the pleasure of working with!
"A persons most useful asset is a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen, and a hand willing to help others."
Post Partum Doula (DONA)