I am Gertrude Wilkes a doula based in Ottawa, Ontario. I support women and families during the prenatal, birth and postpartum periods. My primary focus is as a birth doula.
Originally from British Columbia, Ottawa is now my home. The mother of two men and grandmother to a growing number of grandchildren, I am married to an exceptionally supportive fellow.
Since 2009 I have supported many expectant and birthing women, new and newly grown families. My involvement with all matters maternity began as the eldest daughter in a large family. With the birth of my first grandchild, I was reintroduced to the world of birth and intrigued by the changes the decades had brought. A casual remark in 2009 led me to the Mothercraft Birth and Parent Companion program and my first training. Since that time self study, educational seminars, workshops, and educational conferences have allowed me to expand my knowledge base. I am privileged to have studied with Lesley Everest of MotherWit in the autumn of 2015, and to be supported on an ongoing basis by my friend and colleague, Shannon MacFarlane of New Arrivals Doula Services.
I live in the city core, handy to the Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus and the Ottawa Birth Centre. I support women giving birth at the Ottawa Hospital Civic and General campuses, Montfort Hospital, The Ottawa Birth Centre, and at home-under the care of a midwife.
I am a proud member of the Ottawa Valley Doulas professional association.
Contact me directly by a call or text to: 613.304.3427
If email is more convenient, firstname.lastname@example.org will get a quick response.
Currently, I may be available in the coming weeks and I have availability for clients expecting to give birth in October, early December and in the new year. These dates are somewhat fluid so please call to check if I can support your estimated birth date. I would love to chat with you. ♥