Here we are again, masked and avoiding each other. Life is an adventure!

I wish you and those you love a happy and healthy New Year.

As I understand the most recent announcements, I am still able to support clients giving birth at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre -or those choosing to birth at home, subject to the approval of their Midwife.

COVID-19 precautions in our area hospitals restrict each birthing person to a single support person. This person may be your partner, spouse, or a trained Doula such as myself.

I have openings on my calendar for late March, and beyond. As always, last minute or short notice support may be available.

Please call or text, if you’d like to chat about the support I can offer to you as your Doula during these trying times.
(January 13, 2021)

I am Gertrude Wilkes, a doula based in Ottawa, Ontario.

I provide unwavering support to women and families during the prenatal, birth and postpartum periods. My primary focus is as a birth and  perinatal doula.

Originally from British Columbia, Ottawa is now my home. The mother of two men and the grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren, I am married to an exceptionally supportive fellow.

Since 2009, I have supported many expectant and birthing women and 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 doula training. Self-study, educational seminars, workshops, and educational conferences have allowed me to expand my knowledge and skills. 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 those 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 and the Association of Ontario Doulas.

Contact me directly by a call or text to 613.304.3427

If email is more convenient, gertrude@gertrudewilkes.ca will get a quick response.
Gertrude ♥

As of Tuesday October 20, 2020, below is the situation. Home births remain unrestricted.

With recent policy changes, I am cautiously optimistic
about being able to support clients planning to give birth at the
Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre and at The Ottawa Hospital,
in both the General and Civic locations.

For those wishing to birth in their own home, doula support is also now possible.

The unprecedented situation we find ourselves in means that protocols and restrictions within our health care facilities are ever changing.
My committment is to keep abreast of these changes through my membership in the Ottawa Valley Doulas Association and the Association of Ontario Doulas to ensure my clients are aware of any changes that could effect their birth experiences.
(reviewed 9/12/2020)

Looking forward –

What about a doula? There’s still time to hire a Doula.

 If you are ‘late to the gate’ and need immediate support I may be able to help! Call me to discuss your birth plans 

If you are on the fence about Doula support please, give me a call and we can chat about the support and services I can provide to you.
Currently, I may be able to help you should you need support in the coming months.