My name is Beth Murch (she/her pronouns) and I am a certified and experienced full-spectrum doula in beautiful Waterloo Region, Ontario. I provide a wide range of services including (but not limited to): pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support, pregnancy options information, professional and public education, independent placenta services, breastfeeding support, and medical accompaniment. I created and currently facilitate Placenta Squad (a networking group for birth professionals serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and beyond). I am also the co-founder and co-director of the Timshel Holistic Collective.
I have been practicing for over a decade, and I have attended over one hundred births, making me one of the most experienced doulas in Waterloo Region.
I have a combined Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where my area of specialization was the religious and spiritual experiences of women during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. I have also undertaken comprehensive education through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association of Canada (CAPPA), Doulas of North America (DONA), Ontario Perinatal School (OPS), and Healing Arts Learning Organization (HALO). I am the proud founder, director, and instructor of Revolutionary Doula Training – a comprehensive, anti-oppression-based doula education program. As a strong believer in continuing education for birth workers, I am always taking new workshops and courses to compliment and expand my knowledge: you are as likely to find me taking a class as teaching one!
As someone who offers a broad spectrum of care, my goal is to personalize my services based on the unique needs of my clients both at home and in the hospital. I have positive relationships with local care providers and my doula colleagues. I have often worked with Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region, Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, Planned Parenthood, and various other community organizations addressing reproductive experiences
We all have stories to share, and I am committed to providing nurturing, empowering, and practical care to everyone, regardless of their background. I have extensive training and familiarity providing a helping hand to:
- young parents
- those with an adoption plan
- families of medically fragile babies
- those experiencing perinatal loss (termination, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss)
- survivors of sexual assault, birth trauma, and state violence
- those pursuing surrogacy
- substance-involved individuals
- new Canadians
- folks needing culturally sensitive support
- members of the LGBTQ community (conception and beyond)
- …and people just like you!
I am gentle, compassionate, funny, and intuitive. My nickname “Mama B” comes from my delight at nurturing those around me. I have a deep, spiritual connection with babies that is obvious to all who know me, but my heart is happiest when I am quietly at the service of someone in labour.
P.S. My Mama B’s Potions & Notions business was born out of my passion for herbs, plants, and natural, artisanal body care products…please check out the Timshel Holistic Collective store to try out some of my goodies!