Heather Carl

I first learned about Midwifery care while living abroad, working as an Au Pair in Cologne, Germany. Midwives are well integrated into the healthcare system in Europe, and the vast majority of low-risk births are attended by Midwives.

I spent several months shadowing a solo Midwife in Cologne while applying to various Midwifery education programs across Germany. My elation at being accepted to The Charité, Berlin (Europe’s largest University clinic) was short-lived when I found out that I could not be approved for the necessary work permits, due to my lack of European citizenship.

While this turn of events felt devastating at the time, I realize now that it has all been a necessary part of my journey.

Upon my return to Canada, I started working full-time as a Doula to gain more experience supporting pregnant persons and their families. During this time I also studied and obtained the necessary upgrades to apply to the BMid program at MRU. I was very lucky to be invited to an interview and be accepted into the program my first year applying.

My practical placements have been diverse, and have instilled a profound appreciation for just how precious pregnancy, childbirth, and the transition into parenthood is. I feel privileged to have a career in which families invite me into their lives and trust me to support them during this very special time.

In my spare time I like to be active. Whether it’s doing yoga, jogging on the river, playing squash with a friend, or simply strolling through cute shops downtown (yes, I consider that a sport!), I find that quality time spent in my body gives my mind a welcome rest from life’s everyday stressors.

Thank you for welcoming me, people of Edmonton! I look forward to getting to know you all better :)

Upcoming Events at the Lucina Centre

Info nights @ Lucina!: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.  If you are interested in seeing the Centre and/or learning about midwifery care, the Birth Centre, and wellness services offered at Lucina; just drop by at 7:30pm, no registration needed.

Prenatal Workshop Series: Mondays 7:00-9:00pm, Sept. 10-Oct.1, Nov.5-26.  A 4-Week Prenatal Education Series presented by Certified Doulas/Childbirth Educators. Contact Niko 780-965-6585 or register online. 

HypnoBirthing Classes: Tuesdays, January 8th-29th, 2019  6:00-8:30pm.  This class is for all parents and all birthing environments.  Your partner is integrated into the classes so that both of you will feel informed and empowered for the birth. Taught by Tracy Martin, Clinical Hypnotherapist. Contact Tracy at: MartinHypno@shaw.ca or call 780-232-3827.

Ayurvedic Nutrition Drop-in with Jessica Malacarne! November, 14th 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Our fabulous Registered Nutritional Medicine Practitioner and Doula, Jessica Malacarne, will be hosting a free drop-in session for parents and parents-to-be interested in learning more about Ayurvedic nutrition. Join us and learn healthy and simple methods to attain optimal digestion and absorption. Babies are welcome too! Please contact Jessica to RSVP: 780 340 0320 or info@birthingflower.ca
 
Breastfeeding Drop-in with Alice!: November 14th 6:30-7:30pm. Our wonderful Lactation Consultant, Alice French (RN IBCLC), will be hosting a free drop-in for any breastfeeding mamas or mamas-to-be who have questions or need some breastfeeding tips and advice. Spouses and babies are all welcome!
Please contact Alice by text or email to RSVP: 780-237-1343 or Breastfeeding.itrocks@gmail.com

NurtureHer Birth Better Class: Physical Preparation for Birth and Beyond: November 18th 12:30 -5pm.  Learn skills to build a better birth.  Partners also learn hands-on skills and lots of tools to help a birthing mama.  Taught by Mandy Rempfer-Kuncio, pelvic health physiotherapist and doula.  Register online or contact Mandy at info@nurtureher.ca or 780-278-2004.

Prenatal Yoga: Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm. A 6-week prenatal yoga series starting designed to decrease stress, strengthen the major muscles that are active during labour and birth, as well as enhance the connection between mom and baby.  No prior yoga experience is required.  Contact Ashley at graces3yoga@gmail.com to register. $85/session.

Postnatal Mom and Baby Yoga: Returning in 2019  A 6-week postnatal yoga series for moms and their new additions.  Bond with new baby while restoring and strengthening pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.  For more information and to register contact Ashley at graces3yoga@gmail.com. $85/session.

Birthing Flower Prenatal Wellness Program: Starting Monday November 5th, 6pm - 7pm (no class Dec 24th, 31st and Jan 2nd)- continuing into 2019. Birthing Flower Techniques include Ayurvedic and Yogic wholistic approaches to body-mind movement, breathing, meditation, and relaxation to help you the mother-to-be prepare for childbirth and adjust to life with your newborn. Each week incorporates a topic to nurture your journey into motherhood. Taught by Jessica Malacarne, RNMP, RPYT, CLD. When you are ready! Join anytime during your pregnancy, $55.00 for 5 weeks or $15.00 drop-in. To Register Please Call 780 340 0320 or Email info@birthingflower.ca, for more information please visit Birthingflower.ca

Days For Girls Monthly Meeting: 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm.  This non-profit organization helps girls stay in school and retain dignity, giving back important days of their lives.  Most girls in developing countries miss school during their periods; many eventually drop out.  Come help make lovely, high-quality feminine hygiene kits and help end the cycle of poverty by keeping girls in school.  Contact Pat Prendergast 780-466-6448 or edmonton@daysforgirls.org

Mosaic Magazine Mystics Meeting: Next meeting Dec. 4.  RSVP Connie at mosaicmagazine@shaw.ca for this month's topic and registration details.

Workshop space and meeting room rentals Available now! For more information or to book a room please contact us at information@lucinacentre.ca

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: Starting for daily, weekly, or monthly rentals.  Offered to practitioners with a focus on women and family health. For more information or to book a room please contact us at information@lucinacentre.ca