Marita Obst

My approach to midwifery is based in a foundation of communication and consent. Pregnancy and birth are intimate events that hold the potential for powerful personal growth, that often require vulnerability. I strongly believe that this is best accomplished when space is held for families to decide what is best for them and their children. Each time that I am privileged to witness a family grow, I am humbled by their strength and perseverance.

I grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in a family that was deeply involved in social justice issues, supporting human rights and sexual health education. I had always been fascinated with pregnancy and birth and knew that I wanted to engage in a career that would allow me to support people’s agency, bodily autonomy, and reproductive rights. That passion was embodied in midwifery, even before I had the words or understanding to fully conceptualize what a midwife was.

I began my first degree in Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, eight years ago, before being called into midwifery and being accepted to study at Mount Royal University. Throughout my time at Mount Royal, I enhanced my midwifery education through attending breastfeeding seminars, participating in LGBTQ health forums, and volunteering on a sexual abuse support line. I have been privileged to attend birthing families in Alberta as well as the Northwest Territories.

While I grew up in northern Canada, I have travelled extensively and have called Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, Munich, and Melbourne home at one time or another. I am a potter, a swimmer, and a voracious consumer of fiction and poetry. In my off call time, I can be found in a cozy café or trying out a new restaurant, as I love good coffee and delicious food.

I am incredibly excited to be a part of your pregnancy, birth and parenting story through Lucina Midwives and am so looking forward to meeting you!

Upcoming Events at the Lucina Centre

HypnoBirthing Classes  4 Tuesdays, June 5-26 6:00-8:30.  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.

Lucina Centre Knitting Club: The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30-11am. Did you know knitting can make you feel calm and happy? AND, according to a study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy it's even better if you do it in a group?  Drop in and see what happens! 

Knitting club is on spring break.  Look for it to resume in May!

Infant Massage Classes: A 4 week class starting June 5: 5-6pm   Participate in learning how to massage your baby, safe stretching practices, how to massage for common childhood ailments, and deepen the bond between you and your baby.  Both spouses are encouraged to participate. Contact Molly Brook at www.mollybrookmassage.com or call 780-918-6803.

Mom & Baby Wellness with Janelle: Wednesdays March 28, April 11, 25, 9:30-11:30am.  Join Janelle, certified nutritional practitioner & wellness educator, wife, and mother of 4 to learn about simple, safe, and natural solutions to take care of you and your baby.  RSVP 780-245-3232 or Nourish.eo.life@gmail.com

Breastfeeding Clinic:  Mondays, 9:30am-12:30pm (by appointment) Breastfeeding support offered by experienced RNs.  Please email for an appointment: pregnancytoparenting@gmail.com or call (587)986-9295.

Days For Girls Monthly Meeting: 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm.  Next meetings May 23, June27.  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

Nurture Her Birth Better Class: Physical Preparation for Birth and Beyond:  Next Class June 10 1-5:00.  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: http://nurtureher.ca/birth-better-classes/ or contact Mandy at info@nurtureher.ca or 780-278-2004.

Prenatal Yoga: Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm.  April 26-May31 and June 21-July 26.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: 9:45-11:00am. April 26-May31 and June 21-July26  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.

Bringing Baby Home Workshop: April 28 & 29 9am-5pm. An educational program to support couples prepare for life with a new baby which increases the joy of parenting and gives new parents the tools they need to be the best parenting team possible.  Presented by Claire Wilde, M.ED., R.PSYCH.  Contact Claire at: www.clairewilde.ca

Prenatal Workshop Series: Check back for more classes in September.  A 4-Week Prenatal Education Series presented by Certified Doulas/Childbirth Educators. Contact Niko 780-965-6585 or register online at doulacare.vpweb.ca

Mosaic Magazine Mystics Meeting: June 5, Sept. 11, Dec. 4.  RSVP Connie at mosaicmagazine@shaw.ca for this month's topic and registration details.

DONA-Approved Postpartum Doula Training, June 13-16. A postpartum doula is trained to provide support and education for the mother and her family during the first three months of their baby's life. She acts as both mentor and guide, nurturing the mother as she helps a family learn how to care for their new baby.  This training is offered by AJ Hadfield, certified postpartum doula trainer.  Training fee $625 (Early Bird rate available).  For more information, contact: ajdoula@shaw.ca or 403-923-7329


Birth Photography Promotion! The Lucina Birth Centre is teaming up with photographer Vannessa Brown to offer a special birth photography promotion. Contact Vannessa at vannessabrown.com for details!

Meet the Midwife! Lucina Centre will be holding information nights on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Group tours of the Lucina Centre will accompany the info sessions. If you are interested in seeing the Centre and learning about midwifery care, the Birth Centre, and wellness services offered at the centre just drop by at 7:30pm, no registration or appointment needed.

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