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

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