Lana Joy Wahlquist

Company Name: Mother Courage Birth

Hospitals Served: Brantford General, Grand River Hospital, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, London Health Sciences Center, McMaster University Medical Center, Woodstock General Hospital

Services Offered: Birth Doula, Childbirth Education

I’m Lana and I am a mother of three beautiful children, and founder of Mother Courage Birth. Helping new moms has been my passion for over a decade. I believe that every woman or birthing person deserves to be fully supported while they are giving birth because giving birth is hard enough on its own! Childbirth is more than medical or physiological—it is a rite of passage for both mother and baby and it is my aim that this sacredness is protected in your unique birth experience.

When I was having my own babies, I took classes in the Bradley Method and HypnoBabies, and the study I did during those three pregnancies made me passionate about physiological childbirth. Since then, I have earned certification as a labor doula through CAPPA, I’ve become a certificated Lactation Education Specialist with BreastfeedLA in Los Angeles, I have been trained in traditional rebozo techniques with Gena Garcia-Kirby, and most recently I completed the Heart of Mentoring course through Birthing From Within. Before becoming a doula, I have also been an experienced breastfeeding counselor, trained and accredited by La Leche League International since 2013. I am eager to help you initiate and sustain breastfeeding once your baby arrives.

My business name stems from the fact that mothering—beginning with pregnancy and childbirth—builds us into courageous individuals. Courage comes from more than within—it also comes from a supportive circle around the mother. As your doula, I know that I am one part of that circle, linked with others who love you, who will also be your courage as you do some of the most important work of your life.