Embracing wellness, family & community

Welcome to Matraea

Being a mother takes us to the edge of ourselves and back. It is a journey of hope and sorrow, of love, tears, perserverance and patience. It is by far one of the greatest challenges we face in our lives. At Matraea, our mission is to support and empower every mother, new or experienced, to give birth with dignity and grace, in a way that is right for her. Midwives Kate Koyote and Selina Boily, founders of Matraea, have spent over two decades serving women; delivering their babies and supporting their families. The natural, organic line of remedies they have developed addresses common problems like low iron, morning sickness, water retention, diaper rash and low milk supply–underlining their commitment to choice, safety, and education. Kate and Selina use Matraea products with their own children, and on the hundreds of Mamas and babies they have delivered. They are confident that you will love them too, as your children grow and thrive, inside and outside the belly!

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The Matraea Centre

Embracing wellness, family and community, the Matraea Centre in Duncan, British Columbia, is a hub for alternative health and wellness services for women and families. The Centre provides midwifery services to 40% of the families in the Cowichan Valley and houses a range of practitioners, whose services include naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture, counselling, pre-natal education, yoga classes and bookkeeping. The Matraea Centre is at the heart of the Cowichan Territory and hosts events throughout the year focused on building community, supporting families and empowering women.

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“Matraea is the embodiment of our commitment to making a difference to women, families, communities, and ultimately the world.”

Selina Boily, Registered Midwife & Matraea Founder

What Does A Doula Do? 

A birth doula is a woman who takes on the responsibility of being your advocate and support during childbirth. She will stay with you from the onset of labour until well after the baby is born. She can be present at a hospital, a home birth or birth centre. When you hire a doula she makes herself available to you by phone to address concerns you may be having. She fulfills an educational role in that as a trained birth advocate she can explain what is expected to happen and what possible interventions you may experience. Leading up to the birth, a doula’s objective is to form a relationship with you built on trust. She is your sounding board, your shoulder to lean on and the co-author, if you’d like, of your birth plan. Her goal is to help you experience a safe and empowered birth, no matter where it happens or what sort of pain relief you choose. In fact, a doula can help you understand the pain relief options available to you. Not Medical Care It is important to note that she is not there to provide medical care. She is not an assistant to your midwife or obstetrician, nor is she a nurse. However, she may be a lactation consultant or have other specialist knowledge or experience, and she is committed to assisting and supporting you through your individual birth experience. Positive Birth Outcomes A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were... read more

Carry The Future: Baby Carriers for Refugee Parents

At Matraea we believe in a global community, and we’ve been working hard to fundraise in our local community in support of PLAN Canada’s Syrian Refugee Appeal. You can learn more here and donate directly here. Recently, however, another group co-ordinating donations for Syrian Refugees has caught our attention, having reached out to the Matraea Centre with a request that we want to amplify.

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“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

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