The People and the Heart of Matraea
The Matraea brand stands for a profound commitment to safe, powerful, beautiful birthing; where honouring women in pregnancy and birth includes education, informed choice and advocacy. Built on the principles of their midwifery practice, Registered Midwives Kate Koyote and Selina Boily know that, “Birth is the foundation of all relationships, and it is where the difference we make in the world begins.” When we are supported in bringing our babies into the world with dignity and grace–by reclaiming the How, Where and When of birth–our instincts to mother are intact. Our concept of “Fierce Dignity”- the name of our blog - expresses that instinct, primal and unbending–our commitment as mothers to nurture and protect our children for our entire lives.
Fired by their passion for empowering women in pregnancy and birth, Kate and Selina along with their husbands Rupert and Josh, and community partners Juergen Suelzle, Nika Stafford and Patrick Kelly, turned the vision for “Matraea” into a brick and mortar reality in 2011 by renovating and restoring a 1923 BC Telephone building. The Matraea Centre opened its doors in the spring of 2011, a multi-disciplinary, alternative, community healthcare centre whose goal was to provide excellent care to the families of the Cowichan Valley. The name Matraea, finding its root in the word Matriarch, was chosen for the brand not only because of its connection to the Great Mother, but also because it was the name of the daughter Selina never had--only having given birth to sons. The creation was a labour of love, and it continues to be a source of much pride and joy for us all.
While realizing the vision for Matraea, Kate and Selina identified a lack of access to effective, natural products for moms and babies in their community: essentials needed to support their clients’ pregnancies and births. As a result, they created their own line of organic teas and body care products to deal with some of the challenges of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
Matraea products are crafted with intention: from the sourcing, purpose, and origin of our supply ingredients and materials, to our products’ design, packaging and branding, our mandate is to meet the highest standards for not only safety, health, and sustainability, but also beauty. Women having babies deserve to be cherished and loved, supported by products that nurture not only their babies, but also their own hearts.