The Matraea Midwives 250-746-1999


What are Midwives?

Registered Midwives in BC are primary maternity care providers who look after healthy pregnant women and their newborn babies. Midwifery care is covered by your Care Card. Midwives listen, observe, educate, guide and care. They are able to order and interpret tests and discuss results.  They screen for physical, psychological, emotional and social health. They attend women during labour, and birth: normal and complicated. Midwives visit you at your home after your baby is born. They help with breastfeeding and adjusting to life with a new baby.

Midwives work together and with obstetricians, pediatricians, family physicians and nurses. They offer evidence-based, woman-centred maternity and newborn care, and are an established part of the BC health care system. In a nutshell, midwives are experts in healthy pregnancy and birth.

Matraea has three different practice groups working collaboratively to provide care to more than 50% of the women giving birth in the Valley. Contact the Centre for more information or to book an appointment today.

Dr. Attema, ND & Dr. Christensen, ND | Naturopathic Physicians Tel: 250 715 0444
Tel: 250 715 0444  

Dr. Rikst Attema, ND & Dr. Julia Christensen, ND - Naturopathic Physicians

Dr. Rikst Attema, ND, MSc is a Naturopathic Physician who has been working at the Matraea Centre since it’s opening in 2011.  Recently Dr. Julia Christensen, ND has joined her at the Matraea Centre and is accepting new patients.  Both Dr. Attema and Dr. Christensen provide Naturopathic Care for the entire family and have special interests in women’s health including preconception care, fertility, recurrent miscarriages, prenatal and postpartum care.

Naturopathic medicine is a wonderful adjunct to midwifery care as we can use Naturopathic modalities to support common obstetrical complaints such as nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, insomnia, constipation and heart burn, yeast infections, gestational diabetes, prevention of preterm labour and preeclampsia, postpartum depression and more.

In Naturopathic medicine we use safe natural treatments including nutritional guidance and supplementation, herbs, physical medicine and more that are incorporated into a treatment plan tailored to the individual.  

Please call 250-715- 0444 to find out more about Dr. Attema and Dr. Christensen and Naturopathic care at the Matraea Centre.  

Denise D’Fantis | Cowichan Valley Acupuncture Tel: 250 715 5649
Tel: 250 715 5649

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient system of holistic medicine originating in China thousands of years ago. Acupuncture, which is a main component of this medical model, has been used since then to effectively treat a multitude of physical and emotional imbalances including, but not limited to: muscular-skeletal pain (including chronic and acute back pain), gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological and obstetrical concerns, stress and anxiety, and much more.

As a registered Acupuncturist, I strive to provide my patients with simple and effective treatments for a variety of ailments. I am passionate about implementing the most beneficial treatments possible, including appropriate lifestyle recommendations. I strongly believe that one may achieve optimal health by maintaining proper balance in all areas of life, including the physical and emotional realms.

Sheila Leclerc |Certified Life Coach

Personal Coaching for Soulful Working Women

Coaching is defined by the International Coach Federation as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today's uncertain and complex environment.”

I received my Present & Solutions Focused Life Coaching Certification in Vancouver in 2011 and am currently enrolled in a year-long Ontological (being-based) Life Coaching Program out of Victoria to add to my skill set and create lasting transformations for my clients.

Partnering with people like you to clarify and achieve their dreams - seeing the endless possibilities - is what really lights me up! I believe that each person is whole, complete and perfect just as they are, with all of the resources necessary to create their life by design.

I’m here to hold the space to discover what gets in your way and how to get past it, moving forward with intention, to achieve your desired results. It’s all about you. Your dreams, your desires, and your goals. I’m here to show you that it’s all possible.  

Ready to live your life on purpose? I invite you to experience coaching, with a no-pressure complimentary sample session, to discover what value coaching might hold for you in your life. Tel: 250-510-6676
Tel: 250-510-6676

Kathleen Neilson, Certified Lactation Consultant

E-mail Tel: 250 710 8021

Tel: 250 710 8021

Breastfeeding Support

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Kathleen Neilson is now serving Cowichan Valley families from the Matraea Centre.  Kathleen has recently completed a four year apprenticeship studying under a well respected and highly experience IBCLC and went on to complete her board exams in 2016. Kathleen offers a full range of breastfeeding support from prenatal appointments to postnatal fixes.  She welcomes all moms, babies and failies to see her Wednesday mornings by appointment.

Kathleen Neilson is also the co owner of Monkey Bar Gym Vancouver Island and a certified personal trainer with specializations in both pre/postnatal fitness and kids active training.

Kathleen believes there is equal importance in fitness, recovery and nutrition and also holds certifications as a yoga teacher (CYT 200) and a Nutritional Cousellor (CNC).



Amanda Slydell, Tax Preparer Extraordinaire

I love saving people money on their taxes! I take educating and helping people prepare for, sort and file their personal taxes very seriously. I welcome the challenge of multiple years and look forward to applying my knowledge to each clients individual tax needs.

I began by working as a receptionist in a prospering Vancouver accounting firm, and quickly moved through the ranks, until I found how much I enjoy the personal tax side of things. In May of 2011, my family and I relocated to the Cowichan Valley where I jumped right into income tax entrepreneurship! Tel: 250 710 6300
Tel: 250 710 6300

Matraea Birth Shop | Gifts & Essentials for Mama & Baby Tel: 250 597 0085
Tel: 250 597 0085

Matraea Birth Shop is Matraea’s flagship baby boutique located right in the Matraea Centre.

Matraea provides classic, natural, organic, earth-friendly local products that are simply and beautifully packaged. The shop-space provides opportunities for moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, friends and neighbours, to touch and feel and explore products as they consider purchasing items that celebrate the arrival of their newest family member. Partnered with the wholesale division, Matraea not only offers all the essentials needed when having a baby, but is making Matraea products available to women all over the world!  

Our staff are knowledgeable, experienced, like-minded mothers and parents with the same passion for providing quality products they can trust and stand behind. We welcome you to browse our boutique and are sure that you will find something for the beautiful new baby in your life. Congratulations!

Rebecca Christopherson | Counsellor

"When you are going through Hell, keep going.”  - Winston Churchill

Rebecca is a registered clinical counsellor and art therapist, with over 16 years of experience in mental health, addictions, anger management, family therapy, and trauma.   She has many modalities to work with Art Therapy, EMDR, CBT, NLP, Attachment theory, and Anger management.  You can often have your counselling paid for through different (EAP) employee assistance programs, the Crime Victims Assisatance program, and the First Nations Health


Heather Ferguson | Registered Clinical Counsellor

Web: Heather Ferguson Tel: 250 743 5714 E-mail Heart Matters

Web: Heather Ferguson
Tel: 250 743 5714
E-mail Heart Matters

Heather Ferguson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has worked with children, adolescents and adults in schools, mental health settings, and private practice.

Heather is a mother of two and draws from her personal as well as professional experience to support parents and professionals in making sense of the children in their care. She uses Dr. Neufeld’s approach in her day to day life both as mother and professional. 

Heather works part-time at Matraea. Please contact her for more information.



Kaya Edwards | Birth & Postpartum Doula of Cowichan Doula

The journey to and through parenthood is a long and often bumpy road. Thankfully there are many ways to navigate this adventure and the most successful strategies will be the ones that you can adapt to your own goals, needs, and values. 

Kaya has been doula-ing families through their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys since 2010 and she is passionate about supporting her clients in the choices that work best for them. From home water births to elective cesarean births, breastfeeding to formula-feeding, her clients receive informational, physical, and emotional support to make the choices that speak to them. She serves her clients with an open heart and without judgement so that their journey may be full of love, laughter, and joy. 

As of May 2017 Kaya is thrilled to be able to offer consultations, prenatal visits, and both private and group childbirth classes at Matraea in addition to her house/hospital visits for birth and postpartum support.