The birth of Matraea

I had my first baby when I was 29, a heartbreakingly beautiful boy. I was in the middle of a midwifery program in England when I got pregnant, returned to Vancouver where he was born, and went back to school in the UK to finish my studies when he was four months old.  

His birth was the most incredible experience of my life, and I know that I share that depth of experience with most women. Holding him in my arms, I felt for the first time that I understood the reason for being, the reason I was here on the earth, my purpose for living, for being alive. In the days after his birth, that heightened sense of being deepened into a profound, eternal, fierce, love that knew no bounds. My children, (I went on to have four more), created the person I am today. They made me, and continue to make me, as they grow. I have to stretch and question and dig deep to meet the challenges I am called to as their mother. It is hard, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

It was also through my children that my midwifery journey took shape. Each one of my own pregnancies and births helped me to deepen the understanding and empathy I had for other women and for knowing when and how to offer support. From simple discomforts such as heartburn and varicosities, to the mind-numbing grief of losing a baby, to the frustration and anxiety of water breaking and not going into labour, to labour so intense that I thought I would break and break and break, and to waking up in the middle night, thirteen days post-partum with excruciating should pain and not being able to breathe, having suffered a Pulmonary Embolism and wondering if I would die. But also knowing the joy of hearing the heartbeat for the first time, the feeling your baby moving when no one knows your secret connection, loving the round fullness of your belly, realizing breast feeding isn’t quite as natural or as easy as all the books say but finally reaching the end of the first week when everything is actually better. Crying because you don’t think your body will ever look the same, wondering if they did the stitches right, finding your way to loving your stretch marks, and on and on…

 Every time I have the privilege to sit with a pregnant woman, a new mom, a seasoned warrior, I am humbled and honoured to be part of her journey, as she grows and becomes the woman her children call her to be. And it was from this place that MATRAEA was created. I realized with my first birth, that this is where the foundation of all relationships begins. Birth creates an opportunity for the change in the world we often want and need. It is our child’s gift to us.

 Matraea is a brand for women, about women. It understands that every experience is sacred and worthy of love and support. It is about choice and empowerment and respect. It is about the right to ask for what you need, to be fierce, to mother with dignity.

 Established in 2011, Matraea products are certified organic, natural and pure, formulated to meet the needs pregnant, birthing, post-partum and breastfeeding women. Beautifully packaged with natural and sustainable materials, we treat Mother Earth with the dignity and respect that all mothers deserve. Our Centre, located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley offers alternative health care for families, including midwifery services. We strive to embrace health, community and family in everything we do. Thank you for being part of our journey.

With much love,

Kate