My name is Colleen Stadlwieser and I am a birth keeper, truth keeper and yoga guide. I help pre- and post-birth mothers who feel uncertain and stressed to tune into their inherent wisdom and courage by integrating reflection, mindfulness and yoga in their lives, so that they can become the mothers they were meant to be.
Sometimes the journey to beginning our families does not go as planned and in my life this has been true. I have had four miscarriages, two live births, thirteen years of infertility, and of the two adoptions I have applied for, one resulted in a child who is part of our family. Getting pregnant, being pregnant, giving birth and raising children was not an easy path for me, my body, my emotions or my mental health and I needed to grow in ways that I did not imagine. Yoga has helped me to overcome many hardships, and the many gifts that yoga has given me are what I wish to share with the families that I work with. Loving Yoga has helped me to Love my Body, Love my Baby, and Love my Self.
-I welcome and include all birthing people and their families so that they can be who they are meant to be without judgement regardless of ethnicity, religious or sexual orientation, or cultural background.
-I embody patience and trust in every body and birthing person while holding space for them to open and expand through birth’s transformation.
-I continue to educate myself with evidence based resources so that I can help the families I work with make informed choices.
-I support self-advocacy and advocacy for those whose voices are not heard by modelling clear and concise communication skills.
-I support birthing people to discover the truth of who they are and to be confident in fulfilling that truth.
-I am generous with my skills and provide compassionate service to those whom I serve.
-I embrace unexpected changes that may come with birth and commit to trauma informed care while supporting families through present and previous transitions.
Yoga asks us to embrace our authentic selves and live in our truth daily. Teaching yoga is a gift that I wish to offer those on the path towards self awareness. My goal is to help you connect with your inherent wisdom wherever you are in life's journey, particularly throughout motherhood.
Birth can be an empowering and life changing event that has the power to make families stronger and heal society. My promise is to nourish expectant parents by awakening them to their inner wisdom, power and intuition as birth givers while bearing witness to the sacredness of their journey from pregnancy to postpartum. Yoga can help the body and mind navigate the many changes of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Love your Body. Love your Baby. Love your Self.
My Experience and Training
In order to support the families I work with, I have trained as a Birth Doula with several different organizations. My doula training includes Doulas of North America (DONA),
Motherwit Doulas, The Matrona, and Hypnobabies.
Furthermore, I am an accredited La Leche League leader.
I am a Yoga Alliance 200-RYT teacher. I completed my training with Yogalife in Edmonton when my baby was four to eleven months old. I completed my prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher training with Mamata yoga in Edmonton. I know how essential the right movements are to sustaining health in pregnancy and healing the postpartum body following birth and was able to integrate yoga in my own postpartum recovery. Yoga can help strengthen the body, improve emotional well-being, and bring calm when things don't go as planned-particularly during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
I offer postnatal, prenatal, couples and regular hatha yoga classes online and in person. I also offer prenatal and postnatal programs for mothers and families preparing for childbirth and parenting.
"A woman, as long as she lives, will remember how she was made to feel at her birth."
Certifications and Memberships
85Hr Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher Mamata Yoga
RYT 200 Yogalife
I am a registered yoga teacher and completed my 200 hour certification training through Yogalife in Edmonton in 2019. https://yogalifestudios.ca/blog/wellness/teacher-training
The Matrona Certified Holistic Birth Doula
I became a certified holistic doula with the Matrona in April of 2018. This certification will allow my clients to claim health spending benefits with some health insurance companies. http://thematrona.com
Institute for Birth, Breath and Death Lifetime Membership
I have taken courses on holding space during pregnancy loss, and have access to multiple resources on yoga, birth, death, and breath. https://birthbreathanddeath.com
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula
Hypnosis is an amazing tool to use during your birthing time for comfort, confidence and relaxation. I became a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula in September of 2019. Here is my listing to verify.
If you're considering using Hypnosis for childbirth and have taken any Hypnosis for childbirth course, I would be honoured to support you on your birthing journey.
Doula Association of Edmonton Membership
I have been a member in good standing with the doula association of Edmonton since September of 2017. https:///birth-doulas.html