Birth Preparation

Leaders in Natural Birth Preparation.

Pain is not a normal part of pregnancy.

Pregnancy can be a beautiful and amazing experience for many women. However, some women have quite an uncomfortable experience. Pregnancy can cause frequent nausea and vomiting  as well as pain and discomfort in the hips, lower back, pubic bone and ribs. Pain and discomfort is not a normal part of pregnancy. It means your body is struggling to adjust and is out of alignment due to the continuous changes that are taking place. Women who participate in our birth preparation treatment plan are not only more likely to experience a more comfortable pregnancy, but are more likely to have a shorter, easier labour and birth.

 Birth Preparation: Monthly Treatment Plans

Our individualized monthly treatment plans offer an integrated approach to help you prepare for labour and birth.

Each treatment plan is made up of a combination of the following treatments:

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is primary healthcare that uses a combination of healing systems unique to each patient’s case. Treatment is designed to address the root cause, not just the symptoms, with homeopathy, herbs, supplements, diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching.


  • helps to reduce emotional stress
  • helps to maintain hormonal balance
  • encourages appropriate nutrition
  • helps to reduce the likelihood of gestational diabetes

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM is a 3500-year-old eastern medicine which focuses on restoring energy (Qi) along meridians or Qi points while restoring and building the body’s constitution from the inside out. Treatment may include acupuncture, acupressure massage, cupping, moxibustion and Chinese herbs.


  • relieves morning sickness & everyday sickness
  • helps to reduce emotional & physical stress
  • balances hormones
  • corrects fetal positioning
  • ripens cervix in preparation for labour & birth
  • induces labour
  • relieves pain during labour


Osteopathy is holistic manual healthcare that treats all body pain and dysfunction related to your joints, muscles, nerves, connective tissue and internal organs. Treatment is tailored to treat the individual’s root cause, not just the symptoms with Osteopathic Manual Techniques.


  • helps to reduce emotional, physical & traumatic stress
  • enhances immunity
  • maintains alignment of your lower back, pelvis, hips, pubic bone & ribs
  • relieves sciatic pain
  • regulates body for optimal fetal positioning, making your baby’s journey through the birth canal easier for you both
  • relieves migraine & tension headaches

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is the manual manipulation of soft tissue muscles, tendons, fascia (connective tissue) and ligaments to alleviate pain from an injury or postural problems and maintain health and function.


  • helps to relieve stress & anxiety around labour & birth
  • increases immune function
  • improves circulation
  • relieves tired & sore muscles


Meet the Team

Marla Waal Pilates Thuja Wellness

Marla Waal

Certified Pilates, ELDOA and Yoga Instructor

Marla Waal has over 25 years of experience teaching movement as certified Yoga, Pilates and ELDOA instructor.
Dr. Jane Peterson Chiropractor Thuja Wellness new

Dr. Jane Peterson


After a personal low back pain experience, Dr. Jane Peterson decided to become a chiropractor to help others. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree with honours.
Kaitlin Newman - Osteopathy

Kaitlin Newman, B.App.Sc, M.Ost.

Osteopathic Practitioner

Kaitlin is an Australian Osteopathic Practitioner with a Masters of Osteopathy who offers holistic treatment and education for those suffering from pain and impairment.
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Ila Casselman, M.Ost.Med

Osteopathic Practitioner & Owner of Thuja Wellness

Ila Casselman is an Australian trained Osteopathic Practitioner. She completed her Master's of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012 & opened Thuja Wellness in August 2019. Collaborative Medicine is her why.

Dr Samantha Bowen, N.D

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Sam Bowen gained her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine & provides a safe environment for patients to feel empowered to reach their health goals.

Kelsey Bru, R.Ac

Registered Acupuncturist

Kelsey is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) who brings a holistic approach to her patient care, using acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion to address the root cause of your health concerns.

Mareike Buthmann, CHN, ROHP, RNCP, Metabolic Balance® Coach


Mareike is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist who helps individuals with nutritional planning and meal preparation, focusing on the importance of whole foods and a balanced diet for optimal health.

Loren Thompson, RPC-C

Registered Professional Counsellor, Reiki Master

Loren Thompson is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families through life's changes & challenges. Specializing in supporting women through conception, pregnancy and parenthood.

Meena Natt

Birth Doula

Meena has a career background as a Licensed Practical Nurse and Kundalini Yoga. Her goal is to educate women allowing them to gain confidence in their body’s ability to give birth.