Celebrating International Day of the Midwife
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Finally, a reason to celebrate amidst the chaos of this unprecedented time - today is the International Day of the Midwife and this year's theme is "Midwives with Women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilize, unite - our time is now!"   Women and midwives for a gender-equal world. As families who have been supported by the incredible midwives in our communities, we encourage you to share you stories on social media, using the hashtag #IThankMyMidwife or #IThank{yourmidwife'sname}.  Be sure to add #Midwives2020 and #IDM2020 to your posts as well. As we do every year, we have ..read more
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Five tips to manage the stress of COVID-19 while pregnant & postpartum
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Let’s be real, this isn’t how you expected your pregnancy and postpartum period to look. You may be worried about your health, worrying about your unborn or newborn baby. You may feel more isolated feeling stuck inside your home and glued to the daily news. The uncertainty of tomorrow is becoming overwhelming and you feel helpless. All of these feelings can be very normal considering these unprecedented times. The truth is, we may not be able to manage what’s going to happen next, but we can control how we respond. Below are five tips to use to manage this difficult situation. Ro ..read more
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Our Top 10 for 2019
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We love looking back at the end of a calendar year to see which blogs resonated the most with our readers, and this year proved to be a mix of topics and interests.  So put your feet up, get your scrolling finger ready, and check out our most read blog posts of 2019! 10 - What is an Infant Feeding Treasure Chest Contributor: Sarah Baker (Co-Owner of Lifetime of Love Doula Services) Adding a new baby into the family is a huge transition for everyone including siblin ..read more
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How to save the planet (and money) with a baby
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The environment is an ever-growing concern across the globe, particularly among parents or soon-to-be parents who are going to be raising children in an ever-changing harsher climate. We know that a lot of waste comes along with your beautiful baby and almost all of that waste includes plastic. Here are our top three tips to reducing your baby's carbon footprint and becoming more conscious of your little one's environment - AND they will all save you money too! 1. Diapering, Wipes and Pull-ups FOR BA ..read more
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Back to the Mat - Returning to Yoga with Diastasis  Recti
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The pregnancy is over, baby is here and you are super eager to get back into your regular yoga or fitness routine but it’s important to understand that your body has gone through significant changes from  both pregnancy itself as well as your birth (vaginal or caesarean). DID YOU KNOW? New research shows that 100% of women HAVE diastasis recti by 35 weeks and in 40% of women that separation continues postpartum (Lee, 2019) What is Diastasis Rectus Abdominis? Diastasis Recti occurs when the connective tissue between ..read more
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When Parenting Sucks
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I think most people understand parents when they share how parenting is difficult, if they are dealing with multiples (twins, triplets, ore more), a child that was born premature, with special needs, to a single parent, etc. But what about when your baby was born healthy, on time, generally behaves like a typical baby, and you still find parenting grueling and less than ideal? It's not like you can test drive a baby and find the one that best suits your needs or go to university to take a course on parenting and then decide it isn’t for y ..read more
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Baby Carriers - the Ultimate Parenting Tool!
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It's International Babywearing Week! (September 30th-October 6th, 2019). Does this have any special meaning to you? As a Baby Carrying Educator I am always so excited for I.B.W.. There are lots of special posts by baby carrier companies (hello, giveaways!) and, in general, my social media feeds are a little more flooded with adorable babywearing pictures. If this week doesn’t have any particular landmark in your life, at least we can both agree it highlights the mighty baby carrier as a parenting tool with so much value; otherwise why would ..read more
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Babies and germs and flus and colds – oh my!
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Fall is here! So while we all bask in the warmth of cozy sweaters and warm drinks, we also inevitably are put at higher risk of catching illnesses, such as the flu or upper respiratory tract infections. As moms with young ones, we are not only worried about ourselves, but our babies too! So here are some good tips on how to keep your and your baby protected. Stay hydrated! Our mucous membranes, such as our mouths, inside our nose/ears/eyes contain a lot of IgA – an important immunoglobulin that act ..read more
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Stop "Mom-paring" Yourself - One Mom's Confession
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In undergraduate school, I studied political science and communication studies and one of the prevalent themes throughout my studies was Marshall McLuhan’s theory that “the medium is the message.”  Although this concept was developed back in the late 1960s, I truly believe he was making a premonition for the future.   In today’s day and age, social media is the new medium behind the message.  It surrounds us, it keeps us connected and informed.  These days, everyone is connected to at least one form of social media.  We scroll through our In ..read more
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Birthing After a Caesarean - What to Consider
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So, you had a caesarean birth with your first baby and now you’re thinking about having another baby.  You may be wondering what are your options?  Many people believe the myth of “once a caesarean, always a cesarean”, and while for some women this is true, but for many people it doesn’t have to be. So what's the deal? What makes me different? The thing that makes someone who has had a caesarean birth different from someone who hasn’t is the fact that she has a scar on her uterus.  This scar needs time to heal so th ..read more
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