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I always knew I would choose to have doulas as part of my support team during my pregnancy – then COVID-19 happened.

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If you google introducing solids you might come across baby led weaning (BLW). BLW is an approach that skips purees and spoon feeding altogether and encourages baby to eat whole pieces of food starting at 6 months.

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You’ve recently given birth and are now in the mood to rekindle that spark that 9+ months ago resulted in your new baby (or babies). We’re answering all your questions about postpartum sex, romance and contraception too!

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Are you wondering what a doula is (and does for that matter) and how they can help you and your family? Think of a doula as your very own personal Mary Poppins. Our doulas support families in the greater Toronto area, including Toronto, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Caledon, Guelph, Orangeville, Vaughan, Newmarket and the surrounding communities.

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As we do every year, we have reached out to families to share their birth stories from the perspective of their little one – a love letter, if you will, to their midwifery team. We want to thank the incredible midwives that work in our communities for their dedication, especially during these uncertain times when their work puts them and their families at risk to continue to offer their unparalleled care to birthing families.

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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.

We’ve got five tips to use to manage this difficult situation.

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Have you ever heard of “Baby’s Second Night”? It’s a normal pattern of fussiness and cluster feeding that occurs around that 48 mark in a baby’s life, and is an important topic we cover with clients in our prenatal appointments as their birth doulas or childbirth educators.

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Are you worried about staying healthy while pregnant and still maintaining a vegetarian or vegan diet? There might even be some people who have told you it’s not possible! The truth is you can have a very healthy pregnancy while being vegetarian or vegan, if done properly.

Pregnant Woman preparring food in the kitchen

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Asking questions about the after birth? The umbilical cord? What you need to know about the umbelical cord after your baby is born. In those first crucial minutes immediately after the birth of your baby (during the “Third Stage of Labour”), something important is happening – or rather is suppose to happen. When your baby is born, if all is well, they should be placed immediately on your body for skin to skin care. During this time the placenta is still inside of you and will remain so typically anywhere between 5-30 minutes (sometimes up to 60 minutes).

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As doulas who have witnessed many beautiful and moving caesarean births, it saddens us that caesarean birth is not as celebrated as a “natural” or vaginal birth is, and that mothers are made to feel ashamed or that they have somehow failed for having this type of birth.

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