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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?