How to Donate Expressed Breastmilk

Donating expressed breastmilk is becoming a more common practice in Canada. The benefits of breastmilk are so valuable that physicians give this to premature and sick babies and they often have less complications associated with being born early. To say I had an oversupply of milk when I had my babies was an understatement. I remember having a 3 week …

6 Tips for Becoming a Mother-Runner

Before I started running I would have laughed if someone told me I would become a long distance runner after having kids. I was not able to run around the block without feeling winded. Two pregnancies, bedrest, sleep deprivation, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation (did I mention, sleep deprivation?) were all valid reasons why I couldn’t start running. For proof, I have …

Love and Resilience— A Story of a Supermom

I love to write about inspiring women, their motherhood journey, love and resilience. These are the women who you see in the grocery store. Women who wake up every day knowing they are human and strong. This incredible woman, is Brittany. Brittany has graciously offered to allow me to write about her son. We have discussed this piece at length …

When Things Don’t Go as Planned: Giving New Moms the “New Mom” Experience

Our visions of having a new baby are often about going for stroller walks in the sunshine while baby naps, rocking baby to sleep in our arms in the most beautiful chair money can buy, watching for those first smiles, first laughs, first gassy grins. As a nurse who has worked in pediatrics, intensive care and neonatal intensive care for …

Returning to Work and Coping with Separation Anxiety

If someone could create a living example of separation anxiety in a toddler, my little girl would be your case study. Before having my daughter I couldn’t have truly understood how children so young can struggle with such strong fears with seemingly no known cause. Then after learning and growing along beside my daughter, I realized that this can happen. …

The Importance of Your Birth Story

  As a Mama Coach and Registered Nurse, I have the opportunity to work with women from many different backgrounds and cultures. I have the privilege to be a small part of their journey and I am always excited to learn about new ways I can help and support women. My personal practice has a mandate to always discuss the …

I AM

What a wonderful few weeks it has been for The Mama Coach. I’ve been pulling some wicked hours on this computer, trying to show as many moms as possible what I have to offer the world and its paying off! My heart feels happy every time one of you reaches out to me. Asking for help is so brave. I …

How one researcher’s “accidental research project” is creating more support for moms

I met with an incredible woman yesterday and I was often left speechless when hearing her explain the remarkable research that is being done at Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. I just sat, frantically writing everything she said down like she was my new hero. Dr. Catherine Lebel “accidentally” came across correlations from a previous research study involving pregnant moms …