Shedding light on plus size pregnancy

Everyone’s pregnancy journey is different and we all have our own unique story. When you think of a “pregnant woman”, what do you picture? Most likely, the media’s portrayal of what it looks like – a perfectly round belly on a slim figure. Although this can certainly ring true for some, this is not the reality for all women. A …

Why needing support doesn’t make you a bad mama

I recently had a conversation with my cousin who lives in Croatia about what I do. I explained to her what The Mama Coach is and how I offer these incredible services to mamas. The fact I’m an experienced labour and delivery nurse and a mom myself really adds value. She was almost in shock and couldn’t quite grasp the …

4 Tips for comfortably nursing on an airplane

  Flying with a young baby can be challenging for a new mom. Babies seem to automatically come with an extra 17 pieces of luggage whether you’re travelling for 24 hours or 24 days. And while there truly are not enough hours in a day to prepare for travelling with a child, planning for nursing on the airplane can relieve …

The pros and cons of birth plans

If you or anyone you know has ever worked in a birthing unit, you will probably hear the theory that the more lengthy and complex a moms’ birth plan, the more lengthy and complex her birth will be. I’ve been a labour and delivery nurse for over 10 years now and I have definitely seen that theory become truth. I …

Baby carrier roundup

Baby Carriers are one of those things that you don’t really think you’ll need as a new mom until you have one. They can become even more handy when you have more kids and fewer hands! But picking a baby carrier can be daunting with all the types and styles and brands. A lot of it is up to your …

Becoming A Mom

My Mom has always told me, “being a Mom is the toughest job in the world.” She has said this numerous times to me since my first-born came into the world. Turns out, she was right again. Anyone can tell you how hard it is going to be, but until you are in the thick of it, you don’t quite …

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood virus. It is caused by the Coxsackie virus. This virus is common in the summer and early fall. It is highly contagious!!!! Often it will show up 3-7 days after your child has been exposed to it. A child is most infectious during the first week, easily spreading it to other …

Expressing breast milk before birth!

As a Labour and Delivery nurse and a Mama Coach, I have had a lot of education on breastfeeding and what makes up breast milk, throughout my career. I understand the science behind breastfeeding and the benefits of it. I provide breastfeeding education and assist parents with the skills needed to breastfeed. When I’m working on the ward and met …

Achieving Balance and Motherhood

A few weeks ago, I posted on my Facebook page. “What defines your success?”. I was expecting a lot of numbers. I was expecting people to define success in life as a number beside their name because traditionally, we judge our self worth on our pay cheque. To my surprise, not one single person replied with the key to their …

Beat the Summer Heat

Southern Ontario can get pretty darn hot in the summer time! The humidity was something I did not miss when we lived in Calgary. But since we moved back to Niagara, keeping cool is a big priority in the summer! Your baby may want to feed more frequently, but for shorter durations. This is ok since he may become uncomfortable …