We Are All Mamas

It wasn’t long ago that I came across an article online that pointed out cesarean section (otherwise known as c-section) shaming exists. I initially was sad and shocked, but than after I showed my husband the article (who wasn’t shocked at all), it quickly sank in that people are shamed for almost everything nowadays. But why!? I came across this …

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 …

Pawt of The Family

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In 2009 my husband and I had already been trying to conceive for months with no success. Each month came disappointment and discouragement that comes with infertility. I really needed a positive in my life, so we did the most logical thing I could think of. Get a dog. An 11-ish week mixed puppy found without her mother by a …

What Kind Of Mama Has A Doula?

You’re not alone. Doula’s seem to be rising in popularity. Before, they were thought of as something only hippie moms-to-be hired for home births or unmedicated childbirth. Now-a-days more and more mainstream Mamas are choosing to add a doula to their birth experience.  I’ve been there. As a Registered Nurse who has seen more than my fair share of labours …

Newborn Jaundice – What You Need To Know

Well first, let’s talk about bilirubin. Bilirubin is an orange-yellow coloured substance that is created while our bodies go through the normal process of breaking down red blood cells. Bilirubin passes through the liver and leaves the body through stool (poop!).  Jaundice is the accumulation of this bilirubin in the newborn, which causes their skin and whites of their eyes …

6 Tips on Getting Through Baby’s Second Night

When baby’s second night comes the best way he can find comfort is his closest thing to ‘home’ for him, and that is mom. So here are some tips on how to get through your baby’s second night. There’s a good chance that everything your baby is doing to get through the second night is totally normal. You’re most likely …

If I Could Keep You Little

When my daughter, Vaida, turned one, she received a book, “If I Could Keep You Little”, by Marianne Richmond. Every time we read it, I’m reminded that my babies are growing, and there is a lifetime of treasured stages to come. Those precious moments of today will become something different tomorrow. I try not to let it weigh me down, …