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 …

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 …

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 …

Work…One Year Later!

One year later and it’s not just the kids who struggle with the transition back to work.  It’s hard on the whole family, especially the mama!  Returning to work is a big transition.  Everyone’s world is going to change whether you like it or not, whether your ready or not.  The first day back is the worst, but trust me …

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 …

To swaddle or not to swaddle?

To swaddle or not to swaddle is one of those hot topics of motherhood. Swaddling is one of the oldest baby traditions there is, but recently it has become a controversial topic. Swaddling is a technique of wrapping up a baby that gives the baby a feel similar to the tightness and security of the womb.  When my kids were …

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 …