Jump on google and look up “when do I start my baby on solids” and you’re going to come up with all sorts of answers and reasons that contradict the last. Start at 4 months, wait until over 6 months... “food before one is just for fun”.. stories of aunts putting cereal in bottles at 3 months and a friend's child who didn’t really eat anything until 10 months!
It's no secret - for many women, the experience of having sex after having a baby can be quite different than it was before baby. It is typically recommended that women wait 6 weeks postpartum before having sex in order to minimize the risk of infection, but many women aren't aware of some of the symptoms they may experience during sex in the postpartum period even after those 6 weeks (especially from a physical standpoint - the emotional and hormonal side, well that's a whole other blog post).
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.
A growing family is an exciting time full of new experiences, lifestyle adjustments, unique challenges and above all else, immense rewards. During the busy and sometime chaotic preparations the needs of our furry family members can be overlooked. Sometimes these needs become painfully apparent (usually at a very inconvenient time down the road). There is no one magical technique to ensure harmony when introducing your furry child to your newborn, rather a series of small steps taken over an extended period of time that hold the key to cultivating a healthy and positive relationship.
Have you heard the whisper: “It’s time for change”?
I had a different understanding of myself before I became a mother. I thought I was mostly an imprint of my ancestors. Generational fears transferred to me, like the one that said I had to hang on to my long-time job. It was inspired work, but at the decade mark a voice pipped up: “Try something new!” only to be silenced by fear repeatedly.
If you are battling with low breast milk supply you may have heard about Lactation cookies. As a postpartum and infant care doula, I am often supporting breastfeeding mothers increase their milk supply but I rarely make lactation cookies because I've been so disappointed with recipes I have found online.
Earlier this year Nicole joined Lifetime of Love Doulas and has quickly become an integral part of our birthing team - we are so pleased to welcome Nicole to Lifetime of Love Doulas!
Potty training can be a daunting task, but as a parent, just the thought of potty training can be stress inducing, to say the least. The pressure to follow the newest research, to do what your mom once did, and to use the methods that worked for your friends is very real. Often these pressures take away the common sense thoughts we have as parents, and knowing that only you know how to read your child and situation better than anyone.
For years, I never understood the appeal of Prenatal Yoga…then I got pregnant. As a yogi, I love an advanced yoga practice and didn’t think prenatal yoga would really offer anything for me. As a yoga teacher, I never wanted to teach it! A real skeptic.
Yesterday I came awake
In the middle of my life
In the presence of
Two small and perfect things.
Simply making art for myself is something I’ve always found difficult to do.
I enjoy creating art the most when I know it’s destined for someone else to enjoy. It is so exciting to go through the process of coming up with an idea and drawing it out, collaborating and fine tuning it, and then painting it! Art is very therapeutic and I am totally in my element when drawing, it feels like what I am meant to do. It has been so great to be continually asked by family and friends to create all sorts of art, from realistic acrylic portraits to hand made invitations.
The process of hiring a doula is easy! Whether it's through the website, our Facebook page, or our Instagram account - once you get in touch with us, you're in great hands!
From there we offer a complimentary consult which gives you a chance to get to know us, and gives us a chance to learn more about you and your wishes for your pregnancy, labour, delivery and postpartum period.
We look forward to the opportunity to support you!
When I became a mum to my first son Ben, I was so eager for him to get to the next stage of everything. When was he going to smile, walk, talk or eat real food? I was lucky enough to be able to breastfeed and I did that exclusively for the first 7 months until I went back to work. It was around the same time that I began introducing solid food into his diet.
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