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!
Tell us, who is Nicole Anderson?
I'm compassionate and very focused in a crisis or emotionally charged situation. At the end of the day, I'm a caretaker. I love to help people and being needed and feeling like I supported someone through any situation brings me much joy.
Share with us a little bit about your education background:
I have an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, specializing in Dance Studies from York University as well as my Teaching diploma from Dance Masters of America. I have devoted the better half of my adult life to working with children of all ages and being able to positively impact their lives through dance education feels amazing. I am a DONA trained Birth Doula and I'm currently working towards my ProDoula Childbirth Birth Education certification (PDCBE). I plan on adding Postpartum support to my list of trainings in the near future so stay tuned!
What made you decide to become a doula?
What do you love most about being a doula?
I love being able to support families as they transition into parenthood and I feel privileged to be included in such a momentous occasion. Being able to provide non-judgmental support is extremely important to me. Nothing feels better than the thank you we receive after a birth. Knowing that you have impacted someone's life in a positive way makes every hour spent at a birth all the more worthwhile. Plus, who doesn't love hanging out with adorable babies?!
How has your experience been working as a Lifetime of Love Doula (so far)?
The opportunity to work within this team of Doulas is invaluable. We really do support each other and it feels amazing to be a part of a team where we truly respect one another. I have learned so much about myself and the Doula I have become even in this short time with the group. The shared care model allows us to provide amazing support to our clients and in turn makes us better Doula's. Cheers to my amazing team members!!
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.
Sarah Baker, co-founder of Lifetime of Love Doula Services shared her journey of how she came to be a birth doula and postpartum & infant care doula.
Carol Anne Skorvaga, co-founder of Lifetime of Love Doula Services talks about how she learned what a doula was and how it inspired her to become a birth and postpartum & infant care doula.
The theme for this year's International Day of the Midwife is "Midwives, Mothers & Families: Partners for Life".
When we reached out to the families in the Headwater Hills region to participate in a project supporting our local midwifery practice Midwives of Headwater Hills, we were overwhelmed by the response.
To the incredible Midwives of Headwater Hills, both past and present thank you for all that you do! We look forward to celebrating with you at your Annual Picnic at the end of the month.
This blog is for you and it is from the very babies you welcomed into the world!
We have watched your coming hence
Since your rising from the sea.
We have traced your form and shape
And tracked the speed of your approach
With wise and careful machines.
Our path to becoming parents was a pretty typical one. Met through friends, dated four years, went backpacking, got engaged, got married, and started trying for a baby. Months and months went by and then it finally happened and we jumped for joy (literally). At 10 weeks we lost our baby and our hearts were broken.
When the lovely Doulas behind Lifetime of Love asked me to write a blog about newborn photography I absolutely jumped at the chance! I could go on and on about how our little ones are only this small for a short while, and how sweet those tiny toes are, but I really wanted to take this opportunity to dig deeper. So here are my reasons to hire a newborn photographer!
Earlier this year we brought Michelle onto our team in a back up doula capacity, this fall she will be taking on clients within our shared care model as both a birth and postpartum doula. Welcome to the team Michelle!