a behind the scenes look at our day on camera
For many years, Carol Anne and I worked as solo doulas but after taking the HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method Practitioner training course over a year ago we started teaching classes together. Our students loved the atmosphere and vibe we created and started asking, “Can we hire you both as our doulas?". From there we combined our businesses and this recent spring officially became Lifetime of Love Doula Services Inc. At first, we blended our two styles, but this summer we have been toiling away on an exciting re-brand and relaunch. As some of our clients have noticed our website is looking snappier and vibrant, and most importantly, we added some new and improved photos!
These are no stock pictures y'all! Thanks to a midwife with a big heart and a team of talented artists, we had the opportunity to do both a photo and video shoot.
Since the birth of my twins 5.5 years ago, I think I can count on one hand the amount of Friday nights that I went out with a friend for plain old fun! Thankfully this past Friday Carol Anne and I took a night off from our busy schedule as moms, doulas, childbirth educators and business owners to get dolled up and attend Downtown Orangeville’s Great Taste Fashion Show.
Let’s face it: the world can be a terrifying place and at times depressing, so depressing. As a parent I often fantasize about packing up my three young children and taking off to a distant country in which we can live off the grid, ignorant of the 24-hour News cycle and all of the dangers, disasters and struggles that plague our little blue and green planet.
As a parent I desire above all things to protect my children from becoming hurt physically and emotionally.
When you have a baby after you've suffered a loss - or multiple losses, as the case may be - they call it a rainbow baby. But saying you have a rainbow baby doesn't really tell anyone about your journey to have that rainbow.
In my case, my rainbow arrived after 4 failed pregnancies: Two were chemical pregnancies, which are quite common. one was a blighted ovum, so the sac formed, but the baby never developed, and the last one was Samantha.
What a great day!
Today, I had a chance to get out of the house and see a movie with my business partner and 30+ other moms and their babies. This afternoon we had the pleasure of hosting the Stars & Strollers movie at the Cineplex in Orangeville. Carol Anne had called up the manager Adam and asked if they could screen “Bad Moms” for us today, and man did we pack those mamas, babies, and strollers into that theatre!
This week is World Breastfeeding Week and The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is celebrating 25 years of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding worldwide. To celebrate, the Breastfeeding Collaborative of Dufferin & East Wellington hosted a Breastfeeding Picnic at Rotary Park in Orangeville on Wednesday, August 3rd. It was a huge hit with over 60 mothers, children and nurslings attending! A very big thank you to Orangeville Zehrs Market for donating the (delicious) cake and juicy watermelon, Country 105 for the surprise ticket giveaways to this weekend's Heritage Music Festival in Shelburne, and 101.5myFM, The Orangeville Banner and Snapd Dufferin for promoting and reporting on the event – look for pictures of us and the event in their upcoming publications. Thank you as well to the Ontario Early Years - Dufferin for setting up a number of activities for the children, and to Wellington-Duffering-Guelph Public Health for the pavilion rental. All in all it was a wonderful day for a picnic and a great cause. We personally were delighted to see many of our Coffee Tea Mom & Me regulars out as well as meeting new families from the community.