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How to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

| September 6, 2017 | 8 Comments
How to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

How to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth     One of the things I hear the most from women when we talk about labor, is the fear of tearing during childbirth. It is the not knowing how bad you will tear, the pain you might feel from it. I truly understand that fear. Almost 90% of […]

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5 Easy Ways to Sleep Peacefully During Late Pregnancy

| March 27, 2017 | 2 Comments
5 Easy Ways to Sleep Peacefully During Late Pregnancy

  5 Easy Ways to Sleep Peacefully during Late Pregnancy It is the last leg of your pregnancy, you are in your third trimester and coming in fast for the final stretch (pardon the pun). Pretty soon, you will be experiencing the happiness of being a parent first hand. You are so close that you […]

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5 Great Prenatal Fitness Options in Ottawa

| June 27, 2016 | 8 Comments
5 Great Prenatal Fitness Options in Ottawa

If you’re an expectant mom, you’ve likely heard that exercising throughout pregnancy can bring with it a host of benefits for both mom and baby: it can give you more energy, reduce your chance of developing gestational diabetes, help you stay more comfortable and pain free throughout your nine months, reduce stress and may help […]

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Why Are You Still Crunching?

| March 28, 2016 | 11 Comments
Why Are You Still Crunching?

  Why Are You Still Crunching? To be honest, I’m a little surprised that we’re all still crunching in classes, in gyms, on TV, in magazines… a lot. I thought that we would be moving towards more functional, effective core exercises by now but the overload of abdominal crunching in addition to the increased number […]

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A New Mom’s Prep List to #AchieveComfort

| November 25, 2015 | 4 Comments
A New Mom’s Prep List to #AchieveComfort

  Moms-to-be have so many things to think about and to get ready before their new bundle of joys grace their world. I have been a new mom three times, and my family made sure we were ready to make each new addition to our family happy and comfortable. Now that one of my best […]

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Essential Oils to Use During Pregnancy

| July 28, 2015 | 10 Comments
Essential Oils to Use During Pregnancy

Like all things you expose yourself to during pregnancy, you need to take care with essential oils. These oils have been used for aromatherapy for centuries, and have many beneficial effects on the body and mood, but at the same time you do not want to use any that are detrimental for your health, or […]

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Surviving Bed Rest!

So, a few weeks ago, we had a little scare… It was Mother’s Day, to be exact, and I started having contractions. They were coming every 6-8 minutes and were pretty intense, but I couldn’t tell if these were normal Braxton hicks or something to actually worry about. I said to my husband, “lets just […]

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Give Yourself the Gift of Ahhhhh with HemoClin #Giveaway ~ CAN 06/22

| May 27, 2015 | 93 Comments
Give Yourself the Gift of Ahhhhh with HemoClin #Giveaway ~ CAN 06/22

Having each of my three children was one of the best experiences of my life. Seeing their faces for the first time are moments I will treasure forever. Even though having my children was amazing, my nine months of pregnancy did not go by without its challenges. There were times when I did not feel […]

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3 Nutrients That Help with Post-partum Depression

3 Nutrients That Help with Post-partum Depression

Having a baby brings with it a host of emotions ranging from excitement, happiness, worry, guilt, sadness and irritability.  Transitioning into motherhood is challenging and post-partum depression creates an added layer of challenge.  A lot of mothers wish to avoid the use of anti-depressants, especially if they are breastfeeding.  However, anti-depressant medication can help you feel […]

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How to “Move On” After a Miscarriage

| September 30, 2014 | 5 Comments
How to “Move On” After a Miscarriage

Well, let’s just get this out-of-the-way already. There really is no getting over a miscarriage. Especially after you’ve had multiple ones, but it does get better. Let’s start at the beginning. Back in April I had my first miscarriage. We had JUST started trying at the start of march, and one day I had some […]

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5 Simple Exercises For Normal Delivery

| September 23, 2014 | 9 Comments
5 Simple Exercises For Normal Delivery

ElvisHuang / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND Most people objected to my decision of having a normal delivery of my second child, after a C-section for my firstborn. I was adamant. I wanted a healthy, normal delivery for my second child. The first pregnancy and delivery had been a tricky affair. However, it didn’t affect my […]

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The Stork Has Arrived in Canada And Twitter Party on Tuesday Sept. 9 #The StorkCAN

| September 5, 2014 | 3 Comments
The Stork Has Arrived in Canada And Twitter Party on Tuesday Sept. 9 #The StorkCAN

Conceiving a child is an issue for one in six Canadians. Out of this select group, only 15% of them are able to afford the in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments and other assisted reproductive technologies available in Canada. Rinovum Women’s Health has a more affordable option for people who are trying to conceive a child. They are […]

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The Stork is Coming to Canada #TheStorkIsComing

| August 19, 2014 | 4 Comments
The Stork is Coming to Canada #TheStorkIsComing

Are you ready for the NEW, over-the-counter conception aid? The Stork is coming to Canada this summer. Available exclusively at your local Rexall Pharmacy. Sign up for special offers and to be notified when it is available in-store here: http://bit.ly/1tfBhFQ #TheStorkIsComing

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The Family Planning Flip-Flop

| May 26, 2014 | 5 Comments
The Family Planning Flip-Flop

Princeton Mom’s latest letter has left me flip-flopping between full-on Hulk-smash-rage and anxiously rushing out to find Mr. He Just May Be The One so I can get a bun in the oven before my next birthday.  Just kidding, Mom! No babies up in this belly. But, seriously. If you haven’t read it already, you can […]

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A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

| April 7, 2014 | 4 Comments
A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

It was 2 am and my baby’s breathing was labored.  He was visibly struggling for air, his neck muscles activated trying to pull in air against resistance.   My empathy for him was crippling, and there was a terrible feeling of uncertainty in my chest about how to help him.  Finally, we pulled the trigger…. that’s […]

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Celebrate World Doula Week March 22-28

| March 24, 2014 | 5 Comments
Celebrate World Doula Week March 22-28

Ottawa is a great city to have a baby. We have respected obstetricians and talented midwives, a number of hospitals, and now a birth centre. A great addition to your birth team is a doula. Doulas are professional labour support and have been proven to reduce the need for pain medication and lower the chances for cesarean […]

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Reversing the Birth Process…The Mary Way

| February 26, 2014 | 6 Comments
Reversing the Birth Process…The Mary Way

At 2 years old, Mary has become a creative and imaginative thinker. This is a great thing, but it sometimes leads us down unexpected paths. My daughter has the habit of yanking up my shirt and blowing raspberries on my belly. It’s usually my husband who eggs her on to do this while he laughs, […]

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How to Plan an Awesome Baby Shower

| February 25, 2014 | 13 Comments
How to Plan an Awesome Baby Shower

  It’s time to welcome a new baby to the world…and you get to host the baby shower! How do you start? First you daydream, and in that mulling it over stage you decide on a theme for the baby shower. There are so many terrific possibilities! Next, you begin the real planning. Once you […]

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Natural Ways to Recover Faster During the Post Partum Period

| February 18, 2014 | 5 Comments
Natural Ways to Recover Faster During the Post Partum Period

 Photo Credit: Little Feet Photography http://www.littlefeetphotographytoronto.com/ It seems that today in our society all of the focus is on pregnancy, and the time immediately following the birth of the baby. It is part of our culture to plan baby showers weeks in advance and plan a visit to come see the baby as soon as he […]

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A Naturopathic Approach to Fertility and Pregnancy

A Naturopathic Approach to Fertility and Pregnancy

One day while discussing the topic of pregnancy a patient of mine said, “The ripeness of the fruit depends on the richness of the soil”.  When I asked her what she meant she explained that in her culture pregnancy is described in terms of planting a seed in rich soil, nourishing the growth of a […]

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My Struggles With Birth

| November 18, 2013 | 5 Comments
My Struggles With Birth

In my 29th year, I got pregnant in August. This meant I was due to give birth in may the following year. Nine months flew by very quickly without any complications. On May 10,1989, I awoke to labour pains. My husband and I drove the twenty miles to the hospital. As we got closer, I […]

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Beyond the Baby Shower: Honouring Mothers in Pregnancy

| October 10, 2013 | 6 Comments
Beyond the Baby Shower:  Honouring Mothers in Pregnancy

We have, likely, all been to a baby shower.  Everything decorated in pink or blue balloons and streamers.  We play games like, guess the melted chocolate bar in the diaper or how big mama’s belly is. Often, the conversation turns to the challenges of childbirth and how hard life is with a new baby.  All in […]

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First Came a Kiss, then Came Marriage, then Came a Baby in a Baby Carriage!

First Came a Kiss, then Came Marriage, then Came a Baby in a Baby Carriage!

So where to begin? I guess at the beginning! My name is Courtney, early into high school i started having some really bad health problems. For years and years and years I would suffer through mass amounts of pain and no doctor could give me an answer as to the cause.  Suddenly one day I […]

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How My Midwife Changed My Life

| June 13, 2013 | 5 Comments
How My Midwife Changed My Life

 “You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – Dr. B.J. Palmer I think that when working in the world of birth sometimes people can forget how long lasting and impactful their work is on the life of that family.  I’m sure each birth […]

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