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You love your doula. Every time you imagine your birth, it’s your doula who’s there – cheering you on, squeezing your hips, bringing cool cloths for your forehead, and supporting your partner in supporting you. You literally can’t imagine your birthing day without your doula playing an essential part.
Your doula is also imagining supporting you in all of those ways. She is aligning her life to ensure that she will be there, no matter when labour starts, or how long it takes. She feels that connection with you too.Read More
If you are interested in writing a birth plan you may be wondering how to go about it. What should you include? How detailed should it be? How do you make sure it’s effective? Here is what we suggest to our clients.Read More
We get it. Sleep, or more accurately the lack of sleep, that comes with a newborn can be stressful for many new parents. You may wonder if your baby is normal or if there's something you should be doing differently or ultimately question everything you've ever known. Which is why we are so excited to share this guest blog post by Andrea Galambos about normal newborn sleep. She also shares some of her best survival tips (end of the post if you need those first...)Read More
May is International Doula Month and we've been celebrating by sharing a doula tip a day on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We have compiled all of the tips here, in one easy to find resource, just for you. From pregnancy, through labour, and into the immediate postpartum period, we hope you find a few tips here that you can put to good use.Read More
Congratulations! You're going to have a baby. That's awesome. And probably, on some level, completely terrifying. You're probably already thinking about the million things you need to get done in the next nine(ish) months.
Breathe. You've got this. I promise.
Our maternity care system can be convoluted. Do you see your family doctor, a midwife, an OB/GYN? And when? What tests and procedures are usually recommended? What choices are available to you?
We wanted to simplify the process for you and have created these two handouts for you to print and use as needed.Read More
Whether you've known since you were sixteen that you wanted to have a midwife attend your birth, or whether you're seven months along with baby #3 and this is the first time the possibility's crossed your mind, here are 5 common myths we hear about midwifery care in Calgary and the truth behind them...Read More
Packing your birth bag is a ritual of modern pregnancy.
Maybe you’re the type of person who packs your bag weeks in advance – you like to feel prepared, with lots of time to spare. Or maybe you’re the type to pack your bag during early labor – a practical busy job to keep you distracted during those first crampy contractions.
No matter when or how you pack your bag, you’ll likely have researched what to put in it. There are many sample lists available online (some of them pages long!) and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
We’d like to simplify things for you.Read More
Woman-to-woman support has been a cornerstone of birth support throughout human history. Whether medically, physically or emotionally, women have long been depicted helping other women as they transition into motherhood.
The recent (in the grand scheme of things) addition of fathers to the childbirth process has been a welcome and needed evolution in birth support. But this can sometimes lead to concern about a trained and professional support person also joining the team.
Common fears/questions from partners often include:
- What will my role be if a doula is there? Aren't I enough?
- Will she put pressure on me to aid my partner in a way I don’t feel comfortable with?
- That's a lot of money - do we really need her?
Instead of explaining my very biased (yes, doulas are amazing!) point of view, I reached out to some dads I've previously worked with. Here’s what they had to say...Read More
Seeing the person you love working hard to cope with the intensity of labour as she works to bring your baby earth side can be a powerful, and at times overwhelming, experience. Here are 10 practical things you can do...Read More
As doulas, we know that one of the best things we can do to support you in labour is to create a birthing space that feels safe and private for you. Why does it matter? Because our physiology (the way our bodies work) is designed to work best in labour when we feel safe and private.Read More
Are you planning a waterbirth? Is the bathtub in your house too small or too uncomfortable to labor in? Thinking about buying or renting an inflatable birth pool? Here are 3 reasons you'll love a Passages Birth Pool!Read More
I love finding out that a client will be birthing at South Health Campus (SHC). Built from the ground up with family-centered care as a guiding principle, they are changing the face of maternity care in Calgary...Read More
July 28 - 31, 2016 marked DONA International's Annual Conference. Hosted in beautiful Bellevue, WA it was an incredible four days of fun, community building, growth, and doula talk. Here's how awesome my week was...Read More
Some people know they are going to hire a doula before they even get pregnant. Others don’t hear about doulas until they’re 8 months along. Sometimes, especially in Alberta, people worry that it’s as hard to get a doula as it is to get a midwife (Have no fear! It isn’t)...Read More
Mother's Day. Simple enough, right? It's a day to honor the mothers in our lives. But it seems that as I get older, this day has become a complex mix of celebration, remembrance, and grief.
I am blessed to be able to honor the mothers of my heart this day. The strong and wise women whom I have chosen to welcome into my life and who have walked along side me on my journey. We have shared laughter and tears, great times and damn crappy times. They have imparted wisdom, forgiven foibles, shored up my confidence, and led by example. I am blessed because this list of women in my life is long...Read More