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
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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
We think Christmas is the best. Like Will Ferrell in Elf, it's our favorite. We love it, truly. And we know that it can be awful, overwhelming, and full of crazy moments of parenting guilt and shame. So if this is your first Christmas with your little one, here are our 10 best tips for cruising through the holidays: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
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
This was the tail end of a text conversation I had recently with a dear friend of mine who was (at the time) in her last few weeks of midwifery school. I threw that last comment out without really thinking about it, until I hit send and re-read it.
What she said really did sound like my life. In fact, most of my adult life could be described that way: "Lots of interest and zero time".
That never really bothered me before. But these days, it's kind of getting under my skin...Read More
If you've been hanging around for a bit (especially on our Facebook page) you may have noticed that Christine and I are a bit dorky...geeky...nerdy. We love sci-fi/fantasy and we both have our respective fandoms. Christine is waiting for her letter from Hogwarts and I'm a Browncoat through and through...Read More
If your baby is estimated to arrive sometime this month, you may have felt a little bit concerned when you first did the math - we all know how much it sucks to have a birthday close to Christmas. But have no fear! Since Christine and I both celebrate our birthdays within two weeks of Christmas, we thought we would compile a list of reasons that having a birthday close to Christmas actually rocks...Read More
Doulaing full time can be a tricky business at the best of times, but add small children into the mix and you may wonder if it's even possible. The logistics of being on call with young kids can be overwhelming, but with some solid planning and a bit of out-of-the-box thinking, there are ways to make it sustainable. Here are 4 possibilities...Read More
I'm not very fringy. I don't make my own kombucha. I haven't grown one leaf of kale. I have no bloody idea how to make soap. I do own a few mason jars, and our tomato plant did pretty well this year. It was a good summer for tomatoes. I own too many clothes, I have off-the-shelf...Read More
Almost every single time that we interview with a potential client, Christine and I are asked why we became doulas? Why do this work? It seems a little crazy on paper: being on call all the time, leaving for work and having no idea when you'll be home, spending hours on your feet and only taking bathroom and snack breaks if it's an appropriate time to do so...Read More
Most doulas work in a solo practice for their clients. All interviews, prenatal visits, on-call time, labour and birth support, and postpartum visits are done by the single doula. Many doulas will work with a select back-up doula (or two) to ensure her clients are covered, if she is called to another birth or is unable to make it. Both Rachel and I began...Read More