Birth is not just about dilation - don't forget effacement (This post first appeared in March 2015 and has been updated). I was at a birth a few years back. When mom was admitted to the hospital she was 4 cm dilated and 40% effaced. Three hours later, after hours of...
Yes, it’s that time again moms and moms-to-be! To brave the masses and make our way between the many strollers to check out the products and services from some of Montreal’s big and small businesses catering to families. It’s the Montreal Parents and Kids Fair 2018!
With four kids, over 12 years experience as a doula, and 200 births under her rebozo, Doula Ayda de Souza truly is our Mama Bear! She is reliable, always eager to help, is very protective of her clients, and quickly puts parents at ease. Ayda has been working full-time with our team for close to a year now.
Yvonne is one of the most intuitive and grounded people I know. She has the ability to see things as they are, in the moment, and not stress out about the details. Her love of learning is infectious – because of her I now use essential oils and am practicing mindfulness more and more in my personal and work life.
Common breastfeeding issues We hear this a lot in our doula practice. Our clients are adamant about breastfeeding, but often are worried that it won’t go well. Like them, you’ve probably heard stories from friends about the myriad of breastfeeding issues that can...
‘Caca, pee-pee and your shirt is ugly!’ Yup. Those are the exact words that came screaming out of the mouth of my 3 and half year-old daughter a couple of years ago when I wouldn’t give her a juice box. Parenting is fun, no?!
I found out I had an ab separation (aka diastasis recti) when I was in a Pilates class and the teacher went around to check us all out. We were all new moms, and four out of five of us had an ab separation and we didn’t know it! How come no one told me?
My path to being a doula started on my way to motherhood. I was pregnant for the first time, I was scared. I had never journeyed with anyone through a pregnancy, I had never even seen a birth. This was a completely new territory for me and my husband.
Evidence-based birth is so important ‘Should I hire a doula?’ I saw this question posted on a popular online mommy group a few weeks ago. A long and divided string of responses followed and a heated debate followed. We often hear about disputes when discussing...
True or False? You must push out your baby while lying on your back.
Answer: False. You can push out your baby in any position you want!
So why do most people push on their backs?
More and more, I find that people are learning about birth through these fictional stories. Sometimes these are the only births they’ve ‘seen’! And because these births are dramatized (who wants to see a slow 24-hour birth?), people aren’t getting the right information to make the decisions needed regarding their bodies and their babies.
Shake That Body! I know there are lots of excuses not to exercise when we're pregnant. My favourites were: I'm too tired, my legs are swollen, my belly gets in the way, I have reflux, I have to pee every 15 minutes, I'm already sweating enough as it is (!), etc. But...