How are you? What’s new? How’s baby?

What a week it’s been for our team! It was filled with several wonderful births, postpartum visits to help some very exhausted parents, visits with lactation consultants to solve some tongue-tie issues, and newborns who, like us, are just tired, and keep falling asleep while feeding!

And the Holidays are soon upon us! Are you getting stressed out? Remember to take a few minutes every day for yourself to breathe and relax.

Oh yeah – make sure you catch us in two weeks for our special Holiday edition of the Sunday Brunch. We’re actually going to have a real brunch with the team – so we’ll fill you in on all the juicy birth talk!

Have a great week!



Here’s what our team’s been up to this week:

This week on our Facebook Live Show, Doula Dialogues, Sylvia and Jenny talk about the rise in popularity of postpartum doulas and how we can help you transition into your new role as parents! Many people still don’t know we exist!

Out of the mouth of babes:

: My 6-year-old daughter – ‘It hasn’t snowed in a long time because the snowflakes in the sky saw what happened to the ones that fell too soon. They know that it’s still autumn and if they fall before winter, they’ll die.’

What we’re watching:

Heather: My 10-year-old daughter and I have been watching every single episode of every single season of Gilmore Girls. We’re almost done with the final season. (But then there’s A Year in the Life!) I totally missed Gilmore Girls when it came out years ago, but am kind of glad I did, because it’s been really fun watching it with my daughter.

Family activity:

Jenny: Operation collaborative painting is coming along nicely! And wowee we’re learning to be patient and respect each others’ boundaries and wishes.

Favourite yoga pose:

MikaSupta Baddha Konasana

Supta means “reclined”, Baddha means “bound”, and Kona means “angle” – a great pose for pregnant women in preparation for childbirth! The benefits include freeing energy flow in the pelvic area, increasing vitality in digestive organs, and quieting the mind.

A note for beginners: if you’re not comfortable reclining on the floor, you may use a bolster or folded blankets to support the spine. You may also want to place a block under each knee for support.

Breastfeeding tip:

Ayda: Did you get engorged when your milk came in a few days after giving birth? Besides warm showers, feeding baby, and Tylenol, I often suggest using cold cabbage leaves to reduce the swelling! Your breasts are often so hot, the cabbage leaves will actually wilt – just replace them, or use another method to soothe them. Engorgement usually lasts 2-3 days while your milk comes in. Do note that extended use may decrease your milk supply, so try various ways to reduce your discomfort.

Here is a great article if you want to know more.

What we’re reading:

HeatherBraiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

This book was a total impulse buy. I was in Kingston, Ontario, at an independent bookstore downtown, and a young woman was at the checkout counter, buying a copy and raving about it to the owner. Of course I had to ask what book it was. She showed me and said she had already read it and was buying this copy for her mom. She said, “Every woman should have this book.” Well, with an endorsement like that, I had to get my own. Luckily, the owner had one copy left. This compilation of essays is an absolute gem, and I have to say I agree with the woman at the bookstore. I already sent a copy to a friend in Vancouver, and I plan to buy several more.


Well, that’s been our week! Thanks for reading! We’d love to hear what you liked best! And let us know if you have any Mommy Gadgets to add to a later edition.

Have a lovely Sunday and see you in two weeks!

The RTC Doulas 

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P.S.S. All of our 2019 dates for our Power of Positive Birth prenatal classes are posted on our website! Register now for a fun and hands-on class.