Are you a fan of brunch? We love the easiness and yumminess of brunches, of sitting down for a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday with family and friends, sipping mimosas, and chatting about everything from motherhood, work, kids, trips, to school and the latest books and movies that we may or may not be reading or watching!

And during one of these brunches, we had a thought: what if YOU could join us? Wouldn’t that be fun?

And here we are!

In your inbox (if you’re on our mailing list) and in your social media feed.

Every Sunday, we’ll be sharing what our team’s been up to and our favourite:

  • Books
  • Videos and movies
  • Kids’ anecdotes
  • Birthing tools
  • Parenting gadgets
  • Quotes
  • and more!

And please feel free to share your comments, suggestions, and anecdotes with us too. After all, you’re sitting here with us!


So, let’s begin.


Kids’ anecdote of the week (Sylvia)
Our three kids are always saying the funniest things! I thought this was particularly fitting since we’ll be changing the clocks next weekend (November 4).

Gaëlle (6 yo): What’s this little button on my watch, Daddy?
JP: I’ll show you. Look….if you pull it, then turn it, it changes the time.
Gaëlle: Wow! So, if we’re late going somewhere, we can use this button so we’re not late anymore?


Books we’re reading this week

Heather is reading: Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel

I haven’t yet finished this, but so far it’s so good! Written by a doula with a doctorate in medical anthropology, the book is full of encouragement and lots of practical tips for those who really want a natural birth but will be doing so in hospital. Given that the vast majority of women do in fact end up birthing in hospital here in Canada– whether by choice or by circumstance– it’s an important addition to any birth-book library.


Lauren is reading Woman Code by Alisa Vitti

As a birth and fertility doula, as well as prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher, the subject of women’s health is really important for me. I am thrilled to have found this book as this woman is the bomb! Based in NYC, she is powerful, intelligent, and passionate about women’s health. Her book is full of amazing suggestions on how to change your diet to balance your hormones and your life!


Videos we’re watching

Mika:  Shorten Labor | Faster Birth With Peanut Balls
Several hospitals in Montreal recently received some new birth tools: Peanut Balls!! And my clients and I are loving them. Especially if you’re on the bed or have an epidural and have limited movement. They can really help to make you more comfortable, widen the pelvis, allowing baby to come down which then shortens labour.


Quote of the week 

‘I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.’ – Eleanor Roosevelt (Sylvia)


What we’re listening to
Jenny: I am in the process of moving…again, and it’s a real hassle…among other things. This song really brings out the emotions in me and is one of my favourites: The Cinematic Orchestra – ‘To Build A Home’


Favourite recipe for the new mother

Heather: Medjool dates with almond butter and shredded coconut! More for postpartum, but also great for pregnancy and during labour (some studies show that eating dates allows you a quicker labour!). They’re quick and easy to prepare (take the seed out of the date, slice it open, spoon in some almond butter, then sprinkle coconut on top), and so tasty and nourishing.


What we’re working on 
We’ve launched a new Facebook Live Show and we’re having a blast! The show, Doula Dialogues, is LIVE every Friday at 12 p.m. on our Rock the Cradle Facebook Page. Our doulas and special guests talk about various issues surrounding pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Episode #1: Finding Your Confidence When Giving Birth
Episode #2: Finding Your Pregnancy Mojo
Episode #3: How to Prepare for Postpartum

You can catch all these episodes on our YouTube Channel!! And please SUBSCRIBE! And don’t forget to join the conversation every Friday!




Well, that’s it for today. We’ll let you in on more doula secrets next week!


Have a happy Sunday,

The RTC Doulas


p.s. We want you to #LoveYourBirthStory!! Join our growing community of parents who birth and parent with confidence! You can find us on YouTubeFacebook, in our private Facebook group ‘This Motherhood Journey’, on Pinterest and Instagram.  

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