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First Boo!

October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Photo by Juhan Sonin.   Boo and a Happy Halloween to you! This week is full of celebrations and parties, all leading up to Trick or Treating! If you are taking your little one door-to-door, it is important to remember some safety tips.   1. Be bright or wear reflective clothing: This goes for parents…

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I HATE Informed Choice

October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Seems strange to hear that from a doula, doesn’t it? I’ve honestly written this blog a hundred times, and have never been able to find the right words. So I’m going to give you the words of others: Doula A: I’m so upset! My client’s OB is saying _______________, so they have scheduled a caesarean.…

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I Put My Baby In The Trunk

October 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Don’t worry! I didn’t leave him there! This is a blog about a life hack that made things so much easier for me.   Recently, I was headed for the car after my oldest had skating lessons. The baby needed his diaper changed, but the rink is cold and not the easiest place to change…

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When you can’t bring baby home

October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

A guide to surviving, and thriving, when your baby is in the NICU   Image courtesy of Stacey Palmer   Having a baby in the NICU can be devastating for a family. Whether your baby came early, or is medically fragile, it’s never the experience you imagined. Here are five ways to make it in…

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Imagine….Regulation?

October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Since my first moments as a doula, I have had a dream. I dreamed that doulas could work alongside of doctors and nurses. But that wasn’t what I saw and heard and read when I spoke to other doulas.   The talked about activism and advocacy. The wrote about ignoring hospital policies by giving women…

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Metamorphosis

October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The dictionary defines metamorphosis as “a complete change of form, structure, orsubstance, as transformation by magic or witchcraft.” Biologically, a butterfly is s perfect example. When a caterpillar spins it’s cocoon, it undergoes metamorphisis and emerges a butterfly.     You may have noticed that our blog has been quiet the last two weeks. Meaghan and…

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5 ways to increase your milk supply

October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

At Toronto Family Doulas, we know that a lot of new parents are worried about breastfeeding. Is breastfeeding going well? Is my baby getting enough milk? Should I supplement with formula? We will always support you in your feeding choices for your baby and we always recommend checking in with your baby’s doctor if you…

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Bag It Please

October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

As doulas, we are asked for recommendations all the time. From the gentlest acupuncturist, to what diapers are the best. Many families go through multiple diaper bags until they find “The One”. We put together the list of our top five recommendations; each of these bags serves a different purpose, so you are sure to find…

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Dream Big: Being a Doula Trainer

October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wanted something so badly you could feel it with every molecule in your body? That’s how I felt about becoming a doula trainer for ProDoula. I’ve long enjoyed the educational part of my job as a doula. I love teaching childbirth education and running workshops on Newborn Care, and I love the…

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Foodie Friday: Easy Energy Bars

October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

We want you to join us at the Baby Show this weekend, but we know you need snacks! Shopping and navigating busy crowds can be hard work. Bring along these quick and easy energy bars. They are fast to make and delicious! They are great to take when shopping, in your hospital snack bag, or…

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