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Product Review: The Sleep Belt

September 29, 2015 |

Meaghan’s son at 5 months in a shopping cart with The Sleep Belt.   As doulas, we are regularly asked for recommendations. We try to keep on top of the new products coming out, and we will admit it, we have favourite standbys that we also recommend. One in particular that we try to keep…

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Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

September 25, 2015 |

Fall is here and with it comes some amazing recipes! Pumpkin pie is a classic, but these pancakes mean you get the taste of pumpkin pie all day long! Bonus, if you use fresh or canned pumpkin, it is full of vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C!   Ingredients Serves 4 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose…

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More Than Just A Belly

September 24, 2015 |

  We know you love your care provider. Your OB or midwife takes great care of you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. It’s easy to forget though, that you are more than just a pregnant belly. You need to see more health care providers than just your obstetrical team. Prior to conception, during your…

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Fifty shades of … Oh crap, was that the baby?

September 22, 2015 |

  Disclaimer: this post may be sexually explicit. If you are offended by explicit language, this post may not be the best one for you to read. And yes, every pun is absolutely intended!   Let’s get down to the real nitty gritty.   Sex. Sex after having a baby can be a bit like…

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Foodie Friday: Smoothie edition

September 18, 2015 |

It’s Foodie Friday and this week we are bringing you smoothies! Smoothies can be a fantastic option for getting an extra punch of nutrients when you are pregnant. Bonus, if you are nauseous, they can be an easy way to get nutrients in. Here are two recipes that sound delicious! Healthy Pregnancy Smoothie Ingredients: 1…

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The Wrong Side of History

September 17, 2015 |

At Toronto Family Doulas, we aren’t exactly afraid of controversy. We don’t shy away from taking a stand for what things we believe in, and sometimes those things are political. So it came as a surprise this week, that when a significant conflict arose, we hesitated to speak out. We didn’t hesitate because we couldn’t…

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September 15, 2015 |

There are so many changes to a woman’s body during pregnancy and birth, it stands to reason your bottom may have some changes too! But no one likes to talk about their behind! Haemorrhoids can be one of the biggest banes of pregnancy and postpartum life. Embarrassing to mention (let’s be honest, who likes saying…

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Foodie Friday: Healthy Granola Bars

September 11, 2015 |

It’s time for another Foodie Friday!   Whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or bottle feeding, it may seem like you are always on the go! Feeding a baby takes at least one hand, making it hard to eat! Granola bars can be a great choice but they are often filled with sugar. This recipe uses…

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Meet Danielle!

September 10, 2015 |

  What do you do at Toronto Family Doulas? I am a postpartum and overnight doula, which means I get to support new families as they adjust to life with a new baby. I help with breastfeeding, offer information about newborn care, and (hopefully) give new parents a chance to get some extra rest. What…

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Meet Tina

September 9, 2015 |

  What do you do at Toronto Family Doulas? I’m a birth and postpartum doula. What brought you to doula work? When I was 9, my parents requested that I be in the hospital room during the birth of my youngest sister. I remember holding her hand and talking her through a relaxation/visualization exercise, that…

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