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Babies and Jaundice

We have had quite a few questions about jaundice in the recent months. Here are some facts about newborn jaundice. Jaundice is a common condition in newborn babies; particularly infants that are breastfed or that were born before 38 weeks gestation. There is also some evidence that delayed cord clamping can increase jaundice levels. Jaundice…

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Raising the Bar on Doula Services

We are raising the bar on doula services in Toronto! Toronto Family Doulas has always had a commitment to bringing you the most comprehensive services in the GTA.  We have prided ourselves on well-trained and supportive doulas, ready to respond to your needs. Now we are taking that even further.   Not only are our…

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First Meal of the Day!

Whether it is morning sickness that has you down, or just the heat, getting that first meal of the day in can be difficult. Every person is going to be different, but we love this idea for a light, easy breakfast. No strong smells to make you nauseous and it can cover all your nutritional…

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Ten Questions to Ask About Your Postpartum Doula

We know that deciding on a postpartum doula is a big decision! After all, this person is going to be with you for days and weeks after the birth of your baby. It is important to feel safe and secure about your decision to hire a doula. Here are ten questions to ask about your…

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Ten Questions For Your Birth Doula

1. Who was your training with? Are you pursuing certification? Not all training programs are created equally. An in-person training offers superior opportunities to learn hands on techniques and communication skills. It is also important to know that your doula is actively pursuing certification. Historically, doulas have not felt the need to attend a training,…

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The Best Hug

The most important thing is to be confident.   No one wants to hug you if you’re tentative – it’s like the floppy fish handshake, it just feels wrong.   They key to a good hug is to keep your bum in, hug with your whole body and really share the warmth and love. The person…

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Sophie Trudeau and the Myth of Overwhelmed

When news broke that Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau was overwhelmed and needed additional support, the Internet erupted. How dare she!? She has nannies and a cook and no job. Isn’t that enough? No. Maybe it isn’t. We aren’t going to wade into the arguments around taxes and who pays for her staff. That is a political battle…

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Surviving Wedding Season While Expecting

Spring heralds the arrival of so many things; robins, rain, green buds on trees, and without fail, wedding invitations. Whether it is your best friend, your co-worker, or Uncle Joe who is is getting married (again), those sparkling envelopes start to arrive just as the geese fly home. Other years, those invitations were fun. A…

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Reclaiming Reclined Pushing

The most consistent piece of advice that people hear during their pregnancy is, “Don’t push on your back! It’s the worst position to push in!”   Photo Used Under Creative Commons Licensing. Women frequently tell us this in their prenatal appointments. They write it in their birth plans. They have read it on websites and heard…

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When You Exclusively Pump

Every family wants to provide the best for their baby, but the “best” can look different for different families. No matter what feeding method you choose for your newborn, there are ways to make it a good experience for everyone.   If you decide that exclusive pumping is the preferred method of feeding your baby,…

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