Meaghan Grant
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Meaghan is a Certified Labour Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula, Certified Educator, and Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist. As co-owner of Toronto Family Doulas Meaghan works with families to explore their options and help them to discover their own strength through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.

After graduating with a degree in History from Nipissing University and a post-graduate diploma in Advanced Studies in Special Needs, Meaghan entered the field of special needs education and behavioural therapy. Her dedication to special needs education led to an interest in early development and families. Her own experiences as a mother of two led her to doula work, where her passion for judgement-free support of all birth and parenting choices became the foundation of her doula practice. With a dedication to lifelong learning and professional development in the doula industry, Meaghan became the first person ever to achieve certification in all four programs offered by ProDoula.

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What To Expect When You're Expecting Multiple Babies

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2017 | 11:11 AM

You are so excited! You are expecting and you are headed in for your first ultrasound. The first glance of your baby. Then the ultrasound tech makes a "hmmm" sound and your heart drops. You are worried, scared, when just moments before you were elated. Then the tech says, "do...

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A Village Of Support Helped Me Get Through Postpartum Depression

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2017 | 1:22 PM

Birth and postpartum mental health issues don't get the attention they deserve, says Meaghan Grant. We don't talk about the pressure to meet expectations or the fact that other people's opinions impact the way we parent and the way we view ourselves as parents. Meaghan shares how she got through...

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Baby Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2017 | 1:19 PM

It is a common joke amongst new parents and parents-to-be that babies do not come with an instruction manual. And while there are thousands of books on parenting style, breastfeeding, the 'science' of raising children, and more, none of them cover ways to make life easier. Most parents would happily...

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New Parents Need Advocates Too

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2017 | 3:51 PM

One of the most common words that comes up when expectant parents are planning for their birth is "advocate." There is an idea in our culture that birth is frightening, overwhelming, and even that medical providers do not always have the best interests of parents and babies at heart. While...

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The Loneliness Of Infertility Taught Me Compassion And Awareness

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2017 | 9:03 AM

My journey through infertility was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was hard on me emotionally, hard on me physically; it affected my marriage and my relationships with friends and family. It took a toll on my professional life. It made me doubt who I was...

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Your Doula Shouldn't Pass Judgement If You Choose To Formula Feed

(5) Comments | Posted March 24, 2017 | 3:16 PM

The debate between formula feeding and breastfeeding is not one that is likely to be settled any time soon. For new parents, the decision might be automatic, easy, or devastating. Formula may be introduced because of low breast milk supply, breast reduction surgery, medications, or preference. There are no right...

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How To Make Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough To Eat

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 4:14 PM

In an age of mommy wars, Breast is Best vs. Fed is Best campaigns, and baby-friendly hospital Initiatives, it can be difficult for new parents to know if indeed their baby is getting enough to eat. Hospital nurses are quick to discourage formula feeding and supplementing, but it is often...

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You Deserve Your Own Definition Of 'Natural' Childbirth

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 10:32 AM

Is there any other time in life when everyone around you thinks they get a say in your life? Probably not, if we are being honest. Pregnancy and birth are an opportunity for everyone and their aunt to tell you what you should be eating, doing, thinking and planning.

One...

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Flexible Birth And Postpartum Planning: Expect The Unexpected

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 7:47 AM

Have you written a birth plan?

Such a seemingly simple question can send expectant parents into a frenzy. Do they need a birth plan? What should be on it? Will the doctors and nurses follow it? The idea of having a birth plan is a sound one. How else...

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I Found The Light At The End Of My Postpartum Mood Disorder

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 11:06 AM

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So often when we refer to "postpartum," our minds jump to "postpartum depression." And yet, it is still something we are afraid to talk about. Women who do struggle with it are afraid that if they tell...

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5 New Year's Resolutions For New Parents

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2017 | 12:48 PM

New Year's often brings about resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, or spend more time with family. But for new parents, those resolutions may not hit the mark. New parents are tired, overwhelmed, and may feel isolated. Here are five resolutions that are perfect for families, whether your bundle of...

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8 Sleep Training Myths Busted

(15) Comments | Posted December 16, 2016 | 2:56 PM

Nothing can cause an argument faster in a group of parents than when someone brings up sleep training. Opinions range from "do it as early as possible" to "only terrible parents sleep train." With so many myths about sleep training out there, who do you believe? Let's examine the eight...

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Switched At Birth: How Hospital Procedures Have Evolved

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 4:20 PM

Not one, but two confirmed cases of infants switched and sent home with the wrong family. It sounds like a storyline to be found in Hollywood or on daytime TV, not on the evening news. Yet in August 2016, two men, Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr., held...

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