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New Parents Need Advocates Too

Meaghan Grant | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

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.

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

Meaghan Grant | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

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. There are no right or wrong reasons why a family might opt to introduce formula to their baby; every family is doing what is best for them.

To Doula Or Not To Doula?

Georgia Morley | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Georgia Morley

It was only some years after the birth of my son that I began to be really intrigued by the idea that there could've been someone in the room with me to speak when I could only growl. Don't get me wrong, my midwife Susie was amazing, but she was busy doing midwife-y things like checking blood pressure and filling in paperwork and unwrapping the cord from around my son's neck: um, yes please.

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

Meaghan Grant | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Postpartum mood disorders are so much more than just depression. Anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, the blues, manic states and, more rarely, psychosis all make up the spectrum. My own experience parallels the experience of so many, and yet has its own unique complications.

5 New Year's Resolutions For New Parents

Meaghan Grant | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

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. These resolutions are perfect for families, whether your bundle of joy arrived before the ball dropped, or is coming your way sometime in 2017.

8 Tips For Squashing The Winter Baby Blues

Georgia Morley | Posted 12.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Georgia Morley

It was the Fall of 2005, when I was four months postpartum with my now 11-year-old son that I was brought to my knees with the dark days of winter and the biggest struggle of my life, postpartum depression. The days began to feel longer and more daunting as I crept into a depression due to imbalanced hormones.

Switched At Birth: How Hospital Procedures Have Evolved

Meaghan Grant | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Although many parents today fear taking home the wrong baby, it is thankfully an unfounded fear. In reality, it is exceedingly rare for infants to be switched in the hospital and it becomes even more rare as time goes on. Extensive measures have been put in place in modern hospitals in order to prevent such mix-ups.

The Other Side: Life As A New Parent

Megan Howarth | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

The truth is, the birth of your baby will most likely be the most transformative and life-changing experience you will ever go through. You will enter the experience living in one dimension and you will exit feeling truly like you are on "The Other Side" of your life.

I Threw a Shoe at My 6 Month Old

Megan Howarth | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

My husband was holding him and I think I may have almost wanted to hit them. I know I wanted something to happen. I was thinking that if I threw that shoe hard enough maybe it would crack the layer of suffocation I was feeling around me. Maybe it would give me some air, or maybe I'd get in trouble and someone would say "Okay, she's clearly had enough. Let's give her a week off from this motherhood thing."

Retail Dietitians Help You Make Healthy Food Choices

Nicole Fetterly, RD | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Living
Nicole Fetterly, RD

As a retail dietitian for the last five years, I am so disappointed that our services could be so misconstrued and mistakenly represented in a recent Globe and Mail article. Our message is one of moderation and acceptance -- not preaching, but counseling when and if you need us. I'm proud of our ability to improve the health of Canadians. The number one goal of our Nutrition Department is to improve the health of our customers, employees and community through pragmatic, evidence-based, holistic food and nutrition recommendations.

LOOK: Amazing Home Birth Photos

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Jackie Dives thinks childbirth is too frequently displayed and viewed as a scary experience for women. So the Vancouver doula/photographer is doing so...

Baby Butt-lers

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.06.2012 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Just because you actually are a parent doesn't mean you're necessarily qualified to be a parent, or that you should be expected to take on said duties of being a parent. Enter, the baby concierge.