Meaghan es educadora y doula. Es copropietaria de la agencia Toronto Family Doulas, asesora a las familias sobre qué opciones tienen para el parto y ayuda a las madres a prepararse para el parto y el posparto. Estudió Historia en la Universidad de Nipissing (Canadá) y tiene un posgrado en Necesidades educativas específicas. Tras tener a su segundo hijo, empezó a ejercer de doula. Fue la primera persona que obtuvo la certificación de los cuatro programas propuestos por la organización ProDoula.
Becoming overheated during pregnancy can be worse than just being uncomfortable.
My two small children are learning compassion and empathy, and tolerance and acceptance for people who are different.
05/25/2018 09:45 EDT
Nothing boils my blood more than the idea that bottle feeding your baby means you aren't bonding with them.
04/11/2018 10:27 EDT
Routines or activities that are smaller, shorter or more convenient will help you to be a better parent.
02/20/2018 15:50 EST
Once a person has been diagnosed with a postpartum mood disorder once, their likelihood of a relapse with subsequent births is drastically increased.
01/15/2018 12:51 EST
I know that swollen ankles, nausea and exhaustion don't always pair well with all the activities, but being pregnant during the holidays is not all bad!
12/12/2017 15:27 EST
While a lot of them can seem silly to modern parents, they may still be important to your family members, community or culture.
12/07/2017 09:18 EST
Postpartum looks nothing like a Johnson & Johnson commercial.
10/17/2017 11:23 EDT
If you have always been a nurturer, comforter and caregiver, doula work is a pathway to professionalizing what you have always done and felt in your heart.
08/10/2017 11:02 EDT
Balancing age-old wisdom with new recommendations is not always the easiest feat.
07/12/2017 17:29 EDT
We can laugh and joke about pre-wedding jitters, but what about pre-baby jitters? While some anxiety over the anticipated life changes are normal, some individuals have bigger concerns and fears around the process of birth and becoming a parent.
06/07/2017 03:22 EDT
The idea of bringing home multiples can be staggering. Do you really need two of everything? Will they come early? Are they identical, and how will you tell them apart if they are? Once you discover you are having multiples, your prenatal care will likely change. If you are registered with a midwife, your care may be transferred, or plans may be made to transfer you at 28 weeks. If you are scheduled to see an OB, you might be moved to a multiples or high risk prenatal clinic. You will definitely have more appointments, more ultrasounds, and possibly more tests.
05/18/2017 11:11 EDT
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.
05/12/2017 01:22 EDT
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 give up (more) sleep if they just had some clues on ways to soothe, settle, schedule, and survive their child's infancy.
05/03/2017 01:19 EDT
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.
04/19/2017 03:51 EDT
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 as a person and the plan I had for my life.
04/04/2017 09:03 EDT
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.
03/24/2017 03:16 EDT
Whether you are breast- or bottle-feeding, knowing your baby's cues is an important step in ensuring your baby is getting enough to eat. Feeding on demand in the first weeks and months is an essential part of providing adequate nutrition for growth and development.
03/08/2017 05:14 EST
If you tell someone you are planning an unmedicated birth, you are met with a grin and nod in that "uh-huh, you are going to be begging for an epidural" kind of way. If you say you are planning an epidural, they wax poetic about the joys of unmedicated birth. Everyone has an opinion on your birth, and it is almost always going to be the opposite of yours.
02/23/2017 11:32 EST
Having a baby, or babies, is unpredictable. They are their own person and it is always harder to plan around someone else, especially when they cannot tell you their agenda. It is not always possible to just "go with the flow"; so having plans in place can help you to adjust when things are not working.
02/08/2017 08:48 EST
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