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THE CALGARY DOULA BLOG

From pregnancy planning, conception, and pregnancy, to birth and parenting.

Have a Home Birth in the Hospital

Have you always dreamed of having a home birth but, for whatever reason, are not able to?   Pregnant people in Calgary who want a home birth may unable to access a home birth to a lack of funding for midwifery care or because their pregnancy has become high risk. They...

Postpartum Doulas Help With Postpartum Depression

People tend to associate the word postpartum with depression. In reality, postpartum refers to the time after a child bearer gives birth. Postpartum depression, then, is clinical depression that occurs after birth, usually as a result of hormonal changes, the...

5 Ways to Make Your First Postpartum Poop Easier

Okay, let’s talk about the one thing no one likes to talk about—poop.   More specifically, your first poop after you give birth.   What’s it really like? Will it feel like birth all over again? Will I need to be sedated? Can I be sedated? (and no, we haven’t found a...

Is it Vegan to Eat Your Placenta?

Are you a vegan? I’m a vegan. And don’t worry my omnivorian friends, I’m not here to preach my vegan agenda, I just want to talk about placentas. (If you aren’t sure which is worse, placenta or vegans, this blog isn’t for you – click here to escape!)   Do you know...

Will my Placenta Capsules be Gluten Free?

If you have Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance you may be concerned about having your placenta encapsulated for consumption. Totally understandable. When living a gluten-free life you always have to be on guard when it comes to food! For people with Celiac Disease...

What to Get Calgary Grandparents for Christmas

Your parents and In-laws have everything right? Everything except a grandchild and you’re working on that! Congratulations, BTW! ​ If you’re like me, holiday shopping is both exciting and terrifying. I tend to put it off until the very last minute when I absolutely...

When Pregnancy Sucks, Don’t Suck It Up

The day begins with you heaving your body into an upright position, completely out of breath from the effort and bleary eyed after spending half the night getting up to pee. Your feet hit the floor like a couple of bricks stuffed inside bags of water. You think you...

How to Run Away

You’re tapped out. Emotions are raw and anxiety is high. Your body feels foreign, like it no longer belongs to you. Your mind is cloudy and racing. You want to be grateful for the baby you longed for but really just want out of your body. You have an overwhelming urge...

We Stand Behind Our Placenta Encapsulation Standards

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a statement urging parents to stop taking their encapsulated placenta, after an infant became sick from late-onset GBS bacteremia. The infant’s mother was consuming her encapsulated placenta, and...

5 Placenta Encapsulation Risks + How to Avoid Them

Thinking about having your placenta encapsulated? It's a great idea! If you're hoping for a faster recovery from birth, a reduced risk of postpartum depression, and an abundant milk supply, consuming your placenta could be right for you. The anecdotal benefits are...

The Chinese Postpartum Tradition of “Sitting the Month”

In culturally dynamic Calgary, as a postpartum doulas and placenta encapsulation specialist, I have the opportunity to witness a variety of postpartum traditions. My favorite is the Chinese tradition of "Sitting the Month," or Zuo Yue Zi. Deeply rooted in Chinese...

Surrogacy and Placenta Encapsulation

When Nathan Chan, the Managing Director of Proud Fertility, and I first published our silly video about placenta encapsulation one question seemed to be on everyone's mind: When encapsulating for a surrogate and intended parents who eats the placenta?   While there is...

Just Breathe

Thanks to Lamaze, breathing patterns and techniques for labour have become something of an old joke but that doesn’t make breathing techniques any less useful for managing the intensity of labour. ​A slow and steady breathing pattern with help your body stay relaxed,...

Collective Knowledge = Comprehensive Support

You’re not alone if when planning a medication free birth, you want a doula that has either personally experienced birth without the use of an epidural or narcotics or has previously supported births that were un-medicated. Clients that are planning for a C-section...

I Didn’t Breastfeed Her

My breastfeeding experience with my first baby was beautiful. The first couple of days were challenging but once we were home and had some privacy we got it figured out. When I found myself pregnant again, breastfeeding was what I looked forward to most. It never...

The Postpartum Haze

The postpartum period is hazy and raw. Like walking through dense fog. Yesterday you carried life within you and today you cradle it in your arms.   Your mind is cloudy. Your bottom is physically raw if you gave birth vaginally. Your abdomen is a raw line of staples...

Tummy Time Sucks

When I had my first baby I followed all the rules… when people were looking. ​ The rest of the time I followed my instincts and did what I wanted. Tummy time was one of those things that I didn’t do and avoided talking about. All my children hated tummy time until...

Crying it Out

Your previously peaceful buddle of joy has begun crying more and more! At about two weeks of age infant crying starts to increase, and generally peaks at about 2 months of age. Thankfully, it generally begins to lessen at 3-4 months, but what do you do in the...