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THE CALGARY DOULA BLOG

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

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...

Making the Holidays Brighter

Guest Post by Annie Willems It’s Christmas. A holiday filled with excitement, anticipation and joy. We have parties, eat extra desserts, purchase gifts… We celebrate! And in the midst of a month of celebration, we know people who had to say goodbye this year. We know...

The 4 Best Reasons to Choose Private Prenatal Classes in Calgary

Guest Post by Mariah Post ​Many parents wonder about the benefits of choosing to have a childbirth education class privately taught in their home. Guest blogger, Mariah Post from Northwest PA Doulas, explains below why you should consider this comprehensive service...

Can Sleep Deprivation Kill You?

Guest post by Leanne Palmerston Baby is gaining weight. Breastfeeding is going well. Your body is healing. Only one problem: baby won’t sleep. Or, they will sleep, but just not in their own bed, or even in any bed! And you?  You haven’t slept for more than 2 hours in...

Speaking My Truth

As many of you know, I attended the ProDoula "Share the Vision" 2016 Conference in October, where it was announced that the coming years theme would be Speak Your Truth. I have been mulling it over ever since. What is my truth? What does that even mean, your truth?...

What to Wear Home From the Hospital

With our upcoming How to Pack You Hospital Bag event happening at Calgary's Baby & Me Maternity this week, I have been thinking about my favourite things to have for my hospital stay after giving birth. One of the things you may be wondering about, is what you should...