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THE CALGARY DOULA BLOG

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

Realistic Expectations After Birth

Guest post by Elizabeth Luke of First Coast Doulas I want to share some things with you about having realistic expectations after birth. As our "birth" date approaches we dream about our baby cooing, smiling, and grasping our finger in their hand. We excite ourselves...

The Don’t Ask List

I don't know what it is about pregnancy that seems to make people forget about boundaries. Even with a bazillion articles floating around Facebook saying "Don't touch my belly!" and "Quit commenting on my body!" there seems to always be someone who hasn't gotten the...

For Partners: Bonding With Your Breastfed Baby

You may worry about feeling left out and slightly useless when your baby is exclusively breastfed. You may wonder what you can do to connect with your baby. Babies need so much more than food and can be soothed other ways. It’s important for you to spend time with...

The Best C-Section Recovery Tips

If you gave birth via C-section, you have added recovery challenges. Recovering from abdominal surgery is no joke (as you’ll find out the first time someone makes you laugh). It will be about 6 weeks before your incision heals but you’ll probably begin to feel like...

Postpartum Recovery Red Flags

Your body grew a person! For nine months, you watched your body change and grow. Now that your baby has been born it is quickly changing again. ​ It’s going to take some time for you to recover. You will need to get plenty of rest (Easier said than done, right? We can...

Why I’m Conscious of What I put on My Skin

Guest Post by Shannon Galley When I was pregnant with my baby boy, I was very conscious about what I used on my skin. I rarely wore makeup and avoided many products that contained ingredients that are questionable for human safety. Our skin is our largest organ and it...

Cloth Diapering: T.H.E. B.A.S.I.C.S

Guest Post by Amanda King Cloth diapering has been around for centuries but we have definitely come a long way from wet pants and pins. If you’re thinking of cloth diapering there are a lot of things to consider before diving in and it can be overwhelming but it...

You’re Pregnant!: First Things First

You’re pregnant! Whether it’s a surprise or you’ve been hoping, wishing, and praying, you’re going to be a parent! After the initial feelings wear off, you might be wondering… now what? ​​Determining Your Due Date Your doctor will ultimately determine your due date...

The Perfect Gift For Calgary Grandparents

Your parents are always there for you. You want to show them just how much you care. You spend the entire year trying to figure our what to get for the people who have everything, including all your love! Introducing Grandparent Prep! Our progressive new class is the...

Choosing a Care Provider

It’s important to receive early and consistent prenatal care. In Calgary, Family Doctors, Obstetricians, and Midwives look after your medical needs and deliver your baby. If you have a Family Doctor, start there. They will conform your pregnancy and help you create a...

The Birth Trauma Myth

For those that have never given birth or have only had positive birthing experiences, it can be difficult to understand how or why a person would reflect on their birth experience as though something terrible has happened when they and their baby are physically...

You’re Invited: How to Pack Your Hospital Bag Event

What are you going to need when you go to the hospital to have your baby? Not sure? Our team of birth doulas want to help you make the perfect packing list for your big day! We can help you streamline your baggage, including our top recommendations for labour,...

Becoming a Grandparent in Calgary?

We are so excited about our new Grandparent Prep Classes! ​ This 2.5-hour class will give you exactly the information you need! We’ll bring the refreshments and knowledge; you bring your wisdom and readiness to learn! Together, we will break down the generational gap...

How to Write a Birth Plan When You Don’t Know What You Want

It’s normal as first-time parents to be completely unsure of what you want to put in your birth plan. You may feel like it’s impossible to plan for something that you do not have any idea about. How will labour feel? What will I want? What will my partner want? Where...

I Blame it on the Doula

He’s an amazing man.  He works hard for our family. He shows me he loves me every day. He brings me coffee in bed, reads stories to our children, cooks, and even does his own laundry, on occasion. He is a wonderful father, not just to the daughter we created together...

A Better Birth Experience With Calgary Doula Support

You're choosing doula support because you want a better birth experience. You want to be in control of what happens to you and your baby. You don't want to feel alone. You want to ensure your partner knows what is going on and feels safe and supported. You want to be...

I See Your Shine.

Much of what I do as a doula agency owner is network with other professionals. I aim to not only share my vision for Chinook City Doulas and my amazing team but also to learn about the other businesses and people in my community working with new families. I get so...

Story Time Reflections

Some days, if I am not booked in with a client, I am lucky enough to work from home. My youngest daughter stays home with me and I keep her busy with various activities (Lego, coloring, crafts, and movies) while I juggle phone calls and emails.    On quiet days, like...