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THE CALGARY DOULA BLOG

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

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...

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...