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Winter 2019 Editorial: “Life Changing”

Winter 2019 Editorial: “Life Changing”

By Stephanie Ondrack The fact that becoming a parent changes one’s life is so obvious and cliché’d that it barely warrants repeating. However, repeat it we shall. Because regardless of all the ways you expect a baby to change your life, it will be more. More in all the challenging ways—more work, more crying, more… Continue Reading

ASK CHILDBEARING: I am going stir crazy!!

reposted from Dec 15 2016 Q: I am going stir crazy at home with my new baby. I find myself pacing in front of the window for an hour before my partner gets home from work. What can I do to alleviate this terrible monotony? A: Oh I know how that feels! I remember those… Continue Reading

Not Enough Hands!

By Kerry Longia reposted from April 1 2014  One thing I wasn’t expecting before having a baby was how much I would be using my hands and arms. The arms were a shelf for nursing, a cradle for rocking. The hands were swiping newborn poop and fiddling with tiny snappers. At some point, maybe around… Continue Reading

BABYWEARING For Healthy Spines and Happy Babies

by Dr. Stephanie Bonn reprinted from April 2014 There are many benefits of wearing our infants while we perform our daily activities especially the positive impact it has on the baby’s physical, emotional, social and neurological development. Car seats and their frequent misuse as carriers are known to cause postural strain to both the mother and… Continue Reading

Strengthening Partner Relationships After Baby

Strengthening Partner Relationships After Baby

By Alison Holland The quality of a relationship and the quality of parenting go hand in hand. As a therapist, wife, and mother of three young children I am often asked for advice from couples about to embark upon the journey of becoming parents or those adding to their families. I usually begin with, “In… Continue Reading

Mother Making

Mother Making

By Stephanie Ondrack There is no question that becoming a mother changes us. It is a fundamental shift in identity that alters our former perception of self. Whether we welcome this or resist it, there is no escaping it: we are no longer the same person we were before having kids. It is a constitutional… Continue Reading

Keeping Your New Baby Close is Part of a Healthy Birth

By Michelle Carchrae When preparing for the birth of a new baby, many mothers-to-be focus very intensely on what it will be like to labour and give birth. It is important to learn pain management techniques, what happens when an epidural is administered, specific breathing techniques, labour and pushing positions, but there’s often a big… Continue Reading

GB21 (JianJing): A Must-Know Acupressure Point

GB21 (JianJing): A Must-Know Acupressure Point

By Renee Taylor The use of acupressure in labour has been gaining popularity in the west as a natural means to help women during labour with pain management as well as relaxation. It is easy to learn and in fact, a birth partner who knows even a few effective pressure points can really help during… Continue Reading

Placentophagy & Placenta Encapsulation

Placentophagy & Placenta Encapsulation

By Debra Woods Placentophagy is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after birth. The practice of eating placenta is not new. In fact, all mammals, with the exception of marine mammals and camels eat their placenta. Humans eating placenta started during the 1970s and has become more popular in the past… Continue Reading

ASK CHILDBEARING: What are my umbilical cord cutting timing options?

Q:  What are my options with regard to the timing of cutting the umbilical cord? A:  There are four main approaches to cord cutting. Immediate cord clamping (now sometimes called ‘premature’ cord clamping): This entails clamping and cutting the cord immediately after the baby is born, before the cord has stopped pulsing. This practice became… Continue Reading

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