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Lindsay's Guarantee!!

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

You just had a baby; you are tired, overwhelmed, and sore. Breastfeeding is natural and should be easy. Baby, put to boob, this should work! For some reason, it is not going the way you imagined it to.

What Lindsay has learned in her years of practicing is that often new parent’s preserever through the discomfort to the point where that 'loving, perfect breastfeeding relationship' they envisioned, just ain't happening! Their doctor isn't helping, their midwife hands them a nip...

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50 Shades of...Birth??

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

50 Shades of ...Birth?? How Having A Baby Is A Lot Like Making A Baby

If you think about it, and I mean really think, having great sex is just like having a baby; at least it has been in my experience. Here are a few of my many observations on the similarities between the two.

HORMONES

The hormones necessary for great sex and orgasm are oxytocin, cortisol, pheromones, and prolactin; in birth these same four hormones play leading roles. Oxytocin stimulates contractions...

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Water Birth |

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

What is 'Waterbirth'? Waterbirth is the use of a heated water bath or pool by a woman during labour and birth. Some women use the pool for labour only, choosing to birth their babies on “land” while others stay in the pool to birth the baby, leaving to deliver the placenta, and still others stay in the pool for the entire process. There is no right or wrong way. What feels right for the mother and is safest for mother and baby is what counts. 

Currently, ...

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You want me to do WHAT with my placenta??

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (4)

I want you to eat it. Yes, that’s right, eat it.

Your placenta is an amazing thing!

 

It is the only organ that the body discards. And your next baby, it makes a new one. How cool is that!

It is an organ that you and your baby share! It is made up of 50% of your (the mom) cells and 50% of your...

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Delayed Cord Clamping As Explained by Penny Simpkin

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Check out this video on YouTube and decide for yourself. I wonder why would you not wait?

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London Multiple Birth Association

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (1)

The London Multiple Birth Association or LMBA is an amazing volunteer organization that provides support to families of multiples in London and surrounding area. This group truly saved Erika’s sanity when her twins were born; her twins arrived first with family living seven hours away. She needed support and who better to support her than those who had been there themselves.

Erika joined the LMBA while pregnant and the support began right away with a phone call from a fell...

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Thank you....for the ability to continue to learn.

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I started a list of all the things that I have to be Thankful for hoping that one would just leap out at me as my biggest ‘Thank you’ to start us off. It turns out that I have a lot to be thankful for. Some are small things like a great cup of coffee this morning or the guy that brought my grocery cart back while I was getting 3 kids and groceries into my car. Others are quite large, like my incredibly supportive husband who is getting used to the talk of placentas, mucus plugs, a...

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The Right to Choose Our Transportation on Our Birth Journey

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I knew I wanted to discuss vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) this week, but when I came across the following article: http://enjoybirth.com/blog/2010/03/05/birth-is-a-journey-shouldnt-we-be-able-to-choose-our-transportation/ I was reminded of how important our transportation truly is in the days/months and years after our births. One of the women –Callie- in the article still has nightmares from her experience and Evelyn feels that she was lied to.

This article’s metaphor...

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We all know that "breast is best", but is it always?

Posted on February 11, 2011 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Recently I participated in a debate on the merits of obtaining good breastfeeding advice and support. Some of you may be shocked to learn that a hospital in my hometown has a horrible track record for supporting women in that key first 24 hour period. They send moms who have made the decision to breastfeed home pumping because they “have no milk, you gotta pump to bring that in”, nipple shields, and supplementing with that handy free formula (never mind the WHO regu...

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Top 10 Books to Read Before You Become A Parent

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 7:24 PM Comments comments (0)

I am frequently asked “What books do you feel are good ones to read?” To be honest, there are many, many great ones out there and it would be quicker for me to say which ones I would NOT read (such as the whole ‘What to Expect...’ line)So here is my short list of favourites.

Books About Birth:

1. Birthing The Easy Way by Sheila Stubbs. Available through www.birthingtheeasyway.com  This book tells it ...

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