Breastfeeding does not always go as we had planned. When we were pregnant we envisioned a baby cooing at us and latching on without effort while we blissfully relaxed and enjoyed our new little one. The reality for some moms is a crying baby who simply cannot be consoled and who will not take the breast, despite every effort.

Perhaps it’s 3am and you are having difficulties getting your baby to stay latched to your breast and nurse well. Or maybe you thought everything was going great until you had a visit with a public health nurse. You were told that your baby is not gaining enough and that you need to supplement and you feel completely deflated.

You or your husband may do a quick search online to figure out how to get help with breastfeeding as soon as possible. A whole bunch of local websites come up, but you see each person has various letters behind their names such as IBCLC, CLC, CBE, CBS, CLE, CBC, LLLL and you have no idea what any of that means. It is overwhelming enough to be trying to feed and care for your new baby and now you must do research to navigate which person you want assisting you. Who is qualified to do this, and do they know enough to assist with the intense struggles you and your baby are currently facing?

Ever wonder what a postpartum doula shift looks like? While every family has different needs and goals, this is what you can expect from our typical postpartum shifts*. When your doula arrives for any of her shifts, she checks in with the family to see how everyone is doing and what the goals/expectations are for the day.

Day shifts

Our day shifts are typically booked for 4-6 hours at a time and have the most variety to them.

  • Newborn/infant care (baths, diapers, feeds, burping, putting to sleep)
  • Meal prep
  • Light housework (laundry, vacuuming, dishes and assist with meals)
  • Freedom to shower, rest, run errands together, catch up on whatever
  • Postpartum physical and emotional support
  • Makes sure the the family (especially the postpartum mother/parents) are eating, drinking, showering, and resting. 

Spring is in the air – finally – and Earth Day is coming up this weekend (Sunday, Apr. 22). Sometimes in the haste of our busy lives, making ecological choices takes a back seat to convenience when we are running around between work, family and other obligation. But loving Our planet doesn’t have to be hard, even when you’re short on time. Here are five easy ways to make a difference without missing a beat.

As a doula, I love working with dads to create an amazing team who’s number one goal is to support the labouring woman.

My favourite thing about doulas and dads working together, and something I tell all my clients, is when you hire a doula, the dad's biggest job is to love and support their partner, and the doula will take care of the rest. Let your doula be the expert in the birth process so you can focus on being the expert on your partner which, you already are because you know her better than anyone in the world and can support her in a special way that only you can.

But of course, I’m not a dad, so instead of writing on this topic myself, I’m going to hand it over to my fantastic husband Levi, a real dad who has personal experience working with doulas in the hospital and home birth setting.

I was pretty excited when Kaitlyn asked me to write a blog about weight gain and pregnancy. The topic of how much weight a woman should be gaining over the 40 weeks of her pregnancy, or the amount of calorie increase you should eat per trimester are both fairly common, but not much else is ever really said about it. So what a perfect occasion to discuss all about it!