“Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.” – Gloria Steinem

Planning an empowering hospital birth

Have an empowering hospital birth

Whether by choice or necessity, the majority of pregnant people in Canada welcome their babies in hospitals. (In Quebec, many would love to birth at home or in one of the province’s birthing centres, where midwives provide the care. But demand FAR exceeds supply. If you think you might like to work with a midwife… Read more

How to choose a birth hospital

Choosing a birth hospital

Whether by choice or necessity, the majority of pregnant people in Canada—including Montreal, where I work—give birth in a hospital. What you might not realize is that hospital protocols for managing labour, birth, and the immediate postpartum period can vary widely, even within the same city. Same with pain-management options, amenities, and even accommodations offered… Read more

Finding your pregnancy mojo

“You’re glowing!” This compliment has become ubiquitous, and for good reason: pregnancy can indeed be astoundingly beautiful. But what if you’re well into the second trimester, often considered the honeymoon period of pregnancy, and you’re still just not feeling it? At all? Maybe you’re exhausted, overwhelmed, possibly even still nauseated…or simply at a loss as… Read more

Osteopath Amélie Bélanger

My doula clients rave about Montreal-based osteopath Amélie Bélanger’s talents during their pregnancies and postpartum. I’m a client of hers myself, and every time I visit her, I walk out of her office feeling lighter, standing taller (kind of incredible, since I’m already 6’1), and breathing so much easier. Recently Amélie gifted me with some… Read more

Preparing For a New Baby

Guest post by Seri Dudley, age 10 Hi! Most of the ideas I got for this post are based on my own experiences, and on what I would have liked my parents to have done. These ideas are made up to get your kid(s) excited about the new baby, not jealous. Me and my brother… Read more

Planning ahead for an awesome postpartum: part 2

More tips for an awesome postpartum

Taking some quality time during your third trimester to truly reflect on and prepare for your fourth trimester is so important that I’m devoting a second post to it. (And I may write even more. I’m that passionate about it.) Here’s Part 1, in case you missed it. Without further ado…a few more tips for… Read more

Planning ahead for an awesome postpartum: part 1

Planning an awesome postpartum

In prenatal sessions with my doula clients lately, I’ve been devoting more time than I did before to preparing for the postpartum. Many of us North Americans tend to fixate on pregnancy and birth as these gloriously monumental, life-transforming events (which they are!), but mostly gloss over the part that follows…except to obsess over, say… Read more

The fourth trimester: re-creating the womb

Re-creating the womb

So, you may already know about the fourth trimester. You may have heard how significant these first three months postpartum are for your baby. And how re-creating a womblike environment for your baby can help ease her adaptation to the outside world. But did you know it’s just as important to re-create the womb for the… Read more

How to choose a doula (hint: it’s all about oxytocin!)

Choosing a Doula

Montreal is fortunate to have an absolutely wonderful community of doulas—people who dedicate their lives to helping expectant and new parents have an informed, positive, nurtured, and empowering pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of it. Maybe you’ve decided that you might want a birth or postpartum doula. You… Read more

A few misconceptions about doulas

Misconceptions About Doulas

I suppose I live in a bit of a “doula bubble.” Not surprising, given that the organization I studied with is here in Montreal, where I live, so I have this wonderful built-in community of people passionate about birth. It can be easy for me to forget that although more expecting parents hire doulas nowadays… Read more

“Women are strong, strong, terribly strong. We don’t know how strong until we’re pushing out our babies.”– Louise Erdrich

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