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For Partners; The Simplest Yet Most Important Thing You Can Do For Moms in Labour.

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

For Partners; The Simplest Yet Most Important Thing You Can Do For Moms in Labour.

There is an important distinction to be made between being in the room, and really being there. It is the difference between being present and being attuned. Our human existence I am sure, has always been ripe with opportunity for distraction. But our modern times have offered us powerful technology which serves us beautifully; to broadcast the excitement of our birthing status, to capture vivid photographs and video of the moment, to connect this beautiful event to family and friends. But each of these opportunities for outward connection come at a cost to our personal connection to the ones in front of us.

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Why Positive Support Matters; My Lessons on Grouse Mountain

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Why Positive Support Matters; My Lessons on Grouse Mountain

My 7 year old son and I climbed Grouse Mountain back in June with a friend and her son. Climbing Grouse, (a.k.a. “The Grind”), for those who are not native to this area, is an almost 3 km hike up the face of the mountain.  It is most definitely not a beginner trail.  I was introduced to it back in the day as “Satan’s stair climber”.  Although some Vancouverites do the Grind as part of their daily workout routine, that was not me.  I was in the class of needing to train and get into shape in order just to make it.  I hadn’t attempted the climb in about...

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8 Ways to Prepare for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

8 Ways to Prepare for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

 Attempting a vaginal delivery after a cesarean is a big decision.    Although research cites that a woman’s chances of a successful VBAC are about on par with the vaginal delivery rate of a woman birthing for the first time, (75% according to B.C. Woman’s Best Birth Clinic), there are some very powerful distinctions between these experiences.   Most women who delivered previously via cesarean, have complex birth stories, coupled with a variety of intense emotions that have set the mind and body’s initial blueprint for what birthing feels like.  For some, it is a...

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Toddler Tantrums and Attachment Parenting

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Toddler Tantrums and Attachment Parenting

I was in the office of Dr. Natalie Henderson, our family’s psychologist the other day. My almost three year old blew a gasket over the treats in the treasure box. Full on melt down. Screaming, crying, absolute heart break on his part because I wouldn’t let him trade in the harmonica he had just slobbered all over for a whistle. Big stuff when you are three. I wasn’t horrified however. Here I was in a very pristine and professional atmosphere, which would normally have inspired me to scoop up the whole bundle of tantruming boy, and head straight out of the building to deal. However something was different here, and upon reflection it is that thing that I find is missing just about everywhere else I have parented my young children.

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To me, a doula is…

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

To me, a doula is…

I was at a birth not too long ago.  It was a very gentle birth.  The couple chose to do it at home in the water.  I had a moment of insight as I was massaging the mom’s shoulders during a contraction.  It was a thought that I have always known but hadn’t had crystallize into my conscious vocabulary.  Warning to those with a low tolerance for mush, but in that moment I felt so blessed to be doing this work, because essentially it is a position of giving love. From the moment I arrive at the birth, the cloak of my life outside this birth is taken off, and I am here totally present for...

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Priorities and your Birth Plan

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Priorities and your Birth Plan

We each have different priorities, fears and expectations, and they very much come into play in our hopes for our births. One family may want to experience the full spectrum of birth, emotions, challenge, and hormones, and the next may have a strong desire to deliver the baby in such a way as to not interrupt the predictability of everyday life. And obviously these differences in perspective may even exist within couples. Which is why it is so important for families to talk about priorities for labour, delivery, and beyond together, and then be active about it.

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