24 Tips for Breastfeeding That You Absolutely Cannot Miss

Get the 24 most important tips for breastfeeding! Don't start breastfeeding before you read this post.

Are you pregnant and planning on breastfeeding? Or are you planning on becoming pregnant soon and want to breastfeed? This post is for you because it will give you great tips for breastfeeding! A lot of women prepare like crazy for their birth but are not at all prepared for when it’s time to take care of the baby. To be successful at breastfeeding, it’s better to educate yourself early on, so that there are no surprises along the way. You’d like to think that something as natural as breastfeeding would come totally naturally to all mothers. Unfortunately, that...

Athena’s Birth Story – A Scheduled Induction

All about inductions!

  Baby Time! It seems like just yesterday, rather than 6 months ago, my husband and I were driving to the hospital on a rainy Friday nervous and excited to meet our little one. While some women may be in labour at this point, I was not. I had been called that morning, around 5 AM, into the hospital for my scheduled induction. I was a week past my due date and had only experienced infrequent Braxton Hicks that whole week. Needless to say, I was anxious and frustrated already that my body was not naturally going into labour...

Helena’s Birth Story – Getting Into Active Labour

How to get your body into active labour

I still have a couple of birth stories to share, with my input as a labour and delivery nurse. Even though I wasn’t present for the birth, I’m hoping to shed some light for the woman who had the experience, and also for anyone else interested in knowing the intricacies of having a baby. This one is neat because Helena had a pretty common issue, she was in prodromal labour for a while, but had a hard time getting into active labour. So, Helena wrote her own story and my information is in the boxes below. Enjoy! Please don’t...

8 Common Medical Terms When You’re Giving Birth

Isn't it frustrating when you hear doctors and nurses talking in medical terms and it seems like they're speaking another language? You deserve to know what they are talking about. This post will go over some common terms used, for you to be more involved in your own care, without having to get a medical degree.

Medical Terms: Learn the Lingo and Speak Like a Pro Isn’t it frustrating when you hear doctors and nurses speaking in medical terms and it seems like they are aliens speaking another language? It probably feels like they are speaking way over your head. I believe you deserve to know what they are talking about, especially when it involves your care. I will share the meaning of medical terms and lingo that birthing professionals often use while caring for pregnant and postpartum patients. Don’t hesitate to ask your own health care provider if you don’t understand something. Sometimes we,...

Make The Perfect Birth Plan. A Step by Step Guide.

This blog post will cover what your birth plan should include. It might be helpful to use each heading in this post as a separate heading in your actual birth plan. I'm not a huge fan of preprinted checklists, there are a bunch of them on google, but I find that when women use those they tend to be less thought out. That being said, a preprinted checklist birth plan is better than none at all!

Birth Plans Birth plans, ahhh, what a controversial topic! They really shouldn’t be. My opinion is that a birth plan is an incredibly valuable tool and every woman should bring one with them to the hospital. Having a birth plan usually means that women have researched what can happen during labour and birth. It also means they have come to a conclusion as to what they would like to happen in every possible scenario. It’s true that every birth is different and technically there is no way to plan for it, but the birth plan makes it easier to...