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I believe…..

It’s past time that I wrote this. If I had written it 5 years ago when I first got into this world of pregnancy, birth and beyond, it would have looked different…..and I suppose there is a chance that it may look slightly different 5 years from now too. Hard to say….but right now after all that I have learned and all that I have experienced, these are my beliefs. When I am hired by a client, I am with them to help them have the best pregnancy and/or be the best parent according to what they see that as. I do this by listening, relaying information and letting them know where to find information to help them make their own decisions. I am in no way there to tell them what to do or what decisions to make. I really believe that we each make our own decisions and should be able to own those decisions.

I think that the greatest thing we can do for soon to be and new parents is to give them the power to believe in themselves. They know their bodies and babies the best and as a result are the best person to make the decisions involved in their care. I am just there to respect, encourage and empower them while they do so. <3

Safe Sleep

Do you know how to sleep safely with your baby? Did you know that sleeping with your baby can be done safely? This post goes into the different terms involved in the hows and whys of babies and sleep.

Bedsharing ~ sleeping with your infant/baby/toddler in the same bed
Co-Sleeping/Room sharing ~ sleeping in the same room with your infant/baby/toddler, they can be in a bassinette/crib/playpen
Couch/Chair sleeping ~ falling asleep in a couch or chair with your infant/baby/toddler

I would never recommend the couch/chair sleeping as it very dangerous and can easily become fatal for the infant/baby/toddler involved. Unfortunately when some people talk about Bed sharing they really mean Couch/Chair sleeping, these two terms are very different and should never be confused. There are many fabulous resources out there that explain how to sleep safely with your baby. These are just some of them.

This is a video of James McKenna PHD talking about the hows and whys of all these forms of sleeping and how it can be done safely. He is the director of the Mother-Baby Behavioural Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. You can view the site here http://cosleeping.nd.edu/about/

If you are wondering now what exactly bedsharing can look like when it is done safely….

Source ~http://www.beautifulbreastfeeding.com/safe-bed-sharing-how-breastfeeding-mothers-can-get-more-sleep/

Source ~http://www.beautifulbreastfeeding.com/safe-bed-sharing-how-breastfeeding-mothers-can-get-more-sleep/

Call to help us grow our midwifery program in the Cypress Health Region

Advocating for more midwives in our area(as well as across the province) has been a passion of mine for a long time now. Midwifery has had its ups and downs since it was registered in the province of SK in 2008 but it has proved itself to be a service that is needed and asked for. The wait list has been very long in each area it has been implemented since the beginning and each month sees women that are asking for care turned down because there simply isn’t enough room without our midwives becoming overworked. We need more funding for midwifery care so that there are no longer women that feel they have no choices or control over their births.

I think what many people do not realize is that it is up to the consumer to ask for help with growing this program. Our government is funding the program in our province of SK but not well enough to employ the number of midwives needed to meet demand. It is set up differently in each province in Canada, here in SK our midwives work for the health region they are serving. The government funds the midwifery program by allocating monies to each health region which has employed midwives. There is only so much our health region can do with the amounts they receive.

I hope that you will consider signing this petition whether you prefer the care of midwives, family doctor or need an OBGYN. Whether you are done having children or haven’t even considered the option. Your children may wish to have the care of midwives for their children, or midwifery care may enable more space in the hospital when you need it. The more women that are able to access midwifery care will mean that there will be better access to our family doctors for the women that want their care prenatally and during birth. Same with the women that need the specialized care of our OBGYNs.

Every woman should be able to have a choice of preferred caregiver, will you help those that wish to have midwifery for theirs? Sign the petition here—-> https://www.change.org/p/government-of-saskatchewan-give-funds-to-the-cypress-health-region-for-more-midwives-and-a-space-for-them-to-work-from

To find more information on how to help our midwives locally join the facebook group Supporting Midwives in the Cypress Health Region

To find more information on how to help our midwives across the province “like” the facebook page Where’s My Midwife? Saskatchewan

Birth Rhythms Future Fund

Trusted Instincts Birth Services:

I couldn’t have said it better myself….have a look at the indiegogo campaign and help out if you can.

Thank you.

Originally posted on Birth Belongs to Mamas:

I believe in the power of community.  I believe in my local birth community, the larger birth community of my province (Saskatchewan, Canada) and even beyond that–I have faith that the worldwide community works together for the betterment of birthing women and their families.  We all help each other out.

This post is about a very special centre located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan:  Birth Rhythms.  It’s the only one of it’s kind on the Canadian prairies, perhaps all of Canada.  Birth Rhythms is the hub of the grassroots birthing community in our province and provides many indispensable services to families ranging from childbirth education, doula support and training, lactation support, fitness programs, studio space, postpartum support, birth professional development, daddy boot camp, cesarean and vbac support groups, trauma counseling…the list goes on.

As circumstances have it, Birth Rhythms is going through some transitions and could use some support, just for…

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Born to do this….

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You know that saying…”Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.”

That is what birth and breastfeeding is to me. I have spent the past year or so trying to walk away from the birth world, trying to tell myself that I can live without it.

It’s NOT working. ;) I still search out the blog posts and the articles about birth and breastfeeding everyday. I love posting new and/or old favourites to my Facebook page for people to read and expand their knowledge. I have missed helping women find their strength during labour. Seeing such amazing women birth their babies. I have not been able to devote myself as much as I would like to being a doula yet as I have been having my own babies over the last five years. Today my youngest turns two….very bittersweet. He is finally showing signs that he is secure enough to be with someone other than me for periods of time. My older two are growing up as well. The oldest is showing what a great source of help he can be with his younger two brothers. I will be able to take on one doula client a month over the next year or two until my littles are really mature enough to leave for the length of time I may be away at a birth and the time taken for prenatal appointments. I am always available for baby wearing and post partum work of course.

Thank you so much to my clients over the past five years….Welcome to all my new clients to come.