How is your Pelvic Floor behaving? Ok, I’ll take a second to ask; Do you even know what your ‘pelvic floor’ is? For many people this might be the first time they have even heard of any of this! #TRUESTORY! And if you don’t know what it is then you probably aren’t sure if it is […]
Breastfeeding Tips and Tricks
Based on Public Health Canada’s “10 Valuable Tips for Successful Breastfeeding” Are You thinking of breast/chest feeding your baby?* Is your head pounding from all the breastfeeding advice from friends, family and coworkers? Take a deep breath and relax… ? In this video, our own registered midwife, Heather, gives us a detailed look at Public […]
Preterm Labour: What you need to know
Preterm labour is of growing concern these days, even in Canada, and can lead to preterm birth. In Ontario, 1 in 12 babies is born too early, which matches the national average. Preterm babies often need extra care and usually require an extended hospital stay. This depends on how early they are born and if […]
Is it safe to lift heavy things or exercise in pregnancy?
Have you lifted a bag of groceries or a box of office supplies only to be told you shouldn’t because you are pregnant? Or been told that you should not ride a bike or run or play soccer? Does your job include manual labour? Do you worry that maybe you should stop lifting, carrying or […]
Choosing where to birth: answers to common questions about home birth
If you have a midwife in Ontario then you can choose a home birth or hospital birth. You need answers to common questions about home birth so that you can make an informed decision about your options. Many people assume that they will have a hospital birth because that is what has been most common […]
Eat Your Veggies Day!
Did you know that today is Eat Your Veggies Day? We all know that vegetables are important to a healthy diet in general. Vegetables are especially valuable when pregnant. Knowing that doesn’t necessarily make it easy to consume enough. Sometimes we need help understanding which nutrients are most important so we can make good […]
The Biggest Gift: How to Quit Smoking in Pregnancy
How to quit smoking in pregnancy: it’s a tough subject, isn’t it? Most of the time, people want to close the page, forward to the next article. We all have our vices, nobody is perfect, it’s true… and these topics tend to elicit groans and a change of topic. We all live busy, stressed-out lives. […]
Home Birth – What you should know about safety and choice
Choice of Birthplace. Home birth. Nothing else about midwifery care stirs more emotion than home birth. For some people, the response is very positive. But for many pregnant people, their partners, family, friends, co-workers, other health care providers, cashiers, hair dressers and the dog walker, the knee jerk reaction to the idea of home birth […]
What kind of prenatal vitamin should I take? (Hint: probably none)
Everybody knows that taking a prenatal vitamin is important to growing a healthy baby, right? We are commonly asked, “What kind of prenatal vitamin should I take?” The short answer is, probably none. What?! What about all those micronutrients? It is true that micronutrients are important to growing a healthy baby. Midwife Heather Mason […]
What Happens at an Anatomy Ultrasound?
What’s that anatomy ultrasound all about anyway? The anatomy or morphology ultrasound is a routine ultrasound that occurs between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy. At this scan, the ultrasound tech (sonographer) examines the baby from head to toe. Like all routine medical procedures in pregnancy, you can choose whether you want to have this […]