Category Archives: Before Pregnancy

How grandma can be an awesome breastfeeding support

I remember how exciting it was for my husband and me when we had our first newborn! However, I also recall feeling overwhelmed by the exhaustion, breastfeeding challenges, caring for the baby and household chores! Breastfeeding and bonding with my … Continue reading

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8 tips to help support a friend with fertility issues

I went through fertility issues before I became a mother. Fertility issues are often a profound rollercoaster of hope, grief, loneliness and helplessness that overwhelms many who are struggling to have children. If you know a friend or family member … Continue reading

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What you need to know about Zika virus if you are or may become pregnant

This week, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care reported Canada’s first positive case of sexually transmitted Zika virus.  It is suspected that the individual – an Ontario resident – contracted the virus from a partner … Continue reading

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Why your circle of support is so important after baby

As a  nurse I’ve had the privilege of working with new parents in the early days after their child is born.  I often get to hear stories about their birth experiences: the beautiful, upsetting, and the “not what I was … Continue reading

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‘Tis the SNEEZIN’: Prevent the spread of the FLU

A pomegranate seed on my kitchen window sill. Yet another example of how my family learns life lessons in our own, strange ways. This is the story of how a tiny, pink seed taught my kids the importance of covering … Continue reading

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Food Safety: “You put WHAT in the marinade?”

As you know, I tend to share things with you as they come up – just my thing. So this time, the item residing in my craw happens to be on the topic of food safety, or more specifically: safe … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and Parenting after Infertility

This post is the second in our Year of the Family 2014 series, a celebration of families. The pain and loneliness of infertility It took 3 years, 2 pregnancy losses and 4 intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles for my husband and me … Continue reading

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