Category: Common Myths

Epidural is NOT a dirty word

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Let’s get things straight right here and now. Birth Doulas support birth. ALL births. Being a Doula for a long time, I have had to debunk the myths of what kind of support we provide on a regular basis. “I have an OB’. To which we reply “Great!”. “I’m delivering in a hospital.” To which we reply, “Great!”.  “I plan to have an epidural.” To which we reply “Great!’.

There is this vision that we as Doulas are in the corner of a candle-lit room, in a clients home, chanting and beating a drum. While there are some clients that would like the kind of support, that is not what most of us do.  As Doulas we support using tools to enjoy the experience of meeting your baby for the first time. This may include a home water birth or a medical hospital birth.

Just imagine for a minute if we take away the judgement around the tools available for safe deliveries and start thinking of them for what they really are-tools.  Breathing, position changes, baths, showers, etc are tools.  Narcotics, nitrous oxide and epidural are also tools. As a person in labour you may use a few tools or lots of tools, both medicated and unmediated.  That is totally okay.  Having options for a safe and enjoyable delivery is why we are so happy that we live where we do. With our clients we spend our prenatal visits educating expectant families on all these tools. Read more

Interview with a Lactation Consultant (Part 1)

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When our clients need more than the typical learning curve of breastfeeding support, we refer directly to the best clinic in the city,  The Victoria Park Breastfeeding Clinic. Visits both prenatally or during postpartum are covered by OHIP with the referral of your doctor or midwife. The clinic is run by the amazing Shelly Plewes (IBCLC), who is truly gifted in the support she provides. Aside from her clinical work, she teaches breastfeeding to medical students at The University of Toronto and midwifery students at Ryerson & Laurentian.

Read on to learn how your can best prepare for your breastfeeding relationship with you baby and how to navigate this new skill.

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