Birth Doula Support
re: Maternal Anxiety as a Risk Factor for Preterm Birth
Did you know Pregnancy-specific anxiety (PSA) is a risk factor for preterm birth (PTB)? Mamas with anxiety during the prenatal period, specifically concerns such as fear regarding the pregnancy, delivery, and health of the child, have a higher risk of delivering their baby before 37 weeks gestational age.
Just like how births are all different, research studies also have their own differences. Different processes and different outcomes. The study my research team worked on was a Systematic Review and Meta Analysis on studies that looked at anxiety in the prenatal period and the outcome of preterm birth (PTB).
We took these studies and their results and not only compared them but also combined them to determine if the relationship between PSA and PTB remained statistically significant, and it did.
While working on this research project and during the process of writing the manuscript to be published in a scientific journal, I was not aware of the work of Doulas. My research does not look at Doulas and their work impacting PSA, however, with my knowledge and experience since that time I can see that Doulas really matter!
The prenatal visits, continuous support, the ability to provide information to the client, and suggestions for prenatal classes and a Birth Doulas knowledge of childbirth gives pregnant Mamas the confidence they require to care for themselves and their babies during the prenatal period.
There are many risk factors that can cause preterm birth (PTB), but in helping alleviate pregnancy-specific anxiety (PSA) we may have a hand in decreasing their risk for PTB, and in turn preventing health issues that plague babies born too early.
Gianella Pana is a Birth Doula serving Chestermere, Calgary and Airdrie families. To read her published research paper <<click here>>
It has been said for many generations, and around the world, that herbal remedies can increase milk supply.
Does it work for all women? I don't imagine it does because we are not all created equal! But why not give it a try and YOU tell us! We'd love to hear from you!
As an experienced Lactation Specialist + Educator I have assisted many women that have used this do no harm Lactation Cookies recipe. Want to try it too?
Here's our FREE recipe download. Happy Baking! xx
Share Your Passion
Who knew? In fact, if someone would have told me this would be my life, I undoubtedly would've laughed out loud.
As a small child I was "sick" if I had to speak or perform in front of any one. In high school, I skipped every class that I needed to present something in. Just the very thought of standing at the front of a classroom made my knees weak, my palms sweat and my heart race. Frankly said, it was crippling!
Fast forward to today... NEVER, I repeat.. NEVER in a million years did I imagine I'd be the one educating parents-to-be in group childbirth education classes, training aspiring doulas as a DONA-approved Birth Doula Trainer or most recently, that I'd be called on by peers to apply for a Board of Directors position with DONA International the world's premier doula organization.
I know, I know! How did this happen? Honestly, my answer is straight forward. I am living my dream and sharing my passion. When we are called, we go! It's just that simple.
If you are interested in learning more about Erin Moyen <<click here>>
There seems to be so much conversation about postpartum mental health and the challenges of motherhood circulating. Even with so much talk one essential ingredient is always missing. The importance of a POSTPARTUM DOULA
Postpartum doula support, from birth, is an essential ingredient for women's health - emotional, physical + mental!
Starting out well as new parents (or "new parents again"), no matter who you are, can make a world of difference! Who doesn't want to start well?!
Professional in-home support gets new families started on the right foot by promoting greater self-confidence, and less postpartum stress for the whole family.
If you don't have family near this is an ideal option for you. If your parent(s) have passed on postpartum support would likely be welcomed support. If parents, or other family, is close but you don't want them to "take over" or share their well meaning (yet outdated) advice a postpartum doula will be a wise alternative.
So what exactly is a Postpartum Doula?
...let me begin by saying it is NOT your mother, friend, sister, neighbour, cousin, etc.
A postpartum doula is an experienced maternal-infant support professional that will provide you with evidence-based information, non-judgmental support and companionship, assist with newborn care, family adjustment, meal prep, light household tasks and information on infant feeding and community resources when needed.
It's been proven over + over that postpartum support promotes the following:
Motherhood shouldn't equal sleep deprivation that threatens your sanity or the continuous sacrificial act of neglected self-care like brushing your teeth, showering, and getting dressed.
You and your family deserve quality nourishment + hydration, gentle guidance, peace of mind from an up-to-date baby guru and evidence-based information for this important stage of life.
Did I mention our postpartum doulas offer day, night and multiples (twins + triplets!) support? To learn more click here
Did you know you can begin collecting colostrum in pregnancy?
Around 37 weeks is the perfect time for most mothers-to-be to begin.
Disclaimer: It is always best to check with your health care provider prior to beginning.
Prenatal colostrum collection is most beneficial when families are/will experience these circumstances:
As you begin, please remember that 2-7ml of colostrum is an adequate feed for a newborn baby. You do not need to remove much from the breast to feed your baby well. Colostrum is nutrient dense and the PERFECT food for a new baby!
Learning how to hand express is a "triple P skill" best mastered with practice, patience and perseverance. Colostrum is thick and sticky, like syrup, it is best removed with hand expression, not a breast pump.
Before you get started you will require the following supplies:
Dr. Jane Morton's video will assist your learning how to effectively hand express:
Another resource to print + review prior to beginning hand expression is the PDF below.
It is CRAZY! We completely agree with you.
Shopping for essential baby gear can be completely overwhelming and one of the most challenging things about the third trimester. Not only do baby products and styles vary, the brand choices and colours are infinite too!
As parents-to-be we imagine you want to get this right. First of all, please don't worry. We are here to make this an enjoyable time for you.
For a stress free experience download a copy of our Baby Essentials Shopping List.
"Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life" - Ina May Gaskin
If Ina May is right why aren't we more mindful of our words?
Countless times I have heard birth workers, healthcare professionals, friends and family refer to operative birth as a "section" or "c-section". What people don't often recognize is words hold power. This isn't just semantics!
There are no do-overs regarding the birth of a baby and we need to be considerate.
Words have the ability to encourage attachment or make people detach from their own story.
When referring to any birth, vaginal or cesarean, please be mindful. Operative birth is still birth and deserves the same respect!
Going forward please consider referring to a c-section as a cesarean birth.
Hot breakfast ready and waiting! Feed the whole family or just yourself.
Apple Cinnamon Crockpot Oatmeal
Yield: 6 servings
1 1/2 cups of steel-cut oats
3 1/2 cups water
3 cups unsweetened almond or cashew milk
3 large apples, peeled. cored and diced
1/4 cup of brown sugar, honey or stevia
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1/3 teaspoon mineral salt
3 scoops pristine whey protein (optional)
Banana Bread Crockpot Oatmeal
Yield: 6 servings
Same as in apple recipe (above) but omit apples and cinnamon.
Add 2-3 large bananas
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons pure banana extract
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1. Put all ingredients in crockpot. Stir well and place into the crockpot element base.
2. Turn on low heat before going to bed. Cook all night. In the morning, stir well before serving. Enjoy!
3. Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers.
Oats are a galactagogue! This means if you are a breastfeeding mother you may notice an increase in your milk. Don't worry, if you are not lactating you will not start.
Chrissy is a busy momma of 4, Registered Nurse and former birth doula. We are excited to have her share her mompreneur side and the reason why ELLIE EARS were created.
Guest blog by Chrissy Mouland
There are so many things to do and know as a new or expecting parent, and a ton of new products out there designed to “make life easier”. But how do you know what you really need, how do you know what will “work” as it is promised, how do you know what to spend your money on? At Ellie Ears we strive to make it easy for you, to answer all your questions, so that you may make the decisions that fit best for your family.
We have created a product that blends function with style. As a momma of four, I understand the difference between WANTS and NEEDS. We WANT those essential items to be beautiful and fun and reflect the style of families today, and NEED them to be safe, practical and durable. Our iconic Ellie Ears positional support pillow leads the way in all these departments. We use 100% cotton fabrics, designed in Canada, and Ellie Ears are manufactured right here in Calgary.
My eldest daughter had plagiocephaly, “a flat spot”, which was not noticed early, and later considered minor, it went untreated. Seemingly minor to most, this was unfair to a preschooler who loved to play dress-up but could never “complete her outfit” as she has never been able to wear a headband with comfort.
After my third babe was born I was gifted a support pillow by our chiropractor. With long drives to and from the family farm and what would be 2 babies who hated their carseats, the pillow became a blessing in assisting them to be more comfortable. After gifting a few to friends and hearing their satisfaction, I researched everything similar in function on the market. There was nothing readily available, made in Canada at a reasonable price point, and backed with research. I gathered feedback from moms and pediatric professionals, including chiropractors, physiotherapists and midwives, and designed a pillow to meet multiple needs - with the purpose of preventing conditions such as “flat spots” and “tight neck muscles” (torticollis) by providing positional support head, neck and spine, with the hope that every little girl will be able to wear her crown proudly and comfortably.
If you are a breastfeeding mother, you do not want to deplete yourself of these essentials because it can leave your milk making ability vulnerable.
Many mothers (including our team) can benefit from well balanced, immune boosting smoothies. What family doesn't enjoy all-in-one, kid friendly, quick options?
So mama, for your convenience here are our go-to favorite smoothie recipes. Enjoy! xo