Pregnancy

Choosing a Health Care Provider

Congratulations, you are pregnant! As an expectant parent, one of the many decisions you will make is choosing a healthcare provider to support you through pregnancy, childbirth and after baby is born. Ideally, prenatal care should begin as early as possible during pregnancy; however seeking prenatal care at any stage of pregnancy can improve health… Continue reading Choosing a Health Care Provider

Parenting · Pregnancy

How to search online for health information

How often do you search online for questions about your health? Have you ever wondered: Is bleach safe to use while I’m pregnant? Can hot yoga affect my fertility? Am I going into labour? It is easy to find answers to questions online, but is it information you can trust? Learning how to find reliable… Continue reading How to search online for health information

Parenting · Pregnancy

Medication use when planning a pregnancy

Are you are planning to have a baby or maybe you’re just thinking about it and wondering whether the medication you are taking is safe? This is especially important if you have a health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure  when it is necessary to take medication even when you become pregnant. Making… Continue reading Medication use when planning a pregnancy

Parenting · Pregnancy

Health condition and planning a pregnancy

If you’re trying to have a baby or are just thinking about it, it’s never too early to start getting ready.  Whether you are living with a health condition, or trying to prevent one – it’s important to take this time to talk with your health care provider. To help improve your health care experience,… Continue reading Health condition and planning a pregnancy

Parenting · Pregnancy

Giving birth in a new land

Being pregnant and giving birth in a new country can be exciting, stressful and scary at the same time. Prenatal care, birth practices, and traditions surrounding the birth of your baby can differ from country to country. Many individuals face challenges adjusting to their new country. For example, language barriers, employment, financial worries and lack… Continue reading Giving birth in a new land

Parenting · Pregnancy

Is there a right time to have a baby?

Has your mom told you she’s ready for grandkids? Grandma says you need to start having babies before you’re too old?  Is your partner either super interested or unimpressed with the whole idea? Is it too early or late to get pregnant? Irida, a current nursing student walks us through the meaning of “the right… Continue reading Is there a right time to have a baby?

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

How to prepare for breastfeeding before or during pregnancy

Thinking about how you will feed your future baby may be the furthest thing from your mind.  After all, why would you think about feeding a baby if you don’t have a baby or aren’t pregnant yet? Studies show that most parents decide how to feed their baby before they are pregnant.  Deciding early about… Continue reading How to prepare for breastfeeding before or during pregnancy

Parenting · Pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy? Questions your health care provider may ask.

I was so happy for my cousin when she married last year.  She was excited to tell me that she was planning to have a baby for next summer.  When I suggested she see her doctor for a preconception health visit, she had no idea what this meant and what to expect. Having a check-up… Continue reading Planning a pregnancy? Questions your health care provider may ask.

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Emergency Birth Control

Studies show more than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned. With this in mind, have you thought about your reproductive life plan? Perhaps you have decided that you are not ready for a pregnancy just now …but then, life throws you a surprise.  For example, in the heat of the moment, you and… Continue reading Emergency Birth Control

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Checking in on your child’s development

Worried about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your child’s growth and development? Our nurse Allison Stockley has written a four part series on the importance of the early years.  Here is part one on growth and development. The pandemic has many families feeling like life has slowed way down, sped up, or that… Continue reading Checking in on your child’s development