Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

What if your reproductive plan is not to get pregnant right now? More than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned.  With that in mind it is a good idea to make a reproductive life plan.  If your plan is to wait or space your pregnancies, then you might want to consider an effective… Continue reading Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth

As a Public Health Nurse, and mother myself, I will be the first to admit having a new baby arrive in the family can come with mixed emotions. With all the love and excitement babies bring, new parents can also feel stressed, anxious, exhausted, and sad. It’s often hard to know if your feelings are… Continue reading Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth

Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

Placentophagy: What is it?

Eating one’s placenta after birth may be surprising for some people, and for others this information may not be new. It is not a common practice; however, the practice appears to be increasing and Health Canada has recently issued a statement regarding the consumption of human placenta and the potential health risk. The placenta is… Continue reading Placentophagy: What is it?

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Unlocking the potential of food for kids

Nutrition month is celebrated in March and dietitians across Canada are helping Canadians to Unlock the Potential of Food! This March we will continue to explore the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together. Let us look at this from a child’s perspective. The food we eat provides us with… Continue reading Unlocking the potential of food for kids

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

What is jaundice in newborns?

Jaundice is a common newborn condition where your baby’s skin turns yellow because there is too much bilirubin in your baby’s blood. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is released when the liver breaks down red blood cells.  Your baby’s immature liver may not be able to quickly get rid of the large number of… Continue reading What is jaundice in newborns?

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Umbilical cord blood banking: What is it?

Recently at a prenatal class I was asked about umbilical cord blood banking. This family was looking for information about what it is all about and their options for storing cord blood. Pregnancy is a time where you can gather the information needed for you to make the right choice for you and your baby.… Continue reading Umbilical cord blood banking: What is it?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Let your mobile device wait: The power of attentive parenting

I vividly remember walking into a pediatrician office and seeing a child in the car seat on the floor, crying for her parent’s attention.  The parent then rocked the car seat with their foot while continuing to text and browse on the cell phone.  This is a common scenario many children face every day including… Continue reading Let your mobile device wait: The power of attentive parenting

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Parent survey results are in!

In 2017, Toronto Public Health surveyed 2,502 parents with children 0 – 6 years old who live in Toronto. We wanted to find out what kind of parenting information you wanted to learn about and how best you liked to receive the information. Thank you to many of our readers that completed the survey! Parents… Continue reading Parent survey results are in!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

First words: The power of play time

Before having my own children, I didn’t enjoy the winter.  However, I quickly realized that once you dress warmly, it’s fun to get outside and play like a child again. And…there is so much to talk about! You can make a difference in the way that your child learns their first words. As a Speech-Language… Continue reading First words: The power of play time

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Can I Take Medications While Breastfeeding?

You may wonder if it is safe to take prescription or over the counter medications while breastfeeding or whether it is wiser to avoid all medications during this time. In almost all cases it is safe to continue breastfeeding while taking medications. Medications and Breast Milk Most medications will get into your breast milk but… Continue reading Can I Take Medications While Breastfeeding?