Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

I just survived my baby’s first holiday season…now what?

As a Public Health Nurse working with new families, and a mom myself, I know how busy, exciting, and stressful the holiday season can be…especially when there is a new baby on the scene!   Once all the festivities have ended and family & friends have returned to their normal schedules, new parents often fall prey… Continue reading I just survived my baby’s first holiday season…now what?

Emotional Health · Parenting

Do I have postpartum depression or anxiety? What’s the difference?

Looking back, you were so excited on the day of your baby's birth…she was so small and perfect, just what you expected.  The breastfeeding took some time to master, but it got better.  Now 3 months later you are constantly worried:  "Am I doing this right?  Is she getting enough milk?  Is there something wrong… Continue reading Do I have postpartum depression or anxiety? What’s the difference?

Emotional Health · Nutrition

New baby and feeling tired? Tips to increase your energy

Just had a baby and notice a change in the way you feel?  It can be a difficult time.  You're recovering from the delivery, not getting enough sleep, and caring for a new baby.  Having a baby is a big life change, feelings ranging from joy and excitement to guilt and sadness can happen at any time… Continue reading New baby and feeling tired? Tips to increase your energy

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Pregnancy changes – the physical & emotional roller coaster

A few years ago I watched one of those reality TV shows about having a baby.  There was a young pregnant woman being interviewed in a clothing store.  She was talking about the changes she was experiencing in pregnancy. "Once my belly started to grow, I started getting really excited" she was saying.  "And then… Continue reading Pregnancy changes – the physical & emotional roller coaster

Emotional Health · Parenting

Postpartum depression & anxiety:  Do I need medication?

Susan is a mother of 2 and experienced depression after the birth of her 1st child and again in her current postpartum period.  She has struggled with depression for most of her life… During a support group, Susan mentioned that her doctor suggested medication but she is worried about becoming addicted.  She doesn't believe in… Continue reading Postpartum depression & anxiety:  Do I need medication?

Emotional Health · Parenting

Have you thought about your circle of support?

Whether you are expecting your first baby, or your fourth baby, all expectant parents and their partners need support.   Support comes in many forms, anywhere from the support you receive from friends to the support you may find in books or on-line. 4 areas of support are: Day-to-day help – this is the practical help… Continue reading Have you thought about your circle of support?

Emotional Health · Parenting

Just had a baby? Having unwanted or scary thoughts?

You just had a baby and you're having thoughts that are scaring you.  They're repeating thoughts or images that don't make any sense.  They could be of bad things happening or harm coming to you or your baby.  You're wondering, why would I think of such a thing?  Am I going crazy? YOU are not your… Continue reading Just had a baby? Having unwanted or scary thoughts?

Emotional Health · Parenting

For Dads: Paternal postpartum depression – it’s real

Becoming a new dad can be an exciting and challenging time in your life.  Many changes happen within a family after having a baby.  In this new role, you are trying to figure out how to take care of the baby, your partner, and other responsibilities.  The first few months can be the toughest.  The… Continue reading For Dads: Paternal postpartum depression – it’s real

Emotional Health · Parenting

Postpartum Depression: You didn’t cause this to happen

As a public health nurse I speak to many parents struggling with their adjustment to being a new parent.  They experience many different feelings, ranging from joy and excitement to guilt and sadness. Sometimes these feelings become so difficult that they start to feel overwhelmed and helpless. Many times it is the partner who is… Continue reading Postpartum Depression: You didn’t cause this to happen

Emotional Health · Parenting

New to Canada? Feeling lost and alone?

Fatima, who immigrated to Canada six months ago, is a new mother of a 3 month old baby girl.  Fatima and her husband are both faced with the stress of settling into a new place, trying to understand a new language, the health care system, and are feeling overwhelmed.  She knows the baby needs medical… Continue reading New to Canada? Feeling lost and alone?