Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 things I learned about having a baby

I've worked with pregnant families and in pregnancy programs for over 10 years as a dietitian so, you might assume that I'd feel more than prepared to have a baby of my own. The truth is that even with everything I knew, or everything that I thought I knew, I was often surprised by the… Continue reading 5 things I learned about having a baby

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season

As I walked through Costco this past August, I couldn't help but notice this season's holiday gear making its way onto the shelves.  Everything from gifts to decorations, cards, and wrapping paper – 'seriously' I asked myself?  How can we be thinking of the holidays when we're still supposed to be soaking up the summer… Continue reading Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health

What’s the best Valentine’s gift for a new parent? (And no, it’s not chocolate!)

Most people associate Valentine's Day with chocolate, flowers, and jewelry, but have all you partners out there thought about the best gift a new mom could ever ask for? You guessed it … hands on, practical help to get through the early days with a new baby. Being organized ahead of baby's arrival can make for… Continue reading What’s the best Valentine’s gift for a new parent? (And no, it’s not chocolate!)

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

Postpartum depression – Will it happen to me?

Is it possible to beat postpartum depression? As a Public Health Nurse, I support women struggling with emotional health issues such as depression and anxiety. Imagine that you are pregnant and experiencing mixed feelings.  Part of you is happy, while the other part is feeling unsure.  You've always wanted a baby but you are concerned… Continue reading Postpartum depression – Will it happen to me?