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C-Section Recovery Tips

Cesarean section recoveries can be tough. You've just had a major abdominal surgery and we want to give you some tips on how you can have a smooth recovery.  Do not lift anything heavier than the baby As difficult as this can be especially for mothers who have...

Top 10 Baby Shower Gifts Moms Really Want

Have you recently been invited to a baby shower and have no idea what to bring or want to bring a unique gift rather than the traditional diapers and clothing? Here are ten ideas of what moms really want for gifts.   Meal Delivery Services No mother wants to worry...

2017 Year in Review | What to expect in 2018

2017 is just about over and we wanted to take some time to reflect on what's happened in this amazing year as well as tell you about some exciting things we've got coming 2018.   In the summer of 2017, we underwent a name change from Fredericton Maternity to Elm City...

5 questions to ask your potential doula

You've decided that you would like to have a doula for your birth and you're ready to begin the interview process. We all know the standard questions like "where did you do your training, what are your rates, etc." But here are 5 important questions you should...

Your Magical Postpartum Experience

I remember the scene from Cinderella where her Fairy Godmother suddenly appeared and made Cinderella a beautiful dress from rags and some pretty awesome transportation from a pumpkin and some mice. Didn't we all long for our very own fairy Godmothers when we were...

Early Signs of Pregnancy

Did you know that your body can show early signs of pregnancy even before you miss your period?   It's true! Only a few days after implantation occurs, you may pick up on early signs of pregnancy long before the missed period happens.   Spotting 30% of women...

Hello Fresh | What Every New Parent Needs

What's the number one thing exhausted, hungry parents, don't want to do when they have recently welcomed a baby into their family? I bet it's grocery shopping right next to trying to figure out what on earth you're going to make for dinner tonight. Well thanks to your...

Top 5 Ways to Prepare Emotionally for Childbirth

Are you pregnant and making a checklist of all the things you must prepare? Typically, our society encourages parents to prepare by taking prenatal classes, buying all the things they’re going to need and setting up the nursery. These are all super important things to...

Elm City Doulas is Coming To Saint John, New Brunswick

It's official! In 2018 Elm City Doulas will be expanding our service area to Saint John, New Brunswick!   After a highly successful 2 years of providing growing Fredericton families with unmatched doula services, we are pleased to announce that beginning in 2018  we...

Is Placenta Encapsulation Safe?

Recently, the CDC released a paper that has many women considering placenta encapsulation concerned. In short, a woman in the United States had decided to her placenta encapsulated. Shortly after the birth, her baby was treated for signs of GBS which the woman...

Vaginal Bleeding After Birth- What to Expect

Immediately after your baby has been born, you will start to experience a bloody discharge from your vagina called lochia. Lochia is made up of any debris, uterine lining or any bacteria left over from a delivery. All women will experience this bleeding regardless of...

Meet The Doulas Event

Have you been curious about what exactly a doula does? Or maybe you've been considering hiring a doula for your upcoming birth.   The doulas at Elm City Doulas will be holding an information session at East Coast Chiropractic on February 4th, 2017 from 2-4 pm.   At...

Top Baby Names of 2016

Sometimes one of the most challenging things you do as a parent is decide on a name for your precious baby.   Now that we have entered into 2017, lets take a look back at the most popular names (according to baby center) of 2016 and see if you have any inspiration...

Midwives Vs Doulas- The Differences

On December 5th, 2016, the New Brunswick Government made an official announcement that it would finally be implementing midwives and the clinic would be up and running in 4-6 months. Since the announcement has been made, we have been flooded with questions on what the...

Skin to Skin With Your Baby

This post is courtesy of Ashley Fry, a doula with Fredericton Maternity    If you are currently expecting a baby you may have already heard about “skin-to-skin” contact. Perhaps your doctor has handed you a pamphlet, or a friend has mentioned it, or it has come up as...

Preparing For Baby Series | Packing Your Hospital Bag

In this 4 part blog series, you will find 4 weekly posts that help you prepare for baby. For our final post, we talk about packing your hospital bag.  Ok, you've got the essentials for your baby, attended a prenatal education class and hired your doula, but have your...

Preparing For Baby Series – Hiring Professional Support

In this 4 part blog series, you will find 4 weekly posts that help you prepare for baby. For our third post, we talk about professional support.  Have you or your partner thought about who would support you during labour, birth and the postpartum period? Many couples...

Preparing For Baby Series – Prenatal Education

In this 4 part blog series, you will find 4 weekly posts that help you prepare for baby. In our second post we talk about prenatal education.   What is prenatal education? Prenatal education includes prenatal classes, newborn care classes as well as reading material....

Preparing For Baby Series – The Essentials

In this 4 part blog series, you will find 4 weekly posts that help you prepare for baby. For our first post we talk about baby essentials. So what do you really need to buy? You may be surprised to learn it's not as much as you think. If you are having a baby shower,...

Top 10 Baby Shower Gifts

This post has been created with the help of several parents by conducting a survey to discover what their most useful baby shower gift was. We bring you the top 10 baby shower gifts If you have been invited to a baby shower, this post will give you an idea of the best...

What Not To Say When I Tell You I’m Pregnant

Is it me or do a lot of people seem to give their unwanted opinions about the size of other people's families? Just yesterday, a friend had announced her fifth pregnancy and honestly the comments I was reading made me roll my eyes harder than I ever rolled them...

I Ate My Placenta, and Here’s Why

When I told my family and friends that I planned to consume my placenta, I was met with shock, horror and questions like, “Why on EARTH would you want to do that?” No one around me had  ever heard of placenta consumption. There were immediate assumptions that I would...

Don’t Post My Birth Announcement!

In the day and age we live in with social media so readily available at any time, we can sometimes find ourselves posting some pretty personal information and sometimes even making a few faux pas such as making an announcement that wasn't our place to make.   How many...

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