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26
Mar

SURVIVORS IN THE BIRTH ROOM- TRAUMA INFORMED CARE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP

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Trauma Informed Care And How You Can Help FREE PDF As a survivor of sexual violence, it is important for me to maximize choice, agency, and control over my body, my experience, and my care. While it may be difficult to communicate my feelings, needs, and wants during labour, I’ve taken steps to plan ahead […]

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26
Mar

#METOO IN THE BIRTH ROOM AND WHY IT MATTERS

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By: Martha Neovard This is probably the hardest blog I’ve ever had to write. As a woman, I’ve watched the #MeToo movement carefully, cheering the brave survivors, carefully prodding my own experiences, holding them up to the light. This is about #MeToo, but in a different light. This is about how those of us who […]

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26
Mar

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

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Special Considerations For Survivors Of Sexual Violence FREE PDF We know that 1 in 4 women will have experienced some form of sexual violence by the time they reach adulthood. We also know that as many pregnancies are the result of sexual assault as are the result of consensual sex, and that anywhere from 30% […]

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24
Mar

Congrats Elita Patterson on your Women Of Distinction Award Nomination

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Today we celebrate Elita Patterson on her well-deserved nomination for the Regina YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in the category of Community Enhancement and Leadership. Today I wanted to share with all of you just how amazing she really is, how hard she works for women in this province and how blessed I am to […]

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12
Jan

Can we stop telling mothers that breastfeeding is “Natural”?

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It’s a phrase we hear often as we move through pregnancy and parenthood. It’s a phrase I hate. When I hear it I just want to rage. It’s not fair to tell moms this. To promise them this glowy ideal picture of breastfeeding, and then when they’re handed a different scenario, make them feel as […]

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22
Nov

Things To Consider When Establishing Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is a learned skill for both mom and baby and getting started can feel overwhelming, to say the least. The time immediately following your birth can be very busy as you’re juggling medical care, trying to catch your breath and welcome your baby all at the same time. We want to help ensure you […]

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10
Oct

Postpartum Social Support- Why It’s An Essential Part Of Improving Maternal Mental Health

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Maternal mental health complications like postpartum depression and anxiety affect 1 in 5 new Canadian mothers each and every year making it the number one birth complication to date. As a PPD survivor myself, it has completely changed my view on a lot of things, including the way in which we approach treatment and recovery […]

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26
Sep

Top 3 Things You Need To Know About The Cascade Of Interventions

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The cascade of intervention is alive and well in our current birth culture. We want to help you better understand what it is in hopes you can gain perspective as to what’s safe for you. Below you will find our top three things you need to know about the cascade of interventions. So let’s get […]

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24
Sep

Treatment & PPD- How stigma prevents moms from getting the help they need.

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Treatment, of course, is a top priority and now that I’m on the other side healthy and recovered, I can see that it looks different for everyone. My youngest daughter was born in the summer of 2013, July 1st in fact. I knew something was wrong almost immediately, by 2 weeks for sure, yet it […]

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19
Sep

The Negative Effect of Dr. Google & PPD

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I recently had the opportunity to attend and present at the 2017 Stanford Medicine X conference in California with our team at the brand new Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative, and it was definitely an experience like no other. I wanted to share with you a bit about the work I presented so I’ve broken […]

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