As a parent and caregiver myself, I know what the most valuable gift is for a new family. Spoiler alert: it’s not the tiny little onesies, classic books or soothing stuffies. Don’t get me wrong, I loved those too, but the most valuable gift I received when I was pregnant and postpartum, was the gift of support.
Plan for parental leave – If you are eligible for employment insurance, you may be entitled for up to 78 weeks of parental leave. You can find more details about this program on the CRA website here. Also ensure you determine your employer’s parental leave policy and plan how you will financially manage the time off. You may be eligible for a top up which can supplement your income during this time.
Are you a parent-to-be or already navigating the challenging waters of parenting? If so, we have some exciting news for you! Brood is proud to announce the expansion and relaunch of our online family membership program, offering a wide variety of invaluable resources and support for families.
Hey there, parents! We’re here to bring some sunshine into your lives with our guide to keeping your newborn safe in the summer heat. Parenting is one wild adventure already, so what you don’t need is a baby that is overheated, or dehydrated.
Let’s be frank about what to expect early postpartum and how it relates to reintroducing movement in our bodies recovering from pregnancy and birth.
Bringing a child into the world is a deeply personal and transformative experience. The path to parenthood is as diverse as the individuals and couples who embark on it. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to starting a family, and each journey is characterized by its own challenges, triumphs, and surprises.
Many people are drawn to becoming doulas after experiencing pregnancy, birth, and postpartum as a parent or birthing person themselves. The care they received, or in some cases, the lack of care, can inspire them to be part of the change they want to see. While it’s not necessary to be a parent to be a great caregiver, these experiences can shape a doula’s approach and bring a unique perspective.
This actually happened BEFORE I officially knew I was pregnant, that in a matter of days, my chest grew exponentially. I thought I was either pregnant or finally hitting puberty at age 30. If I was pregnant I had imagined this would happen over time, but it seemed to happen overnight, and was painful! So painful that I couldn’t even sleep on my stomach for a few weeks. The pain is no longer there – but they are still growing – and don’t show signs of slowing down!
As our friend, LC and doula Allie Mennie says, “A doula is someone who is there for you. The medicine is out of our scope, so we are there as someone supporting you and your partner. We make sure you’re fed and hydrated, you’re remembering to pee, your room/environment is calm and supportive for the birth process
My answer is always: Why? Why do you want to be queer inclusive? Is it because you’re queer yourself and want to find more supportive ways to care for your community? Is it because you’re cis and/or straight and want to make sure you want to provide safer spaces for people? What drives your needs and wants to make your practice queer inclusive? What are your priorities? Let’s start there first.
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