The Internet is full of sites offering information, insight, and opinions. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to know which information is a true nugget that can have an impact on you, your health and the health of your child. Below are a few links to information I find particularly powerful and important.

One of your first stops on your birth journey is making contact with the Midwifery practice closest to you. Do this as early as possible. There are a limited number of midwifery care spaces available and, they can fill up quickly! Ask to be put on the practice’s waiting list if they are full.  Needs can change and spaces often become available.

Midwives of Ottawa Download pdf.

Community Midwives of Ottawa
Located in the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre
2260 Walkley Road Unit 101, Ottawa, ON K1G 6A8
t. 613-883-2566

East Ottawa Midwives – Sages-femmes de l’est d’Ottawa
Located at: 5310 Canotek Rd #202, Gloucester, ON K1J 9N5
t. 613-745-1711

Gentle Beginnings Midwifery
Cornwall, 30 13th St East Unit #7, Cornwall ON, K6H 6V9 t. 613-933-3030 
Embrun, 011 Notre Dame St, Embrun, On. t. 613-443-0335
Greely, 7002 Nickerson Way, Greely, ON t.613-821-7444
Winchester, 462 Main St East, Winchester ON, K0C 2K0 t. 613-774-3131

Midwifery Collective of Ottawa
Located at: 88 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean, ON K2G 6B1
t. 730-2323

Midwifery Group of Ottawa
Located at: 265 Carling Av, Ottawa, ON K1S 2E1
t. 613-729-9957

Ottawa South Midwives
Located at: 4112 Albion Rd, Gloucester, ON K1T 3W1
t. 613-822-6646

Ottawa Valley Midwives
Located at: 1-1 Costello Drive, Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 0B4
t. 613-253-3148

9 months x 4 weeks = 36 weeks!
SO, When Is My Baby Coming?

An informative Slate article by Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky on around the language and expectation around the length of a pregnancy.

Delayed Cord Clamping

Presented in 2012 by Dr. Alan Greene  this Ted Talk is well  worth your time.  It provides a simple understandable explanation of the importance of delayed cord clamping not only to individual infants but globally.
90 seconds to change the world | Alan Greene | TEDxBrussels

Renowned Educator Penny Simkin provides a simple folksy visual explanation of the effectiveness of delayed cord clamping.
Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping

“What the heck? You’re a birth doula? 
Is THAT like a midwife?”

Actually not at all!
Many of the wonderful Ottawa area doulas got together and created a video about what a birth doula does.  And then the members of Ottawa Valley Doulas did it again to tell you A Bit About Postpartum Doulas.

And speaking of doulas, I want to be your doula! Let’s talk. 

Realistically, I may not be available for the period surrounding the expected birth of your child or perhaps I am not the doula for you. Luckily many of the professional doulas in Ottawa and the surrounding communities belong to the Ottawa Valley Doulas Association. You can find links to their profiles here.

I can’t hear you!
Seriously, what is with people?

You’re pregnant and suddenly horror stories come out of the woodwork. People tell you about their sister-in-law’s cousin’s friend’s neighbour- the one who was in labour for 3 weeks and pushed for 72 hours. You turn on the TV or Netflix and there on the screen before you is a wailing woman writhing in excruciating pain. You scan the headlines and someone has given birth in their car. ENOUGH! Let’s stop with the horror stories, the exceptions and get real.

Childbirth Educator and Anthropologist Vicki Elson, has created an awesome film. Labouring Under An Illusion. Let me know if you’d like to view it.
Here’s a little preview.
Bumbini Cloth Diaper Company
Cloth diapers may not be at all what you think they are like. Things have changed since your parent’s made their decision on your bottom wear. Of course, each family will make the decision that best suits them but don’t discount cloth without exploring today’s reusable diaper options.

Oh my! I had a few minutes to look at some of the toys in the Senser Play kit and I want them.

The Wee One I saw was engaged with his toys, gumming and chewing. His sweet little fingers grasping the variously textured non-toxic materials a plum feature of these toys that make me happy. His parents were positive when I asked about their experiences.
The price may be a deterrent to some but the subscription boxes would make a great group gift. These are toys you hand down to the next generation.

Onya Baby Soft Carriers
Designed and developed by a local mom Onya carriers are now marketed worldwide. Practical design, ethically sourced materials. Onya carriers are suitable for children from birth to well beyond toddler. Give them a look.