The Hamilton Family Doulas Blog

Writing stuff about the having babies life so you have things to read!
A Doula’s Tips For Labour

A Doula’s Tips For Labour

Check out Leanne Palmerston, co-owner of Hamilton Family Doulas and a doula with over 10 years of experience as a doula in Hamilton, as she provides her best tips for managing your labour.

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Is It Selfish To Want To Sleep?

Is It Selfish To Want To Sleep?

It seems like newborns never sleep. Until you have a toddler to chase after. Then it seems like all newborns ever do is sleep! The truth is somewhere in between and that’s not great news for most new mothers.

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A Little New Year Advice

A Little New Year Advice

This year was challenging, wasn’t it? I found it the hardest times I’ve ever had to live through. But I made it through.
This year I want to do more than live through challenges.

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Recipe Time: Easy Thai Slaw

Recipe Time: Easy Thai Slaw

Today’s Recipe Time recipe is a great protein and vegetable rich salad with lots of flavour that will provide you with food for a few days. It’s a bit spicy and the cilantro gives this salad a bright, fresh flavour profile.

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Just Say No To That Ice Pad

Just Say No To That Ice Pad

Ice is often recommended at two key points in birth and the postpartum period but new research is showing that ice is NOT good for healing.

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Slow Down After Baby

Slow Down After Baby

We seem to have forgotten that there are certain stark realities about the birthing body. New parents are healing from birth and we should nurture them the way they are learning to nurture their new child.

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Learning That I Am Enough

Learning That I Am Enough

“Choose a goal” she said. I watched as the faces around me grew thoughtful, then excited. What could I possibly write down?

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I Don’t Care How You Want To Give Birth!

I Don’t Care How You Want To Give Birth!

If you tell me you want to have your baby in a certain way I’ll care very much about that and help you with that kind of birth. What I don’t care about is what I think about your way of giving birth.

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What To Wear To The Hospital?

What To Wear To The Hospital?

This is a question I get asked a lot. What should a woman wear for birth?

There are lots of options. I have a few practical recommendations.

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Only A Doula’s Son

Only A Doula’s Son

Well, we do tell them they can do anything!

“Should I make a cafe?”

“That might be an awesome thing to do when you are an adult!”

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Ina May Is Wrong

Ina May Is Wrong

I trained to be a doula at The Farm in Summertown TN. I met and had dinner with Ina May Gaskin. We talked about knitting socks. So, it is was a shock to discover that Ina May was one of the signatories to an open letter to the Midwives Alliance of North America protesting their adoption of inclusive language.

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