Past Tips of the Week


Kneel, Squat, or What?

posted Jul 5, 2018, 6:39 AM by Victoria Kellett

If you are interested in choosing birthing positions that work for you, it's a good idea to do a bit of research and practice. A great place to start is this excellent and very readable article on historical and traditional birthing positions. You'll learn about positions that have worked well throughout history and across the globe, and some pros and cons of each.

Line Up Breastfeeding Resources

posted Mar 30, 2015, 2:39 PM by Victoria Kellett

Prepare for breastfeeding before you give birth, by knowing what is normal and where to get help. An excellent new resource for Ottawa parents is Ottawa Breastfeeds. Check it out and bookmark it!

If you cannot rest, keep busy

posted Feb 10, 2014, 8:04 AM by Victoria Kellett

Check out these excellent tips for coping with early labour. Some surprising things my clients have done in early labour:
  • grocery shopping
  • snowshoeing
  • cooking for and hosting a dinner party
  • refinishing hardwood floors
  • mowing the lawn and watering the garden
  • breastfeeding and caring for their toddler
  • attending their own baby shower
  • Christmas shopping
  • going for coffee or even brunch
  • getting a pedicure
You may or may not have the time or inclination for any of the above, or may just want to rest, but it's handy to have a few distractions on hand.

Postpartum Doulas = Hidden Gems

posted Aug 26, 2013, 5:52 AM by Victoria Kellett

Expecting twins (or more!)? Have special needs in the family? Short on support from family or friends? Consider hiring a postpartum doula. Check out my Links to get you started on your search.

One Thing Per Day!

posted Apr 29, 2012, 8:17 PM by Victoria Kellett

During the first weeks postpartum, plan on doing only one thing per day in addition to baby- and self-care. Whether it's a visit from a friend, a doctor's appointment or that first trip to the supermarket, stick to one a day if you can. Your priority is to rest!

Switch Off

posted Mar 20, 2012, 11:28 AM by Victoria Kellett

Consider turning your mobile phone(s) right off (not just to silent or vibrate) during labour and for the first hour postpartum. Shutting out the outside world can really improve your labour progress and allow you to enjoy bonding with your baby.

There's An App for That, Naturally

posted Jan 26, 2012, 7:22 AM by Victoria Kellett

For iPhone users, I strongly recommend the iBirth app. In addition to the contraction timer, it includes professional, short videos demonstrating positions and comfort measures, as well as nutrition information, questions to ask your care provider, and other useful tips.

Stronger Than You Think

posted Oct 31, 2011, 11:49 AM by Victoria Kellett

When things get tough, it's common to panic or "seize up." That's a good time to try the tub or the shower. You'll find you can do it. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water." 

May As Well Get Comfortable

posted Sep 19, 2011, 10:12 AM by Victoria Kellett

Dads and partners, consider bringing a sleeping bag and pillow if you're having a hospital birth. They will help keep you comfortable if you're staying overnight after the birth.

Beat the Heat

posted Aug 2, 2011, 12:45 PM by Victoria Kellett

With the heat, it's important to stay very well hydrated. Blood volume increases dramatically when you're pregnant, so you need to drink more fluids than ever.

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