I am currently still working on my Breastfeeding Counselor certification. During my training, for a limited time, I am offering up to 5 hours of combined support free of charge to any woman contacting me looking for breastfeeding support. This could include any of the services listed on my breastfeeding services page.
Reading this, you might be asking yourself, "Why is Criston offering breastfeeding counselor consultation services before she is able to call herself a certified breastfeeding counselor?" and that would be a good question! If you'd like to know my answer to that question, then read on!
There is an AMAZING new resource in the podcast world these days!
The Birth Hour is a podcast "designed to serve as a safe haven for women to share their [childbirth] stories with other women and connect over the life-changing event of giving birth." (from The Birth hour website's About page)
This podcast is for those who love to hear birth stories told, AND those who wish to tell their birth story(ies) with other women. You can live anywhere in the world and hear a variety of different experiences, including what resources were seen as valuable to each woman who told her story(ies).
With stories posted on the podcast channel since September 21, 2015, Bryn has brought an invaluable resource to the worldwide childbirth community.
What makes these stories different than many of those shared with pregnant women every day?
In a recent post (CLICK HERE to read), I shared about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) and shared an online resource I love for those who are looking for more information and help with any PMAD. If you would like to know more, read that post before this one to see if that applies to you or anyone you may know. (Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders include antenatal and/or postpartum depression (PPD), antenatal and/or postpartum anxiety, antenatal and/or postpartum OCD, postpartum panic disorder, postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder, and postpartum psychosis.)
If you suspect you have a perinatal mood and/or anxiety disorder or know you have one and live in or near Moose Jaw (one of the cities where women in Southeast Saskatchewan can choose to birth their babies in, so it's a city I'd include as part of Southeast Saskatchewan), this post is specifically for you!
Are YOU informed about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD)?
These are known as antenatal and/or postpartum depression, antenatal and/or postpartum anxiety, antenatal and/or postpartum OCD, postpartum panic disorder, postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder, and postpartum psychosis.
Being affected with one of the above is unfortunately more common than many people think. The newest research says that 15% (or more) of new moms (1 in 7) have some form of postpartum depression (PPD), and that's just looking at ONE illness in the entire spectrum of perinatal (during pregnancy & postpartum) mood and anxiety disorders listed above.
In Southeast Saskatchewan there are midwives available through the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, in both Regina and Fort Qu'Appelle. However, there is a current well-known shortage of midwives in Regina.
If you are pregnant and may want to consider a midwife for your primary prenatal, birth, and postpartum care, call one or both of the following offices to get on a waiting list as as soon as possible in your pregnancy (midwives only take a maximum number of clients per month):
Looking for pregnancy, birth, and/or postpartum products? Check out the Canadian All About Birth Boutique (screenshot below!) to see if it is what you're looking for!
Criston White, Certified Birth Doula (CBI) & Breastfeeding Counselor (In Training, CBI)