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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:54 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    This is a list of Perinatal Mood Disorder Resources in Manitoba. For a list of online resources, click here

    Crisis and Support

    • Mental Health Crisis Response Centre (CRC) - provides walk-in services and a crisis support line
      • Crisis Line: 204-940-1781
      • Crisis Response Centre open 24 hours daily and located at 817 Bannatyne Ave, Winnipeg
    • Klinic Community Health Centre - provides a crisis line and free drop-in counselling
      • Crisis Line: 204-786-8686
      • Toll-free: 1-888-322-3019
    • Women's Health Clinic - provides free maternal health & wellness workshops
      • To register for the workshops or for more information on their services call the Mothers Program assistant at 204-947-2422 ext. 113
    • Mood Disorder Association of Manitoba - provides postpartum depression support and self help groups
      • Peer Support Line: 2014-786-0987
      • Postpartum Warmline: 204-391-5983
      • Toll-free: 1-800-263-5983
      • Postpartum Email Support: postpartumwarmline@mooddisordersmanitoba.ca
    • Rural Support - free support for farmers, rural & northern Manitobans
      • Toll-free: 1-866-367-3276 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 9pm)
      • Local: 204-571-4180
      • After hours line: 1-888-322-3019
    Information
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:39 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    This is a list of Perinatal Mood Disorder Resources in Saskatchewan. For a list of online resources, click here

    Crisis and Support

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:29 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    This is a list of Perinatal Mood Disorder Resources in Alberta. For a list of online resources, click here

    Crisis and Support

    Information


  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:14 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    This is a list of Perinatal Mood Disorder resources in British Columbia. For a list of online resources, click here

    Crisis and Support

    • Pacific Post Partum Support Society - resources and support for postpartum depression
      • Support Line for Metro Vancouver: 604-255-7999
      • Toll-free Support Line: 1-855-255-7999
    • Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
    • BC Mental Health Support Line - free support by calling 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778, or 250 before the number)
    • Fraser Health Crisis Line - immediate, free support
      • Support Line: 604-951-8855
      • Toll-free: 1-877-820-7444
    Information
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:47 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    This is a list of Perinatal Mood Disorder Resources in Ontario. For a list of online resources, click here

    General Information

    Toronto and York Region

    Peterborough

    • Pediatric Outpatient Clinic at Peterborough Regional Hospital
      • Not What I Expected: A Group for Women with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Experiences
        • 8 weekly sessions for women with PPMD and their infants under 12 months
        • Referrals can be faxed to 705-740-8004 or self-referral by calling 705-743-2121 ext. 2799 or 705-740-8055
        • Contact Erin Brown at 705-743-2121 ext. 2799 for more information

    Peel Region

    • Postpartum Depression Support Line - Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm
      • Brampton/Mississauga: 905-459-8441
      • Caledon: 289-298-5468
      • Toll-free: 1-877-298-4890
    • Postpartum Mood Disorder Program- offers community resources to give families the support they need
    • Parent-Infant Program- for parents with infants 36 months or younger who are dealing with multiple stressors

    Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge

    • Grand River Hospital- provides individual counselling and weekly support group meetings
      • Postpartum Mood Disorder Support Group - 519-749-4300 ext. 2267
      • Crisis Clinic (weekends and evenings) - 519-742-3611 (ask for the crisis clinic)
    • Cambridge Memorial Hospital- provides Mental Health Services
    • Crisis Services of Waterloo Region - available 24 hours by calling 519-745-1166
    • Telecare Cambridge - provides a confidential phone-in service for individuals who need support by calling 519-658-5455
    • Carizon Family and Community Services- provides community resources and support
    • KW Counselling Services- a multi-service agency providing individual, family, group and outreach supports to the community
    • The Holistic Parent magazine- for parents in Waterloo Region and surrounding areas. Published three times per year, The Holistic Parent focuses on natural health and wellness, as well as attachment parenting and gentle guidance
    • Your Wellness Team On Queen- provides services to help families
    • Yellowood Nutrition and Wellness- provides Healthy Baby consultations, Lactation consultant services, postpartum mood disorder services

    London

    • Postpartum Depression Helpline - free support offered by calling 519-672-4673
    • Mother Reach- provides information and tips about PPMD and offers a weekly support group

    Haliburton

    Ottawa

     Sarnia/Lambton

    Niagara Region

    Halton

    Hamilton


  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:22 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    This is a list of Perinatal Mood Disorder resources that can be found online.

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  • Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    Our summers cannot be complete without our annual trip to The Fern Resort in Orillia, Ontario!!  The boys have been looking forward to this trip ALL YEAR and Fern did not disappoint!

    First off, we LOVE how close to home Fern is for us.  Just a short 1 hour drive and we are at the doorstep of the stunning lake and resort.   Parking is so conveniently located central to the accommodation buildings, so you will be enjoying your vaycay very quickly on arrival.  Remember that check in is at 4pm but sometimes rooms are available sooner.  We called on route to let them know we were on our way and to see if we could get our room a little sooner which they were gracious in accommodating.

    The BEST part of Fern is BY FAR the CHILDCARE available.  My boys (ages 7 and 4) just LOVE going to "kids club".   If they could stay in there all day they probably would, but it does close from 12-1:00 for lunch :)   From the sand pit, to the splash pad, trampoline, crafts and more the childcare options are Fern are second to none.  The amazing staff were experienced and competent in dealing with my autistic child.    They were attentive to his needs and I felt confident that they could handle whatever came up OR that I was just a phone call away if needed.

    The FOOD at Fern never disappoints!   We opt to take the kids to the convenient  5:30 kids buffet and then send them to kids club so that we can enjoy a quiet adult meal :)      The famous Fern honey dinner rolls and coffee are my go-to's and likely the most famous items on the Fern menu!   Be sure to try them out!

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    At Fern, you will NEVER be bored.  There are TONS of activities for the ENTIRE FAMILY and for ANY WEATHER condition.  It truly is a YEAR ROUND resort.   My boys especially love the pool and the giant chess board.   Morning shuffle board tournament anyone? 

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    Business Meeting??   The team at Life With A Baby LOVES the convenient conference facilities that Fern offers.   They conveniently placed our rooms in the same building as our conference room space (The Mara Room) so that we could be close to our families and things if needed.  The meeting rooms come equipped with all your modern day meeting amenities such as drinks, power, TV, coffee, etc. 


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    Tips:  bring your own life jackets or puddle jumpers for the kids at the pool!

    All in all, if you're looking for a fun and relaxing place to take the family close to home, Fern is the place to check out!  Consider the fact that included in the price is your accommodations, 3 meals, entertainment, childcare, programming and activities.   Get ready to enjoy your #SummerAtFern


    /Connie


  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:23 PM | Christina (Administrator)

    *Copied from a Facebook Chat. To be notified of future Facebook Chats,  become a Member*

    Thank you for joining us this afternoon as we chat about diet and nutrition for your Preemie. We are lucky to be joined by not only one, but two Registered Dietitians, Kirsten and Karen, from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. 

    K&K:  I'm Kirsten and I have been a clinical dietitian in the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital for 18 years and I am Karen, I have been a dietitian in the NICU at Mount Sinai for 2 years, previously in obstetrics for 8 years.

    1.   My breastmilk was fortified with Formula in the NICU. Now that we're home, do I have to continue this? When will I know I can stop this? 

    K&K:
    Often an infant will be discharged with formula in breastmilk or a higher strength formula to support optimal growth.  Reassessment of this plan will be an ongoing discussion with your physician post discharge. As infants get bigger, they get stronger and may feed more effectively so supplementation may be decreased either in number of bottles fortified and amount of formula added. The physician will look at the infant’s growth compared to target recommendations.  Recommendations for weight gain for the first 4 months post term is 20-30 grams/day.  Weight gain above or below this recommendation should prompt reevaluation of the feeding plan. 

    2.   How long should I be giving my child Vitamin D? 

    K&K:
    Your child should be given vitamin D until at least 1 year corrected age and consuming adequate cow’s milk.  Cow’s milk is fortified in Canada with vitamin D.  Other “milk” products are not recommended until 2 years of age.

    3.   When do I know it's time to start the transition to solids? 

    K&K:
    Health Canada and Dietitians of Canada recommend in the Healthy Term Nutrition Statement that solids should be started around 6 months of age.  For preterm infants, this would be six months corrected age.  Your child should be able to sit up in a chair and hold his/her head up on their own to be able to swallow safely.  Around 4 months corrected age, start having the discussion with your physician about what developmental milestones your child should be doing to show that they are ready for solid food.

    4.   What is the best way to start the transition to solids? 

    K&K:
    The first food to start with is a food with a high source of iron such as meat or iron fortified cereals.  There are no longer specific guidelines about which type of food to introduce in what order.  Introduce one new food every 3 days in order to watch for signs of allergic reaction. 

    5.   How long is it ok to feed my child using a bottle vs. a cup?  

    K&K:
    As fluids other than breastfeeding are introduced, they can be offered in an open cup. Older infants can be offered water from an open cup along with complementary feedings. At first, they will need help with the cup from the parent or caregiver. The older infant will develop a coordinated sucking action and will begin to hold the jaw in a stable open position as the cup approaches. Older infants can pace their own intake, which makes it easier for them to control their breathing and swallow when they are ready.

    It is common for training cups such as 'sippy cups' to have no-spill valves. An infant gets liquids out of these training cups by sucking, these cups do not support the development of mature drinking skills. An open cup is the most appropriate choice to encourage skill development.


    Encouraging use of an open cup for older infants can help avoid prolonged bottle-feeding. Use of bottles among young children has been associated with the consumption of excess calories and may contribute to the risk of obesity in childhood.

     

    5.   How do I know my child is eating/drinking enough? 

    K&K: If your child is growing and following their growth curve they are getting enough to eat and drink.  Ask your physician to show you at your child’s next appointment.  Offer foods from all the food groups throughout the day to ensure your child is receiving all the vitamins and minerals they require.

    6.   What is important in regards to food groups when it comes to ensuring my child has proper nutrition at 6 months old? 

    K&K: From six months of age, your child’s foods can be many of the same nutritious foods enjoyed by the family. Choose iron-rich meat and meat alternatives, and iron-fortified cereals first. Aside from iron-rich foods being the first foods introduced, there is no particular order for the introduction of other foods or food groups. Vegetables, fruit, and milk products such as cheese and yoghurt can be introduced, between 6 to 9 months, along with a variety of iron-rich foods.

    Encourage the offering of new foods. This ensures a variety of flavours and foods from Canada's Food Guide are being consumed by 12 months. Encourage parents and caregivers to include infants and young children at the family meal table, even if their feeding times do not always align. Meal times provide exposure to tastes, colours, and textures. Family meals create an opportunity for modelling healthy eating habits.

    6.   And 12 months? 

    K&K: It is important to offer your child a regular schedule of meals and snacks, offering a variety of foods from the four food groups every day. Recommend foods prepared with little or no added salt or sugar.  Nutritious, higher-fat foods are an important source of energy for young children.  Infants should not be offered low fat foods.  Continue to breastfeed, or offer 2 cups per day of homogenized (3.25% M.F.) cow milk.  Limit fruit juice and sweetened beverages. Offer water to satisfy thirst.

    7.   Hello, my name is Gabrielle, my son stayed in Mount Sinai NICU for almost 4& a half months than transferred to a level 2 hospital for a bit. My baby was born at 24 weeks 5 days. He is now almost 7months, however 3 months + 1 week corrected. My son is in his early signs of teething(drooling, putting fist in mouth, etc) What are some signs that he would be ready for eating(puree, etc)? I would still be looking towards his corrected 6 months but confident signs are.

    K&K: Some of the key signs that a baby is ready for solids include: ability to sit up (supported) in a high chair), able to hold food in mouth, reaching/showing interest during family meal times.  You are correct to plan to introduce solids around the 6 month corrected age, when your son will likely be showing these signs.  Review with your physician to come up with a plan.

    8.   My 19 month old corrected baby has a g-tube. We would like to wean her off of it. She refuses to take regular homogenized milk or any milk orally. It might be a food aversion. Although she used to be continuous feeding through her g-tube, she no longer requires to be hooked up to her feeding pump during the day. She eats what we eat albeit in smaller pieces and drinks water but for some reason won't take enough milk to help her gain weight or grow orally. As per her dietitian at Sick Kids, she is currently on 300-400mL at night through her feeding pump/g-tube each day. We noticed she's eating more but we are afraid to completely wean her off of milk via her g-tube. However, she's getting more active and would like to remove the g-tube soon. Due to her Pierre Robin Sequence, she is overall small in stature otherwise proportional. She's 19 months corrected but only weighs 17 lbs at most. If we were to wean her off her g-tube, what can we give her to make sure she doesn't lose weight.

    K&K:  As you are already connected with a dietitian and program at Sick Kids, I would contact him/her with this question.  The dietitian would be more familiar with your daughter and her needs.

    9.   What is the formula in relation to body weight to calculate the amount of ml of formula we should feed?

    K&K: This is a difficult question that would be different for every baby’s unique situation.  In the unit we estimate fluid and feed requirements based on body weight and a pre-calculated volume that will meet their needs.  A healthy baby discharged home is typically encouraged to be fed on an on demand schedule, allowing baby to determine his or her own needs.  In some situations a baby may be on a prescribed volume when they go home in order to support growth.  If this is your situation your doctor/NP and dietitian should work with you and provide you with specific guidelines.

    Thank you so much to Kirsten and Karen, for taking the time to join us and for your expertise. It has certainly been an informative session! 

    Thank you to all the parents who participated live and via email/private message. We hope you all learned a lot and look forward to seeing you in July for our next 
    #PreTermChats!



    #PreTermChats #Preemies #PreemiesAreAmazing #PreemiePower #PreemiePowerCanada #PrematureBabies #Diet #BabyNutrition #NICU #InfantNutrition #PreemieNutrition #PrematureNutrition #WhatDoIFeedMyPreemie 

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 8:28 AM | Christina (Administrator)

    Checking into Emerg with my now 4 year old was tough. She had been fighting what was obviously a stomach flu or a travel bug. Easy, right? Check into ER, get a few tests and some medication, check out, head home to continue on with life. If only it was that simple. Why? Well… it’s those darn triggers.

    I sat in the waiting room of the Hospital, in the same area that houses the RSV clinic. TRIGGER.

    They sent us into a screening room and advised that she would need to do some blood work and have an IV to bring her levels back up. TRIGGER.

    The sound of the heart rate monitor, thermometer (of all things), the smell of the hand sanitizer. TRIGGER.

    The sound of the hand wash stations and the paper towel ripping. TRIGGER.


    Does it ever get any easier? Do the triggers ever go away? So far, in 4 years, the answer is not for me. We spent 91 days in the NICU when she was born. Of her 4 years of life, it’s still a large percentage of her life.  It is part of who she is. The NICU experience is part of who I am as a Parent and it has made a permanent imprint on my life. For the better? I’d say so.

    I am also reminded of all of the Health Care Professionals past and present that are of have been in our lives that have helped along the way. For whom I will be ever so thankful.

    Although these triggers bring up  the past emotion and pain, it also sparks some memories. First, First bath, First time she took a bottle, First time she wore clothes, removing the NG tube, Her Home Coming.  When I think about it with a fresh perspective and a positive attitude, she arrived in the world 3 months before expected, but I was also lucky to of gotten to know her 3 months sooner. When she came home, we had a bond. I knew her. She knew me.

    When I sit down, cuddling her after the IV went in, comforting her and wiping away her tears, I’m reminded of all of the progress she has made since that moment she was born at 28 weeks.  She is strong enough to fight the nurse who had to put the IV in this time. I am a strong enough person now that I didn’t shed a tear, but stayed there strong for her.  She is a person full of life, personality and sassiness. That history has made her who she is today. It has made me who I am today. You can’t change the past, but you can look back at it and look at the progress. Look forward into the future of all the possibilities in their lives and be thankful that they are here with you now.

    So here’s to the past that has molded us. To the present full of love and life. And to the future full of possibilities because, as we know #PreemiesAreAmazing.

    #PreemiePowerCanada #PrematureBirth #Prematurity #Preemie 


  • Monday, June 19, 2017 9:40 PM | claire (Administrator)

    Every so often I look at space in my house and feel like it needs a change. I run through all the things I want to do to freshen up the place. I’m not talking a major home reno project because with both of us working full time and 2 kids in the house, there isn’t the time to deal with a full blown renovation. More like some cosmetic changes to make the house feel fresh again.

    Painting is generally at the top of my redecorating list but hubby says not until the little guy turns 6 because it's a waste of time and money since the little guy likes to touch everything. Next up: a new rug for the floors? Yes, that's easy, doesn’t have to be expensive, and while we’re at it, some new curtains to make the room feel fresher. Then there are the bigger ticket items such as new appliances. I was pregnant with the now 5-year-old when we were purchasing appliances for our home and I not knowing what I was getting into I bought stainless steel fridge.  Total rookie mistake. I thought the stainless steel was pretty and would give the space a clean, sleek look. I remember telling the salesman that I didn't want the one with ice dispenser because I had seen my four-year-old playing with one while at the store and didn't want to have ice and water all over my floors. I can say now that was a REALLY good decision on my part (and probably the reason newer models have lock buttons on that function and / or hide it inside the fridge just above where a small child can easily reach). The one thing I didn't anticipate what that my fridge would look like this! 



    No one told me that kids would have all this artwork that they would feel very proud of and that they would insist that needs to be displayed on the fridge so that everyone can admire it. So there you have it; thousands of dollars for a sleek, clean look and you’ll never see it because it’s covered in tape and artwork. We could have gone with a non stainless option and put magnets and you’d see the same amount of fridge. Chalk that one up to inexperience – and call it a lesson learned.

    Now, you'd think that was the biggest form over function mistake I had made in my kitchen. But you would be wrong. The biggest regret I have, believe it or not, is my kitchen sink and faucet. Other than the fact that I knew I wanted a double sink in my kitchen, I paid very little attention to this detail. Having children is a great way to be reminded that you really should have considered function before choosing any items for your house. There is nothing wrong per se with the way the old faucet looked, it was sleek and stylish. However, it was not functional for us as a family. When the kids who are now 10 and five were helping out with the dishes (yes, they do the dishes) they made a mess because the faucet head was too close to the sink. Because the faucet head itself was low, it was hard to get one of my big pots in the sink to fill it with water, I could use the extension to get the pot filled up but it was awkward for me and next to impossible for the kids. Plus, after I had used both sinks it was a pain to easily wash the sinks out without hitting the faucet head. 


    The new Huntley Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with SelectFlo fixes this problem and has some awesome extra features. Firstly, it’s high enough that even my biggest pot fits underneath it. Secondly it’s easier to use because you’re pulling the faucet to you instead of trying to twist things to fit under a fixed height faucet. Finally, it allows the user to select different flows according to the task at hand – so you can direct a jet of water onto some burnt on food to help get it off the pan. As a bonus, it’s also super stylish and completes my kitchen perfectly. It was just the little change that I needed, and the pull down feature alone is worth it for my family because it makes it easier for the kids to do the dishes without adult assistance. When something looks this great and makes everyday tasks easier because of built in functionality, it’s easy to love. And I definitely love my new Huntley faucet.

     


    I was provided with the faucet in exchange for my honest review, as always all opinions are my own. 





 

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