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Drs. Sarah and Alicia answer common questions such as: I'm pregnant what do I do? are my symptoms in first trimester normal? What to expect for labour and delivery? How will I know about breastfeeding? How do I care for my newborn? She Found Motherhood aims to help take the anxiety out of pregnancy and the journey through childbirth to parenthood. We discuss the fourth trimester and how to care for your newborn. We discuss mental health in pregnancy and the postpartum period and how to navig ...
 
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Let’s cut right to the chase - Drs. Alicia and Sarah have compiled a list of 6 things no one tells you about postpartum! Tune in to learn more about what to expect from the unexpected (yet all perfectly normal)! And follow the links they reference below for more related resources, guides, and tips. For more information on some of the topics touched…
 
Mag’s birth story is truly an inspiration. Overcoming one obstacle after another, her fortitude and perseverance through several tough diagnoses is a reminder of the incredible resilience of the human spirit and body, and her own ability to face each challenge as it came. It is also a story about the importance of empathy and compassion for someone…
 
Today’s podcast starts and ends with a BANG! It’s a topic that implicates neuroscience, hormones, human relationships, the physical body, the societal body - and yet sex and libido in pregnancy and postpartum is so rarely spoken about and so many couples struggle with in silence. But Dr. Kelly Casperson is here to the rescue! Originally a urologist…
 
By now you’re probably familiar with Dr. Ginevra Mills. She's an obstetrician gynecologist with a specialty in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, a special interest in PCOS and lifelong health, and she's got three young kiddos of her own! We’ve been talking to her about fertility: how it changes with age, causes of infertility, and today w…
 
Tongue ties are such a vast, controversial, and often misunderstood topic that we brought in pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT) surgeon Dr. Elise Graham to help us wade through the topic. She is also a mom to two boys with a complex breastfeeding journey of her own, which has brought her to shine a postpartum lens onto her field that she admits can g…
 
In Part II of our three part series on fertility, Dr. Genevra Mills, an obstetrician gynecologist with a specialty in reproductive endocrinology and infertility with three kiddos of her own, discusses with us causes of infertility. She gives us a most helpful breakdown of the main medical conditions that can lead to infertility in both the male and…
 
Today, Karly shares with us her special pregnancy and birth story which, despite feeling generally ‘smooth,’ left her with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG, also known as prolonged and severe morning sickness) and an irritable uterus. She also speaks candidly about her struggles with mental health in early pregnancy, through pregnancy loss and into postp…
 
Fertility is a fascinating topic that touches almost everyone’s lives in one way or another. It is an evolving field of study that can be clouded with misinformation, lack of education, and new findings that have altered some of our fundamental understanding of the science behind it. This is why we have brought in Dr. Ginevra Mills, an obstetrician…
 
Consider this a bonus episode to our three part series on Pregnancy Care. We talked about how to choose a pregnancy provider, what to expect at your first prenatal appointment, and what a routine timeline of pregnancy care looks like. We are also huge proponents of empowerment through education, and often advise our patients and listeners to take a…
 
Today’s birth story from Sara is a doubleheader. She tells us about her first hospital birth and her second planned - but a little unexpected - home birth! Sara candidly shares with us her rollercoaster of experiences with a miscarriage, lupus diagnosis, a successful pregnancy that led to a hospital birth, a second pregnancy during covid with a tod…
 
In the third and final part of our three part series on pregnancy care, today we are providing you with an overview of what routine pregnancy care looks like, after the first prenatal visit we discussed last week! After the initial visit where we do a deep dive into your and your family’s medical history and a long survey of health related question…
 
This is Part II of our three part mini-series on Pregnancy Care! On today’s episode, Drs. Alicia and Sarah share with us what you can expect at your first prenatal visit. Generally speaking, maternity care providers would like to see you between your sixth and ninth week of pregnancy for your first visit. If you're experiencing significant nausea o…
 
This is Part I of our three part mini-series on Pregnancy Care! On today’s episode, Drs. Alicia and Sarah address a question they get asked a lot: how to choose a pregnancy care provider! It’s one of the first major decisions you make in pregnancy, and often an overwhelming one as you try to navigate the different options and which one is best for …
 
Today’s birth story is a little different. We are lucky to have Katie share with us her experience with postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, the deep dark moments it brought her to, and how she got through to the other side. We are so grateful to her for sharing her story and reminding us that you are not alone in this tricky postpartum jo…
 
Pregnancy may feel like a long nine months at times. But sometimes the arrival of baby and consequent planning and preparation can catch you by surprise! One such surprise can be feeling unprepared to go on maternity leave. It can be a big pause in a person’s career at a pivotal time, and transitioning into and out of it can be a tricker maneuver t…
 
Let’s talk about herpes! Between 60%-80% of the population has been exposed to the herpes virus. The nature of herpes is very pervasive and nothing to be ashamed of - if someone has been exposed to and carries the virus, they can transmit it even if they have never had an outbreak or symptoms themselves. But if you do get your first ever herpes inf…
 
With today’s episode, we’re excited to introduce a new project that we’ve been working on! Presenting you a sneak peek of our upcoming Pregnancy to Parenthood Podcast Series, designed to support you week by week with informative episodes focused on the trimester and stage of pregnancy you are in. Tune in every week, or binge listen all at once and …
 
Today’s guest shares with us her very unique birth story, managing several unexpected diagnoses as well as a due date coinciding with the stressful and highly unpredictable outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Katie managed to keep a positive outlook despite these factors which led to her pregnancy being rather medicalized, and even found some silv…
 
Maintaining some movement and exercise during pregnancy can help decrease aches & pains, prepares you for the physical act of labour, and can aid in postpartum recovery. But what about more intense work-out regimens or strength training? Dr. Alicia chats with Rebecca Tranter, registered massage therapist, Level 1 certified CrossFit trainer, and exp…
 
In this challenging time, now more than ever, we need to work together to support our mental health. So this week we are trying something different - a guided breath and body meditation for pregnant or postpartum people. Mindfulness and meditation is powerful in supporting everyone's mental health, but also for preparing the body for pregnancy, lab…
 
In part two of our series with physiotherapist and pregnancy/postpartum pelvic health expert Krysta Norwick, Dr. Alicia discusses the very common issue of lower back pain in pregnancy. While it is highly likely to occur to most pregnant people at some point, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to help reduce and/or treat the pain and sympt…
 
Here is a little talked about fact: postpartum wrist pain is quite common! Officially named De Quervain's Tenosynovitis, this wrist pain occurs at the base of the thumb and is often aggravated postpartum by the frequent and possibly strenuous motions of lifting your newborn (while also supporting their head). Dr. Alicia talks with Krysta Norwick, r…
 
As we have said many times in the past, education is a form of healthcare. When it comes to your pelvic health, the better understanding you have of the physiology of the area and changes in pregnancy and childbirth, the more empowered you will feel! So today we are chatting with Aliya Dhalla, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, about the basic structur…
 
With the ever-evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put together this current and timely episode for you to help navigate the often overwhelming world of the COVID-19 vaccine, Omicron variant, boosters, and how those might affect you in pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Our guest, Dr. Elisabeth Marnik has a PhD. in genetics and immunolog…
 
Today Dr. Alicia and Dr. Pip Houghton, founder of Making Mama Well, discuss a topic that is near and dear to their hearts - how to babyproof your relationship. The arrival of a newborn will undoubtedly create a new dynamic within your family unit, and while it brings great joy, we also run the risk of being blindsided by the challenges of this shif…
 
Today on the She Found Motherhood podcast, Denie joins us and talks about the birth of her little girl, Iris. Dennie struggled with multiple miscarriages, a multiple day induction, and severe anxiety during her pregnancy into postpartum. She's very open and frank in our discussion, offering some great advice for those who are going through pregnanc…
 
As we enter the last month of 2021, you might be thinking about putting up those holiday decorations, buying something special for those you love, and how the heck has another year gone by already!? While we’re equally lost on that last point, we are able to help you out when it comes to finding a perfect gift for you or that someone special who is…
 
This week we are treated to Catie Mather’s birth story! She shares with us her adventures with multiple pregnancies and three deliveries, all while also adjusting to life with a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. She tells us about her experiences with induced labour, nursing, and the differences of being pregnant with your first child, as opposed to your …
 
We want to remove the notion of guilt right off the bat - gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) can happen to any pregnant person. Due to complex pathophysiological systems at play in pregnancy, that can cause insulin resistance among other things, sometimes gestational diabetes cannot be avoided. But today’s podcast, featuring Noelle Martin, RD, mat…
 
Hypertension is the fancy word for high blood pressure, a common condition where the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is strong enough that it may cause health problems. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are health issues associated with high blood pressure in pregnancy, and they are the leading cause of maternal death due t…
 
There is a lot doctors and scientists still don’t fully understand about what includes labour, both pre and at term. But we do know that there are treatments that can reduce your chance of having a preterm birth, especially if you have had one in the past. Preterm birth can be especially traumatic for those living in remote communities which is why…
 
As we all continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, today’s podcast is a recap of Dr. Sarah’s IGTV live discussion around the pandemic & vaccines in newborns and young kids with Dr. Rebekah Diamond, M.D. and founder of Parent like a Pediatrician! They discuss the COVID-19 vaccine in kids and newborns, how to manage visitors, and how to as…
 
Today’s special episode examines the often undiscussed topic of birth trauma. Our guest Teela Tomassetti, a therapist for over 15 years specializing in trauma, had decided to pursue a PhD in birth trauma in dedication to a close friend’s traumatic birth experience. She did not know at the time that she would be facing a birth trauma of her own. Tee…
 
Why do we even bother with car seats? Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of preventable death in children ages one through nine in Canada. Driving is one of the most dangerous things that we do, and most of us do it on a daily basis with our children in the mix. The good news is, child safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury…
 
When is the best time to start introducing my baby to solid foods? How will I know they are ready? What kind of foods should I give them? Is it better to offer whole foods, or purées? How long do I wait between introducing them to new foods? What about allergens!? HELP! If any of these questions have crossed your mind, today’s podcast is necessary …
 
How does your blood type affect your pregnancy? Join Drs. Sarah and Alicia on today’s podcast as they break down how your blood type may put your baby at risk - but don’t worry! This only occurs in a very specific circumstance that is found in a percentually low number of people. And with proper screening and treatment, the risks of any complicatio…
 
We’ll reveal the biggest secret discussed on today’s podcast right at the top: each baby is different. When it comes to sleep, what may work for one might not work for another, even for babies within the same family! Our guest today, Registered Social Worker, M.S.W, R.S.W and Infant + Child Mental Health Specialist Valerie Groysman, discovered this…
 
Pregnancy is undeniably a time of accelerated body change, and for women who have had a history of avoiding their body or engaging in other types of negative body image perpetuating behaviors, body avoidance becomes impossible to pursue. And while this can be a huge struggle, it can also be a wonderful opportunity to begin the healing work around y…
 
Fertility. The fact of the matter is that humans are not that great at reproduction! Even in the best circumstances, a young healthy woman only has about a 15-20% chance of becoming pregnant within one ovulation cycle. All types of fertility require a certain amount of patience and effort - and the good news is that modern medicine has evolved to p…
 
Physical activity is recommended for pregnant people just as it is for everyone, and evidence suggests that it can help in labour. It can reduce the length of labour and also prepare your body for the physical demands of giving birth. After birth - start with the basics, rehabilitating your muscles and body, and adding one thing at a time as you re…
 
Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a ring sling, wrap or other type of carrier around the newborn ages. On today’s podcast, we discuss the many benefits of babywearing, how to correctly position your baby when doing so, and the different types of carriers available and their respective characteristics! Joining us are Megan…
 
There are so many reasons why somebody might not be breastfeeding. Everything from traumatic birth, structural issues with the baby and their ability to latch, history of trauma or abuse, or the parent’s neurodiversity may make the sensory input of breastfeeding intolerable. But regardless of the reason, we should never question people’s decisions …
 
Today’s episode is necessary listening for every prospective or current parent, grandparent, caretaker or even anyone who might be looking to add life-saving to their list of life skills! Because as me and Holly Choi - our wonderful and extremely knowledgeable guest on today’s podcast - conclude at the end of the episode, it's so important that eve…
 
This week we are excited to share Lanie’s birth story about how she brought her (now 5 month old) baby Brinley into the world! Despite being a labour and delivery postpartum and pediatric nurse and advising hundreds of pregnant people, Lanie speaks of being taken by surprise by many aspects of her pregnancy and postpartum journey! While learning ab…
 
Let’s get pregnant!! Many of us spend a lot of our fertile years learning about how not to get pregnant, and sometimes it can be a disorienting transition when we decide we actually would like to start trying to have a baby! Today we are chatting with Dr. Beth Taylor, a Fertility Specialist at the Olive Fertility Centre in Vancouver. Dr. Taylor off…
 
On today's episode Dr. Sarah chats with Natasha Mills from @mommamillsblog shares her journey through her first pregnancy and birth, and then her unexpected twin pregnancy and her journey through pregnancy, birth and postpartum as a mama of three littles! Are you pregnant and preparing for birth? Check out our FREE birth plan course here or visit w…
 
You’re getting very sleeeepy…. Getting hypnotized while giving birth!? No no... Hypnobirthing is a learning process with the aim of releasing fear and physical tension to open up to labour and birth. On today’s podcast, Melanie Bearne (SQHP GHR Reg DipHB) tells us all about hypnobirthing, what it is, who can benefit, and how you can access it! Mela…
 
Dr. Ellen Forbes, urologist, joins us to discuss the evidence around male newborn circumcision. She discusses the reasons parents choose to circumcise, what are the risks and benefits of circumcision and how is the procedure done. For more information check out this great resource. https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/pregnancy-and-babies/circ…
 
Placenta Previa is a relatively common condition that affects approximately 2/100 pregnant people - including our very own Dr. Alicia who experienced it in both of her pregnancies! Things that may cause Placenta Previa in pregnant people include: Advanced maternal age over 35 Infertility treatments Multiparady: Multiple Pregnancies Multiple Gestati…
 
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