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They say it takes a village to raise a child — but what if you don’t have one? Hear directly from babycare experts, and other new parents, as new mom Hayley Zimak asks the questions on her mind — and likely yours too.

Growing Up: Baby Hayley Zimak

    • Kids & Family
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They say it takes a village to raise a child — but what if you don’t have one? Hear directly from babycare experts, and other new parents, as new mom Hayley Zimak asks the questions on her mind — and likely yours too.

    Adoption Story: Robyn & Daniel

    Adoption Story: Robyn & Daniel

    “Daniel isn't our adopted son. He's our son. Period.” Robyn and Mike adopted Daniel in 2011 after years of infertility, pregnancy loss, and heartache. They had just 10 days from when they were first told he existed until the day he came home for good. By fostering open communication, Robyn and Mike have created a safe space for Daniel to ask as many questions as he likes — which will be answered in due time.   

    ~ Robyn Brady, mom of two: Daniel and Molly.
    ~ Daniel Regnier, Robyn's son. 

    • 31 min
    Moms and Money: Preparing for Baby and Beyond

    Moms and Money: Preparing for Baby and Beyond

    Do you know the cost of raising a child in Canada? It may be higher than you think, which is why it’s so important to start planning. Learn budgeting, saving, and investing tips and explore what government benefits you may be eligible for. It’s never too early — or too late — to establish good spending habits to help secure your child’s financial future.

    ~ Sara Cook, Investment Advisor, Cook and Associate, BMO Nesbitt Burns. 
    This episode is brought to you by Cook and Associates BMO Nesbitt Burns. Proudly supporting families and businesses through SouthWestern Ontario. When it comes to managing your wealth, we can help you navigate whatever comes your way.

    • 31 min
    Your Body, Your Choice: Delivery & Feeding

    Your Body, Your Choice: Delivery & Feeding

    Navigating pre and postnatal care can be overwhelming for many first time moms. There are certain expectations that women face, including how to give birth and how to feed their child. Heading into her first pregnancy, Jessica was clear on her choices: she wanted a cesarean on maternal request — and wasn’t planning to breastfeed.

    ~ Jessica Pratezina, PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies (Child and Youth Care and Sociology), University of Victoria, first time mom. 

    • 31 min
    Meghan's Hope: A Mother's Loss

    Meghan's Hope: A Mother's Loss

    Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare. Kimberly Amato turned her grief into action following the tragic and preventable death of her daughter Meghan. Her advocacy work — and tribute site  — has informed, educated, and paved the way for higher safety standards for dressers and other clothing storage furniture.

    ~ Kimberly Amato, Vice Chair, Parents Against Tip-Overs.

    • 28 min
    Mom Guilt (If You Know, You Know)

    Mom Guilt (If You Know, You Know)

    If you’re struggling with the so-called “Mom Guilt” this episode is for you. There’s no ‘perfect parent’ who gets everything right all the time, despite what we see on social media. By adjusting our thought patterns and responses, we can learn to manage the little things — so we can appreciate the big picture moments.

    ~ Doctor Tanya Cotler, adult and child clinical psychologist, Toronto. 

    • 30 min
    Mom Exec: Balancing Work & Family

    Mom Exec: Balancing Work & Family

    The stress of motherhood is real. Burnout exists. The juggling act can feel overwhelming. By recognizing the signs of fatigue, we can work toward the holy grail: balancing your kid(s) and your career. From setting firm boundaries and showing ourselves grace — to drilling down to what’s really important — it's time to take a deep breath and enjoy the ride. 
    ~ Leigh Duncan, mom of three and executive director of public affairs and communications, Ontario-based hospital.
    ~ Madison Cox, mom of two and director and chief of staff, Ontario-based University. 

    • 22 min

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