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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

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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.

    "Listen to Me": Breaking the Silence around Traumatic Birth Experiences

    "Listen to Me": Breaking the Silence around Traumatic Birth Experiences

    1 in 3 women who give birth will experience birth trauma, according to Healthline. A 2019 study asked how traumatic experiences could have been prevented. Frequent responses included feeling a loss of control, fearing for their babies life, high levels of pain, lack of communication about what was happening — and imploring health care professionals to “listen to me.” For one mother still suffering the effects of a traumatic birth experience, moving forward has been difficult. She desperately wants to become pregnant again — and believes her bungled delivery and subsequent lack of care has led to irreversible damage. 

    ~ anonymous mother, birth trauma experience. 

    • 42 min
    Her Mother's Daughter: Preparing for Twins

    Her Mother's Daughter: Preparing for Twins

    “When a woman’s pregnant, she’s much more connected to the spiritual world, because those babies aren’t quite here yet.”  Tabitha Curley’s twin boys will soon enter this world, much to the excitement of their big brother Mason. Tabitha is an intergenerational survivor from Six Nations, part of the Onondaga Nation Beaver Clan. Several of her family members were forced into residential schools, which drives her work at the Survivor’s Secretariat. She shares how she protects herself — and her unborn children — from this heavy undertaking.

    ~ Tabitha Curley, soon-to-be mom of three.

    Learn more about The Survivor's Secretariat.

    • 30 min
    Reflections of a Doula

    Reflections of a Doula

    “Nothing prepares you for the exhaustion and joy of bringing a beautiful life into the world.” An experienced doula — and mom of six — shares learnings from decades of trials and tribulations. Katia Maxwell advocates for informed decision making and encourages new moms to lean into and trust their instincts. She says that while every birth she attends is different, there are two commonalities that unite us all: pain and love.

    Katia Maxwell, doula, child birth educator, mom of six. 

    • 44 min
    2 Year Milestones: What To Expect

    2 Year Milestones: What To Expect

    How quickly they grow from curious crawlers to tearing-up-the-house toddlers. Between the age of 18-24 months, expect rapid brain growth and development leading to complex emotions, newfound independence and accelerated language and motor skills. This episode focuses on the importance of positive stimuli, key markers, and begs the question: are the terrible twos really that terrible?

    ~ Dr. Eugene Ng, newborn and developmental paediatrics, Toronto. 

    • 32 min
    Potty Training: Are You Both Ready?

    Potty Training: Are You Both Ready?

    It’s an expense that most parents can’t wait to do without: the cost of diapers. Of course, potty training is also a significant milestone for your little — and you too. Before embarking on this diaper-free journey, consider having a solid plan in place and asking yourself two key questions to determine readiness. In this episode, potty training consultant Lily Horbatiuk shares tips and tricks to a successful transition. 

    • 20 min
    Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa: Leading with Purpose

    Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa: Leading with Purpose

    Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa leads a life of purpose. Heavily pregnant with her second child, Chika continues to write her memoir, advocate for the marginalized and work to end systemic racism in healthcare. In this episode, she shares how becoming a mother allows her to more deeply connect and empathize with her patients. Despite her professional successes, of which there are many, she puts happiness above all else — and wishes the same for her children. 

    • 26 min

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