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PREGNANCY

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Drug Abuse Guide During Pregnancy

Use this guide to understand the impact of drug abuse during preganancy.

A Healthy Start for Baby and Me

This very popular, low literacy prenatal book is suitable for future parents who have difficulty reading due to literacy or language. It includes information about prenatal care, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum period, infant safety and early infant care.

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby

This booklet covers all you need to know about nutrition during pregnancy.

Hospital Bag Check List

Use this check list to ensure you are 100% prepared for your baby’s arrival!

How Pregnant Am I? Tip Sheet

Pregnancy by weeks, months, and trimesters.

Important Signs to Watch For During Pregnancy

Important Signs to Watch For During Pregnancy

My Birth Preferences Worksheet

Birth plan worksheet:
Here’s a checklist to note your preferences and guide your discussion with your provider. Give a completed copy to your provider well before your due date, and bring another to the hospital when you go into labour.

My Breastfeeding Guide

The booklet My Breastfeeding Guide has information and answers questions expectant or new parents may have about breastfeeding. It can be shared with support persons.

Twins, Triplets & More!

Resource Guide for Multiple Pregnancy & Parenthood

Your Guide to Labour and Birth

Adapted from the section on labour and birth from the resource A Healthy Start for Baby and Me, this low literacy guide for future mothers answers common questions about labour and birth. This guide will serve as a useful tool for prenatal teaching on labour & birth support

Pregnancy Pack

Chiropractic care can help balance a pregnant mom’s pelvis so she and her baby can have a safe and comfortable birth. https://drdianemeyer.com/

LABOUR & DELIVERY

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Your Guide to Labour and Birth

Adapted from the section on labour and birth from the resource A Healthy Start for Baby and Me, this low literacy guide for future mothers answers common questions about labour and birth. This guide will serve as a useful tool for prenatal teaching on labour & birth support

Preterm Labour Signs & Symptoms

This booklet for future parents provides important information, in plain language, on preterm labour: what it is, how to prevent it, what the signs are, what to do if it happens and where to get help.

Oxytocin To Help Start or Speed Up Your Labour

This brochure is for future parents who have been recommended to have an induction or augmentation with oxytocin, and aims to provide them with all the information they need to make the best decision for them and their baby. It is also available in French. Oxytocin is a high alert medication and there is a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error. The Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health (PCMCH) have developed best practice recommendations for the safe administration of oxytocin used in augmentation and/or induction. The overall goal of this project is to reduce adverse outcomes associated with the misuse of oxytocin by reducing variation in care and reinforce safe drug administration principles.To support implementation of these best practices, various other tools have been created such as a standardized order set and safety checklist. In particular, this brochure for future parents was developed in collaboration with Best Start by Health Nexus.

My Breastfeeding Guide

The booklet My Breastfeeding Guide has information and answers questions expectant or new parents may have about breastfeeding. It can be shared with support persons.

My Birth Preferences Worksheet

Birth plan worksheet:
Here’s a checklist to note your preferences and guide your discussion with your provider. Give a completed copy to your provider well before your due date, and bring another to the hospital when you go into labour.

Hospital Bag Check List

Use this check list to ensure you are 100% prepared for your baby’s arrival!

A Healthy Start for Baby and Me

This very popular, low literacy prenatal book is suitable for future parents who have difficulty reading due to literacy or language. It includes information about prenatal care, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum period, infant safety and early infant care.

5 Ways to Handle the Pains of Birth

THE FREE GUIDE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WHO WANT TO GIVE BIRTH PEACEFULLY AND LESS PAINFULLY. Your due date is fast approaching and you’re probably dreading all of the difficulties you’ll have to overcome (known or unknown, depending on whether it’s your first delivery). Well, know that even if the pain is intense, it won’t be insurmountable. There are several natural methods for handling contractions during labour. Each woman has a different pain threshold, as well as different strengths and weaknesses, so some techniques may be better for you than others. To be well prepared when the big day comes, read this guide and take note of the tips that interest you. You can put them into practice when baby is ready to enter your life.

Pregnancy Pack

Chiropractic care can help balance a pregnant mom’s pelvis so she and her baby can have a safe and comfortable birth. https://drdianemeyer.com/

POSTPARTUM CARE

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Fourth Trimester Card

Daily Support, Inspiration, and Wisdom for New Mothers. The Fourth Trimester Cards offer sage, relatable advice that can be used in the moment to help support postpartum healing physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Mothers can pick a card for a three-minute breathing exercise, a short poem or meditation for inspiration, some helpful pelvic health information, or a recipe. With 52 cards, organized and color-coded by theme—Nourishment, Body, Mind, Relationship, and Inspiration—this beautiful deck will be a welcome companion for any new mother

4-Minute Cesarean Scar Massage Booklet

In this guide, you will learn a simple to follow and manageable to implement, 4-minute scar massage protocol you can offer your clients or patients to play with during their recovery.

NEWBORNS

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Newborn Cues

Use this resource to help navigate the cues and sounds your newborn is making.

BFI Cribcard

This foldable crib card is a keepsake for families and teaching aid for providers. The six panel card is gender neutral, and replaces formula-sponsored cards. It uses simple language with illustrations on key aspects of BFI-related postpartum care to all families regardless of their infant-feeding decision.

Top 5 Baby Sleep Lessons

Top 5 Baby Sleep Lessons

  1. HOW a child falls asleep is of the utmost importance.
  2. Sleep associations are not a bad thing.
  3. Sleep is not linear.
  4. You know your baby best.
  5. If you resent it, you can (and should) change it!

https://intouchsleep.newzenler.com/f/5-days-to-better-newborn-sleep-challenge

Breastfeeding/Lactation

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Breastfeeding Matters – An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families

Guide in English for new and future parents with information to support informed decision-making regarding breastfeeding, important things to know about breastfeeding, FAQs and where to get help

Breastfeeding Your Baby, Guidelines for Nursing Mothers

This small table is a teaching aid for pregnant or new mothers in the first few weeks of their breastfeeding journey. Colorful graphics with minimal text provide an at-a-glance look that new parents find particularly helpful. Provides information on Breastfeeding frequency, tummy size, number of diapers, and baby weight. Print it so you can hang it on the fridge door!

Breastfeeding Your Early Preterm Baby

Developed by the BFI Strategy for Ontario, the Breastfeeding your Early Preterm Baby booklet supports families who have an early preterm baby born prior to 34 weeks gestation who plan to breastfeed and/or provide breast milk to their baby.Topics include: breastfeeding your preterm baby, skin-to-skin contact and Kangaroo care, tips to getting off to a good start, pumping, feeding your baby at the hospital and tips for when you take your baby home.

Breastfeeding Your Late Preterm Baby

Developed by the BFI Strategy for Ontario, the Breastfeeding Your Late Preterm Baby booklet supports families who have a late preterm baby born between 34 and 37 weeks gestation and who plan to breastfeed and/or provide breast milk to their baby. Topics include: breastfeeding your late preterm baby, skin-to-skin contact and Kangaroo care, tips to getting off to a good start, pumping, feeding your baby at the hospital, and tips for when you take your baby home.

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding

Developed with the support from LCBO, this color brochure provides information for future parents about the risks associated with alcohol use while breastfeeding, and places to get help. It will help them to make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.

10 Things No One Tells You About Breastfeeding

BREASTFEEDING IS HARD AF!

Motherhood is tough, and breastfeeding is one of the most challenging aspects of it. Whether you’ve breastfed before, or this is all new to you, just remember that it’s totally normal to find it super hard. Even if you’ve breastfed a baby before and think you’ve got it down, remember that the breastfeeding journey with each of your littles is unique. Some babies are easy, and some will have you wanting to tear your hair out.

You are not alone!

The good news is that the more you learn about techniques, what your baby likes, and what works for you, the easier it will get. Remember, breastfeeding is a skill like any other. With a bit of practice, you’ll feel #boobiebliss in no time. Even though it can be tough, feeding our babies with human milk is still worth it! In this guide, we have 10 things to remember about breastfeeding that (hopefully) will help you get the support you need.

Lansinoh Contact Nipple Shields - Healthcare Professionals User Guide

Lansinoh® Contact Nipple Shields can be effective short-term tools for addressing latch-on issues. It is important that the underlying causes of early challenges are assessed by a lactation professional and that nipple shields are only used under the guidance of a professional. Lansinoh Contact Nipple Shields can be used to address feeding issues related to low birth weight, preterm birth, tongue tie, cleft palate, and overactive let-down.

HEALTH & NUTRITION

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Magnesium Primer

Learn about how magnesium works, why it’s important, and how it can help you.

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby

This booklet covers all you need to know about nutrition during pregnancy.

SLEEP

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Sleep Well, Sleep Safe

The Sleep Well, Sleep Safe booklet is intended for parents of infants from 0 12 months and for all who care for infants. This booklet is divided in three sections: Healthy Sleep Tips for Infants and for Parents: Be informed about recommendations on healthy sleep practices for parents and infants. Safe Sleep Tips for Infants 0-12 Months: Be informed on how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) & answers and recommended resources: provide you with further information on healthy and safe sleep for infants.

Infant Sleep Messages

This series of 7 Infant Sleep Messages provide tips and practical suggestions for parents and caregivers of infants aged 0-12 months on healthy and safe sleep. The tips support the current recommendations on how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. These messages are consistent with the information provided in the Sleep Well, Sleep Safe booklet. Here are all the Infant Sleep Messages:

– The safest place for an infant to sleep : Did you know that the safest place for an infant to sleep is in a crib, cradle or bassinet?
– Attachment and sleep : Did you know that your infant needs your loving care to better develop healthy sleep habits?
– Establishing routines : Did you know that routines are important to help infants sleep well?
– Creating safe sleep environments: Did you know that creating safe sleep environments will reduce the risks of infant death?
– Breastfeeding and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Did you know that breastfeeding reduces the risks of SIDS?
– Alcohol/drug misuse and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Did you know that avoiding alcohol and drug misuse can reduce the risk of infant death?
– Smoking and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Did you know that preventing exposure to tobacco smoke, during pregnancy or after pregnancy, reduces the risk of SIDS?

A Guide to Changing Sleep Associations

By Julia Lagman, In Touch Sleep Education
Nature gave us many helpful ways to soothe our babies to sleep, particularly rocking
and feeding. But what do you do when you are ready to put your child to sleep in a
different way?
This guide will teach you how to change sleep associations that are no longer working for you and replace them with ones you prefer. The information included will be helpful for parents who are currently using a variety of methods to put their child to sleep: rocking, strolling, driving, bouncing, feeding etc.
https://intouchsleep.newzenler.com/f/5-days-to-better-newborn-sleep-challenge

Top 5 Baby Sleep Lessons

Top 5 Baby Sleep Lessons

  1. HOW a child falls asleep is of the utmost importance.
  2. Sleep associations are not a bad thing.
  3. Sleep is not linear.
  4. You know your baby best.
  5. If you resent it, you can (and should) change it!

https://intouchsleep.newzenler.com/f/5-days-to-better-newborn-sleep-challenge

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

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Tipsheet for Dads: Your Feelings After Your Baby is Born

Tipsheet for Dads: Your Feelings After Your Baby is Born. This document is one of the Nobody’s Perfect parenting tipsheets from the Government of Canada

Pregnancy and life with a new baby are not always what you expect

This handout provides information to help women recognize if they have symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. It also provides brief information on where to get help.English on one side, French on the other

Life with a new baby is not always what you expect

Pregnancy, the birth of a baby, or an adoption brings physical, emotional and social changes. Adjustments to the new roles and relationships are not always easy. Up to 4 out of 5 mothers will experience the Postpartum Blues or “Baby Blues”.This 12 page brochure provides pregnant women and new parents with information on the baby blues and postpartum mood disorders. Parents are encouraged to seek help and use strategies for self-care.

PARENTHOOD

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Fourth Trimester Cards

Daily Support, Inspiration, and Wisdom for New Mothers. The Fourth Trimester Cards offer sage, relatable advice that can be used in the moment to help support postpartum healing physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Mothers can pick a card for a three-minute breathing exercise, a short poem or meditation for inspiration, some helpful pelvic health information, or a recipe. With 52 cards, organized and color-coded by theme—Nourishment, Body, Mind, Relationship, and Inspiration—this beautiful deck will be a welcome companion for any new mother

Nobody's Perfect Parenting Tip Sheets

This series of tips sheets offers current and accessible information to parents and caregivers of children aged 0 – 5 years on a variety of topics. The materials can be used by the general public or as supplementary resources for the NOBODY’S PERFECT program

Tipsheet for Dads: Your Feelings After Your Baby is Born

Tipsheet for Dads: Your Feelings After Your Baby is Born. This document is one of the Nobody’s Perfect parenting tipsheets from the Government of Canada

You and Your Baby

Use this tip sheet if you are concerned about You and Your Baby’s safety.

What to Expect in the First 3 Months

This handout will provide new parents with some important information on what to expect in the first three months after their baby is born. The websites and resources in this handout are intended to guide them and their family on what to expect in the first three months of baby’s life at home. New parents will find answers to questions they may have regarding healthy newborn care and care of the mother and of the family.

Twins, Triplets & More!

Resource Guide for Multiple Pregnancy & Parenthood

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Download Your Free Cerebral Palsy Guide. This in-depth downloadable guide provides 60+ pages packed with information on life with cerebral palsy.

* Diagnosis and Prognosis: Understand the risk factors for the disorder and future outlook.
* Treatments and Therapies: Learn about ways to manage the symptoms of cerebral palsy.
* Legal Options that may be available: Get in touch with specialists and others who can help you.

Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options, and emotional support for those affected by cerebral palsy. Was founded upon the goal of educating families about cerebral palsy, raising awareness, and providing support for children, parents, and caregivers affected by the condition. Our easy-to-use website offers simple, straightforward information that provides families with medical and legal solutions. We are devoted to helping parents and children access the tools they need to live a life full of happiness.

Get more information:
https://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/about-us/contact-us/

Contact Us For Legal Help Today
(855) 337-5531
Email: contact@cerebralpalsyguide.com

FITNESS & BEING ACTIVE

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The mighty mom guide to effective prenatal exercise

Feel confident that you are doing the right things for yourself and your baby. Learn how to add resistance training into your routine in a safe way while listening to your body. No More Confusion!
You CAN prepare for labour and delivery while reducing the risk of complications!
By JESSICA SENNET – PRENATAL FITNESS EXPERT, MOM 0F 2 – www.mightymom.ca

The mighty mod

Your complete guide to the most common
modifications during postpartum recovery (or any other time)
By JESSICA SENNET – PRENATAL FITNESS EXPERT, MOM 0F 2 – www.mightymom.ca

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