2nd Baby-Friendly Healthcare Facility Named in Manitoba!

What a great way to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in Canada: with the news that a second healthcare facility in our province has earned the Baby-Friendly Initiative designation: The Pas Primary Health Centre! Read more about it on MyToba: Northern breastfeeding program honoured.

This Baby-Friendly designation, created by the World Health Organization and Unicef, has “increased breastfeeding rates, reduced complications for mothers and babies, and improved mothers’ health-care experiences globally” since its introduction in 1991.

Earning the Baby-Friendly designation is not an easy task and only the most committed organizations meet the requirements. According to Breastfeeding Canada, as of late 2013 there were 19 facilities with that designation in Canada; almost all in Ontario.

Two facilities (the other is Bethesda Health Centre in Steinbach) in our province is a fantastic start, but we still have a long way to go. Luckily, part of the 2013 Provincial Breastfeeding Strategy is the goal to reach, by 2018, “Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation in 75% of all Manitoba birthing hospitals/centres that have more than 100 births/year and 75% of all provincial community public health offices.” I hope we’re on track to meet that goal.

Congratulations to all those who worked hard for this! Manitobans will benefit enormously from the support and education.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week in Canada | Breastfeeding Help in Winnipeg

Did you know that October 1-7, 2015 is World Breastfeeding Week in Canada? (Other countries celebrate in August). On this occasion I wanted to share some helpful breastfeeding resources that are available to Winnipeg mamas:

  • Want to meet other breastfeeding moms, get help and information, and enjoy others’ company? Check out a La Leche League meeting or attending a drop-in breastfeeding support group at one of many locations across the city.
  • Need help with a breastfeeding problem? Get one-on-one support at an individual consultation or call the WRHA’s 24/7 breastfeeding hotline at 204-788-8667.
  • Looking for breast pumps, pump parts, or herbs to increase your milk supply? I’ve listed some places to check here.

Get more info and ideas here on the Pregnancy Winnipeg Breastfeeding Support page. Happy breastfeeding!

Annual Book Sale at Seven Oaks Coming Up!

Seven Oaks General Hospital is hosting a used book sale next week! A Digital Invitation

Here are the details:

  • August 18th, August 19th and August 20th, 2015
  • 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Seven Oaks General Hospital Auditorium (Level 1) – 2300 McPhillips Street

There will be a large variety of books and magazines to choose from, including fiction, cook books, children’s books, non-fiction, and much more!

U of M Researcher Seeking Study Participants (Updated Info)

Deborah McPhail, a researcher at U of M, asked me to re-post her call for study participants, with clarified info. Here’s the updated version:

Study Poster

Have you ever been considered obese?
Have you tried to get pregnant? or
Have you ever been pregnant?
If you answered yes to these questions, we would like to hear from you!
Researchers in Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto and Guelph are conducting a study looking at how women and transpeople considered obese are treated by healthcare professionals while on their paths to pregnancy or potential pregnancy.
If you are interested in participating in this study, you will be interviewed once by a researcher for approximately 1-2 hours.
**Participants will be given a gift card for a local grocery store in appreciation.**
If you live in Winnipeg, and you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact:
Dr. Deborah McPhail
or call 204-480-1352



Maternity Healthcare Provider Options in Winnipeg

WaveCover-1503I always like checking out Wave Magazine, which is the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s bi-monthly publication, and a headline on the most recent issue’s cover caught my eye: “Pregnant? You Have Delivery Options“.

The article is a spotlight on family doctors as maternity health care providers and specifically, Manitoba’s Family Medicine Obstetrics Network (FMON). I’d never heard about it before, and was thrilled and heartened to learn about this group of family doctors who are committed to some of the things I believe are critical in maternity care:

“The doctors provide pre- and post-natal care to their patients, and view childbirth as an important family event and as a natural process. They provide high-quality, safe, low intervention maternity care in their offices, says Kredentser, adding that the network only accepts patients with low-risk pregnancies. …

Women are enjoying having this option for delivery again, says Kredentser, adding that delivering newborns is a passion for her and all the other family doctors who participate in the network. “We offer family-centred care. We recognize the value of support persons for the laboring mother, and welcome their involvement,” she says. “And after the baby is born, we continue that care.”

I had mixed feelings about the “Delivery Options” sidebar on page 9 — while technically accurate, it’s misleading to portray midwifery care and the birth centre as options on equal footing with OBs, considering that the province hasn’t funded nearly enough positions to meet the demand there is for midwives. But I was delighted to see doulas mentioned within this section, because I think every woman should have a doula, especially if she doesn’t have a midwife.

I encourage you to check out the article; it’s an interesting read!

p.s. This list looks to be several years old, so it may have changed, but it has short bios of the family docs who are part of  FMON at St. B and HSC.

Special Treat for Moms Who Give Birth on Mother’s Day

JOEY Restaurants are doing something really cool for Mother’s Day this year. They want to give a $100 gift card to any mom who gives birth on May 10th.

Know someone having a baby on Mother’s Day? JOEY wants to celebrate them! 


In every city we have a restaurant, JOEY will be helping mothers celebrate their new bundles of joy by gifting them a $100 JOEY gift card. Every mom who gives birth on Mother’s Day, May 10th starting at 12 am for 24 hours will be eligible to receive a gift card.

To claim the $100 JOEY gift card please send a picture of the baby bracelet or birth documentation to social@joeyrestaurants.com along with the mom’s contact information so we can ensure they receive their gift. Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2015.

More details here.

Pregnant or Trying to Conceive? Study Participants Needed

I got an email from a researcher at the U of M, looking for study participants. See the flyer & more info below, if you’re interested!



Participants Needed for Study on Perceived Obesity and Pregnancy

Participants will be given a gift certificate to a local grocery store in appreciation.

Have you ever been considered obese?
Have you ever tried to get pregnant?
Are you tryint to get pregnant now?

If you have answered yes to these questions, we would like to hear from you!

Researchers in Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto and Guelph are conducting a study looking at how women and transpeople considered obese are treated by healthcare professionals while attempting to conceive a child.

If you are interested in participating in this study, you will be interviewed once by a researcher for approximatley 1-2 hours.

If you live in Winnipeg, and you would like to particapte please contact:
Dr. Deborah McPhail
or call: 204-480-1352
or visit us at: www.reproductivecarestudy.com

People who are interested in participating will be asked to provide information about their race, sexual & gender identity, and occupation.

Winnipeg Community Garage Sales 2015

A reader emailed me to ask if I’d post a list of community garage sales like last year‘s, so here we go! I’ll add more as I hear about them and feel free to leave a comment with other suggestions. The list includes town-wide sales for some of the small towns near to Winnipeg as well.

Niverville – May 2, 2015

Whyte Ridge – May 9, 2015

Woodhaven – May 9, 2015

Sage Creek – May 23, 2015

Royalwood – May 30, 2015

Glenelm – May 30, 2015

Linden Woods — June 6, 2015

Normand Park — June 6th, 2015

Lorette – June 6, 2015

Island Lakes – September 12, 2015

Manitoba’s Marvelous Midwives

Midwifery… I sometimes think either you love it, or you don’t understand it… because if you did, you would love it too! With the International Day of the Midwife coming up on May 5, the Women’s Health Clinic ran a neat interview with two Manitoba midwives that looks at the state of midwifery in Manitoba: how it’s unique, what are its challenges, misconceptions the profession would like to see corrected, what they see for the future of midwifery in Manitoba, and more.

Read the interview here: Celebrating Midwifery in Manitoba

P.S. The Midwives Association of MB is hosting a celebration for International Day of the Midwife on May 5th at the Birth Centre! See facebook for more details!


Coming up this Friday: Naturally Mom & Me Showcase

A cool event is taking place this Friday at the Forks Market: the Naturally Mom & Me Showcase runs April 24 from 9:30 am -5:00 pm.

“You love your baby more than words can express and you only want the best for them. Welcome to the first ever Naturally Mom & Me Showcase, a free day of all things natural for you and your baby. Come check out some of the top eco-friendly baby products, sit in on sessions like Baby Wearing, and enter to win some great prizes.”

Generation Green is one of the event sponsors. Here’s some more info from them:

“Our local manufacturers will be showcasing their “Made in Manitoba” products that cater to moms, babies & children. Come out meet these creators, find out information on the benefits of using their products, receive discounts & special deals this day only! We are setting up shop in the Fork’s beautiful atrium, where we will also have scheduled presentations on nursing, nutrition, doula services, attachment parenting information, along with baby wearing demonstrations. Everyone in attendance will be entered to win an amazing basket filled with products donated from our manufacturers. We have chosen to also support the North End Women’s Center, by accepting donations for admission. They are currently in need of baby receiving blankets, or a voluntary monetary donation of choice is also acceptable.”

See the full schedule of sessions here.