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Sep 13, 2011

Please be sure to inform and register your mommy friends for one of the
FREE car seat clinics being organized for General Motors.

General Motors Canada has hired Baby Car Seat
Experts Inc. and (founded by CityLine guest expert Maureen
Dennis) to help them organize six car seat clinics. CityLine host, Tracy
Moore will be present to help parents register and guide them.

Below are the dates and locations to all six GM car seat clinics.
There's limited space, so register now!

Saturday, September 10, ROY FOSS VAUGHAN 2 Auto Park Circle Woodbridge,
ON L4L 8R1

Saturday, September 17, ROY FOSS THORNHILL 7200 Yonge Street,
Thornhill, ON L4J 1V8

Saturday, September 24, MARKVILLE CHEVROLET BUICK GMC, 5336 Highway #7
Markham, ON L3P 1B9

Woodchester Drive Mississauga, ON L5L 2R4

Saturday, October 15, CITY BUICK CHEVROLET CADILLAC GMC, 1900 Victoria
Park Avenue Toronto, ON M1R 1T6

Saturday, October 22, COURTESY CHEVROLET 1635 The Queensway Toronto, ON
M8Z 1T8

Please call Lio for further details (647)993-7233

Aug 31, 2011

The natural caesarean: a woman-centred technique

Although much effort has gone into promoting early skin-to-skin contact and parental involvement at vaginal birth, caesarean birth remains entrenched in surgical and resuscitative rituals, which delay parental contact, impair maternal satisfaction and reduce breastfeeding. This video describes a 'natural' approach that mimics the situation at vaginal birth by allowing (i) the parents to watch the birth of their child as active participants (ii) slow delivery with physiological autoresuscitation and (iii) the baby to be transferred directly onto the mother's chest for early skin-to-skin. Studies are required into methods of reforming caesarean section, the most common operation worldwide.


Yoga was brought to the west from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there's a generation of women who are leading the way. They're strong, their inspiring and they're radically changing people's lives. YOGAWOMAN, a groundbreaking film, uncovering a global phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever.

Jun 27, 2011

Now, That's Vaginal.

Take a word for something of incredible power and wonder, and make it taboo!

May 30, 2011

Zoloft Connected to Birth Defects, Serious Side Effects

The popular anti-anxiety medication Zoloft has been associated with serious birth defects according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

The study found that the risk of developing birth defects such as septal defects may be doubled in infants whose mothers took Zoloft while pregnant. Septal defects create holes in the upper or lower chambers of the heart and affect the way that blood pumps from chamber to chamber.

The development of septal defects in babies was found to increase from 0.5 percent to 0.9 percent in pregnant women who took Zoloft during the first three months of pregnancy.

Due to these serious side effects, many women have filed a Zoloft lawsuit against the drug manufacturer. Although Zoloft does carry safety warnings, the medication has not yet been recalled and is available on the market.

Zoloft is an antidepressant medication and treats a variety of anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. The drug balances chemicals in the brain that are out of balance in patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression.

Serious Zoloft side effects include muscle stiffness, confusion, irritability, hot or dry skin, coma and involuntary muscle movements. Zoloft also carries warnings concerning the increased risk of neonatal persistent pulmonary hypertension, serotonin syndrome and suicidal behavior.

The Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing data about the risks associated with Zoloft.

For additional information please call (800) 409-0193

Written by:Mickey Colón
National Awareness Coordinator

Being Born: The Doula's Role (children's book)

Being Born: The Doula's Role
by Jewel Hernandez
Illustrated by R. Michael Mithuna

This children’s picture book with simple text and soft watercolors explains in friendly terms to kids and parents about the role of a doula – a healthcare professional who offers physical and emotional support to a pregnant woman and her family. Research confirms that the support of a doula throughout pregnancy optimizes a woman’s chances of having a healthier birth experience as well as a healthier newborn. This book celebrates birth – as a natural and whole-family experience. Both its text and images present the subject clearly, but in child-appropriate language. Its gentle advocacy of a doula’s role make Being Born an invaluable resource for childbirth educators to use with first pregnancies, teenage mothers, and with families for whom English is a second language. When read to younger siblings, this book will be a source of comfort to those who wonder about all the people involved when mom is “having a baby.”

No other child-oriented picture-book covers the subject of doulas.

Click here to make an online purchase

May 19, 2011

Awesome TED Talk On Birth, Power And Doulas.

"I don't tell them what to do, I believe in them."

Sometimes a good TED talk is the best way to grasp a new and complex topic in minutes. What you’ll grasp from watching this one is, among other things, why a doula can be so valuable to a woman in labor. You’ll also learn just how awesome Ginny Phang is.

Ginny Phang is passionate about enriching a woman's child birth experience, supporting couples through their choices and
helping them to achieve the best possible birth experience. As a Doula, she has supported over 300 births and taught antenatal classes to hundreds of couples. She works with first-time mothers, mothers who have had multiple babies, couples from all cor­ners of the world, vaginal births after a cesarean, breech vaginal births, twins, water births, and home births. She believes in doulaing with a warm heart because birth matters.

She joined with many women in Singapore who delivered TEDx Talks to share their stories and ideas joining with the voices of hundreds of other during Global TED Women over 2 days in Dec 2010.

She’s been speaking all over the world in front of audiences ranging from small groups of single pregnant women to the Singapore International Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecol­ogy. She’s been trained by pioneers in childbirth education and labor support. She’s been quoted all over the place, including TIME magazine and other publications.

In her talk, she tells us what led her to becoming a doula, how labor works, and how our ideas about birth can shape our experience of labor and pain in labor. She ends with a handy check-list of things you can do to try and have a positive birth. Throughout there’s boatloads of wisdom, humor and insight. Even if you know all about doulas and how birth works, I think you’ll be really taken by Ginny’s incredible charm. Let’s just put it this way: I’d give birth with her any time!

Here is the video clip Ginny screens at the end of her TEDx Talk.

Four Trimesters Birth Videos

May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day.

"Mother is a gift of god. She is an angel, which protects you from all the evils of the world and gives you a secure shelter in her lap whenever you feel stressed and insecure. Irrespective of how we look or behave, our mother showers us with all possible love and blessings in the world. Despite how successful we become, she can't ignore her little concerns for us. Despite we become mature enough, we remain a 'silly darling kid' in our momma eyes. Though she is a guardian angel to us, we hardly ever get an opportunity to thank her for lending us a shoulder to cry, a lap to rest, hands to catch hold of us whenever we fall. She is our dearest pal and our best companion ever. On this mother's day, shower your mother with all the good messages we have exclusively given for you. Tell her that you love her and no one else could ever substitute the position she holds in your heart."

May 4, 2011

Celebrate International Day of the Midwife!

Come join us in the Toronto International Day of the Midwife Walk.

Time and Place:
Tomorrow from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

344 Bloor St. W. Toronto, ON

Please join in! Community Midwives of Toronto is planning an event on May 5 for the International Day of the Midwife.
Toronto International Day of the Midwife Walk Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:30 – sign-making session: meet at Community Midwives of Toronto, 344 Bloor St. W., Suite 201 10:30 – walk begins at corner of Bloor & Spadina 5K walk proceeds (sidewalks only – please no large bikes). Route ends at Queen’s Park.

For more information, contact Community Midwives of Toronto at 416-944-9366. For more information on the Walk to Durban campaign, visit

May 3, 2011

"No Woman, No Cry"

Host a Watch Party.

"No Woman, No Cry" is coming to your living room! Grab your friends, your family and host a watch party!

In her gripping directorial debut, Christy Turlington Burns shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.

To celebrate, and to show your support for the “Count Me In!” campaign, we’re asking you to invite your friends, your family, your moms group or whomever you choose to have a watch party and watch it together. We’ll provide a discussion guide with background information on the film, Every Mother Counts, the issue and some key discussion questions to guide the conversation with your friends.

There are lots of ways to make this work:

Go to facebook RSVP page and use facebook to invite your friends and spread the word
Or if you’d rather host a watchparty online, check out and learn how to enjoy the film with friends and family (from your individual living rooms!)

"No Woman, No Cry" premieres on the OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network for Mother’s Day:

May 7th at 9:30pm ET

May 8th at 1:00pm ET

May 2, 2011

Fetal Circulation Rap

This short film on fetal development and circulation is sure to having you rolling over with laughter. Enjoy!

Apr 22, 2011

Earth Day: Give Earth a Hand

This fragile Earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs you.

Apr 21, 2011

Pump Talk: Expressing, Storing and Feeding Breastmilk: Live Webinar

Pump Talk Live Webinar - Friday, April 22nd at 2:00 PM EST

Whether you are preparing to return to work or just thinking about expressing your breastmilk for an occasional bottle, this class will help you get started. Led by an experienced Board Certified Lactation Consultant, this interactive live webinar covers all the FAQs expecting and new moms want to know about pumping, introducing a bottle or returning to work.

Topics covered include:

*Establishing and maintaining a full milk supply
*Introducing a bottle
*Breastpump options and accessories
*Tips and techniques for milk expression
*Safe storage of breastmilk

Combining working and nursing All expectant and new mothers are welcome to pre-register for this FREE webinar and will have the opportunity to submit questions during the class.

Register Now - It's free!

Apr 19, 2011

Warning: products containing benzocaine, an ingredient used to reduce pain in the mouth and gums.

FDA Drug Safety Communication: Reports of a rare, but serious and potentially fatal adverse effect with the use of over-the-counter (OTC) benzocaine gels and liquids applied to the gums or mouth.

"On April 7, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public about the use of over-the-counter (OTC) products containing benzocaine, an ingredient used to reduce pain in the mouth and gums. Benzocaine use may cause a rare, but serious condition where the amount of oxygen that can be carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. This condition is called methemoglobinemia. FDA is particularly concerned about the use of OTC benzocaine products in children for relief of pain from teething because of the serious outcomes, including death, that may be associated with methemoglobinemia, as well as the difficulty parents or consumers may have in recognizing the signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia when using these products at home. Furthermore, symptoms of methemoglobinemia may not always be evident or attributed to the condition.
Parents and caregivers should not use OTC benzocaine products on children under two years of age, except under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional. If benzocaine products are used, it should be used sparingly and only when needed, but not more than four times a day.
Below is some additional information about benzocaine, methemoglobinemia, and steps consumers can take if they have or recognize an adverse reaction after using an OTC product containing benzocaine."

List of OTC Benzocaine Products

Dent’s Maxi-Strength Toothache
Orajel Medicated Toothache
Americaine Hemorrhoidal
Dermoplast Antibacterial
Orajel Mouth Sore
Dermoplast Painrelieving
Orajel Multi-Action Cold Sore
Anbesol Baby
Orajel PM
Anbesol Cold Sore Therapy
Dry Socket Remedy
Orajel Ultra Mouth Sore
Anbesol Jr.
Anbesol Maximum Strength
Baby Orajel
Freez Eez
HDA Toothache
Red Cross Canker Sore
Benzocaine Burn Spray
Rid-A-Pain Dental Drops
Skeeter Stik
Boil Ease Maximum Strength
Kanka Soft Brush
Cepacol Sore Throat
Lanacane Maximum Strength
Topicale Xtra
Comfort Caine
Orabase with Benzocaine
Walgreens Oral Anesthetic Paste
Orajel Denture Plus
Walgreens Zilactin-B
Dent’s Extra Strength Toothache
Orajel Maximum Strength
Zilactin Toothache and Gum Pain

Here are some some: Questions & Answers: Reports of a rare, but serious and potentially fatal adverse effect with the use of over-the-counter (OTC) benzocaine gels and liquids applied to the gums or mouth

Apr 18, 2011

Midwives Diner

The first in a series of short films from the WMM team, to promote midwives and the amazing care they provide. Enjoy!!!

Feb 1, 2011


This film follows Dr Grace Kodindo an Obstetrician known across the world for her fight to stop women dying unnecessarily in pregnancy and childbirth. She is a leading advocate of reproductive health care and rights, as she explores what help is available for the people affected by ongoing bloody conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.