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Win a FREE Prenatal or Postnatal Reflexology Treatment with Linda Baril

Linda Baril is offering Foot Reflexology sessions at Mothering Touch. Her years of experience working with childbearing women have shown her how valuable a treatment can be, both in the prenatal and postpartum periods. Reflexology can help to relieve some of the anxiety and stress that a woman may be experiencing about the upcoming birth and the changes that accompany this amazing transition in parenthood. It can also help to alleviate some of the discomforts of pregnancy, whether you are experiencing disrupted sleep or heartburn.

After baby has arrived, the new mother’s emotional and physical being are going through dramatic adjustments – a session can help ease you through this transition. Linda had found that a postpartum treatment can help the body release the accumulation of extra tissue fluid, encourage the rebalancing of hormones and provide a sense of ‘revitalization’.

Linda is a Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, as well as a Reflexology Therapist and Instructor. She is also the mother of four and grandmother of four more!

Enter to win a free Reflexology session with Linda at Mothering Touch!

To Enter: Like our post on Facebook, Tag a friend, and make sure you are following our page. You will then be entered to win the reflexology session with Linda. Contest ends on Thursday, December 13 at 12pm when we will draw a name.

*No purchase necessary. The winner will have 3 months to claim the treatment. Treatments must be redeemed at The Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St, Victoria.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

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Navigating Motherhood Gracefully ~Practical Tools to help you Thrive~ FREE Interactive talk with Theresa Gulliver

Free Workshop for Mothers
Free Interactive Workshop by Therapeutic Counsellor: Theresa Gulliver

 

Motherhood is challenging and children bring out our best and our worst.

Do you ever wonder:

- How to thrive as a mother and still take care of the needs of your child(ren)
- How to handle your emotions when they are high
- How you can be the best mom possible

What if motherhood was an opportunity to address some of your own personal challenges so they don't surface in unhealthy ways and negatively impact your family?

In this 60 min interactive seminar, Theresa Gulliver, Mother, Step Mother and Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, shares useful information and helpful tools to help you navigate motherhood gracefully.

You will have an opportunity to learn and practice:

- Increased self awareness, self compassion and self love (which can then be naturally extended to those around you)
- Tools for effective communication
- The importance of authentic connection
- Positive personal coping mechanisms

Theresa's goal is for you to seize every opportunity to heal and grow and be the best mother you can be - for yourself and for your family!

for this Free 60 min Workshop
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:30 - 8:30 pm
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**Winner Chosen** Win a FREE Acupuncture Treatment with Jill Moran

Acupuncture can be used to support your health during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period. Check out our acupuncture page here to learn more. And this week we are offering you a chance to win a treatment with Jill Moran, Registered Acupuncturist.

You can read more about Jill as well as our other practitioners here on our practitioner page.

To Enter: Like our post on Facebook, Tag a friend, and make sure you are following our page. You will then be entered to win the acupuncture session with Jill. The contest ends on Wednesday, September 26th at 12pm when we will draw a name.

And check back next week for another treatment giveaway!

*No purchase necessary. The winner will have 3 months to claim the treatment. Treatments must be redeemed at The Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St, Victoria.

 

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

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**Winner Chosen** Win a Free Prenatal or Postnatal Relaxation Massage!

Are you pregnant or have just had a baby? I bet you could use a massage! Did you know that Mothering Touch has massage appointments available to provide you relief from your pregnancy and postnatal aches and pains? This week you can enter-to-win a one-hour relaxation massage with Amanda Kihn. You can read more about Amanda as well as our other practitioners here on our practitioner page.

To Enter: Like our post on Facebook, Tag a friend, and make sure you are following our page. You will then be entered to win the one-hour prenatal or postnatal massage appointment with Amanda*. The contest ends on Friday, September 14th at 2pm when we will draw a name.

And check back next Friday for another treatment giveaway!

*No purchase necessary. The winner will have 3 months to claim the massage. Massage must be redeemed at The Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St, Victoria.

 

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

 

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Why do I Doula?

Have you ever considered becoming a Postpartum Doula? AJ Hadfield, our friend, Postpartum Doula and Doula Trainer has written a guest blog post explaining her love for her job. We have a Postpartum Doula Training happening here at Mothering Touch with AJ in June.

 

My name is AJ Hadfield and I am a postpartum doula.  I have been fortunate enough to do this work for the past 13 years.  When I first started, I had a vague idea of helping mothers and snuggling babies.  I didn’t understand how much my clients would teach me and how being a postpartum doula would shape and define the second half of my life.  Why do I doula?

  • Because I understand now that good support at the right time can make all the difference for a new family
  • Because helping couples adjust to parenthood is important, valuable work
  • Because being around new babies all the time is the best!
  • Because watching people become parents is about the best thing in the world
  • Because I am constantly humbled by the power and strength of new mothers
  • Because I recognize the value in giving a parent permission to take a breather
  • Because I get to watch a big brother meet his baby sister for the first time
  • Because I recognize that guiding a new mother on her breastfeeding journey is never the same experience twice
  • Because being part of a family’s postpartum journey is a privilege
  • Because sometimes a mother needs someone by her side to say it’s OK when she’s making the hard choices
  • Because sometimes a new dad needs someone he can cry with, who won’t be sitting across from him at Thanksgiving.
  • Because sometimes, in my small way, I know I have made a difference
  • Because it always makes me smile to get a text with a picture of a poopy diaper and the question ‘is this normal’?
  • Because I know helping to normalize what is overwhelming to new families is important and,
  • Because I know that celebrating what is trivial to most people is also important
  • Because watching a baby latch on and suckle for the first time never gets old
  • Because I know that sometimes, my training and observant eye can help a mama get the support she needs when she needs it most
  • Because helping a parent figure out the intricacies of their baby wrap is always fun
  • Because even on the hard days, when I question whether I’ve supported in the best way I can, I still can’t wait for tomorrow and the chance to do it all over again, and
  • Because I love getting the email two years later, asking what I’m doing in 9 months and knowing I get to be with this family all over again

I am a postpartum doula – I love what I do.

 

If you have questions or are interested in registering for the Postpartum Doula Training happening June 1st to June 4th, 2018 go here or give us a call!

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Baby Art Class for Mother’s Day

Start the tradition of creating art with your Baby for Mother’s Day! Join Emily Grav, Artist and Owner and Director of The Paintbox School of Art to create some artistic memories with your baby.

Emily has selected a project that involves a few simple steps that will be done at different stations and then assembled into one piece for you to take home.

This class is intended for babies age 4 months to around 18 months. Each baby will leave with one completed piece of art. Please dress your baby in clothes that can get mucky or be willing to strip them down to their diapers – things may get messy!

The class is on Friday, May 4 at either 2:30pm or 4pm and it will take about an hour to complete the project – we are keeping short attention spans in mind!

The cost is $24 per baby and space is limited so register early! Cost is per baby, 1 or 2 parents are welcome!

Register online for the 2:30pm class here  or here for the 4:00pm class. You can give us a call at 250-595-4905!

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Perinatal Care for Gender Diverse Families

Families come in many forms. It is a responsibility of perinatal care providers to adapt to meet the needs of all parents-to-be in dignified and affirming ways. While many people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences will share hopes and worries about pregnancy and parenting, transgender and queer parents may have some needs and desires that are unique to their gender and sexual identities.

Join Katie McNiven Gladman (Registered Midwife, IBCLC) and Kingsley Strudwick (founder of Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting) for an evening of education and skill-building to better support transgender and queer people as they embark into parenthood.

Date: Friday, May 25 from 7pm to 9pm at Mothering Touch, 975 Fort St

Cost: $35 per person

Book online here or call Mothering Touch at 250-595-4905 to register.

 

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Find Your Joy as a Mother – Practical Tools to help you Thrive

Free Interactive Workshop by Therapeutic Counsellor: Theresa Gulliver

Motherhood is a challenging life transition.
It is nearly impossible to prepare for how much it changes your entire life.

Do you ever feel like you love your child(ren) but you hate your life right now?

You are not alone!
Yes, it will change

But, what do you do in the meantime?

In this 60 min interactive workshop, Theresa Gulliver, Mother, Step Mother and Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, shares useful information and effective tools to help you find your joy as a mother.

Why?

Because, you deserve it!

When your well being is a priority your entire family benefits.
Find more peace with the challenges that are beyond your control & feel empowered to start making a shift where you can.

Your relationship to your challenges can be your greatest motivator.

Theresa’s goal is for you to seize every opportunity to heal and grow and be the best mother you can be – for yourself and for your family!

Sunday, April 8 from 6pm to 7pm.

Call Mothering Touch at 250-595-4905 to register for this free workshop. Or register online.

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Valentine’s Day Art Class with Baby

 

Start the tradition of creating art with your Baby for Valentine’s Day! Join Emily Grav, Artist and Owner and Director of The Paintbox School of Art to create some artistic memories with your baby.

Emily has chosen three projects for you and your baby to make together and they will make perfect gifts or keepsakes. You will make a clay foot print heart, a clay hand print picture frame and a finger painted print in your baby’s choice of colour!

This class is intended for babies age 4 months to around 18 months. Each baby will leave with 3 pieces of art. Please dress your baby in clothes that can get mucky or be willing to strip them down to their diapers – things may get messy!

The class is on Friday, February 9 and it will take about an hour to complete the projects – we are keeping short attention spans in mind!

The cost is $24 per baby and space is limited so register early! Cost is per baby, 1 or 2 parents are welcome!

Register online for the 1pm class here  or here for the 2:30pm class you can give us a call at 250-595-4905! (1pm class is full but there is still space in the 2:30pm class!)

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Sing! Sing! Sing!

These days, with the Christmas season approaching, it feels that all I do all day is singing and babies, babies and singing. Of course, babies and families are my work-work, but singing is my play-work and it takes over my life at this time of year. I sing in a choir and I am cast in a musical, and I will be singing for a few church services.

I sing because I love it, but also because I must. I must sing for my mental health, for my creative spirit, but also for my physical well-being. And I believe that singing to your babies is good for their mental health, their creative spirit and their physical well-being. And for yours too.

When you sing to your babies, you tell them that there is nothing to worry about (or why would you waste energy on song?). You master and regulate your breath and this relaxes your body and theirs. You share your feelings with them, joy or sadness.

When you sing to your babies, you expose them to long, often rhyming, rhythmic segments of language. This is such valuable input to someone who is trying to learn to speak! And the abstract words are combined with musical information about the emotions associated with those words. We know about the value of talking to your babies, but when that one-sided conversation starts to be difficult to maintain, sing!

When you sing to your babies, you give them information about their day. In the morning you sing getting-up-and-washing-your-face songs. When it’s time to go out you sing getting-into-your-car-seat songs. At changing times you sing diaper-changing-songs. And at bedtime you sing lullabies. Those musical snippets (Wagner called them leitmotifs) announce change, activities, moods, useful information for a baby who has no control over their day. It’s so much easier for them to go along with what you planned if you give them a little advance warning!

When you sing to your babies, don’t worry about how well you sing. Your enjoyment of and emotional commitment to the song is much more important that your vocal technique. Don’t pass a fear of singing on to your babies. As the days get shorter, and the winter cold keeps us indoors, pull out some old songbooks or cd’s from your childhood. Remind yourself of the lyrics you love and pass on a love of song!

~Eva

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Navigating Motherhood Gracefully ~Practical Tools to help you Thrive~

Free Workshop for Mothers
Free Interactive Workshop by Therapeutic Counsellor: Theresa Gulliver

Motherhood is challenging and children bring out our best and our worst.

Do you ever wonder:

– How to thrive as a mother and still take care of the needs of your child(ren)

– How to handle your emotions when they are high

– How you can be the best mom possible

What if motherhood was an opportunity to address some of your own personal challenges so they don’t surface in unhealthy ways and negatively impact your family?

 

In this 60 min interactive seminar, Theresa Gulliver, Mother, Step Mother and Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, shares useful information and helpful tools to help you navigate motherhood gracefully.

You will have an opportunity to learn and practise:

– Increased self awareness, self compassion and self love (which can thenbe naturally extended to those around you)
– Tools for effective communication
– The importance of authentic connection
– Positive personal coping mechanisms

 

Theresa’s goal is for you to seize every opportunity to heal and grow and be the best mother you can be – for yourself and for your family!

Register by phone at Mothering Touch
for this Free 60 min Workshop

Sunday, October 15 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm

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Every Monday is Grandparents’ Day! 15% off all regularly-priced merchandise

Grandparents are important

As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child,” and often the most important members of that village are those of the previous generation. Grandparents are important for so many reasons.

Grandparents have such a special role in the life of a baby. They are often the first people parents rely on after baby’s birth. Grandpa may hold baby while mom has a shower or manages a quick bite to eat. Grandma may be there to help with baby’s first bath, or to help get ready for the first outing. This role helps establish a bond between baby and Grandparent. Grandparents are the first adults other than moms and dads that demonstrate to baby that they can trust other adults to provide comfort and basic necessities such as feeding and diapering. This is an important lesson in baby’s life.

Grandparents fill many roles in the life of the new baby. They are caregivers, giving parents a break when they need it most. They are the tradition keepers, passing on family customs and history. They are playmates, often having more time to play now in this new role and in this different time of life.

This is an entirely new phase in the life of parenting. Grandparents are now watching their children parent. It is sometimes a tricky transition. It is a role shift. This also means that it is a time of reinvention. Grandparents get to decide what this new role will look like. They can choose their new name, Grandma, Grandpa, Opa, Nona, Nanna, Papa… And they can choose their role. Taking baby to a music class once a week, or keeping a baby book of important events, or keeping the family close by having extended family gatherings or reunions. And of course, there are those grandparents that, for many reasons, end up taking on a much bigger role than expected, sometimes becoming primary caregivers. For these Grandparents as well, they must define their role.

At Mothering Touch we value Grandparents. We know how important Grandparents are to their children and grandchildren and that it takes more than the nuclear family to raise children. For this reason we are making every Monday Grandparent Day! Show off your grandchild by bringing in a photo (or ultrasound image) of him or her or them and we will give you 15% off your purchase.