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Appreciating Mothers
mothering, support

Appreciating Mothers

Appreciating Mothers by Lenore Kilmartin I have been thinking about mothers on Mother's Day, the day that is meant to make us feel appreciated, and reflecting on the experiences of the women I know who are mothers. My work is with mothers; expectant mothers, birthing mothers, postpartum ...

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The Mothering Group
mothering, postpartum, support

The Mothering Group

The Mothering Group by Lenore Kilmartin The mamas and babies have arrived.  I hear them chatting with one another.  Their laughter and conversation wafts through the house.  I smell the aroma of fresh coffee.  I look out the window and see cars parked in the driveway and up ...

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The Holiday Season
breastfeeding, holidays, mothering

The Holiday Season

The Holiday Season by Lenore Kilmartin It's the holiday season – and that means parties, dinners, formal functions. Unfortunately, many of these are not very baby-friendly. What's a breastfeeding mama to do? Many people will tell the mother: just pump and leave a bottle of your milk ...

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Skin to Skin
childbirth, breastfeeding, mothering, postpartum

Skin to Skin

Skin to Skin by Lenore Kilmartin It surprised me to see the intensity of labour my birth client was experiencing.  She seemed to have skipped early labour altogether and moved quickly into the active phase.  Her young body was responding beautifully to contractions.  She was 19 ...

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The Birth Memory
labour, support, doula, childbirth

The Birth Memory

The Birth Memory by Lenore Kilmartin Her usual cheery face changed and became troubled as she remembered aloud the details of her baby's birth.  Her memories were clear. Despite her ninety plus years of age, her birth recollection remained lucid and precise.  She wanted to share her ...

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The Supporting Role
childbirth, labour, partners

The Supporting Role

The Supporting Role by Lenore Kilmartin I'd met him previously, several times, but we really hadn't made a connection.  He was very busy with his work and often had to leave the room to take a phone call when I was there.  More often than not, he would be sending or checking texts, ...

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New Mothers are Vulnerable
postpartum, mothering

New Mothers are Vulnerable

New mothers are vulnerable... by Lenore Kilmartin They are tired, recovering from birth, learning about their babies.   They are being stretched personally and emotionally in ways they could not have imagined before becoming mothers. So why do family and friends think that ...

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A Peaceful Approach to Labour
Labour

A Peaceful Approach to Labour

A Peaceful Approach to Labour...by Lenore Kilmartin The labouring woman kneeling next to me, supported by a birth ball, was sleeping or so it seemed. Her contractions were coming often.  In between the frequent surges, she had about two to three minutes to rest.  She would rock back ...

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Starting Solids
solids, breastfeeding

Starting Solids

Starting Solids by Lenore Kilmartin. The dog waits patiently, lying under the table, eyes fixated on your hand as you move peas from the high-chair tray to your mouth.  I watch you in wonder, amazed at your ability to feed yourself.  You are determined and focused as you work  to ...

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Postpartum Help
postpartum

Postpartum Help

Postpartum Help by Lenore Kilmartin When I think back to my youngest child's birth, and the postpartum period that followed, I remember Marcia. Marcia was a postpartum doula .  My mother gave me Marcia's help as a gift and I loved every minute of her time with our family.   My mother knew that ...

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