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3 essentials for your birth bag

Head onto any mom Facebook group and you will see questions about what to pack for your stay at the hospital, and the list is exhaustive and overwhelming, so let’s break it down.

Here are the 3 most essential items to bring to your birth at LHSC (or any hospital)

1) Food\drink

During your labour at LHSC (London health sciences centre) you will have access to clear fluids and light foods like toast and peanut butter. labour is hard work, so it’s important to nourish your body throughout the process, unless your care provider says it’s not safe to eat during labour, bring your favourite light snacks like fruit, granola, yogurt etc.

If you’re looking to bring something that will pack some punch for some quick energy, Honey sticks lollipops and sports drinks can be a great option. If you lose your appetite during labour, you can always save it for when you’re recovering. Trust me, you will be thirsty in the days after giving birth, so whatever you don’t use in labour can be used afterwards

2) Comfy clothes to labour and recover in

Birth is beautiful, and messy. A midwife at my first doula birth said ‘women are leaky’, it’s a term that is accurate AF. The gowns they give you at the hospital are handy for keeping your clothes safe from stains, but they can be pretty uncomfortable to labour or breastfeed\chestfeed in.

Whether you’re birth plan includes a home birth or taking every chance you have to take ‘all the drugs’, the thing to consider when choosing a birthing outfit is that your temperature will perceivably change. Sometimes you will feel overheated, or cold. So items such as sports bras, old pajamas, warm socks, slippers and house coats can bring a great deal of comfort for labouring in the hospital.

3) Postpartum pads and toiletries

These are hot items in the hospital, meaning that they are in somewhat of a limited supply. After delivery at LHSC you will get one gigantic pad, and then after that about half a dozen postpartum pads that are about the size of a regular maxi pad. As stated once above birth is messy, and women are leaky, so invest in some sample size toiletries to stick in your bag.

If you are staying at the hospital for an extended time you’ll likely want to shower at least once before going home, or at least have items to freshen up with. It’s important to remember that the hospital is a scent free zone, so please be considerate when thinking about things like body sprays or highly fragrant deodorants.

You might be tempted, especially as a first time parent to pack more, and that’s OK. If having stuff helps you feel more prepared, go for it, that on it’s own can be a comfort whether you use the ‘stuff’ or not. Chances are however, you probably won’t use a lot of the extra things you pack. Comfort is a need that can be met many ways, and what you think you will use or enjoy having around now might not be what you want in the moment.

Remember, birth isn’t about what stuff you bring to it, your birth plan won’t hinge on whether or not you have honey sticks, or your favourite fuzzy socks. The hospital has many supplies for all of the comfort measures you might want to try including warm blankets and birth balls. Remember: Once you enter that birth room, it is your birthing space!

-Kate Williamson PSW, birth and postpartum doula


Friday feature: Sew much love

Sew much love is a small business in London Ontario that creates essential handmade items for babies and new parents! And by essential we also mean beautiful.

Inspired by a love of sewing for her own children Raine began Sew Much Love a few years ago, creating handmade pieces such as nursing scarves, soft sole baby shoes, soother clips (soother clips are essential to a new mom’s sanity!) and even nursing scarves

Sew Much Love provides unique items that are both practical and gorgeous, perfect for baby shower gifts. The products mentioned (and more) can be found and purchased at and at prim and pauper in London, Ontario. If you want to check out more about Sew Much Love make sure to head to their website, Instagram and Facebook page.
Instagram: @sew_much_love

Starting this month this blog will be featuring local talent every Friday. For more information on featuring your business on the blog (for free) please contact we are always happy to feature local businesses in the London and surrounding area free of charge

Written by Kate, a certified postpartum and birth doula, PSW and mom of three

Lovely and Local Friday Feature: The Cozie Baby Company

Starting in September this blog will be featuring local talent every Friday. For more information on featuring your business on the blog (for free) please contact we are always happy to feature local businesses in the London and surrounding area for free.

On to today’s local and lovely business

The Cozie Baby company was founded by Candias K. a work at home mom of four, who lives just outside of London. After making just one baby blanket for a special little one the idea turned into a small business and grown since then.

The baby blankets are made from soft cuddly flannel, chenille and 100% cotton. There is a blanket for every season, and each blanket boasts a generous size (large enough for a toddler). Blankets can be customized to each customers personal style.

Like many small business the Cozie Baby Company utilizes Facebook to showcase completed blankets and post pictures of available fabrics to mix and match with. If you would like to order, or just support a local business make sure you head over and like their page!

For ordering inquiries:

Thanks so much for checking out our lovely and local feature

-Written by Kate, mother of 3, postpartum and birth doula

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Interview: Brooke Hohenadal certified sleep consultant

It’s common knowledge that babies just don’t sleep, right? Well what if I told you it doesn’t always have to be that way?

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Brooke Hohenadal, a certified sleep consultant and owner of Bedtime Beginnings

I had so many questions for her, but I narrowed it down to 5 main questions to give everybody reading a good idea of what Bedtime Beginnings services can do for sleepless babies (and parents!)

If you read this and still have your own questions Great Expectations will be hosting a live Q&A with Brooke on July 5th at 8:00 pm

if you wish to receive a reminder or notifications you can click ‘going’ to our facebook event. You can also make sure you follow this blog and receive updates as we promote the event!

on to the interview!

1) What is a sleep consultant?

A sleep consultant is a coach, mentor, motivator, teacher, hand-holder or whatever you need us to be in order to follow a plan to improve your child’s sleep!  Some people need education and guidance, others need someone to hold them accountable to truly implement the changes necessary to solve their child’s sleep problems- as a Sleep Consultant I am happy to take on whatever role you need in order to achieve your goals.


2) What inspired you to get into this work?

After my husband broke his leg, when our first daughter was only 4 months old, it only took me another month before I realized that I couldn’t do this any longer!  The constant night waking’s to “feed” (she was just soothing back to sleep, who are we kidding!) coupled with taking care of two babies (once slightly larger than the other…) took a toll on this new mom!  One night, at about 3AM I caved and bought my first sleep book and haven’t looked back.  Once I taught our daughter how to sleep through the night it truly changed our lives, and hers; we now have two girls that go to bed easily each night and sleep the proper amount each day, which means that every day when they wake up they are ready to take on that days challenges.  I was so inspired by how much it changed our lives that I wanted to help others achieve the same thing, but also to just get out there and let people know that you don’t have to go months and months without sleeping, there is hope, and it’s not as bad as you may think (or read online…)!


3) What is the most common complaint/problem you hear from clients?

Hmm, this is a good one- I have a few common complaints:

  • My baby wakes up 2-10 times a night, every hour, every two hours, she just won’t sleep!
  • I can only get my child to sleep 30-45 minutes at a time during the day; it is so frustrating, just when I start to do something he wakes up, every time!!!
  • Every night when we tuck our toddler into bed we have to lay with him, it used to be really sweet but now it can take over an hour and he just won’t sleep! 
  • We really wanted to co-sleep with our baby, it’s been wonderful but now our child has taken over our bed and will not sleep in her crib- I really want my husband back in bed with me, it’s really starting to take a toll on our relationship!
  • My baby wakes up every morning at 4:30, I give her a quick feed and she goes back to bed but I am really starting to get tired of waking up at that time- she is 18 months old so I know she doesn’t need a feed anymore!
  • My child falls asleep in their own bed every night but will have a nightmare and comes to sleep with us each night!  I didn’t mind it at first but it’s becoming more and more common, when will he start to sleep through the night in his own bed.


4) What is the most popular package bedtime beginnings  offers?

Some families just need a little bit of guidance and reassurance that they are on the right track with their child’s sleep but many of the families I work with benefit from a full 2-week package to ensure their little ones are sleeping properly with as few tears as possible!

What really separates Sleep Consultants from any book, online forum or relatives’ advice is the follow-up support and custom sleep plan.  Having a detailed plan laid out, that is specific to your child, when you are already exhausted makes the changes simple and straightforward and takes all of the guesswork out; on top of that I am here for you every day for 2-3 weeks while you implement the plan.  If you are worried about something, have a question or something needs to be tweaked I am here to offer education and guidance so the whole process can be as smooth as possible for your child.

Depending on the age of the child I offer custom sleep packages, in each sleep package I offer:

  • An Intake questionnaire so I can get all of the details of your families sleep situation.
  • A Custom Sleep Plan based on your responses to the questionnaire.
  • One hour private consultation to discuss the details of the plan and answer any questions you may have.
  • Digital sleep logs so you can track and see the progress your child is making each day.
  • Follow-up support in the form of phone calls and e-mails; this is what all of my past families have loved the most, knowing someone is there for you every step of the way!  We work together to help your child learn this new skill in the simplest and quickest way  because there is someone there to make any necessary changes so that your child learns as quickly as possible.  It’s all about providing the proper tools and structure so your child can learn easily.
  • Bedtime Beginnings Sleep Kit offers additional information after our time together has ended so that you are prepared for any future events (travel, daylight savings, nap transitions etc.).



5)  If you could give just one piece of information/advice to every expecting parent what would it be?

Respect your child’s sleep; it is as important as diet and exercise!  Children can only deal with their daily stresses when they are running at full capacity- if your child has constant meltdowns, a hard time focusing, or just always seems to be tired then there is a good chance that they are not getting enough sleep!  An early bedtime (7-8 latest) is recommended right up until the pre-teen years- don’t underestimate their desire to sleep, even if they say they aren’t tired.  Pick an early bedtime and stick to it, it might take a few nights for the change to take place but once their bodies realize they can go to sleep at that time they will start getting the proper amount of sleep and it will change their life for the better!


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Kate, your lovely local doula

Dancing for Birth

Have you heard of this phenomenal, energizing, connecting, educational and dynamic class for expecting and new moms? Read on



Dancing for birth combines intuitive childbirth education with…you guessed it! DANCING!

When I decided to join Sheina’s Dancing for Birth Class, I’ll admit I was nervous, because I hadn’t danced in years (well, outside of my kitchen when a scissor sisters song comes on- then I just can’t help myself). I was pretty sure I couldn’t dance at all (and I will vehemently state that I DO NOT dance in public situations), but I figured it would be a good motivation to get out of the house and active with my (then) babe in arms.

The best part of the class was getting to talk to other moms, while we had fun and exercised! I felt energized, and lighter after each class.

I loved every class, in fact I was sad when it was over, and If I was pregnant right now I’d be signing up for the next series… which happens to start very soon BTW (March 21 hint hint 😉

Do you have questions for Sheina? Head over to her facebook page:

or email her at

Have you been to a dancing for birth class? tell us what you thought!


-Written by Kate, Local (London,ON) birth and postpartum doula, PSW, Student and mother of 3