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So why does menses matter?

As followers of the Facebook page for this blog will know I have started a 2 week donation drive called menses matters

But why does menses matter? Did you know that pads and tampons are one of the least donated items at food banks and shelters? These are not items that people think of when making donations.

Watch: “The homeless period” —-> https://youtu.be/ABch4VYOJZ0

Periods are a fact of life for a large part of the population, pads tampons, menstrual cups (etc) are all products we use to meet the needs for cleanliness, dignity and even comfort. But what happens when we can’t afford them? There has been a lot of discussion over the years on whether pads and tampons are a necessity or a luxury. I would like to think most of us treat them as a basic necessity, like diapers or toilet paper.

That’s why I decided to run this drive, to help support others and maybe make someone’s life just a little easier. That is also why this drive is collecting toiletries and comfort items as well, because dealing with having a period isn’t as simple as having pads on hand. Some people experience heavy pains and even exhaustion.

Would you like to help? Make sure you like our page https://www.facebook.com/mensesmatters/

And join our group for organizing and updates https://www.facebook.com/groups/133835134011961/

It makes a world of difference when you like comment and share flyers and our social media posts. Each share makes the drive more visible.

And of course you can help by donating! In fact the most effective way you can donate is to send us a picture of your donation or post one on your on your own and tag our page. We really love hearing about what has inspired you to give such a gift to your community!

It matters greatly if people have access to menstruation products, it matters if they have enough food, can stay clean, and if they are suffering from pain or discomfort. Poverty matters, dignity matters, women matter therefore #mensesmatters

Thank you for reading and sharing


Donations can be brought directly to Safe Space, or The Hive London


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 http://www.sewmuchlove.ca 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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sewmuchlove1

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 greatexpectationsdoula@gmail.com. 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

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/242210862851251/) hint hint 😉

Do you have questions for Sheina? Head over to her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DancingforBirthLondonOn%20/

or email her at sheina@dancingforbirth.com

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