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Winter Is Coming

BRACE YOURSELF. Two days ago I woke up to a world transformed by snow. It really shouldn’t surprise me; I was born in Canada and have lived here my whole life. And yet, every year I am caught off guard by the first snowfall. My husband rushed out before dawn, cursing all the way, to get […]

Happy (Belated) Birthday To Us!

Yes, that’s right, we forgot our own birthday. But hey, better late than never, right?? One year (and 2 days) ago Two Doulas was born. And in true doula nature, I’ll share the birth story here: It all began when Lee Springer and I, Jenny Gold, were but two mild-mannered, lone doulas trying to make […]

What Makes A Baby: The Giveaway

“But I don’t understand. How does the baby get in to the uterus?” The truth is, when your adorable progeny asks the question it can be very awkward and seem to come out of the blue. Some of us stumble. For those of you who’d prefer the talk didn’t go as badly as it did for Lee, […]

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

“I think we should see other people.” “You seem great on paper, but it’s just not working out.” “Sure, my mom thinks you’re really great, but she doesn’t have to take her pants off with you.” Ending a relationship is daunting. People have a hard enough time breaking up with a hairdresser they don’t love. Changing […]

Vacationing With Children Means It’s OK To Cry

Maybe before you had children you liked to travel. Maybe you walked hand in hand with your partner and imagined how amazing it would be to someday go back there with your beautiful, perfectly behaved children (because your imaginary future parenting was FLAWLESS). You envisioned the meals where your children would eat adventurously, wouldn’t need crayons, disposable paper children’s menus […]

Nurses, We Choo Choo Choose You!

It’s Valentine’s Day and true to our curmudgeonly selves, Two Doulas will not be acting overly romantic. However, it wouldn’t be right not to send love to the frontline workers pouring their everything into helping parents give birth safely, who work with us to pull our client’s labours out of the toilet, (like sometimes actually – toilets […]

Howdy Partner, Inclusive Language Is So Two Doulas

I was recently asked about why I’ve been using “partner,” “pregnant person” and the singular “they” as my default terms in both speech and writing when I talk about birth and families. My response was somewhat clumsy (which is very like me) because I had so many reasons both personal and professional for using language this […]

Pneumonia Took My Breath Away. Here’s What I Learned.

What sounds like Darth Vader and looks like a half-melted wax sculpture from Madame Toussaud’s? Me with pneumonia! That is what my winter break looked like, home with the kids and being the sickest I have ever been in my adult life. Thank god for grandparents and a doting partner, or I would be dead. Like, […]

A Salad Broke My Heart: Pregnancy, Food & Feelings

Food is nourishment. Food is comfort. Food is pleasure. Food is such a simple thing. But if you’re anything like me, food can also be complicated. There are many many parents, myself included, who have had a hard nuanced relationship with food at different times in their lives. And things can get downright weird when you factor […]