Archive for November, 2012

Homemade “Vicks Vapor shower disks”

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

What a great alternative for Vicks Vapor rub! When you’re pregnant and sick with a cold they’re aren’t many options for you out there. I came across this on pinterest and had to post it here. Let me know if it works, I will be trying it for sure.







It’s so easy.


-Baking soda


-Essential oils: eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender.

-Muffin tin and muffin liners

1) Add baking soda to a mixing bowl. About 2-3

2) Slowly add water until you’ve made a thick paste.  Tip: add just a little water a time.  You’ll want the mix to feel like putty.

3) Add 15 drops of each essential oil.

4) Spoon in to a muffin tin, and let sit out for 12-18 hours.

5) Pop each out of the paper liner, put in your shower (anywhere on the floor), and let the essential oils steam away your stuffy nose.

Tip; if you’re not using a silicone muffin tin, remove the liners before the pan has completely cooled.  Can be stored in an plastic container, mason jar, etc.

Is Fifty Shades novel responsible for the Windsor Baby Boom?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey blamed for Windsor baby boom

Windsor Regional Hospital has delivered 80 babies in six days, 30 per cent more than an average week

CBC News  Posted: Nov  6, 2012   3:47 PM ET

The CEO of a Windsor, Ont., hospital speculates that a spike in birth rates is linked to the popular novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

A sexuality professor says he could be right while a demographer remains cautious.

David Musyj said the hospital has delivered 80 babies in six days — that’s 30 per cent more than delivered in an average week.

“When this book came out, everyone said ‘just wait it’s coming,’” he said of the increased birth rate.

The erotic novel was released in January.

Musyj said he’s not alone in his speculation. He said nursing staff share in his thinking.

“We’ve been talking about it all week,” he said.

Robin Milhausen, an associate professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Guelph, said the book could be at least partially responsible for the increase.

Musyj and Milhausen agree it is difficult to scientifically prove the book is to blame.

‘People having more sex’

“We don’t have the data that would indicate it but it would be right around now that babies would be born,” Milhausen said.

Milhausen said more people are having sex and some of that has to do with the book — even if women don’t agree with the type of sex, writing style or character development presented in the book.

“The material is arousing that is likely going to arouse the reader,” she said. “Many women respond to the book and don’t even know it. It’s leading to more sex.”

Milhausen is scheduled to give a public speech about the book and its sexuality at the Kitchener Public Library on Dec. 11.

A leading Canadian demographer, though, cautions about jumping to conclusions.

“Unless someone does a specific analysis it’s hard to say,” said Doug Norris, chief demographer of Environics Analytics. “It’s possible there’s an effect like that. It would be pretty hard to detect.”

Norris, who also worked at Statistics Canada for 30 years, said the increase may have to do more with what “the echo effect” — children of the baby boomers now having their own kids.

“The real big increase in birth has happened across the country,” Norris said. “The boomers children are having children. But that’s not to say there isn’t an effect as suggested [by Musyj]. It makes for a good story and water cooler talk.”

Why choose BabyView?

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

To bank cord blood or not to….

Friday, November 16th, 2012
There are so many decisions to make when you’re pregnant sometimes the list just seems never ending.  But today’s parents to-be have another big decision to make; the decision is whether or not to bank your child’s cord blood at birth. This decision needs to be made in advance as there is some preparation involved by your health care provider.

Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta after birth. Cord blood is rich in life-saving stem cells, including heart, brain, muscle, and even hair cells.

The cord blood stem cells can be used in the treatment of over 50 life-threatening diseases, including cancers and genetic disorder.  It’s also proven an alternative to bone marrow in regenerating blood-production and the immune system to diseases requiring stem cell transplants. Imagine a life-saving resource at your fingertips if it is ever needed. Your child’s own cord blood stem cells are a perfect match to your child. There is no need to search for a matching donor, and there is no chance of rejection.

Did you know that cord blood can also be used for siblings and other members of your family who have a matching tissue type. Siblings have up to a 50% chance of compatibility.

Cord blood will be collected by your healthcare provider once a successful delivery has been made. It’s safe, simple and does not change the delivery experience in any way and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a vaginal or C-Section delivery.

The cost of Cord Blood Banking isn’t cheap. To start off it’s about $1100 depending on the location and hospital plus the annual fee of $125 to store the blood.

Ask your health care provider today for more information and what your options are.

Growing Baby Prenatal

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Growing Baby Prenatal provides a variety of services for parents to be. Our prenatal classes will help you prepare for labour, birth and the early weeks with your new baby. Our classes will give you a better understanding of the labour and birthing process and help your parter feel more confident about how to support you during and after birth. Growing Baby will give you all the information you need to help you make informed decisions about your care. You’ll learn everything from pre-labour signs to breathing techniques and labour massage to swaddling a baby. All of our classes come with handouts to take home and some goodies! We also offer baby massage classes for new parents. Our group classes are fun and informative and offered in Toronto and Ajax Pickering and take place in a very relaxed and casual environment. To register for or to inquire about a class, please contact Janice Holsmer.

Growing Baby: Pregnancy, Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Parenting & Fitness

2 Locations:

947 Queen Street East @ Carlaw in Toronto

1555 Kingston Road, Suite 208 in Pickering at Chiropractic Centre For Optimum Health

Pregnancy Test Linked to Testicular Cancer

Monday, November 12th, 2012

One Ontario man, who found a pregnancy test in his medicine cabinet (and for some strange reason, decided to take it) was surprised when the results were actually positive.  His friend, who found the whole ordeal hilarious, decided to post a “rage comic” about his misadventure on the popular use-generated news site, Reddit.  While many users found the comic funny, some commented that a false positive on a pregnancy test could actually be an indicator of testicular cancer.
“If this is true, you should check yourself for testicular cancer. Seriously. Google it,” one commenter wrote.
Another commenter, a medical student, explained how a pregnancy test can predict cancer. “Medical student here. OP should absolutely see his physician to be safe. Pregnancy tests are based on levels of human chorionic gonadotropin which is produced by the placenta, but in a male it can be elevated by testicular cancer.”
Turns out, the commenters were right.
The man’s friend told him he should get tested. After he went to the doctor, she shared the results of his test in the form of  another “rage comic.”
“Many of you read the comic about my friend using a preg test and it testing positive, which is a sign of cancer, as you all told us,” she wrote.
“Today he went to the doctor to be tested. And in his right testicle they found a very small tumor, but since it was caught early, it can be treated immediately.”
She then thanked everyone on Reddit on behalf of her friend, and encouraged everyone to check themselves for cancer regularly.

-Katharine Watts, Associate Web Editor

Russian Baby Boxes

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Galina Murzakayeva, a coordinator for Kolybel Nadezhdy (Cradle of Hope), a non-governmental organization, opens the baby box in Kirishi, an industrial town of 50,000 located 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

KIRISHI, Russia — A box in which parents can leave their babies anonymously without any legal risk opened Wednesday in a town in northwestern Russia – part of an effort that activists hope will save many young lives.The baby box in Kirishi, an industrial town 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of St. Petersburg, is the tenth such facility in Russia. Experts think that’s just a fraction of what is needed.

“Even if only one child is saved that way it will be worth it,” said Tatiana Sobolevskya, deputy chief of the maternity department of Kirishi’s hospital, where the baby box is located. Nikolai Muravlev, a Russian Orthodox priest, came to bless the box and praise it as “island of safety.”

Once a baby is put in the box, its door closes and a nurse gets alerted by a signal. There are no security cameras so parents can leave their babies anonymously.  An information stand next to the box appeals to parents to think over their decision and offers contact numbers for assistance.

Kolybel Nadezhdy (Cradle of Hope), a non-government organization that opened the baby box, said it should help attract nationwide attention to the issue. Its head, Yelena Kotova, said more than a dozen babies are abandoned in Russia every month according to official statistics, but she said the real figures are believed to be at least three times higher.

Russian police have registered 268 cases of murder of newborn babies by their mothers in 2010-2011, and Russian media have carried regular reports of babies found in garbage containers, forests or snowdrifts. One of the most recent cases was in St. Petersburg in August, when a man found a 3-day-old baby in a plastic bag in the bushes. The boy survived and was soon adopted.

Kotova said in her home city of Perm in the Ural Mountains, the bodies of two newborn babies were found on a balcony. A woman who lived there with her other children just felt unable to raise another child, she said.

In July, a five-day-old girl was left in a baby box in Perm with a note giving her name, Margarita, and her date of birth. Two more babies were left in baby boxes organized by Russia’s Krasnodar region.

Russia borrowed the baby box idea from other European countries, where they have become quite numerous in recent years but have also fueled heated discussions. Critics say they infringe on the rights of mothers and children.

“A baby box isn’t a universal cure, it’s a way to attract attention to the problem and to help women,” said Galina Murzakayeva, a coordinator for the Kirishi project.

Russia ‘Baby Box’ Opens To Save Abandoned Children

By IRINA TITOVA  10/31/12 02:14 PM ET EDT

Huffington Post - Russia ‘Baby Box’ Opens To Save Abandoned Children -

Maternity and Parental Leave

Friday, November 9th, 2012

I just read an article about a woman who upon returning from maternity leave was advised her hours had been reduced by a third; she now has to work every Sunday, rather than through a rotation, and a previous accommodation due to family responsibilities would no longer be available to her. Is she been penalized for having a baby? For up to a year a female employee can exercise her maternity and parental leave options.  Upon her return she must be given her regular job back with all the same responsibilities, same pay and benefits or if the former job doesn’t exist she must be offered a similar position. Employers can replace the person who is on leave but only on a short term basis and with their return the employee gets her job again. Companies need to comply with the specific guidelines in this matter otherwise it can have long-term negative consequences. Charges of discrimination, fines and a bad reputation for the company are challenges the company may have to face in a situation like this.  It may be a little inconvenient for a company to handle a maternity/parental leave but it surely beats some of the negative consequences that could arise if it’s not handled properly.

Thank you to Pace Magazine (Fall 2012 issue) for this great article, hopefully employers read it and play by the rules.

Why do babies yawn in the womb?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

I love this question because I have always wondered the same thing myself! Yawning is by far the most common behavior I have observed while scanning babies.

This activity, and the frequency with which it occurs, has always fascinated me as I have always associated the act of yawning with a lack of oxygen and a means for the body to rid itself of excess carbon dioxide. Clearly this is not the case since babies in utero do not breathe air. So why then, do babies yawn?

Surprisingly, very little research has been done regarding fetal yawning in utero. Several studies have been conducted and published on why people yawn and the common consensus seems to be that yawning occurs when brain temperature rises and therefore the act of yawning helps to cool the brain and help it to work more efficiently. Since sleep deprivation and exhaustion increase deep brain temperatures that explains why new parents yawn a lot!!!

Since there are no clear cut answers as to why a fetus yawns, it is my thought that perhaps like us, they may do it to regulate their body temperature. It could therefore be considered an indication of healthy brain development and that would explain the frequency with which we see this behavior. We already know babies practice and develop other life skills in the womb (swallowing, stretching, etc.) so why not the yawn?

Cheryl Gerelus

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Thank you for letting us have a great experience while getting our video made and being able meet our daughter before she got here …….Elizabeth and Lyle.













Hi my name is natalee and I was in your office to do your 3d ultra sound. I just wanted to share my before and after picture. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to meet my baby girl before they placed her in my arm.

It was such a pleasure experiencing the 3D ultrasound with you. I just wanted to send you a picture of the ultrasound along side with the picture of what my baby looked like as a newborn. Thanks again for the amazing experience …..Melody

Thanks again for everything! …..Rosalie and Tyson

Thank you so much for our 3D ultrasound. It was so amazing to see Aiden before he was born. Is was also amazing to see the 3D image up against the real thing. He looked just like the image you captured for us. Thank you once again =)….Stefanie