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Beasts of Burden

Dangers of Improper Backpack Use

backpackThose last few days of summer are quickly coming to an end and school is about to begin which means that families are gearing up for busy schedules, homework, after school activities and the hectic pace of our second millennium lifestyles.  To insure that your child has a healthy and successful year, it will be important for them to have their back aligned and balanced and on track. Here is some information that will help you. 

Every activity affects the spine.  Contact sports, playing an instrument, sitting down and studying, and paying attention in class are all important for a successful school year and they all require a healthy spine and nerve system.  We take for granted that when our child is sitting in class listening to a teacher that they listen through their ears, process the information in their brain, while a signal is sent down through their spine through their fingers so that they can write, add or draw. If a child is playing an instrument, we often hear the instructor or conductor tell them to sit up straight. This requires a healthy spine with good alignment, clear nerve supply and strong muscles.

When we watch our kids participating in sports we often cringe at the intense beating that their spines take when they are hit by another person or twisted through their activities. Keeping their spine aligned and balanced is crucial for them to be able for them to enjoy a healthy and successful year and have a healthy spine for a lifetime. 

• Children make 775,000 visits to the emergency room each year because of sports-related injuries.  • Every 2 ½ minutes a child is injured on a playground.  150,000 kids are treated in the emergency room for football injuries. Many of these injuries are accompanied by trauma and damage to the child’s developing spine and nerve system.

• More than 40 Million students carry school backpacks.  Backpacks that are too heavy or worn incorrectly can injure your child’s back, neck and shoulders, which can lead to other health problems. • Heavy backpacks, playground and sports injuries can cause non-structural or functional scoliosis, an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine that typically appears in early adolescence. This type of scoliosis is not caused by a structural spine abnormality, but develops as a result of misalignment and pressure on the spine and nerve system. Functional scoliosis often can be corrected by addressing the underlying condition.

Millions of other kids injure their spine and remain symptom free until later on in life when the damage becomes more permanent. This can be avoided with regular chiropractic care.

British medical researchers have found through MRI technology that nearly 10% of children show signs of disc degeneration (arthritis) before reaching puberty.  Disc degeneration is a condition in which a damaged spinal disc wears down unevenly causing pressure on the nerves which can limit activity levels, stamina, and quality of life as we age. We tend to think of this disc degeneration as a sign that we are getting older but this is not the case. It is a sign that the spine has been injured which can happen at any age.

A simple examination can determine if your child’s spine is on track or off track.  Chiropractic care can keep your child’s spine and nerve system healthy and insure your best school year ever.

DianePassionate for babies and belly bumps, Dr. Diane Meyer is a sought after expert in Chiropractic care amongst Mothers to be and their babies. Mom to four fabulous and holistically raised children, Dr. Diane lives the Chiropractic principle that health comes from the inside out.  Dr Diane is the head chiropractor at The WOMB and has been in practice for 20 years.

Birth Without Fear - A Dad’s Perspective

Our first childbirth experience was traumatic. Despite our excitement going into it, my wife and I were also more than a little nervous.

 We attempted to have a natural home birth with just ourselves and our midwife (and no painkillers). As labour got underway, things started to get tense - literally. What started out as slight back labour created fear; was the baby in a bad position? Is this normal? Should we be going to the hospital? Ultimately this level of thinking was the beginning of the end for us in terms of our intentions for a natural home birth. Instead, this only served to create a vicious cycle of fear-pain-tension, more fear-more pain-more tension, and so on. The result was a very slow, painful and stressful labour, and ultimately an unplanned hospital birth with intervention, far from what we had initially envisioned.

The second time around we were fortunate enough to have an opportunity to work with the amazing doulas from The WOMB. In the weeks leading up to labour they helped us to prepare mentally for a calmer birth experience. The plan was to attempt a natural home birth again, but this time with a doula and a midwife. We felt much more prepared and we were confident going into it that things would be smoother this time. However, as soon as labour kicked in, it was game on, and the tension quickly resurfaced. Contractions began to progress rapidly and with great strength, and the back pain began to set in again. Almost immediately my wife’s mental state went right back to the place of fear experienced during our first birth. Within the first hour she was already suggesting that maybe we should just go to the hospital! At that point I also began to become fearful again.

With perfect timing, before these feelings even had a chance to take root, our doula arrived. The instant she entered, the entire mood transformed. Fear was replaced by trust, wisdom, confidence and a sense of calm: trust in each other and in this natural process; wisdom gained from countless birth experiences and knowing that everything would be okay; confidence in knowing this is a natural process and if a mental calmness is maintained, the process can be expansive in every sense of the word and indeed beautiful. Additionally, with our doula present, my wife and I were much more able to focus on just being in the moment and sharing this almost supernatural experience together. Rather than worrying about all of the big and little things, I was able to focus entirely on my wife and working together to make sure she was comfortable and staying in a positive frame of mind. Written by WOMB dad, Evan - dad to two little boys.

Confessions of a Doula: What does Mother’s Day mean to me?

Skip the store bought scarves and pretty soaps, I prefer moments...

Home made glitter and glue Mothers Day Cards...
Re-gifted presents from home, wrapped in tissue paper...
Lovely warm little hugs...
A day to celebrate the love that surrounds me from my children and partner, and to spread it to every mother around me, including my own.

As a Doula, Mother's Day is the special privilege of sharing countless beautiful moments between mothers and their babes... 
The intimate and unique opportunity to show new moms ways to care for their babies through... breastfeeding, gentle candle lit baths, essential oil massage…
Showing a mother and her family that she needs to be loved and cared for too so that she can continue to love and care for her family... 
Quietly helping with a feeding session before helping a baby go down for a nap... 
The little hugs I get when caring for little ones... 
The satisfaction of knowing that I’ve helped a new mom and family get through the tough moments just a little more ease.

In return and unbeknownst to them, they gift me all the beautiful warm moments between their child and themselves - reminding me of the magic when my two children were very little.

I’m so in love with being a Mother and also being able to “Mother” my clients - as they start their journeys of motherhood.

Happy Mother's Day to us all who Mother our own and Mother those around us who need us.

Daniela Simone is a Birth and Postnatal Doula with THE WOMB: THE WORLD OF MY BABY. She empowers women to find their labour style, find strength in their choices and appreciate the amazing experience of giving birth in awareness. She loves being a wife to her supportive husband and mother to her two wonderful children.

Courageous Parenting: Embracing the Joys and Challenges of Parenthood

8 Guiding Principles from an Intuitive Counsellor

Being a parent is one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding decisions that anyone can make. Yet, parents are often unprepared for the frustrations, disappointments and stress that come from being a parent. Remembering the following guiding principles will help you embrace the joys of parenthood as well as to accept the challenges.girlanddad

1. Effective parenting is a learned skill. Taking parenting courses is a great way to learn healthy parenting and coping skills.

2. People parent their children in a similar manner to which they were parented. You get to choose how you want to connect and interact with your children. It may or may not be in the same way your parents interacted with you.

3. All learned behavior, ways of interacting and ways of communicating can be unlearned.

4. Negative and self -limiting thoughts, ideas, and patterns can be changed, cleared and replaced with more positive thoughts, ideas and supportive patterns.

5. There is no such thing as “perfect” parent or a “best” way to parent. Some parenting styles are more effective depending on the desired outcome. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to parent.

6. Conscious parenting requires an ability to change, grow, and be vulnerable, open, human and forgiving.

7. Each and every child is unique. Each and every parent is unique.

8. Children need love, support, choices, acceptance, respect, clear communication, and healthy guidelines.

sandracoutsSandra Couts MSN, RN, CHTP is an Intuitive Counselor and Healing Touch Practitioner at THE WOMB: THE WORLD OF MY BABY. She incorporates her training as a Certified Parent Coach into her counseling sessions. She values the important role that mothers and fathers have on impacting the lives of their children in a positive and healthy way.

Osteopathy for HEALTH: Pregnancy, Paediatrics & Beyond


As Osteopathic Manual Practitioners we believe as the dictionary defines it: a state of being free from illness or injury. But we don’t stop there. What is even more important is to understand its old-English, Germanic origin which refers to health as a WHOLE. This suggests that we have to look at the whole individual if we want to really understand someone's health, or health issues.

Being healthy means that one is feeling Whole. All the parts that compose the whole are working together in harmony. A healthy person should feel physically strong, energized, in good spirits, capable to adapt to life situations, and be able to find naturally or with minimal effort his/her way back to health.

Andrew Taylor Still, the man who created Osteopathy in the mis 1800's, understood that principle. He dedicated his life to the understanding of the human body and its relation to health.

Osteopathy is a manual therapy that aims to restore this self-healing and the self-regulating mechanisms that keep your body healthy or free from any ilnesses or injury. By using gentle, precise manipulations of the tissues, we assess and restore their optimal function and relationships.

Often people come to Osteopathy because of one major complaint. As they improve, they also realise that some secondary tensions are progressively disappearing, they globally feel better. This is what happens when YOUR HEALTH is taking care of You. The Whole you is getting better.

Osteopathy is for the whole family, from babies to elderly. It can help you with musculo-skeletal problems, sports injuries, digestive issues, during pregnancy, babies after birth, children during development, people suffering from chronic conditions and much more.

Osteopathy and your Baby

During life in utero (inside the womb) and the birth process, your baby may experience difficulties that may affect his/her comfort or quality of life. They may have experienced prolonged compressed positions in the pelvis, the cord around their neck, or distress during birth as a result of forceps, vacuum, or caesarian procedures.


Your baby may experience:

• Digestive issues such as colic, constipation, regurgitation,
• Latching and breastfeeding difficulties
• Mouth breathing
• Torticollis, Plagiocephaly, limited neck mobility
• Sleeping disorders, confusing day and night sleeping
• Ear, throat, and nose concerns such as otitis/ear infections
• Specific needs babies and children

By gentle, thorough assessment and treatment, Osteopathy in most cases can help alleviate those symptoms by addressing their causes. The Osteopathic Manual Practitioner uses cranio-sacral and myofascial techniques to restore normal mobility of the musculo-skeletal system in order to facilitate a balanced nervous system and flow of the circulatory, lymphatic and cerebro-spinal fluids.
We also take care of other developmental stages in your child’s life as they grow such as dental-orthodontal procedures (braces, etc.), sports injuries, postural problems, and difficulties focusing or concentration at school.

gaelLuciaGael Gaudeau and Lucia Orsini are Osteopathic Manual Practitioners at THE WOMB : THE WORLD OF MY BABY. They have specialized training in paediatrics and pregnancy, and sometimes they like to practice their skills on their dog-child, Mellow .

Catch Gael at Momstown Milton's event on Wednesday March 4th, 11am at FirePower Kids.

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