We have all heard the saying “It takes a village.” And well, it does. I know it sometimes feels like there aren’t enough resources available to properly prepare us for pregnancy, labour and delivery, and post-partum, but the reality is, there is. We are blessed with so much more information and professional support than ever before. The help and the answers are out there, it’s just a matter of finding it. Clearly you know by now that I am extremely passionate that families get the proper support they need. I take a strong stand on the variety of ways a family either chooses to or has to do what is necessary to keep their family as healthy and happy as possible. This is why I have asked local parents, care-givers, and professionals for recommendations on all the resources we have in Winnipeg. This list could go on forever but do know that the majority of it is based off of the praises of other local families.
Chiropractic care is a fabulous support throughout pregnancy but also post-partum. Chiropractors love working on the family as a whole. It is also highly recommended to get those babies in as soon as possible after birth to assess and treat any issues that may have occurred during the birth process.
Family First Chiropractic
589 St. Anne's RoadWebsite
Dr. Ashley Hansen at Norwood Chiropractic Centre
2-3 St. Mary's RoadWebsite
Mommy & Me Chiropractic
1919 Henderson HighwayWebsite
Acupuncture has been known to be a huge support with preconception and throughout pregnancy and post-partum. A “Mother-Warming” treatment is a traditional way to help heal and recover a women’s body after childbirth. Acupuncture can be used to treat inflammation and to open up blockages so it is also a gentle treatment option for those with clogged ducts and mastitis.
Rebecca and Claire at Family Acupuncture Wellness Clinic
107-897 Corydon AvenueWebsite
Physiotherapists have made huge strides in women’s health. Pelvic floor treatments are tailored to the unique needs of pregnancy and childbirth, including pain, perineal tears, prolapse, diastasis recti (abdominal separation), and returning back to activity. Physiotherapy for the pelvic floor also addresses incontinence, chronic constipation, pain with sexual intercourse and more.
Some physiotherapists also treat breast inflammation in the postpartum woman. Engorgement, clogged ducts, and mastitis are either treated by ultrasound ,ultrasound with a short follow-up of a hands-on treatment, or by strictly using a hands-on approach. If you have a preference on what type of treatment you’d prefer, I would recommend calling the clinics to ask what your options are as each professional is different.
Donna Sarna Physiotherapy
897 Corydon Avenue #102Website
Jamie Wheaton Donaldson at Prota Clinic
930 Lorimer Blvd. #4Website
Kelly Small, MPT, B.Kin
Kelly chooses not to use an ultrasound machine for clogged ducts/mastitis but prefers to use a thorough, gentle hands-on approach. She is also passionate about infant motor development.
Home Based Physio Clinic in River Heights.Website
Megan Ferrone at Elite Sports Injury
14-160 Meadowood DriveWebsite
101-575 St. Mary’s RoadWebsite
Osteopathy can help assist the natural process of birth by bringing the body back into proper alignment for optimal adaptation during pregnancy. After childbirth, osteopathic treatments are also recommended to help with long term preventative care.
Tiffanie Bruneau DOMP, BKin. at Kinetically Whole Therapies
51 Heaton AvenueWebsite
Mary-Pat McNaught at Aspen Therapy
222-530 Kenaston BoulevardWebsite
Yes, I am an RMT and yes, I do offer prenatal massage therapy. However, in the case that you cannot get in to see me, there are plenty of other amazing options in the city.
Stephanie Maxwell (the pregnant pelvis) at Wolseley Wellness
Stephanie moved here from Toronto and brought along with her tons of extra training and expertise in the pre and postnatal field. Her manual therapy options include but are not limited to: decreasing pelvic floor dysfunction, decreasing caesarean birth scar tissue adhesions and restrictions, and healing diastasis recti of the Abdominis. She also offers prenatal and postnatal coaching and workshops.
1062 Portage AvenueWebsite
Jenna McMahon and Dana Sawatzky at Equilibrium Massage Therapy & Wellness Centre
Fun Fact:Jenna McMahon was my prenatal RMT and doula for Eliana’s birth.
17A-584 Pembina HighwayWebsite
Lori Pohl, RMT & Doula at Safe Harbour Therapy
Lori also teaches workshops on childbirth and post-partum preparation.Above all else, she offers different service packages that cover all of thesupport you can imagine. I would suggest looking into her packages for giftideas.
161 Stafford StreetWebsite
Kathy Wood at Momentum Massage Therapy
Kathy also has training as an Infant Massage Instructor.
123 Enfield CrescentWebsite
Gloria Laing, RCRT, MARR, MRP.
Gloria supports those who are trying to conceive and those who are pregnant and postpartum through core, fertility, and maternity reflexology
A doula is not a midwife. A birth doula (also known as a Labor Support Provider) is a trained individual that provides continuous physical, emotional, and educational care before and during childbirth. They are present during labor and delivery and offer support for you and your family. A doula is an educated saint there to help you get as close to your desired birth experience as possible.
Some doulas provide support only up until childbirth but some offer postpartum care highly recommend more than anything-especially if you already have other young children at home). These angels can provide support on infant feeding, recovery from birth, bonding with baby, infant soothing, basic newborn care, gentle household chores, meal prep, and child minding for any other children at home.
*As always, every trained individual is different. If you are hoping for specific areas of support within your relationship, please express your wants and needs until you find the right fit for you and your family.
I already mentioned 3doulas. They double as specialized prenatal Registered Massage Therapists
Jenna McMahon and Dana Sawatzky at Equilibrium Massage Therapy & Wellness Centre:
17A-584 Pembina HighwayWebsite
Olivia is a Winnipeg Labor & Birth Doula. She offers in person and virtual support throughout the pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Email Olivia at email@example.com.
Lori Pohl, RMT & Doula at Safe Harbour Therapy:
161 Stafford StreetWebsite
Maninder is a certified labor and childbirth doula in Winnipeg. Her goal is to provide emotional, physical, practical and informational support and care to expecting women and their partner(s). You can email her firstname.lastname@example.org
Tarana Wheelwright at Foundations Birth Services
Tarana is also an RMT and also teaches infant massage.
Foundations Birth Servicesis a huge and widely known resource for finding birth doulas, postnatal doulas, lactation consultants, educational classes, and packages that can combine several or all of the above
is a holistic birth and postpartum doula who is also a badass herbalist and creates her own wellness products to support her clients and her community
is a birth and postpartum educator and doula. She is training to be a Registered Massage Therapist.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness
Very specific and strategic approaches should be considered with movement as a pregnant and postpartum individual. It is highly beneficial to work with educated fitness leaders and luckily, we have many.
Chalnessa Eames, founder of THE FITUAL
Chalnessa also offers private sessions.
1800 Corydon AvenueWebsite
Megan Ferrone of Fitness Fyxx
Megan is a Pelvic floor physiotherapist at Elite Sports Injury clinic who also runs baby & me boot camps, women’s boot camps, and virtual sessions
Fit Together Pre & Postnatal Fitness
Holds many different pre and post-natal classes all over the city.
Tiffanie Bruneau, HER Coach at Norak Crossfit
51 Heaton AvenueWebsite
Community Birth Program
Once pregnant, we usually get in with an OB or try to get in with a midwife. Did you know there is another option? The Community Birth Program is a new model of care in Winnipeg for expecting families. The clinic is run by a midwife and a family physician that specializes in obstetrics. Clinic appointments are at Kildonan Medical Centre located in Seven Oaks General Hospital with deliveries at Women’s Hospital Health Sciences Centre. Their philosophy is to return pregnancy; labor and delivery to a more natural and organic state (but do support the use of drugs for labor as long as they know that the choice is an informed one). They want to empower families on their journey and offer the support that every family deserves. They do this through the education they provide during long appointment times. They pride themselves on building a close relationship with their patients. I personally would recommend this program to anyone who cannot get midwifery care through other means. The midwife partnered in this CBP completes home visits for mom and baby for the first 2 weeks postpartum and there is tons of breast feeding support.
The great news is that they are accepting new patients. The better news is that no referral is needed. All you need to do is call them and you are in.
Call (204) 632-3203 and ask for the Community Birth Program and tell everyone you know who is pregnant to do the same. This kind of quality care is hard to come by and you deserve it.
I think it’s safe to say that breast/chest feeding can be one of life’s biggest learning curves. It is a natural act to feed our children from our breasts but that does not mean it always comes easy. I think the biggest way to be proactive when one wishes to breastfeed, is to have support lined up before that baby even comes. Have a Lactation Consultant lined up. Get recommendations from your friends. Have the phone number of that support person in your phone. Know who you would call or where you would go should you need some guidance. It can most definitely take a damn village and that is okay. It is normal and you are NEVER alone.
Winnipeg Breastfeeding Center
This clinic is run by physicians who are dedicated to supporting families struggling with breastfeeding issues. They can diagnose, treat, and support breastfeeding individuals. Their services are covered under MB Health and a physician’s referral is required (as of fall 2020).
191 Marion StreetWebsite
Ooma Priestman, BA,BSc, CLEC
Ooma spent over 650 hours training under the supervision of Dr. Jack Newman at the International Breastfeeding Centre. She provides evidence-based support to helpbreast feeding, chest feeding, and bottle-feeding individuals achieve their goals.
Lynette Beard, RNBN, IBCLC
Lynette offers in home services and is also specialized in breastfeeding issues affected by tongue tie.
Jenna Armstrong, RNBN, CRN, IBCLC
Jenna does it all. Runs a prenatal series, newborncourses, CPR workshops, feeding and postpartum services, and is even a sleepcoach.
Hillery Taylor, RN, BN
Hillery is the owner of Nest Family Centre and Store. She literally does it all (has a boutique shop, runs all kinds of classes and workshops out of her space, and offers breastfeeding support in two ways.
1) Private breastfeeding support. This is a one on one session (with baby).
2) Feeding Support Groups (where all types of feeding are welcome). This is a free support group for postpartum women that runs from 1-2pm every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.
Support through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
There are many breastfeeding drop-in clinics all across the city. Please visit the linked website for details on specific neighborhoods.
La Leche League
Another organization that holds various meetings throughout the city
Breastfeeding HotlinePhone: 204-788-8667
Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Abortion Support
is a birth and postpartum doula who also providesholistic support for those who need it under these fragile and unforeseen circumstances
Sarah Picken, MA.,MFT of Sacred Healing.
Sarahis a mental health specialist that supports families by guiding them on healingjourneys through the heaviness of infertility, conscious conception, pregnancyloss, a birth trauma, and challenging postpartum periods.
Coping with Change
Coping with Change is a group where new parents can talk openly andhonestly about the wide range of feelings that come when a baby joins theirlives. Meet other parents, share experiences, and learn you are not alone. Thistakes place at the Birth Centre where you do not need to bea current or past patient to attend.
Dr. Carrie Lionberg, C. Psych. at St. Boniface HospitalWebsite
Chandra Hawkins, NP
Specializing in prenatal mental health at the HSC Women’s Hospital. You do not need to be a patient at Women’s to see her.
Sarah Picken, MA.,MFT of Sacred Healing
Sarah’s practice supports families by guiding them on healing journeys through the heaviness of infertility, conscious conception, pregnancy loss, a birth trauma,and challenging postpartum periods.
Post-Partum Depression Association of ManitobaWebsite
Mood Disorders Association of ManitobaWebsite
Positive Perspectives exists to carefully and intentionally provide equitable, socially just, and diverse mental health services for the community. They serve people of all colours, all cultures, all sizes, all sexes, all beliefs, and all ages. It’s a safe space for all
Life and Soul Coaching
Melissa is a certified life and spiritual coach who helps women (and those who identify as) rediscover their connection within after periods of major transition. Her coaching style blends powerful psychological practices with a nourishing spiritual twist.
Christina is a certified life coach and Registered Holistic Nutritionist who takes an integrative and holistic approach by focusing on one’s unique journey. Her mission is to create a sacred space for those who are ready to shed their anxiety, come home to their most authentic selves, and manifest the life they deeply deserve.
Sleep Coaching & Consulting
Shanel is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultantworking with families of little ones aged 0-8 years old. Every family is different, and their sleep solutions should be too! Shanel’s ultimate goal is to help families get the sleep they need, in a way that aligns with their parenting style and family values.
Jessica is a Certified Baby Sleep Coach who helps parents take back their sleep and teach their littles healthy sleep habits. Each sleep plan is made to match the family’s specific goals, values, situation, and comfort level in order to ensure it will be achievable.
Parents are everywhere yet it is still so easy to feel alone. Having a safe community to interact with can make a world of a difference. This section could literally go on forever so I am only going to list a few general and city-wide resources and a couple of great online connections.
Winnipeg Community Support ProgramsWebsite
Parenting support through drop-ins and workshops provided through the Women’s Health Clinic.Website
Mommy Connections Winnipeg
Erin organizes weekly classes and events providing Winnipeg moms and their babies with an opportunity to learn, laugh, and connect.
Providing community and connection for modern moms. Sign up to be a member and expand your village.
Transition to Solids and Nutrition
We've all heard it, "food before one is just for fun", but as cute as this rhetoric is, there is more parents can be thinking about when it comes to food for babies. Offering your baby nutritious food early on can play a fundamental role in their health and how their relationship with food develops. With all of the misinformation floating around the World Wide Web, it's good to know there are trusted sources for credible infant nutrition. There is a lot to consider such as feeding styles, specific nutrients of concern and parents number one fear: how we can prevent choking. We are very fortunate to have a great team here to help support us through it all.
Nita Sharda, RD and Jessica Penner, RD
Nita is well known for her Starting Solids Confidently workshops that she hosts on a monthly basis. She also offers one on one counselling to families that would like a home visit.
Together both Nita and Jessica have recently joined forces to create Happy Healthy Eaters where they teach parents how to enter this milestone confidently. They also have a digital recipe book, WholeFood Recipe for Your Baby.
Juliana is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach specialized in maternal and children’s health. She is an advocate of health and wellness from conception to birth and beyond, and offers online programs and 1:1 consultations to support women during the meaningful process into parenthood.
Creative Play and Development
Sprout Kit Play
is a Winnipeg based business specializing in children’s toys and activities that foster creativity and imaginative play. They believe that through play children can develop important physical and psychomotor skills. Sprout Kit Play aims to curate a toy and activity collection that will engage children over and over again, focusing on open-ended play, where kids are the decision makers and imagination takes over.
Lullaland is Winnipeg’s first sensory class for babies and toddlers. It is equipped with rich multi-sensory environments tailored to your child’s developmental stages,stimulating their budding little senses and minds. These unique classes are instructor led and each class brings on a fun, new adventure.
Sandbox Speech Therapy
Jade and Jennifer are Speech Language Pathologists who focus on the prevention, assessment, and treatment of speech and language disorders in children beginning right from birth. Their services occur in the convenience of your home for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children. Sandbox Speech Therapy also provides workshops for parents to gain a better understanding and promotion of their child’s speech and language development.
Babywearing Education and Certified Car Seat Technician
Susanne Weber is passionate about supporting families as they go through the transition of welcoming a newborn into their lives. She loves sharing and learning all different aspects of parenting
Made Simple App
Download “Made Simple” which is an app created by Juliana Avella that makes it easy to find whatever you may be looking for as an individual facing infertility, an expecting and birthing person, as a postpartum parent, and beyond. Find local service providers and products, classes and events, recipes, and gain access to community as well as articles written by experts on health and wellness.
Vida Health & Wellness
Vida Health & Wellness specializes in pelvic floor physiotherapy, mental health,and breastfeeding support.
Lisa Hewitt of Healthy Bright Beginnings
Lisa is a Holistic Nutritionist specializing in the introduction of solids to babies. Her eBook series is fantastic.
Dr. Stephanie Moody
Dr. Stephanie Moody is a Chiropractor with a focus in pregnancy, postpartum, and pediatric care.
Carly Rae of Wombmama
Carly works with womxn on a full spectrum of care during the menstrual phase,preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum. By teaching, mentoring, and doing hands-on manual therapy with womxn, supporting them on their healing journey.
Akari Yokokawa, R.Ac, RMT
Akari supports pregnancy and lactation wellness through acupuncture and massage therapy.
Kellymom.com is an INCREDIBLE resource and has the answer to any breastfeeding questions you could possibly imagine.
The Sterling Life
Thesterlinglife.com is anObGyn in the United States and a mom on a mission who believes we deserve better.
Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio
Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio hastons of informative content including this video tutorial of hand expression and breast massage. It’s a great visual on how to self-massage to manage breast inflammation in lactation.
Therapeautic Breast Massage in Lactation
And lastly, a study done on Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation for the management of engorgement, clogged ducts, and mastitis.
All About BreastfeedingWebsite