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Calling all you Mother Bloggers!
We would love to archive all your blogs on our website so that your avid readers – this incredible community of mamas and families – can find you, read you, devour you, share you. Post your blogs on our facebook page. Click on the image below to check out our Directory of Blogging Mothers:
Pomegranate & Dancing Star Birth to host fundraiser for Shanti Uganda
This is a unique opportunity to participate in both a fundraiser for Shanti Uganda and childbirth education classes taught by Sarah Juliusson of Dancing Star Birth, with a special focus on birthing traditions from around the world.
This 100% by donation prenatal class is an extraordinary opportunity to prepare for the birth of your child while also supporting the important maternal-child health work of Shanti Uganda. The regular cost for a prenatal class with Dancing Star Birth is $260. We welcome donations of any amount for your participation in this class – suggested range $100 – $500. *All participants will receive a free postpartum booklet from Pomegranate Community Midwives.
for more information, please click here.
Pomegranate is looking for a part-time RMT!
Are you a Registered Massage Therapist with an interest in mother-baby wellness? Are you looking for a thriving community of families to be a part of? Do you want to work in a positive and beautiful working environment?
Pomegranate Community Midwives has had a long history of partnering with massage as a meaningful service for pregnant and postpartum women to provide at our clinic. Please send your letter of interest and resume to:
for more information, please click here.
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We are excited to join the LACE Campaign this year for Pap Awareness Week (October 23-29). We are opening our clinic doors on OCTOBER 25th from 6-:8:30pm for hassle-free and friendly paps. More information to come!
Annual Pomegranate Potluck Picnic
August 14th, 10am – 2pm
New Brighton Park
Bring your families, a dish to share and picnic gear
Check our facebook page for weather updates – picnic cancelled if it’s raining!
Nutrition in Pregnancy – June 14th, 7-9:30pm
with Stephanie Hodges, Nutritionist
The importance of wholesome nutrition in pregnancy should not be underestimated!
Join Nutritionist Stephanie hodges for a seminar & chew the fat!
Discuss Nutrition Foundations, quality, quantity, myths, fads, recipes &
For more info & registration www.vitalisnutrition.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Midwifery in BC
British Columbia’s midwives and their supporters are working together to raise awareness with the provincial government about the important role midwives play in providing maternity care. As a supporter of midwives you can help: it’s as easy as sending a letter. Hearing from concerned members of the community and from people who have been positively affected by midwife care is a powerful way to convince MLA’s that they should support the work that midwives do.
Visit the MABC website for information about the letter writing campaign, how to write a letter, how to find your MLA and how else you can show your support for midwifery in BC.
May TBA – Poetry Reading at Pomegranate
These poems are like valentines dropped in the snow.
Pink feather boas and spruce trees. Glitter and firelight. But don’t let the stardust fool you. There’s something visceral and warm-blooded just under the surface.
Simple, lovely and true.
It’s a Tuesday night and I’m sitting in a Vancouver café surrounded by ten other moms. The café is closed and we are just getting to know each other in this warm, cozy, intimate space. There are new moms and moms of toddlers and teenagers. There are grandmoms, adoptive moms and stepmoms, and they’ve come from all over the city to be here—at a writing class.
Many people ask me why mothers would want to take a writing class – why they would want write their stories when they often seem so trivial, full of the day to day mundane details that make up a mother’s life: diapers, tantrums, carpools, soccer practices. It’s the same question often asked of mommy bloggers. But they’re missing the point. What defines our lives is struggle: struggle to reconcile our pre-baby selves with our post-baby reality, struggle to get through a miscarriage, struggle to get through loss, divorce, exhaustion, job loss, mental illness, death. This is the stuff of good storytelling and it is worth recording every detail, before we forget how the struggle transformed us, enlightened us and made us who we are today.
By Stephanie Hodges
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) places great emphasis on diet and health care and in restoring physical and emotional harmony. In order to maintain harmony within the body and to avoid extremes it is traditional to balance foods that are yin (hot) with foods that yang (cold). In many cases, yin and yang foods are defined by type not by temperature, thus, most fruit and vegetables are cold while red meats and spices are hot. Different cooking methods also affect the attributes of food, for example, boiled and streamed foods are usually considered cold and fried foods hot, Rice is a balanced or neutral food.
By Callie Camp, Fit 4 Two® Vancouver-East
Changing diapers 10-15 times a day can lead to repetitive strain if we don’t pay attention to our ergonomics. Make sure your change station is the right height – you should be able to change your babe while maintaining proper posture. Picture your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over your hips and your hips over your ankles. Try to keep your shoulders relaxed and down, and your knees slightly bent. If you have to bend over to attend to your baby’s bum, bend the knees and send the tailbone out behind you, while lifting the pelvic floor and drawing the bellybutton into the spine. This works the core muscles, protects the lower back, and gives the hamstrings a gentle stretch!
Dr. Stephanie Bonn, BSc,BPHE,DC
There are many benefits of wearing our infants while we perform our daily activities especially the positive impact it has on the baby’s physical, emotional, social and neurological development. Car seats and their frequent misuse as carriers are known to cause postural strain to both the mother and the baby. Strollers have restricted postural options for the baby’s developing cranium and spine which affects all aspects of their health and well being. This article outlines the importance of wearing your baby as well as specific carrier considerations.
Pomegranate Community Midwives is excited to announce our new, free POSTPARTUM DROP-IN for all new mamas from our clinic.
If you had your baby with us and you are less than 4 months postpartum, you and your baby are welcome to join us every Friday for a free drop-in from 1:15-2:45pm at the clinic.
We have 4 educators who will be facilitating the postpartum drop-in. You can read their bios on our “Who We Are” page. Each week, they will introduce a new topic and also provide breastfeeding support. In this casual and safe environment, we hope that you will have more opportunities to connect with other mamas in your community while also staying connected to Pomegranate.
Upcoming Topics: Please see the schedule
We hope you will join us!! We are very excited to start this new program.
Please note: this drop-in is only open to Pomegranate mothers and their babies. Because of limited space, we are sorry that we are unable to welcome partners. Please contact us if you have any special concerns or requests.
It’s time for the…
5th Annual Birth Fest! Saturday, February 26th, 2011 Britannia Community Centre, Gym D – Vancouver 11 – 4p.m.
Enjoy shopping & services from over 50 vendors at Birth Fest. We gather together some of the finest our community has to offer.
DISCOVER fabulous shopping for baby gear, clothing, slings, cloth diapers, natural toys and more! Much of what is offered at Birth Fest is handcrafted and made of organic & natural materials.
LEARN more about childbirth preparation, midwifery care, massage therapy, birth supply and fitness options in pregnancy.
TALK with experts in perinatal & pediatric acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal medicine, chiropractic, and doula care.
NURTURE yourself with free chair massages! ENGAGE with unique support services available to support your growing family, from breastfeeding support to play groups to childcare.
Navaro Franco 11:30 – 12:30
Navaro is a cultural translator inspired by ancient traditions of earth based music, rhythm, and dance. www.navarofranco.com
Elephunk Safari 1:45 – 2:45
Fun children’s music with Christine Gaspar of www.gaspartstudios.com
Zox of the Forest 2:00 – 3:00
Zox of the Forest is a mystical character raised in a forest. a great addition to any festival with his witty play and quirky behaviour. Children will delight in his playful songs, imaginative stories, silly skits, and crowd interaction.www.http://members.shaw.ca/butterflyheart/
Jim Meyer 3:00 – 4:00
Jim Meyer is a Chapman Stick artist, offering melodic soothing music perfect for the Birth Fest vibe! www.jimmeyer.ca