New Life Prenatal Classes Toronto - Childbirth Education & Parenting Prep

New Life Prenatal Classes Toronto - Childbirth Education & Parenting Prep Prepare for birth and the first weeks of parenthood with pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, baby car Welcome to New Life Prenatal !
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Pregnancy and the birth of your child will be one of the most memorable and life changing experiences that you will ever have. During this special time, New Life Prenatal Childbirth Education Classes will provide you with information and skills to help you prepare for your birth experience and the first weeks of parenthood. Discussions led by an experienced Certified Childbirth Educator and traine

d Doula will help you learn what you might expect physically and emotionally during pregnancy, childbirth and the early weeks with your newborn baby. Our prenatal classes are offered in a group, private, semi-private or online setting to meet the needs of every expectant parent. Whatever your birth plan, New Life Prenatal Childbirth Education Classes will provide you with labour support techniques and coping skills to manage pain, and knowledge to instill confidence in your ability to birth and care for your baby. With New Life Prenatal Childbirth Education Classes you will be:

* informed - with current, evidence based information
* prepared - the more you learn and practice, the more confident, relaxed and focused you will be
* empowered - as you learn about your options, you can make informed decisions about birth & parenting

Serving expectant parents in Toronto and the GTA for over 21 years !

10/23/2023

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10/08/2023

A cesarean section is the only surgery in which seven layers of tissue are opened, and the mother is expected to stand s...
10/04/2023

A cesarean section is the only surgery in which seven layers of tissue are opened, and the mother is expected to stand six hours later, assuming responsibility for yet another being, a fragile newborn baby. If you are a mother via cesarean section, you are stronger than you know. Feel proud.🥰🙌

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Do you know what is means when your cervix is effacing?⁣⁣⁣⁣It is a massive part of labour and birth and is perhaps the m...
07/30/2023

Do you know what is means when your cervix is effacing?⁣⁣

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It is a massive part of labour and birth and is perhaps the most underrated indicator of progress we have in our midwifery toolkit. ⁣⁣
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Well, in a nutshell, effacement is the thinning of your cervix. Your cervix is usually like a funnel and has two openings called the ‘internal os’ and the ‘external os’.⁣⁣
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When effacement is happening these two openings become one opening. To do this the cervix must go from thick and long to paper thin. ⁣⁣
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Effacement is measured in 3 main ways:⁣⁣
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𝟏. 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞: You may be told you are 25%, 50%, 80% effaced. I don’t love this method because it is much more subjective than other measurements. My 50% can be so different to other midwives. ⁣⁣
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𝟐. 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬: You can be 3cm, 1cm, 0.5cm effaced. This is how I was trained. Again a bit subjective but much easier than guessing a % of something of which you don’t know the starting point.⁣⁣
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𝟑. 𝐔𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐝/𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲/𝐅𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐄𝐟𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐝: Uneffaced is when your cervix is thick and long, partially is when it is beginning to thin and shorten, fully effaced is when your cervix is paper thin! ⁣⁣
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I prefer to measure effacement using the last measurement. It may be slightly vague to some it is less subjective and as soon as we attach a numerical figure to effacement it can be used as ammunition in the ‘failure to progress’ battle.⁣⁣
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𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓 - 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭: ⁣⁣
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🔸 With your 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐒𝐓 birth your cervix will first efface and then dilate! ⁣⁣

🔸 With 𝐒𝐔𝐁𝐒𝐄𝐐𝐔𝐄𝐍𝐓 babies your cervix can efface and dilate simultaneously! ⁣⁣
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So this is why effacement (especially in your first baby) is so important to demonstrate progress! Even if you haven’t dilated between vaginal exams, if you have a change in effacement 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐆𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐆! ⁣⁣
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Alway ask your MW or Doctor about your effacement! ⁣⁣
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“Your baby is remarkably built to mold and move to accommodate their birth and find their way to your arms. Babies don't...
07/22/2023

“Your baby is remarkably built to mold and move to accommodate their birth and find their way to your arms. Babies don't have any hard bones and their heads will go back to being round fairly quickly. “

TY 🚼 Offering your baby expressed/pumped milk? It may surprise you to learn that you don't need to warm it before servin...
04/12/2023

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🚼 Offering your baby expressed/pumped milk? It may surprise you to learn that you don't need to warm it before serving! Humanmilk can be served cold, at room temperature or warmed. In fact, some babies may have a preference for a particular temperature. It's okay to experiment to see what may work best for you and your little one. Keep in mind that:

🌡️Freshly expressed milk can be safely stored at room temperature (25°C) for 6 hours. **Please note: public health guidelines state freshly expressed milk left at room temperature for more than 6 hours should be discarded**

❄️Ideally, freshly expressed milk should be refrigerated within an hour if you're not planning to use it to feed your baby in the next 6 hours.

🧊You can safely thaw milk slowly in the refrigerator overnight, or more quickly by running the storage container under cool running water (you may switch to lukewarm water once it's partially thawed), Use the thawed milk immediately or store it in the refrigerator for no longer than 24 hours once it’s thawed.

🚫Do not thaw or heat expressed milk in the microwave or on the stove. Do not leave frozen milk out to thaw at room temperature.

♨️Heat milk by placing the container in a bowl of very warm water for no longer than 15 minutes or by running it under warm (but not hot) water. Previously frozen milk that has been thawed and brought to room temperature or warmed must be used within 1-2 hours.

👶Leftover milk must be used within 1-2 hours after the is finished feeding from the cup, bottle, etc... Do not return the milk to the fridge. After 2 hours, leftover should be discarded.

📌Please note: These guidelines are for healthy full-term babies and may vary for premature or sick babies. Consult your healthcare provider if you have questions about your unique situation. is not part of everyone’s journey. Many parents do not pump at all while nursing, while others may pump temporarily or exclusively out of necessity or by choice. Each family is different, so do what works best for you and your baby. Have questions? Connect with Breastfeeding Buddies if you need support.

Contractions! We understand why they get a bad rep but they’re still pretty amazing!Source 💡Did you know that your uteru...
02/21/2023

Contractions! We understand why they get a bad rep but they’re still pretty amazing!
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💡Did you know that your uterus is one of the strongest muscles in your body? Or that the hormone oxytocin that creates contractions is also released during s*x — and also helps move s***m in bodies that make s***m?

😮‍💨 Feeling nervous about contractions? You’re not alone. There are *many* comfort measures people use during labor to help effectively manage the sensation of contractions.

✅ Likewise, there are a number of pain management options you may choose to support your comfort during labor too.

Bottom line, contractions are a normal and important part of labor and childbirth — they can feel different to different people + during different labors — and there are many ways to get support with them.

Create a support team you trust to walk with you through *your* unique experience + choices.

💬 Do you have something to add about your experience with and/or advice for support through contractions? Share in the comments!
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02/13/2023

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01/18/2023

Thank you for these great tips.

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01/06/2023

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Thank you Eunice and Moses! ❤️

Yep. And it occurs with each pregnancy 🧠 It’s all thanks to the placenta’s marvellous hormones that a massive remodellin...
01/06/2023

Yep. And it occurs with each pregnancy 🧠 It’s all thanks to the placenta’s marvellous hormones that a massive remodelling of the maternal brain occurs.

And although it sounds like it’s a ‘loss’ - it’s not. It’s more of an *upgrade* 🙌🏻 I refer to this ’neuro upgrade’ or ’neuro remodelling’ as similar to a iOS software update on your iPhone or Mac. There is fine-tuning, tweaking, reorganising, shuffling & reforming - but it's ALL FOR THE BETTER! 🙌🏻

These all happen in the deep brain structures & actually help set you up for motherhood! These changes are called ‘adaptive maternal behaviours’ i.e the ‘ability to be a mother’.

HOW & WHY… 👇🏻

Throughout preg, the placenta serves both the baby's needs and the mother's needs. It produces over 200 different types of hormones & its through this ‘endocrine tsunami’ throughout pregnancy, it essentially marinates the mother’s brain in these hormones! 🧠

It’s this very process that allows extra neurons & receptors to start growing! So, so cool.

Within the brain, between the amygdala (where we process emotions) & the hypothalamus (the HQ for homeostasis control) there are MILLIONs of oxytocin receptors that are installed in a mother’s brain. These last for at least for a few years, and its hypothesised that you get more with each pregnancy! It’s pure priming for birth, bonding and loving! 💕🙌🏻🥰 (+ better orgasms…)

These upgrades (neurogenesis) notably affect IQ (yes, we actually do get smarter!), EQ, smell and taste, social reasoning and facial recognition.

They are so profound that a radiologist who is trained in understanding these changes can tell from a MRI who has and who hasn’t been through a full pregnancy based on these changes seen on a macroscopic level! 💥�
This pregnancy-induced neurogenesis is just one part of the powerful transformation that is matrescence.

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11/29/2022

Posted withrepost • .nurse.mama I thought I would share why you don’t need to bathe the baby at the hospital. ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠I am...
11/21/2022

Posted withrepost • .nurse.mama I thought I would share why you don’t need to bathe the baby at the hospital. ⁣⁣⁠
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I am highly recommending that you do not bathe the baby until the baby is home. READ WHY!⁣⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣

🍃 Why should you delay? Simple- the Vernix! ⁠

1️⃣ Inside the womb, it covers the baby's skin as a waterproof barrier. But underneath that barrier, it promotes healthy skin growth. ⁠
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2️⃣ It protects the baby from the friction of moving through the birth canal, like a slip and slide.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠

3️⃣ Vernix acts as an antimicrobial barrier as the baby moves through the vaginal tract, which, to be fair, is not precisely sterile. ⁠
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4️⃣ After birth, vernix regulates the baby's temperature.⁠
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5️⃣ It acts as a natural moisturizer for a baby's skin after birth.⁠
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6️⃣ Vernix is a natural anti-infection and antioxidant. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠

7️⃣ This magical white substance also promotes wound healing.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠

8️⃣ Can be compared to the ingredients in a commercial skin cleanser. (HOLY SMOKES)⁠

What are your thoughts?⁠

10/08/2022

Cold season is upon us and I know personally that there is nothing worse than when my kids are sick (well maybe the man cold, but that’s a discussion for another time😉). I also know first hand that nothing can put a wrench in your child’s superb sleep habits quite like sickness can.    
   
Below are a few tips on maintaining sleep when your little one is under the weather.   
   
🤒When your little one isn’t feeling well the comfort of a familiar schedule and routine can help them to settle faster. 
🤧Sleep is the best medicine. If your child seems more tried than usual allow them to sleep in or nap a little longer during the day. Just try not to allow them to nap all day, because we definitely want them to have enough sleep pressure to sleep at night too.   
🤒Keep them comfortable. Depending on what the particular illness is you may find the following helpful; lots of fluids, humidifier, saline solution, nasal aspirator, medication (if your doctor gives you the okay).   
🤧Be sure to give them the comfort they need with some extra cuddles and tlc. Your little one may need some extra support for falling and staying asleep. You know your child best, so do what’s necessary to get them to sleep, especially since sleep is so important for their body to recover.   
🤒Be prepared that your child’s sleep may regress while they are sick due to their discomfort.  
🤧Try your best not to stress if your child does need extra comfort to sleep while they are under the weather, it is totally normal! Once your child has recovered get their sleep back on track. The good news is that if they had great sleep skills prior to getting sick, it shouldn’t take long to recover them.   
   
You’ve got this!   
   

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Posted withregram •  I know screen time posts can instigate big feelings...but hear me out. This study reminds us that w...
08/24/2022

Posted withregram • I know screen time posts can instigate big feelings...

but hear me out. This study reminds us that we can sometimes see more difficult behaviours in children because of TV or screen time.

This post is to remind you to monitor your child's behaviour. IF you notice any of these challenges, try your best to cut down screen time. I know that it can be hard, but as difficult as it may be to cut the screen time, you might just see some behaviour improvements in your child which will make the rest of the day much easier for you.

The average time that the children in this study watched TV for was just under 2 hours. Toddlers were on average 26 months old. They collected data from 14 different countries with a total of 841 toddlers.

They do not give a specific number of hours, they concluded that with increasing hours of daily TV, there is a chance (not a direct cause) of scoring higher on difficult behaviour and having bigger emotions.

What is interesting is that with increasing TV exposure, parents struggled a lot more with being able to soothe their child during tantrums and big emotions. What is even more interesting, is that the impact of TV on soothability and attentional problems varied by culture. Parents that spent more time watching TV with their child (called co-viewing) didn't see as large of an impact of screen time on these 2 particular factors.

I hope this post continues a conversation around screen time in young children. This post is not pointing fingers or placing blame. This post is to inform you. In the end, you do what you want with this information. Whatever is best for you and your family. I will continue to share the research and to help you create the best possible environment for your child.

This is so amazing.. Did you know that your grandmother carried part of you inside her womb? But how? Well. a female fet...
07/30/2022

This is so amazing.. Did you know that your grandmother carried part of you inside her womb? But how? Well. a female fetus is born with all the eggs she will ever have in her lifetime. So when your Grandmother was carrying your Mother in her womb. You were a tiny egg in your Mother's ovaries.

These are not bruises! They are blue grey spots also known as blue spots or slate grey nevus (congenital dermal melanocy...
07/20/2022

These are not bruises! They are blue grey spots also known as blue spots or slate grey nevus (congenital dermal melanocytosis)

You may know them as 'Mongolian blue spots' but this is racially derogatory medical terminology.

Blue-grey spots are a kind of birthmark that are flat, blue, purple ish or blue-grey, and can vary in size. They are often found on the buttocks and lower back, appearing at birth or in the first few weeks of life. They do not hurt.

These spots are more common in non-White infants BUT, as many blood lines are pretty mixed, there are some babies who are considered to be White that will have these spots.

At least one spot is present on over 90% of Indigenous Americans and people of African descent, over 80% of Asians, over 70% of Hispanics, and just under 10% of fair-skinned infants. This 10% is mostly made up of babies with roots in the Mediterranean.

If a blue spot is noticed at birth, it should be documented by the person examining your newborn so that they are not mistaken for bruises. If its not documented and you notice it, ensure a health professional notes it down.

These spots usually fade but can take months or even years!

Have you ever noticed any?

07/20/2022

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Poor fetal position is one of the main reasons for a C-section. If having a vaginal birth is your preference, or you are...
06/22/2022

Poor fetal position is one of the main reasons for a C-section. If having a vaginal birth is your preference, or you are trying for a VBAC, fetal positioning matters.

Doing the right exercises during pregnancy can help fetal positioning by creating balance in the pelvis. A balanced pelvis is important because it helps babies find the best way to navigate down and out.

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06/04/2022

Miles Circuit!! ⁣⁠ Thanks .labornurse
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❓ Have you guys heard of this?
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💖 This circuit is meant to get baby in an LOA (Left Occiput Anterior) position - it can be used before labor begins, or if labor has started to stall!⁣⁠
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⏱It takes 90 mins to do (position should be done for at least 30 minutes if possible)! ⁣⁠
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👏 Here’s how you do it:⁣⁠
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Before beginning, empty your bladder and get a big cup of water so you stay hydrated throughout!⁣⁠
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1️⃣ Open - Knee Chest - Start in this position, get that b***y up in the air and drop your chest down to the floor. Your knees should be fairly far apart. You can use pillows to prop yourself up if you can’t hold it!⁣⁠
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2️⃣ Exaggerated Left Side Lying - Next, roll onto your left side and get that right leg nice and high (even higher than Jenna’s is in the vid if possible!) - position lots of pillows around you, you wanna get nice and comfy here, and it’s totally ok if you fall asleep!⁣⁠
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3️⃣ Moving & Lunges - Finally, you’ll want to do exercises that open that pelvis up in an asymmetrical way. This means putting your foot up on a block, doing some curb-walking, or climbing stairs two at a time facing sideways.⁣⁠
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I’ll share more info too in my story so you can read more about this magic method! ⁣⁠

⁣⁠Who has done this?? Has it worked for you??

06/04/2022

Miles Circuit!! ⁣⁠ Thanks .labornurse
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❓ Have you guys heard of this? If you’ve been following me since I’ve had Ryland (and checked out my stories after I had him) - I shared that I actually used this technique to get myself into labor with him! (I was also 4 days past my due date hah so that helped!)⁣⁠
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That day I had been having on and off contractions, and I did this series of poses right before I went to get a reflexology session with my massage therapist - I totally think it helped kick start things!!⁣⁠
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💖 This circuit is meant to get baby in an LOA (Left Occiput Anterior) position - it can be used before labor begins, or if labor has started to stall!⁣⁠
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⏱It takes 90 mins to do (position should be done for at least 30 minutes if possible)! ⁣⁠
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👏 Here’s how you do it:⁣⁠
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Before beginning, empty your bladder and get a big cup of water so you stay hydrated throughout!⁣⁠
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1️⃣ Open - Knee Chest - Start in this position, get that b***y up in the air and drop your chest down to the floor. Your knees should be fairly far apart. You can use pillows to prop yourself up if you can’t hold it!⁣⁠
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2️⃣ Exaggerated Left Side Lying - Next, roll onto your left side and get that right leg nice and high (even higher than Jenna’s is in the vid if possible!) - position lots of pillows around you, you wanna get nice and comfy here, and it’s totally ok if you fall asleep!⁣⁠
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3️⃣ Moving & Lunges - Finally, you’ll want to do exercises that open that pelvis up in an asymmetrical way. This means putting your foot up on a block, doing some curb-walking, or climbing stairs two at a time facing sideways.⁣⁠
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I’ll share more info too in my story so you can read more about this magic method! ⁣⁠

⁣⁠Who has done this?? Has it worked for you??

Can you resist this face???!!!🤣😂❤️
05/11/2022

Can you resist this face???!!!
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Posted withregram • .push Getting your postpartum pads set up and ready to go BEFORE you have your baby is the way to go...
04/20/2022

Posted withregram • .push Getting your postpartum pads set up and ready to go BEFORE you have your baby is the way to go!!

What type of pad will you need in the immediate postpartum? Go for HEAVY flow pads with wings (overnights) or even adult diapers. ⁠

Wait, did we say diapers?! ⁠

Oh yes we did! ⁠

They are amazing at keeping you nice and dry during those first few days!⁠

Over time, you will be able to change to a lighter flow pad and eventually a panty liner. ⁠

What was your favorite postpartum pad?

Be sure to tag a friend who is expecting or could use more postpartum tips!

Let HeLTI Canada support your growing family! Welcome to HeLTI Canada, a new and exciting research study for families pl...
04/12/2022

Let HeLTI Canada support your growing family!

Welcome to HeLTI Canada, a new and exciting research study for families planning a pregnancy, or families with a new baby, to have free access to a tailored website and app to support their family’s health and parenting needs. Families may also be eligible to receive free personalized telephone-based support from an experienced public health nurse!

HeLTI Canada is an innovative study about how best to support young Canadian families. As part of the study, you will be asked to complete online questionnaires about once a year. You will receive a $15 gift card for every completed online questionnaire (up to $550 per family).

If you are considering becoming pregnant in the next 3 years and live in the Greater Toronto area, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Ottawa, Calgary, or Edmonton and surrounding area, check your eligibility to join HeLTI Canada at www.helticanada.ca

Thank you Eunice and Moses! ❤️
04/10/2022

Thank you Eunice and Moses! ❤️

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