When it came to pregnancy and birth, I felt pretty prepared. I had done lots of research, taken prenatal classes with my husband, fitness classes with other mums-to-be, read books and of listened to the anecdotal tidbits from friends and family, sometimes even strangers.
Since giving birth however, I’ve had to rely much more on the services and expertise of the local health care professionals. It’s a combination of experiencing the unexpected such as feeding troubles and simply not having enough time to do my own research.
Granted, technology, particularly the BlackBerry Z10 makes it easy to read articles, blogs and search questions using just one hand. And once I’ve scared myself with the medical information online (come on, we all do it… Google an ailment and reel back in horror when the results turn up), it’s time to seek the right kind of answers from the experts, in person.
Getting medical advice can be a scary process. I’m the first to admit that the fear of the unknown can mean a delay in seeking advice, but the satisfaction of finding out root causes and treatments, is making me more proactive to seek help sooner rather than later.
What’s on par if not better is when you get help from people that really care. I have four great local examples to highlight just what I mean:
- KW Midwifery – as part of their service they offer clients an emergency line that they can call after hours to reach a midwife. You call and submit your request to an operator and moments later, you get a call back. Having used this during pregnancy for emergencies, when I went into labour and even after for a question about my baby’s health, it was always fast and informative.
- Cambridge Pediatric and Breastfeeding Clinic – we were referred there by KW Midwifery to have our baby’s tongue tie corrected. We were impressed by the expertise of the lactation consultant who provided us with theoretical and practical knowledge about the procedure. She extended a warm invitation to come back any time if I was having difficulties, and so I did, once again, absorbing more of her expertise.
- Beechwood Wellness Pharmacy – not my regular pharmacy, I had to take a special prescription to them that mine could not fulfill. The staff recognized me by face upon my return later that day and even called different stores in search of a probiotic I had asked about, ultimately reserving one for me. I even had a sit down chat with the pharmacist to discuss probiotics even further. They made me feel like I was their most important customer.
- Grand River Hospital Breastfeeding Support Services – if you’re a mum who delivers at Grand River Hospital, you can access the free services of qualified lactation consultants up to one month after the birth of your child. They not only helped me with proper positioning and latching, but they also pointed out the tongue tie.
With each experience, stress levels were reduced, knowledge was gained and a relationship was formed. I’m so appreciative of the local resources and the comfort they have provided to me as a new parent.