A new beginning

Everyone always tells you that when you have kids, it changes everything. But being a typical new mom, I wanted to believe that we would be able to keep living our lives pretty much the same as before, and just have a new small addition to our adventures. And while, that has been true in some respects, working and being a mom has proven to be a bit more of a challenge then first anticipated. Though my son is a very chill and happy baby, he still wants his mother's nurturing touch, connection, and attention, as most new babies do. 

In many cultures across the globe, they consider the first three months to be the 4th trimester. A time of critical mental and physical development, bonding, trust building and integration for the new parents. A baby is adjusting to the world outside the womb, where everything is now a lot lighter, louder and less comfortable. For parents, it is a time of having empathy and compassion for this new little life and helping ease his transition by being there for him, feeding, loving and comforting him, and letting him know that he can rely on them to meet his every need.

I went back to work one day a week (5hr work day), when my son was around 8 weeks old. I thought it would be fine, as he was at home with dad. This allowed them to have some good bonding time, me to continue to do what I love, and have bit of me time outside the home. However, in the following weeks I began to notice some funny little behaviours in my son when I came home from work. He would be excited to see me, but then would fight eating, napping and was generally a bit more fussy. It seemed to always take us a couple days to reset after every shift I worked.

I took my son to see a Physiotherapist, who told me that my son's nervous system was a bit phrenic, or over-stimulated because of his traumatic entry into this world and our separation in the first several hours after his birth. He had some breathing issues at birth, and as the Doctors and nurses worked to stabilize him, I laid unable to do anything for him.  He was then transferred to Lions Gate, and had a seizure on the way and had to be transferred to Children's Hospital. I could not go with him in the ambulance, and so I did not get to be by his side for almost 10 hours. My husband was able to be with him, so that was good, but we were still not able to hold him until the following morning. Every time I was leaving to go to work, it was like it was triggering this trauma for him.

Though I love what I do and many of my clients make me feel appreciated and needed, I began to more clearly hear my own inner voice and the unspoken desires of my baby, "no one needs you more than your baby'. I believe as parents, our job is to show our children how to be successful, caring and empathetic members of our world. We do this by parenting with love, compassion, empathy and trust. They are only this tiny, dependant, and innocent for such a short period of time and we need to be there to care for them.

I love spending my days chatting, snuggling, nurturing, playing and caring for my sweet little boy. So in order to better meet his needs, I have decided to only work in Squamish, eliminating the time away from my son spent driving. It was a very hard decision to leave my practice in North Vancouver, as I have been there for 7.5 years, but I feel it is the right one. My last day of work in North Vancouver will be August 2, 1018. Squamish is an amazing community, and we are so happy to be laying down our roots here. I am excited to get more involved in the community and begin to grow my practice here. 

Thank you to all of my clients in North Van over the years, for your support, trusting me as one of healthcare providers, and letting me practice my skills, learning so much from working with each of your unique bodies. 

If you are up in our neck of the woods, in the beautiful area of Squamish, you can find me working out of Elaho Medical Clinic. For more information on my location and hours visit www.elahoclinic.com

Wishing you all the best in your future health, and thanks again for your support

In Health,

Minda

Return to Work!!

Hey everyone!! 

Life with Griffin is going awesome!! He is such a sweet, chill and happy little dude!! Growing soooo fast! Cedar is really good with him and is very gentle. She licks him a lot and will even join him with a howl when he is crying sometimes :) 

I took another course this past weekend and left Greg alone with Griff and Cedar for 3 full days (coming home every night) and they all really enjoyed themselves. SO... I decided I will come back to work for just a few hours a week and see how it goes. I am really excited to share some of the new things I learned and look forward to seeing how the results might improve some of your discomforts and help your healing. 

I will be working out of Canopy, but booking will be done through this website. I will be only doing a few hours, one morning a week to start, and will only be opening it up a week at a time to start. I will request that you can pay with cash or e-transfer, but I can take Credit Cards if required, and receipts will be e-mailed, but can be printed if requested.

I look forward to seeing you soon and getting back to the work that I love doing so much!!

Baby Has Arrived!!!!

Griffin Alix Douglas Magoon was born Monday, February 19, 2018 at 12:47pm in Squamish General Hospital, weighing in at 6lbs, 14oz, and a length of 47cm (18in). My Labour was 10-11hrs from start to finish. I brought Griffin into the world with no drugs (not even advil!) and no tearing!! I did have to push for 3.5hrs, but overall, a pretty amazing experience!!

Griffin was having a bit of respiratory distress right after delivery, so after spending a couple hours trying to stabilize him on a CPAP machine, they decided to transfer him to Lions Gate, as there are no paediatricians in Squamish. The Infant Transfer Team were called and transferred him to Lions Gate. Greg followed in his car and I had to wait for an ambulance transfer, which ended up being a couple hours later. On their way to Lions Gate Griffin had a seizure and so was then sent to Children's Hospital. Again, Greg followed in his car. 

We ended up spending 5 days at Children's Hospital while they ran the whole gamut of tests to find out the cause of the seizure (EEGs, Ultrasound, MRI, Lumbar Puncture, blood tests, etc) He only had the one on the way to Lions Gate, and otherwise was totally stable. Every test that they ran came back as clear! He was such a trooper the whole time. They would come in to take his blood, and he would not even wake up. He slept through his MRI and everything!!

At the end of the day, they basically told us we have a healthy, happy, and super chill baby!! The nurses and doctors were all very impressed by him, and thrilled to see him thriving so well. We were discharged and headed home on the Friday. 

We are all doing so well and loving life together so far!! Greg is off work for 3wks, so it is a great treat to be able to spend so much time together as we bond and get to know Griff. He is such a chill babe, and we could not be more elated. Cedar is also doing great with him. She gives him sniffs and kisses, and when he cries she rushes over to check him out and make sure everyone is ok :)

Thank you everyone for support and well wishes. The Ladies over at Canopy said many of you kept asking about how we were doing and if baby had arrived. We really appreciate it and thank you so much for keeping us in your thoughts!!

I will keep you posted on how we are all doing and also on when I plan to return to work :) 

 Griffin Alix Douglas Magoon!!

Griffin Alix Douglas Magoon!!

 Cedar and Griffin

Cedar and Griffin

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 Heading home from CHildren's hospital

Heading home from CHildren's hospital

Happy New Years!!

Wishing all of you the health and joy for 2018!!!

I want to start by thanking all of my amazing clients for your support, encouragement, advise, gifts and for choosing me as a part of your health care team!! I have truly enjoyed my time working with all of you and look forward to hopefully working with you again in the future. 

Life as we know it, will be changing in only a few short weeks. With baby Magoon on the way, I am no totally sure what our future will look like, but we are very excited about the Journey ahead. In terms of working, I will be finishing up at the end of January and taking sometime off to raise our little bundle of joy. At this time, I am thinking of taking about 6months off, but only time will tell what will be the right decision for our little family. I will post updates here, as our story unfolds.

I have had many of you request updates on the little one, such as his arrival, name, etc, so I will do so on here. We very much appreciate all your love and support for us and our little dude.

Thank you again for everything over the last several years of working together! I wish you all blessing, love and healthy bodies moving into 2018!! Happy New Year and Blessings to you and your families!

In Health,

Minda