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Meet our Fall 2019 Nursing Students

Hi there! My name is Krista, and my name is Tiffany. We are 4th year nursing students from York and we will be doing our placement here at the New Mom Project until December. While we are here, we would love to talk to you, to get to know you and ultimately support you. We would like to cover important safety topics such as safe sleep tips, car seat safety and how to properly prepare/protect your child from the cold this winter season. We are hoping to share insight and information through blog posts here on the website, handouts and one-on-one teachings onsite.

If you have any suggestions on health topics that you would like to know more about, please do not hesitate to let us know and we would love to help you learn more about it!  

We look forward to meeting you all soon!

Tips for Employment and Financial Support

Financial Opportunities for Stay-at-home Moms

1-Take paid surveys
Answering online paid surveys is one of the ways to earn easy extra money. Plus, these are the things you can do even if you’re pregnant, on bed rest, or just killing time.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Below is the list of legitimate survey companies:
Opinion Outpost is one of the sites that actually offers the chance to redeem points for cash. You are paid through PayPal when you choose the cash option. You can also earn Amazon gift vouchers and be entered to
win in quarterly
Swagbucks is increasing in popularity because it is one of the easiest of the best survey sites to earn points with. You can earn points for taking longer surveys, but there are also plenty of other good ways to earn points. You can earn points by answering simple questions, performing searches, doing your regular online shopping, and watching videos.
There are even times when you are given freebie codes for free SBs that can be added to your total.
Pinecone Research is one of the best survey sites is due to the fact that this is one that pays cash for completing surveys. If you qualify for an online survey, you can get paid $5 for almost everyone you complete.
Maru Voice Canada offers you the chance to earn Survey points when you complete various surveys. You can redeem your points for cash which can be directly deposited into your account or which you can receive prepaid Visa debit cards. It’s also possible to ask for Amazon vouchers or Aeroplan Miles.

2-Use rebates and cashback app
You might as well make sure you are getting as much cash back you can on your purchases by using these tools. You’ll get rebates on groceries,
cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothes, travel, wholesale memberships, pet supplies, and alcoholic beverages.
These are the list to get cash back on just about any purchase:
– Ebates- Thousands of stores offer 1-40% cash back for things you’re already buying online.
Ibotta– Get easy money back for things you buy anyway- milk, bread, crackers, toilet paper, baby wipes, formula. Take pictures of your receipts and get real money via PayPal, Venmo, or gift cards. They would also send you $10 for just signing up.

3Sell anything you don’t need
If you’re pregnant and need money fast, sell anything you don’t need or love. You would be surprised what people will pay for. Declutter by selling your books, CD’s, phones, LEGOs and more. These are a list of possible buy & sell groups that you can find:
* Facebook Marketplace
* ThredUP- online thrift store where you can downsize your clothes and make money
* eBay
* Craigslist
* Amazon
* Etsy

4-Volunteering
Volunteer positions are an excellent way to get involved in your local community and gain experience from different organizations. There are
many benefits to doing unpaid volunteer work, this includes:
– Learning new skills in a different environment therefore expanding
your range
– You get to meet a wide variety of people which helps with networking
– If you do volunteer work well, you can secure references for future
employment regardless of where you apply
Suggestions on where to volunteer:
-Local food banks
– Health Centers
– Shelters
– Daycares
Visit this link to find volunteer positions in your area!
https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/2018-holiday-wish-list/

Photo by Sarah Ardin on Unsplash

Job Searching Tips Post- Pregnancy

What is Workplace Etiquette?

Workplace etiquette is a code that governs the expectations of an individual’s social behaviour in the workplace. The code is put in place to respect and protect time, people and processes. Work etiquette can include aspects such as body language, good behaviour,
communicating effectively with others or appropriate use of technology.

Tips to Maintain Workplace Etiquette:

-Be Polite! It is important that you are using your “please and thank you” manners. -Do not interrupt others while they are talking. Let them finish before you begin. If you do interrupt, apologize. -Refrain from checking your phone while at work. This can be seen as disrespectful and unprofessional. -Maintain your appearance to always look professional, regardless of the type of work being done.


Work Attire
This is the clothing that employers wear to work, depending on the workplace. An excellent tip is to see what your boss and other employers are wearing. The goal is to start your first day by giving a good impression.

  • Traditional Business Attire Consists of: Skirt suits or pantsuits with formal business blouses or tops, stockings, closed-toe and heel leather shoes, and appropriate business accessories including a briefcase, a leather folder for pads of paper, and a conservative pen. Women were encouraged to keep jewelry, makeup, and perfume subtle and elegant.
  • Smart casual business attire, just a step down from traditional, formal attire, consists of: Jacket or dressy sweater, dress pants or skirt, blouse, shirt, top or turtleneck, hose, dress shoes, and accessories as described in traditional business attire.
  • Business casual attire consists of: Nice pants or skirts, blouses, tops, sweaters, vests, occasionally an informal jacket, and attractive leather shoes and accessories
  • Casual business attire ​consists of: Casual pants, skirts, and jeans, blouses, tops, sweaters, vests, sweatshirts, casual shoes including sandals and athletic wear.

When going in for an interview, remember to bring the following items:

Cover Letter x2 (One for yourself and the employer)

Resume x2 (One for yourself and the employer)

Note Pad and Pen

Prepared questions to ask the employer

Written by York University Nursing Students,
Andrea and Julia

How to Manage Stress as a Mother

Have you been feeling additional stress with your new little one being
born or currently on the way? The beginning of motherhood can be challenging as you begin the adjustment period of an additional family member. According to studies, long-term stress can lead to problematic parenting!

How do mother’s develop stress?

Stress is typically caused by factors such as:

Time Demand– Lack of time to get everything done such as household chores, time to spend playing with kids, time to one’s self, etc.

Finances– The inability to adequately provide all of the basic necessities for your child.

Relationship Demand– When a mother invests the necessary time into their relationship with their children, often other relationships are being neglected, especially when children are young and require undivided attention.

Protective Instincts– Aside from any potential danger a child might face, mothers worry about their children’s behaviour and social development which makes every new stage of growth a challenge.

Self- Doubt– Mothers commonly face a similar fear of not providing enough for their child. They are constantly re-evaluating what they are doing, looking for new insights and trying to stay one step ahead of their child at all times.

Time Alone– Mothers find it difficult to make time and save their energy to care for themselves.

How to manage these stress factors:

  1. Establishing a parental plan: It is important to assign roles to each person in the family to relieve the stress of only one parent taking on the full responsibility.
  2. Sleep when the baby sleeps: Once the child has been put to sleep, take this opportunity to sleep yourselves! This can be implemented during the night by organizing a plan with your partner. When one person is sleeping, the other is getting up to attend to the child and then switch roles on the next night.
  3. Exercise: Exercise is very well known to reduce stress levels in new mothers. An excellent tip is to spread your workout throughout the day in shorter intervals opposed to longer workouts in one sitting. This has proven to show that mothers will stick with the routine much longer.
  4. Spending time with your significant other: It is important to maintain good communication as you are a team working together. Ensure that time is being put aside to spend with one another, whether that is having alone time while the child is sleeping (and keeping the baby talk to a minimum) or going for walks with the child in the stroller.
  5. Reach out to support within your community: If you are ever feeling alone or isolated, reach out to friends and/or family for assistance. Additional support can also come from your community by finding local sites that may help provide resources and other important information.

Written by York University Nursing Students,

Andrea and Julia

Meet Our New Students!

Hi everyone, we are Andrea and Julia, the new 3 rd year York University Nursing students doing our community placement here at The New Mom Project and will be here until the end of March. During our stay, we are planning on covering various topics such as; post-partum depression, breastfeeding, milestones, etc. We would like to collect information about all of these items to gain insight on the different types of moms in the community, and share this knowledge with them. We are hopefully planning to deliver this information through handouts, blog posts on The New Mom Project website or through a welcome package.

If you have any suggestions on topics that you would like us to go into more detail, please feel free to let us know the next time you are visiting New Mom Project. We hope to meet you soon!

Farewell, Happy Holidays!

Thank you from York University Nursing students. We have been greatful, and enjoyed being with you this year at the New Mom Project. During the year we received a lot of feedback from the mothers who came to New Mom Project, and as a community support we have found some solutions for your requests. Thank you all the information you gave us about your experience and about your needs.

What supports would help you more? This question gave us many responses. Mothers we spoke to are looking for housing support, and social groups. To resolve these needs we found options that are offered to the public:

 

 

Above are links for child care, housing, health, and education.

 

While being at New Mom Project we gathered some data about what clients had to say about quality, and availability at New Mom Project; and their experience being a new mom.

  • Mothers rated their experience at New Mom Project from 1-10, and we got an average rating being 9.5
  • Mothers asked that their be more availability of clothing for ages 6 and up, more 18-24 months clothing, high chairs, double strollers, potties, school bags, cribs, and blankets
  • Mothers rated their experience being a new mom in Canada from 1-10 as being 7.5
  • Mothers are happy that the New Mom Project has decided to have an appointment system
  • Mothers would like to see more Jackets, Boots, Gloves, and Hats for the winter season, and earlier in the year
  • Mothers need support finding jobs and financial support
  • Mothers who are immigrants/refugees want more work opportunities

We found barriers regards to education, but having guest speakers can fill that gap. Guest speakers that could come in to discuss breastfeeding, counseling, time management, work skills, and jobs.

We had a lot of fun! We had a lot of chances to speak publicly to ask mothers about their family. Our time at Jansens Johnsons and Johnson was excellent, and donating gifts to people downtown was a lot of fun. Thank you for having us Janice, Emma, and Gwen. Happy Holidays!

 

Janice Kienapple and Emma Curtis

We All Want To Learn More!

We will be starting education programs again this coming winter at the New Mom Project with guest speakers from nutritionists, nurses and other professionals!

We want to hear from you! Please tell us any topics you would like to learn more about. For example, Healthy Food, Nutrition, Child Development, Starting School, Sleeping Safety, Recreational programs to attend such as fun classes for your children, employment opportunities etc.

Share your ideas in person at the New Mom Project or send us an email at newmomproject@gmail.com

Thank you for your input!

Vaccinations for your baby and toddler

Make sure to vaccinate your baby early to make sure their immune system is strong! Vaccinations are important to protect your baby from serious diseases that can be prevented through vaccines. These diseases that can be prevented can cause serious illness and possibly death.

What are vaccines?

Vaccines are safe and do not cause any other diseases. Vaccine are weakened or killed virus/bacteria of that disease. Since it is a weakened or killed virus/bacteria the body can easily protect itself and defend the body from that disease. Once the immune system defends this vaccine, the body will recognize this virus and bacteria and will know how to fight it off again in the future, if the child comes into contact with it again.

When to get the vaccines for your child

First year vaccinations

At 2 and 4 months old, babies should receive the following vaccines:

  • diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenza type b
  • pneumococcal conjugate
  • rotavirus

At 6 months old, babies should receive the following vaccine:

  • diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenza type b

At 12 months old, babies should receive the following vaccines:

  • pneumococcal conjugate
  • meningococcal conjugate (Men-C-C)
  • measles, mumps and rubella

Second year vaccinations

At 15 months old, babies should receive the following vaccine:

  • chickenpox (varicella)

At 18 months old, babies should receive the following vaccine:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenza type b

Some vaccines require a booster shot which means they have to get another dose of the vaccine to make sure that they are still protected.

It is the Law

It is the law that children who attend school have immunizations against certain diseases. They get these immunizations through the vaccinations they received when they were younger.

  • diphtheria
  • tetanus
  • polio
  • measles
  • mumps
  • rubella
  • meningococcal disease
  • whooping cough (pertussis)
  • chickenpox (varicella) – required for children born in 2010 or later

There can be exemptions for getting immunizations and you will have to talk to a local Public Health unit. These kids will be at an increased risk of diseases and they may be removed from school if the disease is present during school.

Your doctor or health care provider will keep a record of all the vaccines, doses, boosters and dates that your child received the vaccination. If you need access to this record, for example to show proof of vaccinations to the school, contact your health care provider or if you are unsure of the status of the vaccinations.

 

Babies are Always Learning 

Being a new parent can be exciting and stressful! Here are some tips to help you parent your baby during the first few months!

  • Take time to hold and cuddle your baby
  • Comfort them when they cry
  • Learn what your baby needs from their cry- hungry, sleep or play cry
  • Speak in a soft gentle voice
  • Talk to your baby about the things around them- this will allow them to learn
  • Allow them to explore the environment around them- different textures, smells, colours and smells
  • Read stories with them
  • Babies learn through play- dance, sing, play music with your baby
  • Breastfeeding can help you and your baby bond and it gives them all the nutrients they need for the first 6 months

You are your baby’s teacher, how you interact with them will help them learn and grow!

Do You Know How To Dress For the Winter Season?

 BRR!! Winter is almost here! Are you prepared? 

In Canada, temperatures in the winter can reach extreme cold temperatures. Extreme cold is -15°C and -20°C with the wind chill. It is important to check the weather forecast before leaving your home and to see if there is a cold alert.

Winter clothing includes:

  • Hat
  • Mittens/Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Undershirt
  • Thick socks
  • Snow boots
  • Ear muffs
  • Blanket/ Wind breaker over a stroller

 How to dress to stay safe and warm 

Knowing how to dress properly in winter will you you and your children safe during this winter season. Infants and children are most at risk to the cold.

Remember to:

  • Cover as much exposed skin as possible.
  • Wear waterproof and windproof outer layers
  • Wear a hat
  • Choose warm mittens instead of gloves
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots
  • Choose wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers of clothing instead of cotton (these materials hold more body heat)

Babies are different from adults! They need an extra layer of clothing to keep warm! If you are wearing 2 layers a baby will need to wear 3. The extra layer can be an extra sweater underneath their coat

Please, if you have any extra clothing for the winter, or would like to donate new or lightly used clothing we would like them!

During periods of extreme cold, limit your time outside and to take breaks to warm up. You can warm up in your house or city buildings such as recreation buildings and libraries! The City of Toronto recommends that you heat your house to 21°C.

 How to stay healthy in the cold 

Being outside for long periods and not dressing properly can lead to frostbite and hypothermia.

You will first feel frostbite on your fingers, toes and ears. If this happens you have to warm up slowly.

Signs and symptoms of frostbite

  • Cold skin and a prickling feeling
  • Numbness
  • Red, white, bluish-white or grayish-yellow skin
  • Hard or waxy-looking skin
  • Clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness
  • Blistering after rewarming, in severe cases

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia

  • Shivering
  • Slurred speech or mumbling
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • Drowsiness or very low energy
  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness

Stay safe and warm this winter! Drink lots of warm beverages! 

 

Written by: Emma Curtis & Janice Kienapple

Flu Season

The flu season is upon us!

The Flu Bug

It is important to know that the flu is not a cold or respiratory illness. The best way to protect yourself and your little one is by getting vaccinated. The vaccine is free and is available at doctors offices, walk-in clinics and Public Health flu clinics.

Kids

Kids are the highest risk of developing the flu. They can easily spread the flu to other kids and family before you see any symptoms. Kids 5 years and younger are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu! Kids can receive the vaccine through injection or in the form of a  nasal spray depending on their age.

Pregnant Women

Pregnant women should receive the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their baby. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or unsure.

How Does the Flu Spread

The flu virus is spread to others by talking, sneezing and coughing. The flu germs can live on surfaces for many hours. You can get the flu from someone who does not have any symptoms of the flu.

Ways to Stay Healthy this Flu Season

  1. Get your flu shot early
  2. Wash your hands often
  3. Cover your cough and sneeze
  4. Clean toys and doorknobs

Symptoms

  1. Fever infant (37.5 C) , children and adults (38.0 C)
  2. Cough
  3. Achy muscles
  4. Sore throat
  5. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea in children

Benefits of the Vaccine

  1. Vaccines work to protect you from four strains of the flu virus.
  2. Children under 9 years old, after their first vaccine ever need another dose 4 weeks later.
  3. There are two methods, spray and injection.
  4. Delay vaccine if your child is sick, or has a fever, or will visit someone with a weak immune system (within 2 weeks).

Ask your healthcare provider if you have anymore questions, and visit www.toronto.ca

Written by: Emma & Janice

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