Catherine Switzer & babybeets

Catherine Switzer & babybeets Labor & Post Partum Doula

Holistic Nutrition

Yoga Instructor

Prenatal Yoga

Postnatal Yoga Doula - to do service. As a ProDoula I offer non-judgemental support for labour and postpartum women, partners and family.
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It is my commitment to use my head, heart and hands to help guide them through a beautiful life changing event of their life. Your birth, your way! What is Holistic Nutrition? Holistic Nutrition is based on the ideal that our bodies work in synergy; Mind, Body & Spirit. By providing our bodies with essential vitamins and minerals, along with living a healthy active lifestyle, ideally we can live d

It is my commitment to use my head, heart and hands to help guide them through a beautiful life changing event of their life. Your birth, your way! What is Holistic Nutrition? Holistic Nutrition is based on the ideal that our bodies work in synergy; Mind, Body & Spirit. By providing our bodies with essential vitamins and minerals, along with living a healthy active lifestyle, ideally we can live d

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Take me to the cottage… I’m so sooooo excited to skip town next month & head north. I was lucky enough to grow up with a...
06/28/2021

Take me to the cottage…

I’m so sooooo excited to skip town next month & head north. I was lucky enough to grow up with a cottage on Manitoulin Island; easily my favorite place in Ontario. My memories there each summer are among my favorites of my entire childhood. That is my sisters and I on our beach with our 100+ yr old log cabin in the background (I’m the one on the far left).

I remember long days at our beach, going on bear hunts, crazy long bike rides, 5am canoe rides with my dad & so much more!

It has always been important to me that one day I could continue that tradition & make my own memories with my family.

I asked you all some of your hot tips for cottaging with a babe & here are some of the answers.

1) sleep (also the one I share with clients), try to make sleep the same as at home.

• black out windows with garbage bags
• sound machine
• same routine & bedtime

2) fan (especially of the cottage doesn’t have A/C)

3) extra blankets, including one for outdoors

4) more baby wipes than you think you may need

5) pack baby things in a laundry basket for easy access

6) bring a tote for water play (bring beach to baby on dock or shore)

7) essential oil bug repellent

8) the @slumber was also mentioned a few times, an excellent choice especially for parents sharing a room or doing lots of travel

Comment below any other things that helped you 👇🏻

#cottage #northernontario #manitoulinisland #summer #summervacation #Infant #babiesfirstcottage

Take me to the cottage…

I’m so sooooo excited to skip town next month & head north. I was lucky enough to grow up with a cottage on Manitoulin Island; easily my favorite place in Ontario. My memories there each summer are among my favorites of my entire childhood. That is my sisters and I on our beach with our 100+ yr old log cabin in the background (I’m the one on the far left).

I remember long days at our beach, going on bear hunts, crazy long bike rides, 5am canoe rides with my dad & so much more!

It has always been important to me that one day I could continue that tradition & make my own memories with my family.

I asked you all some of your hot tips for cottaging with a babe & here are some of the answers.

1) sleep (also the one I share with clients), try to make sleep the same as at home.

• black out windows with garbage bags
• sound machine
• same routine & bedtime

2) fan (especially of the cottage doesn’t have A/C)

3) extra blankets, including one for outdoors

4) more baby wipes than you think you may need

5) pack baby things in a laundry basket for easy access

6) bring a tote for water play (bring beach to baby on dock or shore)

7) essential oil bug repellent

8) the @slumber was also mentioned a few times, an excellent choice especially for parents sharing a room or doing lots of travel

Comment below any other things that helped you 👇🏻

#cottage #northernontario #manitoulinisland #summer #summervacation #Infant #babiesfirstcottage

I always knew … you would be the best. You are present every day. You love her fiercely. You comfort her.You are so pati...
06/20/2021

I always knew …

you would be the best.

You are present every day.
You love her fiercely.
You comfort her.
You are so patient.
You have your couch snugs.
You have your chats & show her new things.

Jeannie is lucky to have you.
I am lucky to have you.

The way you care, what you sacrifice… doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do & have done since the moment you knew you would be a dad. We have so much to look forward too & i wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else.

Happy Father’s Day to you & all the dads doing what they can every single day!

I always knew …

you would be the best.

You are present every day.
You love her fiercely.
You comfort her.
You are so patient.
You have your couch snugs.
You have your chats & show her new things.

Jeannie is lucky to have you.
I am lucky to have you.

The way you care, what you sacrifice… doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do & have done since the moment you knew you would be a dad. We have so much to look forward too & i wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else.

Happy Father’s Day to you & all the dads doing what they can every single day!

Jeannie Grace is 6 months! Filling our days with so many smiles & a love that makes me feel like I might burst. Thanks y...
06/08/2021

Jeannie Grace is 6 months!

Filling our days with so many smiles & a love that makes me feel like I might burst.

Thanks you @diannarmartin for capturing this girls half birthday. We never got to do our newborn photos due to lockdown but the silver lining was the most perfect day outside.

Jeannie Grace is 6 months!

Filling our days with so many smiles & a love that makes me feel like I might burst.

Thanks you @diannarmartin for capturing this girls half birthday. We never got to do our newborn photos due to lockdown but the silver lining was the most perfect day outside.

world baking day ... I know there is pretty much a day for everything but I felt like I definitely needed to chat a litt...
05/17/2021

world baking day ...

I know there is pretty much a day for everything but I felt like I definitely needed to chat a little bit about why baking is a important to me, especially right now.

I wrote a bit about why I love to bake on Mother’s Day over at mine & @rachelofcourse project account @weekendswithclaire (you should follow us). So here’s a bit of a blurb from it ...

Everything I love about baking (& cooking) is rooted in spending time in the kitchen with my mom. Sunday’s were for roasts & pie & often making cookies for our upcoming weeks lunches. I remember standing at the counter watching while dough was stuck under her nails, forgetting to take her rings off (again) & staring in aw as she peeled an apple with such finesse that it was in one perfect even, long strand (something I have yet to master). She always saved extra pie dough; for the coveted what we grew up knowing as sugar cookies (pastry dough with sugar sprinkled on top). Not to forget she saved a special task of scooping cookies for us, which as I got older I realized she was delegating her least favorite part; but it made us feel so important & included.

Years after my mom passed, my dad showed up at my place. I was knee deep in flour & my cookbook was covered in whatever it was I was baking. He said “you are just like your mother” ... it’s one of my favorite things he ever said to me.

Every time I pull out my cookbooks, bowls & flour it’s the one thing that will forever keep me close to her. Baking for me has become therapy for me, if I’m in a funk ... I bake. I love to do it to satisfy a craving. I love to do it to share & please others.

This postpartum experience has been really hard for me, a pandemic has kept me from seeing family & friends. Baking & @rachelofcourse & @weekendswithclaire have been a constant for me.

A project
An outlet
A hobby
A challenge
& therapy for whenever I wake up a grump!

PS I collect pie plates if you couldn’t tell 😉

world baking day ...

I know there is pretty much a day for everything but I felt like I definitely needed to chat a little bit about why baking is a important to me, especially right now.

I wrote a bit about why I love to bake on Mother’s Day over at mine & @rachelofcourse project account @weekendswithclaire (you should follow us). So here’s a bit of a blurb from it ...

Everything I love about baking (& cooking) is rooted in spending time in the kitchen with my mom. Sunday’s were for roasts & pie & often making cookies for our upcoming weeks lunches. I remember standing at the counter watching while dough was stuck under her nails, forgetting to take her rings off (again) & staring in aw as she peeled an apple with such finesse that it was in one perfect even, long strand (something I have yet to master). She always saved extra pie dough; for the coveted what we grew up knowing as sugar cookies (pastry dough with sugar sprinkled on top). Not to forget she saved a special task of scooping cookies for us, which as I got older I realized she was delegating her least favorite part; but it made us feel so important & included.

Years after my mom passed, my dad showed up at my place. I was knee deep in flour & my cookbook was covered in whatever it was I was baking. He said “you are just like your mother” ... it’s one of my favorite things he ever said to me.

Every time I pull out my cookbooks, bowls & flour it’s the one thing that will forever keep me close to her. Baking for me has become therapy for me, if I’m in a funk ... I bake. I love to do it to satisfy a craving. I love to do it to share & please others.

This postpartum experience has been really hard for me, a pandemic has kept me from seeing family & friends. Baking & @rachelofcourse & @weekendswithclaire have been a constant for me.

A project
An outlet
A hobby
A challenge
& therapy for whenever I wake up a grump!

PS I collect pie plates if you couldn’t tell 😉

you changed me ... this moment. The calm after a wild ride ... I was forever changed & yours forever. Becoming a mother ...
05/09/2021

you changed me ...

this moment. The calm after a wild ride ... I was forever changed & yours forever. Becoming a mother has been a trip. It’s something that I always thought I would be, but nothing could have prepared me for everything that comes along with it.

I’m grateful everyday for the opportunity to be a mom.

I’m grateful for this little girl for bringing so much joy into our lives.

Mother’s Day has been mediocre for me since my mom passed away. It’s not that I hated it or resented it; I would reminisce, often grieve more... be sad, happy, lonely, grateful & everything in between. I miss my mom every single day & wish she was here to watch me grow into a fraction of the mom/women she was.

Mothers are magic.

to those doing it all
to those not with us
to those grieving
to those who are struggling to stay a float
to those doing it alone
to those who have lost
to those who who are on a fertility journey
to those who are simultaneously loving & hating it
to those who love every second
to those who have gave up everything
to those who have a difficult relationship with your mom

... you are all magic.

#mothers #mothersday #newmom #postpartum #postpartumjourney #postpartumsupport #support #doula #postpartumnutrition #hamont

you changed me ...

this moment. The calm after a wild ride ... I was forever changed & yours forever. Becoming a mother has been a trip. It’s something that I always thought I would be, but nothing could have prepared me for everything that comes along with it.

I’m grateful everyday for the opportunity to be a mom.

I’m grateful for this little girl for bringing so much joy into our lives.

Mother’s Day has been mediocre for me since my mom passed away. It’s not that I hated it or resented it; I would reminisce, often grieve more... be sad, happy, lonely, grateful & everything in between. I miss my mom every single day & wish she was here to watch me grow into a fraction of the mom/women she was.

Mothers are magic.

to those doing it all
to those not with us
to those grieving
to those who are struggling to stay a float
to those doing it alone
to those who have lost
to those who who are on a fertility journey
to those who are simultaneously loving & hating it
to those who love every second
to those who have gave up everything
to those who have a difficult relationship with your mom

... you are all magic.

#mothers #mothersday #newmom #postpartum #postpartumjourney #postpartumsupport #support #doula #postpartumnutrition #hamont

International Midwives Day ... Shoutout to all the wonderful midwives in our community supporting birthing parents! ... ...
05/05/2021

International Midwives Day ...

Shoutout to all the wonderful midwives in our community supporting birthing parents!

... but especially to Chelsea & Alison of @thehamiltonmidwives who supported me throughout pregnancy, birth & postpartum. We were so lucky to have them both on our team to bring Jeannie into our lives.

#midwife #birth #postpartum #midwifery #internationaldayofthemidwife #hamont #hamiltonmidwives #thehamiltonmidwives

International Midwives Day ...

Shoutout to all the wonderful midwives in our community supporting birthing parents!

... but especially to Chelsea & Alison of @thehamiltonmidwives who supported me throughout pregnancy, birth & postpartum. We were so lucky to have them both on our team to bring Jeannie into our lives.

#midwife #birth #postpartum #midwifery #internationaldayofthemidwife #hamont #hamiltonmidwives #thehamiltonmidwives

the fourth trimester ... mostly feels like a blur, time melted away, yet our whole world stood still.I thought I would g...
05/03/2021

the fourth trimester ...

mostly feels like a blur, time melted away, yet our whole world stood still.

I thought I would get to this post as I left this season but the days still just mush together & I can’t believe our girl is nearly 5 months. I feel like I could say so much about what the fourth trimester was like for me but at the same time it was such a personal experience that I will forever cherish.

Going through this during a pandemic has been really hard (more on that another day) but at the same time it forced me to slow down and truly just be in the moment.

If I could offer any advice to parents to be on how to navigate the first few months here’s my short list:

• rest. I’m not going to say “sleep when baby sleeps”; to be honest I think I’ve napped 3x in 5 months. But don’t feel guilty for lounging around & doing as little as possible. Your body needs time to heal after 9 months growing an actual human with a grand finale of a marathon.
• Nourish. Jeannie came 2.5 weeks early. I had just finished working 3 days before & planned to do a lot of meal prep. So I wasn’t as prepared as I hoped. If someone offers help & asks what you need. Say food.
• Hydrate. If you are breast/chest feeding, your body sets off some pretty cool reminders, the thirst I felt when I started a feed was insane. Have a water station set up where you hang out/feed.
• Check in. Postpartum blues, depression & anxiety are often ignored. It’s ok to need help, to feel the ups & downs. Being a new parent is isolating on its own, throw in a pandemic; it’s a whole other element none of us were prepared for. And if your reading this, haven’t heard from that new mom/parent in a while, send them a message. Don’t just ask about the baby, ask how they are doing, if they are ok, see what they need.
• The unexpected. With pregnancy/birth/postpartum there are so many variables that can change your “plan”. Try to let go just enough that you can adapt in order to move through.

This is my favorite photo from the early days. I wouldn’t say it’s an exact representation of my experience but amongst the chaos, happiness, tears, exhaustion, isolation .... was so much love & stillness.

the fourth trimester ...

mostly feels like a blur, time melted away, yet our whole world stood still.

I thought I would get to this post as I left this season but the days still just mush together & I can’t believe our girl is nearly 5 months. I feel like I could say so much about what the fourth trimester was like for me but at the same time it was such a personal experience that I will forever cherish.

Going through this during a pandemic has been really hard (more on that another day) but at the same time it forced me to slow down and truly just be in the moment.

If I could offer any advice to parents to be on how to navigate the first few months here’s my short list:

• rest. I’m not going to say “sleep when baby sleeps”; to be honest I think I’ve napped 3x in 5 months. But don’t feel guilty for lounging around & doing as little as possible. Your body needs time to heal after 9 months growing an actual human with a grand finale of a marathon.
• Nourish. Jeannie came 2.5 weeks early. I had just finished working 3 days before & planned to do a lot of meal prep. So I wasn’t as prepared as I hoped. If someone offers help & asks what you need. Say food.
• Hydrate. If you are breast/chest feeding, your body sets off some pretty cool reminders, the thirst I felt when I started a feed was insane. Have a water station set up where you hang out/feed.
• Check in. Postpartum blues, depression & anxiety are often ignored. It’s ok to need help, to feel the ups & downs. Being a new parent is isolating on its own, throw in a pandemic; it’s a whole other element none of us were prepared for. And if your reading this, haven’t heard from that new mom/parent in a while, send them a message. Don’t just ask about the baby, ask how they are doing, if they are ok, see what they need.
• The unexpected. With pregnancy/birth/postpartum there are so many variables that can change your “plan”. Try to let go just enough that you can adapt in order to move through.

This is my favorite photo from the early days. I wouldn’t say it’s an exact representation of my experience but amongst the chaos, happiness, tears, exhaustion, isolation .... was so much love & stillness.

Today hits different than previous years ... the responsibility & privilege of becoming a mom has been full of joy, some...
03/08/2021

Today hits different than previous years ... the responsibility & privilege of becoming a mom has been full of joy, some lows but lots of love.

I have a woman (if she chooses) in the making & what important job that is; a job I will never take for granted & always show up for.

I don’t know where I would be without the strong women in my life. Forever grateful for my mom & sisters, family & friends, peers & clients/students.

Especially during this postpartum time... for checking in. Bringing food. Asking if I’m ok. Being an ear... it would be tough without you.

And I can’t end this without mentioning how lucky Jeannie is to have an Auntie & a Tita (aunt) who are two of the most accomplished women I know to help lead her in life.

To all the women I love 💕 & women I support without hesitation & a full heart #happyinternationalwomensday !

#women #internationalwomensday

Today hits different than previous years ... the responsibility & privilege of becoming a mom has been full of joy, some lows but lots of love.

I have a woman (if she chooses) in the making & what important job that is; a job I will never take for granted & always show up for.

I don’t know where I would be without the strong women in my life. Forever grateful for my mom & sisters, family & friends, peers & clients/students.

Especially during this postpartum time... for checking in. Bringing food. Asking if I’m ok. Being an ear... it would be tough without you.

And I can’t end this without mentioning how lucky Jeannie is to have an Auntie & a Tita (aunt) who are two of the most accomplished women I know to help lead her in life.

To all the women I love 💕 & women I support without hesitation & a full heart #happyinternationalwomensday !

#women #internationalwomensday

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