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Ontario mom Taylor Mott has three children, the youngest just two months old. 

When her first child was born, her daughter was admitted to a special care nursery. Despite the stressors that came with her delivery, Mott found that the early postpartum period was in some ways easier than with her second and third child. 

“I had nurses and doctors all around me. I was able to ask quickly ‘Is this okay?’… I could say, for example, engorged breasts or breast-feeding and blood clots, ‘What’s normal and what’s not?’” 

With her other two children, she found she often had to turn to the internet. 


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Stephanie Ferguson is a clinician, educator and women’s health advocate from southwestern Ontario. She practises as an obstetrician/gynecologist and is an assistant clinical professor at McMaster University...