This Mother’s Day, I invite you to take some time to mother yourself. Give yourself the love, care, and compassion (and whatever else you need) that you deserve.

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Disclaimer: For those of you who have experienced any kind of trauma or abuse at the proverbial, or in some cases, literal hands of your mother that has resulted in a fractured relationship between you, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge you and your experiences, whatever they may be. However you have chosen to deal with your experience is valid and respected. Please know that you are not alone; you are loved and supported.

Mother’s Day is typically a day where a mother’s loved ones (e.g. their…


In the past, I’ve shared tips on how to move through difficult situations, but now I would like to take a moment to create space to honour the uncomfortable emotions.

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Mama, how are you?

Since the last time we connected, I feel like things were starting to look up; spring arrived, the patios were beginning to open up and then, BOOM — everything was taken away. We were hit with the news that we were going into yet ANOTHER lockdown; what the Ontario government is calling the “emergency break” lockdown (similar to the lockdown we had over the Christmas holidays). What is this, the 3rd lockdown since March 2020? I’ve lost count…

In addition, the Peel Public Health Unity…


With spring just around the corner, we are eagerly looking forward to the brighter days ahead, and invite parents to think about this time as a period for emotional renewal.

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

I know that we are STILL in this pandemic, BUT places are slowly starting to open up again, AND guess what?! Spring is around the corner! That means BRIGHTER days are ahead — THANK goodness! …


This International Women’s Day, we want to highlight a few of the important contributions made by Black women to the advancement of equity in healthcare.

By: Amy Gill (Mommy Monitor’s Youth Subcommittee)

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD), which aims to celebrate women’s achievements in order to forge a gender equal world by calling out inequality. This year, the campaign theme of #IWD2021 is to #ChooseToChallenge, which is centred on challenging gender bias and inequality with the overarching goal of creating an inclusive world. In the past, Black women have been excluded from the healthcare field. Black women not only face inequalities due to gender-based biases, but they also have to endure race-based prejudice and discrimination. This is…


News of the COVID-19 vaccine has been met with apprehension among Black communities. A brief look at historic events will provide some insight as to why this is the case.

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

TRIGGER WARNING: This blog references historical events that contain medical violence; please read at your own discretion.

It has been almost a year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is now underway in Canada. Some view this vaccine as the answer to their prayers or the thing that will bring them one step closer to resuming a life of normalcy, while others are apprehensive about receiving the vaccine. Skepticism about the vaccine appears prevalent in Black communities; despite the fact that COVID-19…


Pearl Cicci has built an incredible business from scratch, all on her own, and embodies the modern-day entrepreneur. Read about her journey, and discover some resources for Black entrepreneurs!

By: Amy Gill (Mommy Monitor’s Youth Subcommittee)

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Starting a new business is a daunting and overwhelming task for many aspiring entrepreneurs, and Black entrepreneurs face unique challenges that can hinder their growth and success. In fact, the New York Post found that 80% of Black business owners said they faced significantly more challenges getting their business off the ground due to their race and 85% said they had to overcome more obstacles than their non-Black business owners. A staggering 59% said that they faced racism or bias when they were starting their business, and…


After the difficulties of last year, it is important that parents take the time to care for themselves in 2021!

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Hello and welcome to January: month 1 of 12 for 2021! After the year that we have had, some of us have been looking forward to the new year with hopes for a fresh start, a new beginning (peace out 2020!); while others have been apprehensive (understandably so) and wondering if 2021 is going to be an extension of 2020.

For many, the greeting of a new year would have traditionally involved celebrations with family, friends, and/or loved ones. However, this New Year’s, like the entire holiday season that…


We take a look back at some exciting projects by Black innovators in technological, scientific, and social spheres in 2020.

By: Fardowsa Ahmed (Mommy Monitor’s Youth Subcommittee)

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

As the 2017 biopic Hidden Figures so aptly showed, Black people — especially Black women — really are the hidden figures behind a plethora of our society’s best accomplishments — and are rarely given the acknowledgement they deserve. In this blog, we will highlight a few of the accomplishments of Black women, men, and youth in social, technological and scientific spheres. Not only because they do matter, but because we simply do not hear about them enough.

Technological Innovation: The Launch of a Youth Project & Maternity Care App

The pandemic has starkly highlighted the digital divide within our…


Here are a few things that you can do this year to navigate the upcoming holiday season and maintain your sense of well-being.

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Hey Mama,

The world has changed quite a bit since we last connected, especially for those of us who reside in Ontario. In the last few weeks, many of us have experienced a combination of confusion (in keeping up with all of the different changes to the government’s pandemic response), grief, disappointment, and a plethora of other emotions.

In previous years, the hustle and bustle of the holidays brought on stress because of everything that needed to be done for work parties, family dinners, and gift preparations, but, while…


With COVID-19 cases rising and the holidays just around the corner, here are some guidelines to help loved ones celebrate together, safely.

By: Amy Gill (Mommy Monitor’s Youth Subcommittee)

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Disclaimer: For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Government of Canada’s website on COVID-19.

From missed birthdays and cancelled graduations to postponed weddings and anniversary celebrations, most people can say that their social lives have been profoundly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are fondly thinking back to last year, when we were surrounded by friends and family without the fear of disease looming over our heads. …

Mommy Monitor

A social enterprise bringing patient-centered and culturally sensitive maternal health care to pregnant women globally. info@mommymonitor.ca mommymonitor.ca

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store