Meet Ayden John!

The Waiting Game

Three days after my wife’s due date, Ayden was still in no hurry to meet his parents.  He was carrying very high and had not “dropped” into the birth canal which would indicate he was not planning on coming out soon.

Although I was desperately looking forward to meeting my son or daughter, I had found it hard to grasp the concept that the bump in my wife’s stomach was actually going to become my baby. Through all the carpal tunnel discomfort, sickness in the early months, swollen ankles and relentless kicking, Jennifer had already formed a very close bond with our baby.  The idea of parenthood wasn’t yet as real for me.

After a cascade of events over the next several days (which included treatment for Jennifer’s high blood pressure, non-stress tests for baby and a labour induction treatment) Jennifer and I were left with a tough decision.

Following a lengthy discussion with each other, our maternity doctor, doula, and the obstetrician on call, we made the decision to pursue a caesarean section rather than trying another day or two of the induction process.

We Finally Meet Ayden!

Ayden John Eisert shot out into the delivery room – a whopping 8lbs 12oz – at 17:20 on Thursday, November 14th. To my immense relief (you can’t help worrying about this bit); he started to cry almost immediately. I had just watched our son emerge into the world – it was a fantastic, frightening, and exhilarating experience!

“It’s a boy! And he’s beautiful!”  I belted out to my dear wife who was unable to see the wonder which I was blessed to witness.

Proud Dad!Ayden



The hours after the birth were surreal…When I look at Ayden now the whole birth process seems totally remarkable and watching his mother with him is one of the most wonderful experiences in the world.

Dr. Greg Eisert

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Cultivate Gratitude

Pause.  Take notice.  On the doorstep of Thanksgiving, create the space for gratitude.

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get.”

— Oprah

At the Backfit Clinic, our gratitude and fulfillment stems from the opportunity to be part of your journey to optimal health and wellbeing. Our collective purpose is to make a bigger impact.  That means a deeper impact on your health, and a tangible shift in the health of our community. The Backfit blog will provide the space to engage and inspire a community of people that are interested in living their best life. Thanks for joining us on this journey. We’re excited to connect with you each week and explore together what it means to be well.

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How Do You Live Well?

Wellness.  What does it mean to you?  How do you live well?

Wellness is most often defined as an approach to health that incorporates both body and mind.  But isn’t it more than that?  Physical. Mental. Emotional. Spiritual.  Wellness is a state of being where these aspects of self find harmony.

Notice the word harmony, rather than balance.  Balance implies equality.  In the flow of life, the balance is constantly shifting.  Recognizing where your energy needs to go at any given time in your life is embracing wellness.  Check in.  Is it time to train hard or is it time to re-charge?

Wellness is not a “one day” or “someday” thing.  It truly is a journey that requires of you thoughtful choices and congruent action. It’s making the time to nurture all aspects of yourself and recognizing that each one plays a vital role in making you whole.

Wellness cannot be imparted to us. We have to do the work when it’s needed, and also have faith in our body and it’s amazing capacity for healing and regeneration. What do I strive for on this journey called wellness?  Movement.  Nourishment.  Harmony.  Clarity.  To live well is to think, act and feel in a way that expresses your vitality and your greatness.  It’s choosing a lifestyle enables you to be your best self and manifest your vision for your life.

Live greatly.  Live well.

Dr. Marissa Bentham & the Backfit team

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