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POSTERIOR BABIES, BACK LABOUR, AND HOW TO PREVENT HAVING A CESAREAN

POSTERIOR BABIES, BACK LABOUR, AND HOW TO PREVENT HAVING A CESAREAN

By Jen McKinnonPreviously published in Birth Issues Fall 2012 Many pregnant women hear about the horrors of back labour from friends, family and even from strangers at the grocery store. I know that I have contributed to this unfair treatment of fellow women, sharing...

HOW TO AVOID A CESAREAN

HOW TO AVOID A CESAREAN

By Dr. Marlene Lidkea previously published in Birth Issues Winter 2010 Why is this an issue? Not everyone who had a cesarean section with the first pregnancy needs a section with the subsequent pregnancies. Not everyone who would like to have a vaginal birth after...

BREASTFEEDING AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT

BREASTFEEDING AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT

By Nancy Whistance-Smith and Heather BeaudoinPreviously published in Birth Issues Winter 2011 Most people can spout off a dozen reasons why breastfeeding makes sense1, but few are confident in their knowledge of what steps lead to successful breastfeeding or what to...

INTERVIEW WITH Dr. BEN TOANE

INTERVIEW WITH Dr. BEN TOANE

By Gudrun von Selzam previously published in Birth Issues Fall 1999 Gudrun von Selzam : When did you start being involved in home births, and how did your colleagues react ? Dr. Ben Toane : I started doing home births in April 1978. I recognized that I would need the...

9 TIPS FOR NEW MOMS: How to be a fearless parent

9 TIPS FOR NEW MOMS: How to be a fearless parent

By Adelaide ZindlerPreviously published in Birth Issues, Spring 2008 Little can adequately prepare us for the change in our family that comes with the addition of a child.  Caring for that little one is a 24-7 responsibility to which everything else takes second...

THE JOURNEY HOME: THREE GENERATIONS OF HOME BIRTH

THE JOURNEY HOME: THREE GENERATIONS OF HOME BIRTH

By Nancy Johnsonpreviously published in Birth Issues Fall 2011 My parents are quietly conservative. My husband and I are reluctant radicals. Our daughters are savvy Internet-age researchers and cautious consumers. What do we have in common? We have all chosen to birth...

JOHAN’S BIRTH STORY: My home birth after a cesarean

JOHAN’S BIRTH STORY: My home birth after a cesarean

By Stephanie Nyhof-DeMoorpreviously published in Birth Issues Summer 2009 On Thursday January 29, my due date, Liesbet and I went to West Edmonton Mall to do some walking and to try to get labour started. I started to feel these twinges in my pelvis, at first I...

HE SAID SHE SAID: on our home birth

HE SAID SHE SAID: on our home birth

By Marlene and Brent Wurfelpreviously published in Birth Issues Spring 2010 SHE SAYS: We had lots of great reasons for choosing a homebirth for Number 3. We live in a story-and-a-half house in an old suburb of Edmonton and we love our home. I have long since hung up...

HOW TO REPORT A TRAUMATIC BIRTH EXPERIENCE

HOW TO REPORT A TRAUMATIC BIRTH EXPERIENCE

By Erin Mayou After the CBC National coverage of Canadian women’s experiences with traumatic births, which was released at the end of last year in Annie Burns-Pieper’s article, “’Stop! Stop!’: Canadian women share stories of alleged mistreatment in the delivery...

HOW I LEARNED I DO HAVE A CHOICE

HOW I LEARNED I DO HAVE A CHOICE

By Brandy Behrischpreviously published in Birth Issues Fall 2011 I am the mother of five children. Each of them is very special in their own way, much like their birth stories are special. I have learned so much as a woman and a mother from them. I live in Fort...