TRANSCENDING THE CLINICAL

TRANSCENDING THE CLINICAL

By Melanie Samaroden Both of my daughters were born by caesarean. Neither of my daughters were supposed to be born by caesarean. I had conceptions and misconceptions about hospital births. Both experiences were radically difference, but the outcome the same: I have...
PREPARING FOR NATURAL CHILDBIRTH WITH TWINS

PREPARING FOR NATURAL CHILDBIRTH WITH TWINS

By Tracy GoutbeckPreviously published in Birth Issues Summer 2012 When I discovered I was expecting twins I grieved the loss of another home birth with a midwife. It was at a time after registration but before funding of midwifery. My midwife was being paid out of...
LIVING WITH TWINS

LIVING WITH TWINS

By Gudrun Von Selzmanpublished in Birth Issues, Spring 2003 and Summer 2012 Having twins has been an amazing roller coaster of challenge and wonder for me. The first months after Benjamin and Montana were born are a big blur in my memory. I believe all I did was...
SUPPORTING A VBAC MOTHER

SUPPORTING A VBAC MOTHER

By Lisa Mackellpreviously published in Birth Issues Winter 2010 Rarely do you hear of women who want to have a Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean (VBAC). The VBAC rates in Alberta have dropped considerably in the past ten years, and the rates of repeat sections have gone...
OUR BIRTH MARATHON

OUR BIRTH MARATHON

By Jodi and Steve Schollaardt When I found out I was pregnant in 2010, I was training for a half marathon… little did I know I was actually training for a completely foreign yet challenging and rewarding experience. This is the birth story of Henry Neil Schollaardt....
3 MENTAL MISTAKES THAT INCREASE BIRTH FEARS

3 MENTAL MISTAKES THAT INCREASE BIRTH FEARS

By Gemma Stone Our minds are programmed to keep us away from dangerous things – like tigers. This can be a good thing in some situations, but when it comes to giving birth, this instinct can really complicate matters, especially if you’re not giving birth in the...
THE LADY DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH, ME THINKS

THE LADY DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH, ME THINKS

By Melanie Samaroden Isabella’s first protest march was when she was four months old. At the time, then MP Gary Lunn, was planning on lifting the 30 year ban on oil tankers coming through the west coast. There were many of us who disagreed with that point, so we...
MAKING A BIRTH PLAN: Giving birth with a flexible vision

MAKING A BIRTH PLAN: Giving birth with a flexible vision

You have probably heard of a birth plan. Some swear by it, others hate it. These days we also call it a birth preferences letter, or even a birth map. Whatever you choose to name it, the idea is not to ‘trap’ you or force a caregiver into an idealized view of birth. A...
LABOUR INDUCTION: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TIME LIMIT

LABOUR INDUCTION: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TIME LIMIT

By Jen McKinnonPreviously published in Birth Issues, Summer 2011 Every day I talk with women who are in the process of creating life. I talk with women about their bodily changes and the emotions that may be enhanced and tender. Being pregnant is an incredible...
INFORMED CHOICE: MIDWIFE OR DOCTOR?

INFORMED CHOICE: MIDWIFE OR DOCTOR?

By Angela AndersonPreviously published in Birth Issues, Winter 2011 When a woman discovers she is expecting a baby, she has many options for a primary caregiver: family doctor, obstetrician and midwife. Most women seem to know who these caregivers are, but many may...