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Childbirth: It’s time to stop the fear-mongering!

My initial reaction to Claire Harvey’s article; Childbirth: Why are we going back to the medical Middle Ages? (The Daily Telegraph, July 31st 2016) was one of anger and frustration. Here we go again, I thought. Yet ANOTHER article...

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Private cord blood banks – the ultimate insurance or the ultimate marketing ploy?

It’s highly unlikely that any pregnant woman today could get through her pregnancy without coming across the savvy marketing efforts of at least one private cord blood bank. I was recently at a major pregnancy and baby expo and...

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Meet Jenn Fontaine – doula extraordinaire

  From September 11-14, birthwell birthright is very excited to be hosting one of Canada’s leading DONA International birth doula trainers, Jenn Fontaine. Jenn took a few moments out of her crazy schedule (she’s a mum of 4, a busy childbirth...

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The Tsunami of Interventions

If you are somewhat immersed in the birth world like I am, then you’ve probably come across the term, “The Cascade of Interventions”. Sadly, for many of us in the birthing biz, this is an all-too-familiar term; describing the...

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How late is TOO late to have a baby?

I recently came across a very interesting article that appeared in The Atlantic. Written by American psychologist Jean M. Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting...

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Everything you wanted to know about breech birth, but were afraid to ask.

What is the breech position and how common is it closer to term? Breech presentation is a fetal presentation in which the buttocks are at the opening of the womb. In a frank breech the legs are straight up...

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Why I became a childbirth educator

In two weeks, my son – my firstborn – turns seven. There is a photo that my husband took only a few hours after he was born, where my baby boy and I are staring into each other’s eyes....

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The peanut ball: why every birthing suite should have one.

What is a peanut ball and why could it be helpful for me in labour? Most people are familiar with the standard birth ball (sometimes called a fit ball or Swiss ball). They come in a range of sizes...

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Not Your Mum’s Huffing and Puffing Class – Podcast

It was an absolute pleasure and honour be interviewed by Kaz Jaffe, the host of the wonderful podcast, Mum’s the Word. A fellow birth passioneer, Kaz and I could have yakked on forever! We chat about how I came to become...

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Confessions of a breastfeeding failure.

I get the impression that a lot of people assume that because I am a passionate childbirth educator that I must have had orgasmic natural water births at home and that I was a breastfeeding pro, effortlessly feeding my...

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