Author Archives: Jasmine

That was Then, This is Now

That was Then, This is Now

By Diane Donaldson (Originally printed in our Autumn 2009 Newsletter) After forty years of preoccupation with all things around birth, it would be a daunting task for me to list all of the many positive and negative changes that have taken place over the years. Rather, I will compare some of the worst and best… Continue Reading

Acupuncture and Birthing

Acupuncture and Birthing

By Dr Jeda Boughton (Oringally printed in our Autumn 2009 Newsletter) In Canada, as our knowledge has grown, opinions about the use of acupuncture have changed dramatically. Today, midwives are calling on acupuncturists to assist with difficult pregnancies, acupuncturists are working next to obstetricians in hospitals helping women through labour, and family physicians refer to… Continue Reading

The Changing Face of Birth

By Debra Woods There was a time, not so very long ago (early 1900’s), when the majority of pregnant women in North America gave birth at home, attended by a midwife. Roughly 95% did. Then in 1955 that figure became the number birthing in a hospital. What happened? What brought about this dramatic decline in… Continue Reading

Winter Newsletter Editorial: NEWBORNS

Winter Newsletter Editorial: NEWBORNS

By Stephanie Ondrack Welcome to the Childbearing Society’s winter newsletter, newborn edition! Much has been discovered about the youngest members of our species over the past few decades. It may surprise some of you to realize how little we used to know about newborns, to imagine that not so long ago, we believed these small… Continue Reading

We’re Mammals

We’re Mammals

By Shahrzad Tayebi, IBCLC, CST Humans are classified as mammals ; species distinguished by the mammary glands and ability to breastfeed  and yet you might ask why are there are so many challenges in this physiological function? Well to begin with, let me reassure you that not all women around the world have as many… Continue Reading

ASK CHILDBEARING: Should I swaddle my newborn?

ASK CHILDBEARING: Should I swaddle my newborn?

By Stephanie Ondrack (originally posted 2013/06/21) Q:Should I swaddle my newborn? I have received several swaddling blankets as gifts, but I have heard conflicting things. A:Swaddling babies used to be routine practice. It was a way of helping agitated babies calm down and settle when they were separated from their mothers. Since babies used to… Continue Reading

Babies Remember!

Babies Remember!

By Bonnie Davis (originally posted 2013/06/21) Did you know that up until 1986, surgeries were routinely performed on babies without anaesthetic? The most common were intestinal and heart surgeries requiring the most invasive surgical techniques in existence. It was thought that babies were barely conscious and didn’t really feel anything, so it didn’t matter what happened… Continue Reading

The Pursuit of Proximity

The Pursuit of Proximity

By Pat Currie (originally published 2013/06/21) When asked to write about attachment and infants I decided to prime my thoughts about this time of my life by watching home videos of the birth and early months of my children’s lives. Surprisingly, it wasn’t in the videos where my thoughts on attachment and infants started but it… Continue Reading

Why Can Motherhood Feel so Hard? Reclaiming the Honour and Worth

By Stephanie Miranda Jhala Social Media lied to me about Motherhood. I couldn’t wait for my 1 year “vacation” called mat leave. I’d have three gourmet organic meals on the table every day, the house would be an immaculate haven. I’d be dressing myself and my little one up in flowy floral dresses, frolicking in… Continue Reading

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