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Autumn 2019 Editorial: After Birth

Autumn 2019 Editorial: After Birth

By Stephanie Ondrack Once your baby is born, the birth seems to be over. Parents hold their new baby, exhausted and relieved, engrossed and amazed, utterly entranced and focused, and are often perplexed when their caregiver asks for one more small push. What on earth for? This is the third stage of labour: the afterbirth.… Continue Reading

Spring 2019 Editorial: Birth through the Ages

Spring 2019 Editorial: Birth through the Ages

The Childbearing Society is approximately forty-five years old. We have been going strong since the early seventies, consistently featuring the same kind of high quality prenatal and postpartum classes that we continue to offer today.  As I read this issue that explores birth over the years—what has changed, and what has remained the same—I think… Continue Reading

Older Kids at a Birth

If you are considering having your child attend your second birth, here are a few tips to improve the experience. Arrange to have someone on site dedicated to looking after your older child. He will need full time care from a loving and trusted adult who is able to stay with him, and attend to… Continue Reading

The Pregnant Body Editorial

by Stephanie Ondrack When we are pregnant, our focus often dwells on the discomforts and deprivations associated with the condition: Our aching back, our puffy ankles, our cravings for cabernet, or camembert. Sometimes we look down on our swollen belly, our stretch marks, our sore calves with bemusement or even antipathy. How did I get… Continue Reading

Fitness Dos and Don’ts for Pregnancy

By Ben Stanford There are a lot of misconceptions out there about how physically active pregnant women can and should be. As a soon-to-be mama, you might be a little worried to go full tilt on your normal fitness routine – you’re carrying precious cargo, after all! Below, we spell it out simply, and offer… Continue Reading

Chiropractic Care for Discomfort in Pregnancy

Dr. Stephanie Bonn, BSc,BPHE,DC (originally posted 2014/09/29) More and more women are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care in pregnancy, with the most common complaint being low back pain. In a recent study, 84% of patients who received chiropractic adjustments reported relief of back pain during pregnancy and significantly less back labour. As… Continue Reading

Trusting My Instincts

by Jocelyn Wagner   Our labour/birth journey of our first child was not what I originally imagined. I originally envisioned labouring and giving birth naturally at home with our midwives, ideally using a birthing pool, unless things got unsafe or I needed pain relief. However, the “home birth” part of this dream was modified quite… Continue Reading

Battling the Aches and Pains of Pregnancy

by Trish Gipson RPT While for some of us pregnancy can be a glorious time where we feel better than we have ever felt, for the majority of us it is a time of back pain, calf cramps, rib pain, difficulty breathing, and the dreaded pregnancy waddle. Because of our growing bellies, we tend to… Continue Reading

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