Category Archives: Birth

Summer 2019 Editorial: Birth & the Unexpected

Summer 2019 Editorial: Birth & the Unexpected

Birth is always unexpected No matter what we were picturing, it is never exactly as we imagined. It might be faster or slower, it might be harder or easier, there might be more or fewer medical decisions, it might not be in the location we planned… But even aside from these obvious differences, birth always… Continue Reading

The Unexpected

The Unexpected

By Michelle MacLean A positive pregnancy test result. All the emotions arise. Excitement, shock, fear, doubt, and the most intense bliss flood you. There is a light inside of you. Every thought you have has a new emotion attached to it, your mind is spinning with what’s to come. Your body starts to change, adapting… Continue Reading

Boy or Girl?

Boy or Girl?

By Emma Mas Do you know if you’re having a boy or a girl yet?  This is likely one of the first questions you received, after you received congratulations on your pregnancy. In the first trimester, maybe someone dangled a ring on a string over your belly. In the second trimester, maybe you had a… Continue Reading

Pleasure in Birth Seminar

Pleasure in Birth Seminar

(or “Shifting the Paradigm from ‘avoiding pain’ to ‘discovering pleasure’”) Are you worried about birth being painful? Are you wondering how you will cope? What if there were ways to make the experience more positive, maybe even pleasurable? What if you could look forward to your birth with enthusiasm rather than fear? In this 4-hour seminar, we… 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

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

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