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Summer Newsletter Editorial: The Highs & Lows of Labour Hormones

Summer Newsletter Editorial: The Highs & Lows of Labour Hormones

By Stephanie Ondrack, assistant editor We have long known that the same hormone behind orgasms also causes uterine contractions in labour: oxytocin. But recent studies of this fascinating hormone reveal that it is responsible for far more than has ever been suspected. The Karolinska Institute’s work suggests that oxytocin may be a major player in infant… Continue Reading

NEWS: New “Natural Birth” Seminar

It seems only appropriate to announce our new class on Natural Birth in this issue about labour hormones, since protecting the hormonal cascade is a key element of physiologic birth. This new five-hour seminar, launching on Saturday August 12, will explore the conditions that are, and are not, conducive to physiologic birth—that is, vaginal birth… Continue Reading

Film Review  “Orgasmic Birth: The Best Kept Secret”

Film Review “Orgasmic Birth: The Best Kept Secret”

by Katy Thomson   “Orgasmic Birth” is certainly a title that grabs your attention and intrigued many as it made the rounds of screenings and film festivals throughout 2008, and is now available to purchase on DVD. Hopefully soon it will no longer be “Childbirth’s best kept secret” as it is referred to in the… Continue Reading

Wow, I Did That!

Wow, I Did That!

By Renee Taylor   When I was 9 months pregnant a dear friend of mine held a celebration to bless my journey to motherhood. As each woman present offered their blessings, one of the women said “I hear that childbirth can be orgasmic and so I wish that for you.” I thought she was crazy.… Continue Reading

Vicki’s Birth Story

Vicki’s Birth Story

By Vicki Hsieh   Preamble In the 28th week of my pregnancy, a month before Christmas, and much to my annoyance, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It aggravated me that I could no longer stuff my face with overgenerous slices of cake at the end of a long day. It irritated me even more that… 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 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 more women utilize… Continue Reading

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