Category Archives: Childbearing Society Newsletter

Post partum doulas: what do they do and who needs one?

Post partum doulas: what do they do and who needs one?

by Melina Auerbach   Post partum doula—what is that, you may ask? Or, as someone recently responded to my answer of “ What do you do for a living? A “do –what?”   Professional postpartum doulas (PPDs) are becoming increasingly recognized for their skill and ability to support new mothers and assist her smooth transition… Continue Reading

Postpartum Lessons from a Cat

By Stephanie Ondrack As many of you know, I foster cats for an animal shelter. Usually I get pregnant cats, whom I care for during pregnancy, birth, and kittenhood, until the whole family is ready to wean and become eligible for adoption. But due to the current forest fires raging through BC, the shelter has… Continue Reading

Ask Childbearing: What can I do to prepare?

Ask Childbearing: What can I do to prepare?

by Stephanie Ondrack Q: What can I do to prepare for the first couple weeks after baby is born? A: Even though we spend the majority of a year growing baby, and even though we spend lots of time planning, anticipating, or merely imagining, somehow baby’s arrival still often comes as an abrupt shock.  … Continue Reading

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

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