Category Archives: Birth

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

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

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

Spring Newsletter Editorial: Love Thy Labour

By Stephanie Ondrack This is issue is all about labour. Often, birth is portrayed in movies and other media as a fast, dramatic cascade from waters breaking to agonized pushing; a rapid escalation fraught with peril and screaming, with the mother a victim rather than a participant. In reality, labour usually moves pretty slowly, especially… Continue Reading

Chiropractic Care for Labour

Chiropractic Care for Labour

Dr. Stephanie Bonn,DC,FICPA A woman’s spine and pelvis undergo many changes and adaptations to compensate for her developing infant in each trimester of pregnancy. Previous stresses and injuries (years at a workstation or athletic injuries) as well as present physical, mental and chemical stressors can cause imbalances in her nervous system which may cause symptoms… Continue Reading

Natural Birth

Natural Birth

By Debra Woods What will you say when you look back on your birth and describe why it was rewarding and satisfying? How are you envisioning your birth experience? What’s most important to you? The majority of expectant parents answer this with ‘a healthy baby’ or ‘a healthy baby and healthy mom’. How can you… Continue Reading

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