What birth settings offer the best safety, comfort, and birth experience for women? Why?
This Cafe will explore current evidence about home birth safety, potential advantages and disadvantages of home birth on individual and population levels, and barriers to and societal perceptions of home birth in Canada. The speakers will invite participants to examine the evidence, the politics, and public discourse surrounding birth place.
Dr. Patricia Janssen, Dr. Karen Buhler, Dr. Brenda Wagner and Saraswathi Vedam, RM discuss home birth and hospital birth. MUST-WATCH for anyone wanting to make an informed choice about birth location!
Home Birth Understood: Tales and Truths:
Absolute Risks of Home Birth?:
Home Birth Controversy:
Family Physicians and Home Birth:
Environment and Labour/Delivery:
At first thought, it can seem crazy that an entire new person can fit through your pelvis and be born into the world. However, pelvises are dynamic, expandable structures and babies’ skull plates mould to fit through the expanded pelvis. That is a big part of what is happening during birth! Take a look below to learn about how perfectly… Read more →
I just found a good video I had stored away in my “to read / watch” files. My friend’s 2 year old sun cuddled up and watched it with me; at the end he said “well, that was very interesting!”… although perhaps he just likes the moving images on a screen, I like to think he integrated a BIT of… Read more →
I remember when I first did some very initial birth training, I took a course where we watched a video called Baby Led Breastfeeding. The whole class of us “ooooohed” and “aaaahhhed” in amazement as newborn and older babies instinctively found the breast without being forcefully latched on by a care provider. At the end of the video, our instructor said,… Read more →
The important moments immediately after birth…. keep your baby skin-to-skin with you for as long as possible. Have your doula help initiate skin to skin after birth! Jessica Austin, Birth Doula: Childbirth Services in Vancouver, BC Read more →