Keeping boys intact

Educating about circumcision: don’t be afraid

Circumcision is a contentious issue in our country, and many people shy away from discussing it for fear of offending anyone who is circumcised, circumcised their child, or who is planning to circumcise their child. This procedure is painful and has serious repercussions for males, and avoiding providing education and information on this important topic does a disservice to people… Read more →

First Birth

Your First Birth: Getting it right the first time

I’m an anomaly in the birth-professional world in that some of my favourite births to attend are those of first-time mothers. It’s quite typical of anyone who attends births for a living to prefer what we call “multips”: women who’ve given birth at least once before. It’s commonly accepted that multips birth more quickly and easily than first-timers (“primips”), taking much less… Read more →

Moments after birth

Austin’s Home Birth

So, this summer, my baby sister had a baby. No big deal or anything. (Eeeek! Most exciting blog post I’ve ever shared!).She wanted to share her story because she hopes that “more women can learn to trust their bodies and have empowering birth experiences like mine!” I’m pretty much in love with this little guy. He’s pretty darn cute, don’t you… Read more →

Delayed Cord Clamping During Cesarean

I don’t blog too much about cesareans, as most of my focus is on educating women on how to maximize their chances of having a healthy vaginal birth and there is only so much time in the day!

However, one of my favourite topics is the importance of delayed cord clamping. Normally when I speak about this topic, I speak about it in the context of normal vaginal birth. Most of my clients choose to leave the umbilical cord intact until after the placenta has been born and it is clear that the baby has received all the blood, oxygen and nutrients possible from the life-giving placenta, and after the family has had some time to bond with the baby and had some time to come down from that post-birth rush. However, recently, I captured this rare footage of delayed cord clamping during a cesarean and couldn’t resist sharing it!

Though the cesarean rate in our country is way too high (close to 30%) and many of them are thought to be unnecessary, in some rare circumstances they are a good option to have access too. For babies who ARE being born by cesarean, it is definitely still possible to delay cord clamping in the OR!

The following video is only 47 seconds long, however, this baby actually had the cord left intact for about 90 seconds. Encourage your hospitals keep to keep getting more and more patient with this process to maximize the health of babies born both vaginally and by cesarean!

Check out the cool video above of delayed cord clamping during a cesarean to see it in action!

Side Note: you can learn more about the importance of delayed cord clamping during our upcoming Wise Woman Way of Birth doula training course. Our next series is the August Long Weekend Intensive (July 31-August 3) in Vancouver. View details and sign up here.


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Why I Stopped Being A Birth Activist

I’ve been reflecting lately on why the “birth activist” in me has been publicly quiet lately, at least relatively speaking. A year or two ago, I was blog-posting with feistiness on the regular, attending regular birth rallies, and was part of youtube videos talking about why change in birth needs to happen. That participation was fulfilling, productive, and created a LOT… Read more →