Category birth

A perfectly reasonable request.

The last time I was on call I went walking through the maternity unit/ LDR.  I do this every time I’m on call, not because I’m “trolling for work” or trying to find an impressionable woman in labour that I can foist an epidural on, nope it’s part of “resource management.”  See, in the middle of […]

Saturday ranty rant rant – celebrities and “natural” birth

This is probably not the kind of rant you might be expecting from reading the title as it’s not directed at Ricky Lake and “The Business of Being Born,” about which I could say plenty.   I’m not really sure Ricky is even a celebrity anymore but nevermind, I’ve already wasted enough words on her. Nor […]

When a good anesthetic goes bad – anesthetic failure during c-section

Someone (thank you Mona Lisa) sent me a link to an article about a nightmare c-section where a woman felt the entire surgery and asked these questions: Why does this happen?  Can it be fixed mid surgery, or does the anesthesiologist have their hands tied?  Several mothers have commented on Navel Gazing Midwife saying this […]

It’s time to face something unpleasant

I have the day off before a night shift so after dropping my baby at daycare, I went for a run this morning.  And that’s when I finally had to admit something to myself. I have stress urinary incontinence. It’s not bad.  I can run and have been running since 4-5 weeks postpartum without any “accidents.”  […]

Codeine for post-operative pain

I want to comment on the recent news stories in Canada regarding the use of codeine for post-operative pain in children.  There have been some recent and some not-so-recent deaths due to codeine and this was picked up by the newspapers.  Here are some links to a few of the stories… http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/post-surgery-codeine-still-killing-children-new-study-says/article2394246/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2394246 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/doctor-sounds-alarm-on-codeine-in-children-we-should-get-rid-of-it/article2396672/ http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/09/codein-can-kill-kids-after-tonsil-surgery-canadian-researchers-tell-parents/ Codeine […]

“Natural,” “green” and other meaningless marketing terms

I was slathering up my baby a few nights ago after his bath when I happened to glance down at the bottle of baby moisturizer and notice that it contained, “natural colloidal oatmeal.” Hmm… I’ve never come across “unnatural” oatmeal…er oats.  Oatmeal is probably “unnatural” since it is processed. Hmm… I’m pretty sure oatmeal doesn’t […]

The “mandatory” labour epidural…

I come across quite a bit of information on the internet about how bad epidurals are, how risky they are, how they will eat your babies with butter and salt and torture puppies…Okay, maybe not the last two but I think you get my drift. There is this idea of a “mandatory epidural” circulating on message […]

Ontario plans to save money…will open two birthing centers

Oh my sisters…why do we do this to ourselves? Dalton McGuinty announced that Ontario will provide funding to open two birthing centers, run by midwives, as a pilot project.  Ontario, as you might know, is facing a 16 billion dollar deficit and large cuts to public spending are looming.  So why agree to fund some […]

Some things can only be learned on the job: an apology to two new parents.

I was a “senior” resident when it happened.  And by senior, I mean I’d had about 18 months of anesthesia training so when a woman came to the OR with an “emergency” C-section, my staff supervisor left me alone even before I`d topped up the epidural. I can’t remember anything about the case.  I don’t know why […]

Adore-phin highs

I’ve been thinking a lot about this twaddle I hear and read all the time about the “endorphin-high” you get when you push a baby out of your va-jay-jay without any pain medication. The theory is that, in response to pain, your body produces endorphins and natural opioid-like substances which act on your brain and spinal cord […]