Category c-section

A scree on Andre Picard’s recent op ed…

I don’t think I’ve written a post in a while…more than a year?  I’ve been busy.  But something recently inspired me to come out of my “retirement,” and that something was Andre Picard’s piece in the Globe and Mail, “It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease.” It is so egregious, so ignorant and […]

The connection between poor labour analgesia and PTSD

This is my second Mother’s day.  I don’t remember what we did last year.  I remember I had just gone back to work and was relieved to get out of the house and away from the baby to do adult things.  So maybe I wasn’t in much of the correct mood to celebrate Mother’s Day. […]

Memorial Hermann Hospital Live Tweets C-Section

This is damn cool. For those of you who are wondering what a c-section is like these 18 youtube videos take you through the entire process.  This c-section occured at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston Texas…they are live-tweeting different operations.  My workplace (and one could argue medicine in general) has such an antiquated approach to […]

research vs the news – are c/s and formula babies really doomed?

You might have seen a study in the news that looked at the gut contents of babies that were born by caesarean section vs vaginally and that were breastfed or formula fed.  For those that misssed it, here are some links: CBC article Globe and Mail Winnepeg free press Toronto Star I guess it was […]

A more friendly kind of c-section…

First off, let me say that the caesarean section (CS), as a piece of technology, impresses me.  Greatly.  It has saved countless moms and babies from death and significant disability.  Without the CS, my husband wouldn’t have been born alive and his mom would most certainly have died (placenta previa).  It doesn’t take long to […]

Is pain relief part of “normal birth?” Obstetricians, midwifes and birth activists in the UK don’t think so.

On the 14th of August the Royal Collage of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the UK, in collaboration with The Royal College of Midwives and the National Childbirth Trust (or NCT) released a document entitled, “Making sense of commissioning maternity services in England – some issues for clinical commissioning groups to consider.”  The founder of the […]

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.”  […]

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 […]

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 […]