Category rants

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 […]

BC Minister of health makes short-sighted and inaccurate remarks…

In a piece in the Victoria Times Colonist a few days ago in relation to an increase in funding for home birth in British Columbia, the Hon. Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid, BC’s Minister of Health, made some very disturbing remarks. MacDiarmid, the former president of the B.C. Medical Association, is encouraging women with low-risk pregnancies 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 […]

Grandparents vs the IOC

Some of the best advice I ever read regarding infant care was, “don’t participate in the developmental *lympics.”  And, no, I’m not going to type that word in full out of fear that the IOC will send me a cease and desist court order.  Following that advice, however, is easier said than done.  Especially when the […]

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 […]

I thought better of it

A few days ago I conceived a wild and crazy idea.  I was going to embark on a well-structured and controlled experiment where I would post some fake sample postings on a bunch of parenting websites and analyze the responses for craziness. I haven’t put my evil plan into motion.  I mulled it over a […]

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 […]

Adjusting our focus…

It amazes me how we all seem to be well-meaning, but continually just off the mark. The recent uproar from La Leche League about Piri Weepu giving his baby girl a *gasp* bottle just decreased my opinion of that organization’s credibility.  Babies get bottles.  Get over it.  Giving a baby a bottle does not encompass some political […]

What these? These aren’t boobs!

Deep down in my heart, I always thought I had nice boobs…amazing boobs even.  Boobs that looked great in low cut tops and tight sweaters and bikinis.  My husband thought so too.  He used to tell me all the time. Now I have two things that dispense milk on demand for my baby.  And while […]

Facebook has an opinion about me and it ain’t pretty…

Last week Facebook announced their IPO.  I learned that Bono is going to make close to 1 billion.  I learned that people hate the new timeline and the security and privacy commission has been asked to investigate it.  I learned that Facebook is sitting on a ton of cash.  But most importantly, I learned that […]