Category social policy

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 […]

F(r)ee for service

Once upon a time, there was a country doctor.  He had a black bag and a kindly manner and was probably only called out for births and serious illness, farming accidents etc.  For each of his services, there was a fee.  As he was a private practitioner, he had the freedom to set his fees […]

How terrified we might have been for our children had there not been an Edward Jenner

World Immunization Week began yesterday, on the 21st of April and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on how grateful I am that immunization exists.  I’ve written about this before…With every shot my son gets, I breathe a little sigh of relief only to hold my breath again when I read about outbreaks […]

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 […]

Call us Lars and Linda – we want the joys of pappapermisjon!

I thought for sure I was going to call this post “Call us Hedda and Olef” but Lars and Linda were pretty popular names for Norwegian girls and boys in the 70s. Why Norway? My husband I and, deep down in our little social democratic hearts, want to be Norwegian citizens.  Not only do we love the idea […]