Tag Archives: birth

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 […]

Labour day / wedding day?

Whenever I’ve settled myself, in a semi reclined position, toddler sleeping, with a fashion magazine and a glass of something delicious (which isn’t very often, lets be honest given the amount of dishes and laundry and other mundane household tasks that are created by one adult, one toddler, another adult that eats like a todder and […]

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 […]

2 cm, 8/10

Okay, so back in the 1980s and 1990s there were a bunch of crappy poorly controlled observational studies that showed that epidurals in labour were associated with a slowing of labour and an increase in caesarean deliveries.  The ACOG then came out with a statement that it would be better to wait to initiate epidural […]

A birth story…I have you to thank for my epidural

I wanted to share with everyone this letter I received from a reader because I think she brings up some important points about the culture our society has created around birth and what should be some very personal decisions made between a woman and her care provider.   I share this with you with her […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]