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The Changing Face of Birth

There was a time, not so very long ago (early 1900’s), when the majority of pregnant women in North America gave birth at home, attended by a midwife. Roughly 95% did. Then in 1955 that figure became the number birthing in a hospital. What happened? What brought about this dramatic decline in home births? During…

Informed Choice and Decision Making for GBS (Group B Strep) in Pregnancy and Birth

There is a plethora of information regarding GBS on the internet. How do expectant parents know what is evidence based to determine what decision to make regarding testing and treatment? We have included some information below. In Metro Vancouver, BC it is common practice for the GBS test to be done between 35-37 weeks of…

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Choosing Your Maternity Care Provider

In the Lower Mainland, BC you have one of three options for your maternity care provider. This is either: 1) a GP (specializing in maternity care), 2) an obstetrician, or 3) a midwife There are numerous family doctors who specialize in maternity care and attend births. They have general medicine training with additional schooling for…

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Reflections on doula care: 33 Years of Supporting Vancouver Families

We live in a time when more and more expectant families are without extended family living close by, who could help them once their bundle of joy arrives. And unlike the past or in other cultures, the majority of North American women lack the support of ‘wise women’ to be with them during birth. Today,…

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Why choose Postpartum Doula Services

WHAT IS A POSTPARTUM DOULA? A postpartum doula is someone educated particularly in newborn and ‘mother’ (primary caregiver) care for the immediate postpartum period. Although they provide no medical advice or care, they do know what is normal for both newborn and parent in the first weeks following birth. Some have additional training and education…