Interest As a small child, the eldest of three, I was always the one taking care of everybody. I cuddled, I kissed and bandaged boo-boos, and I led our adventures. I loved (and I mean LOVED) a good first aid kit, so much so that my mom often referred to me as ‘Nurse Becky’. That […]
What Happens at an Anatomy Ultrasound?
What’s that anatomy ultrasound all about anyway? The anatomy or morphology ultrasound is a routine ultrasound that occurs between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy. At this scan, the ultrasound tech (sonographer) examines the baby from head to toe. Like all routine medical procedures in pregnancy, you can choose whether you want to have this […]
6 Tips for a Better Postpartum
The early days with a new baby can be hard! But you can make them easier. Here are 6 simple ways to have a more enjoyable postpartum experience: 1.) Lower Your Expectations It is very hard to slow down when you’re a “do-er” (as many of us are!) even after we’ve had a baby. We live in […]
Healthcare at Home: the First Week Postpartum
One of the common things we hear is “why should I have a midwife when I’m planning to have an epidural?” (Genia covers that one here!) But it’s not just epidurals. We hear this question a lot in various formats — “Why should I get a midwife when I’m planning on having a hospital birth?” Or, […]
How Midwives Save You Money
Due to the high-quality, personalized maternity care that midwives provide, many people assume that hiring an Ontario midwife is expensive and unaffordable. That couldn’t be further from the truth. First of all, midwifery care is free! This is true whether you have OHIP or not. Midwifery care is funded by the Ministry of Health and […]
How do you become a midwife, anyway? Did you do a weekend course?
Yes, someone actually asked me that. In short, no. A degree in midwifery is not a weekend course. Long story, well, long… Midwifery is a four-year Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. In Ontario, the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) is a consortium offered through three universities: Laurentian University, Ryerson University, and McMaster University. ~90 students are […]