5 Things I love about the Ottawa Birth Centre

The facility was built for birth. It wasn’t built for heart attacks and surgeries and broken bones and x-rays and then adapted for family-centred births.  The design is family and birth friendly.  The birth rooms are built for the comfort of birthing.  Large rooms feature fireplaces, music players, broad beds, …

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Birth is Safe!

Going to births is part of what we do.  Supporting women with knowledge to help them feel strong and capable to go through this transition in their body, and in their life, is why we do it.  We never know where people are at in their lives but we meet …

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Why midwives love nurses and why you should too.

I hope that you often hear that nurses are the backbone of our health care system. Midwives certainly say it often enough that you should have heard it! Nurses are the health care providers who are right there on the front lines. They are evaluating, monitoring, treating, reporting, documenting and …

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What’s with all the stork pictures?

“Educating Ellen” will be regular feature on our blog.  Ellen is one of Genia’s oldest and dearest friends.  Despite this, Ellen knows nothing about midwifery and is not afraid to ask questions.  She has no clue and no filter! “Educating Ellen”: Why do all those midwifery pictures look like a …

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Natural Movement in an unatural environment

For most of humanity’s existence on this planet, we have been moving all day, every day. We had to move to survive. We were mostly nomadic, changing our living location with the seasons in order to follow our food sources. Our movement was natural and our bodies have evolved to …

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Midwives are hippies. Fact or Myth?

Well…  Like many myths, there is a grain of truth in a largely fictional story.  Once when I was telling a couple that some piece of false information was myth the dad pointed out that myths are not, technically, false.  They are narratives intended to communicate a larger truth – …

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