Monday, October 27, 2008

Meet your perfect Doula!

Birth Rhythm has just finished training 10! new certified doulas for Saskatoon and area.

We will be having an open house to meet all the currently practicing Doulas and welcome the new ones into our birth community. All expectant families and other birth professionals are welcome. We will also have two great vendors present:

Maternal Source will be selling amazing pregnancy and birth resources

A Soft Landing with their as organic and fair trade baby products.

November 19th 8-10 pm
502 Main Street
Call 242-5029 to register for this free event.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Canada's C-section rate at record high: 1 in 5 Saskatchewan women have c-sections!

Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News Service

Canada's pregnancy specialists are calling on doctors to curb the fast-growing use of caesarean sections to deliver babies, saying the worrisome trend is exposing mothers and infants to more risk, not less.

With one in four births now occurring by C-section - 92,799 babies a year - it is time to get "back to the basics," says Dr. Vyta Senikas, associate executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The group is urging doctors and women to choose a C-section only when there is a medical reason to justify one. "Safety of a woman and a baby should be the driving decisions here," Senikas said.


Ashley Fraser/Canwest News Service

Font:****"We have to come back to the basics, and the basics are that 90 per cent of women will have a nice vaginal delivery without any problems to produce a healthy mother and baby."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Midwife-led versus other models of care for childbearing women

Excerpt from the Cochrane Library: Evidence for health care decision making
Midwife-led care confers benefits for pregnant women and their babies and is recommended.

In many parts of the world, midwives are the primary providers of care for childbearing women. Elsewhere it may be medical doctors or family physicians who have the main responsibility for care, or the responsibility may be shared. The underpinning philosophy of midwife-led care is normality and being cared for by a known and trusted midwife during labour. There is an emphasis on the natural ability of women to experience birth with minimum intervention. Some models of midwife-led care provide a service through a team of midwives sharing a caseload, often called 'team' midwifery. Another model is 'caseload midwifery', where the aim is to offer greater continuity of caregiver throughout the episode of care. Caseload midwifery aims to ensure that the woman receives all her care from one midwife or her/his practice partner. By contrast, medical-led models of care are where an obstetrician or family physician is primarily responsible for care. In shared-care models, responsibility is shared between different healthcare professionals.

The review of midwife-led care covered midwives providing care antenatally, during labour and postnatally. This was compared with models of medical-led care and shared care, and identified 11 trials, involving 12,276 women. Midwife-led care was associated with several benefits for mothers and babies, and had no identified adverse effects. The main benefits were a reduced risk of losing a baby before 24 weeks. Also during labour, there was a reduced use of regional analgesia, with fewer episiotomies or instrumental births. Midwife-led care also increased the woman's chance of being cared for in labour by a midwife she had got to know. It also increased the chance of a spontaneous vaginal birth and initiation of breastfeeding. In addition, midwife-led care led to more women feeling they were in control during labour. There was no difference in risk of a mother losing her baby after 24 weeks. The review concluded that all women should be offered midwife-led models of care.

Friday, October 03, 2008