Monday, April 26, 2010

Celebrating Birth Trust

May is the International Month of the Doula!

May 5th is International Day of the Midwife!

Birth Rhythms has trained 46 new doulas for Saskatoon and area to meet the demand for outstanding birth support.

We are joining a Birth Matters! celebration on International Day of the Midwife.

Where: Saskatoon
            Kiwanis Park Band Stand, by the  Bessborough Hotel
When:  1-3pm
           May 5th, 2010

How: Casual Picnic with face painting and belly painting done by volunteers.

Why: To show our Support to those women who get up in the night and come to our sides as we usher in new life.

We have invited all our past and current clients and would love to see everyone who is interested in Doula and Midwifery Care come out and show your support. Birth work is by its nature a very isolating profession. Woman with Woman one birth at a time. It would be so wonderful to see you all at the same time!

We would love to see lots of people and hopefully the event will be covered by the media.

Many Birth Rhythm Trained Doulas and other Members of the Prairie Birth Collective will be in attendance to answer your questions.

All are welcome!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Surgical Birth; been there, done that, now what?

Saskatoon has a wonderful ICAN chapter that supports women who have had a surgical birth and teaches others how to avoid one. With a local C-Section rate of 26%  in Saskatoon so many women are looking to connect with others who understand how surgical birth affects the mother, chid and family long term. 

Our local Chapter leader , Nicole Eramian , has had two Cesarean Births and holds monthly meetings to encourage others who are recovering and those who are planning a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean).You can find her in the ICAN database link below, or through her own website:
Inner Strength Doula Services. 

I have attached the ICAN April newsletter below for you to peruse below. 

Dear friend of ICAN,

Thank you for your continued support of ICAN's mission! In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, I invite you to do something concrete to show your commitment to moms and babies everywhere. I encourage you to become an ICAN subscriber or renew your subscription by visiting the ICAN Bookstore or contacting your local chapter today.

Cesarean Awareness Month is the perfect time to subscribe to ICAN. In addition to reduced subscription rates, we will be offering three fantastic webinars, all of which are free to ICAN subscribers:

Cesarean Scar Care in the Post-Partum Period: Sunday, April 11 at 7 pm EDT.

ICAN Birth Class: Cesarean Prevention: Tuesday, April 20 at 9 pm EDT

ICAN Birth Class: Journey to VBAC, date TBA

We also encourage you to join us for an ICAN meeting live, online on Thursday, April 15 at 9 pm EDT.

As always, ICAN subscribers also receive the Clarion, ICAN's quarterly print newsletter and discounts to the ICAN Bookstore and the ICAN Conference. Professional subscribers enjoy a free listing on ICAN's Professional Subscriber Network, and Childbearing Years and Lifetime subscribers will receive a special mention in the next Clarion. Subscribers who participate in our online forums also receive public recognition by means of special ribbons every time they post.

ICAN is an all-volunteer organization working tirelessly to improve maternal-child health. Through the financial support of our subscribers, we have been able to:Provide support through over 130 chapters in the US, Canada and around the world, through our 1-800 number and through our online forums

Provide evidence-based information through our website

Increase awareness of cesarean and VBAC issues through our blog and social networking sites.

Offer live, interactive online webinars to educate health care consumers and professionals

Send ICAN representatives to our nation's capital to bring light to insurance discrimination due to cesarean as a "pre-existing condition"

Send ICAN representatives to conferences around the US to raise awareness of cesarean and VBAC issues

Thank you again for your support. Please let us know how you will be honoring Cesarean Awareness Month by sending an email to


Desirre Andrews

ICAN President