Video: The Power of Oxytocin

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In a culture where overmedication and intervention take place during the birthing process, we may not realize how much we actually miss out on with respect to the powerful effects of birth and birth hormones.  Oxytocin, the hormone that causes us to want to care for, cuddle, keep close, and love our newborn (in short, it's responsible for the parenting behaviours we hope to … [Read more...]

The Media and Birth: How the Media Views Birth


By Tracy G. Cassels When I was pregnant I had a discussion with one of my midwives at a visit about how birth is portrayed on TV and movies.  She shared that for her and most midwives she knew, they just couldn’t suspend disbelief long enough to actually enjoy any episode or part of a movie that covered birth.  I get that.  It’s a problem many people in professions have when … [Read more...]

Something to Prove

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By Tracy G. Cassels The other week I was watching Ellen and a very pregnant Kristin Bell was on.  I should say now that I quite like Kristin Bell from what I can tell.  She seems nice, funny, and pretty down-to-earth for Hollywood standards.  During the interview, Ellen asked her if she was planning to have a natural birth.  Ms. Bell responded with a huge shake of the head … [Read more...]

“All that matters is that your child is healthy and happy”

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By Tracy G. Cassels Ever tell someone you were dissatisfied with your birth experience?  That it left you feeling lost, unhappy, frustrated, or something worse?  And then been told that you were selfish because you had a healthy child and all that should ever matter is that your child is healthy and happy, no matter how he or she came into the world?  It’s such a common turn … [Read more...]

Dad’s Corner: One Dad’s Take on Delivery Day

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By Adam Dolgin Although it would be easy to scare most expectant dads in to thinking the birthing experience is a harrowing ordeal (which for some it can be), most dads don't ever encounter the many delivery downsides. In fact, most first time dads don't know how lucky they have it... until the birth of their next child that is. If you ask me, birth is a breeze—it's pregnancy … [Read more...]

Re:Birth Volume 5

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By Tracy G. Cassels I must admit that every time I open up an issue of Re:Birth and go through it to do this little write up, I feel like it’s something that has been written just the other day.  It’s a sad reminder of how far we have to go to get things back to the way they used to be.  I want to highlight the primary article in this current volume though as it is the … [Read more...]

My Birthing Story


By Tracy G. Cassels I should preface this anecdotal article on my birth experience and the lessons I learned from it by explaining my past a little.  Me and my siblings were all born at home (you can read the story of my birth as written by my mother in the 2nd installment of Re:Birth, linked here).  My mother hates doctors, hospitals, and anything to do with the medical … [Read more...]

Theseus’ Parenting


I was thinking about parenting the other day and then (oddly) starting thinking about the idea of  Theseus’ Ship (in all fairness, not completely random as it was the philosophical basis for my comprehensive exam paper).  For those of you unaware of the story of Theseus and his Ship, let me provide you with a little synopsis: Theseus, the mythical founder and king of Athens, … [Read more...]

Celebrity Mom: Mayim Bialik

Celebrity Mom: Mayim Bialik

By Tracy G. Cassels When you first think of Mayim Bialik, a young chipper Blossom probably comes to mind.  Or if you’re on the younger end, you probably think of Amy Farrah Fowler (my personal favourite of her work).  Or you may think of her as the actress who got a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (and I do believe we can use “the”, not “a” for that category).  What most people are … [Read more...]

To Drug or Not to Drug? The Epidural Debate


Disclaimer:  The following article involves topics of a medical nature.  This commentary is not supposed to take the place of advice given by a medical professional (midwife or doctor).  It simply provides research information regarding the use of certain drugs and can only be considered general information, not specific advice for a given person. Epidural.  That one little … [Read more...]