Should You Induce Labour?

2020-08-21T10:24:35-04:00September 5th, 2013|

The question of inductions can be a heated one at times, with proponents of natural birth shunning the idea of artificially inducing something that should happen naturally. We hear comments like, “The baby knows when to come out” and therefore we are wrong to intervene. But is this right?

Failure to Progress: A Discussion on Averages

2020-08-21T10:24:51-04:00August 30th, 2013|

Sadly it seems far too many people - mothers, doctors, midwives, etc. - either don't understand the averages of labouring and birthing times or downright ignore them. When it comes to birth this can mean far too many women being diagnosed with "failure to progress" and facing numerous (unnecessary) interventions.

Inductions and Autism

2020-08-21T10:25:23-04:00August 21st, 2013|

Recently an article made the news which suggested a link between autism and the use of inductions. Herein I take a close look at the article to determine what we can and cannot conclude from the data.

Birth Story: Amie from Kansas

2020-08-21T10:41:47-04:00April 14th, 2013|

"I was in labor for three days (Thursday around noon until Sunday around noon) from the time I started having regular contractions about half an hour apart to the time our son was born. My contractions were 10-15 minutes apart for all but the first few hours. I had back labor. "

Science and C-Sections: What Do We Know?

2020-08-21T14:03:21-04:00July 30th, 2012|

The problem is that the c-section has been seen as an equal alternative (or sometimes even better alternative) to vaginal birth for people with no medical reason to have a c-section. But there are repercussions to this for both the mother and child and it’s my hope to explore those herein.