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  • Birth of a nation or just birth?

    Did you know this weekend is when both the U.S. and Canada celebrate some version of a national birthday party? All this talk about birth of nations and lots of tidbits on birth in general has got me thinking about, well, birth. So, in one of the strangest Canada Day/Independence Day blogs ever, this is a look at the state of birth in North America.

  • Birth Part 2: Why do so many American women die in childbirth?

    My first baby was born in Chicago. At  home. When I would mention home birth in that city it was akin to saying: “I like to fly stunt planes–wanna set yourself on fire and take a ride with me?” Mothers were aghast.  I must be nuts, or at least horribly anti-establishment. 

  • Birth Part 1: Does natural birth matter?

     “All that counts is that the baby is healthy” is what many women are told and believe.  The research says something different: a woman’s experience matters. A healthy woman experiencing vaginal birth is more likely to come out with a healthy baby and healthy self.