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Choosing Home Birth

The Association of Ontario Midwives has made a video for clients regarding choosing a home birth.

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They can support you and your family through pregnancy and birth and while you raise your child, in conjunction with your Midwife.

The Right from the Start program offers support for pregnant women and new moms, their babies, children and families. Created by women, for women, we recognize that you are the expert of your life. This program offers services that will contribute positively to your pregnancy and new mom experience.

You can register with them prenatally online, drop in to 961 England Ave. in Courtenay or by calling 250-331-8520.

Public Health Nurses will see you in the hospital after you have your baby and will definitely call you when your baby is 6 weeks old and you are leaving our services. Some women connect with Public Health Nurses early postpartum for some extra supports.

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Midwifery in the Genes

The small town of La Reine, Abitibi Quebec is celebrating 100 years. They have a group facebook page and this picture and story of this midwife, Joanne’s great grandmother were posted. A relative also commented about Joanne being a midwife. It is a nice story see below.

Georgiana Branconnier Marcil, born on September 15, 1872 married George Sr. Marcil in St-Didace on November 6, 1888. They established themselves in the town of La Reine, Abitibi with their 12 children in July 1916. Georgiana, at the request of the priest, was asked to help young mothers to give birth. She never lost a baby or a mother in childbirth. All these little babies called her “Mémère” (the endearing term for grandmother) as they grew up. Later, a doctor came and presented her with a letter from a lawyer prohibiting her from practicing midwifery. Georgiana passed away in La Reine on February 18, 1954. She is resting at the cemetery of La Reine at the side of her husband George Marcil who passed away on October 18, 1927 at La Reine.
(source of the story: Clara Marcil Coderre today deceased)

Georgiana would be very proud since her great grandchild Joanne Daviau is a midwife today. Her clinic is located on Vancouver Island, BC. Joanne is the daughter of Claire (Clara) Marcil Daviau and Philippe Daviau. Claire is the daughter of Georges Marcil and Aldéa Dubois Marcil.

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CarlaI am thankful for the opportunity to work with the midwives and families at Plum Midwifery Clinic. I would be honoured to participate in the births and maternity care of our clients. I view birth as a normal life event. I respect the dignity and autonomy of the parent(s) in their journey through pregnancy and childbirth.

I am proud mother of a one year old, Theo, who has taught me many lessons that I will carry with me as I enter into my third year. Motherhood has brought me great joy, insight and humility. As a student, I have had the pleasure of working in midwifery clinics in Vancouver, Campbell River, with maternity care providers in Haida Gwaii and as a volunteer birth Doula for teen moms in Nova Scotia and on Fir Square in Vancouver. I also have training in lactation support and a personal interest holistic health remedies.

I grew up in the Comox Valley and I am excited to return home to work with families in a rural setting. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, swimming, speaking Spanish and playing with my family! I look forward to meeting you and supporting your journey through pregnancy and birth.

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Afloat on water births

Check out this article in last week’s  Victoria Times Colonist LIFE section on the rising popularity of water births.

Water births, undergoing labour and bringing a baby into the world while immersed in a small pool, appears to be gaining more support.
Testimonials say the warmth and buoyant support of the water make birth more comfortable. Meanwhile, medical research is increasingly declaring it safe for those mothers who qualify.
…In British Columbia, the B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver has been performing water deliveries in a few cases since 1998. Also, the College of Midwives of British Columbia has had formal guidelines on the use of water immersion during labour and birth since 2001 and updated them in 2010 and 2014.

Read the article.

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