CBC has written a great article and podcast about Dr. Michael Klein, Canada’s father of family-friendly births
Dr. Michael Klein has a mantra that’s guided him during his remarkable and revolutionary career. “My approach has always been, ‘What do women and children need? Not what do we [physicians] need,'” the B.C.-based doctor told White Coat, Black Art host Dr. Brian Goldman.
Thanks to that attitude, women in labour can credit him for almost single-handedly ending the practice of routine episiotomy in childbirth — a surgical incision that was once as commonplace as hospital bracelets.”
To read the complete article and links to the podcast, click here.
We are pleased to announce Jessica Walker-Clarke, RM is back from maternity leave and will be on-call and in the clinic as of November 1, 2018.
“Pregnancy and birth have always fascinated me, and so, naturally, I was drawn to midwifery. After obtaining my Bachelor of Midwifery degree in Queensland, Australia, I then completed the International Midwifery Preregistration Program (IMPP) through Ryerson University in Toronto. After working in Ontario for a year, I returned home to beautiful Vancouver Island and joined the team at Plum in 2015.
My husband and I welcomed our baby girl in October 2017, with the help of Plum midwives, of course! I am excited to be returning to practice after my year of maternity leave, and am looking forward to meeting the families in our care.”
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is concerned that recent legalization of cannabis may overshadow a growing body of medical research which suggests that the use of cannabis during pregnancy may be associated with the risk of low birth weight, preterm labour, stillbirth and may also negatively impact the developing baby’s brain.
For more information on cannabis use during pregnancy and breastfeeding click here.
New recommendations for physical activity throughout pregnancy have been published in a Joint SOGC/CSEP Clinical Practice Guidelines.
1. All women without contraindication should be physically active throughout pregnancy.
2. Pregnant women should accumulate at least 150 min of moderate-intensity physical activity each week to achieve clinically meaningful health benefits and reductions in pregnancy complications.
3. Physical activity should be accumulated over a minimum of 3 days per week; however, being active every day is encouraged.
4. Pregnant women should incorporate a variety of aerobic and resistance training activities to achieve greater benefits. Adding yoga and/or gentle stretching may also be beneficial.
5. Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) (eg, Kegel exercises) may be performed on a daily basis to reduce the risk of urinary incontinence. Instruction on the proper technique is recommended to obtain optimal benefits.
6. Pregnant women who experience light-headedness, nausea or feel unwell when they exercise flat on their back should modify their exercise position to avoid the supine position.
To read the full text click here.
Our Babytime Postpartum Drop-In is held every Wednesday at 10:00am-12:00pm at Cumberland Physio & Yoga, 2781 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland. We invite Moms, Dads and babies 0 to 3 months to join us each week, and new Moms may join us for their 2, 3, 4 and 5-week postpartum check-up with our midwives. At our drop-ins, we have guest speakers, Q & A time with our midwives and a baby scale available. It’s a great way to connect with other families and enjoy a fun and educational outing with your new baby. Our fall schedule is posted below.