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JesWe 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.”

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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.

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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.

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Babytime Postpartum Drop-In

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.

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CarlaA recent graduate from the UBC Midwifery program, Carla is excited to re-join Plum Midwifery as she looks forward to seeing familiar faces and continuing to build relationships with the families of the Comox Valley. She feels grateful to return as a midwife to her home community and work with her midwifery mentors.

Carla originally left the fields as an organic farmer to join midwifery school after her experience of supporting teen moms in rural Nova Scotia as a Birth Doula. The opportunity to connect, build relationships and to support people through the magical and transformative process of childbirth and parenthood, drew her to the profession.

Her education brought her to the big city streets of Vancouver, the remote islands of Haida Gwaii, and rural communities on Vancouver Island. As a student midwife, she combined her background in education, counseling and leadership to facilitate prenatal group care classes. Carla also has special interests in lactation and perinatal mental health, especially in rural areas.

Carla is also the proud mother of an energetic three-year-old, who has brought great insight and humility to her work as a midwife. When she is not catching babies, she delights in spending time in the kitchen, the garden, or the forest with her family.

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