Midwifery News

Invitation to participate in UBC Childbirth Fear Study

Dear Consumers Supporting Midwifery Care,

Are you pregnant?
Help researchers in the UBC Department of Psychiatry learn more about women’s childbirth concerns! If you are pregnant and 18 years or older, you are eligible to participate.

Participation requires 1.0 to 1.5 hours of your time and involves an online survey and a brief telephone interview. You will be asked about your background, reproductive history, current pregnancy, mood, feelings about childbirth as well as any history of sexual abuse or trauma.

With this research, we will assess the validity of a new screening tool for fear of childbirth, and explore the relationship between fear of childbirth, and mental health, history of trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress.  We hope to create educational materials using the study results.

Register for the study at: survey.ubc.ca/s/childbirth-fear-study-intake/.

See the study Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ChildbirthFearStudy.

UBC Perinatal Anxiety Lab site: http://parlab.med.ubc.ca.

Please see the PDF summarizing the study and feel free to share the study.

Thank you,​
Rebecca Ferguson

UBC Perinatal Anxiety Lab
Room 209-2400 Arbutus Rd
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health
Victoria, BC, V8N 1V7
Phone: (250) 519-5390, ext. 36439
Email: childbirthfearstudy@uvic.ca
Web: http://parlab.med.ubc.ca

Into the Breech: This midwife says breech births are safe and natural

CBC’s Brian Goldman’s “White Coat-Black Art” presents an update on the state of breech birth in Canada.

“Breech, which make up 4 per cent of total births, means the baby comes out bottom first. A breech birth is difficult because the bottom doesn’t widen the birth canal as much as head-first delivery. It takes more skill and experience to get the head out without injuring the baby and to do it quickly enough for the baby to start breathing on its own.

Daviss believes that breech births are not only safe, but preferable to Caesarian sections. There’s some evidence the medical community is coming around to her way of thinking. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada has published guidelines recommending doctors no longer do C-sections routinely when a baby is breech. That’s a revision on its previous stand.”

Listen to the full radio piece »

Invitation to participate in research study on the role of midwifery in Ontario’s health system

Dear Consumers Supporting Midwifery Care,

You are being invited to participate in a research study that examines Ontario’s response to maternity care needs through midwifery. Specifically you are being invited to participate in an interview about how the Ontario health system has assigned roles to midwifery. Your involvement would mean participating in a 30-60 minute in person or telephone interview to be scheduled at your convenience. During the interview, we will ask you questions about one or two policy directions of interest: 1) the creation of two midwifery-led birth centres in 2014 and/or 2) the recent primary care reform discussion paper (Patients first: a proposal to strengthen patient-centred health care in Ontario), which does not explicitly include midwives as part of the reform. You will be asked about what factors led to the creation of these policies, what stakeholders were involved in the decision-making process, what are the goals of the policies and (if applicable) what are the results being achieved.

Please see a letter of information that gives you full details about the study along with a consent form. If you would like to participate or have questions about the study before you make a decision, please contact Cristina Mattison (see contact details below).
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
Kind regards,
Cristina A. Mattison, MSc

Doctoral Candidate
Health Policy
McMaster Health Forum’s Impact Lab
1280 Main St. West, CRL-209
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1, Canada

Petition to remove the forced administration of erythromycin

Did you Know?
Midwives and other health care providers are legally obligated to give eye prophylaxis to every baby?
– This is one of the only laws that removes a parent’s decision making authority?
– Ontario is one of 5 provinces or territories in Canada that even have such a law?
– Current research* shows that this practice is outdated and ineffective?
– The Canadian Paediatric Society and the Association of Ontario Midwives have called for the abolishment of this law?

Join us in changing history! Print and sign the petition and return it to the Midwifery Group of Ottawa at 265 Carling Avenue, Suite 700 by October 29th to add your voice.

Volunteers needed for research project

Have you experienced mental health concerns in pregnancy or after your baby’s birth? Are you a health care provider  who provides care to pregnant or postpartum women? Volunteers are needed for research project through the Midwifery Group of Ottawa and the Ottawa Birth & Wellness Centre: here’s more information for health care providers and women. Participants must be over 18 years of age. Study is starting October 2015.

Practice updates as of January 8

Midwifery Collective
Wait lists for every month but spaces do open up.  Recent past they were not even full and some months 20-25 people on the list.  Increased wait lists on the summer due to vacation.

Midwifery Group
1 space in May and 1 space in June, may have space in July also, August is full, space in September.
Wait lists increased initially when the birth centre opened but they seem to have settled down.  This July has a shorter list than most summers.

May 2015 – 2 spots left
July 2015 – 1 spot left
August 2015 – 4 spots left
September 2015 – lots so far!

Contact the practices directly for up-to-date openings.

Ottawa midwives would like your photos

Ottawa midwives would like your photos of you, your midwives and your families, relevant gatherings, newspaper clippings, posters. They are looking for ANYTHING related to Ottawa midwifery and your experiences. Ottawa midwives will be making a slideshow with these materials for the 20th anniversary party, planned for Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 11th from 1 pm – 4 pm. They will return your donations, which can be emailed (ottawamidwifery20@gmail.com), dropped off at The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe, or at the Midwifery Group of Ottawa office.

Please note the forms on this page (https://www.facebook.com/20yearsofontariomidwifery/posts/637071773039022#!/20yearsofontariomidwifery/photos/pcb.632528163493383/632527966826736/?type=1&theater).