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As I was licking my birth wounds four days ago and remembering the twin birth of one of my clients I got to read this facebook update about twins born at home two days apart:

Hellena Post: Just had the most intense 3 day physical, emotional, spiritual, transformative, learning experience of my life. Birthing twin boys – Maximillian Hercules on Sat. 21 at 9.25am, then staying in labour on and off while nursing a newborn, till Merlin Redbad was born on Monday 23 at 4.05am…two unique boys, with different birthdays, different looks, and totally separate births…”

How AWESOME is this?! You don’t hear things like that! Ever! I hear of homeborn twins but 2 DAYS APART? Wow! That just blows my thresholds right there.  Hellena Post’s birth was in Australia and was attended by the Australian goddess of home breach births and a home-birth midwife warrior Lisa Barrett.

I remember asking my twin client if she knows her doc’s policy on twin births, specifically how long does she have to birth twin B on her own before the OB will start mucking things up. I wonder what he would say to this birth story. But … not really. I don’t really care what he would say. Because he does not provide a sound advice anyway.

Thank goodness for my community and specifically the on-line community. We women love to share and network and I am so thankful that we women-folk can access what we need when we need it.


holly cow! This new REVIEW that just came out in the American Journal of OB & GYN TODAY is sparking some controversy. Kudos to Dr. Klein, an emeritus professor of family practice and pediatrics at the University of British Columbia to setting the record straight and calling the review a “crap”.
Dr. Joseph R. Wax of the OB-GYN department at Maine Medical Center, the lead investigator, with “his colleagues analyzed data …” and “came to the conclusion that there was a tripling of neonatal deaths for home births…”

SAY WHAT??? ANALYZE MY BEHIND. Really! would love to see the work they did and how they did it.

Dr. Jay Iams, the journal’s associate editor: “The study results are consistent with what common sense would tell you,”

That is WHY you don’t give birth to babies, dear Dr. Iams, and why you need a study after a study after a study  to tell you what? That men are incapable of giving birth normally and that you should just leave to women, preferably the ones that don’t have too many initials after their names.

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STOP INDUCING OUR WOMEN! It is an assault. Provide them with a real choice of care providers and different settings for birth. STOP prosecuting us for our informed decisions. Enough with coercion.

Vancouver Sun and other dailies reported on a new study coming out of UBC regarding high c-section rates in BC. That is nothing new. They also say that the rates vary among practitioners/hospitals/regions. That is nothing new either. As much as I like the wording used and perhaps a bit fresher look at the issue I wonder how many more studies will it take to make a change.

BC c-section rate 30.4% highest in all provinces, c-section rate for induction 26%, first time Mom inducing for “post dates” – 50% chance of surgery, rates may be higher per doctor and hospital, conclusion …. need more monitoring, data, and research to come up with a plan on how to lower the section rate (quality improvement strategies) and hope we will find people (hosptl admin and team members) willing to implement it. ??? WTF?
source: c-section birth task force report 2008, BC Perinatal Health Program
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