Doulas really do make a difference. There is an excellent article written by Rebecca Dekker about the evidence for doulas. Read it here: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/
Saturday, November 12, 2016
6:00 pm Pre-show presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:30 pm Community Panel
Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa
Why not Home? tells the stories of doctors, nurses, and midwives who have attended hundreds of hospital births, yet chose to have their children at home. How did these women with inside knowledge of birth evaluate the evidence and make their decisions? Through the experiences of these women, both at home and in the hospital, we gain unique insights into risk, safety, and the experience of childbirth in America.
Click on the link below to see the trailer.
Autum is slowly edging out summer and with the change in weather we can expect to be raking some leaves. Remember these 5 tips when you are raking.
- Take frequent rests to give your body a break.
- Stretch during and after raking.
- Switch sides and hand positions so you rake from left and right.
- Change positions as often as you can.
- Lift with your knees and hold the load close to your body.
Take time to enjoy the crisp air and the crunch of leaves as you get your yardwork done.
PREGNANCY AND YOUR BACK
Did you know that at least 50 per cent of pregnant women experience back pain? And 10 per cent of those report discomfort severe enough to disrupt their daily routines. The good news is that there are steps you can take to baby your back during pregnancy.
What causes pregnancy-related back pain in the first place?
The average healthy weight gain is more than 30 pounds. This extra weight places considerable stress on the back, feet, ankles and knees. As your baby grows, the core abdominal muscles become stretched, and cannot stabilize your posture as well as they did before.
In the third trimester, levels of a hormone called “relaxin” increase ten times. This also contributes to back pain. Relaxin loosens your joints to allow the pelvis to accommodate the enlarging uterus. These loose joints force the muscles of the back and pelvis to work overtime to keep you upright and balanced.
Try these tips to help minimize your risk of back pain.
- Exercise can help increase muscle support for your aching back. Always consult a health care practitioner before participating in a new exercise regimen. Low impact cardiovascular activities, such as swimming, walking, or stationary cycling can help relieve pain and maintain fitness.
- Sleep on your left side to reduce the pressure of the uterus on the large blood vessels in the abdomen, and optimize blood flow to both mother and baby.
- Place a pillow between your knees to take pressure off your lower back when sleeping on your side. Place the pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back.
- Take frequent, short breaks with your feet elevated.
- Remember, adequate rest restores your energy and gives your back a chance to relax.
- Wear flat, supportive shoes and use a lumbar support pillow in your chair at home or work. If you sit at a computer or desk, take frequent breaks and walk around for a few minutes each hour.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially when lifting heavy objects, including other toddlers and children.
Numerous studies show that back pain can be reduced by manual therapies during pregnancy. In a study of 170 Canadian women those who received chiropractic care reported less pain both during pregnancy and during labour.
A maternity chiropractor can provide safe, effective, and drug-free conservative care to relieve pain, by decreasing pressure on the joints, muscles and nerves of the spine and pelvis.
As of November 1st, Stepping Stone Chiropractic will have a new home at Holistic Roots. Holistic Roots is a massage therapy and wellness clinic located on 475 Cambridge Street. The clinic is on the ground floor and there is ample, free, on street parking. We look forward to working in a collaborative, natural health setting. Please join us at our new location to receive the same great care you have always enjoyed at Stepping Stone Chiropractic.
In just 3 weeks the Better Beginnings Baby and Parent Fair will be taking place. There will be lots of fabulous door prizes and swag bags for the first 75 attendees. Join us at the Westboro Legion on Friday, May 22 at 6pm.
CHOICE! is a volunteer run festival screening films about babies and birth followed by a panel discussion featuring community stakeholders. I have attended a number of the films in the past few years and I have been both challenged and encouraged by the films and the discussions following. The next film is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th.
“Beautiful Births” (by Jacqui Blue) and “Dancing for Birth” (by Stephanie Larsen) will be shown at Saint Paul University on Saturday, February 28th starting at 6pm.
Discounted tickets at www.informedchoice.ca