Mothers and baby

Why I Chose a Midwife

Hello Fancy Lacy Community,

Back in 2013 when I was pregnant for the first time, I worked with a woman who was due a few months before me with her second baby. Everyday, I asked her questions about pregnancy and delivery. She told me that quite often, your primary care provider during your pregnancy isn’t the one who delivers your baby – it depends on which Doctor is on call at the hospital. For me, continuity of care was important, so I researched my options and  put my name on the RQHR wait list for midwifery care. I was called about halfway through my pregnancy and  was lucky enough to receive most of my prenatal care (and 6 weeks of post-partum care) from a midwife.

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Maternity photo from  Life Love and Lucy

I was so pleased with my experience with the midwives last time, that one of the first people I called when I got pregnant the second time was the Midwifery office to put my name on the wait list again. I’m currently receiving my prenatal care from an RQHR midwife and couldn’t be happier. Here are some of the reasons:

  • I’ve always known I wanted to have a natural (unmedicated) childbirth, and I feel the midwifery model of care  is more in line with my philosophy.
  • I like the option of having a home birth
  • I like knowing the person who will be delivering my baby
  • Some of the pre/post natal visits are done from the comfort of my home
  • I never felt rushed during my appointments. An hour is allotted for each visit. I also never had to wait to be seen.
  • I felt very well informed and played an active role in the decisions regarding my care.
  • My midwife visited my home to check on me while I was in labour and let me know when it was time to go to the hospital.

I feel so lucky to have the option of receiving care from such highly skilled midwives here in Regina and would recommend anyone who is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant to research midwifery care to see if it’s right for them.

Thank you for reading,

Erin

Obsession Du Jour: Ivette Ivens’ Book – Breastfeeding Goddesses

Hello Lovelies,

Let’s the truth be told, public nursing even when you are covered raises some eyebrows. In North America, It is seen as a taboo so it is a hot topic. I didn’t realize this until I had my kids. When I tried to breastfeed them in public, I was so self conscious because others cringed. As long I can remember, it was never the case in Africa. Africans find this a natural thing to do. No one will give you side eyes if you breastfeed in public – It is really a way of life. No covering there. Here, most people may disagree. Photographer, Ivette Ivens, made my day today. She captured outdoor breastfeeding photos. The pictures are incredible. Some pictures were overdone, but I still enthusiastically support this project to normalize breastfeeding. Let’s break the stigma, there is no shame in nursing. Here are my three favourites.

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Photos: Ivette Ivens

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again

XOXO

Judith