Helpful Handouts

The Arbour Birth Centre
The Arbour Birth Center is an independent facility specifically designed to be a safe and comfortable place for women and their families to give birth, and which reflects and supports the Midwifery Model of Care.
www.arbourbirthcenter.com

Birth & Babies - Alberta Health Services, Perinatal Education
Childbirth and Parenting Education is one part of the Alberta Health Services maternity care and service. The Childbirth Education Program works with your physician and other Alberta Health Services maternity services personnel to ensure that you receive a seamless service and the most accurate and up to date information.
www.birthandbabies.com

Birth Narratives - Counselling and Birth-Story Listening
Birth Narratives offers specialized counselling services for:
birth trauma, birth stress, prenatal and postpartum depression & anxiety.  We also offer general counselling suited to your needs from preconception through parenthood.
birthnarratives.ca


Birthing From Within
Birthing From Within exists to inspire and teach expectant and new parents, and those who work with them, to prepare for birth as a transformative Rite of Passage. Their holistic approach can also help with emotionally difficult births through compassionate, honest preparation.
www.birthingfromwithin.com

           Shannon Kary, RN

           Birthing from Within Mentor

           403-816-7832    



BREASTFEEDING

Healthy Birth Choices
Healthy Birth Choices specializes in prenatal education. Currently, they offer an online version of their Breastfeeding Essentials class. This e-Class is intended to minimize frustrations that many first time parents experience during the first hours and days post-birth.
www.healthybirthchoices.com

BreastFeeding Inc
Breastfeeding Inc's aim is to empower parents by making available the most up-to-date information about breastfeeding. Many free information sheets, video clips, and articles are available at their website.
www.breastfeedinginc.ca

La Leche League International
LLL Canada encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society.
www.lllc.ca

Calgary Mothers Milk Bank
Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank is a community based, not-for-profit organization that provides screened and pasteurized donor human milk to babies in need when mother’s own milk is not available.
www.calgarymothersmilkbank.ca


Calgary Doula Association

The Calgary Doula Association is committed to providing emotional, physical and knowledge-based support for women and their families during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period while promoting a positive, informed birth experience.
www.calgarydoulas.ca

Healthy Birth Choices
Healthy Birth Choices offers comprehensive prenatal classes, including online and video-based classes. Their goal is to provide expectant parents with the knowledge and strategies necessary to create an optimal pregnancy, labour and birth experience.
www.healthybirthchoices.com


HOMEBIRTH (Research)

Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife vs. planned hospital birth with midwife or physician
Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of mortality and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.
Canadian Medical Association Journal

Outcomes associated with planned home and planned hospital births attended by midwives
Midwives who were integrated into the health care system with good access to emergency services, consultation, and transfer of care provided care resulting in favorable outcomes for women planning both home or hospital births.
Birth: Issues In Perinatal Care

Perinatal mortality and morbidity in planned home and hospital births
This study shows that planned home births do not increase the risks of perinatal mortality and severe perinatal morbidity among low-risk women, provided the maternity care system facilitates this choice throughout the availability of well-trained midwives and through a good transportation and referral system.
An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology


MIDWIFERY

Alberta Association of Midwives
The Alberta Association of Midwives educates the public about the benefits of midwifery care and supports the growing number of Registered Midwives in Alberta. Follow this link to see their infographic on
the Value of Midwives in Alberta.
www.abmidwives.ca
        
Canadian Association of Midwives
CAM is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The mission of CAM is to provide leadership and advocacy for midwifery as a regulated, publicly funded and vital part of the primary maternity care system in all provinces and territories.
www.canadianmidwives.org
       
Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium
The Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium (CMRC) is a network of midwifery regulatory authorities from Canadian provinces and territories where midwifery is regulated.
cmrc-ccosf.ca

College of Midwives of Alberta
The College is the regulatory organization ensuring quality midwifery services in Alberta and the safety of expectant mothers and their babies.
www.college-midwives-ab.ca

Prenatal Nutrition - Health Canada
A woman's nutritional and overall health, before and during pregnancy, influences the health of her developing baby. Eating well, combined with taking a daily multivitamin, can give a woman the nutrients she needs to feel good, have energy, and support a healthy pregnancy. See Health Canada's 
Key Recommendations for Prenatal Nutrition.
www.hc-sc.gc.ca


Spinning Babies: Easier Birth with Fetal Positioning
Spinning Babies leads women through activities in pregnancy to prepare for a straightforward, even easier birth. Muscles that may have gotten short and tight from sitting and driving or a previous accident are lengthened and softened. In labor, there are techniques to help this and to open the pelvis right where baby needs some extra space.
www.spinningbabies.com


WATERBIRTH

Guideline for the Use of Water in Labour and Birth
The British Columbia College of Midwives has reviewed the best available evidence and offers this guideline to assist midwives and women in their decision-making process around the use of water immersion for labour and birth.  The body of evidence in this area is small but growing.
College of Midwives of British Columbia

Immersion in Water for Labour and Birth
The Royal College of Midwives supports labouring in water for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies. The evidence to support underwater birth is less clear but complications are seemingly rare. If good practice guidelines are followed in relation to infection control, management of cord rupture and strict adherence to eligibility criteria, these complications should be further reduced.
Royal College of Midwives

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