In this episode, we talk with Abbotsford Doulas Stephanie Penner and Michelle Short of Wildflower Birth Collective about modern home births, options available to women in the birth process, how important it is to be your own advocate, and all that pressure about birth, nursing, and parenting.

In this episode, we talk with Abbotsford Doulas Stephanie Penner and Michelle Short of Wildflower Birth Collective about modern home births, options available to women in the birth process, how important it is to be your own advocate, and all that pressure about birth, nursing, and parenting.

Did you know that last year ending in June, the number of babies born in Canada was 374,885? That’s an increase of almost 16% over the year before. BC has the highest rate in Canada of home births, at 3.5%, much higher than Alberta, with the lowest rate of 0.9%. According to Stats Canada, rates for procedures like epidurals, vacuum extraction, and induction have all gone up. Most notably, Caesarean births have risen from 17.6% in 1995/96 to 27.9% in 2015/16. We’re going to talk about what all of these numbers actually mean.

My guests today are registered Doulas, and we’re going to talk about what that means in a few minutes. They each hold multiple certifications related to birth support and process. They started Wildflower Birth Collective earlier this year, and they have been very busy since they opened their doors!

Please welcome Abbotsford Doulas and natural birth advocates, Michelle Short and Stephanie Penner!


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