a comment inspired me to write something.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2013 by midwiferyjourney

I know I know, im terrible at this but when I was applying I didnt care and read everything I could haha.

Nearing the end of first semester here at LU. It’s a tough slog, I wont lie haha. I did get transfer credits but some strange part of my brain convinced me to take a full course load anyway. SOOO MUCH WORK! I only have one midwifery related class this semester which is interesting, next semester I have 2! Definitely looking forward to getting more into the midwifery side of things. In the meantime I have 5 essays to write in the next 3 weeks and one assignment. All I want to do is sleep.

Good luck to everyone applying for 2014!

Alright so it’s been a while

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2013 by midwiferyjourney

I’ve neglected this blog for a long time, I just didnt have the desire to write.

A lot has happened in the past 2 years, I applied again to Ryerson and did not get an interview. I decided to take a bachelor of women’s studies degree through Athabasca university. I am 14/30 credits into the program. However… I decided to apply to laurentian University this year due to a growing interest in rural health care and because I felt it was a better fit for me. I applied for September 2013 intake and got placed on the wait list. Well last week I learned I got a place off the waitlist! To say I am ecstatic is an understatement. I am exhilarated and terrified at once. Me and my partner have 2 months to fix a few things in our house, try and sell it, find a place in sudbury and move. It’s a lot to take in, especially since I am in finals right now and wont be done my current courses until the end of the month… ahhh.. so much to do and so little time!

Finding a place in Sudbury is going to be hard with 2 dogs and a cat but it will happen. My course starts at the end of August. I hope I will have the time and brain power to post here once in a while so it wont be years between posts. But I’m not making any promises until I see how hard of a slog school is going to be.

In the meantime, my aspiring midwifery friends, hang in there. Keep your eye on the goal and work towards it, you will reach it!

Delayed Cord Clamping

Posted in Birth on February 5, 2011 by midwiferyjourney

Was given the link to this nifty blog and videos:


So I watched it today at work no less, below are some notes from the video

(As my coworker says, they clamp it early to make the baby pull his own weight because they have been freeloading for 9 months… I love my job sometimes)

Iatrogenic is from Iatros in Greece http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Iatros.jpg

Mammals leave the umbilical cord alone and eventually the placenta/cord is eaten

Easmus Darwin advocated for delayed cord clamping

“Another thing very injurious to the child, is the tying and cutting of the navel string too soon; which should always be left till the child has not only repeatedly breathed but till all pulsation in the cord ceases.

As otherwise the child is much weaker than it ought to be, a portion of the blood being left in the placenta, which ought to have been in the child.”


Any physiological or clinical impact?

Immediate clamping causes lower blood volume. Delayed clamping causes higher blood volume, about 25% more blood in infants with delayed clamping.

At 4 days there is a 20-30% difference in blood volume

Greater then 50% increase in red blood cell volume

50% of the blood infusion from the cord is within 1 minute, the rest is in 2-5 minutes

The blood volume with the baby at the mom’s stomach or lower is the same

The umbilical artery stops pumping around 45 seconds

Bilirubin levels are under 15mg/dl in 20% of babies with delayed clamping vs 0% with immediate clamping.

A study showed that only 2% of babies with delayed cord clamping had iron deficiencies, whereas 8% with immediate clamping had an iron deficiency.

Iron amounts were higher in delayed cord clamping babies vs immediate.

Sepsis and IVH (Intraventricular hemorrhage) were both greatly lowered in premature babies who had delayed cord clamping.

Iron is essential for forming myelin.

Here are a couple of interesting articles from Midwifery Today



I havent made a post in a while…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2011 by midwiferyjourney

Because I have been so busy getting my application ready! I sent it Tuesday! Im so nervous!!!


Posted in Birth, Midwifery on January 12, 2011 by midwiferyjourney

Ive been reading quite a bit about placenta services such as placenta encapsulation, tinctures, essence and prints.

Seems like an interesting thing, and something Im considering supplimenting my income with… My only worry is that the smell of steamed placenta will be gross and linger around the house.

Placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, has been reported for decades to help stop the baby blues and diminish postpartum fatigue.  Some women have cooked the placenta in a stew, mixed it into a smoothie, or even taken it raw to tap into its powerful effects.  For many who feel squeamish about this or want to reap the benefits of placenta for more than just a day or two, there is another option: encapsulation.  Powdered placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries.  In the postpartum period, placenta capsules can be used to

  • balance your hormones
  • enhance your milk supply
  • increase your energy

Although current research on human placentophagy does not exist, what we do know is that women who take placenta capsules report fewer emotional issues, have more energy and tend to enjoy a faster, more pleasant postpartum recovery.  The first few days and weeks with your new baby are precious.  Give yourself the best chance to fully enjoy your “babymoon” with placenta capsules.


Im not sure how one gets into this kind of thing, and I wish I could get a placenta to practice on, do you think it would be weird to ask one of the preggo girls at work if I can have their placenta?


Tuesday’s With Morrie

Posted in Misc., School on January 5, 2011 by midwiferyjourney

So… not exactly midwifery related but for my English pre-req course I had to read Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom.

Holy cow that’s a good book!

Amazon’s description:

The titular Morrie was Morrie Schwartz, Albom’s university professor 20 years before the events being narrated. An accidental viewing of an interview with Morrie on Nightline led Albom to become reunited with his old teacher, friend, and “coach” at a time when Albom, a successful sportswriter, was struggling to define dissatisfaction with his own life and career. Morrie, on the other hand, after a rich life filled with friends, family, teaching, and music, was dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a crippling illness that diminished his activities daily. Albom was one of hundreds of former students and acquaintances who traveled great distances to visit Morrie in the final months of his life.

The 14 Tuesday visits that followed their reunion took Albom–and will take listeners with him–on a journey of reawakening to life’s best rewards. The story is told in a journalistic style that never crosses into pathos. That a professional writer can write well is not surprising, but Albom also reads well, with clear enunciation and a talent for mimicry. Another reader might have interpreted the professor’s aphorisms as droll humor or wrung a wrong note at an inappropriate moment, making the story a maudlin tear-jerker; instead it is read for what it is, a tribute to a remarkable teacher. (Running time: four hours, three cassettes) –Brenda Pittsley


Morrie was a very wise and inspirational man. Here are a few quotes from the book:

On Culture:

“The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.” (p.42)

On Forgiveness:

“We…need to forgive ourselves…For all the things we didn’t do. All the things we should have done. You can’t get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened.” (p.166)

On Getting Meaning intoLife:

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” (p.43)

On Emotions:

“If you hold back on the emotions–if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them–you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid.” (p.104)

More here:http://quote2me.blogspot.com/2007/04/quotes-from-tuesdays-with-morrie.html

If you haven’t read this I highly recommend it!


Posted in School with tags on December 31, 2010 by midwiferyjourney

Applying to Midwifery in Ontario is not the most pleasant experience and I’ve just started! I filled out the initial application with the Ontario University Application Centre. Only 3 schools in Ontario offer Midwifery, Ryerson in Toronto, McMaster in Hamilton and Laurentian in Sudbury. I’ve been to school in Sudbury once, and am not keen on doing it again, plus we own a house and the bf has a good job with RIM. McMaster is very academically oriented and well, I was not exactly the best student in high school (I’m seriously being judged on something I did 10 years ago!) so Ryerson it is. However, I can only apply to 1 school at a time and each school only takes about 25-30 people per year. Ouch. So, sent in the prelim app which cost me $205! Now I have to write a personal letter, send in transcripts and the written portion of the application by February 1st. I then have to wait until sometime in March to hear if I get an interview in April, then go to the interview and wait another month or 2 to find out if I get in. Whew, talk about a long process. The wait will kill me.

In the meantime I need to finish the pre-req courses, of which I am 1/5 of the way through English and need to start my social science. Thankfully I have until June 24th to finish them. I also need to get my license and continue paying down my student loans.

Lots to do and it feels like there is such little time to do it!


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