A tra­di­tional, grow­ing al­ter­na­tive

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Staff Moth­ers con­tinue to give birth the old-fash­ioned way, at home, with the as­sis­tance of mid­wives.

Re­search shows that hav­ing a home-birth is “as safe as a hos­pi­tal birth” as long as the mother has a qual­i­fied per­son to tend to her needs, ob­serves Mélissa St-Cyr, se­nior part­ner and a regis­tered mid­wife at Gen­tle Be­gin­nings Mid­wifery.

A mid­wife can as­sist a woman dur­ing all stages of her preg­nancy whether she de­cides to have her baby at home or at a hos­pi­tal.

Gen­tle Be­gin­nings has been grow­ing each year. The prac­tice started in 2003 with two mid­wives serv­ing all of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry and now it has seven mid­wives with three of­fices. It serves about 250 clients in to­tal.

“We still have room to grow as al­most each month we have wait­ing lists,” says Ms. St-Cyr.

Mid­wifery has also be­come more pop­u­lar with women who are look­ing for a more nat­u­ral de­liv­ery at home.

Mid­wives can also as­sist a client in her birth when she chooses to have her baby in hos­pi­tal.

“Just be­cause you have a mid­wife it doesn’t mean you can’t de­liver in hos­pi­tal,” adds Ms. St-


Mélissa St-Cyr with her baby Ben­jamin, when he was just one week old.

pro­cesses; how­ever, mid­wives sup­port the use of tech­nol­ogy when needed.” de­cide whether she wants to have a mid­wife or a doc­tor since she isn’t per­mit­ted to use the serv-

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