New: Class series on WizIq begin soon

New, Live Online Midwifery Classes on WizIq
Midwifery 101, Classes begin on Thur April 19, 2012 and continue to the end of August 2012. $150 for 20 live, online classes with Gloria Lemay, 60 mins long.

Midwifery 102, Classes also begin on Thur April 19, 2012 and continue to the end of August 2012. $89 for 10 live, online classes with Gloria Lemay, 60 mins long.
These classes are designed for students who have completed the Midwifery 101 course.

For times and lots more information on how to join WizIq and a free sample of a class, see the links above. Feel free to share this post.

Thank you for a great series of classes. I always laugh when I watch you and have enjoyed these classes so much. I have learned a great deal about how I hope to practice. Your love of your work shines through when you teach and I admire your respect for the women you serve. Trista Tetro


For all you crafty types


Double knitting wool – 3 oz
4 Knitting needles, pointed at both ends size 8
Small quantity shirring elastic
Round balloons
1 plastic ball 3½” diameter (three and a half inches)

Knitted Uterus

Cast on 48 stitches 16 on each of 3 needles. Join.
Knit 2, Purl 2. until cuff measures two and a half inches.
Continue in plain knitting.

FIRST ROUND. Increase 1 stitch in every 6th stitch (56 stitches).
Knit 7 rows plain knitting.
8th ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 7th stitch (64 stitches).
15th ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 8th stitch (72 stitches).
22nd ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 9th stitch (80 stitches).
29th ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 10th stitch (88 stitches).
36th ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 11th stitch (96 stitches).
43rd ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 12th stitch (104 stitches).
Continue to knit on these 104 stitches for
another 25 rounds.

Decrease :-
FIRST ROUND. *knit 11 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
2nd ROUND. *knit 10 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
3rd ROUND. *knit 9 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
4th ROUND. *knit 8 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
5th ROUND. *knit 7 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
6th ROUND. *knit 6 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
7th ROUND. *knit 5 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
8th ROUND. *knit 4 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
9th ROUND. *knit 3 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
10th ROUND. *knit 2 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
11th ROUND. *knit 1 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
12th ROUND *Slip 1 Knit 1. Repeat to end of stitches.

Cut the wool. Draw the end through the remaining eight stitches and finish off.
Thread a few strands of shirring elastic around the top and bottom of the cuff.

To use this visual aid :-
Insert the balloon into the cuff and blow it up, tie the end securely. Then insert the ball.
Pressure on the balloon gives a realistic impression of the uterine
contractions and the full dilation of the cervix in the first stage of birth.

The Last Stand for a Vaginal Birth

Evidence, originally uploaded by gabi_menashe.

I’ve seen this scene so many times. It looks like this when the epidural has gone in and the woman has been wheeled off to the surgery to have her cesarean.

If she’d birthed in the bed, they would have put the mattress back together over top of those white foot pedals and there would be a lot of blood everywhere. Sometimes I wish I didn’t know things. Gloria


1. It’s fun to say “my designer” and that little phrase makes people look at you with new eyes. In order to say “my designer” you have to give a designer some money (which they will save you over and over) and I wish I hadn’t waited till I was in my 60s to do it.

2. A lamp in every corner of the room.

3. Cut your flower stems to be in proportion to your vase. I was taught by a florist that “length of stem is everything”, my designer will not permit any of that nonsense.

4. If it’s pretty and you love it, you will naturally keep it clean and tidy. So true, Maria!

5. If you have a large floor, put a large carpet on it.

6. When you buy stuff for your place with a decorator, it will be brought home and put up or placed right away—it’s all about instant gratification and there’s no room for dawdling around with delivery or installation people. The designer has to see the effect, right now!

7. A woman can never have too many trays. These trays will contain your vignettes which your designer will place for you and God help anyone who moves anything on those trays.

8. If you’re designing a bathroom, don’t be tempted to have that little counter that runs over the back of the toilet. That’s called a “porkchop” and shows that you have committed a deadly sin of design i.e. being “dated”, a label to be avoided at all costs in the interior design world.

9. Home sense is one word and your car should have a new bumper sticker. Instead of “This car stops at all garage sales”, it now should read “This car stops at all “Homesense” stores.” If you’ve never heard of “Homesense”, hiring a designer is an emergency.

10. Pretty, silky, bejeweled, feminine, throw cushions speak volumes about what a fox you really are. Again, your friends and family look at you in a whole new way when you’re associated with great throw cushions on the furniture.

Who Blogs about Birth?

I was laughing with Lisa Barrett this past week about how much we love our own blogs. We agreed that it’s just fun to open your blog and stare at it with loving eyes. Also, there’s this excitement that maybe someone has left a comment that you don’t know about (all comments come in on my email) or that someone has linked to your witty words! The megalomaniac that lurks within me loves having a blog and is now thinking of adding another one–I may seek some therapy to avoid going there 🙂

Lisa says my blog has changed since I started out and that it’s a lot more current and personal now. Again, must seek therapy and get back to being careful and stand offish. Of course, when I blog, I do so with the knowledge that the Attorney General of my province is reading every word and all of it may be twisted around and thrown back at me in a court of law someday. On the other hand, that may be a good thing if it keeps me from betraying client confidences and helps to moderate my writing.

Today I came across this information from Technorati about what kind of people blog. Most birth blogs that I’ve seen don’t fit this profile (male, wealthy, degree’d) and it would be interesting to do a separate survey to find out who blogs on the topic of birth (if I ever figure out how to do surveyMonkey, I may take charge of this project). When I think about the women I follow, most have technical skills themselves or live with a partner who is computer savvy. A passionate, urgent desire to impact childbirth for the better is the general theme of my favourites. My blog came about as a result of doing a course with Laureen Hudson on and then requesting assistance from a client’s husband who originally put up my website and was willing to create a WordPress blog for me. (Wave to Troy.)

State of the Blogosphere
Who Are The Bloggers? SOTB 2009
Author: sussman
Published: October 19, 2009 at 6:00 am

Overall, bloggers are a highly educated and affluent group. Nearly half of all bloggers we surveyed have earned a graduate degree, and the majority have a household income of $75,000 per year or higher. As blogging is now firmly a part of the mainstream, we see that the average blogger has three or more blogs and has been blogging for two or more years. We are also noticing an ever-increasing overlap between blogging and mainstream media.

Who are the bloggers?

• Two-thirds are male
• 60% are 18-44
• The majority are more affluent and educated than the general population
◦ 75% have college degrees
◦ 40% have graduate degrees
◦ One in three has an annual household income of $75K+
◦ One in four has an annual household income of $100K+
◦ Professional and self-employed bloggers are more affluent: nearly half have an annual household income of $75,000 and one third topped the $100,000 level
• More than half are married
• More than half are parents
• Half are employed full time, however ¾ of professional bloggers are employed full time.

Overall, bloggers in the US are pretty evenly distributed across the country. The states with the highest concentrations of bloggers are:

California: 16%
New York: 9%
Florida: 5%
Texas: 5%
Washington: 5%
Massachusetts: 4%
Virginia: 4%

Over the past several years, we’ve seen blogging move firmly into the mainstream. Half of bloggers who responded are working on at least their second blog, and 68% have been blogging for two years or more.

86% have been blogging for at least a year. About half of respondents have written blogs before the one the one they write now, as have 60% of the self-employed.

The bloggers we surveyed have an average of three or four blogs.

Large or small, professional or casual, nearly half of active blogs have some authority. In looking at the just over five million blogs tracked by Technorati who posted in June, 45% have a Technorati Authority number of 1 or more, meaning they can truly claim their place in the active blogosphere.

As the concepts of blogging and mainstream media continue to converge, it’s not surprising that there is quite a bit of overlap between the two entities. Despite being perceived by some as enemies of the traditional media, bloggers actually carry a journalistic pedigree. 35 percent of all respondents have worked within the traditional media as a writer, reporter, producer, or on-air personality.

By way of contrast, consider that less than 1% of the US labor force was employed as a journalist in 2006. Monthly magazines and daily newspapers are the best-represented types of media outlets among those bloggers who have worked in the traditional media, with radio a strong third.

And the true overlap reveals itself in the 27 percent of respondents who both blog and work in traditional media.

Despite “the sky is falling” rhetoric, respondents do not regard the rise of online media and blogging as the death knell for newspapers or other traditional media. Bloggers do agree their medium is ascendant and 69% agree that blogs are getting taken more seriously as information sources. At the same time, only 35% of this audience gets its news and information from blogs more than from other media sources now, and only 31% believe that newspapers will not be able to survive in the next ten years.

The media picture is therefore muddled: bloggers know they are picking up steam but seem reluctant to claim media hegemony. Maybe it’s because so many used to be traditional journalists…

Media Habits of Bloggers

Television, blogs and social media were the top three media consumed – though the actions necessary for the creation of social media, such as sharing searches (2.58 hours per week among all) or videos (1.69 hours per week among all) are not themselves as popular as passive readership. Respondents also report spending a significant amount of time per week reading physical newspapers – but only 2/3 the amount of time they spend reading newspapers online.

Among media activities, social media is preeminent on mobile devices, though reading blogs is a strong second. Given that podcasts grew up specifically around mobile devices and that Internet radio has recently been optimized for performance in the mobile space, bloggers report devoting surprisingly little time to them on the go.

The myth about blogging is that it’s so easy and straightforward once it’s set up. NOT. Lisa was telling me this weekend that the reason I can’t post pictures from my own computer on my blog is because I never paid for it. Did not know I had to pay for a WordPress blog? Everyone else has great personal photos and I am madly searching on Google images for illustrative photos and it was just a matter of paying money. . . now, I have to find out who gets the money. Soon, you’ll see my photography on this blog. It took me forever to figure out how to get a video to play on the blog. That’s a whole complicated thing about disabling my “Rich Text Editor”. You wouldn’t believe the excited jumping around the first time I mastered that! Then, I have troubles like my entire sidebar configuration disappearing if I link to a photo on the internet. The men at my webserver send me very curt admonitions when I do that stunt but I really don’t understand what I even did. I just thank them for fixing things up and promise not to bother them again for at least 2 months.

So, like all things technical, I have a love/hate relationship to blogging. I’m jealous of those people who have widgets and gizmos installed but I’m paranoid to install extra things in case my whole blog blows up. Right now, I carefully post and dream of the day that a tech-savvy someone will adopt me and my blog and give us both mucho tlc.

Insider’s Tip on How to Have a Great VBAC

The following is a post I sent to the ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness
Network) list. It is very, very important information for ALL birthing women
and can make all the difference in a VBAC birth. Read it carefully, copy it,
send it to your clients. One of the ICAN women replies to my post at the

Subject: ICAN: Tip for birth

I wanted to write to those of you who are pregnant to tell you something
that has been running through my mind all day about how you can be
successful with your VBAC births. Many births begin in the night…. woman
will get up to pee, feel her membranes release and then an hour later begin
having sensations fifteen minutes apart. Because we think of birth as a
family/couple experience, most women will wake up their husbands to tell
them something’s starting and then, probably because we all hope we’ll be
the 1 in 10,000 women who don’t experience any pain, we start getting the
birth supplies organized, fill up the water tub, etc. I have seen so many
births that take days and days of prodromal (under 3 cms. dilation)
sensations and they usually begin this way. The couple distracts themselves
in that early critical time when the pituitary gland is beginning to put out
oxytocin to dilate the cervix. Turning on the light, causes inhibition of
the oxytocin release. Many couples don’t call their midwives until they have
sensations coming 5 minutes apart at 7:00 a.m. but they’ve been up since
midnight timing every one of the early sensations. If they had called their
midwife at midnight she would have said “Turn off the light and let your
husband sleep as much as possible through the night. You, stay dark and
quiet. Take a bath with a candle if it helps and call me back when you think
I should come over.”

That first night can make all the difference and yet so many couples act
like it’s a party and don’t realize they are sabotaging their births right
at the beginning. Staying up all night in the early part does two things–it
throws off the body clock that controls sleep and waking and confuses the
brain AND it inhibits the release of the very hormone you need to dilate
effectively. You know that it can take days to recover after a night of
partying or after working a graveyard shift. Don’t start your birth with
that kind of stress on your hormone system.

When you begin to have sensations, I urge you to ignore it as long as you
possibly can. Don’t tell anyone. Have a “secret sensation time” with your
unborn baby and get in as dark a space as you can. Minimize what is
happening with your husband, family and the birth attendants. What would you
rather have–a big, long dramatic birth story to tell everyone or a really
smooth birth? You do have a say over your hormone activity. Help your
pituitary gland secrete oxytocin to open your cervix by being in a dark,
quiet room with your eyes closed. Gloria Lemay, Vancouver

Pam wrote:

“I really loved what Gloria had to say here. For me, it’s all about what
went wrong at my first birth (stayed up all night timing
contractions…stupid, stupid, stupid, and was totally wiped out by morning),
and could have been improved at the second, when I lacked a place to stay
dark and quiet. I printed it out for my husband to read, and am putting it in my
file of important things to remember when labor starts, within the next
couple of weeks.”