Maternal Health News
Periodical profile published 1983

Year Published:  1983
Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX2733

MATERNAL HEALTH NEWS (MHN) is published quarterly by the Maternal Health Society. It provides informative articles on birthing options, regular features on the Vancouver Women's Heath Collective, and the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), as well as reports on conferences, book reviews, and personal accounts of experiences in community organizations for maternal/family health.

The December issue of MHN includes a report on Northern Childbirth Conference which focused on the particular problems associated with giving birth in a small town. Among the problems identified are geographical distance from the city, and the attitudes and practices of northern caretakers. The results of a survey indicate that options such as father-present caesarians, availability of an anesthetist, whether or not a labour support person is allowed, sibling visitation, spontaneous second stage, and birthing suites, generally are not available in small towns.

A report on the Midwives Allicance of North America noted that only two countries in the world the U.S. and Canada, have tried to abolish midwifery. Yet, the National Childbirth Conference has affirmed a need for midwives: "We need to set our medical priorities and establish areas of responsibility for everyone - midwives, doctors, nurses, and labour support persons -- involved with the health care requirements of a community."

Another article entitled: 'Parents Against Triforine," reported how British Columbia parents have organized and lobbied against aerial persticide sprays. Possible consequences of the use of triforine include an increase in childhood cancers and the number of stillbirths.

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