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Posts from ‘June, 2009’

The 10th birth

While hanging around waiting for a baby to be born the other night, the proud grandfather told me the following story. He and his wife (the mom of the labouring mom) had 12 children. Together they’d attended prenatal classes when she was pregnant with their first, studiously memorizing the normal labour pattern: mild, infrequent contractions building […]

More reflections from semi-rural Alberta

It’s been quiet here. Eerily quiet. We’re talking browsing strip-malls/getting up-to-date on Jon & Kate/trusting that there’s something I’m learning in exchange for being in Northern Alberta far from my family with no births/ quiet. Quiet enough that I watched The Proposal at the West Edmonton Mall. A famous (infamous?) mall which has a pirate ship, submarines, sea […]

A brief discourse on medical terminology, and social inductions

There are several UBC Midwifery students on far-flung adventures this summer, and their blogs are absolutely riveting to read. You can hear from the students in Uganda here and The Netherlands (departure quickly forthcoming) here. Meantime, I’m continuing to adjust to Alberta. After the rush of the first day it’s been quiet, and I’ve had a lot […]

Of pick-up trucks and perineums

So…. At 5:30 am yesterday morning I kissed Jordan goodbye, gave one last, long look at my sleeping daughters, and took off for the airport. Destination: Edmonton, Alberta. Within a few hours I was at a friend’s place, and then driving another friend’s truck through the outskirts of Edmonton, on my way to Stony Plain, where a […]


I scrubbed in on a day of gynecological surgery. Or as they say in the biz, “Guy-knee.” Which was awesome. Truly awe-some: I had no idea intenstines were so beautiful. And don’t get me even started on the fimbriae , who hang out like sea-creatures, translucent tentacles gently waving as they await their chance to catch the egg […]

The big night

Yikes–nearly a week has passed and I have yet to blog about The Big Night. So: there I was, one of about 50 Jewish Book Network authors to present my pitch in the 1st of 3 nights of pitches.  We were  ushered into a room (actually a sanctuary) where one after the other in alphabetical […]