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November 10th, 2006, 08:14 AM
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Any recommendations?
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November 10th, 2006, 08:19 AM
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I will talk to a few friends, but I have heard that they are all pretty good. Will get back to you.

Are you thinking of a homebirth?

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November 10th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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I will talk to a few friends, but I have heard that they are all pretty good. Will get back to you.

Are you thinking of a homebirth?[/b]
Well, I would like to consider all my options.. so I don't know yet. Your story is very inspiring.

I asked a friend IRL about a recommendation. She didn't have one but sent me this:

The "Middle Wife" by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher

I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second-grade classroom a few years back.
When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant. "This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday."
"First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then
Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there.He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord."
She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me.
The kids are watching her in amazement.
"Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going,
'Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. "She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.
"My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this." Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.
"And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!" This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!
"Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe.
They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, so there must be a lot of toys inside there."
Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat.

I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another "Middle Wife" comes along.
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Being in Calgary, I can highly recommend that regardless where or how you plan to birth, you should hire Elaine Montgomery. She is an amazing birth doula, and she would be an excellent person to have there


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Being in Calgary, I can highly recommend that regardless where or how you plan to birth, you should hire Elaine Montgomery. She is an amazing birth doula, and she would be an excellent person to have there


Calgary - AB
Elaine Montgomery
(403)252-4683
elmont@shaw.ca
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Thank you Brandy. I just sent an email to her.
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Thanks Heather!
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November 11th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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My cousin highly recommended the Briar Hill Midwives (247-2947).. she loved them.
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Thanks for the recommendation 403girl!
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I vote for the Birth Partnership gals (Patty Lenstra, WHOO HOOOO!) We considered them, but decided that it just wasn't going to work as we live in Lethbridge and would have to try to either camp out in Calgary before my due date, or make the drive once I was in labour. They were so great about answering all my questions and taking time to help us make our decision.

In the end, we tracked down a midwife in Montana who comes to us for homebirth...but had we chosen the Calgary option, I would have totally gone with Patty!
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A good friend tells me that Nadine Mitchell is 'very smart', my friend has worked with her (I believe during my friends' apprenticeship).
Same friend tells me her friend hired Maura Burns, Toby Douglas and was very pleased.


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You have been fabulous at giving me information Brandy.. Thank you!
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November 13th, 2006, 02:10 PM
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You have been fabulous at giving me information Brandy.. Thank you![/b]
Well, as you know, you are talking about my passion, birth/midwifery.
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