Upcoming Event: Free Prenatal/Postnatal Pelvic Health Workshop

The Birth Centre is holding a prenatal/postnatal pelvic health workshop on Thursday, July 11th from 10-11:30am. Participants will “learn about pelvic floor muscles & how to strengthen them”.

The workshop is free but participants are asked to register by emailing tracy@womenshealthclinic.org or calling 204-947-2422 ext. 328. Free child-minding will be available.

Manitoba Midwifery Services Will be Worth the Wait

There was an interesting article recently in the Winnipeg SunBirth of robust midwifery stalled despite candidates. It describes the status of the midwifery program at UCN, the MB College of Midwives’ accreditation process, and the difficulties that internationally-trained midwives currently experience while trying to become registered to practice here in Manitoba.

The article says that:

“After several false starts, the College of Midwives is hoping to have a formal process in place by November to begin accepting applications from foreign graduates. Candidates will be assessed and any gaps in their training will be identified. However, the earliest any of the internationally trained midwives would be able to practise is next spring — if not next fall.”

The current midwife shortage is incredibly frustrating and painful for the many, many women who would like to access midwifery care. Let’s hope the next coming months see an efficient and improved accreditation process developed for the many midwives who are just waiting to practice here!

Winnipeg Women’s Health Community Mourns Henry Morgentaler

Maybe it seems sort of morbid to write about an abortion rights crusader on a website about pregnancy and parenting, but the truth is that Morgentaler’s contributions to our society are remarkable and women are safer and healthier because of them.

Manitoba women owe a debt of gratitude to the late Henry Morgentaler, who opened the country’s very first abortion clinic outside of Quebec, here in Winnipeg, in 1983. The Free Press has a good history of his efforts in the article Abortion Rights Fighter Divided Nation, and Lindor Reynolds’ column Giving Women Freedom is Morgentaler’s Legacy describes the influence the doctor had on one local woman’s life and career. I caught an interview with Suzanne Newman on CBC radio, and it was very moving.

Women’s Health Clinic will hold a memorial service in honour of Morgentaler this Friday, June 7th.

Stroller Moms Registration Starts Today

Stroller Moms Winnipeg is now accepting registrations for their summer classes. From their most recent email newsletter:

“Enjoy summer in the city by joining a Stroller Moms class. There is nothing like spending our warm summers at Winnipeg’s best parks! The outdoor stroller fitness class is comprised of lots of walking interspersed with muscle strengthening exercises and short cardio drills.  A perfect postnatal fitness program where you can enjoy time with baby while meeting other new moms.”

Classes run at Kildonan Park on Wednesdays and St Vital Park on Thursdays; both sessions are $48. See the Stroller Moms website for all the details.

Now, if only the sun would come out and stay!!