Monthly Archives: March 2006

The anti-birth control/anti-abortion band wagon

Seems like ever since the FDA announced that two more women have died after taking RU-486, one of the drugs used during a medical abortion, the abortion debate has reached a new pitch as pro-lifers have eagerly added this news to their arsenal and pro-choicers have feverishly girded themselves for pitched battle. Naturally, this has […]

Posted in Choice, Contraception, Feminism, Politics | 1 Comment

Embryology swallows student midwife whole

We take time out now from our regularly scheduled Revolution to give you this small homework update. This week, like last week, is going to be a killer week. Chapter Three of my research proposal is due on Monday, two case presentations in two seperate classes are due next Wednesday, and the mother of all […]

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The difference between a journal and a blog

I’ve haven’t been writing much lately because the school/work/school/work vortex has been unusually intense for the past two weeks. I’ve been having a hard time staying afloat, and on days when it seems really difficult to take care of basics, like feeding myself and getting enough sleep, blogging unfortunately gets relegated to the very bottom […]

Posted in Feminism, Midwifery, Politics | 2 Comments

Midwifery in Canada

Welcome to the first (but hopefully not last!) guest writer on Belly Tales! Melissa, author extraordinaire from

Posted in Midwifery | 2 Comments

The sucky part

So, during every learning curve (and especially in health care), you go through the godawful phase where you know nothing, everything is difficult, your work is incredibly slow and laborious, you feel pathetically inept and incompetant, you are continually overwhelmed, and generally, find yourself wondering why in the world you ever wanted to be a […]

Posted in Clinicals, Education | 6 Comments

Ovulating while breastfeeding

A friend of a friend recently asked me a question that I couldn’t answer. She is in her late 30s, has a two year old daughter, and has been breastfeeding on demand for the past two years. She and her husband have been trying to have another child, but she just recently learned that she […]

Posted in Breastfeeding, Fertility and Conception, Menstruation, Miscarriage, Questions | 9 Comments