childbirth courses, maternity classes, positive birth

Our last Positive Birth Group meeting was great!

I truly appreciate expectant parents who are actively creating the best start to life for their babies.  It is such a pleasure spending time with such empowered families.

For those who were not present, the theme of the meeting was ‘Place of Birth’.  We discussed home birth and allowed the conversation to lead us.  We touched on the space of birth beyond actual location, are kids, mothers (grandmothers to-be), or pets going to be around.  We also discussed water birth and tubs, GTT testing, GBS testing (how to get a negative test), and also what to expect if you do need to transfer from home to hospital.

We discussed Cesarean birth and some of the choices that you may still have, even if your birth is not playing out as planned.

Here is a link I promised to the video we discussed about Family-Centered Cesarean.

The next positive birth meeting will be Continue reading

Next Positive Birth Group Meeting is Feb 27 at 7pm

childbirth courses, maternity classes, positive birth

Our last Positive Birth Group meeting went well. January’s theme was images of birth. Our discussion centred around how media has created our visual images of birth and how we can change that images we hold in our mind by watching videos of good births.  We also shared some of our favorite birth videos including my life birth footage and some of my inspirations.

The next Positive Birth Movement Meeting is coming up Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm.

The theme for this month is ‘Language of Birth’.

childbirth courses, maternity classesDo the words we use around birth and do they matter? What are the words? How do they make you feel?  Is it a ‘contraction’, a ‘surge’, or a ‘rush’? Is a baby ‘delivered’ ‘caught’ or something else? Is labour ‘painful’, or ‘powerful’? What words do people associate with birth and are these helpful or unhelpful?

We will start with our theme and will also discuss anything that comes up for those pregnant mamas and papas who attend. Continue reading

Pathways to Family Wellness Connect Group

"Barrhaven Chiropractor" "Barrhaven Chiropractic" "Ottawa Chiropractor" "Ottawa Chiropractic" "Headaches" "Migraines" "Neck Pain" "Back Pain" "Shoulder Pain" "Sciatica" "Chiropractic" "massage" "Ottawa doula services" "childbirth courses" "Isagenix" "nutritional cleansing" "nutritional consulting" "naturopathic doctor" "colic" "ear infections" "torticollis" "barrhaven massage" "Ottawa massage" "massage therapy barrhaven" "massage therapy Ottawa" "midback pain" "pregnancy chiropractic" "kids chiropractic"We are excited to announce the hosting of Pathways Connect Gathering Groups in our office! Pathways Connect is a nonprofit, educational, wellness program and is free to parents.

Pathways Connect offers us a community to support each other in our conscious choices for family wellness. Using Pathways magazine as a springboard for topics, we will discuss each new quarterly issue’s articles at our Gathering Groups.

"Barrhaven Chiropractor" "Barrhaven Chiropractic" "Ottawa Chiropractor" "Ottawa Chiropractic" "Headaches" "Migraines" "Neck Pain" "Back Pain" "Shoulder Pain" "Sciatica" "Chiropractic" "massage" "Ottawa doula services" "childbirth courses" "Isagenix" "nutritional cleansing" "nutritional consulting" "naturopathic doctor" "colic" "ear infections" "torticollis" "barrhaven massage" "Ottawa massage" "massage therapy barrhaven" "massage therapy Ottawa" "midback pain" "pregnancy chiropractic" "kids chiropractic"Our Pathways Connect Gathering Groups Offer:

Trustworthy and current information from the conscious choice magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness.

Outstanding resources provided through Pathways Connect’s quarterly Dialogue and Resource Guide.

Continuous support for your individual family wellness choices from a community of like-minded parents to connect with.

We have 10 copies of the current issue of Pathways to give complimentary on a first come, first serve basis and we encourage you to stop by the office in advance to receive yours. New Pathways issues arrive in our office by the 1st of January, April, July and October. The following months after each new issue arrival we will be covering the topics of that newest issue.

Sometimes we will have special guest presenters come in to discuss particular topics. Sometimes we will sponsor, “Pathways Night at the Movies”. Sometimes it will be us joining together in discussion and support to build our social and health connections."Barrhaven Chiropractor" "Barrhaven Chiropractic" "Ottawa Chiropractor" "Ottawa Chiropractic" "Headaches" "Migraines" "Neck Pain" "Back Pain" "Shoulder Pain" "Sciatica" "Chiropractic" "massage" "Ottawa doula services" "childbirth courses" "Isagenix" "nutritional cleansing" "nutritional consulting" "naturopathic doctor" "colic" "ear infections" "torticollis" "barrhaven massage" "Ottawa massage" "massage therapy barrhaven" "massage therapy Ottawa" "midback pain" "pregnancy chiropractic" "kids chiropractic"Our meetings will be run monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. Our first Gathering is: March 13, 2013. Because our groups are catering to parents, children are welcome.

We hope to see you then and encourage you to bring a friend or two.

The location is 80 Marketplace Avenue, J2

Positive Birth Movement

There is a movement starting and you can be a part of it.


The Positive Birth Movement believes that every woman deserves a positive birth. But what does this mean?

A positive birth means a birth in which a woman feels she has freedom of choice, access to accurate information, and that she is in control, powerful and respected. A birth that she approaches, perhaps with some trepidation, but without fear or dread, and that she then goes on to enjoy, and later remember with warmth and pride.

A positive birth does not have to be ‘natural’ or ‘drug free’ – it simply has to be informed from a place of positivity as opposed to fear. The Positive Birth Movement is woman-centred and as such respects a woman’s human right to choose where and how she has her baby.

You can birth with positivity in hospital or at home, with or without medical intervention. You can have a positive caesarian, or a positive home water birth. Positive Birth is about approaching birth realistically, having genuine choice, and feeling empowered by your experience.

The Positive Birth Movement believes that communication is the key to shaking up birth. By coming together, in real life and online, and sharing experiences, feelings, knowledge and wisdom, women can take back childbirth.

What is a Positive Birth Group?

Positive Birth Groups listed on this site are all FREE to access, and POSITIVE about birth.

They are a place for ALL pregnant women – regardless of their background, experience or choices – to come together and share experiences, thoughts, feelings and insight about childbirth. There is often also tea and cake!

Some are run by birth professionals such as Doula’s, Midwives, or Childbirth teachers. Others are facilitated by women who are simply passionate about birth as a positive experience.

Positive Birth Groups aim to be a helpful part of your pregnancy; a warm and welcoming place to hear stories and ideas, to consider what you really want from your childbirth experience, and to challenge any fears or negative expectations you might have.

To find out more specific details about our group, please contact Dr. Nancy.

Ottawa – Ontario – Positive Birth Ottawa

Picture This group is open to moms and dads looking for positive information about birth and an opportunity to connect with and gain support from other like-minded parents.

We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Marketplace Family Chiropractic Centre, 80 Marketplace Avenue, Unit J2 Barrhaven.

2013 Meeting dates: January 23; February 27; March 27; April 24; May 22; June 26; July 24; August 28; September 25; October 23;November 27.

Facilitator: Nancy Salgueiro

“Women have been successfully birthing babies since the beginning of time and I believe YOU can do it to. I have had three incredibly wonderful natural home birth experiences in 2006, 2009, and 2011. I have supported many women through pregnancy and birth. I have seen how information, support, and belief in yourself, your baby, and birth can transform women, families, and lives forever.”

“For me an empowered birth is one where I am the one who makes the decisions for me and my baby. Where I am in an environment of love, support, and respect for the power within my body to successfully birth my baby. Where I can be free to express anything I need to express; sound, movement, fear, love, ecstasy in a place that my expression will not lead to interference from the outside. I believe women have the ability to create an empowering birth experience regardless of if the birth outcome is natural, medicated, or surgical. When women are making the decisions for their bodies and their babies out of education, faith, belief and confidence in themselves and not out of fear or manipulation they will be empowered. I believe in the human body, in it’s power, and in birth’s ability to transform a person, woman, wife, and mother.”—ottawa.html

If you are interested in attending this month or want to be reminded of the next meeting please enter in your information. The planned location has limited space and we will change locations we have more interest than the current capacity.


Enjoy this New Book for the Holidays

Dr. Nancy is featured in a new book!

20 laugh-out-loud-funny moms describe their pregnancies, revealing the secretly-guarded details of their conceptions, the great and gross about pregnancy, the truth about childbirth and how their life changed once their little womb-hijacker finally came out.

From the book: I was 15 when my doctor told me, “Rachael, you will never have children.” I grew up thinking that I was going to be a lonely spinster with cats because my uterus was too scarred. (Rachael Miller); I gave birth to all three of my sons in the same hospital with the exact same anesthesiologist, whom they are all named after. (J.S.); Before kids, my husband would fill the tub with bubbles and wash my hair to get me in the mood. But after kids? Well, now my husband fills up the sink with bubbles and washes the dishes to get me in the mood. (Susie Johnson); Enjoy the stories of Becky Rappoccio, Christine Corbridge, Crystal Clancy, De’Vonne Batts, Erin Cohen, Hillary Chybinski, J.S., Julie Weckerlein, Louise Gleeson, Mandi Welbaum, Ellie Hirsch, Nancy Salgueiro, Nicole Keck, Rachael Miller, Rani Shah, Steph Calvert, Susie Johnson, Tat and Alinka Rutkowska. They’ve been pregnant more than 50 times in total and they sure do know what they are talking about, or rather writing about as all of them are bloggers and have been entertaining their readers for years. They will make you laugh, they will make you sigh, they will make you think and some might even make you cry! Get to know them one by one and follow their blogs after the read – it sure is an exciting one as many details have never been released before! No two stories are the same – we have different nationalities, different backgrounds, different number of children, different approaches to life. What the ladies do have in common is the ability to sit back, reflect and laugh. Not only that – as busy as they are, they managed to find the time to share the details of their conception, pregnancy, childbirth and the brand new life a.c. (after child).

Macleans Magazine

Are exhibitionist births dangerous?

One of the fathers of the natural childbirth movement says yes

by Shanda Deziel on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 11:50am

It may have been the year’s most anticipated birth—and it certainly was the most sensational. On Oct. 25, New York performance artist Marni Kotak delivered a baby boy in a Brooklyn gallery in front of an audience of 20. As worldwide press inundated the gallery for information, Kotak retreated from the spotlight. But a week later she and baby Ajax were back in the gallery talking to visitors and finishing the exhibit she called “The Birth of Baby X”—now complete with the placenta, the bloody pillow and sheets and, of course, the video. Canada had its own public childbirth in October, when Ottawa chiropractor Nancy Continue reading

Birth is not a crisis…

By Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen October 18, 2011

“While having a baby at home and live online may seem wacky, it draws attention to how rare natural childbirth has become, writes Elizabeth Payne.

Nancy Salgueiro is not crazy. She is tired, very busy and extremely happy, like most new mothers.

But the Barrhaven woman’s decision to live-stream her home birth, which took place early Sunday morning without a hitch, while unconventional, was not irrational.

In fact, doctors, nurses, medical students, health policy-makers and prospective parents would do well to watch the recording of baby Oziah’s birth, which is available at Salgueiro’s website It might be one of the few chances they ever get to see a baby born without medical intervention, which is a sad comment on modern health care.

The fact that normal has become the wacky exception when it comes to birth is a problem that gets too little attention. If Salgueiro’s decision to bring her baby’s birth to a world audience was provocative, that is a good thing. It might just provoke a conversation that is needed about how natural childbirth became something so rare that few people even know what it looks like, including the very people whose jobs it should be to promote and encourage it.

That is why she decided to take the unusual step of welcoming the world into her living room to watch her give birth. An estimated 2,500 people, who had registered beforehand, watched from countries including Brazil, Afghanistan and Australia.

“I want people to realize that birth is not the crisis that (movies and television shows) make it out to be. Birth is just a normal part of life.”

Salgueiro, 32, who is a chiropractor and birth educator, says there is a great deal of unnecessary fear surrounding birth. “We are the population with the least faith in our ability to (give birth naturally). Women are totally capable of it, it doesn’t need to be managed.”

It is a long way from the giant tub Salgueiro and her husband Mike Carreira placed in their Barrhaven living room for last weekend’s birth to the operating rooms where growing numbers of Canadian babies are delivered. If there is a lesson to be learned from Salgueiro’s live-streamed birth, it is not that everyone should be having babies in their living rooms, but that there has to be a safer, more rational middle ground that swings the pendulum away from the operating rooms and medically intensive births back to something that is both safe and more natural. Salgueiro is right: Women can do it. They just need a little more support from the health system.

And that is often where things fall down, but not for a lack of good intentions.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada has actively campaigned for fewer C-sections and more natural births. In the last few years it has rewritten policy guidelines, including one that said doctors should automatically perform C-sections in cases of breech birth.

“The safest way to deliver has always been the natural way,” said Dr. André Lalonde, executive vice-president of the SOGC. “Vaginal birth is the preferred method of having a baby because a C-section in itself has complications.”‘

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