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Reason 2: Midwifery….by Larysa Valachko

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Reason 2: Ottawa midwifery groups and collectives
Doctors are life savers and help us recover when we are sick but a healthy person most of the time tries to avoid hospitals and doctor’s office, so do many women with normal pregnancies in Ottawa. Ottawa has great midwifery groups which provide care to a woman during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.
Appointments at a midwife’s office resemble more a friendly consultation in a cosy room with soft sofas, chairs, toys and books about pregnancy, labor and birth which the clients are welcome to borrow. Appointments last at least 30 minutes or longer, and of course, parners and children are always welcome to join the mom-to-be. Often fathers can listen to the baby’s heart or feel the position of the baby’s head that surely makes them be closer to their partners and babies and understand better the pregnancy and future birth, so they can help the woman to go through birthing with less stress and more love and care.
The following three principles are the basis of the Ontario model of midwifery: choice of birthplace (home or hospital), continuity of care (during pregnancy, labor, birth and first 6 weeks postpartum), and informed choice (I loved it!).
  1. Informed choice.
I would like to start with this principle as it is the one that attracts me most in midwifery care. I am sure that many people have felt awkward and modest to ask million questions to the doctor about their treatment. “Doctors know better”, that’s what I have heard when questioning the prescribed treatment to me or my family members.
Well, midwives are great because they always “teach” their clients about the pregnancy, labor and birth, educate the woman about the process and always welcome questions! “The pregnant woman is the primary decision maker. The midwives will provide her with the assistance in getting the resources that help to make an informed choice and realize the benefits and risks of possible courses of care” (http://bit.ly/2tvYwmu).
  1. Choice of birth place.
The woman can choose to have birth at home or in a hospital.
If home birth is arranged, midwives will come there in any weather condition. They will assist at the birth, clean the room and help the woman to get a warm shower and get dressed, make sure that everybody is safe and happy and leave the family to enjoy their new member.
Hospital births are more common, although there are also very “informal”: the woman decides how she wants things to be arranged in the room and who should be present at birth and what and when should be done to her and her baby. (For example, my curiosity about placenta and how it looks and works, was satisfied by a worth of Discovery Channel lecture from my midwife.) After delivering the baby in a hospital, the woman can either stay there or go home.
  1. Continuity of care
Either home or hospital birth were arranged, midwives care goes beyond that: they visit the newborn and the mom on day 1, 3, 5 to check how they are doing, and also, provide assistance over the phone 24/7. It gives such a great sence of protection and not being left alone during first 6 weeks which are most pleasant but can be very challenging for new parents.
The follow-up appointments are arranged in the midwives’ office and happen at the end of the 2nd, 4th and 6th weeks. After that the woman and the baby are discharged and provided with public lilbrary certificate for a baby book, a bag with the library logo, and some booklets. It can be very sad to leave the midwife who has become so close with your family, so don’t forget to give a friendly visit to her office a couple of months later.
If you are interested in more information about midwifery care in Ottawa, visit Midwifery Consumers’ web site http://www.midwiferyconsumers.org/About%20Midwifery.htm which has the description of midwifery care and contact numbers for the midwives.

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Reason 2: Midwifery….by Larysa Valachko

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Reason 2: Ottawa midwifery groups and collectives
Doctors are life savers and help us recover when we are sick but a healthy person most of the time tries to avoid hospitals and doctor’s office, so do many women with normal pregnancies in Ottawa. Ottawa has great midwifery groups which provide care to a woman during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.
Appointments at a midwife’s office resemble more a friendly consultation in a cosy room with soft sofas, chairs, toys and books about pregnancy, labor and birth which the clients are welcome to borrow. Appointments last at least 30 minutes or longer, and of course, parners and children are always welcome to join the mom-to-be. Often fathers can listen to the baby’s heart or feel the position of the baby’s head that surely makes them be closer to their partners and babies and understand better the pregnancy and future birth, so they can help the woman to go through birthing with less stress and more love and care.
The following three principles are the basis of the Ontario model of midwifery: choice of birthplace (home or hospital), continuity of care (during pregnancy, labor, birth and first 6 weeks postpartum), and informed choice (I loved it!).
  1. Informed choice.
I would like to start with this principle as it is the one that attracts me most in midwifery care. I am sure that many people have felt awkward and modest to ask million questions to the doctor about their treatment. “Doctors know better”, that’s what I have heard when questioning the prescribed treatment to me or my family members.
Well, midwives are great because they always “teach” their clients about the pregnancy, labor and birth, educate the woman about the process and always welcome questions! “The pregnant woman is the primary decision maker. The midwives will provide her with the assistance in getting the resources that help to make an informed choice and realize the benefits and risks of possible courses of care” (http://bit.ly/2tvYwmu).
  1. Choice of birth place.
The woman can choose to have birth at home or in a hospital.
If home birth is arranged, midwives will come there in any weather condition. They will assist at the birth, clean the room and help the woman to get a warm shower and get dressed, make sure that everybody is safe and happy and leave the family to enjoy their new member.
Hospital births are more common, although there are also very “informal”: the woman decides how she wants things to be arranged in the room and who should be present at birth and what and when should be done to her and her baby. (For example, my curiosity about placenta and how it looks and works, was satisfied by a worth of Discovery Channel lecture from my midwife.) After delivering the baby in a hospital, the woman can either stay there or go home.
  1. Continuity of care
Either home or hospital birth were arranged, midwives care goes beyond that: they visit the newborn and the mom on day 1, 3, 5 to check how they are doing, and also, provide assistance over the phone 24/7. It gives such a great sence of protection and not being left alone during first 6 weeks which are most pleasant but can be very challenging for new parents.
The follow-up appointments are arranged in the midwives’ office and happen at the end of the 2nd, 4th and 6th weeks. After that the woman and the baby are discharged and provided with public lilbrary certificate for a baby book, a bag with the library logo, and some booklets. It can be very sad to leave the midwife who has become so close with your family, so don’t forget to give a friendly visit to her office a couple of months later.
If you are interested in more information about midwifery care in Ottawa, visit Midwifery Consumers’ web site http://www.midwiferyconsumers.org/About%20Midwifery.htm which has the description of midwifery care and contact numbers for the midwives.

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100 reasons to live in Ottawa, ON by Larysa Valachko.


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100 reasons to live in Ottawa, ON
The intention of this series is to present easy to “digest” articles about everyday things and activities which make Ottawa a great place for newcomers and their families.
Reason 1: Freedom of choosing a caregiver for a pregnant woman.
As a new mom, I chose this reason to open the 100 reasons series as it is the one that convinced me that my husband and I had made the right choice when selecting Ottawa as a city to settle down in Canada.
Unlike in some other provinces, pregnant women in Ontario have the right to choose between an obstetrician or a midwife to be their primary caregiver during pregnancy, and in spite of the choice made, the services are paid by the OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan).
An obstetrician is a special doctor who takes care of the woman during her pregnancy and helps at birthing. Obstetricians take turns in being available during labor in the hospital, that means that the woman has a big chance to be assisted not by the obstetrician who looked after her pregnancy. These doctors are experts in dealing with different complications during pregnancy, labor, and birth. If a woman chooses an obstetrician to follow her pregnancy, she will deliver the baby in the hospital. An obstetrician and hospital birth is a great choice for those who have to rely on medical assistance or who feel safer by being surrounded by impressive medical equipment and staff.
Although many people will agree that doctors’ uniforms and their clinics unwittingly make the visitors feel less healthy. For a woman who has a normal pregnancy, it might be important to keep the feeling of being healthy and capable to give birth without going through stressful and often unnecessary medical exams and interventions. In this case a midwife is often the best choice to go for.

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100 reasons to live in Ottawa, ON by Larysa Valachko.


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100 reasons to live in Ottawa, ON
The intention of this series is to present easy to “digest” articles about everyday things and activities which make Ottawa a great place for newcomers and their families.
Reason 1: Freedom of choosing a caregiver for a pregnant woman.
As a new mom, I chose this reason to open the 100 reasons series as it is the one that convinced me that my husband and I had made the right choice when selecting Ottawa as a city to settle down in Canada.
Unlike in some other provinces, pregnant women in Ontario have the right to choose between an obstetrician or a midwife to be their primary caregiver during pregnancy, and in spite of the choice made, the services are paid by the OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan).
An obstetrician is a special doctor who takes care of the woman during her pregnancy and helps at birthing. Obstetricians take turns in being available during labor in the hospital, that means that the woman has a big chance to be assisted not by the obstetrician who looked after her pregnancy. These doctors are experts in dealing with different complications during pregnancy, labor, and birth. If a woman chooses an obstetrician to follow her pregnancy, she will deliver the baby in the hospital. An obstetrician and hospital birth is a great choice for those who have to rely on medical assistance or who feel safer by being surrounded by impressive medical equipment and staff.
Although many people will agree that doctors’ uniforms and their clinics unwittingly make the visitors feel less healthy. For a woman who has a normal pregnancy, it might be important to keep the feeling of being healthy and capable to give birth without going through stressful and often unnecessary medical exams and interventions. In this case a midwife is often the best choice to go for.

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Canada’s Immigration Minister Pledges to Make Permanent Immigration Easier for Students

MARCH, 2016

The government of Canada is looking at ways to make the immigration process for international students in Canada easier and more straightforward, with Immigration Minister John McCallum stating that “we should be doing everything we can do to court them,” adding that they are “the cream of the crop.”

Since the launch of the Express Entry immigration selection system in January, 2015, many international students in Canada have faulted the system for making their pathway to permanent residence more uncertain than previously. The number of international students studying in Canada is over 300,000, a figure that is constantly growing. Many of these students are choosing Canada over other developed countries because of certain advantages that studying in Canada can bring, such as access to post-graduation work permits and the potential to obtain permanent resident status, not to mention the quality of education on offer.
Speaking after a meeting with provincial and territorial government representatives last week, Mr. McCallum said he intends to launch federal-provincial talks to reform Express Entry, which was launched by the previous Conservative government. Ideas that have been floated for tweaking the Express Entry system to assist international students include giving graduates specific points for education and work experience in Canada.
“We must do more to attract students to this country as permanent residents . . . International students have been shortchanged by the express entry system. They are the cream of the crop, regarding potential future Canadians,” said Mr. McCallum.
Express Entry and international students
The Express Entry system requires candidates eligible for permanent resident status to make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada. The government of Canada then invites certain individuals from this pool of candidates to apply for permanent residence using a points-based system.
Presently, a significant number of points are allocated to individuals with a job offer from a Canadian employer or nomination from a Canadian province. In order for the job offer to be valid for the purposes of Express Entry, a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) must be issued. Since its launch, Express Entry has had repercussions for international students wishing to remain in Canada after their studies who, until 2015, typically followed a path to permanent residence that did not require their employer to obtain a LMIA.
Good news for students currently in Canada
Before winning last year’s election, the now-governing Liberal Party pledged to conduct a review of the Express Entry system and make changes, if necessary. The latest remarks by the Immigration Minister have been well received by international students currently studying in Canada, who may note that the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC, formerly known as CIC) has been proactive in many areas since the current government came into office just over four months ago.
International students currently in Canada are encouraged to apply for a post-graduation work permit upon completion of their studies in Canada. This will allow them to enter the Canadian labor market and gain valuable work experience for up to three years. The current government, which has been highly receptive to international students’ concerns, has, at least, three years left on its mandate, so by the time existing international students are working in Canada post-graduation, their pathway to permanent residence is expected to be more straightforward than at present.
Why study in Canada?
“Many international students choose Canada over other potential destinations, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and France, because of certain advantages that come with studying in Canada. With quality and more affordable tuition at renowned universities and colleges in safe cities, and employment options both during and after the study period, the decision to study in Canada can be life changing,” says Attorney David Cohen.
“If you add to this list of reasons a clear pathway to permanent resident status and, eventually, Canadian citizenship, studying in Canada becomes an even more attractive proposition. I am glad that the current government is focusing on this so early in its term in office, and I anticipate that changes favorable to international students will be brought about before too long.
“Canada wants students because Canada is all about nation building. Young, intelligent newcomers who have proven they have the credentials and means to assimilate should play a significant role in that. Canada wants students to come here, study, contribute socially and economically and stay permanently.
Canada: a country of diversity and opportunity
Individuals around the world thinking of coming to study in Canada should note that the country is made up of a number of provinces, each of which presents certain advantages for international students. These advantages may be in relation to transfer programs, cost of living, available study programs, employment prospects upon graduation, and available immigration opportunities. To learn more about provinces and locations in Canada as they relate to higher education, click here. Alternatively, choose from the following list of options:

Read more at http://www.cicnews.com/2016/03/canadas-immigration-minister-pledges-permanent-immigration-easier-students-037492.html#03YVb66wJlkkeyHH.99

Increasing Number of U.S. Citizens Analyzing Options for Immigration to Canada  

MARCH, 2016

As Donald Trump waltzed to victory in no fewer than seven of the 11 state primaries on “Super Tuesday” last week, a familiar pattern re-emerged — many U.S. citizens proclaimed that if Trump were to become president or even just the Republican nominee, they would pack up and move to Canada. While this has happened during previous election cycles, this time, the proposition seems more serious. The deliberations come at a time of rising anxiety among Americans about Trump, who many fear is becoming unstoppable.

Now, people are moving from the ‘why’ to the ‘how’ concerning Canadian immigration. It is not just a case of loading up the car, driving north, and finding a job right away in a safe neighborhood. While there are many ways to immigrate to Canada from the United States or to reside in Canada temporarily, each pathway requires a plan.
Every year, thousands of Americans make the decision to move to Canada. Some are attracted by economic opportunity, others are sponsored by a spouse or partner, while many other Americans come to work or study in Canada on a temporary basis.
Immigrate to Canada
After living in Canada for a few years, permanent residents may be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.  This is a process known as naturalization, and Canada has one of the most liberal and welcoming naturalization processes in the world. According to both U.S. law, individuals can be a citizen of the U.S. and of another country. The same provision exists for Canadians who acquire a second citizenship.
Individuals who view Canada as their potential new long-term home are encouraged to assess their options for obtaining Canadian permanent residence. In some cases, permanent resident status can be obtained within months, while other situations may necessitate a waiting period of over a year.
Permanent resident status can be acquired in a number of ways. First, there is the Express Entry immigration selection system. A major advantage with this system is that applications are processed within six months.
Canada also has some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Canadian provinces, which correlate roughly with states in the U.S., can nominate newcomers based on labor market needs. The PNPs may be a practical starting point for residents of the U.S. who know which province they wish to move to, as well as others who have specific skill sets and work experience that certain provinces are looking for. The province of Quebec has its own economic immigration program, which may prove attractive for U.S. residents who enjoy a more European style of living and want to live close to the Northeast U.S.
Another important portion of Canada’s economic immigration policy focuses on attracting businesspeople and entrepreneurs, which the U.S. has in abundance. Candidates for one of these programs typically require a minimum net worth and the ability to invest a minimum sum in the Canadian economy. While the most well-known business immigration programs have criteria set by the federal government, over recent years many Canadian provinces have also jumped on board and established their own business immigration programs.
Lastly, for U.S. residents in a marriage or common-law relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, the prospect of immigrating to Canada is obviously appealing. Fortunately, the government of Canada offers a sponsorship program for these cases. Moreover, Canada recognizes same-sex marriage. Same-sex partners may be eligible to apply to reunite in Canada, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.
Work in Canada
U.S. citizens may work in Canada temporarily, either as a temporary measure or as a transitory stage towards applying for permanent residence in Canada. There are many ways to begin working in Canada, including:
Study in Canada
At a time when young Americans are not only faced with unpalatable rhetoric from candidates for the highest office in the country, but also escalating tuition costs and debt, a growing number are considering Canadian colleges where the tuition is a fraction of what students pay in the U.S. Around six percent of all students at McGill University in Montreal, for example, are U.S. citizens.
Today, with an exchange rate that benefits U.S. citizens looking to study in Canada, there has never been a better time to head north for an affordable education that can lead to attractive career opportunities. Studying in Canada doesn’t just make sense from an educational and economic point of view — it is also a pathway towards developing a professional career and immigrating to Canada permanently.

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Nova Scotia Shows Other Provinces the Way After Latest Immigration Allocation Increase

MARCH, 2016

For the second time in just six months, the government of Nova Scotia has successfully lobbied for an increase in the allocation for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). These immigration programs allow Canadian provinces to select newcomers based on criteria set by the province.

On March 16, 2016, Nova Scotia was granted an additional 300 spaces for the NSNP, bringing the total annual allocation cap for this year to 1,350. This is nearly double the allocation allotted to Nova Scotia by the federal government just two years ago. Last September, Nova Scotia successfully lobbied the federal government for a similar increase for its 2015 allocation, which also ended up being set at 1,350. The new Liberal government in Ottawa had originally set the NSNP cap for 2016 at 1,050, but both parties have now agreed to a return to the 1,350 figure.
Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s Maritime provinces, located in Eastern Canada on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Over recent years, governments in this region have been vocal about the need for newcomers who can integrate into the local labour market and help solve the demographic challenges faced by the region, which has an aging population.
Of all the provinces and territories in Canada, however, Nova Scotia has arguably been the most successful over recent months at securing from the federal government what it deems is required in order to revitalize the economy.
Commenting on the allocation increase, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil stated that “There’s a commitment by them [the federal government] to recognize the work that Nova Scotians have been doing in and around retention and allowing us to lead in Atlantic Canada to make sure that immigrants who arrive in Atlantic Canada stay here, not just here but in our sister provinces . . . But there’s no question we need more people . . . It’s my fundamental belief the cap should be lifted and allow us as a region, as a province to go forward.”
This news puts many prospective applicants and their families in a good position to pursue Canadian permanent residence through this program.

About the Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Through the NSNP, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by Nova Scotia may apply for and obtain a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate, after which they may apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Nova Scotia has diversified its immigration program over recent months and years, to the point where it now offers multiple streams for candidates in the Express Entry pool, two streams that benefit international students who graduate from an education institution in Nova Scotia, and a couple of streams that are focused on business immigration and entrepreneurship. In certain cases, individuals with language proficiency lower than Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 may be in a position to make an application.
Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
Nova Scotia uses the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, which aims to attract skilled individuals with a post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in the province. The most recent criteria for this stream focused on candidates with experience in one of 29 eligible occupations.
Though Nova Scotia is currently not accepting new applications for this stream, it is expected to reopen for applications later in 2016. Potential applicants may begin to prepare an application in advance, in doing so maximizing their chances of successfully making an application before the allocation intake is reached.
Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
This points-based immigration stream, which remains open for new applications at this time, targets skilled individuals who wish to settle in Nova Scotia permanently. Applicants must have at least one year of experience working in Nova Scotia in a skilled occupation. Additional ‘adaptability’ points may be awarded to applicants and/or accompanying spouses/common-law partners who have completed a study program in Nova Scotia.
Skilled Worker Stream
The Skilled Worker Stream helps employers in Nova Scotia recruit and hire foreign workers and recently graduated international students whose skills are in limited supply in Nova Scotia. The stream is segmented into three categories, depending on the skill level of the applicant.
Entrepreneur Stream
One of two new business immigration streams under the NSNP, the Entrepreneur Stream aims to attract experienced business owners or senior business managers who want to live in Nova Scotia. Candidates are required to have a net worth of at least $600,000 and be able to invest at least $150,000 in a Nova Scotia business.
This stream operates on an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) model, whereby candidates indicate their interest in operating a business and residing in Nova Scotia by completing an EOI in the form of a short online questionnaire. They are asked to provide information about their business ownership or management experience, language, education, investment, net worth, age, adaptability, and business proposal. Top scoring applicants are then notified that they are being invited to submit a formal application to the NSNP.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
At the same time as it introduced the Entrepreneur Stream, Nova Scotia also announced the new International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream. This stream is open to graduates who have completed at least two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or college, have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for at least one year, and intend to settle permanently in Nova Scotia. The International Graduate Stream also operates on an EOI basis.
Leading by example
“One of the great initiatives that the federal government took a number of years ago was to allow provinces to select a portion of new immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Programs. Now, certain provinces are being increasingly proactive — and Nova Scotia is leading the way,” says Attorney David Cohen.
“What I particularly like about the Nova Scotia Nominee Program is that, in spite of having only a limited allocation, the program aims to attract a diverse range of potential immigrants. Nova Scotia, if you recall, was the first province to introduce two Express Entry streams. Moreover, it has two business-focused streams, as well as a base stream that provides a pathway to permanent residence for a wide range of individuals, including those who may not have advanced language ability.
“Nova Scotia has shown that through targeting lobbying and innovative program criteria, Canadian provinces can make the most of their immigration programs. This is certainly good news for individuals and their families around the world who are looking to begin a new life in Canada.”
Nova Scotia quick facts:
  • Capital and largest city: Halifax
  • Population: Approximately 946,000
  • Main language: English
  • Climate: Continental, moderated by the ocean. Warm summers and milder winters than most regions of Canada.

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