Category Archives: Our Community

Will vaccinating pregnant mums protect newborns from whooping cough? Research study to find answers.


Vancouver – January 23, 2014 Researchers hope that vaccinating pregnant mothers against whooping cough will transfer protective antibodies to babies before birth and then afterwards through breast milk. Babies in British Columbia are vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis) as part … Continue reading

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What is a sexual health educator?


Sexual Health Education is about a lot more than preventing unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Everyone has the right to access sexual health education relevant to their needs, and that helps promote a happy, healthy and safe sexual life. … Continue reading

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What is a doula?


What is a doula?  I hear this question so often that I am more surprised to meet someone who knows what a doula is than to have someone ask me “what is a doula?”.  To be honest, I didn’t really … Continue reading

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Help Us Help You!


A healthy vagina contains many different types of bacteria. The presence of these ‘good’ bacteria helps keep other ‘bad’ bacteria in check. Any imbalance in the number and type of bacteria that are present in the vagina has a direct … Continue reading

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December 1 is World AIDS Day


The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is ‘Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS related Deaths’. This year marks the launch of the ‘Getting to Zero’ Campaign, which will run until 2015 and … Continue reading

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My Pap test came back abnormal! Do I have cancer?!


In November 2009, my doctor’s office called and asked me to discuss my recent Pap test.  I didn’t think too much of it at the time and agreed to come in the following day. At my appointment, my GP advised … Continue reading

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September 26 is World Contraception Day


Today, September 26, marks the 5th anniversary of World Contraception Day. It is celebrated in about 70 countries worldwide and aims for ‘a world where every pregnancy is wanted’. Various events are undertaken in different countries to spread awareness of … Continue reading

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