did her baby have a name?

Katrina Effert (Now referred to in some media reports as Kristina Effert), a Wetaskiwin woman found guilty of second-degree murder for killing her son two years ago, will face another trial. The conviction has been overturned.

Two years ago, at the trial which found her guilty of murder, she was referenced to have had a “disturbed mind.” This was intended to reduce her responsibility in the murder. I’m sorry, but do not all murders have a disturbed mind? What makes murderers of babies victims rather than killers? […keep reading]

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don’t confuse moms over nipple confusion

When my 17 year old daughter was born, I was cared for by usual post natal routines of the local hospital of my home town. To help me sleep through the night after my birthing ordeal, hospital nursing staff suggested that they keep my baby at the nursing station. Since I was not yet producing breast milk, only colostrum, they alternated breastfeeding sessions with bottle fed formula. Bottles of sterile water and formula were provided to me in my room to use if I felt the need, and the Welcome Wagon package included a soother. […keep reading]

there is little balance in baby’s struggle

I was standing in line, waiting for a coffee when the clerk smiled at my swelling belly and asked me if I hoped for a boy or a girl. “No preference,” I replied, politely. Handing me my coffee she chirped, “So long as it’s healthy, eh?”

I cringed. I had always hated that cliché, now more than ever. […keep reading]

lenient sentences often the greatest tragedy of all

Two years ago a Prince Albert woman birthed a child in a Wal-Mart washroom and left it for dead in the toilet. According to April Halkett’s court testimony, she didn’t know she was pregnant, and when she went into labour in the bathroom stall, she was surprised when a baby fell out from between her legs into the toilet.

She refused offers for help from store staff who heard noises coming from her stall, but she cleaned up the floor, hid the child in a mound of toilet paper, washed herself up at the sink and went home to rest and recover. Four days later when local authorities found her she admitted that the baby was hers. […keep reading]