Canadian Childbirth Association

The Canadian Childbirth Association (CCA) is an international organization representing education relating to childbirth in Canada and throughout the world. The CCA supports organizations that provide services to pregnant women. The mission of the CCA is to provide leadership and advocacy for the education of childbirth to the general public. We provide vitally important health information that has the potential to create healthier pregnancy and childbirth in our society. The Canadian Childbirth Association promotes the development of education in the public interest and contributes to increased maternal and infant health around the world.

The vision of the Canadian Childbirth Association is that childbirth education is fundamental to maternal and newborn health services and that every woman must have free access to childbirth information to increase the health of themselves and their baby.



#1 International Bestseller!

Many thanks to all of our great fans for helping us to become an International Bestseller on!

WOW! We are now the #1 Bestselling Book Internationally for Pregnancy Books on Amazon Kindle Direct PublishingAmazon.comAmazon Many thanks to all of our loyal fans! There is still time to celebrate with us by getting your Free Kindle Books today. We have extended our offer to thank our fans for moving us up to #1!

Free Kindle Book Promotion will be extended to run for December 4th & 5th, 2016 as a gift for you and to thank you and your friends for all of their support.

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Product Details
File Size: 1023 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Innovative Publishing Inc. (February 25, 2011)
Publication Date: February 25, 2011
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Personal Health > Women’s Health > Pregnancy & Childbirth
#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Parenting & Relationships > Parenting

 Thanks to our great fans we have accomplished this amazing goal!!
Gail J. Dahl, International Bestselling Author

“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” New Kindle Edition – Free Copy Promotion for December 1 & 2, 2016

We are very excited to announce our new Kindle edition of “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” which is available now at: Amazon

We will be holding a FREE Copy Promotion on December 1st and 2nd, 2016 on Kindle. Click on this link: 


Many thanks to all of our supporters throughout the years. Stay tuned for our upcoming Audio Version of “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”.


What women love about “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”:

Becoming pregnant and raising a child are among the most exciting times of our lives. There is nothing that is more important than giving children the best start in life and now, in this new book which is described as ‘a gem’, many of the secrets are revealed to you.

Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets: A Prenatal Teaching Guide is a pregnancy handbook, packed full of excellent advice and the most up to date scientific evidence available and includes information on;

  • Birthing choices
  • Building a confident start for the whole family
  • The ‘business’ of childbirth
  • Development stages
  • A guide to breastfeeding

Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets is the ultimate guide for new parents when it comes to raising baby. With pregnancy tips, ideas for having a natural birth and lots more besides, this fabulous pregnancy handbook will be your friend all the way through, from conception to giving birth at a place of your choosing.

Get your copy of Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets today and take the time to prepare yourself and your family for your new addition. Available at:  Amazon


Front Cover 2015
“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” 2015

How to know if you are pregnant…


How to know if you are pregnant…

Many women are aware that they are pregnant from the signs and signals their body gives them long before they test positive for pregnancy. During the initial onset of pregnancy you may feel some bloating, cramping, nausea, you may have more frequent urination, and you may notice increased creamy discharge.

In 6 to 12 days you may notice some light pink or brown spotting or experience a short or light period as implantation occurs. Some women on an intuitive or emotional level feel something is different. Nausea is one of the truest signs of pregnancy and cannot be confused with an oncoming period.

What are the next signs of pregnancy? Next you may experience morning sickness with the associated nausea and vomiting. You may also experience sore breasts, fatigue, spotting pink or brown, cramping, dizziness, headaches, food cravings and fever.

If you are recording your body temperatures you will notice that your temperature continues to stay high after ovulation. Wait for at least 7 to 14 days after a missed period to home pregnancy test in order to confirm what you already know.

Disregard too early home pregnancy test results.

The moment you feel nausea coming on reach for a high protein snack and a glass of water and you will feel better quickly. Begin now to take a high quality prenatal vitamin and mineral, usually found at a health food store to help create a healthy pregnancy and help prevent miscarriage. A protein snack and a glass of water in the evening before bed will help you to prevent morning nausea.

Your body will tell you long before a pregnancy test if you know the signs to look for. Watching your daily temperature will also signal the time you are at your most fertile.

Gail J. Dahl, National Bestselling Author of “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”

The Miracle of Your Biome

“Gut rehab has the power to transform your health! In a 2015 study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity. Laura Steenbergen and Lorenza Colzato, psychologists at the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, discovered that after taking probiotics for just four weeks, study participants were less likely to focus on bad feelings and bad past experiences.

60542495The gut has also been referred to as the second brain. It’s that important. Home to trillions of gut bacteria in what is known as the gut microbiome, the human digestive system is in direct communication with the human brain. The gut contains a network of neutrons that support this intimate relationship with the brain through vagus nerves. As such, the gut has the power to regulate stress, behavior, and mood and even influence your emotional state.”

Here is another look at it…

What is the microbiome and what does it mean for your baby?

During and immediately after birth, specific species of good bacteria from the mother are transferred to the baby via the birth canal, immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding. This process kick-starts the baby’s immune system and helps to protect the infant from disease for its entire lifetime. But when interventions occur this microbial transfer is interfered with or bypassed completely. The latest scientific research is now starting to indicate that if the baby is not properly seeded with the mother’s own bacteria at birth, the baby’s microbiome is left “incomplete.” Watch Micro-Birth to learn more about these microscopic events and what they mean. To order contact Midwifery Today.

Gail J. Dahl, National Bestselling Author, “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”

Save Millions of Dollars in Health Care Costs by Providing a Birth Doula to Every Mother

Birth Doula

A Birth Doula for Every Mother

A majority of women—and our society as a whole—have relinquished pregnancy, childbirth and their postpartum time to the dictates of profit-driven institutions. However, many women are rediscovering that there is more to pregnancy than what we usually hear in literature and in doctors’ offices. More and more women are ready to reclaim the magic in motherhood!

A woman wanting a more natural, nurturing and sacred experience into motherhood has many resources available to support her in her goals: doulas, midwives, postpartum doulas, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners, chiropractors, mother’s concierge services and more. We will discuss only one of these resources here—one that can be of enormous help during a homebirth or hospital birth: the birth doula.

The Template Birth

If you are not planning your birth—meaning you are using the hospital template that’s been prepared for you by institutions, corporations and commercially-funded committees—the odds are extremely high that:

When you enter the hospital, you will either be placed in a wheelchair or you will walk to a labor room. You will be hooked up to an IV, one or several monitors and denied food and even beverages (other than ice chips, which in many cultures are considered something to avoid in labor).
Depending on how “progressive” the hospital and staff are, you will be allowed or encouraged to walk around and work in different labor positions to encourage the baby into an optimal position and allow labor to progress, or you will simply be advised to stay flat on your back—which is considered by many in the birthing world to be one of the most painful and least effective ways to labor.
Around the time you start experiencing stronger contractions and the pain sensations are increasing, hospital staff (strangers) will appear at your door encouraging the use of drugs.
You will be checked periodically by doctors, residents, nurses and student nurses (more strangers). When you’re dilated far enough, they will move you to the delivery room where your doctor, or a stand-in if he or she has been called away to more pressing matters, will stay with you as the baby and the placenta are born.
This is all assuming that you’re not put on additional drugs to speed labor (if in their estimation you’re taking too long). While 24 hours or longer is a common length of time for a mother to labor—especially with her first baby—many hospitals encourage drugs to speed the process if it passes 12 hours.

It is also assuming that nothing has happened to encourage the doctor to perform a cesarean (now at 30–50% of births in the US, varying by doctor and hospital).

All in all, as Jennifer Block states in her book Pushed: The Painful Truth about Modern Childbirth and Maternity Care, a mother, even in a “routine” birth in a hospital, may have “up to 16 different tubes, drugs or attachments” (Block 2007, xiv).
After the baby and placenta are born, in most instances they are both taken away: the baby to be washed (unnecessary and considered by many to be stressful for the newborn who’d rather be on her mother’s chest), weighed, measured and treated with various pharmaceutical products and the placenta to an incinerator.
Whoa! How has the most sacred rite of passage become so cold and offensive? Where’s the romance, the beauty, the nurturing? Where’s the love?

We can all see the need for a different approach and the need for support—for someone who understands the needs of the mother, supports and advocates for her. A person with whom she’s met, established rapport and trust, and who she knows will be there when the big moment arrives. Someone who’s not a friend, mother-in-law, nor the father—they have different roles.

The birthing mother needs a person who has witnessed and participated in at least dozens, if not hundreds, of births to represent her best interests and desires when push comes to shove!


Block, Jennifer. 2007. Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care. Da Capo Press.
— Allie Chee
Excerpted from “A Birth Doula for Every Mother,” Midwifery Today, Issue 104
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Canadian Childbirth Association


The Canadian Childbirth Association was formed in 2000 to provide information on pregnancy and childbirth to the general public.

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Birth & Beyond Conference – Canada

Birth & Beyond Conference

Birth & Beyond Conference

Halifax, Canada

Hello Everyone!

We are so excited you’re joining us this October in Halifax!

Thank you for registering for an event with Ina May Gaskin this fall. She is excited to be travelling the beautiful East Coast and looks forward to connecting with you.

We count on word of mouth to reach all of Ina May’s enthusiasts, please share our event information widely, Ina May appreciates it. This is her only planned trip to the area, thank you for being part of her welcome!

Shawn DeVree
Birth & Beyond Conference

Over 3.8 Million Views – Pregnancy Secrets Prenatal Youtube Channel

“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” – Over 3.8 Million YouTube Views!

Thanks to all of our subscribers who helped us connect with over 3.8 Million YouTube viewers from around the world to see the wonders of waterbirth!

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Best wishes,

Gail J. Dahl
Award Winning – National Bestselling Author and Childbirth Researcher
National Bestselling “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”
Executive Director, Innovative Publishing Inc.
Founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Childbirth Association

Gail J. Dahl is a Childbirth Researcher, Award Winning and National Bestselling Author. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Childbirth Association. Dahl has received many awards, including  “The YWCA Woman of Distinction Award”, “The Woman of Vision Award” and “The Great Women of the 21st Century Award” for her contributions toward women’s health and education.

“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets – A Prenatal Teaching Guide” by National Bestselling Author Gail J. Dahl is available across North America through national book stores and through this website:

The information contained in or provided through this publication is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be, and is not provided as, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your midwife, physician or other qualified health care provider before you undergo any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.

Gail J. Dahl, National Bestselling Author
Gail J. Dahl, National Bestselling Author