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My breasts, my choice: journeys through surgery

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Barbara Brown
Maureen Aslin
Betsy Carey
Publisher: 
Sumach Press
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Looks at both the emotional and practical issues faced by individuals undergoing breast surgery.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
BREA.M93 2003
ISBN 1894549236
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, October 2003: Many women and men either choose to have breast or chest surgery, or find that it is a medical necessity. Unfortunately very few resources are available that address the needs of these people. In My Breasts, My Choice the authors deal with both the emotional and practical issues faced by individuals undergoing breast surgery. This inspiring and heartfelt read is divided into two parts. Part I consists of the images and stories of 10 people who have experienced breast reduction surgery, augmentation, breast cancer diagnostics, reconstructive and other surgical procedures. These moving stories are told by breast cancer survivors, transsexuals, and women and men choosing surgery for health and personal reasons who want to share their stories and start talking about this important issue. Part II consists of 10 articles that introduce breast surgery procedures in an accessible way, as well as explore alternative methods of self-care both before and after the surgery. Throughout the book the authors encourage a body-positive, sex-positive, and pro-choice perspective that celebrates and validates the women and men in these pages and the decisions they have made.

The Rosemary suite

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Leslie Barnwell
Publisher: 
Creekstone Press
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Smithers, B.C.

Provides journal entries, poems and beautiful blue wash sketches which chronicles the progression of author's friend, Rosemary, toward death.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
BREC.B37 2002
ISBN 0968404359
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Review, Network Winter/Spring 2004: ‘Suite: A succession of movements in dance style,’ so begins Barnwell’s tribute to her friend Rosemary who died of breast cancer at the age of 49. The Rosemary Suite is thus a death dance, told in a succession of journal entries, poems and beautiful blue wash sketches, as the author chronicles Rosemary’s progression -- painful, slow, and broken movement -- toward death, her last dance. Yet, The Rosemary Suite is also a dance of life, a celebration of Rosemary’s strength and resiliency, told in love and wonder for living. Leslie Barnwell met Rosemary Hauswirth as part of her drawing group, where Rosemary was a model. For nearly 10 years Rosemary posed for Leslie as Leslie recorded in minimal lines, the fluid, raw and intense beauty of Rosemary’s form. The Rosemary Suite chronicles a decade of graphic intimacy between artist and model – as each makes herself vulnerable, model to the artist, artist to the blank page, toward creation in art, or, as Barnwell states, toward “the passion that fuels it all.” Leslie and Rosemary continued their sketching sessions, even during the breast cancer and failed treatments, and so Barnwell is able to share with the reader Rosemary’s form in the vibrancy of life, the pain of sickness and dying, and even in the moments after death, as Leslie, in a final tribute to Rosemary, sketches her body in death. Interspersed between these incredibly moving portraits, Barnwell shares her personal thoughts on Rosemary’s life and dying, and their relationship as artist and model, and inevitably, as close friends. So, while The Rosemary Suite is a touching tribute in poetry and art to Rosemary’s dance with death and with living, it also sketches the passion of creation that comes from the dance of friendship in art. This book is a wonder. Quite simply, magnificent.

I laughed so hard I peed my pants!: a woman's essential guide for improved bladder control

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Kelli Berzuk
Publisher: 
Incontinence & Pelvic Pain Clinic (IPPC)
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Explains the physiology of bladder control, and presents a step-by step approach to preventing and treating urinary incontinence.

ISBN/ISSN: 
ISBN 0973184108
WOMH.B47 2003 (CWHN Offices)
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, June 2003: Urinary incontinence (UI) is one of those prevalent conditions that people joke about, as in this book's title. But loss of bladder control isn't very funny. UI can cause women to avoid laughing for fear of losing control, or lead to chronic sleep deprivation from waking up hourly to pee. It can even confine them to their homes for fear of losing control in public. "I laughed so hard I peed my pants!" is an easy to follow self-help guide to UI, written by Winnipeg physiotherapist Kelli Berzuk. With clear illustrations and straightforward prose, Berzuk explains the physiology of bladder control, and presents a step-by step approach to preventing and treating UI. While she stresses that prevention is important, there is plenty of hope for women who already suffer UI. Many women can significantly improve their control by doing pelvic floor exercises and avoiding bladder irritants in their diet. Berzuk's book will be a useful guide for any women seeking to understand and deal with this issue.

Surviving on hope is not enough: women's health, poverty, justice and income support in Manitoba

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Rhonda Wiebe
Paula Keirstead
Publisher: 
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Examines how Manitoba and local policies concerning income support programs affect women's health. Presents recommendations for change based on the difficulties women in this research experienced.

ISBN/ISSN: 
ISBN 097350482X
PWHCE POVR.W54 2004
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Network Winter/Spring 2005 review: If you are poor you are likely to experience more illness and have a shorter life expectancy than someone with a higher income. Women, especially women with disabilities, Aboriginal women and single mothers are more likely than men to live in poverty. Do publicly funded income support programs reduce poverty and improve health? How do women who rely on these programs experience them? The authors try to answer these questions by examining women’s experiences with these programs as well as their access to the justice system. The authors’ recommendations for change are based on the experiences of the women they interviewed and will be of particular interest to community workers and activists.

Caring for/caring about: women, home care, and unpaid caregiving

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Care Reform
Cross Centre Initiatives
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Paper
Author: 
Karen R. Grant (ed.)
Carol Amaratunga (ed.)
Pat Armstrong (ed.)
Madeline Boscoe (ed.)
Ann Pederson (ed.)
Kay Willson (ed.)
Publisher: 
Garamond Press
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Aurora, ON

Explores the nature of caring in Canada, and examines reseach on women, home care and unpaid caregiving. Identifies the social conditions under which caregiving is undertaken. Also examines the experiences of women who care.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
CEX CARE.C37 2004
ISBN 155193048X
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, May 2004: The Canadian health care system is undergoing steady change, but one thing that remains constant is the key role that women play in providing care. Women are estimated to comprise nearly 80% of both the paid and unpaid care workers in this country. Yet, their numbers do not coincide with their influence. Government reforms such as the introduction of market systems in health care may result in some cost efficiencies, but not necessarily better working conditions for those who care, much less better care for those who need it. Similarly, the increasing transfer of patients into community care may mean that individuals are able to convalesce in more familiar surroundings and with the people they love. But the added burden on family members - usually women - may mean forgone paid work, not to mention changes in personal relationships between those who care and those who are cared for and about.

How can we love you? Behind the scenes with the play "Handle with Care?"

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English
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Video
Author: 
Laura Sky
Publisher: 
Sky Works
Publication Date: 
2001
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Provides a documentary about a community theatre group touring with the play, "Handle with Care?"

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ISBN/ISSN: 
BREC.H69 2001
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Review, Network Summer 2001: Hope, laughter, and gutsy women on the road across Canada, reaching out to women living with breast cancer. This documentary challenges audiences to re-think their relationships with the women in their lives who have metastatic breast cancer, and outlines ways that friends, family and health professionals can be helpful. Filmmaker Laura Sky takes us backstage, where she explores the personal stories of two cast members with metastatic breast cancer. Excerpts from the play in rehearsal and production are interlaced with conversations among these women, their friends and families.

All the way: sex for the first time

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Kum Martyn
Publisher: 
Sumach Press
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Strives to provide wisdom to teens and parents about "doing it" in order to teach teens sexual smarts.

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ISBN 1894549260
TEEN.M37 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, March 2004: Many teens make the decision to have sex without accurate information and even with misguided knowledge. This book is written to provide information to teens who are thinking about "going all the way"; it is also written for parents who are concerned about their kids' safety and sexual health. Using plain, youth friendly language, the author strives to provide wisdom to teens and parents about "doing it" in order to teach teens sexual smarts, reassure parents that their children have accurate and empowering information, and open up the lines of communication between kids and parents. Chapters deal with such topics as figuring out whether you're ready for intercourse, how to have the best sex possible, protecting yourself, and concerns held by parents. The book also contains a list of resources for further exploration and a glossary of terms filled with important contemporary, slang, and medical sexual terms. The author has written a frank and honest book about sex, one that will provide teens with the skills, information and confidence to make empowering and smart decisions about going all the way.

Mothers and sons

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English
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Paper
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Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering
Publication Date: 
2000
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Consists of the newest and best scholarship on mothers and mothering as well as original poetry and book reviews.

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ISSN 14880989
MOTH.M68 2000
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Review, Network Spring 2001: Exploring a variety of aspects to mother-son relationships, this collection covers a range of diverse subjects like single mothers and male child development, Black men reflecting on the influences their mothers have had on them, and mothers and sons as a theme in Croatian songs.

Women need safe, stable, affordable housing: a study of social housing, private rental housing and co-op housing in Winnipeg

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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Online
Paper
Author: 
Molly McCracken
Gail Watson
Publisher: 
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Documents the effects of different housing policies on Winnipeg women's health and well being, economic security, and skills.

ISBN/ISSN: 
PWHCE POVR.M35 2004
Project 74
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Network Winter/Spring 2005 review: One in five Canadian women live in poverty. These women are at greater risk of living in unsafe and unhealthy environments and need support to achieve stable and affordable housing. This study looks at the effects of different housing policies on the economic security, health and well being of women in Winnipeg. Governments, policy-makers and community leaders can use the findings to learn which housing models and practices better meet women’s needs.

Sexuality during pregnancy and after childbirth

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English
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Paper
Publisher: 
Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances
Publication Date: 
1999
Publication Place: 
Montreal, QC

Offers information and personal testimonials about sexual desire and sexual relations during pregnancy and after childbirth.

ISBN/ISSN: 
PREG.S25 1999
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Review, Network Winter/Spring 2004: This publication includes personal accounts and reviews of scientific literature concerning experiences with sexuality during pregnancy and after childbirth. The authors also describe the physical and emotional changes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and in particular, how these changes affect sexuality. The booklet provides information on sexual desire, sexual relations, contraception after childbirth, and also describes each trimester of pregnancy. It also includes a suggested reading list and groups who may provide additional information and assistance.
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