CBC Newfoundland & Labrador, November 28, 2012
The CBC investigation into thermography, a “medical diagnostic” test that was being offered by dozens of private clinics in Canada, uncovered a deceptive process that was misleading women and giving false results about breast cancer. Within hours of our story airing, public policy in Canada changed.
- Timothy Sawa, Diana Swain & Annie Burns-Peiper, Unnatural Selection, CBC – June 18, 2012
- Beatrice Politi & Kathlene Calahan, Untold Stories Global TV – Jan. 5, March 26 & July 2, 2012
- Alison Motluk, Wanted: Egg Donor in Good Health CBC Radio One, The Sunday Edition – February 19, 2012
The Globe and Mail – May 26, 2012
Private umbilical-cord-blood banks tell new parents that they could offer children future miracle cures. But medical professionals say those chances are very slim – and what’s really needed is a national solution.
- Alison Motluk, Is Egg Donation Dangerous?, Maisonneuve – December 2012
- Erin Ellis, Pregnancy and anti-depressants, Vancouver Sun – May 28, 2012
- Marie-Eve Cousineau , Avortement:25 ans plus tard dans les Maritimes, Châtelaine – Juin 2012
CBC Radio, Quirks & Quarks, CBC Radio – October 1, 2011
It’s been almost 30 years since the first birth of a baby from a frozen human embryo. And since then, it’s become almost routine, with an estimated half-a-million babies born using that procedure. Freezing unfertilized eggs, however, has been a much more difficult challenge. Now new developments in reproductive technology are allowing the freezing of human eggs – which has raised new medical and ethical questions, especially when it comes to women over 40.
The technique was first developed for young women with cancer. Some of her eggs would be removed before her chemo and radiation treatment (which might kill or damage the eggs), then frozen, and later fertilized and implanted when the woman was ready to have children. But now it is being used for “social” reasons, especially by women in their late 30′s and early 40′s, who have not yet met their mate, and want to freeze their eggs for future use, before the eggs get too old. And that has created some controversy, especially since there is very little data on how successful the procedure is when older eggs are used.
Quirks & Quarks contributor Alison Motluk has looked into the controversy, and prepared this documentary.
- Tarah Schwartz, InVitro,
CTV Montreal – March 24, 2011
Steve Buist & Teri Pecoskie
The Hamilton Spectator – November 2011
They are the smallest and most vulnerable members of any community. The number of babies born with low birth weight across Ontario remains a persistent problem that cries out for a solution, particularly in Ontario communities and neighbourhoods suffering from high levels of poverty.
The Hamilton Spectator’s BORN project has helped give a voice to these tiny babies and to their mothers. The BORN project identified unacceptably high rates of low-birth-weight babies across the province, and showed how little progress has been made in reducing the problem.
The Spectator’s exhaustive analysis of 535,000 Ontario birth outcomes has shown the same is true when it comes to the numbers of teen girls having babies, especially in the north and remote native communities. It’s likewise for the rates of Ontario women receiving the early prenatal care that is vital for putting a pregnancy on the right track.
- Lisa Priest, The Too-Small Tumour,
The Globe and Mail – March 2011
- Christine Langlois,Tubal Migration,
More – September 2011
- Marcia Kaye, Little Women,
Today’s Parent – May 2011
Une pilule une petite granule, Télé-Québec, Téléfiction productions inc. – September 9, 2010
“Cancer et grossesse”
Fifteen to thirty years ago, when a pregnant woman was diagnosed with cancer, the efforts to ensure the well-being of the fetus fell almost automatically by the wayside. With the medical advances of today, cancer treatments that allow in most cases the survival of both mother and child can be offered to pregnant women. Since women nowadays get pregnant increasingly later in life and, therefore, are more at risk of being diagnosed with cancer during their pregnancy, this issue takes on a crucial importance. Notwithstanding the phenomenal breakthroughs in terms of treatment, cancer always remains an exacting emotional ordeal for expectant mothers.
- Anna Maria Tremonti (Host), Kristin Nelson (Producer)
Egg Freezing/Older Parents,
The Current, CBC Radio One – October 20, 2010
- Véronique Morin, Topo ovules,
Le Code Chastenay, Télé-Québec – June 4, 2010
- Caroline Gauthier, Aimer ses seins,
Une pilule une petite granule, Télé-Québec, Téléfiction productions inc – October 10, 2010
Ottawa Citizen – November 27-29, 2010
A series of stories on the movement to return birth to remote northern communities in Canada where women have long been flown thousands of miles away from home for even routine births. Also, how Australia is looking to the revolution in birth in Canada’s north as a model.
- Wendy Haaf, Induction Overload,
Today’s Parent Pregnancy – Fall 2010
- Alison Motluk, The Human Egg Trade,
The Walrus – April 2010
- Valérie Borde, Guérir par les microbes,
L’Actualité – March 1, 2010
CBC Radio- June 15, 2009
“From Here to Maternity”
From Here to Maternity, hour one, tells the stories of four women: a mother who conceives with help from an egg donor, an egg donor who provides ova so that other women can conceive, a woman born without a uterus who hires a surrogate to carry her triplets and a woman who agrees to provide eggs and carry a baby for a gay male couple. The women are frank and insightful about the complexities of what they are doing — and complex it certainly is. The show was first broadcast June 15, 2009, on CBC Radios IDEAS. Alison Motluk is a freelance journalist who has written and broadcast widely about the social implications of assisted reproduction.
No submission available
Homemakers – April 2009
One-third of all cancer cases could be prevented, if certain lifestyle choices were adopted around the world. The story entitled Anti-Cancer Rx looks at research on how diet, exercise, body weight and environmental factors have been linked to increased – or reduced – risk of cancer. It explains how women can take action to protect themselves and lower their cancer risk. The prescription includes the latest findings on foods that fight cancer and foods to avoid, vitamin D supplements, and the protective benefits of physical activity. It also emphasizes the importance of public health strategies to reduce women’s exposure to radiation, toxic chemicals and other environmental carcinogens.
- Lesley Young, A Women’s Guide to Heart Health
Homemakers Magazine- February/March 2009
- Lesley Young, What’s up down there,
Homemakers Magazine- June 2009
No submissions for 2009
No submissions for 2009
Globe and Mail – May 5, 2008
“Canada’s U.S. Baby Boom”
Published in the Globe and Mail on May 5, 2008, the story entitled Canada’s U.S. Baby Boom examines the large number of high-risk pregnant patients – more than 100 in a one-year period – who are being sent to the United States for care because Canada simply does not have a bed. The cause of the problem is largely due to bed closings, too few staff and the lack of a national birthing plan.
Such a plan would ensure services are planned, guidelines on the best way to care for these patients are implemented and there is a stronger focus on maternity patient safety. This story examined the policy failure while providing a living example – Jade Pascoe – who had to make the harrowing journey to the U.S. for care.
- Claudia Cornwall, Midlife Crisis, Best Health-September 2008
- Guy Sabourin, La coeur des femmes, Le Bel âge.ca, 2008
RDI – PVP Monde Inc.
“Daughters of Gardeners”
“RAISING A DAUGHTER IS LIKE WATERING A NEIGHBOUR’S GARDEN” – Indian Proverb. India is sitting on a time bomb. The threat comes from within. Thirty-six million women are missing. The economic burden of dowries and the ancestral preference for boys make the birth of a daughter a shameful event. Ultrasound tests and abortions, medical acts which were supposed to represent progress for women, are instead being used against them. Trapped between tradition and progress, the second-most populated country in the world terminates girls before they are even born. Demographers do not hesitate to qualify the crisis of selectively aborting female foetuses as a real foeticide. Daughters of Gardeners, is a deeply moving and profoundly human documentary; an investigation of States where aborting girls has become a very profitable industry. This one-hour film follows the journey of a young Canadian journalist, in her quest to understand and document this demographic crisis, as well as its disastrous consequences on the entire Indian society; the inability of men to find wives; the increase in prostitution; the worsening AIDS pandemic; the kidnapping and trafficking of women; the advent of illicit marriages, etc. Unexpectedly poetic images for such a subject succeed in capturing the human element behind a reality that nonetheless appears quite inhumane. Avoiding the trap of perverse sensationalism, its very sensitive commentary acts like a veritable ray of sunshine cutting through a menacing sky. A film of hope, against all odds…
- Jennifer Tryon, Vital Signs: HPV Series, Global National
- Gaëlle Lussiaà-Berdou, Banque de sang de cordon ombilical au Canada, Première Chaîne de la radio de Radio-Canada
- Avis Favaro and Elizabeth St.Philip , Nitroglycerine Patch, CTV National
Gazette des femmes
Published in January-February 2007, the news story entitled Le corps dépotoir attempts to answer the following question : do toxic products present in the environment play a role in the breast cancer development? Marie-Eve Cousineau is a freelance journalist and collaborator to the Gazette des femmes, a Quebec magazine published by the Conseil du statut de la femme that addresses women’s issues and feminist issues. The periodical, published every two months, issues about 25 000 copies.
- Ann Marie McQueen, Abortion – multi-day series, Ottawa Sun
- André Picard, Scientific breakthrough or unproven fix?, Globe and Mail
- Marcia Kaye, Menopause Management, Canadian Health
Robin Smythe & Jim Handman
CBC Radio, Quirks & Quarks
“The Perils of preemies”
On the March 11, 2006, broadcast of CBC’s popular Quirks and Quarks radio program, Robin Smythe and Jim handman presented “The Perils of Preemies”, a fascinating look at the ethical and medical questions surrounding extremely premature babies. Ms. Smythe and Mr. Handman provided listeners with a rich understanding of the potential long-term health and developmental problems faced by these babies, and the technology advances that have allowed babies to survive birth earlier and earlier in pregnancy. The broadcast addressed the difficult moral question of “just because the tiniest babies can be saved – should they be?” Through engaging interviews with clinical experts, and the first-hand accounts of parents of extreme preemies, Ms. Smythe and Mr. Handman provide listeners with a rich and balanced look at this intersection of technology and ethics.
- Hugo Lavoie, Le scalpel et le crucifix, Radio-Canada, Second Regard
- Anne-Marie Rainville, La Césarienne, Téléfiction, Une pilule, une petite granule
- Valérie Morand, Human reproduction, Radio-Canada International
The Province (Vancouver)
In March 2006, Lena Sin travelled to Tanzania in eastern Africa to report on a debillitating birthing injury called obstetric fistula. While virtually unheard of in the West — the injury was eradicated in North America more than a century ago — obstetric fistula continues to afflict an estimated two million women in the developing world today, with another 50,000 to one million new cases being added each year. For this story, Ms. Sin interviewed many young women who travelled long distances to reach one of the country’s few fistula clinics located in coastal Dar es Salaam. In describing their experiences, the women shed light on the hurdles they face in accessing adequate health care and the stigma they live with as a result of an injury that leaves them incontinent.
- Andrée-Anne Guénette, Cancer des ovaires: l’autre ennemi des femmes, Coup de Pouce
- Kate Rae, The Next Big Thing, Glow Magazine
- Kate Rae, Oh Baby!, Glow Magazine
The Globe and Mail
In this insightful and moving investigation of women fighting cancer during pregnancy, Lisa Priest gained access to the real life experiences of women who underwent cancer treatment while pregnant, many of whom are still living with the uncertainty inherent in their diagnosis. Ms Priest described the exceptional medical efforts provided to patients with this disease, such as chemotherapy and surgery, while at the same time portraying the strength and courage of the women who struggled with the disease while protecting their unborn babies.
Dr. Marla Shapiro
Parallel Film & Television Productions Ltd.,
in association with CTV
“Run Your Own Race”
Run Your Own Race” chronicles the cancer survival story of Dr. Marla Shapiro as she went from high profile doctor to patient after being diagnosed with breast cancer, finding herself on the other side of the desk, as a patient, trying to find answers instead of being the one offering them. Produced by Parallel Film & Television Productions Ltd. in association with CTV, Dr. Marla Shapiro tells her private story from the mammogram that revealed her illness, through her yearlong journey to recovery. The one-hour special openly describes how cancer affected not just herself, but her friends, family and the public.
This series investigated women’s reproductive rights in Kenya, while also looking at the plight of women throughout the developing world. Ms. Page interviewed women in the poorest parts of Kenya, from Maasai Mara region to the slums in Nairobi. She talked to these women about their inability to exercise their reproductive rights or access contraception. The series focused on consequences of the Bush administration’s “Global Gag Law” which has resulted in the closing of dozens of family planning clinics.
The Globe and Mail
“Generations of family planning”
“Generations of family planning” looks at an issue that preoccupies virtually every woman in Canada but which is rarely spoken of in the mainstream media – contraception. The series tackles a number of taboo topics, from menstrual suppression to the morning after pill, in a straightforward and informative manner; the related controversies are put into muchneeded context, and the tough personal decisions surrounding contraceptives choices are given human face.