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What I now know about birth [Jan. 19th, 2009|05:30 pm]
Here are my speaking notes from the talk I did yesterday returning to my Active Birth workshop. It's like a birth story, but it's more of a talk on how I handled contractions.

how I handled my second birthCollapse )

It's funny, knowledge really does make a LOT of difference in your birth outcomes. What I *wanted* out of a birth didn't change between one child and the next, but my KNOWLEDGE was vastly different between the two, and the outcomes were wildly different.
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Ah sigh.... [May. 23rd, 2008|10:34 pm]
Lamenting how shocking my grammar is. I'm hanging out on LJ a lot because I'm nauseous and yuck, and this is about as much as I can manage. My toddler sits on my knee watching videos while I type.

But sadly, between the feeling crap and the wiggley child, I'm putting out great swathes of typo-riddled comments that I have no energy to re-read or fix. People must think I'm barely literate.
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memage [Apr. 2nd, 2008|12:44 pm]
Age: 35

Where did you grow up: Australia

WHAT DO YOU CALL:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
a stream or creek

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
a trolley

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
a lunch box

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
a pan

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
a couch

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
gutter and downpipes

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
the porch

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
lemonade

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
a pancake

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
a sandwich

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
bathers

12. Shoes worn for sports.
runners

13. Putting a room in order.
tidying

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
firefly

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
slaters or butcher boys

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
a see-saw

17. How do you eat your pizza?
either hands or knife and fork

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
garage sale

19. What's the evening meal?
dinner or tea

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
basement

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
water fountain

Well, what do YOU say?
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Yay for me! [Mar. 2nd, 2008|11:29 am]

18 months
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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2008|02:39 pm]


I finally found where the ribbons come from!! This is the 12 month ribbon. I'm less than 2 months from the next one, but hey, I wanted to post one to start with so I won't have to go searching for the link again.
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collected wisdom on induction [Aug. 30th, 2006|12:09 pm]
I'm still waiting for baby (40w 6d, I think) so the induction question is something that's on my mind.

In response to a post by girlinaroom, I found myself neatly summarising my conclusions about induction, which I am going to repeat back here in my journal so that I have a record of them.

Here is the result of my current collected wisdon and research on induction:

Induction is just another type of birth. It's a "compromise" option that you resort to when there is a need, and not an equal "choice". But once we acknowledge that it's not an equal choice, we don't have to stress over it and make it any harder ;-)

There are many different induction techniques. If I end up needing induction, I will go for a pattern of techniques in this sort of order.

1) Stripping the membranes. This leaves your options open, and doesn't put you on the clock, but is quite effective for lots of women.

2) Prostoglandin gel on the cervix every 6 hours. This is the gentlest of the actual induction techniques. Bring along lots of entertainment (crossword puzzels, books to read, music, conversation) as it can be long and boring.

If my doctor recomends induction, I will want to talk to her about exactly *what* techniques we can use, and write myself up a special induction birth plan! If a doctor suggests inducing for the sake of their precious scheduling, then they won't want me taking up a bed for 24 hours while waiting for a nice gentle prostoglandin gel to work. If there's a legitimate reason for the induction, they'll be fine with starting this way.

If labour does not "take" after these first two techniques, they still have the option of calling it a "failed induction" and sending me home to rest for a while. That's what I like about starting this way - we're not on the clock yet, and it doesn't mean I'll necessarily be forced to either have an induced birth or an emergency c-section.


3) Breaking the waters. Once I've given the other techniques a decent amount of time to work, the next option is using the hook to manually break the bag of waters. This does put you on the clock, as the risk of infection goes up sharply after 24 hours of having the waters broken, so they try to have baby out by then.

4) Pitocin. I include this for the sake of completeness, but to my mind, it really is the *last* induction technique to consider. It's very effective, so many hospitals use it as their first technique, but I am quite against this philosophy.

By the time I'm seriously considering the pitocin, I would also be seriously considering the c-section! Any legitimate medical reason for getting the baby out early would surely not be helped by pitocin. Any posserbility of fetal distress is going to be so much worse if baby is subjected to pitocin contractions.

5) Epi-dural. OK, so the epidural is a pain relief option, not an induction technique, but if I'm having pitocin, the epidural becomes an automatic part of that for me, and not a separate choice. I would want the anaesthatist called when they put the pitocin drip in.

I would like to completely avoid any IV drugs which make baby dopey (yes, they cross the placenta), and make mother too loopy to make further decisions, and as such they interfere with both mother and baby's ability to have a first go at breastfeeding within an hour of the birth.

I do realise that the epidural means I can't walk around any more, but that's part of why I don't consider an induction to be an equal choice. If I choose to go to induction, I'm not going to also separately worry myself about whether or not I should be having an epidural ;-)
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birth music [Jul. 29th, 2006|10:19 pm]
Today, I've added The Best of Roberta Flack and Blade Runner to my birth music collection.

The Blade Runner Soundtrack is one of those absolutely luscious albums which you can just leave on "repeat" all day and never get sick of it. Ambient, beautiful, and just interesting enough to listen to if I feel to inclined and capable. Unfortunate name, given that I'm planning of avoided any kind of edged/bladed object for this birth (if possible), but lovely music.

Ms Flack is a little more embarassing, but it really is the ultimate in "easy listening". If I'm in the mood for that sort of thing, I'll just eat it up. But only the first half of the album. Once we hit the 1980s, there's "tonight, I celebrate my love for you" and everything else gets dumped.
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contravercial birth plan [Jul. 17th, 2006|06:07 pm]
The obstetrician today told me that "birth plans are contravercial".

Hmmm...
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(no subject) [Jun. 6th, 2006|09:36 pm]
Hello. Just thought I'd put a quick post in here to say that I am a real person, but this is not my primary id. I created this one for posting to communities to maintain a bit of separation.
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