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Friday, February 2nd, 2007
7:25 pm
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
10:59 am
I am 36 weeks along today. I have my first weekly apptmt with my OB starting today.

I'm just curious as to how many of you have already shown signs of progression at this point. Did your cervix start to thin already? If there was progress, how soon after did you give birth?

I know it is different for every woman, I just like to hear what your experiences were.


Current Mood: curious
Saturday, May 20th, 2006
11:38 pm
I am sorry but I don't know how to do a cut and this is TMI.

My daughter is 6 weeks old and has had nothing but breastmilk and weighed 10lbs today. YAY

but my problem isn't that as much as me. I am having a HUGE problem with an anal fissure and I don't know how to make going to the bathroom easier on me. It is a severe pain everytime. I just started taking a stool softener today, but how do I help my self now. I have to go to the bathroom now but the stool softner isn't going to help yet.

Someone please help me...PLEASE.

Sorry for the TMI...
Sunday, February 12th, 2006
10:54 am


I dont know if anyone remembers me. My intro post was a while ago! But I just wanted to update everyone. My fiance and I decided to start trying for a baby this month, instead of in March, which is really exciting.  I should know if I'm pregnant by the last day of the month. I got pregnant with my first child the first month we TTC, so we shall see what happens this time. *Fingers crossed* Also looking for pregnancy buddies if anyone is interested.

Would love to hear how everyone else is doing~

~Alley, 23, mom of 1 (Sep 04)~

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
5:47 pm
i'm 29 weeks pregnant. i had an ultrasound 3 months ago that said i was having a boy. i had an ultrasound on friday and the tech said there was no way there was a penis. boy? girl? strange ambiguous being? only time will tell, i suppose...
Sunday, January 15th, 2006
11:33 pm
Way cool!

Baby in Womb
grasping finger of doctor
A picture began circulating in November. It should be "The Picture of the Year," or perhaps, "Picture of the Decade." It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.

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Thursday, December 29th, 2005
10:30 pm
Just wanted to share...
A new community for childbirth educators.


X-Posted, sorry.
Saturday, December 17th, 2005
12:10 pm
Spinal Headache
So my friend Elizabeth is having a neverending migraine from the spinal from her birth center transfer turned c-sec...Even though the o.b. that did the C-sec. is saying that it is not a spinal
headache and just "stress". She spoke to some of her midwives about it
and they said not so much conflicting information...but confusing
information, def. For the last day or so, she's been getting a
migraine that starts in the back of her head but travels to the front!
Percoset didn't help except for making her nauseous. And the ibuprofen
didn't touch it. Somebody (a midwife? nurse?) told her that what they
do for these spinal headaches is draw blood and then inject it into
her spine to form a blood clot. This seems kind of bizzarro to both of
us. Does a spinal headache ever go away on it's own? She is going in
on Monday to be checked for post-c.sec stuff but, obviously, she'd
kind of like to know what she may be in for?

Do any of ya'll know about the care and feeding of post-spinal anesth.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
11:46 am
Intro post...
Name: Alley
Age: 23
Marital Status: Not married. But in a relationship 4 years.
TTC Date: Hopefully March 2006.
Other: I looking for moms trying to concieve around the same time I am to perhaps have a pregnancy buddy.
Friday, November 11th, 2005
6:36 am
Hello all, this is something that I just recieved from another list, and am passing it along because I believe it is vitally important!!! Please read all the way to the end......

Hello Birth People,

You have all probably heard of Dr. Tom Brewer and his important work in prenatal nutrition. He has devoted his life to spreading the word that excellent nutrition during pregnancy prevents MTLP (toxemia), pre-eclampsia, placental abruption, pre-term labor and other complications. He has worked tirelessly, but unfortunately mostly fruitlessly, to get the medical establishment to understand the importance of protein, salt, and other nutrients during pregnancy.

Dr. Brewer is now elderly and not in the best of health. His son tells me that he has been in poor spirits and depressed that his message has not been accepted as truth by the birth community.

So I’m asking that if you have been affected by his work, if you use his nutrition information to help clients, or have followed his advice in your own pregnancies, please drop him a short thank you note or message of appreciation. I think that knowing how many moms and babies he has helped would cheer him up; and it would let him know that his life’s work was not in vain to hear how many midwives, childbirth educators, parents, and others involved in birth, believe in his ideas.

He is a national treasure, and he may not be around much longer.

> Hello Everyone,
> The list has been awfully quiet. I hate to break the
> silence with sad
> news, but it seems Dr. Tom Brewer won't be with us
> much longer. His
> health has been declining this year, and just this
> past weekend he had a
> medical incident which caused his daughter to
> annouce to family and
> friends that if they want to see him, they should do
> so this week. He
> could have a major event and be gone quickly, or he
> could have several
> minor events and be like this for days, months. He
> is lucid and still
> feisty enough to sign out of the hospital AMA, but
> his time on earth is
> short. Please take time NOW to write him a note of
> appreciation for all
> he has done, and assure him that his work will be
> carried on. Write to
> him at his daughter's address. He is no longer at
> his apartment.
> Tom Brewer, M. D.
> c/o Ms. Cornelia Brewer
> 3 South Willard Street
> Apt. 6
> Burlington, VT 05401
> PLEASE Forward this to every childbirth and
> parenting list you are on.
> Modify it if you're sending to a group who may now
> know his work, so
> they can be aware that there is hope for
> preeclampsia and toxemia!! Many
> still do not know. Let's be sure his last days are
> filled with the
> knowledge that he is loved and appreciated.

Current Mood: sad
Friday, October 28th, 2005
11:23 pm
would it be totally stupid for me (i'm from the united states) to name my child after a canadian prime minister?
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
3:53 pm
hi. this is a really quick introduction. i'm 15 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby. my first is 15 months. i recently got married to the love of my life. i've been with her (yes her) since i got pregnant with my son in october 2003. (long story there) anyway, our baby together is due on april 12. i really want to have him/her on his/her due date because it'd be cool to share a birthday with amy ray. (i worship amy ray. i also worship grissom). my son's name is che dylan, by the way, and he's sixteen months old. he's my user icon. :-)
Monday, September 5th, 2005
3:06 pm
X-posted ... NEW MOMMY
name: Vanessa
Age: 23
Location: Miami, Fl.
# of children: 1st timer
Sex of baby (if known): Image hosted by Photobucket.com
child's name(if any): Katelyn
How far along are you: 22 weeks tomorrow
Due date: Image hosted by Photobucket.com
pictures if any: At 11 weeks...Collapse )my other sonograms aren't uploaded yet...

Some more info...
This is my 1st baby, getting married to my 1st love hopefully next month... we currently live with his sister but we'll be getting our own place hopefully before next month... I'm excited but terrified at the same time I mean I love children and have been around babies all my life but theres that little feeling inside of fear of not knowing what to do since its my baby and not someone elses (am i making sense?) Anyway, I'm doing my baby registry next weekend and my aunts planning my babyshower I'm excited about that... my family has been very supportive as well as my hubby I love him so much ... So yea if you have any advice or comments or anything for this 1st time mommy please dont hesitate I looooooove talking about the baby and stuff...
Congrats to all of you preggos and new mommys <3
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
8:38 pm
Cervidil & Prostaglandin gel
someone recently told me that the ingredient in Cervidil is pig semen and i just read on the internet that the ingredient in the prostagladin gel is bull semen, can any vouch for this and point me in the direction to find some solid evidence. so gross.


x-posted to midwifery

Current Mood: grossed out
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
2:18 pm
Name: aubrey
Status: married to james since 12-31-01 9yes, a new year's eve wedding, what fun)
Age: 28
Location: florida
Children: one on the way, due 2-04-06
pets: one pug named brady & 3 cats, bailey, muffin and ezra
Sahm/wohm/wahm: domestic homemaker and hope to be a ashm (we will see how expensive our new life gets)
Hobbies: rediscovering the domestic arts, sewing/quilting/stained glass/pottery, art, music, cultural exploration, reading, baking, writing...so so many
Dislikes: intolerance
More about me: moved to florida almost 2 years ago, lost everything to hurricane charley :( am preparing to move back north after baby is here. i graduated from the university of vermont in october '01 with a b.s. in psychology, but i still don't know what i want to be when i grow up ;) i love crafts and am always looking for new creative outlets. i am originally from a small town in upstate ny and now realise that small town life isn't too shabby (took me awhile and many miles to come to this). i love the snow and don't know why i ever left it. coziness and warmth are created by cold people, like hot cocoa, handknit sweaters and fireplaces.
Thursday, July 28th, 2005
9:52 am
I'm doing what I can for the pregnant community, but I wanted to have a brief discussion about another issue that affects us women (and some men, too, according to an article I just read)--Post-Partum Depression. PPD can happen to anyone, not just those who have suffered depression in the past. And, as I discovered, despite the name it can start during the pregnancy. PPD is not to be confused with "baby blues" which only last a few weeks. PPD is a serious illness and requires counseling and possibly medication. A woman is not "weak" because she has it. It doesn't mean she doesn't love the baby (though she may have trouble with "bonding"). It doesn't mean that she doesn't want to be a mother. It doesn't mean that she will be a bad mother. It's an illness caused by a hormonal imbalance (and we all know how those hormones are out of whack during and after pregnancy). Untreated, it can lead to a terrible illness called Post Partum Dementia, where a woman has thoughts of harming herself or the baby (relax, this doesn't happen in all cases.) I should note that I'm not a psychologist; I just have been there and have read all I can about the subject. Please! If you are feeling signs of depression that do not lift after a few weeks--sadness, listlessness, fatigue (beyond what normal sleeplessness causes), poor appetitite--seek help! I'm sure everyone here will be glad to discuss it with your, but most likely you will need professional help. If you are unsure about whether you have it, ask! It crippled my life before I got it treated. I don't want anyone to have to go through that. Never be afraid to ask for help!
Monday, July 25th, 2005
1:46 pm
I've created a community called life_in_bed for those pregnant women on partial- or full-bedrest to share worries, frustrations, and stories about life spent in bed (albeit temporarily). I was put on full-bedrest in my sixth month and I remember being frustrated and scared and feeling like I had no one to talk to. Even if you can only be out of bed for a few minutes at a time, I strongly suggest you check out this community. I also ask that anyone who was put on bedrest in the past (or even just other sympathetic parents) contribute, helping those who are in this difficult situation.
Monday, July 11th, 2005
5:25 pm
books about hypnobirthing
i am curious to know what books you all have read about hypnobirthing,
did you find them helpful? have any recommendations?

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, July 9th, 2005
5:44 pm
Name: cindy
Status: happily married, 4yrs
Age: 25
Location: Delaware
Children: one on the way, due 9/1/05
pets: 2 boxers,belle & buck
Sahm/wohm/wahm: working full-time but i will be a SAHM when the baby arrives
Hobbies: baking, BOXERS, reading, pilates, coffee, christianity,raising boxers, making jewelry, exploring
Dislikes: slow drivers, pate', people who try to hard to be something they're not (aka "fake/superficial people"), bad coffee, when people cut you off when you are talking, narrow-minded people
More about me: born in raised in northern california, i have 3 brothers and 4 sisters, lived in NorCal for 18yrs then joined the Air Force, moved to Delaware, christian of 10yrs in april, met my husband, married in 5/5/01, after separating from military went to culinary college - got my degree in Professional Baking & Pastry, planning to be a SAHM after the baby is born, we want 4 children, in spring going to begin working on my certification to become a childbirth educator, after all children are in school going to open my own coffee house/bead shop, blah blah blah....


Current Mood: mellow
Friday, July 1st, 2005
4:31 pm
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