Monday, April 30, 2007

Midwife persecution

I just don't understand why society is so afraid to believe and trust in their bodies to have a baby. Why they are so afraid to allow midwives to continue to deliver babies.
The statistics, if they bothered to look, supports the saftey of homebirth and birthing center births. The statistics show that babies born with midwives out of a hospital setting have lower numbers of problems during the birth. They have better outcomes. They have better breastfeeding rates. There is so much I could write here about statistics that would make your eyes glaze over!
Why are they so afraid?
Because a homebirth or birthing center birth doesn't get society any money.
Society gains with hospital births. With inductions and micro-managed births and c-sections.
Yes, there is a place for Obstetrics. They should be attending to the higher risk pregnant women. Leave the low-risk women to the midwives. Let them have the birth they want.
Did you know Idaho wants to take this away? Legislature is going on to stop midwives. To keep births in a hospital setting. To get involved in every little detail. They don't care to even look at the numbers. They only want the doctors numbers. No, not the numbers of the bad outcomes that OB's do have...they want the numbers the doctors provide of transports. They want the numbers from the doctors that they can twist to make the midwives look bad.
If they drop this legilsature, then the doctors lose money. That is the bottom line.

As a doula (professional labor support) and a mother of 6, who is currently pregnant-it disgusts me. At one point my dream was to become a midwife. But what is going on in this country is scary. We would do very well to look at the birthing ideals and statistics from other countries. This is not the place that the USA prevails.

I still love what I do. To be there at a birth, to help a mother through her labor and see that sweet baby afterwards and know that I helped this mom have a beautiful birth that she wanted....there is nothing like it.
But I do get discouraged. I would urge all people in Idaho to write letters to their legislators urging them to not take away the midwives. To not let them control and bind the hands of the midwives. To let us CHOOSE OUR BIRTH.

It has to end sometime right?

I am so tired of being sick. So tired of being tired. I probably have said this all before, but I am going to vent about it again. This pregnancy is kicking my butt. Maybe I am not dealing with it as well because I didn't want to have another baby? Or maybe it just is that much harder than the others. It probably is a little of both.

I went for my accupuncture treatment the other day and had some relief. I had actually started feeling good a few days before that (well, better on the nausea) but I woke up today just wanting to flush my head down the toilet. I've been so sick all day again. Nothing I eat settles at all. It really sucks.

I did make it to the grocery store. I think most of the meals this week are meat free and bland. I have noticed that the more meat *I* eat, the more bloated and crappy I feel, so I am following my bodies promptings and cutting it back heavily to see what kind of improvement I can feel.

Kaitlyn is still meat free. It has been almost 3 months. She hasn't been tempted once, and I am so very proud of her for making this decision and sticking to it. It is important to her.

Isabella cut some MORE of her hair off tonight. I swear if she doesn't stop soon she will have hair the length of conners! And I swear if Shawn doesn't stop leaving scissors down where she can get them I am going to let HER cut HIS hair! LOL

Shawn will not stop with the insistence that I am having another twin pregnancy. He doesn't seem to get it when I tell him how much it is stressing me out. I wish he would stop because it actually hurts me feelings. I know he thinks it is funny, but having told him how much it bothers me-and then his insistence in doing it makes me feel like he doesn't care how much he is hurting me.

Our store is still doing well. I have had to ake a few weeks off from stocking since I have been so sick. Hopefully I can start again soon.

Shawn told his mom tonight about the baby. I guess his brother Paul and wife Amy are also expecting again (their 3rd) They are due 2 weeks after I am! We are going to have a baby boom!

ack-too tired....will write more later.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Why must uneducated people be able to talk?

I mean really. If you have not educated yourself on an issue, then why are you trying to give your input on a subject that you don't know anything about? Do you not realize how dumb you sound?
I am on several message boards. Granted, they are more "natural" parenting. But we get a lot of mainstream folks over there that just gasp with shock over things we say! And then proceed to give their input on every subject and have no idea what they are even talking about.
Oh yes, homeopathics are not helpful. Tell that to my daughter whose fever can be broke in 15 minutes with a dose that is not at all harmful to her body vs 3-4-6 doses of tylenol or ibuprophen that do nothing.
Every boy should be circumcised. Because it is necessary...see previous rants on that.
Vaccines, well of course they are totally safe, because if there were reactions, then surely the CDC would have that information on their site right? Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Just because a doctor or nurse tells you something doesn't make it true. There is a whole world of information out there. Research you need to find yourself. If you have children, you need to be informed. You need to be educated. YOURSELF. Not just blindly following the information crammed down your throat.

Until you can say that you do really know, be quiet.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Time to play catch up.

So, I haven't blogged in a while. Part of it was the pregnancy and morning sickness and pure exhaustion. Part of it was reading my stat counter and finding out just who in the extended family network was reading my blog.
Then I decided "eh, screw it" if they want to read my personal life, go right ahead! They might actually learn something about me and get to know ME.

So things have been tough the last few weeks. I am beyond tired and ill. This has been the worst pregnancy ever. It is unlike any of the others. And I don't know what this baby is...which is abnormal for me. The only time this has ever happened before was when I was pregnant with the twins. It wasn't until after I lost one of them that I knew the remaining baby was a girl. Shawn of course thinks that this is a sign (combined with everything else) that we are having twins again and is predicting 2 boys...identical. I don't-but I am putting it out there just for the record! LOL

I am having my first accupuncture treatment this weekend and I am very excited! My friend Julie is an accupuncturist and also does chinese medicine. I plan on having her work with me throughout the pregnancy.

I am still having issues with my blood sugars. But I do think they are getting better.

Saturday, we are going to start on our garden. I hope. We bought the seeds again. Lets see if they get planted vs sitting on the counter all year! LOL

Thats all for now.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Wow-this got me! LOL

You Are An ISTJ
The Duty Fulfiller

You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking - you get the job done.
You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knitting.
Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.
Conservative and down-to-earth, you hardly ever do anything crazy.

You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

So more baby ponderings

so, my biggest fear in the 2 pregnancies is that we would have another boy, and have to have the circumcision debate.

Shawn has the "but he will look different than me, he will look different from his brothers" argument.
    The Daddy story

    I still say no. I asked him to please read the description and view the video before making his decision. Had I known then what I know now about circumcision, I would have never done it with the other boys.

    Description of how it is done complete with pictures

    Video intro page (make sure to click on 'proceed to download' to get the video)

    why? why would you cause your newborn baby that kind of pain for something so un-needed? Do you know the facts on circumcision? Most do not.

    • No national or international medical association recommends routine circumcision
    • There is no MEDICAL reason for circumcision. It is purely cosmetic.
    • Depending on the amount of skin cut off, circumcision robs a male of as much as 80 percent or more of his penile skin
    • Circumcision desensitizes
    • Circumcision is unhygienic and unhealthy
    • No special care is needed for the uncircumcised penis
    • More and more insurance companies are NOT covering circumcision as it becomes more known as an elective procedure. You will also find it harder to have a physician willing to perform it.
    • IT IS PAINFUL. Don't let them fool you with the "this anesthesia will take away the pain" IT HURTS. Period.

    Education is key. Don't just swallow the line they try to feed you. Look into it yourself. Protect your son.

    Tuesday, April 03, 2007

    Insanity has set in

    can I tell you-this freaking pregnancy induced insanity is driving me crazy??

    we had dinner early tonight. 2 hours ago I turned to dh and said "why am I so hungry?" him: "uh-duh!!!"

    so I decide to make something else to eat..decide on grilled cheese. dh goes to make it, the kids ate all the bread!! So I sit her for 1 hour thinking about it. the meantime, oldest son gets Shawn his shoes and says "lets go get mom something to eat"

    Shawn gets dressed, starts to leave and I am thinking he is going to get me something to eat.

    I am confused, and I send Kailtyn running out to the car to ask if he wants to know what I want to eat. She comes back in and says "he is just going to get a loaf of bread to make you a sandwhich"

    to which I promptly burst into tears because I no longer want a darned grilled cheese sandwhich-I want a hamburger at 11pm!

    *sigh* this really sucks.

    Sunday, April 01, 2007

    The moon must be full

    because I swear all the women online are going nutso.

    Childish. Mean. Self serving. Immature behavior.

    You would think at our age, we'd be past highschool crap like that.

    *insert a big rolling eyes*

    You can't beat good friends-and I am glad I have the best!