“We Feel Your Pain” …..actually…..no we don’t

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Weird Fact #10

Those wonderful, caring MEN on the OB/GYN governing boards decided that since Eve took a bite of that apple, ALL women should have to suffer during childbirth, even after anesthetics for labour were discovered during the 1900’s.  Wasn’t that considerate of them!

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Hail, hail, the gangs all here!!!

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Weird Fact # 4  They Gave Birth Publicly

In past history, royal births had to be done publicly….no not on the lawn of Buckingham Palace, but with enough witnesses to make sure no one, inadvertently or otherwise,  switched the baby.  How is that for keeping your royal dignity!

Benefits of a Birth Doula

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Encourages and assists the woman in gaining knowledge about birth in order to prepare for her experience
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her wishes for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

ah the joys of pregnancy

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So I’m sitting by a huge window soaking up some much needed vitamin D and enjoying a few minutes of silence. It wont last long, my 2 children and my niece are enjoying a game of “good guys” in the basement of my parents house, but soon enough they’ll all be back up and jumping off furniture and causing the usual ruckus.  I learned long ago how to “tune out” unwanted noise, and rarely even notice how loud the house has actually become until my partner (or my dad in this case!) comes home and makes a comment referring to an insane asylum.

For those who dont know, I am currently pregnant with my 3rd and alsmost certianly my last (due to health reasons) baby, and although I  always pride myself on being one of “those” women who adores every aspect of pregnancy, im realizing how much more exhausting each pregnancy becomes when you’re already a mom. Ive been lucky enough to be able to stay at home for most of this pregnancy but certainly havent been sleeping any more.

I reached the halfway point last week, and within a week have noticed a huge change in my expanding abdomen .
I have two little boys and while i’ll be very happy with another boy, I do find myself constantly hoping im carrying a girl this time. 😉 Anyone who knows me , knows how badly I want a daughter, and i’ll use any excuse I can to try to assure myself im carrying differently. (hehehe) for example, I have been MUCH moodier in the past 20 weeks than I ever was with my sons (I know, its my 3rd baby and im getting next to no sleep!) but hey, girls are moody right? could it be a sign??

I’m carrying pretty much the same as I did before, all out front, which I know is an old wives tale for carrying a boy, but we’ll just ignore that one and say im one of those lucky women who doesnt look pregnant from the back ;-

The back pain has kicked in hard core and im assuming I will likely have back labor again, as I did with both my other babies.
Being a doula and being pregnant has been fun. It’s my partner’s (and I refer to him as that because I can’t help but feel slighty ghetto calling him my baby daddy :-p ) first time being a parent and he couldnt be more excited. He’s been there for every appointment and last night had his first dream about what our baby might look like (a dream about a boy might I add!)  Having experience both from giving birth naturally, and attending plenty of births as womens’ doula, Im able to teach him the tricks of the trade and he is becoming quite the expert at the double hip squeeze .

Aside from the heartburn, moodswings, and off the charts cravings, I’m still enjoying this pregnancy, and trying take in every kick or hiccup, and being so thankful that I am going to be blessed with another precious child.

So I realize this post had little to do with facts of pregnancy, but I just thought i’d give you all a little glimpse into my life lately. I’d take the noise and the mess and the tantrums anyday, because even though there are days I feel like im going to rip my hair out , I love pregnancy,  being a mother and wouldnt trade it for the world!

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Time sure flies

Part of me is ashamed to even start writing today! I will be the first to admit that I’ve fallen in-excusably far behind in my blogging, or anything internet related over the past 9 months.

I could go on and on with reasons why my last post was in APRIL! but I wont. The important thing is, I’m back!

My partner has still been doing births recently, but I had to set my love for being a doula aside for quite some time due to personal/family issues that needed to come first. (I also took on a job working the night shift and quite honestly felt like I was part of the walking dead! Thankfully, I’ve been able to quit that job and return to the land of the living!)  

I have started to get back into my studying lately , as I am hoping to go for the DONA certification a.s.a.p. and realized how much I miss being a part of birth. 

Anyways, today I will keep this short, I just wanted to apologize for my lack of existence lately, and thank you guys for sticking with us!   I currently do not have internet at my home, so my posts may be a bit sporadic, but I’m hoping to start blogging about different birth topics, services, and other baby-related things whenever I get the opportunity to!

Talk soon friends!

Carrie

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