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Old 06-17-2012, 08:15 AM   #21
 
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Congratulations! Baby is beautiful. Glad to hear everyone is doing well.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #22
 
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You are amazing!

CONGRATS on your little girl! She's beautiful!

And thanks so much for sharing your story.
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Congrats!!!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:44 AM   #24
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She's beautiful! And I love the name.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:44 PM   #25
 
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I just saw this!! Congratulations! She is beautiful!

What do the boys think of her?;
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Congratulations!

Blame it on the cell phone...
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:24 AM   #27
 
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I just saw this!! Congratulations! She is beautiful!

What do the boys think of her?;
While for the most part I had a great birthing experience, I'm a bit bittersweet that they slept through the birth. I have very fond memories of my oldest being right next to me when #2 was born and being a very important part of that process.

At first they were indifferent. Now (4 days later) they speak and interact with her as "the baby" and not as "Carmen". They really enjoy gently stroking her hair. My youngest is more in tuned to react to her and try to soothe her when she is crying or fussy.

I picked up my placenta pills yesterday and the midwife had this as a keepsake - her placenta cord:



It has this interesting amber-like quality. I'm thinking of burying it under a fruit tree.

Also I treated myself to a Mayan Abdominal Massage yesterday. Supposedly its a special massage to help with postpartum alignment and other stuff. I feel like an emotional cloud has lifted from me (maybe the onset of PPD - unsure) and I feel taller and stronger in the midsection.

Admittedly, I haven't been resting like I should so it could just be having those two hours for just me. vs doing childcare and housework.

Here's a nice article on the importance of rest: The Undervalued Therapeutic Power of Rest | Gloria Lemay
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congratulations on baby carmen!! i've been around here for all your births so i'm happy you had a girl. what a wonderful addition to your family! thanks for sharing your story.

i don't know much about placenta, eating it or any of that. is there a link you could share? i'd like to read up on that. i suppose the only way you could get it is if you use a midwife. i'm sure the hospitals won't give you your placenta for consuming later.
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congratulations on baby carmen!! i've been around here for all your births so i'm happy you had a girl. what a wonderful addition to your family! thanks for sharing your story.

i don't know much about placenta, eating it or any of that. is there a link you could share? i'd like to read up on that. i suppose the only way you could get it is if you use a midwife. i'm sure the hospitals won't give you your placenta for consuming later.
I'm not sure about other areas, but around here (DC metro), there are people who specialize in placenta encapsulation and from what I've heard, they will allow this person to take your placenta out of the hospital for their preparation. You have to let the doctors/nurses on staff know ahead of time. I don't have experience with this personally, but I don't think it's unheard of, especially if your hospital supports natural birth.

And, for what it's worth, I can't recommend midwife care enough. I've been really happy with mine so far.
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I'm not sure about other areas, but around here (DC metro), there are people who specialize in placenta encapsulation and from what I've heard, they will allow this person to take your placenta out of the hospital for their preparation. You have to let the doctors/nurses on staff know ahead of time. I don't have experience with this personally, but I don't think it's unheard of, especially if your hospital supports natural birth.

And, for what it's worth, I can't recommend midwife care enough. I've been really happy with mine so far.
so are you using a midwife and a traditional doctor or just a midwife?
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Just a midwife.

I started out with a midwife practice that was "supervised" by OBs, but quickly became dissatisfied with them as it was just like the OB care that I didn't want.

I've since switched to a midwife-only practice that has their own non-hospital birth center. It is so much better.

ETA: I only know about the hospital/placenta thing through talking about it at a birth class where the other couples there were planning to deliver at a hospital with an OB.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:21 PM   #33
 
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great! thanks. i don't need any of this now but filing it away for later
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congratulations on baby carmen!! i've been around here for all your births so i'm happy you had a girl. what a wonderful addition to your family! thanks for sharing your story.

i don't know much about placenta, eating it or any of that. is there a link you could share? i'd like to read up on that. i suppose the only way you could get it is if you use a midwife. i'm sure the hospitals won't give you your placenta for consuming later.
Here you go:
Placenta Encapsulation - Benefits of Eating Your Placenta

I also can't say enough about midwife care and homebirth for that matter. you have so much more control over what happens to you and your baby.

Another example that would be pretty much impossible without homebirth.

Several years ago in Texas, our crapass governor took the info from newborn screenings without consent for indefinite research by unknown entities. A lawsuit was then filed. In order for our boys names to be taken off of that list we have to OPT-IN.

Texas officials agree to destroy babies’ blood samples after settling lawsuit

Needless to say, the state has lost my trust even with the supposed destroyed files.

This time around, we ordered a newborn screening from a private company and we're not doing it through the state. If I had given birth in a hospital, this wouldn't even be a option.

Not to mention the money hospitals make selling placenta to pharmaceutical companies. Nobody is making money off my babies without my permission.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:15 PM   #35
 
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Congrats in your beautiful baby girl !
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Here you go:
Placenta Encapsulation - Benefits of Eating Your Placenta

I also can't say enough about midwife care and homebirth for that matter. you have so much more control over what happens to you and your baby.

Another example that would be pretty much impossible without homebirth.

Several years ago in Texas, our crapass governor took the info from newborn screenings without consent for indefinite research by unknown entities. A lawsuit was then filed. In order for our boys names to be taken off of that list we have to OPT-IN.

Texas officials agree to destroy babies’ blood samples after settling lawsuit

Needless to say, the state has lost my trust even with the supposed destroyed files.

This time around, we ordered a newborn screening from a private company and we're not doing it through the state. If I had given birth in a hospital, this wouldn't even be a option.

Not to mention the money hospitals make selling placenta to pharmaceutical companies. Nobody is making money off my babies without my permission.
What is the blood test, webjockey? Is that the heel stick one.. PKU, I think it is?
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:54 PM   #37
 
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Yup. The heel prick.

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Old 06-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #38
 
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Congrats Webby! She is beautiful.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:12 PM   #39
 
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Congratulations on your sweet little GIRL! You and DarkAngel give me hope that I too can have one some time after two boys! Glad it was a good birth, and I wish you a speedy recovery. I love her name too.
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