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post #41 of 63
So... Anyone know of a birth center or homebirth midwife on the Peninsula who will do an HBAC? I've never even considered this, and with my anxiety issues have always considered it "too risky" but I am SO unhappy with my VBAC OB that I'm looking into other options.

I posted my "I hate my doc" reasons in my DDC, if you want to know what some of my issues are: http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1262430. Basically he treats my like a clinical sample and not a woman.

Any advice or suggestions would be great! I'm feeling very trapped by the small-town Alaska thing, like my options are so limited. I figured you all would be able to give me some good advice!

PS I'm in Soldotna/Kenai area. Driving to ANC for a VBAC scares me more than staying home with a midwife, since I'm literally 5 blocks from the Central Pen. Hospital.

Thanks!
post #42 of 63
So last year I looked up whether or not Adelaide would be eligible for a PFD this year, and it said that a baby born in AK needed to have an eligible parent or sponsor. I thought that meant that since DH and I weren't eligible until NEXT year, then neither was Addie. But people are telling me that was wrong, that any baby born in AK is eligible. Anyone know anything about this?

I'm planning on calling the PFD office, but I'm guessing they are going to be SWAMPED this time of year, so it might take forever to get an answer.

Though even if she was eligible this year, I would have missed the application period right?
post #43 of 63
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Originally Posted by L&K'smommie View Post
Joining in late again...I'd love to know about the eggs as well!

I heard PFD's will be similar to last year...which is great...we could definitely use them and now we get 5 of them

Also just found out I'm pregnant as well...due in May. So excited

Things are going well around here...just trying to get into the swing of homeschooling while being busy...
COngrats!
post #44 of 63
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Originally Posted by dislocator3972 View Post
So last year I looked up whether or not Adelaide would be eligible for a PFD this year, and it said that a baby born in AK needed to have an eligible parent or sponsor. I thought that meant that since DH and I weren't eligible until NEXT year, then neither was Addie. But people are telling me that was wrong, that any baby born in AK is eligible. Anyone know anything about this?

I'm planning on calling the PFD office, but I'm guessing they are going to be SWAMPED this time of year, so it might take forever to get an answer.

Though even if she was eligible this year, I would have missed the application period right?
You did miss the deadline. when was DD born?
If she was born during your first year here and you were not eligible, she cannot get one. At least that's what that says to me. It does make sense but it sucks. I hope you get a definitive answer from the PFD office.
post #45 of 63
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Originally Posted by MovnMama View Post
So... Anyone know of a birth center or homebirth midwife on the Peninsula who will do an HBAC? I've never even considered this, and with my anxiety issues have always considered it "too risky" but I am SO unhappy with my VBAC OB that I'm looking into other options.

I posted my "I hate my doc" reasons in my DDC, if you want to know what some of my issues are: http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1262430. Basically he treats my like a clinical sample and not a woman.

Any advice or suggestions would be great! I'm feeling very trapped by the small-town Alaska thing, like my options are so limited. I figured you all would be able to give me some good advice!

PS I'm in Soldotna/Kenai area. Driving to ANC for a VBAC scares me more than staying home with a midwife, since I'm literally 5 blocks from the Central Pen. Hospital.

Thanks!

I answered you in the DDC thread.
post #46 of 63
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I answered you in the DDC thread.
Much Appreciated!
post #47 of 63
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You did miss the deadline. when was DD born?
If she was born during your first year here and you were not eligible, she cannot get one. At least that's what that says to me. It does make sense but it sucks. I hope you get a definitive answer from the PFD office.
She was born in Aug '09. It was just a few months after we got up here. This year is our qualifying year. It's a bummer but it's not a huge deal. I think all 4 of us will be eligible next year. So next year maybe I'll be a 'real' alaskan.
post #48 of 63
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post #49 of 63
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Originally Posted by MovnMama View Post
So... Anyone know of a birth center or homebirth midwife on the Peninsula who will do an HBAC?
Any advice or suggestions would be great! I'm feeling very trapped by the small-town Alaska thing, like my options are so limited. I figured you all would be able to give me some good advice!

PS I'm in Soldotna/Kenai area. Driving to ANC for a VBAC scares me more than staying home with a midwife, since I'm literally 5 blocks from the Central Pen. Hospital.

Thanks!
Unfortunatly they are not allowed to do them at home. You can fly one in though if you have enough resources...Let me know if you are interested.

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Originally Posted by dislocator3972 View Post
So last year I looked up whether or not Adelaide would be eligible for a PFD this year, and it said that a baby born in AK needed to have an eligible parent or sponsor. I thought that meant that since DH and I weren't eligible until NEXT year, then neither was Addie. But people are telling me that was wrong, that any baby born in AK is eligible. Anyone know anything about this?

I'm planning on calling the PFD office, but I'm guessing they are going to be SWAMPED this time of year, so it might take forever to get an answer.

Though even if she was eligible this year, I would have missed the application period right?
Nope, babies don't qualify until you do. Sorry.

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Yes, as long as he or she has an eligible Alaska resident sponsor and is otherwise eligible.
http://www.pfd.alaska.gov/faqs/index.aspx#

Many people, even Alaskans, don't know the rules.
post #50 of 63
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post

Many people, even Alaskans, don't know the rules.
Thanks for checking for me. I was pretty sure that I read that website right, but it was a little painful to think that I might have turned down free $$ out of ignorance.
post #51 of 63
DH had his surgery. It went great. Hopefully life can get back to somewhat normal soon. Whatever that means!
I am annoyed at DCP for again putting LO in the wrong brand of diaper. I don't care except for the damn rash. Second time in 3 weeks they have done this. And they're not sticking to the schedule so it makes it hard to come nurse at lunch time (though I guess I shouldn't complain since they don't care that I'm nursing a 2 yo in the room). Always something I guess.
post #52 of 63
PFD's are 1281 this year.
post #53 of 63
Well, thanks for the responses on the homebirth advice request. There was no heartbeat at my 9 week, so I'm playing the waiting game for a m/c. My super sensitive OB told me the phrase "dead baby" to my face. Real nice.

I'm sure it's all for the best - I'm not really in the best location to get the level of care I deserve. I'm looking into a relocation in state... ANC and Juneau, if anyone has any info. DH is a longtime chef, and can't get any decent work in the Central Pen anyway. We need a place that is better for his career and better for VBAC options. I'm a teacher, so looking at next fall-ish.

*sigh*
post #54 of 63
I'm sorry to hear that. But it is still a bit early. I hate to give you false hope, but sometimes they are not detectable until week 10.
post #55 of 63
Popping in here with a question, Penelope mentioned that some of you on here have dealt quite extensively with allergies with your kids. I am having a heck of a time pinpointing my daughter's allergies. I know for sure that she is allergic to Red Dye (it's irritating how much food they needlessly add that to...), but there is something else as well. I know that it is some sort an additive in food and it's in potato chips (like the plain lays brand as opposed to tortilla chips).

Does anybody have any experience with allergies to common food additives? I feel like I am just making random guesses and it's frustrating when she has a reaction and I have no idea why

Thanks.
post #56 of 63
My ds is 2.5 and we have been dealing with allergies since he was a month old. We had to uncover it all through eliminations/additions to my diet while nursing. We had quite a long list but now he is down to less than 10.

I don't know if you wanted to talk with someone local. I'm in Anchorage, but the allergy board here is a great resource, as is the yahoo group FoodLab, run by an MDC mom. It is really hard to get the hang of reading labels for types of derivatives as well as learning what may be hidden where without a label.
post #57 of 63
Anyone else up early on this beautiful shaking 4am day? 5.6

woke me up from a DEAD SLEEP.
post #58 of 63
mamatoni: I have some friends who have been talking about starting an allergy support group here in Fbx. Figuring these things out is SO HARD. I have no advice, only .

Pink: I felt nothing, but maybe I can blame the sudden and frustrating waking of the baby on the shaking.

On Thursday the History channel had a show that detailed how the US has been using a station in Alaska (possibly 2) to manipulate the weather and start earthquakes. They called it weather warfare. Personally, I think the whole thing is a bit outlandish, but would be funny to think that someone meant to start an earthquake in China but missed and shook himself out of bed instead.
post #59 of 63
Ah yes, the infamous George Bush Machine. Hahahhahaa.
post #60 of 63
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Originally Posted by MovnMama View Post
Well, thanks for the responses on the homebirth advice request. There was no heartbeat at my 9 week, so I'm playing the waiting game for a m/c. My super sensitive OB told me the phrase "dead baby" to my face. Real nice.

I'm sure it's all for the best - I'm not really in the best location to get the level of care I deserve. I'm looking into a relocation in state... ANC and Juneau, if anyone has any info. DH is a longtime chef, and can't get any decent work in the Central Pen anyway. We need a place that is better for his career and better for VBAC options. I'm a teacher, so looking at next fall-ish.

*sigh*
Bummer. I'm so sorry.

I know that Dr. Elrod in the Valley is one of our favorite OB's. While he is not perfect he is the closest thing to a midwife I know of. I have worked with him as a Doula and found him to be a really good OB for my client.
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