This forum seems so inactive. IMO most of the autonomous UC veterans are just not here much at all. mostly I am seeing a lot of newcomer questions that almost sound troll like, because they are so fear based or off based assumptive. The answers make me cringe because they are so on the same level anti-trust of natural process and variation of norm accepting. Like they are coming from medwives or something. Are all of the real conversations going on in the lounge? what happened to all the support and authentic unhindered trust birth philosiphy? I feel like this isn't even the UC forum. It is a good thing I already UCed and this place was so different back then.
What happened to all the faith?
Well here's the truth from a newcomer...
I put in my request to be in the "lounge" (as have several others) weeks ago and no response. There don't seem to be many veterans here and there are no stickies to help with those newbie questions.
I am perfectly comfortable with the idea of a UC and thankfully so is DH, but I have questions about the logistics of some things. I'm a huge planner kind of person, I want to be prepared and I want DH to be prepared because I do not want to be in nurse mode while I'm laboring. I think a lot of the newer gals here want to know how it goes and how it looks to have a UC in some ways because it is so different from every other birth story, birth environment etc that we have all grown up with and been fed our entire lives. It is different and for some, like me, it can be hard to visualize.
I have been disappointed at how quiet the boards are and the lack of taking newer posters under the wings so to speak. But, I have found truthfully, that many of the UC forums on other boards are just as quiet and not terribly helpful either.
I agree too that some of the posts sound a little troll like and I've found myself thinking "really?"
To be truthful though, it just doesn't feel as supportive as I had hoped. Even in the 2 years since my last live birth, MDC seems to have changed a lot. I don't know where everyone went, but it does seem like there was a mass exodus and there is much more "mainstream" thinking here than I remember.
Just my 2 cents.
Well, I am not a huge poster and not really an oldie but I have been around for about 7yrs. I have been on an unassisted/freebirth journey for 5.5yrs. With each baby I had there were changes around here. It felt that sometime around 1.5-2yrs ago there was alot of negativity toward this specific mdc in the form of trolls, outright bashing, and other blogs/sites that criticized any post that attempted to discuss an inherent trust in our bodies, baby, and birth. I miss the way it used to be. I don't know where everyone went....to a different board...just stopped talking about it in a public forum...? I think it is a little bit more active on the fb page unassisted birth/freebirth, however I don't think it is the same feel as this was. Again, not an expert in all things birth/women, but I know my experiences and would be happy to share (I sooo remember being new and craving the wisdom and info others could provide).
Another newbie for the up/uc journey. I did expect there would be a few more experienced ladies posting her, but have noticed that it seems to just be us newbies introducing ourselves to each other.
I totally trust the birth process, otherwise I wouldn't be up/ucing. It would be nice to be able to glean from the wisdom of those who have already walked this path before me, but even if this forum stays this quite I'll still be making this journey, and just have to find my encouragement elsewhere.
I think I like the idea of us newbies showing up and being here for each other. Maybe the "oldies"(?) have just gone past this stage in their lives and are off doing things with their kids. Most people don't hang around online after birth is over
I would love for older members to be around to give us newcomers advice and guide us through this journey, but I feel like us newbies can manage just by going through old posts.
On the bright side, this is the only place I've come across where people aren't afraid to want to birth their way and talk about it. Mention UC in a conventional place and prepare to get shot at. I'm so tired of cyberbullying!
PS Idk how to apply for the lounge but it seems like a pointless thing since no one is getting accepted. I did find an awesome group on facebook, but its secret. add me and I can add you I think www.facebook.com/dams.silly.girl
jsut let me know your SN here (from this thread) so I know who you are! it's really active with lots of veterans and newbies giving great advice. I wish it felt more like "friends" than a forum though.
I think a lot of the newer gals here want to know how it goes and how it looks to have a UC in some ways because it is so different from every other birth story, birth environment etc that we have all grown up with and been fed our entire lives. It is different and for some, like me, it can be hard to visualize.
newbie here. If any of my posts were troll-like, I'm sorry, I really am.
I knew ZERO about UC until 7 months ago and am trying to learn more. My first birth went very fast, and if #2 is faster (as VBACs are apparently wont), I might have a UC. And I'd like to know what to do in that situation. Its been helpful to read about why other women choose UC, but really, the practical details and the relaxed yes-this-can-be-normal atmosphere is what I'm here for.
Crap! I hope I haven't come off troll-like. I usually have an in depth question but not a lot of time to post it.
Anyway, I have been surfing more in the home birth area or searching old posts of UC's to get my info or other sites. I wish I had more girls here who have BTDT to learn from but there aren't many. :-(
Sorry I cant type more right now I have a toddler sleeping on my lap taking up one of my arms.
I'm a newbie as well & put 1 post, perhaps troll like. I've had 3 all natural drug free births, one at home & we're looking very seriously at UC this time due to finances more than anything. I didn't know there was a lounge, is that more private? I was trying to get onto a christian UC forum but it seems pretty dead as well. And I am a little fearful. I watch a lot of videos where the women seem in control during the whole process; I remember seeming very suggestible during my births themselves. I think my husband is more into it than I am, lol, He's gained a lot of confidence in my body watching me work which is reassuring & a nice support.
It's nice to see that there are quite a few of us here :) I'm sorry that some of you have tried to get into the UC lounge without success, it took me a loooong time to get in, and FWIW not much happens there (twas a bit anticlimatic, lol) But I still find MDC to be a supportive place; it is a lot different than it was even four years ago, but there are still a lot of amazing women here trying to make the best decisions for themselves and their families :) Maybe we can make a more concerted effort to be more active on this board as it seems that a few of us will keep a thread going for a few days and then it fizzles out, lol.
Well, Hi I'm Yolanda. I found this community about 2yrs ago and let me tell ya' it was poppin'! So much information from BTDT UCers with a lot of opportunity for personal conversations. Thankfully, with their help and research I was able,with peace of mind, to have my totally awesome UC last year July! Honestly, I think most of them have moved on to others phases in their lives. Some of them have written books, started blogs and have kinda forgotten about MDC. There were also some personal attacks where people didn't feel comfortable to openly discuss their experiences but I think as with any public forum, the oldies leave, newbies come in and the community re-creates itself.
I think that if you worry about how you are coming across, you don't have anything to worry about ;)
I guess what gets me is that things seem to be off balance. It was so helpful to me to hear birth stories and see supportive talk back and forth between people. I am competent enough to research difficulties, and society throws enough horror stories at you no matter how you're interested in birthing. So to see a bunch of posts that are pretty much "warnings" with no encouragement involved makes me sad.
I think it's great to ask questions.
Oh, and as far as ladies seeming in control during birth videos, maybe they were or weren't! Who knows what's going on inside. I think being "vulnerable" to other people's suggestions could look really calm in a video. What helped me was reading ALL kinds of birth stories. Some women are frantic and feel like they will die. Some are blissful. And in both of those cases, most of the time, everything is fine.
It's not just this board that seems like it's dying. I used to frequent this place, Frugality and Finances, and Decluttering mostly. They are much, much, MUCH slower than they used to be. I too think there was a huge mass exodus (I think when MDC integrated with FB) and it sucks. I really miss the community that was around especially about five years ago. I'm surprised that, even if the "oldies" are past the MDC stage of their lives, that new parents haven't flocked in instead. Maybe not "flocked" but at least close to replaced them. It seems that the few old-timers left are kind of cliquish now (not all, of course) and the newcomers just don't have that same, I dunno. MDC's leaders have tried to implement new changes, such as the "expert panel" etc but I dunno how well those have worked... Anyway I dunno, I'm grateful that the board was going strong when I had my UC and my first kids were babies. But I do wish more likeminded people would return now!
This is pretty much it for me, too. I only have 2 UC's under my belt but I only feel comfortable to a point. I've read about info being dragged from this site to other sites and I'm just not comfortable with that.
I used to frequent this forum, under a different name, when I was pregnant with my daughter 2 years ago. It definitely seems quieter, although it wasn't terribly active then, either. People seemed to be worried about rubberneckers (mainstream people watching and gathering data to use against us) so I figured that's why the posts have been kept to a minimum. I also put in a request for the lounge but have gotten no response. I'm definitely not a troll of any kind and have been on a long, arduous journey for years now when it comes to trusting my instincts and body, so I give advice when I feel I have it in me to give.
I believe there was something with MDC being bought out by someone mainstream, and they made a big push to get new people on the site, which of course, meant mostly trolls. I was here 7-8 years ago until I guess 18 months ago, left for a year, and came back with a new screen name. It was really different when I started, although UC was never a place I hung out personally. Most boards that were non-mainstream--vax, UC, unschooling--have taken a big hit in readership and posting.