I've read recently about the benefits of a strong amniotic sac and baby being born in the caul. I started a thread in I'm Pregnant, if you'd like to check it out! http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1373170/supplements-for-a-strong-amniotic-sac
Maddox was born in the caul. It was really cool. I think it kind of cushioned him during the pushing. It took a few pushes with his head sliding back and forth before it came out, and then the rest of him squirted out immediately. He shot out like a torpedo, making a wake in the tub (water birth) and then the amniotic sac kind of fell apart as we reached for him. I've also read that getting enough protein can help strengthen the sac. I was getting at least 80 grams a day (70 being the minimum rec for pregnant women) so maybe there's something to that?
As far as the GD testing, I don't do it. I didn't with Maddox and won't be with this baby either. Here's a reprint of an interesting article by Henci Goer for those interested: http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/gdhgoer.html
Glad my husband and I are on the same page about circumcision this time around. When I was pregnant with Maddox, my husband was super supportive of everything I wanted, even though it seemed foreign to him. If he wasn't sure why I wanted to do something (like birth outside of a hospital setting, breastfeed, cloth diaper, etc.) he'd ask and we'd talk about it, but it was all up to me.
But with circumcision he put his foot down for some reason. He wanted it done, period, no discussion. He's never been stubborn like that before, and it was a little daunting, but as far as stubbornness goes, I win. I emailed him articles for months on the benefits of leaving babies intact. Apparently, that softened him up a bit and he was reading them, although he never told me. Then at one of my appointments, he asked my midwife what the medical benefits of circumcision were and she said "There are none." We'll that threw him a bit, but I guess he was still torn.
One day he came home from work and I was hysterical. I'd watched a video of a routine infant circumcision and it was the worst thing I've ever seen. I told him that if he wanted our baby to live through that, the least he could do was watch it. He declined, but said he'd been thinking a lot about it and decided if there wasn't a medical reason to do surgery then what was the point? Thank goodness, because I had already decided that I wouldn't let it happen come hell or high water and if that meant relationship issues for us then so be it.
Five years later, my husband has turned in to a staunch supporter of leaving boys intact, so this little guy I'm carrying will be left the way nature made him without any heated discussion.
Timesaway, hope things settle down for you soon! You and the little guy are in my thoughts.
uff, i haven't ever posted on the chat thread but i figure it's about time to do so!!
first off, timewsay i am so sorry you are going through such a hard time ... sending you all kinds of strong thoughts for your body mind soul and relationship! you are going through a ton of hard stuff right now and i wish bf was there to support you. big hugs.
i wanted to comment on the circ issue ... we don't know right now if babe is a boy or a girl as at my 20 week appt he/she would not reveal. i have another ultrasound in feb so maybe we'll find out then. anyway, aside from the obligatory i will be happy with any healthy baby, especially after two miscarriages, i had sort of wanted a boy, to revel in the craziness of DS having a brother. but. i don't want to deal with the circ issue again. DH is circed and it is very important to him, it is an important part of his culture. in fact he was circed at 12 years old in a big ceremony ... so he knows what the damn operation looks like! he watched his own and STILL supports it. maybe he supports it just because he had to go through that, though ... that said, i gave birth to DS in the US while DH was in Spain (long story), and since he really really wanted it, and my family all supported it too, i caved. since insurance paid for it if you do in the hospital, i went for it ... but i wouldn't let DS go alone. i figured that the least i could do if i was going to put him through such a traumatic surgery was be there with him. oh it was absolute hell, absolute hell. now it's over and done with but i still sometimes feel sick about it. my sister is a dr and has apparently seen some horrid foreskin infections and so was pro-circ, but still ... this time around, we are in spain and here it is not a routine procedure, so i don´t know how things will work out. i suppose we'll deal with it once babe is born ... maybe i'll be lucky to have a girl and not have to deal LOL!!! (of course, it would be great to have a girl for other reasons, too haha ... who knows what will happen ...). anyway i just wanted to chime in.
hope everyone has a good week!