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post #281 of 527

We don't have a lot of money but I will always ALWAYS budget in placental encapsulation.  The first time we thought we'd do it ourselves but we just didn't have it in us to take on a project like that when the time came.  The second time I just forked over the money ($200) and it was the best damn $200 I ever spent, I swear.  It would have been a much, much harder transition to 2 had I not had those pills (especially since I lost quite a bit of blood that time).

post #282 of 527
I have been lacking energy a lot lately too. Oddly enough though today I got a burst of it and ended up scrubbing the house from top to bottom and finished pretty much every last pre-baby thing I needed to do. Only wish I could guaruntee this would LAST until baby gets here!! LOL. I did the housework all bound up in my wrap (since bendin over a lot makes that sore spot on my belly hurt worse) so at least I felt snug and pulled together the whole time. Lol. Although I took a ridiculous amount of trips to the bathroom so it sort of balanced things out the other way...ugh....
post #283 of 527
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Originally Posted by alaskanmomma View Post

How do you encapsulate it yourself? I want to encapsulate this babes placenta, but not forking over money for it lol. I still have DS placenta in the freezer, 3 years later...

Weight gain sucks haha, I can't wrap my mind around how in 2 weeks I gained 10 lb. when 1.5 weeks off that was spent not eating because I couldn't swallow -.-

There are quite a few DIY kits online. Seems like bare minimum would be something to steam it in, dehydrator or oven as mentioned, a mortar or grinder and the capsules. I thought about doing it myself. But realistically I think it's not something I want to manage the moment I get home with two newborns. I feel like we've been so frugal with everything else, this is a special gift for my health. The lady doing it will come to our house and steam it with medicinal herbs before drying it. It is a hefty $300. But technically that covers two placentas encapsulated seprately. So we should have a ton of pills. 

post #284 of 527
Wow, I feel lucky with the cost of $60 for the placenta encapsulation. My doula told me about someone who does it. The doula takes it to this lady from the hospital and then it is $5 extra for her to ship it back. So easy for me.

I have also been packing on the pounds. My friend told me she noticed my belly grew in the two days she hadn't seem me - well it must have been those 3 pounds I put on in that time, with normal eating!

One and a half more weeks of bed rest to get to 37 weeks. Really hard to stay down. Daughter's birthday party, finally went to church after 6 weeks, and then to Target this weekend. Body is not happy with me. I hurt.

So I haveb
post #285 of 527
Ops...so I have been researching circumcision and really don't want to do it if we have a boy...husband does not agree. When I first brought it up, he was open to listening, but I guess I didn't explain well and he got really defensive. So I just showed him the personal story of a lady who's blog I found. I thought for sure he wouldn't read it all since it was super long, but he did. Then he clicked on a few of the links under her story and read those! Didn't talk about it anymore, but I can tell he is actually thinking about it, so we will see what happens next. Hope he comes around.
post #286 of 527

I found someone who will do it for $145 this time, so I am excited to save at least a little.  :)  In NYC everything is insane!
 

post #287 of 527

I've been encapsulating placentas for just over a year and I can tell you I will NOT be doing my own!! I'll absolutely pay a colleague to do it for me! I always do the steaming at night when the kids are in bed and put it on the dehydrator over night because frankly it just doesn't smell very good. All said and done it takes a couple of hours of actual work start to finish plus the time to dehydrate (quicker but more smelly in the oven, slower but less smelly in the dehydrator)

 

My fee is $195 if you're not a doula client and $150 if you are (since I'll already be at your birth and will take it home vrs having to go pick it up) and I deliver generally 48 hours later. When choosing someone to encapsulate, look at what all their package includes - there is a WIDE range of features and add ins that can make the price more or less (like what they're packaged in and the size of the capsules they use and things like placenta prints and cord keepsakes) Also, some encapsulators automatically include a tincture in their "package" while others charge for that separately. I'm just learning how to do tinctures so I don't offer it yet, but my colleague offers it for an additional $100.

 

If you want to encapsulate but didn't budget for it, don't be afraid to ask if they work on a sliding scale, offer discounts (especially if you work with a midwife - I offer clients of my partners a discount as well) or if they'll allow you to make payments. I spend a minimum of $30 on supplies - jar, labels, capsules, paper, packaging supplies, jalepeno/lemon/ginger, etc - plus the cost of gas for pick up and delivery. So, I require a minimum payment of $50 and will accept 2-3 post dated checks for the balance.

 

So, I hope that was helpful to some of you that are thinking about it.

 

AFM in other news, had my second home visit with my mw today and it went much better. DH and I got a TON done in the house this week and even though there is still a lot that really needs to be done, I feel really good about it over all. She did ask me to redo my GBS test because neither of us thought about it at the time, but when I did it the first time I was actually on abx because of the sinus/ear infection I had. So, just to be safe we redid it.

 

I've been downing the floradix and thankfully my iron is up to 11.0 which is GREAT for me! (I was at 9 something I think) so I'm pretty relieved. I haven't felt much improvement,  but the relief of  knowing I'm in the "safe for hb" range is fantastic!

 

I've been having sets of regular-ish contractions in the evenings pretty much every night and they're starting to be noticable in my back and are also crampy but of course when I got tobed they disappear winky.gif No other signs that birth is eminent so I still feel pretty confident that baby will be staying put for a while. I'm in the "absolutely exhausted" club too and though I have the mental motivation for serious nesting, I find it hard to get anything done though it is easier to stay motivated now that we've actually gotten some things done. 

post #288 of 527

I was *so* interested in encapsulation until I read that in Indiana, it's illegal for the hospital to release your placenta to you. greensad.gif I realized the price was kind of high, but I was ready to figure that out, but then I read that you can't, so... I'm kind of bummed.

post #289 of 527
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Originally Posted by bmcneal View Post

I was *so* interested in encapsulation until I read that in Indiana, it's illegal for the hospital to release your placenta to you. greensad.gif
 I realized the price was kind of high, but I was ready to figure that out, but then I read that you can't, so... I'm kind of bummed.
Couldn't you cite religious reasonings for needing it and they'd have to release it to you?!
post #290 of 527
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Originally Posted by alaskanmomma View Post


Couldn't you cite religious reasonings for needing it and they'd have to release it to you?!

 

I'm not sure. I suck at Google, so I'm having a hard time finding anything besides a lot of websites (including legal ones) saying Indiana is prohibited from giving you your placenta.

post #291 of 527

Oh fun to see this thread so active - the April DDC is getting exciting!!!

 

Last night I was crampy, had a backache and had regular contractions for a couple hours. I took a hot shower, drank water and laid on my left side and they went away after about 30 minutes of laying down. I'm 36 weeks today so I'm that much closer to being free to have the baby. 

 

I HATE BEING AT WORK when I don't feel good. I wish I could work 4-6 hours a day instead of 8. By the end of my work day (which is just in front of a computer most of the time).

 

I have my weekly midwife appt tomorrow and I'm hoping they'll give me the green light to go into labor whenever and take the stress off of thinking "If I go into labor today, I go to the hospital. If I was X days I can birth at the birth center". 

post #292 of 527
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Originally Posted by bmcneal View Post

I was *so* interested in encapsulation until I read that in Indiana, it's illegal for the hospital to release your placenta to you. greensad.gif
 I realized the price was kind of high, but I was ready to figure that out, but then I read that you can't, so... I'm kind of bummed.

My advice would be to find a local person who does encapsulating and ask them if they've ever done one from your hospital. If so they will be able to tell you exactly what you need to do to get it, since they've done it before!
post #293 of 527
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Originally Posted by bmcneal View Post

I want to cry. I have a situation I don't know exactly how to handle. Maybe you ladies can help.

 

One of my friends was going to throw me a baby shower, until she talked to my mom and my mom told her *she* wants to throw me a shower, and my mom asked my friend for addresses, so my friend backed off, not wanting to make my mom mad, and told DF she would throw a meet the baby party a couple of weeks/a month after the baby is born. My friend never gave my mom the addresses, and my mom asked me about them. I don't know everyone's addresses (They've all moved at least once since we stopped hanging out IRL, but we all talk via facebook/text/e-mail/call/whatever), so I can't give them to my mom. I feel like it would be rude to ask people for their addresses for a baby shower invitation, since showers are (traditionally) gift-giving occasions, and you aren't supposed to ask for gifts. I have asked, so I guess that part is moot, but it made/is making me very uncomfortable, and I don't like it.

 

The other part of the situation is, this one group of people are the only friends I have, and I feel it is/would be selfish to have both a baby shower with them *and* a meet the baby party with them (even if I'm not arranging either of them), because it seems like attention-grabbing. The other part of that is, I'm scared/nervous/paranoid about having a meet the baby party, and kind of don't want to have one, but I'm afraid that not everyone/no one will come to the baby shower, and that the meet the baby party will be the only time anyone but me (and sometimes DD) is any kind of excited about the baby (I'm trying to be excited, even though I'm having such severe negative feelings about this pregnancy/birth/baby.), so I don't want to say don't throw it. I found out about this yesterday, and have been stressing out *so* much about it, it's freaking me out.

 

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You need to be honest with your Mom about how you are feeling. If you don't want a "meet the baby" party don't have one!

post #294 of 527
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Originally Posted by Lindsaylou View Post

Ops...so I have been researching circumcision and really don't want to do it if we have a boy...husband does not agree. When I first brought it up, he was open to listening, but I guess I didn't explain well and he got really defensive. So I just showed him the personal story of a lady who's blog I found. I thought for sure he wouldn't read it all since it was super long, but he did. Then he clicked on a few of the links under her story and read those! Didn't talk about it anymore, but I can tell he is actually thinking about it, so we will see what happens next. Hope he comes around.

My dh disagreed at first too, but just because he assumed it was what everyone did and didn't understand there was an alternative.  What ultimately convinced him was asking my doc and the pediatrician, both of whom said they could not recommend routine circumcision, because it's not medically necessary.  For him at least, he trusts hearing that from a medical professional, rather than "stuff I found on the internet".

 Also, you may want to find out who, specifically, would do the circumcision, because it's the doctor's personal choice over what, if any, numbing/pain relief they would use. Maybe that would help your dh sympathize and spare his son.

My arguement I used to use was that cutting off useful body parts is not the way to prevent possible infections or disease. Proper hygiene and medical care is the best prevention.  Many of the diseases cited to have lower risks with circumcised males are sexually related, and perhaps teaching safe sex practices rather than assuming your child will be promiscuous would be a better approach.

post #295 of 527

I guess I'm off topic, but I was so excited to see Ergos and Mobys at Target recently!

 

So it's already 3/18. When do you think we will see the next baby on this board?

post #296 of 527
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Originally Posted by Lindsaylou View Post

Ops...so I have been researching circumcision and really don't want to do it if we have a boy...husband does not agree. When I first brought it up, he was open to listening, but I guess I didn't explain well and he got really defensive. So I just showed him the personal story of a lady who's blog I found. I thought for sure he wouldn't read it all since it was super long, but he did. Then he clicked on a few of the links under her story and read those! Didn't talk about it anymore, but I can tell he is actually thinking about it, so we will see what happens next. Hope he comes around.


I'm so glad my husband was against circumcising our son, even though he was circ'd as a baby. The way I view it is that it's not my body, therefore it's not my choice to remove a functioning body part. A daughter could develop breast cancer some day, should we remove all breasts from newborn girls just to prevent the possibility of breast cancer? Of course not! Then why remove a part of my son's penis (which is full of nerves) to possibly prevent something that could happen in the future? Hygiene and safe-sex are easy enough to explain, therefore it should be easy for him to avoid disease. I hope your husband comes around, too, for your son's sake. You could have him watch a video of a circumcision. It's horrific, but shows the reality of the suffering that it would cause. Good luck!!!!

post #297 of 527

Phew!

 

We're back home!

 

dizzy.gif <---After three looooong days in a car, this is how I'm feeling. We're trying to hit the ground running today because there is so much to do/take care of. DH is at the registration office right now trying to get a license plate to replace the one that blew off in the Nebraska blizzard we drove through. We pretty much hate Nebraska now. We get TERRIBLE weather every time we drive across that darn state.

 

The interviews went well, especially the Toledo one. And we're feeling pretty confident that in about a week or two DP will have an acceptance e-mail from them. :)   Then we'll just have to wait until May 14 to hear from Calgary and make a decision. Calgary is his top choice, and I understand why. I'd love to be closer to family, but Calgary tuition is also WAY cheaper than Toledo so...

 

I am so behind on my baby DIY to-do list, and baby shopping list, and prenatal journal and, and, and! So, I may still be pretty absent from the thread.

post #298 of 527

We're at the point of being ready that if baby decides to be born today, we have everything we need! We haven't bought cloth diapers yet, but we know where we're going to get them (at a local, woman-owned small business) and what brand we are gonna get (Blueberry). We are gonna use Seventh Generation disposables for the first week or 2, then we'll switch.

 

A story some of you will appreciate: We had our home visit with our midwife's assistant last Friday. Baby is still head-down (YAY!!!!) but he was posterior on Friday. I hadn't realized that was why my sacrum was hurting so much! SO the assistant owns the store where we're buying the diapers and there was a class being taught at her store that day to future childbirth educators. The MW assistant told me that the woman teaching the class is amazingly talented at getting posterior babies to turn, and suggested I stop by that day so she could use me as a teaching tool. I went and she had me do a simple exercise where I dipped one hip at a time while leaning over a table w/a pillow on it and baby got into a much better spot! He's been going from right to left I think, but my sacrum doesn't hurt any more so I think his head is staying where it should. I hadn't realized that I could be 37 weeks and not have hip/back pain! So if you're achy, maybe your baby is posterior. It makes sense to me now.

 

Anyway, I don't feel like he's going to be born too soon. He's still comfy in there, which is fine with me. The MW assistant that I really like is going out of town from April 5-10. The 5 is my due date, but my BFF is predicting the 12th for his birthday, which would be fine with me. I'm hoping he'll decide to arrive before she leaves or after she gets back. The other assistant is very nice, as well, and it would be fine if she is here, but I clicked more with the other woman.

 

On the topic of placenta encapsulation: Another midwife who works with my midwife is going to do it for me and charges $225 which seems to be average around here.

 

I'm with the sleepy mamas! I seem to have developed something close to sleep apnea. I have a cold and can't really breathe out of my nose. I'm sleeping propped up (which is uncomfortable) but DH says I gasp for air in between log sawing. I hope it stops as soon as baby is born. Just a couple-ish weeks left!

post #299 of 527

Ironmam, can't believe you took such a long car trip. You must be so glad to be back! 

 

If you end up in Toledo, it has a great zoo! 

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At the urging of DH last night I opened up one of the bottles of New Momma Bottom Spray (or whatever it's called) and used it last night. I'm having a bit of swelling/soreness so he told me I should try it and explained what ingredients of it do what... LOL. It wasn't instantaneous but it did help relieve things for a bit. Obviously the source of the soreness is still inside so it came back but hopefully it'll provide great relief after she arrives!

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