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Forum: Homebirth   05-25-2011, 04:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By Otterella
DH and I have come to the decision that the...

DH and I have come to the decision that the midwife we hired is not right for us.  This is a decision that is in some ways easy but in some ways very difficult.  I know it's the right decision, but...
Forum: Homebirth   07-12-2010, 12:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,374
Posted By Otterella
I would definitely recommend a doula, especially...

I would definitely recommend a doula, especially given your history. I am a doula, and I still had one, plus the midwife's apprentice, who was a doula, plus the midwife, plus a friend to watch DS....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   07-12-2010, 11:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,653
Posted By Otterella
DS went through a phase where he would pee on...

DS went through a phase where he would pee on the floor, then bend over and lap it up like a dog. We had to nip that one quick.
Forum: Birth Professionals   07-03-2010, 01:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 947
Posted By Otterella
I have a confidentiality agreement that I use...

I have a confidentiality agreement that I use between me and my client. The hospital has no part in it. They aren't the ones you work for. I wouldn't sign it on that principle alone. I take that...
Forum: Homebirth   07-03-2010, 01:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By Otterella
I got a super thin plastic paint drop cloth from...

I got a super thin plastic paint drop cloth from Home Depot. It was only like 1 mil, and wasn't nearly as uncomfortable as the thick waterproof bed covers. I definitely needed it, too, since my PPH...
Forum: Homebirth   06-24-2010, 11:37 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,889
Posted By Otterella
My issue with UC is that you're forcing yourself...

My issue with UC is that you're forcing yourself into a choiceless choice. IF anything goes wrong, you're forced to choose between staying at home and dealing with it yourself or going to the...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   06-24-2010, 11:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 833
Posted By Otterella
Just keep doing what you're doing. When they all...

Just keep doing what you're doing. When they all have clingy, whiny, insecure 3-4-5 year olds, they'll be asking you what your secret is to having such an independent, secure, confident child.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-24-2010, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By Otterella
Even if you don't otherwise use cloth diapers,...

Even if you don't otherwise use cloth diapers, get a cloth sim diaper. The disposable swim diapers just get sogged out and horribly uncomfortable for baby, and start to sag so they can't actually...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-21-2010, 02:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,188
Posted By Otterella
Take a look at "The Five Love Languages". It's...

Take a look at "The Five Love Languages". It's all about how different people naturally show affection, and how we can relate to people who are a different "language" than we are. I am a "physical...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-21-2010, 02:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,626
Posted By Otterella
I would call, but instead of asking for *this*...

I would call, but instead of asking for *this* play, ask about the upcoming schedule. They may already have the year planned out, and you can find out what the first play after her 10th birthday is....
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   06-21-2010, 02:27 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,241
Posted By Otterella
I disagree with those that have said that...

I disagree with those that have said that someone questioning the decision to circ shouldn't research. That was me, and my failure to do research led to my son being cut. If I HAD done the research,...
Forum: Homebirth   06-21-2010, 01:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,282
Posted By Otterella
I would ask how she handles certain situations...

I would ask how she handles certain situations that are hot-button issues in a medical setting: twins, breech, GD, pre-e, PROM, PPH, etc. You don't want to wind up getting risked out for something...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   06-21-2010, 01:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,930
Posted By Otterella
I was going to suggest a posterior baby before...

I was going to suggest a posterior baby before you said it. Posterior babies can cause all kinds of pains that are not "textbook" contraction pains, and doulas are trained in techniques to help...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   06-20-2010, 11:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By Otterella
Oops! I intentionally avoid words like "most"...

Oops! I intentionally avoid words like "most" and "majority" as a rule, even when I believe they are true. I guess one snuck in despite that. I fixed it.

Personally, I don't see why it wouldn't...
Forum: Breastfeeding   06-20-2010, 02:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 508
Posted By Otterella
I went to a wedding when DS was about 7 months....

I went to a wedding when DS was about 7 months. I wore a strappy knit dress with a V-neck and a silk scarf. I wore him in the mei tai, and when he needed to nurse, I pulled the neck down and draped...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-20-2010, 02:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 286
Posted By Otterella
Has anyone else's child managed to go diaper...

Has anyone else's child managed to go diaper free at night before mastering diaper free days? DD will just NOT go on the potty during the day, but she's been waking up to pee for a couple weeks now,...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   06-20-2010, 12:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By Otterella
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulvodynia ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulvodynia

Wiki page has been edited under "Possible causes" and "Treatment" sections. I experienced chronic vulvodynia before DH started restoring, but never found...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   06-20-2010, 12:12 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,241
Posted By Otterella
Stand your ground and do your research. Present...

Stand your ground and do your research. Present an evidence-based argument for leaving your son intact. I gave in to DH's pressure before either of us understood, and didn't bother researching it...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-18-2010, 02:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,026
Posted By Otterella
I think it's a reasonable task for a 6 year old,...

I think it's a reasonable task for a 6 year old, but only if you take a few minutes of prep time to set her up for success. Make sure the dog can't leave the tile/linoleum/whatever hard, easy clean...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   06-17-2010, 03:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 795
Posted By Otterella
Many doulas I know would be reluctant to attend...

Many doulas I know would be reluctant to attend a UC, even if they are supportive of UC in general. I would do it, but only if I was confident they understood the role of a doula, and only with an...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   06-14-2010, 02:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 692
Posted By Otterella
Yes, it has to do with controlling your panic....

Yes, it has to do with controlling your panic. Your vocalizations form a feedback loop with your state of mind and body, and high-pitched vocalizations are innately associated with panic. It's true...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   06-12-2010, 02:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 724
Posted By Otterella
The discrimination lawsuit on California's Prop...

The discrimination lawsuit on California's Prop 8 has got me thinking. Has anyone tried suing the federal government for discrimination? I mean, if we are arguing that orientation is not a basis for...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-12-2010, 01:54 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,328
Posted By Otterella
Based on your description, it sounds like you...

Based on your description, it sounds like you were right not to invite the girl. But I do think you should talk to the mom. It sounds like she thought you were better friends than you did, and was...
Forum: Parenting   06-12-2010, 12:54 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,529
Posted By Otterella
I vote tea & mug, too. All girls and a lot of...

I vote tea & mug, too. All girls and a lot of boys (including mine) LOVE being able to use real tea for their tea parties. Personally, I would far rather someone put together something thoughtful...
Forum: Breastfeeding   06-11-2010, 03:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 563
Posted By Otterella
Infants are REALLY intuitive about adult...

Infants are REALLY intuitive about adult emotions, way more so that we give them credit for. It could be that baby is picking up on your tension about your mother, and learning to associate nursing...
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