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I went to my first prenatal appt today, and the office sent home this hefty bag full of junk! I went through it and threw out 3/4 of it!! It was full of Babytalk stuff (this awful awful mainstream yuckola magazine), adds for baby formula, a sample sposie, all this information that NOWHERE mentions the idea that you could take your baby to bed with you to get more sleep or reduce the chances of SIDS... tips on crib safety but not on safety w/ baby in bed with you... tips on nursing with lousy pictures that don't clearly show latching on correctly even though they describe it and then go on to talk about bottle feeding in as great a detail, commenting how whether you go bottle or just supplement from time to time---like that's a good idea? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
There was ONE brochure from WIC promoting breastfeeding that only a tiny portion of which was dedicated to how to be more nurturing if you're using a bottle.<br><br>
Then there was the brochure on pain management in labor that had a third of one panel dedicated to non-medication techniques (as an afterthought, more or less), and with NO mention of waterbirth...<br><br>
I'd forgotten just how scary the mainstream model of treating babies can be! Thank Frigga for MDC!!!!!!! Without this place I'd go crazy!
 

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I know what you mean! It's deplorable who they cater to & how. I went to get a preg. blood screen because the insurance covers that (though not the midwife) and the first thing the dr. assist. asked me was this my 1st. and I said no I have a 13 yr. old too. She clasped her hands togther in glee and says 'oh we have so many more new good drugs now since you had your first.' I let her know my 1st was born at home underwater & that's the plan with this one too. She was quiet/dumbfounded<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sleeping.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sleeping"> after that! When the dr. came in-he commented that he guessed I won't be checking for birth defects-i.e.-outcome termination of preg.-since I am already 5 mos. along! That was the first thing he said to us! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> He wanted me to come back in a month and frankly it's not worth the 10.00 co-pay to have to deal with the mentality! He also made a point that he needs to see the babe 2 days after birth. Yeah right..I won't be leaving the house for well at least 2 weeks(or more!-if I'm lucky!) while I babymoon, so unless he makes housecalls like my midwife does he's S.O.L. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie"> I know thank goodness there is a sanctuary here for folks 'like us'! THANKS MDC!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I received a similar bag of crap from my midwife...though some of the info was nice (La Leche League, maternity clothes...etc.) I was so disappointed that there wasn't information on alternative options...no mention of cloth diaper...no info on making baby food. I was hoping for a different experinece from my midwife, but I guess they still have to cater to the masses.
 

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I got a little "I don't know what it is" I think maybe a changing pad of some sort, with the Enfamil logo, and a can of Enfamil Lipil. My daughter thought the formula was some sort of special milkshake mix, and wanted to try it. So I made up a couple of ounces, she took a couple of sips, pronounced it yucky. I threw the rest of the can away.
 
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