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EDD: July 15<br>
Name: Amy<br>
Age: 30<br>
Family (partner, other children, etc): Hubs 31, DS Graham 23 months, 2 dogs: Tucker (Golden retriever) and Scout (former chain dog who escaped and 'found' us)<br>
Gender preferences/inklings: Happy either way. I think it's a girl and we are not going to not find out.<br>
Names you like: Miles, Josephine<br>
Birth Plans/Preferences: originally a crunchy friendly hospital VBAC with (homebirth) OB and two doulas but now planning HBAC with OB, his nurse, my friend/doula and my husband and son. I'm still processing this and probably will be until the big day comes!<br>
Anything Else? I had an inverted t incision c section after 52 hours of labor due to a face first presentation. I have lived in South Korea for the last 2+ years and will be here another 1.5 yrs. I lived in Germany before S.K. and I got married in Denmark. We are hoping to go back to Germany when we leave S.K. I am a doula and a CBE, taking the LCCE exam in April.<br><br><div style="text-align:center;">A FEW QUESTIONS TO GET YOU STARTED!<br><br>
1) WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING??<br><br>
2) HOW ARE YOU FEELING?<br><br>
3) WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?<br></div>
 

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<div style="text-align:center;">A FEW QUESTIONS TO GET YOU STARTED!<br><br>
1) WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING?? no cravings. I craved everything when I pregnant with my first and gained a ton of weight. This time I eat really clean and don't crave anything and the weight gain has been much much better<br><br>
2) HOW ARE YOU FEELING? pretty good. Other than the fact that I'm on my 5th sinus infection (GRRRR!!) in four months, I feel great. I am starting to get more tired here lately.<br><br>
3) WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES? I make sure to eat chocolate at least twice a week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I also take a nice long nap every day when my toddler is napping.<br></div>
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What is the birth/baby climate like in S. Korea?
 

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The birth/baby climate is very different here. First of all, Korea has about a 40-45% c/s rate. Some is elective and a lot are due to failed inductions and time constraints. The typical vaginal birth includes routine enema and shave, mandatory IV, continual EFM, being made to stay in bed, pushing on the back, fundal pressure (eek!) and routine episiotomies (some docs have nearly 100% episiotomy rates). They are also usually a 'once a c/s, always a c/s' culture. They also separate the mom and baby after birth and when a foreigner comes in asking about rooming in they are like 'why? the nurses will take care of your baby so you can rest!'.<br><br>
The most interesting part of it is that they usually stay in these postpartum units for about a month. They stay wrapped up so that they are hot and someone takes care of their baby for them. Oddly enough, a lot of moms do breastfeed but typically not for very long. The peds push formula in the hospitals.<br><br>
I had my son at the Army hospital in Seoul, so it was like going to an American hospital. This time i am using a Korea OB but he's not the norm. He even said that when he left the hospital system to go the 'natural way' and offer home birth that a lot of his colleagues gave him a hard time. Now 2-3 years later he has a lot of them interested in his work. He's the only hb doc out there, he works closely with mw's, he's a Hypnobirthing practitioner and he attends VBAC and breech vaginals, all of which are unheard of here in Korea. He had some bad experiences in the hospital due to unnecessary intervention and he said he knew there had to be a better way so he took a chance and struck out on his own after 14 years in the system. I am SO glad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What's your favorite Korean dish and which dishes do you miss from home?<br>
What does your family do in their free time/weekends?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What's your favorite Korean dish and which dishes do you miss from home?<br><br>
we love Korean food. I can't say that I have a favorite. At my favorite galbi restaurant (which is kind of like bbq), we get the daegi galbi which is marinated pork that you cook on your own grill at the table. It's served with the traditional Korean set of sides: kimchi, various spicy and fermented veggies, marinated onions to eat with the meat, and this awesome salad with the best dressing (and i have no idea what it is). WE also get the rice (which is purple from the bean paste they add to it) and bindeduk, which is a Korean potato pancake. Best.meal.ever! I don't really think there are any foods that I miss from the States. We didn't eat fast food or chain style food anyway and we have access to American style restaurants on post so we can have it if we want it. I miss German food (and beer!) more than American food, I love a good jagerschnitzel and weisswurst. We are really crossing our fingers that we get to go back when we leave Korea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
What does your family do in their free time/weekends?</div>
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We just hang out. We are outside people so we spend all day in the yard when it's nice. Today was a perfect example, sunny, high 71F. We started yard and garden work before 8am, slow cooked some stuff on the grill, played, weeded, planted flowers and didn't really come in until 7pm. It was GREAT!<br><br>
this is fun!
 
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