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Ok, I'm a little bit confused as to whose turn it is, but I think it's yours!! If you haven't gone yet, let's get started--<br>
Finish the following statement: If the baby came today s/he would certainly have plenty of ___________<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Ooooo, my turn??? <excited, but feeling guilty that I haven't had the time to participate much in others' spotlight threads><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Prefolds? Girly clothes (handed down from two older sisters)? Of course, if the baby actually came today, none of these things would fit!
 

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What is life in Australia like? What have been the best and worst things about this pregnancy? What are your birth plans for this babe (if it's not too personal)?
 

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What is bs"d?<br>
What is the AP environment like in Australia, is it widely accepted?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What is life in Australia like? What have been the best and worst things about this pregnancy? What are your birth plans for this babe (if it's not too personal)?</div>
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Hmmm, life in Australia? That's a big question.<br><br>
The best thing about this pregnancy is... the baby I'll, G-d willing, be getting out of it? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Overall, the pregnancy has been good. I feel pretty good, no aches or pains, just tired. The worse thing about it was probably the nausea at the beginning. I was diagnosed with hyperemesis, but it was nothing like my last pregnancy. So even that was comparatively easy, although it really sucked while I was in it. I had to take a month off work and my family life just falls apart when one person is out of commission.<br><br>
As far as birth plans go, I plan to have an unassisted birth at home with just my immediate family present. I don't have any more complicated plans than that. I usually just hang around at home doing all my usual activities until I can't anymore, then I'll probably go into a room all alone and labor for a couple hours until I have the baby. Simple as that. Anyway, those are my plans, but who knows what will actually happen. That's basically how it went last time, so we'll see if I have a repeat.
 

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Why UC?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As far as birth plans go, I plan to have an unassisted birth at home with just my immediate family present. I don't have any more complicated plans than that. I usually just hang around at home doing all my usual activities until I can't anymore, then I'll probably go into a room all alone and labor for a couple hours until I have the baby. Simple as that. Anyway, those are my plans, but who knows what will actually happen. That's basically how it went last time, so we'll see if I have a repeat.</div>
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Yay for UC!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What is bs"d?<br>
What is the AP environment like in Australia, is it widely accepted?</div>
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Bs"d is an acronym for an Aramaic phrase (<i>b'siyata d'shamaya</i>) that means, "with the help of heaven". It's a reminder that everything I do, even posting at MDC, I do with G-d's help.<br><br>
AP in Australia... hmmm... Well, there are AP groups here like you will find in the US. One interesting thing about Australia from an AP point of view is that CIO (called controlled crying, or CC, here) seems to be very popular. They actually have government-funded "sleep schools" here. This is a place that is staffed by nurses where they "teach your baby to sleep". Parents can get booked in and come with their baby/child for daytime, overnight, 24-hour, or several day stays. The baby sleeps in a crib there and the nurses deal with him while the parents stay in another room and ignore the baby crying. Apparently, parents love the sleep schools because you can go there and "get support" while letting baby CIO. The parents don't have to hear it, and the nurses will make sure baby is okay. Supposedly, it works, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: It amazes me that this is a service that is available for free through the national healthcare plan. It seems like such "fluff" to me, when dental isn't even covered. Otherwise I love the national healthcare here, but this one is strange to me! They do have private sleep schools, too, for those with private health insurance or who are willing to pay out of pocket.<br><br>
RIC rates, however, are very low here, I've heard. Most parents seem reasonably gentle in discipline, but I can't quantify that. I think breastfeeding rates are better than in the US, but natural weaning or nursing past infancy/young toddlerhood seems pretty rare. I think homebirth rates are lower here than in the US, probably because it isn't covered by the national healthcare plan. Some private insurance companies do cover homebirth. I just read that the c-section rate is higher here than in the US (probably not by much). Australians eat plenty of junk food, apparently catching up with the US in their overweight and obesity rates. Of course, there are those into natural/healthy foods. Australia seems much more environmentally aware than most of the US. I imagine the level of awareness to be similar to a place like California with better environmental protection legislation.<br><br>
Anyway, I have to go...
 

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Well, I guess it comes down to a belief that birth is safe, that medical assistance is not necessary for mothers having normal pregnancies. I believe that I would know or feel if something were wrong and would have no problem seeking assistance in that case.<br><br>
At this point, I can hardly imagine having to discuss/convince/debate/argue my birth choices with a health care provider who does not share my views. Even if I found a very hands-off homebirth midwife I liked, I don't think I'd want to pay thousands of dollars for care that I can mostly give myself. I actually am in search of a UC-friendly midwife so I can get help with a single thing I need without resorting to the hospital, but I don't want the whole prenatal/birth package.<br><br>
I also really enjoyed laboring alone last time. I think just being around someone else, even someone you are very close to, changes the experience of birth. I know many women really like labor support, from their partners or other women, but, for me, I feel I experienced my birth more fully alone.
 

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hello! i enjoy reading your posts and am glad to be preggo with you!<br><br>
i spent a month in perth this year and thought joondalup was one of the most beautiful places i have ever seen!
 
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