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Welcome to this week's Spotlight, <b>Marilyn82</b>!<br><br>
Here's how we do this: Anyone who wants to, will pitch in a question for you (you being <b>Marilyn82</b> this week). Pretty much nothing is off limits, although of course you only have to answer the questions you want to. Also, if you wants to pitch in any words of wisdom, interesting information, anything goes-- it's your thread.<br><br>
So, I'll start us off:<br><br>
How are you feeling at this point?<br><br>
Do you have any ideas of the gender? Are you planning to find out before the birth?<br><br>
What are you thinking of for a birth plan?<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Anyone else who has questions, feel free to post them!<br><br>
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What is your favorite part of being pregnant?<br><br>
Your least favorite part?
 

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ZOMG that's me! Lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Guess I'll jump right in.<br><br><b>How are you feeling at this point?</b> Pretty good overall. Other than feeling huge already (like, yesterday when I dropped a piece of trash on the ground and seriously considered letting myself be a litterbug but then opted to slip out of my flip flops and try to pick it up with my toes). I've been having some sciatic/pelvic pain that I hope doesn't continue and an unexplained rash that I hope isn't PUPPS (had it with my last). Other than the occasional heartburn I feel pretty good so far.<br><br><b>Do you have any ideas of the gender? Are you planning to find out before the birth?</b> Well, I've been convinced up until this point that baby is a girl (we aren't finding out), but if the rash turns out to be PUPPS after all, than I would say it's probably a boy. 70% of people with PUPPS wind up having boys and I had it with DS. I'm kind of stressing about it though because I let myself get way too attached to the idea of a girl lol.<br><br><b>What are you thinking of for a birth plan?</b> I'm planning an HBAC with a very non-interventionist midwife. I plan to have my BFF there as well as my son and possibly my mother. I don't want any vaginal exams during labor unless I do it myself, and I'm hoping to have a waterbirth. I plan on having a "safety zone" where ONLY me and DH can go if I/we feel the need for more privacy. Either DH or I will catch the baby and I plan to let my son announce the sex. I'm very excited for this birth!
 

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<b>What is your favorite part of being pregnant?</b> Feeling baby move! There is just nothing like it, I feel lucky to be a woman so I can experience that. I also love my heightened senses and emotions (most of the time lol). I love getting big and pregnant and being pampered and spoiled and the different way people treat you.<br><br><b>Your least favorite part?</b> Morning sickness, heartburn, and general discomforts. I also get pretty anxious, as I'm generally a worrier anyway. Pregnancy just gives me more to worry about.
 

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How did you meet your husband?<br><br>
How did you find MDC? What are your favorite subforums?
 

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<b>How did you meet your husband?</b> He is my best friend's cousin and we had known of each other and met a couple of times in the past I was married at the time. After my divorce, he was living in Wyoming but came to California for the winter to visit and we started hanging out. We've been inseparable since then and got married 7 months later. Best thing that's ever happened to me (aside from my children of course)<br><br><b>How did you find MDC? What are your favorite subforums?</b> Oh gosh, I'm not sure I remember when or how I found MDC but I used to be on here with a different user name (which I forgot after not using it for awhile so I created a new one lol). I think I found it while looking for info on becoming a midwife and for several years I spent all my time on the Birth Professional forum (I'm a doula/CBE/CLE but am not practicing right now). Right now I spend most of my time on this DDC but my other faves are the Homebirth forum and the UC forum. I jump over to VBAC and The Childhood Years sometimes too.
 

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How do you think being a doula influences your approach to pregnancy and birth (and your HBAC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">)?<br><br>
What was your most meaningful or exciting doula experience like?<br><br>
Hobbies?<br><br>
Where would you travel if you could go anywhere with just your dh? With your ds and dh?
 

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Wow good questions, this is going to take some thought!<br><br><b>How do you think being a doula influences your approach to pregnancy and birth (and your HBAC )?</b> I think it's influenced me a LOT. Since I've began to learn more about pregnancy and birth, I realize that as time goes on I see that less and less "standards" of care are truly evidence based even in midwifery (E.G. bulb syringes, vaginal exams and even perineal support during pushing/crowning). I've become very strongly of the belief that we should not need evidence to STOP doing something, but it should be the other way around. If there is no evidence to support something, it should be considered an unnecessary intervention and potentially harmful. So far all of my experiences at births and with postpartum moms have supported that. I've become more and more confident in myself as an intelligent and informed mother at I have a calm confidence regarding my choices to decline much of the standard care. At the same time, I love having the option to choose things for myself as an individual with the supportive input of my midwives.<br><br><b>What was your most meaningful or exciting doula experience like?</b> I would say it was actually one of my earlier experiences. There was a mom who gave birth at a freestanding birth center and it was one of those births where she was deeply in tune with her own needs. I was able to fade into the background and hold the space for her and her husband, who worked together in such a touching beautiful way. It felt so right to be so unnecessary, and I loved that I was able to just give her loving support while being in the shadows and being witness to her process.<br><br><b>Hobbies?</b> I don't have as many hobbies as I used to, but I love to read and play piano (I don't have one at the moment though). I also write a lot of poetry. One hobby that is totally embarrassing is that I play World of Warcraft with my husband, lol. Another one is starting crafts that I never finish.<br><br><b>Where would you travel if you could go anywhere with just your dh? With your ds and dh?</b> If it was just me and DH we have wanted to go on a walking tour of the English coast. There is this route you can walk that has bed and breakfasts along the way and we've wanted to do that since we got married.<br><br>
If I could go anywhere with both DS and DH right now it would be back to Wyoming. My husband lived there for several years and when we got married we lived there for about 6 months. The area we lived in was about an hour south of Jackson Hole and I miss it immeasurably. There is just no way to describe what life is like unless you've been there, it's like being in a time warp and it's incredibly beautiful (as long as its not the dead of winter lol).
 
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