>Off the Beaten Path>Speaking of feeding babies...
A Dance with Monkeys
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
Needs more cowbell!
For instance, all of my friends and I had homebirths
Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"
• 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
If I were a girl or had girls, I would simply NOT trust the guy to have gotten vaccinated. I would take the responsibility to protect my own (or my daughter's) cervix. Guys simply cannot be trusted to take what is in a woman's interest seriously when they want to get some. To do otherwise would be tantamount to telling my daughter that she should use a condom, unless the guy forgot to bring one, in which case don't worry about it.
What is wrong with vaccinating both your daughter PLUS all the boys she knows?
Had we had a second kid I was ALL for homebirth. I had a c-section that I am 99% certain should not have happened. My kid was fully crowned and my asshat OB was bent on removing him surgically, instead of trying suction or forceps. Had I not been doped up (can we say epidural overdose...I couldn't feel anything below the neck and felt disconnected from my body--my first mistake was opting for pain meds. By the time the got the epidural in me I was AT 10, so I did just fine with all that contracting beforehand) and more in control of things I wouldn't have let him talk me into it.
Hubby didn't even want to consider a homebirth VBAC and our local hospitals have both outlawed VBACs (another rant, there...no way was I going to go through ANOTHER c-section if it wasn't absolutely necessary), so those were the primary reasons we stopped with one kid. That and the breastfeeding difficulties. I didn't want to go through all of that again.
Does this really have anything to do with what age to start rice cereal anymore?
On the other end of the spectrum, my longest labor was just under 4 hours and my shortest was 35 minutes. I don't usually realize I'm in labor until I hit transition. I'm a perfect candidate for homebirth. If I ever get knocked up again, it may end up being unattended. The trade off is that I suffer with months of hyperemesis gravidarum and IV PICC lines for nutrients and fluids. I'm a horrible pregnant person but a great birther. There's a ying and yang to everything it seems...
Nothing at all. But I still don't trust that boy or what he tells me/her. She needs to make sure she is protected. He is a damn liar.
Like she said about solid foods and breastfeeding.
And while I am a pediatrician and I believe in vaccination and I vaccinate my children and encourage others to vaccinate their children, I also recognize that it is up to parents to decide whether to vaccinate their own child. And, unlike many colleagues, I will still care for unvaccinated children. BUT, I also make absolutely sure that the family is fully informed about the risks and benefits both of vaccination and of withholding vaccination, and make sure that they recognize that some vaccines are less risky and / or more important than others. A family may elect to withhold one vaccine but provide another to their children, and they need to understand that.
Families also need to understand that breastfeeding does not well protect against vaccine preventable illnesses, especially after breastfeeding is discontinued.