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Do you have experience with a home birthing tub?

My wife is having a home birth with a water tub and midwife. The 2nd floor in our home makes the most sense for the tub in order to have access to a bedroom and other comforts. I am concerned about the weight. I have calculated the volume of water and the weight is around 3000 lbs. Is that too much weight for the floor? Have you had a birthing tub upstairs in your home? Any engineers want to chime in?
posted by pixlboi on Dec 5, 2016 - 6 answers

"Birth with R.D. Laing" - I'm trying to find the full documentary

I have recently become aware that in 1978, a documentary was made, entitled either "Birth", or "Birth with R.D. Laing". My attempts at finding the full documentary either on-line or for sale have failed. I'd be very grateful for any help. [more inside]
posted by holist on Oct 14, 2016 - 3 answers

So Much Anger-Don't Know What To Do

For the single year that my brother was alive, my Dad ran off and left our family. Now my Dad insists on sending the family notices on the anniversary of my brother's death. This is so painful, how can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2016 - 36 answers

Are all qualifying life events created equal?

My understanding was that a "qualifying life event" - new job for you or spouse, you or spouse divorce/die, you or spouse give birth to or adopt a child - opened a free open enrollment period for you, spouse, and child, wherein you could do things such as decline insurance from one spouse's plan and both enroll on the other plan, and generally make whatever health insurance changes you wanted to. My HR rep told me that this is not always the case for birth/adoption of a child specifically - more inside. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Apr 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Doula for a Medically-Required Induction?

Should my husband and I get a doula to assist at my labor, which will be a medically-required induction at 39 weeks? [more inside]
posted by Jaclyn on Mar 16, 2016 - 28 answers

How to capture the precious newborn days?

My first child was born a few days ago, and I'm worried I'm not doing enough to capture how beautiful he is and how special these days are. Should I pay a photographer? Other ideas? Reassurance and perspective? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Mar 13, 2016 - 30 answers

Best of the web (podcasts/blogs/apps/gadgets) for new dads?

I had a child back in 2003 but obviously the Web/tech/etc has changed a lot since then. My second child is due in August and I'd love to get pointers to the best current useful/entertaining tech/web resources for fathers. Basically, help me get back in the game!
posted by jmccw on Feb 23, 2016 - 1 answer

Push It! Push It Real Good!

Baby Kitty is coming soon! I am putting together an irreverent playlist for my birthing experience (Enya need not apply). What songs are must haves that will make me laugh and help me concentrate on anything other than the watermelon ripping through my insides for several hours? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jan 3, 2016 - 18 answers

Please help me not kill my cactus' baby

My beloved cactus has sprouted a baby and I think I need to remove it. Please help me not kill it. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Jan 1, 2016 - 6 answers

Childbirth classes - worth it?

I'm currently 5.5 months pregnant with my first, and I will need to decide soon whether to take any childbirth classes. Did you find classes worth it, and if so, are there any particular classes you recommend? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Dec 8, 2015 - 41 answers

Off Skyla and onto the pill. Which one is making me feel like shit?

Depressed, teary and listless since quitting Skyla and starting generic loestrin about two weeks ago. Which of these two changes is more likely to be the culprit? Looking for others' experience with these drugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Tell me about your pregnancy!

I'm looking for podcasts that have in-depth, first person accounts of pregnancy and childbirth. [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Aug 10, 2015 - 5 answers

She's slow but not stupid

How does a young adult with a mild intellectual disability navigate the world? Is there a way to let people understand that she just needs simpler and clearer words but otherwise her IQ is average? [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme on Aug 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Where to have a baby in London?

I'm an expat to the UK -- but one of the few without private insurance! Where should I have my baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2015 - 3 answers

IUD Argh!

I have a copper IUD (Paraguard) that was inserted about 1 month ago. I've been feeling absolutely terrible this past month. Pain, anxiety, discomfort - every day. I think I want to ask my doctor to remove the IUD, but I'm nervous for a few reasons (maybe because of my overall increased anxiety?) Any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2015 - 21 answers

Has anyone had the Foley Balloon Procedure done?

(also known as cervical ripening balloon) Curious about other's experience with the balloon procedure? How painful or how much discomfort did you feel? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Apr 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Absolutely no sex drive what to do?

I have trouble wanting to have sex. Considering that we just got married 1 year ago this is really a problem for my relationship. Did this happen to you and how did you fix it? I am overweight with like 30 pounds extra so obviously loosing the 30 pounds would help I think I also take birth control- sprintec now- but was put on loestrin maybe that will help better. I don't know what else to do. What helped you? Thanks
posted by barexamfreak on Apr 15, 2015 - 15 answers

Looking for Portuguese Ancestry Information

My grandfather was born in Portugal. My brother is really interested in getting a Portuguese passport. We know my grandfather's full name, date of birth, and city of birth (Lisbon). We do not have his birth certificate which we are trying to order. To get his birth certificate, we need the names of his parents and their date of marriage. How can we most easily find this information OR is there a way to get the birth certificate knowing just full name, date of birth, and place of birth? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Feb 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Switching IUDs?

Should I give up my Skyla IUD for a ParaGard? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Feb 2, 2015 - 18 answers

Just say No!

Expecting #2 this summer! Help me rock my NUVBAC in a hospital. Teach me the magical 'No' phrases that won't tick off the medical staff but allow me to have the birth I want (emergencies/ extenuating circumstances aside). [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Jan 22, 2015 - 31 answers

My sister has invited me to the delivery room, and I don't want to go.

My older sister is having a baby in a couple of months. She has decided she wants the entire immediate family (parents/siblings/sibling spouses) in there. I really would rather not go, but I also don't know if I'm being unreasonable or selfish, and I don't want to push back if this is something that I need to just say, "Okay, you're the one pushing the baby out, you call the shots." [more inside]
posted by socktothepuppet on Jan 7, 2015 - 57 answers

Help me understand postpartum hormones

I understand that women's hormones get wonky after giving birth - some go up, some go down - and the effects are everything from gonzo baby love to night sweats to psychosis. But is there any information on how the hormones specifically change over time, over the day or even how they might vary between women? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Nov 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Should I take hormonal birth control if I am anxiety prone?

Help me sort out my options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Movies About Childbirth, Doulas, The Affect of Babies on Marriage

Hey There Brilliant People! Could you please send me any film, tv or play suggestions that are about women going through pregnancy, the affect that has on their marriage, and women who work with doulas and midwives while pregnant? Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Sep 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me recreate this birth announcement?

Hello hivemind! I really want to recreate this birth announcement's style/set-up. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Sep 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Question about missed birth control

Pretty straightforward. I took my combined oral contraceptive erratically for a little over a week - how long should I wait before I resume unprotected sex? [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Aug 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Avoiding postpartum mental illness?

What can I do to minimize my risk of postpartum mental illness? If I can't completely prevent it, I'd at least like to catch and treat it as early as possible. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 17, 2014 - 23 answers

ISO good fiction about catching babies

Recommend me fiction or very readable memoirs about midwifery, obstetrics, and the politics of birth--any genre is fine, but SF/F and historical suggestions are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Feb 10, 2014 - 24 answers

child's birth cert has wrong maiden name for me - passport problem?

Recently received child's birth certificate with wrong maiden name for me.... it just has my married name in the maiden name spot. Obviously this was a mistake. I am inclined not to fool with the time and expense of correcting it but I need a passport this year for my child. [more inside]
posted by juliagulia on Jan 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Advice for broken-hearted 36 y.o. who cannot stay pregnant

My best friend just lost her third pregnancy. She and her husband have been trying to have a baby for 3 years. Her first and second losses were both in the first trimester, causes unknown. This most recent loss was especially horrible - they terminated after profound birth defects (as in: the baby could not survive outside the uterus) were detected on the 20-wk ultrasound. She's 36, and wonders if she'll ever be able to carry a healthy pregnancy to term. Should she give up trying to get pregnant and give birth? Anyone been down this road before and have good advice for her?
posted by hush on Nov 24, 2013 - 28 answers

Birth control pills and ejaculation inside vagina

I would like to know your opinions about ejaculation inside the vagina and the risks of pregnancy, while using birth control. [more inside]
posted by Emily119 on Nov 18, 2013 - 18 answers

i need to find the exact time of birth for a U.S. birth

My husband was born at Mt. Sinai hospital NY and they were obviously my first call. The medical records department say that they don't hold records for more than 10 years and my husband was born in 1966. Both his parents are dead and they were both only children, so there is no one in the family that we can ask. Does anyone have any other ideas where the exact time of his birth could have been recorded?And how to go about finding out ? All suggestions welcome.
posted by hitchcockblonde on Sep 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Sure, have at the ladybits, but hands off the baby.

Can I fire my obstetrician for delivery, but keep her as a gynecologist thereafter? Do I want to? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 23, 2013 - 25 answers

I'll take the pill that makes me fat and angry.

Please help me alleviate my fears about going on hormonal birth control for the first time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2013 - 38 answers

New baby + diss defense, can this math work?

Wrapping up a pregnancy and a dissertation at the same time. Given the inherent badness of this idea, when is the least ill-advised time to schedule my defense? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2013 - 15 answers

When should I present this recording to my niece?

A while back my sister left a message on my mom's answering machine, saying "Hi mom, we had a baby girl..." and then she goes on to describe the birth of her daughter and how cute she was, basically leaving an audio record of this wonderful occasion. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to save this recording. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2013 - 33 answers

Help me avoid unnecessary hormones

What are my best options for hormone-free or low-hormone birth control? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Feb 11, 2013 - 18 answers

Birth: a relative's perspective

My brother and his wife are expecting their (first) baby girl in a week or two. From a relative's point of view, what do the first days/weeks look like? I.e. what is expected of me, what can I help with, what should I avoid, etc. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Dec 31, 2012 - 27 answers

BCP: how long to take effect?

YANAD or a pharmacist, etc., but maybe you give me some idea how long I need to take my birth control pill before it is effective as contraception. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Dec 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Numbness as a side effect of the mini pill?

YANMD, but how paranoid am I being? Also some general birth control questions and angst. [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Dec 14, 2012 - 18 answers

A girl named Claire (or a variant of) from an 80's band

30 years ago, next week, my daughter was born. I need a soundtrack for an early life slideshow I have made. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Oct 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Baby on the way.

The baby comes tomorrow! [more inside]
posted by gocubbies on Sep 11, 2012 - 43 answers

Is it insane to rely wholly on condoms for birth control?

Is it insane to rely on condoms for birth control? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Sep 11, 2012 - 51 answers

24 weeks pregnant facing bedrest!

24 weeks pregnant, facing bedrest and woefully underprepared for the birth of this surprise baby. FMLA, bedrest and c-section questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2012 - 24 answers

Birth Options in Iowa City

I'm looking into having a midwife assisted birth in the Iowa City area in March. Anybody have any suggestions? I am completely unfamiliar with the options available there. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Aug 20, 2012 - 5 answers

My middle name is not "Evgene"

Birth Certificate: Should I bother correcting a non-vital piece of info? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jul 3, 2012 - 18 answers

I just want to be myself again. I need to clean up the mess of the last few months.

Birth control filter : BC linked to risky/daring behavior? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on May 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for metaphorical images to divert attention during childbirth

Please suggest, preferably with specific links, images that are metaphors for birth to be used for focusing on and creating visualizations during labor. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Feb 7, 2012 - 29 answers

what kind of aunt am I?

My nephew is 5 weeks old, and I still didn't go and see him. How bad, abnormal am I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 - 52 answers

I need my anti-baby pills for cheap, please

Interested in ordering birth control pills from Canada to the US. Is this a good idea? If so, how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 5 answers

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