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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 - 22 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

Birth Control: Does it get better?

Is the moodiness caused by birth control something I should power through, or is it time to call it quits on this brand? [more inside]
posted by macrowave on Dec 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Um, girls only? :)

HBC messing with my period? Is this possible, or should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 5, 2011 - 4 answers

How to find a Birth parent in the Basque Region of Spain?

Ms. Gogomickey just found out her birth father is from the Basque region of Spain. Any suggestions how to start a search given the extreme language barrier? She has a name and other specific information.
posted by gogomickey on Nov 29, 2011 - 9 answers

I'd like a pain free delivery, please

Please tell me about your hypnobirthing experiences. I would like to hear if it worked for you or especially if it didn't - why and why not - and I am specifically looking for information about your hypnobirthing classes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 - 13 answers

What to Expect on the Day Of Birth and the Days and Weeks Beyond

My wife is due to give birth in the next three weeks or so. I'm interested to hear the experiences of other men about the day their wife or parter gave birth and also what the first few days and weeks thereafter were like. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 3, 2011 - 35 answers

Era Acne Vulgaris

How do I handle hormonal acne as an adult, after going off birth control? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Oct 14, 2011 - 23 answers

Birth control options for a 41 year old?

What are good birth control options for a 41-year-old woman who hasn't entirely given up the chance of having children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 - 24 answers

Need a copy of my birth certificate ASAP

I need to find the fastest way to obtain a certified copy of my Ohio birth certificate from out of state (to apply for a passport). [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Oct 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Help my back not hurt.

If you had an L5 injury, and you were a runner, how would you treat it? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 2, 2011 - 15 answers

The internet is scaring me about Yaz and birth control in general. Help!

The internet is freaking me out about Yaz and I am looking for more common sense answers to my concerns rather than 'This will medicine will give you blood clots and kill you.'. More specific details inside about me, and my health and my concerns. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2011 - 15 answers

Anyone have any prenatal class recommendations in Vancouver, BC?

Anyone have any prenatal class recommendations in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by branparsons on Jul 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Birth Control Redux

How do I take control of my reproductive health when stressing about it is sabotaging everything? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jul 6, 2011 - 20 answers

induction

Does not going into spontaneous labor with my first pregnancy indicate that I will likely not go into spontaneous labor with my next pregnancy? In other words: will I be induced again? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Jun 14, 2011 - 9 answers

How to find a birth/death record

I'm looking for a NJ birth/death record for a baby who only lived a short time during the 50's. [more inside]
posted by runnergirl on Jun 9, 2011 - 5 answers

If you or your partner gave birth to a stillborn, did you see/hold it after the delivery?

If you or your partner gave birth to a stillborn, did you choose to see/hold it after the delivery? How did you make that decision, and if you did decide to see/hold the child, what did you take away from the experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2011 - 24 answers

Weight and fat gain coming off Mercilon - need help sorting this out!

Been on Mercilon contraceptive pill for years. Have come off and almost immediately gained 2 kg (in 3 weeks) and when I weigh on my fat measuring scales my fat content has shot up. a) has anyone else had this on this particular Pill, b) do I have to work on the weight gain like you normall would (limit calories in, maximise calories out) or will it balance on its own. I was on a blood pressure pill while on the pill, thought it was that that was taking advantage of increasing my weight (my usual side effect on bp meds) so came off that and bp is fine. But weight still going up. Have seen this http://ask.metafilter.com/74594/How-long-does-it-take-for-the-hormones-to-leave-my-system but is not specific about this pill / how to get the weight off / the fat thing. Anonymous as a bit personal for me! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Ruin our child's shot at president?

Should we stay or should we go? Make a big international move as a pregnant couple or with a tiny baby? Lots of (possibly) relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 - 25 answers

Amoxicillin and morning after pill

I'm taking amoxicillin for a UTI and I'm on birth control pills. I had unprotected sex. From what I understand, antibiotics could make birth control pills less effective. Will the amoxicillin affect the morning after pill also? I'm uninsured so I'm turning here for help.
posted by squirtle on Apr 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Birth Control methods for hormone intolerant?

I am in need of birth control but extremely intolerant to hormonal methods. I need something more reliable than just condoms. I've been on pretty much every brand of pill and any hormonal methods seem to give me unmanageable depression and yeast infections that never ever go away. I do not ever want kids and would get sterilized only I can't afford it. I have heard about copper IUDs but I've heard a lot of things about women have stupidly heavy flows and awful unmanegable cramps with them. I'm concerned about a heavier flow because I"m prone to anemia. Does anyone have any advice? Any expirience with the copper IUD's, or has had similar hormonal issues but found a brand of pill that works well with no side effects?
posted by RampantFerret on Mar 2, 2011 - 51 answers

Nicotine + birth control - the same risks as smoking + birth control?

I know you're not supposed to smoke on the pill, but what about nicotine replacement therapy? [more inside]
posted by mylittlepoppet on Feb 11, 2011 - 4 answers

What can my pregnant self do for my future post-partum self?

I'm giving birth in a few weeks. What can I do for myself now that my husband and I will appreciate later? I'd love to have recipes, things I can order and whatever else you can think of. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Feb 8, 2011 - 32 answers

Caesarean preparation, gastroschisis and small babies

What should I be doing now to prepare for a c-section in approx. 10 weeks' time? And please share your experiences of having a baby with gastroschisis and/ or who is very small. [more inside]
posted by goo on Feb 2, 2011 - 24 answers

When you know better, you do better. Pregnancy and Labor Version.

Whoa, boy! Or...girl? Newly pregnant. Very, very unexpected. Second kid. What do I differently with this pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2011 - 20 answers

"Hey, teen. Let's have a rap session."

Please help this repressed (lapsed) Catholic stumble through a sex talk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 - 11 answers

How does our birth date shape where we fit in the school system?

Birth date + American school system = high probability of success in _____? [more inside]
posted by SeƱor Pantalones on Nov 23, 2010 - 8 answers

C-Section Recovery

Tell me about your recovery after a cesarean section. [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Oct 25, 2010 - 29 answers

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