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How do I insure a newborn on short notice?

We just found out the baby we're having any day now is probably not eligible for medical care at birth on her mother's insurance plan. Help! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Childbirth. What's up with that?

Next in the string of Major Life Events: getting this kid out of me. I feel like most of the resources out there (including the classes I was looking to for advice) are pitched toward people who have already decided whether or not to have a natural, unmedicated childbirth, especially here in granola-land. I don't know; I want the baby out and safe, but I don't care about being SuperMom; I am pretty sure there's no reason to be in pain if I don't have to be. I just want to be able to get through it and be with my husband and baby. Thoughts, experiences, advice? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on May 14, 2014 - 56 answers

Newbie Needs Resources on Pregnancy, Childbirth, Parenting, etc.

I am a pregnant for the first time, and looking for resources (primarily web, but not limited to it) on pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. This shouldn't be so hard, right? But I really want blogs, Tumblrs, Twitters, websites, etc. that are funny or snarky or absurd, as well as smart, feminist/liberal, crunchy, scientific, and welcoming of a variety of backgrounds/lifestyles. (Maybe not all at once, but I'll take what I can get.) I'm coming up short. Help? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jan 13, 2014 - 34 answers

"How could I bring a child into this world?" The climate change edition.

Many people I know who aren't global warming skeptics are still planning to procreate. Though I might like to have a kid someday, the thought of their future quality of life strikes me as a potentially decisive ethical objection to it. While I've seen plenty of arguments against procreation that deal with the ethics of creating more consumers, that issue is distinct from the ethics of creating new sufferers. Can you point me to any well-reasoned arguments--whether yours or something you've seen, on either side of the issue--that deal with the ethics of choosing to bring children into a hotter world? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 3, 2014 - 41 answers

Imagine an 8-pound botfly emerging from your abdomen

Tips for managing pain in childbirth? [more inside]
posted by pompelmo on Oct 10, 2013 - 37 answers

How can I get my husband to the hospital for our baby's delivery?

My husband's boss just told him that he won't be able to take time off for the delivery of our baby. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2013 - 30 answers

(W)ringing my hands

Should I get my rings removed now, before I give birth, or hope I won't need them removed at all? Fun details after the break. [more inside]
posted by fantine on Aug 14, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I have the best c-section possible?

I'm currently pregnant with twins and scheduled to deliver them via c-section this October. Is there anything I can do help with preparation or recovery? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Lowcarb or carb loading childbirth, gestational diabetes edition

Managing gestational diabetes fairly well by eating paleo/low carb and injecting insulin (tiny dose, rarely) when anticipating higher glucose levels. Now I read pregnant women should load carbs shortly before and during the childbirth itself. I'd like to avoid both a carb crash and hypoglycemia during delivery. I also worry about the baby being hypoglycemic if I have high glucose levels during delivery and I'm getting conflicting info (yes, danger v. no, too short a time to impact baby). So, what to eat leading up to and during delivery?
posted by meijusa on Jul 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Virtual Doulas Always Have Clean Hands

We've had a bumper crop of gorgeous babies on the Filter lately. Let me learn from your experiences - hit me with your best advice for childbirth and labour itself. We've only got a week or two to go and the better prepared we can be the better. [more inside]
posted by Jilder on Jun 12, 2013 - 43 answers

Natural childbirth in Long Island?

Natural childbirth in Long Island with Aetna insurance. Is this even doable? Do you have information that can help us? [more inside]
posted by Shutter on Jan 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Exercises for strength building for childbirth

I'm currently 22 weeks pregnant and am wanting to start some kind of muscle building exercise to help prepare me for (a hopefully unmedicated) childbirth. I have some health problems which place limitations on the types of exercise I can do. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Dec 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Could I be resistant to all opioid drugs?

Biochemistry Filter: I believe I have some kind of resistance/insensitivity to opioid painkillers, although I have not been able to verify that this is a medically known phenomenon. I am due to give birth soon, and I am concerned with the possible efficacy of drugs that may be administered for labor pain. Do you have any experience with this in yourself or others, or can you comment on the chemical plausibility of it? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Dec 20, 2012 - 20 answers

DivaCup after Pregnancy?

I had a baby and my DivaCup no longer seems to be working. Did that happen to you? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Risks of Forming Babby

My partner is in her her mid-30s. We've got at least a year before we're in a position to be trying to have children. Just how freaked out should I be about the increased risk of health problems in the kids/etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2012 - 31 answers

How to be a mom-to-be?

Babby formed. Help me arm myself with knowledge. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Sep 14, 2012 - 29 answers

How many houseguests can I accommodate after giving birth?

How many houseguests can I accommodate after giving birth? [more inside]
posted by saratravels on Aug 16, 2012 - 33 answers

Nature + science = baby?

Looking for an obstetrician in Minneapolis or St. Paul, as well as general guidance on natural childbirth options/timelines. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2012 - 9 answers

I want a C section

Pregnant and interested in elective C section - looking for anecdotes/resources? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2012 - 21 answers

No, I do not want to "hack my baby".

Dads of MeFi- what do you wish you had been told before your wife/partner went into labor? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Jul 13, 2012 - 66 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

C-section rate obscured at request of healthcare provider

How do you determine a hospital (and doctor's) c-section rates? Is there a database of this data available to the layperson? Do I just call all the local doctors? Send them a letter? Is there a state agency that would respond to this information request? Relevant states: South Carolina, North Carolina [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Jan 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Will childbirth be easier the second time around?

How can I support a friend who had a horrific first childbirth experience, and is now facing her second? [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita on Nov 24, 2011 - 14 answers

What is the best iOS app for timing and recording data related to contractions in childbirth?

There are a lot of iOS apps for timing contractions. The reviews are all over the place. Most of the apps do not seem to time the contractions from the beginning of one to the beginning of the next one, which seems to be the preferred data point for medical purposes. Other apps have other annoying features and problems. Which app did you use and how did it work?
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Nov 18, 2011 - 10 answers

How long is this going to last?

I gave birth about 3 weeks ago to my first baby (yay!). Unfortunately, though, it was a very difficult delivery and I ended up with a third degree tear to my perineum. I am still in pain and was just wondering if others who had severe tears could let me know their recovery experiences and timelines. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 - 22 answers

What are some great snacks/foods for childbirth and labor?

What are some great snacks for labor? The baby is due in a couple of weeks, and we're getting ready for the (natural) birth. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Aug 26, 2011 - 28 answers

When to have Baby #2?

When to have Baby #2? (Welcome to my personal/professional snowglobe.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 - 20 answers

support for boy whose mother died at childbirth

Does anyone know of a book or article that might be of help to a child and his family (he will soon be 12) whose mother died at childbirth. He is the nephew of a dear friend, the boy really values family and as he is maturing, realizes more and more, that each birthday also marks the anniversary date of his mothers' death. He is was adopted by a paternal aunt and is being raised in a loving family. If anyone has suggestions on how best to support the boy and his family, it is much appreciated. If anyone has first hand experience with this, your knowledge would be much appreciated. The issue is clearly much bigger than his birthday, but is there any way to help him emotionally to deal with this reality as he matures.
posted by jennstra on Jul 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Making childbirth easier

What is the term for the ritual in which men simultaneously enact childbirth in order to take away some of the pain their wives are undergoing? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for smart pregnancy/parenting memoirs

Looking for intelligent writing (especially memoirs) on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting that aren't fluffy/mainstream "how-to" guides, as a gift to an expectant couple in their early/mid 20s. [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle on Aug 30, 2010 - 19 answers

Scheduled C-section: should I push back? How hard?

After ~37wks of baking, our Little Spark is soon to emerge. Sonogram last week shows breech, size estimates via same sonogram say ~8# so far. Doc is now advising/arranging scheduled C-section. I'm not sure it's the right thing. Can you help me determine if I should push back & how hard? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Aug 9, 2010 - 49 answers

Post-baby, friend's behavior has been awful. How do I deal?

Friend has changed significantly after having a baby. Is this normal? How can I continue to be supportive when she's difficult to be around? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies on May 20, 2010 - 19 answers

Babies and Bathwater

Should I stay with my midwife practice, given a trustworthy account of a mismanaged case? This gets long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Mar 31, 2010 - 22 answers

Last minute doula in Chicago

Is there any chance of finding a doula (in Chicago) that will work with us at 39 weeks? Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by steinwald on Mar 26, 2010 - 1 answer

How to accept an unwanted cesarean

I am 36 weeks pregnant with my first child and have just found out that I will need to have a scheduled cesarean in 2 weeks time for medical reasons. I need help to accept this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2010 - 64 answers

Did I receive substandard care from my OB?

Did I receive substandard care from my OB? Contains discussion of childbirth and related anatomy. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Jan 31, 2010 - 14 answers

What's a good gift for my pregnant Wiccan sister?

My sister is Wiccan and pregnant. Is there a good gift I could give her to get her through labor? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jan 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Yet another movie ID question.

Movie ID help please: 18th century England, noblewoman looking for husband, writes letters with rich American who made fortune in slave trade, she befriends a slave who works in the house, they fall in love, later there is a childbirth scene. Movie made in the early 90s, low-budget look, could be made-for-TV. [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Sep 9, 2009 - 2 answers

New baby playlist filter

Imminently arriving new baby playlist: I'm looking for songs appropriate for parents dealing with their first child's birth any day now. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Mar 23, 2009 - 26 answers

Accidental midwife?

I've been asked to babysit a woman who is 9 months pregnant tonight. What do I do if she goes into labour? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Nov 13, 2008 - 13 answers

natural birth vs. medicated birth

My husband and I are expecting baby #1 in May. While the baby will be born in a hospital, I would like to have an unmedicated birth. My husband is being very supportive about this decision but is concerned about the amount of pain I will be in without medication. While I realize all births and experiences are different, I would be interested to hear others experiences with natural birth and medicated birth, especially if you've experienced both and which choice were you happier with. Thank you in advance!
posted by Elaisa on Nov 11, 2008 - 47 answers

Should we have our baby induced?

What are the reasons for and against inducing childbirth in cases of gestational diabetes? [more inside]
posted by faustessa on Jul 24, 2008 - 14 answers

What are these maternity doctors and nurses chanting?

[Link is NSFW: graphic childbirth.] What is the maternity staff chanting in this video? They seem to have a few different songs, one for when the woman is pushing and another for once the baby is born. The notes for the video say that they are in "an Asian country" but I don't know what language they're speaking. [more inside]
posted by lemuria on Jun 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Music for wife in labor...

Music for wife in labor... [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on May 14, 2008 - 25 answers

Quotes or poems for a soon-to-be mother?

I'm looking for quotes or a short poem for my sister, whose expecting her first child in the next several days. Any ideas?
posted by phr4gmonk3y on May 7, 2008 - 11 answers

The hospital is making me sick.

How do I make a hospital birth not suck? Suddenly midwife-less. Local hospital a horror. Bitter, depressed. What does a doula actually do? Etc, etc. [more inside]
posted by kmennie on May 25, 2007 - 35 answers

new baby, insurance & leave

My wife and I are in the process of adopting a child and I have some questions about insurance and leave from work. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Feb 21, 2007 - 3 answers

How do I deal with an painful pubic bone?

[PregnancyFilter] My pubic bone really, really hurts! [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Jun 9, 2006 - 6 answers

What's it like to give birth?

What is it like to give birth? I'm male, and one of the side affects is that I'll never get pregnant. I'm wondering what it's actually like to give birth to a whole new person. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on May 19, 2006 - 31 answers

Can a healthy baby be born from an unconscious mother?

Must a woman be conscious during childbirth? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Apr 18, 2006 - 31 answers

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