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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you know you can mentally deal with pregnancy?

Here's my question - how do women know that they'll be able to DEAL with being pregnant? [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Jun 22, 2005 - 28 answers

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Was your toddler present at the birth of his or her sibling(s)? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on May 26, 2004 - 18 answers

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