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Monday Open Thread


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By Jill—Unnecesarean 

This week’s open thread is hosted by doula and blogger Kristen Oganowski from Columbus, Ohio, as a part of my personal sarcastic effort to redefine Columbus Day as a day of celebrating people from Columbus, Ohio.  

Kristen is the visionary behind A Woman’s Guide to VBAC: Navigating the NIH Consensus Recommendations.


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Happy National Coming Out Day everyone! Take a moment today to thank the LGBT people in your life for being out and proud.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbicrim

Columbus may be the home of one of those awful doula-bans (and the infamous Kingsdale "birth plan"), but it also has a wonderful community of doulas, childbirth educators, ICAN leaders, home birth advocates, hospital-based midwives, and home birth midwives who are working to make this city better for childbearing women.

And I'll second the "Happy National Coming Out Day!"

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Hey Kristen-- I'm also from Columbus. Unfortunately, I had my son in a hospital (which was not a pleasant experience) and have since become extremely interested in having a home birth for subsequent children. I'd love to find out more about what we have to offer around here in regards to home births and lay midwives.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Totally unrelated to anything Columbus: we know a couple whose baby has been in NICU for over a month with undeveloped lungs due to iatrogenic prematurity. They c-sectioned her (didn't even try to *induce* first, just cut her straight up) because of suspected macrosomia. And now the baby is a month old and she hasn't even gotten to hold him yet - won't insist on kangaroo care. I tried to talk to her about it beforehand and they acted like it was none of my business - which it isn't, of course. except that it is SOOOO sad to me that she didn't even seek a 2nd opinion or try to research her options beforehand. sigh.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Karen, that's really sad. How much did the baby end up weighing? How many weeks along was she? I'm curious.

NICU families have it rough.

October 11, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

Hi everyone- Popping in because I haven't been online on a Monday in awhile. I've been out of the loop of the whole birth world because I'm on a self-imposed break. Infertility is making me crazy.

Love your blog, Jill. I'm always so happy when I open my Greader and see that there is a new post from your blog. <3

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa Manz

@Karen - That is so sad, on so many accounts. It can be very hard to discern exactly what a family is thinking and going through when they have a baby in the NICU, especially for such a long period of time. FWIW, I too would be interested in hearing about the baby's weight and gestational age at birth.

@Lisa - We DO have some good home birth options here in Columbus! The CHOICE midwives (www.choicemidwives.org) are located in Worthington, and they are a fabulous group of experienced CPMs. They even support VBAC (and will be getting my business in a few months :-)). I've also heard great things about Kathy Mitchell (located in Newark). Good luck in your search!

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Hey, guess what? Christopher Columbus was born at home ; )

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmH

OK, I just laughed aloud. Thanks, EmH.

October 11, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

Some random thoughts. I just finished my OB nursing rotation, which was an interesting experience (I'm a MW wanabe). Its a physician only hospital. I didn't see anything particularly horrifying, just your typical tied-down to the monitor, rushing poor moms along, immediate cord clamping/ baby seperation, etc. I didn't see any normal/natural/physiological/whatever we call them now births. I did see a couple of "necessareans" :) which was probably good perspective. I saw a C-section with a physician who actually talked with the patient during surgery and explained what was happening and treated her like person. And, in the lounge, was a graph per month of elective sections <39 weeks, and apparently they all require a report as to why they occured - yay!

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna
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