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You know, when I teach my Bradley classes, my students and I always get a good laugh out of the fact that all of the women in Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way are naked and anatomically correct, but all of the guys have to wear clothing. I do think it's a bit strange to have all of the women naked, but I'm thankful that the men aren't. I have trouble enough shopping for underwear for my husband because I don't like looking at other men's anatomy. To actually have naked men in that book that I had to look at when I taught classes would be too much!
Jill, other Unnecesarean contributors, and other bloggers that I have discovered through this blog,
[I started writing this comment in response to the anniversary post... I think it might be better placed in the open thread!]
I want to thank you for helping me along this still new terrain (to me) of perinatal health and advocacy. It was just a year ago that I became interested in alternative medecine, holistic health, and that a strong interest in sexual and reproductive health education blossomed into something so much more profound.
Unlike many birth advocates and perinatal health enthousiasts, I have yet to be pregnant and give birth. Although many have questioned this passion, I believe that I have stumbled upon the path I had been looking for since I played obstetrician as a child. A path that is bringing me on a wonderful journey into aspects forgotten - in mainstream and especially by young/pre-childbearing women - about women.
Over this past year, I have become a doula-in-training, supported a labouring woman and her partner, befriended many women who inspire me with their birth stories, life values and choices. I'm also one of the founding members of a new organization in Montréal, Québec, Canada, seeking to inform and provide resources for women who want to have a VBAC (french: AVAC... organization: AVAC-Info... website: http://www.avac-info.org). Through this organization, I am also working with the group that will present the first Québec - and french canadian - editions of Karen Brody's play, Birth (http://www.boldaction.org). The first presentation of "Naissance" will take place in Québec-city, during the international conference on optimal perinatal care: "Birthing the World" (http://www.enfanterlemonde.com/home.aspx)... which I also hope to attend (and perhaps be involved in).
Every time I come across a "new" blog, discover a group or organization or meet individuals involved in perinatal health, I am astounded and inspired by their dedication and passion. I have a great appreciation for this tight-knit, connected community that spans large physical distances and socio-cultural differences. I love knowing that "someone understands" that I seriously consider and want to birth at home and that I encourage midwifery.
Although you didn't know me until today, you have supported me throughout these first few months of my journey. Thank you!
Angie, I'm right there with you in feeling grateful for the shorts.
I am so grateful to the couples in that book and others who offered up their nakedness and births to educate other people. I'd never do it but I am so glad someone was willing to. I didn't take Bradley classes... just had the book among many others.
A friend who had a baby one year before me let me borrow a week-by-week in pictures pregnancy book. We were e-mailing back and forth and we mentioned the picture of the naked woman in labor. She e-mailed back that they make you strip down naked at the hospital before you give birth. I believed her until she wrote back a few minutes later that she was kidding. I was pretty clueless.
Sarah, I remember your e-mail awhile back. Thank you for your comment! Congratulations on getting your site live. I'll link it on Facebook right now.
Whenever I say that, I think of the Magnetic Fields song "I think I need a new heart", which is a really depressing song, and not really appropriate for a blogiversary. So, I made a music post on my blog and included it, since it fits in with my life.
Thank you, Hilary! I don't remember you posting that one. Nice work on your new article, btw. :)
Happy 2 years! I been lurking on your blog for awhile now and enjoy the dialogue in the comments section. It's a fantastic resource. I didn't have a cesarean, but I did have a shitty hospital experience, where I was induced. I've since gone on to have 2 more babies at home with midwives. It's funny, before I had kids I would have never seen myself as a homebirther or someone who lets their babies self-wean, yet here I am. So that's my story in a nutshell and I'm officially out of lurkdom!
Right on, Fonda! Nice to meet you.
Happy Blogiversary! And that goes for you too, Magnum P.I.! I seriously can't believe it's been only 2 years.
Congrats on two years! I don't remember how I found this site when I was pregnant last year, but I know that I spent many hours here and it was an invaluable resource. Through this site and others like it I was able to convince myself that birth would be great and I Could Do It without interventions. And it was great, and I can't wait to do it again. Thanks!!!