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This week’s open thread is hosted by Most Fruitful Yuki. It’s been awhile since we’ve had an open thread. What’s happening?

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I would like to propose that we start replying to every spam comment (I sees them in my reader, scores and scores of them, you poor thing) in earnest.

"Why yes, I AM interested in these great deals on Uggs and Louboutin boots! However did you know I shared a passion for birth AND footwear?"

- or -

"I'm so glad you liked this very interesting (albeit posted 7 months ago) information, and that you plan to check back on this site often. Thanks for the 'good job!' encouragement."

Just for starters.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDou-la-la

Competitive VBACing! Otherwise known as how I sometimes feel in birth circles.


September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLele

Dou-la-la, that is too funny. The spam situation has been making me want to fly to Indonesia and stop by South Korea on my way back. I can find them! They'll understand that they're annoying and they will stop.

September 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

Lele, I'll watch it later (can't watch it where I am).

September 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

What do you think of the new welcome page for Facebook? Welcome

September 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

I just read a very sad birth story. first time mom, failed induction, c-section. she feels so broken. she plans to have c-sections for future babies because her body clearly doesn't know how to birth. she blames the fact that she labored at all for why she feels (physically) horrible right now, and wants to avoid that in the future.


September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

I shared this thought the other day on my FB page, in a less than coherent manner. I heard a stat on NPR, that of all drivers who suvived fatal car accidents, those that were innocent in the crash were more likely to to suffer PTSD. A doctor (a psychologist, I think) explained that it was because these survivors had to face the fact that they were at the mercy of fate. I had birth-related PTSD following the birth of my son 17 months ago. In a few words, the show explained to me why my feelings of failure were so acute, and why for so long I have felt that my next birth will be a planned c-section -- I "failed" at birth because I couldn't control the process , but I could more easily control it if I choose to override it, to opt out of it from the beginning. I wanted to take fate out of the equation. It took me 17 months to figure that out, and now that I have, I realize that I CAN'T remove fate. It's scary, but it's liberating.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

My local hospital (with scary c-section rate, induction rate etc etc) claims that their birthing pool is available, all midwives are trained in water birth, and that hospital policy does not prohibit birth in water (as opposed to only allowing labouring in water). Then how come, in a hospital with 6000 births a year, does only one woman a week on average labour or birth in the pool? It makes no sense! Thoughts, anyone?

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Joanne -- my bet is that they place an IV on arrival by default, and then tell you that you can't get in the pool b/c of the IV.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn T.

Oh I've been dying to get this off my chest. A friend of mine recently had a scheduled c-section for suspected big baby--no diabetes, just an ultrasound estimate. She stressed that her CNM had gone over all the risks so I thought, okay whatever, as long as you know what you're getting into.

She just posted her birth story on her blog. She talks about how she was nervous before hand (of course) but I was BLOWN AWAY by this sentence (paraphrased): I was a little nervous because I've never had any medical procedures and a c-section is "technically a type of surgery." (that last part is not paraphrased)

HOW on EARTH could someone be informed of all the risks of an elective c-section if no one even bothered to tell her that it is MAJOR SURGERY????? It seems she was only told about the risks of vaginal birth. Of course you would choose c-section when you are told the horrors of possible shoulder dystocia and perineal trauma but led to believe that a c-section is a minor procedure that is "technically" surgery. Informed consent my ass.

It was her first baby and it absolutely breaks my heart. I'm praying that she doesn't have any lasting physical or emotional damage and that she gets a new provider for her next pregnancy that has the decency to tell her the truth.

BTW, baby was 9 lbs even.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi
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