Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monday Link List, a day late: May 3

It's that time again, just a little later than usual.  Also... Happy International Doula Month! Woo hoo!

  • "Living dead girl: Surviving HG" from Woman, Uncensored. - Hyperemesis Gravidarum literally means "excessive vomiting during pregnancy" and it is a scary-as-crap condition that makes morning sickness look like a slight case of indigestion.  I've had nightmares about being completely helpless that don't compare to this.  It's a rare (0.3-2% incidence) pregnancy complication so you're not likely to encounter it, but it's worth having heard of in case you do.  (In fact, I learned that one woman I grew up with has it.)
  • "Test leads to needless c-sections" from The Philadelphia Inquirer - It's not news to me, but it probably is news to most mainstream Americans how ineffective electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) really can be in detecting and/or preventing complications.
  • "Dads and Doulas: Five Reasons Dads Should Demand a Doula" from About.com -Excellent pass-along article for those uncertain about the reasons for having another person /stranger "intruding" on their birth experience.
  • Formula Fed America - A documentary about many of the current issues surrounding breastfeeding vs. formula feeding in America.  I have high hopes that this film with gives lots of information that is easily accessed by the public and can be used as a good teaching/conversation tool.  Site has a "Demand it!" button to request it show in your area, so spread the word!
  • "Overheard Hospital Roommate Discussion on Formula vs. Breastfeeding" at StorkStories - Nice example of the merits of discussion vs. debate, and parents helping parents.
  • "Shame on PBS Frontline, "The Vaccine War"" by Jay Gordon MD FAAP
  • Their Fertile Words - A brand new site that combines MyOBsaidWHAT?!? with GivesMeHope, "a place to find stories and quotes of kind, nurturing words of support, advice, humor, and experience given to women from menarche to menopause, from TTC to postpartum, in victory or loss, and always with love."
  • "How 'Bout We All Just Help Each Other Out?" from The Feminist Breeder -  Good question.  It says something sad about our culture that we're so afraid of offering and accepting help, but I think we all know that.
  • "Baby Mamas (Put A Sling On It)" - I originally linked to this on Facebook from Denver Doula but here it is on YouTube.  Three babywearing mamas parody Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", and a good time was had by all.

Jena Vincent of Abundance Massage

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