Wow, holy (hopefully) similar lives batman! I just came across this great article about a woman, Martha Carter who has had an even crazier life trajectory than me. The best thing is that she’s done so much that is similar to what I hope to accomplish- always keeping her love of women, babies and health care somewhere in the equation.
Please read. It’s so fun to hear about a phenomenal woman and what they’ve put on their plates and managed to accomplish.
I’ve always been told that ‘wearing your baby’ is the best thing you can do as a mom, or dad. Babies like to be close to their parents. The warmth and heartbeat of mom and dad are soothing, calming, and parents have been carrying their infants since the beginning of time.
With each of my three children, I tried the baby sling- the one that goes over one shoulder and acts like a little sack that they can sit in.
I had seen moms and dads carrying their babes (and toddlers) in these contraptions, and I was impressed. Two hands free with your baby on your hip. The problem was that my infants just didn’t take to it. They didn’t seem to like the ‘C’ shape that was forced on their little bodies and arched their backs in protest. They seemed to get lost in there, and the top of the sling would cover their face, which made me more than a little nervous. It hurt my shoulder. I couldn’t get it to be comfortable for either myself or my kids. I eventually gave up- feeling defeated and not quite up to snuff compared with all my hippy-mama friends who seemed to sling with ease.
It’s a great idea although people who really don’t have money are probably already doing many of the things listed in this book-no offense Joy and Rebecca.
When my (then) boyfriend and I got pregnant back in 1996, we had no money at all. We were pretty much unemployed, and then underemployed. I was on WIC, and got a free car seat out of deal too. Our families did throw us some modest baby showers, but because the news of a baby out-off-wedlock was not exactly welcome, they were not large affairs. When we did marry (when our child was 9 months old) our first tax return showed that we made $10,500 in ’96-jointly.
I recently joined the RN Response Network (RNRN) with hopes of going to Haiti for a couple of weeks to help out the laboring women there. The RNRN has over 8300 nurse volunteers ready to go, but the problem is that they don’t have enough money to send them. Please consider giving a donation to the “Send a Nurse” fund.
OK- So this is unrelated to birth, but in my opinion it’s a huge women’s health issue. Mammography.
Hello, my name is Lori, I am 40, and I have crappy health insurance. Like a good informed citizen, I got a mammogram shortly after my 40th birthday because that was the ‘right’ thing to do according to the medical powers that be. This decision was made by me based on the recommendation and guidelines, that were changed just today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. I am applauding this decision and here’s why.
On November 15th 1917, the warden of Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to torture the women sufferagists who were being held there. They had been thrown in jail for picketing Woodrow Wilson’s White house-trying to get the word out about a woman’s right to vote. By the end of that night, many of the women were barely alive.
Being somewhat of a fan and student of the first american feminist era- the 1910’s and 20’s, I would just like to call your attention to the brave women who fought, and eventually won our right to vote. I think it’s important to remember them.
Ok. First off I would like to thank my buddy Vicki for coining the phrase “midwife crisis”. She’s a funny gal, who happens to be very supportive of my decision to go back to school at age 40. And it truly was a crisis…….
On Monday, I emailed the wonderful midwifery director to tell her that I would be re-applying to the program for May 2010. (YAY!)
Although I have wanted this for 18 years, when I withdrew my first application last spring, I was somewhat relieved. I hadn’t really re-visited my feelings on the subject too often, until just last Sunday when the overwhelming urge to birth babies came back and hit my like a ton of bricks. Then, after a conversation with my hubby, it was decided that I needed to do this once-and-for-all. Then I got scared- the sick to the stomach kind.
Wow! The blank piece of ‘paper’ seems very large and ominous, but I suppose every blogger or author has had this moment. Here it goes…
Hi Everybody. My name is Lori and for the last eight years, I have been the COO and co-owner of a smallish web development and search engine marketing company in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am also the mother of three children, a partner in a successful marriage to my wonderful hubby Chris, and a former teacher, social worker, waitress, and Registered Nurse.
Back in 1991 I graduated from SUNY Albany (yes, I am that old) with a degree in English and Women’s Studies. It’s the women studies portion that changed my life. That year, I decided the best way I could help disenfranchised women was to help empower them through birth. I wanted to be a midwife.