primroseburrows: (whattheshit)
There's a PROMO VIDEO for the baby shooter.

I'm appalled, insulted, amused, embarrassed, and disgusted. ALL AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME.
primroseburrows: (birthsecret by)
I think you can drive this down the street and SHOOT BABIES AT PEOPLE..


Also, this? Needs to become an icon somewhere around immediately:

primroseburrows: (whattheshit)
An excerpt from Marsden Wagner's book Born in the USA:

Florida woman forced to have Caesarean section against her will )

Original blog article is here.

Ms P's whole name is Laura Pendleton. A link to the lawsuit ruling is here (.pdf file)

In summary: The hospital called the cops on her, and the GOVERNMENT took away her reproductive rights by forcing her to have MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY against her will. Holy shit.

Obviously, neither the hospital nor the Florida courts have read this (taken from here):

It's called INFORMED CHOICE, America )


This may very well be the scariest thing I've read about birth, ever, and I've been reading about birth since I was a child, and about birth politics since I was a teenager. WTF, AMERICA? (well, okay, Florida, but last time I looked Florida was still a US state).


Okay, now I'm going to bed because I worked all night and I'm knackered.
primroseburrows: (group w)
  • Some things I don't get:

    • Twitter. I watched the video and everything. Nope, still don't get it.

    • Elective Caesareans, a.k.a. Please Perform Major Abdominal Surgery On Me For No Medical Reason Whatsoever. With this mentality I should be able to get an appendectomy just because it's Sunday and I feel like one. No wonder the US Caesarean rate is 31.1% with a bullet. Quote from here:

      "I liked the idea of knowing what day and time my baby would arrive so I could schedule my parents to be here, a baby nurse, and furniture delivery[.]"

      Um, sure.Go right ahead and put yourself and your baby at risk for convenient furniture delivery. Also, baby nurse? People still have baby nurses? Wow.

    • American Idol and the whole frenzied fanatacism surrounding it. And not just because I loathe just about everything the show stands for.

      There have been plenty of talent programs in TV history that haven't used contestant humiliation as a gimmick (Community Auditions and Star Search, for example). Why has this one, and why is it so freakishly popular despite (or maybe because of) it?

    • How this isn't torture. wtf?

    • Hillary Clinton. She's a smart woman, so why can't she see that she's undermining the Democrats' chances in November by staying in the race? I get that it's a great way for the whole country to have a say in the primary election, but it sucks for the Dems. Yes, I'm supporting Obama, but I'd say the same thing if the situation was reversed.

      Also, I still don't know how I feel about Michigan and Florida. Yes, everyone's vote should be counted. But IIRC Obama didn't participate because he thought that the votes wouldn't be counted, so the outcome wouldn't be fair. One thing I'm positive of: I would definitely not want to be Howard Dean right about now.

      And. Sen. Clinton changing her mind about the whole thing now that she's not the frontrunner? Not On, Hillary, Not On. Besides, in the end it's not one person, one vote anyway. It's all down to the superdelegates and the Electoral College.

    • The Electoral College. See above. I'm sorry, Founding Fathers, but you missed the boat on this one.





  • Some things I do get:




  • A thing I want to get:

    • This. When I have $301.99 plus tax, that is. And to think that until today I had no idea such a wonderful thing existed. I emailed them anyway.Just for future reference, understand.


Obviously I'm procrastinating. Must get out of avoidance mode and go be a Responsible Adult (not easy to do and I'm not looking forward to it). Bleh.
primroseburrows: (tree of life)
From [livejournal.com profile] birth_is_normal. Gods, this is gorgeous. And triumphant and inspiring and all those good words:



In other news, I think my writers' block is going away! \0

So, to give it a push,

Name a character and I'll tell you three (or more) facts about them from my own personal pseudocanon.

(meme lifted from [livejournal.com profile] dragonflymuse)


Also, if anyone has any ABBA, could you share? I'd love to hear me some ABBA (shut up), and I don't want to open my computer-sucking file-getting program to get it.
primroseburrows: (SA: gtpoint)
In case anyone cares, and even if you don't, the answers to my fandom love letter meme are under the cut )


In other news, after fits and starts, I'm finally finished watching H20. Holy Jesus on a unicycle, talk about an edge-of-your-seat story. The sequel? Cannot be here fast enough. *bites nails*

Oh, and on a related (at least in the synapses of my weird and overactive brain) subject: Stephen Harper and Paul Gross were born on the same day.
They don't just share a birthday, may it do ya, they were born on the same day. Coincidence or Evil Plot? Discuss. (the fact that Willie Nelson was born exactly 26 years earlier may or may not be noteworthy).


In birth news, the news isn't good.

C-Section rate rises to 30.2% )

[livejournal.com profile] patchfire says this, and she's right:

"The rate, the article notes, has risen by half since 1996, undoubtedly a result of ACOG's reversal on VBAC. This is, quite simply, intolerable. Caesarean section is surgery and should be reserved for times when it is needed. Not when the doctor is impatient, or the non-medically necessary induction didn't quite take, or the bag of water has just been broken 'too long' without a sign of infection. Most authorities suggest rates should be somewhere between five and fifteen percent, depending on the source."

Also, listen to this. Finally, someone mainstream is admitting that External Fetal Monitors don't change the outcomes in any way except to increase the already outrageously high Caeserian rate, and that the only reason docs use them is so they won't get sued (the guy who invented them even said they should only be used for high-risk births). And it's nice to know that at even though EFMs are epidemic, at least the latest Stupid Gadget didn't getting accepted without question. NPR actually says "births that occur in hospitals", acknowledging that um, no, not all births do occur in hospitals. They do persist in calling birth a "medical event", though, which it is NOT, unless a. There's an actual problem, in which case the problem is the medical event, not the birth, or b. So many interventions are used by obstetricians (and yes, a lot of nurse-midwives) that it becomes a medical event.
primroseburrows: (birthsecret by)
Under the cut are some postgraduate courses offered by ACOG )
primroseburrows: (SA: geoffrey ellen OTP)
I'm almost impressed that this press release actually appears on the ACOG website.

It's accompanied, of course, by with disclaimer:

Studies published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of ACOG. ACOG is the national organization representing over 51,000 members who provide health care for women..

Hence the 'almost'. Because it's not like ACOG is actually planning on DOING anything about it.


In other, far less serious news, I am v. v. amused by this bit of badinage:

In which Missy attempts to draw out my inner bitch, who apparently is on permanent holiday in Rio. (note: not a whit of her comment is even close to her actual opinion. Except the part about Ewan McGregor. *g*)

Also GIP! Because one can never have too many Geoffrey/Ellen icons.
primroseburrows: (SA: gtheaddesk)
Well, gee, whaddya know?

Caesarean birth triples maternal death risk

cut for mild rantage )

And now, for something completely different:

Fannish meme variation )


In other news, my (very overpriced) copy of Hard Core Roadshow arrived yesterday, yay!

And today, my (also very overpriced) copy of Bernie Taupin's Tribe showed up. The overpricedness is because both items are out of print. My buying them is one reason I tend to be broke.

Anyway, even though there's two, maybe three of you tops that would want this, here's the file I've been trying to get for ages, and the reason I bought the CD in the first place. That and well, it's Bernie, and well. It's Bernie. :)

Bernie Taupin - Billy Fury


I might even do a proper review of it later on and pretend everyone cares.

Oh, yes. I heart the fantasy world inside my head. *twirls*
primroseburrows: (birthsecret (by patchfire))
Copied from [livejournal.com profile] patchfire's LJ:


"Through the act of controlling birth, we disassociate ourselves with its raw power. Disassociation makes it easier to identify with our 'civilized' nature, deny our 'savage' roots and connection with indigenous cultures. Birth simultaneously encompasses the three events that civilized societies fear - birth, death, and sexuality."

- Holly Richards, "Cultural Messages of Childbirth: The Perpetration of Fear."




Also, I feel a long fileshare post coming on. Probably tonight. This could be good or bad, and all.

Also#2, can anyone get me the lyrics to the Headstones' "Nickels for Your Nightmares"? That would be the song itself, not the entire album, natch. Um.

I don't need the song file; I have it already. For some weird reason I can't find the lyrics anywhere on Google, which means either Google sucks or I do. I'm going with teh Google. Either that or it's some weird conspiracy between the interwebz and a shadow government of some terror state, the focus of which is entirely dedicated to make sure I never learn the words to this one particular song, because it might end up being like that "Louie Louie, ohhh, ohhh, we gotta go, yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeah" debacle, and OMG THAT WOULD BE TERRIBLE. [/blithery randomness]
primroseburrows: (tree of life)
I'm really almost ready to go to bed, but since I'm feeling sort of blah, partly because I hate moving and I have to work tomorrow and I have a zillion things to do, and partly because I'm halfway to ninety another year older, I figured I'd do something to cheer myself up before bed.

So I watched this:

Psalm and Zoya: The Unassisted Homebirth of Our Twins )

Anyway, I'm going to bed now. It's so late that it's early and I'm still feeling blah physically. But yeah, I recommend this video to anyone who's pregnant, or wants to be, or is involved with birth at all. It's realistic, and it's enchanting and captivating BECAUSE it's realistic.
primroseburrows: (manny)
ZOMG, not a DEVIL BABY!


The sad thing is? In the US, she'd probably get her way.


ETA: Happy 34th birthday to Manny Ramirez!
primroseburrows: (whattheshit)
[livejournal.com profile] patchfire and I are each enrolled in ALACE's Childbirth Educator course. One of the requirements is to tour hospitals and/or freestanding birth centers in our communities. I haven't done mine yet ([livejournal.com profile] songdog, hopefully will come along, and [livejournal.com profile] mr_t00by, I hope, with proper scheduling). It's hospitals for me, since there are no actual freestanding birth centers in RI.

[livejournal.com profile] patchfire toured the notorious Northside Hospital in Atlanta, and wrote about it in [livejournal.com profile] birth_is_normal.

Here's her post (note: she told me that the tour guide actually used the term "lovely gown". I should be amused).

Her description sounds a lot like Women and Infants' Hospital in Providence, which I'll be touring.

oddly unexpected rant about the American way of Birth. Do not click unless you want a virtual earful, with a side of sarcasm. )

Bleh. This wasn't going to be MY rant about U.S. birth culture; I was just linking and giving a "what she said" to [livejournal.com profile] patchfire's post. Brought back some bad memories, I guess. Ick.

On a positive note about this hospital, they've got one heck of a women's oncology unit.

But yeah. What she said. *sigh*

I guess my Big Update and Sox-beat-Yankees celebration and my unexpected but not unwelcome opinion of Johnny Damon will have to wait. Eep.
primroseburrows: (birthchoice)
From an article linked in [livejournal.com profile] naturalbirth:


Triplets, vaginal birth, mum breastfeeding.

Obviously, this isn't America.


ETA: The original post is locked (the community is, I believe), but the article is public, so I don't feel I'm violating anything. Go, read.
primroseburrows: (rose garden)
Quick post from work, to call attention to this:

The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project.

From the front page:

Did you know…that the United States ranks behind at least 30 other nations in maternal mortality rates according to the World Health Organization. In 1996, the United States reported 12 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, up from 8 per 100,000 in 1991.

Did you know…that black women in the United States have 4 times the risk of dying from childbirth or childbirth related complications. Hispanic women in the United States, similarly, are 1.6 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to die from pregnancy-related causes.

The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project is a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates and to honor those women who have died of pregnancy-related causes during the past twenty years. The Project was the vision of Ina May Gaskin, midwifery pioneer and author of the classic book Spiritual Midwifery, who has been instrumental in bringing this issue to the public light.

The Quilt Project's sponsor is the Safe Motherhood Initiatives, USA, an organization founded to improve maternal mortality rates in the United States.
primroseburrows: (rose garden)
[livejournal.com profile] kukupello (and others on my flist from Finland) might be interested to know that as of 1997, Finland has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world, with 3.9 out of 1000 infant deaths in the first year of life.

The others in the top five are:

2.Singapore (4.0)
3. Japan (4.0)
4.Sweden(4.2)
5.Switzerland (5.0)



[livejournal.com profile] mr_t00by, you might want to tell your friends in Munich that Germany ranks ninth with 5.1 out of 1000.

Anyone want to guess where the UK, Canada and the US are on the list?
Click here after you guess )

More stats:

The infant mortality rate for black infants was twice that for white infants from 1998-2000. Poverty and lower levels of education are cited here as a couple of reasons, but I don't see a citation of source for that info.

Hispanic infants have a lower IMR than whites. It's speculated by some that this is due to the fact that Hispanic women are more likely to use midwives (in Texas in 1986, when midwives attended 5,832 births for mostly Hispanic women, the IMR for the midwives was 3.6 per 1000, compared to the doctor's rate of 9 (Stats from ALACE CBE training manual, quoted from Friends of Homebirth Newsletter).


I'm getting SO much information out of this course, and I'm just finishing the reading on the first module.


Oh, and book rec for anyone who either is or whose partner or loved one is thinking about becoming pregnant, is pregnant, or is either a birth professional or might like to be one. Also for anyone, anyone at all who doesn't think that birth is a feminist issue (and a lot of those who dont, surprisingly are women!.

Birth As an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis-Floyd

I read parts of the first edition of this book back when I was first starting to investigate All Things Midwife (for a profession, not for myself). I actually didn't read much of it, although it was sitting on my shelf for years. Now I have to buy it again, because I no longer have it, and just reading one part of it that's reprinted in my training manual makes me want to start reading it again right this second (it should be here tomorrow or Thursday at the least). Fortunately, it's one of my required reading books for the course. The books on this list sound so very good, I don't think it's going to be a chore at all to read them. Elizabeth says that what I'm learning with ALACE should dovetail quite nicely with her midwifery course. Speaking of which, I should be able to send off the deposit for THAT programme tomorrow!

Things are going well. Except for not being packed, not having clean clothes, not having pre-trip shopping done yet, not having a set schedule for Mary and Caleb to (alternately) feed my cats/fish. I'm gonna have to force myself to do most of that tomorrow. Ah, my dear friend Procrastination, I can always count on you!
primroseburrows: (birthsecret)
Boston Catholic Charities Halts Adoptions

*sigh*

I know it's the right of any religion to prohibit anything they want (even if I don't like it), but I'm still sad about this one. Especially since Catholic Charities doesn't want to stop, and unanimously voted consider gay and Lesbian applicants right along with every other prospective household.


In other news, my ALACE materials have arrived! It all looks v. interesting and I can't wait to get started! I've mailed off my payment plan contract and YAY!

And also, I'm still waiting to hear from Heart and Hands. Elizabeth Davis left a message on my machine (OMG ELIZABETH DAVIS CALLED MEEE![/fangirl]) explaining the tuition payments and also wanted to speak to me about whether I would be a good candidate for distance learning. I don't see why I wouldn't, but *shrug*. I called back and left HER a message. Now I'm just waiting. But whee! for things moving in the right direction.

Oh, and woah! I have lost fifteen pounds, y0. Not done yet, but, wow anyway. And this evening I'm going to the 13th birthday party of my friend's daughter Katy, who is sort of my (and DD Mary's) goddesschild. Her birth was the first birth I attended in a doula capacity (or ANY capacity besides being the one giving birth). *celebrates* Thirteen years. 'Bout time I actually became what I want to be when I grow up, huh?

And at this time next week I will be in (hopefully) sunny Atlanta with my [livejournal.com profile] patchfire and her lovely family.

Life, at the moment, is good.

*borrows [livejournal.com profile] patchfire's icon*

ETA: WOAH. Mere minutes after I finished this post, Elizabeth called back! She thinks I should do well in the distance programme. I should be enrolling by 1 April. That loud whoop you heard? Was me.

I AM SO EXCITED LIEK OMGOMGOMG!!!!

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