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May172010

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I am attempting to put the final touches on my birth plan for my upcoming hospital VBAC. I am taking the Navel Gazing Midwife's advice and keeping short and sweet, leaving off the obvious and the items I know my hospital already encourages. I have the right Dr, I have picked *my* best option for hospitals, I am having a pretty dreamy pregnancy...........hopefully it can come together in the end.

I see my largest obstacle being the NPO hospital policy as I have hypoglycemia and not eating or drinking just does not work for me.

Any advice?

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherly

I came to post my blog entry and I see someone beat me to it!

What I can add however is that this new "woman-centred" framework means no HBAC will be allowed in the govt's homebirth scheme. Our hospitals have appalling rates of vbac - unsurprisingly - so that's obviously the message we're supposed to take away from these measures to control our bodies. Midwife-attended homebirth outside of this framework is going to be illegal and there is already a crackdown on family birthing (freebirth) across the country.

Sickening. Heartbreaking. The govt has so tightly controlled the spin on this for two years now that no newspaper will print the reality of what's being done to Australian women. This is not only removing our basic right to autonomy around healthcare but also introducing personhood of the foetus.

Thanks, Heatherly. :-)

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Fraser

Oops I mean, thanks Amy. I read the comment author wrong!

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Fraser

Clear Gatorade and http://www.justinsnutbutter.com/products.php. You could squeeze some in your mouth when surrounded by your support team.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

For Heatherly,

Read and follow the links from this post in Science & Sensibility about eating/drinking in labor

I would print out what the Cochrane review says about it and bring it with you to the hospital. And of course there's always staying home as long as possible so you can eat and drink as you please and then sneak food and drink at the hospital

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracie

The individual packs is what I would pack for food, not the jars.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Last time there was an open thread I freaked out and blurted out that I might be pregnant. Well, I am pregnant, and I am no longer freaked out! LOL. Now, I am pumped up because even though it's early, and people who are much more superstitious than I am think I shouldn't be talking about my birth plans until I'm 12weeks, I know I'm gearing up for my first home birth! I was so concerned about my lack of insurance, and the CPM's of my city (Sacramento, CA) inability to accept Medi-cal, and our savings being depleted, that I was sure I would again be robbed of my home birth due to my finances.

On the contrary, I found midwives who not only give a discount for women who qualify for medical ($2800) for the birth, they also have a BITCHING KICK ASS payment plan...making my dream of a home birth a reality! Oh, I'm due in January by the way. Everyone thinks I already have 3boys, this will be my girl. I say no way, the powers that be know there is only room for one chick in this house! :-) I rule this nest!

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrice

So enough with the personal boring stuff..I read a post of facebook from someone whose names escapes me, however i thought I post the link she posted here. I was very pissed off by this DISinformation campaign regarding cloth diapers!

Here is the link

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrice

Janet, I loved your version of the Quality and Safety Framework.

May 17, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill
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