Monthly Archives: July 2007

Red flags abound

Thanks again to Rachel at Women’s Health News for leading me to this great post: signs that it’s time to look for a new care giver for your birth. (Rachel, you’ve been on fire. I haven’t even linked to all the links in your blog I want to link to, or my site would just turn into a Rachel fan site.)

My favorites included:

4. The practice won’t release their cesarean rates. (My comment: if they are a perinatologist practice with lots of high risk patients and multiples, they can obviously explain a high cesarean rate and still give you the information)

9. You’re told that you’re not allowed to have a doula.

11. Your questions are dismissed, ignored, or found to be irritating. “Just let me worry about that.”

12. “Oh, just get the epidural. You don’t get a metal (sic) for a natural birth.”

I added:

Anyone who suggests induction for convenience. You want to have the baby with a few weeks of summer left before school starts for the other kids? You want to have the baby right before Christmas to make it easier on you and the family (and the doctor?) As long as you’re here today and you are in your safe dates, how about having a baby today? As long as it’s your due date, (one day past your due date) how about having the baby today? Since I have a busy weekend and I have to cover for two other doctors, how about having the baby today?*

Anyone who never mentions breastfeeding.

I would also amend #12 to include lots of dismissive comments I have heard about “natural” birth, including:

You don’t deserve to feel any pain. (So, the 70% or so women in the world who give birth without anesthesia do?)

You’ll be screaming for drugs the minute you come in, I know these things.

* I actually heard about the “I have to cover for two other doctors and I am going to have a busy weekend” comment this week from a doula friend. The doctor used it to pressure a mother and father into induction (well, technically it’s augmentation, but it’s pretty close) and hung up on them after yelling at them over the phone in the hospital. The couple was in the hospital, not the doctor. (I want to add “Of course” here, but that would be really snotty.) He wanted the woman, who was contracting and dilating, and wanted an “unmedicated” birth, to be given pitocin, which speeds up and intensifies contractions. The mother caved and agreed to the pitocin, then she asked for pain meds to control the excruciating contractions, and had the baby in ONE HOUR. Normal? Safe? No, precipitous and dangerous, and it’s mandatory to list births like that on the Florida Birth Certificate. Few complications make it on the birth certificate form (the part that collects statistics, not the part that is sent to the parents), but births under three hours do.

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There are still some left, and apparently, they can type

You know, when I hear the polls saying there are still supporters of the current administration’s policies, I think they are either employees of Halliburton or other defense contracting companies, or my immediate family. I even think my family is holding their breath and waiting for this fiasco of a presidency to be over. Well, I can only hope.

I was STUNNED when I read this supposed parody of the Democratic National Convention on a friend of a friend’s blog. Since the replies have to be approved, I decided to publish my reply here. I am seriously doubting it will be approved.

*edit* It was approved. Surprised. She said I am cranky and can’t take a “joke” and am a hater. I replied again.*

“Wow. Wow. I can’t believe our country has been raped for 6 years, and this is what you can come up with. I guess you are one of those last 20% or so of the population that still thinks the administration is doing a good job?

Ummm, gays should be able to get married. This isn’t even a real issue. It is what is called a “wedge” issue, because it is the only way to get haters and bigots like you to the polls.

Osama Bin Laden? Bush is the one who said he doesn’t even care where he is anymore – IN A PRESS CONFERENCE! Do you know where he is? PAKISTAN? Do you know where OUR troops are dying? IRAQ! Do you know whose company is making billions of dollars off of our involvement there off of NO BID CONTRACTS? (Oh, wait, isn’t that called socialism? Nah, that’s only if I want kids to get health care!) Halliburton!

There is proper etiquette, for invading companies and leaving. I am sure this administration will not follow the proper etiquette for leaving after THEY HAVE ALREADY LOST. We have not even secured the road from the airport to the green zone! In FIVE YEARS!!

World War II was WON in FOUR YEARS! You can bet they have gotten some good work done on that pipeline, however. Who cares about the 3,000 + soldiers who have died and tens of thousands who were injured for nothing? The hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians we have killed? We’ll keep letting our soldiers die in what is now a civil war because YOU don’t want to surrender.

Oh, and Jacques Chirac isn’t president of France anymore. I know how much fun it is make fun of entire ethnicities of people, but the French aren’t “cowards”. Why don’t you complain about the other 200 countries who also disagree with us?

If the US (under Bush) is so right about Iraq, where is this coalition of the willing? Do you really think the whole world is evil, or is it just your president?

I am glad Paige showed me this post. It will be the last time I go to your blog. Please visit my blog sometime and see how to discuss issues and promote dialog.”

Why am I still stunned? I guess the same reason I was shocked when I read the testimony of the former surgeon general talking about being forced to not release or discuss science and health, but that he was supposed to glorify Bush three times a page in every speech. Scientific information bad, blind yes-man, good. I guess the same way I am still shocked that the Guantanamo prison complex is still open, that Paris Hilton spent more time in jail than Scooter Libby, that the accounting oversight for the money spent on contractors in the Iraq war was suspended and sent home years ago, that the non governmental health organizations in Iraq are forbidden by us from even estimating the civilian casualties, that Cheney said he is immune from secrecy laws because he is NOT A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, that the guy who authored the torture memo, Alberto Gonzales, is still the attorney general after lying to congress and the rest of the world. (Was it about a blow job? No, it was over corrupting the Department of Justice by firing states attorney generals for not targeting Democrats for investigations. You know, stuff that isn’t important to some people who think we are just supposed to hate each other at the expense of good government. Like certain bloggers.)

OK, I am done. For now. I just love my country and I am sick of it being ruined by greedy haters who would rather blindly follow an idiot than self examine.

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Welcome to Cancerland

I love Barbara Ehrenreich. LOVE her. I saw her speak after she wrote Nickel and Dimed. I have her have-to-be-incredible Glass Mountain Pamphlets on my wish list on Amazon.

I stumbled upon this wonderful, powerful essay she wrote about her breast cancer experience called Welcome to Cancerland. Here is an excerpt:

“No, this is not my sisterhood. For me at least, breast cancer will never be a source of identity or pride. As my dying correspondent Geni wrote: “IT IS NOT O.K.!” What it is, along with cancer generally or any slow and painful way of dying, is an abomination, and, to the extent that it’s manmade, also a crime. This is the one great truth that I bring out of the breast-cancer experience, which did not, I can now report, make me prettier or stronger, more feminine or spiritual-only more deeply angry. What sustained me through the “treatments” is a purifying rage, a resolve, framed in the sleepless nights of chemotherapy, to see the last polluter, along with, say, the last smug health insurance operative, strangled with the last pink ribbon. Cancer or no cancer, I will not live that long of course. But I know this much right now for sure: I will not go into that last good night with a teddy bear tucked under my arm.”

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I am amazed

Thanks to Rachel at Women’s Health News for this post about the former surgeon general. He was encouraged to repeatedly remove accurate scientific information (about stem cell research, AIDS and global health, health in prisons, mental health, secondhand smoke, you know…political issues) or to support ineffective policies (like abstinence only education). In fact, he was even discouraged from supporting the friggin SPECIAL OLYMPICS because there is a prominent liberal family involved with the foundation. He was even ordered to mention President Bush’s name THREE TIMES A PAGE in every speech. What??

I am not amazed that the Bush administration would sink this low. I am amazed that I was shocked when I heard it. I am amazed that I still have surprise and shock that this could happen in the United States. Anyone who allows it to happen is NOT a patriot, no matter what he or she may call themselves. I am thoroughly offended as a future physician, as a mother, and as a citizen.

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Walking in your footsteps

I saw the Police last night. It was a mostly fantastic concert. (Stadium acoustics leave a little bit to be desired when you are in the nosebleed seats.) The best song, by far, was Walking in Your Footsteps, with Stewart Copeland all over the place with great percussion, including a gong as big as he was. I can’t believe three old guys play that well together and can make that much beautiful music with no backup singers or studio musicians.

Here are the lyrics. I wonder if the next civilization on Earth will be filling SUVs with fuel made from our bones? Still relevant today:

Fifty million years ago

You walked upon the planet so,

Lord of all that you could see

Just a little bit like me,

Walking in your footsteps,

Walking in your footsteps.

Walking in your footsteps,

Walking in your footsteps.

Hey Mr. Dinosaur

You really couldn’t ask for more.

You were God’s favorite creature,

But you didn’t have a future,

Walking in your footsteps,

Walking in your footsteps.

Walking in your footsteps,

Walking in your footsteps.

Hey there mighty brontosaurus

Don’t you have a message for us.

You thought your rule would always last

There were no lessons in your past.

You were built three stories high

They say you would not hurt a fly

If we explode the atom bomb,

Would they say that we were dumb.

Walking in your footsteps,

Walking in your footsteps.

Walking in your footsteps,

Walking in your footsteps.

Fifty million years ago

They walked upon the planet so

They live in a museum

It’s the only place you’ll see ‘em.

Walking in your footsteps

They say the meek shall inherit the earth….

They say the meek shall inherit the earth….

Walking in your footsteps

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Wow, more paranoid than me!

Happy Sunday, everybody.

Here is a very funny link that explains the finer details of why our WiFi is killing our babies. Watch out!

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Boycotting Nestlé?

Baby milk zone has declared July 2 – 8 to be a Nestlé free week. I am always up for a good boycott, especially against a company who is killing infants in the third world by STILL inappropriately promoting formula over breastfeeding. Based on their company list, the only issue I am going to have is with the Purina food my animals eat. I am not a big fan of Hot Pockets.

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