I get sent all sorts of stories and newsbits, but they are overwhelmingly not the happiest pieces of information. I would love it if people sent me some great things. Anyone?
My first baby was a homebirth. After reading all your thoughts on the CPM certification, I feared that as a young mom I had been naive and foolish. Did I choose my midwife wisely? So I decided to take a chance and google her (it has been many years and several babies since we last met, we both have moved to different states.) The first site was listed under her name and was a "warning" site for moms and dads to avoid her. My heart sank. Then I read the site more carefully -- turns out this family was flaming mad because after 8 months of care she dropped them because the pregnant mother, who was older for having her first child, was having protein in her urine and high blood pressure. After trying diet and herbs, it didn't help, so my old midwife refused to continue care and sent them on to an OB and the women "had" to have a hospital birth. YAY! I felt happy and proud. I really did try to research a lot before hiring her -- she had the CPM and LDEM certifications and had worked as an OB tech in a big area hospital. She did a lot of continuing education and gave us a huge binder of info when we signed on for our birth. I'm so glad to hear she is living up to the promises she made - to be a "low risk" midwife who cares for mothers and babies more than her own reputation.
I don't know how to send this to you, but my good news is that my son born on March 19th is doing awesome :) Like another poster, he is almost 21 pounds and 26 inches long. He was born at home after a quick easy labor weighing 7.4, so he's come a long way in such a short amount of time!
Successfully got through early latching issues, quickly weaned from a nipple shield, and got over thrush all within the first six weeks post partum. Thank God for concerned midwife and awesome LCs! I'm glad we were a confident nursing team by the time we saw my SIL, who told me last year she believes nursing is "private" becauseit made her uncomfortable to see nursing pairs and because she had heard men say it turned them on... But she enjoyed watching me nurse and asking questions. Soon enough, it wasn't a big deal to her at all, and she saw how nursing solves 9 of 10 infant complaints. :) I was honest about our challenges, but also about how worth it everything was. Hooray for renormalization!
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