I love learning

From Motherstyles - my mothering style comes as no surprise! ;)

Your type is: intp —The “Love of Learning” Mother

“I keep the encyclopedia in the kitchen so we can look up things together while we eat.”

  • Intellectually curious and patient, the INTP mother relishes those times with a child when they are learning something interesting together. Whether they’re at the zoo or computer terminal, she sparks to answering his or her “whys” with in-depth responses or new knowledge.
  • The INTP mother is also objective and introspective. She listens to and discusses children’s ideas and questions as she would those of a peer, fostering self-esteem and confidence. Open and non-directive, she allows children the freedom to do for themselves and quietly encourages them to believe they can do it.
  • Independence, autonomy, intellectual development, and self-reliance are probably the INTP’s highest priorities for her children. An avid reader, she naturally imparts an appreciation and love of reading as well.
  • Drawn to all types of learning, the INTP may also value her mothering experience for all the new insights about life it provides her.

Lists of Five

I got this idea from Midnight in the Sun who says she “stole” it from Tipp (whom I do not know).

What I was doing ten years ago:

1. Planning my May wedding
2. Working for a computer consulting firm doing HR stuff
3.  Auditioning for and deciding on schools for continued vocal study
4. Eating lots of Mexican food (boy how I miss TexMex!)
5. Learning music for a summer opera program

Five things on my To-do list today:

1. Course preparation before I teach at 9:10am
2. Change my deductions on my W4
3. Request my medical records from the OB’s office and the two hospitals in town
4. Finish my vocology application (eek!)
5. Do laundry tonight after DD goes to bed

Five Snacks I enjoy:

1. Anything chocolate, as long as it’s not unnaturally flavored with strawberry, orange, raspberry, etc.
2. Chips & salsa
3. Wheat thins
4. Yogurt
5. Scones from the Business School coffee stand

Things I would do if I were a millionaire:

1. Pay off my student debt, my husband’s student debt, and any other family member’s student debt, and buy my house
2. Travel for pleasure
3. Hire a maid/cook
4. Donate to important advocacy groups
5. Freelance

Five Bad Habits:

1. I procrastinate, oh do I procrastinate!!!
2. Spend too much time on the internet
3. Spread myself too thin – way over-committed to too many things (according to my husband and my mother)
4. Don’t always brush my teeth or wash my face before bed
5. Sabotage good habits like regular practice, exercise, and good eating

Five places I have lived:

1. California (born there)
2. Oklahoma
3. Texas
4. Alabama (shudder)
5. Indiana

Five Jobs I have Had:

1. PR assistant for CNN during a national political convention
2. Performed and waited tables at an Italian restaurant
3. Opera singer (still am)
4. Human resources manager for a computer consulting firm
5. Assistant to a Mayor (mostly scheduling and some liaison work with the PR folks)

I hope some of these things come as a surprise to those of you who know me!

Tag surfer

Just because I’m bored and have nothing particularly inspired to say and am procrastinating grading species counterpoint . . .

Have you WordPress users ever looked at your TAG SURFER?  I’ve weeded out a few of my tags, but it’s amazing what still shows up.  Like:

  • A really really long sermon about Joshua and stones . . . or something
  • A post about a daughter’s relationship with her mother
  • Something about the Patriots-Colts game (which I couldn’t care less about) and Vikings-Chargers
  • The Art of Divine Contentment by T. Watson
  • A list of new AfrAm books at a local library
  • A Long & Tragic Story (wow, I wonder how long that took to create!)
  • Things in languages that even I don’t recognize!

Time to let the dog back into the house . . .

And if you are as bored as I, please give some love to my blogroll!

Amniotomy? No thank you!

I am glad to see more attention being given to the problem of artificial rupture of membranes (AROM), also known as amniotomy.  I am encouraged to see this because I believe AROM is what lead to my unnecesarean.

Authors’ conclusions (Cochrane Review, July 13, 2007)

On the basis of the findings of this review, we cannot recommend that amniotomy should be introduced routinely as part of standard labour management and care. We do recommend that the evidence presented in this review should be made available to women offered an amniotomy and may be useful as a foundation for discussion and any resulting decisions made between women and their caregivers.

[Click here to read the review abstract.]

A few articles in the press that piqued my interest:

Childbirth: purposely breaking water does not speed deliveryNew York Times
“We advise women whose labors are progressing normally to request their waters be left intact,” said the lead author, Dr. Rebecca Smyth, a research associate at the University of Liverpool. “There is no evidence that leaving the waters intact causes any problems, and there is not sufficient evidence to suggest any benefit to either themselves or their baby.”

In labor, breaking a woman’s water may be futileLos Angeles Times
“The hormones in the amniotic fluid have been thought to stimulate contractions, but not only does an amniotomy fail to speed up and strengthen labor, it also fails to improve a woman’s satisfaction with the birth experience, an analysis by the Cochrane Review found. Nor does it result in the baby being in better condition after birth.”

Don’t ‘Break the Waters’ During Labor Without Good Clinical Reason, Concludes Cochrane ReviewScience Daily
“This Cochrane Systematic Review found that breaking the waters may be associated with a slightly (non-significantly) higher rate of Caesarean section. Breaking the waters may cause changes in the baby’s heart rate.”

Breaking waters not needed in routine birthsGlobe & Mail
“Yet many medical centres perform amniotomy for routine deliveries. One Toronto hospital does it for 80 per cent of the births under its roof.”
[The "annoying cough" begins a new brief and is not related to this discussion.]

Review Finds That “Breaking the Water” Does Not Speed or Help With LaborHealth Behavior News Service
“However, several American doctors said the findings are unlikely to change the way obstetricians help women give birth in the United States. “Most of us believe it works, so there will be a lot skepticism about this,” said Mark Nichols, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Sciences University.”

The Cochrane Group is an international independent non-profit organization whose goal is to help people like you and me make better-informed decisions about healthcare and interventions.  Archie Cochrane was a British epidemiologist and is the organization’s namesake.  The Cochrane Collaboration was founded in 1993.

In Born in the USA, Marsden Wagner hails the Cochrane Library as “a frequently updated, highly respected electronic library of reviews of the scientific evidence on different obstetric practices”.  Know that doctors (such as Mark Nichols, the man quoted in the Health Behavior News Service bulletin) don’t always practice evidence-based care.  They often “follow the crowd” (ACOG) or repeat unnecessary procedures just because “they work”.  My response to that style of practice is that it is unethical, unfounded, reckless, irresponsible, subversive, and the list of negative modifiers could go on and on for hours.  We all know that cesareans “work”, for instance, but that does not mean that even a significant minority (30% of all live births for example) should be undergoing this procedure.  “It works” is not acceptable.

Something else you should know about the Cochrane group is that several members produced a textbook called A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth.  You can download this book  for free from Childbirth Connection.  This is an amazing resource!

Where I Am with What I’ll Do and When ~ Part 1

I’m like a big sponge.  I soak something in that’s new and different every day.  I am certainly a “life long” learner, and my current subject is ethical and noninvasive maternal care for pregnant and laboring women.  Sometimes this blog is a place for me to “dump” my ideas about pregnancy and childbirth, and certainly this post fits into that category.

First Trimester Dos and Don’ts

  • Because I am planning a VBAC and know when I ovulated (I track my basal body temperature and other fertility signs), I will not have a first trimester ultrasound unless I deem it medically necessary.  An ultrasound will not give me any information with regard to childbirth outcomes, but it will give care providers ammunition for intervention should a baby gestate past 40 weeks.
  • I will not pee in a cup.  What’s the point?
  • I may request a quantitative hcg test just to put my mind at ease with regard to progesterone levels in early pregnancy.
  • I will continue to see my chiropractor as my spinal and pelvic health and nervous system function is essential for a healthy pregnancy.
  • I will try to exercise and make better nutritional choices.
  • I will continue taking a liquid fish oil supplement recommended by my chiropractor, taking prenatal vitamins, and drinking lots of herbal tea.
  • I will get to know my pelvis by working with the Pink Kit.
  • I will be primarily responsible for my health and health indicators (such as blood pressure readings).
  • I will request medical records from my previous hospital and previous care providers so that I may be better informed of what may or may not have contributed to the eventual cesarean section with my daughter.
  • I will not submit myself and my gestating baby to nonessential testing.  I will not contribute to the outrageous cost for maternal health care in this country.  I will not financially support this inherently subversive and paternalistic industry (and childbirth is a well-crafted industry at this point in our nation’s umm . . . “development”).

Will you see “The Business of Being Born”?

Click here to learn about Ricki Lake’s  documentary, “The Business of Being Born.”  Information from her fan site is here.


When I first learned about the movie, I decided to look into hosting a “sneak preview” here in Missoula as a benefit for a new ICAN chapter.  However, the screening fee is $200 which I personally can’t afford to assume and try and turn a bit of a profit for our group. 

One of the first ICAN e-mails I read today was titled ‘NO WASHINGTON DC AREA MOVIE THEATER SHOWINGS OF “THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN'”.  I was concerned, because if WDC has no scheduled viewings of this movie, then what about little towns like Missoula?  Little towns with BIG cesarean problems? I’ll share the e-mail I sent through the show’s website today:

To Whom It May Concern:

I am hoping that “The Business of Being Born” will be scheduled to appear in Missoula, MT.  I have looked at hosting a showing to raise funds for a new International Cesarean Awareness Network (Chapter) [sic] in development here in Western Montana.  However, we can’t afford the $200 fee, especially if we hope to raise money for our chapter.  So, I hope you will look into scheduling with our local Indy theater, The Wilma.  Their number is 406.728.2521.  Although Missoula is a fairly progressive town, maternal care here is not.

Please let me know if I can be of assistance with your efforts to encourage healthy birth outcomes for moms and babies.  Know that our local cesarean rate is 30% which is double the recommended LIMIT established by the World Health Organization.  Also know that in 2005, only 1% of Montana births were vaginal births after cesarean section (VBAC).  Our local hospital only had 16 successful VBACs last year.  Hopefully you see this state as one in dire need of education with regard to what should be “normal” childbirth!

I didn’t receive a response today, but I’m hopeful that I will hear from them soon.  I don’t know if they’ll have suggestions for me or not.  I think the $200 fee is a bit of a crock especially since they suggest that a screening might serve as a fundraiser.  Not exactly in line with philanthropy, in my opinion. 

I’ll be interested to hear what the buzz from the “sneak previews” will be . . .