Imagine …


With apologies to John Lennon.

Imagine there’s no new mom guilt
It’s easy if you try
No C-section judgment on us
Or epidurals midwives deny
Imagine all the mothers
Trusting their OBs…

Imagine there’s no pressure
If breastfeeding’s hard to do
No reason to shame yourself or others
And no natural childbirth too
Imagine all the mothers
Living without pain…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday LCs join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no misuse of science
I wonder if you can
No need to demonize formula
Or make a birth plan
Imagine all the moms and babies
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday midwives and doulas join us
And the world will live as one

18 Responses to “Imagine …”

  1. Dr Kitty
    January 21, 2016 at 4:03 am #

    For those who use(d) daycare

    #2 will be going to a childminder 3 days a week from 8am-5pm.
    I’m planning to feed him breakfast before we leave in the morning and send 8oz of EBM, two meals of baby food (jar, pouch or homemade, whatever suits that day) a snack (raisins, rice cakes or similar) and a carton of ready to feed formula, just in case.

    That sounds reasonable, right?

    I can’t remember what I did for his sister…

    • Siri Dennis
      January 21, 2016 at 4:25 am #

      Wot, no crisps? *indignant frown*

      • Dr Kitty
        January 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

        Siri, do you have Netflix?
        I was watching a Danish show called “Rita” and thought you might enjoy it.
        It is not something to watch with the kids about, but I liked it!

    • Brooke
      January 21, 2016 at 9:22 am #

      Homemade baby food? What kind of dirty hippie are you?

      • Megan
        January 21, 2016 at 10:26 am #

        It’s raining, it’s pouring
        And Brooke is still boring…

        • Dr Kitty
          January 21, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

          I call it….Brooke is a troll.
          Not a good one, or a funny one, but G-d loves a trier!
          Bless her heart.

    • Charybdis
      January 21, 2016 at 9:39 am #

      Sounds perfectly reasonable. After a week or so, you should be able to fine-tune it more to #2’s demands/needs. Just because you start with that doesn’t mean it’s written in stone. ;P

    • Michele
      January 21, 2016 at 10:28 am #

      Sounds reasonable to me. Will your childminder let you leave a few spare jars/pouches of baby food and a carton of rtf formula there? Back when #2 was still on baby food I kept a small stash of food/snacks at daycare for him in case he was extra hungry one day or for the occasional day you take off in the morning and forget the baby’s lunch bag.

  2. Allie
    January 21, 2016 at 1:36 am #

    I see your John Lennon and raise you Aerosmith:

    Dream On Dream On Dream On
    Dream until your dream comes true
    Dream On Dream On Dream On
    Dream until your dream comes through
    Dream On Dream On Dream On
    Dream On Dream On
    Dream On Dream On, AHHHHHHH

    • AirPlant
      January 21, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      I wanna shoop. Shoop-eh-doop. Shoop-eh-doop-eh-doop-eh-doop.

  3. Who?
    January 20, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    Somewhat off topic

    My eyes glazed over somewhere soon after ‘midwife’.


    • Azuran
      January 20, 2016 at 11:13 pm #

      Fentanyl is a really good analgesic. It’s often used in skin patches, I didn’t know it could be used by nasal spray.
      The study appears to be done in Australia, so I’d guess that midwifes there are also nurses or a nurse equivalent (and not CPM), working with doctors, and as such, would totally be allowed to supervise Fentanyl administration following a prescription by a doctor.
      Since it’s still an opioid, Fentanyl is a controled substance and is a prescription drugs. Lay American midwives won’t be able to legally use it in homebirth.

      • Who?
        January 20, 2016 at 11:30 pm #


        Unfortunately as well as the trained professionals, we have freestyle ‘midwives’ of our very own, some with more than one death under their belt.

        And there is a level of territory marking in some aspects of midwifery.

        If this works, great!

    • The Computer Ate My Nym
      January 21, 2016 at 4:17 am #

      Note that the inhaled opiate was compared to IV not epidural pain relief. Thus, it was not compared to best practice and its role remains undefined. I also worry about giving it to patients for self administration without a lockout or other way to ensure that they don’t overdose. Opiate overdose can kill you.

      • Who?
        January 21, 2016 at 4:59 am #

        In a tv interview the researcher said it was being compared to pethidine; they are testing to see how people like using it and how well it is tolerated.

        The idea is not to replace epidurals but offer an option for those who are looking for something else. One of the issues with pethidine (apparently) is that if you have it and then don’t like it the feeling hangs around for ages-the effect of the inhaled drug pass off more quickly, which might encourage more people to try it.

        • The Computer Ate My Nym
          January 21, 2016 at 5:13 am #

          I only read the Guardian story, not the original article, but assuming it’s reasonable accurate, inhaled fentanyl seems like a reasonable alternative to pethidine. But the article made it sound like it was better than standard of care, i.e. epidural, which it’s not. Or at least hasn’t been proven to be. And I found it odd that they’d talk about it in the terms that they did, i.e. less sedating, when there is another option which has almost no sedation and that fact isn’t mentioned at all. Especially since the article ends with the statement that the spray might reduce the need for epidurals. It will likely reduce the need for IV opiates, but the only obvious advantage I see over epidural is no needle in the back. (Not to downplay the small but real risks of a needle in the back.)

  4. January 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

    That would be a world worth seeing.

  5. January 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    I’d like that world very, very much.

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