Posts made in November, 2012

This might make you angry. If you’re a midwife.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 | 14 comments

This might make you angry. If you’re a midwife.

300 doctors in a room = polite applause (and a few shouts of “Bravo! Bravo!” Okay, I made that last bit up.) 1 post where I question why anyone would choose a home birth over a hospital = reader RAGE Admittedly, I don’t get it. It seems far too risky to me, during a very risky event: birth. If your toddler stopped breathing, where would you choose to be located: in your living room or in a hospital? Every single parent, in the entire world, would choose the hospital. I can’t imagine putting myself or my baby at risk, even if it was only a 15 minute ambulance journey...

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In which I talk to 300 doctors and none throw tomatoes

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 | 17 comments

In which I talk to 300 doctors and none throw tomatoes

Maybe the doctors of the world are really as polite as they seem. Or, maybe today’s speech went well! For any doctors visiting Mama Lewis for the very first time: welcome! And, erm, don’t read the sections labelled: So-called experts and Dealing with Doctors. Very boring. Snooze-worthy. In all seriousness, you might start with the Highlights page. It’s a “best of” of the first year of May’s life. Or, watch the video of May using her walker for the first time, this time with sound (There was a wee bit of technical difficulties, where I failed to use a...

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I kicked a doctor off May’s team, Part III: You won’t believe this

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 | 2 comments

I kicked a doctor off May’s team, Part III: You won’t believe this

Two things, completely unbelievable, happened this week: 1) I got a ticket for parking in my own disabled parking spot in front of my house. My disabled badge had fallen off my dash on to the floor of the car. The other part of the badge, which is a card that has a handicapped symbol on it and a time clock to show when we parked, remained on the dash. So, basically, some uptight parking attendant decided to teach me a lesson in placing the full badge on the dash. There is no one I have more respect for than someone who knows a person is disabled and goes out of their way to make their life...

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Prepare to be shocked: gifted children are not disabled

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 | 27 comments

Prepare to be shocked: gifted children are not disabled

Here is what I discovered this week: there are A LOT of parents out there who, while accepting their challenges may be different, honestly believe that raising their gifted child is as difficult as raising a disabled child. A LOT of parents. Oh, and they don’t like to be told to shut up. I learned that too. Here is the opening of the post I wrote on BabyCenter called ‘Shut up about what a burden your gifted child is‘: Last week, the New York Times published ‘How do you raise a prodigy?‘ The article quickly dissolved into another “woe is me” piece about the burden of raising...

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I kicked a doctor off May’s team, Part II: The response

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 | 2 comments

I kicked a doctor off May’s team, Part II: The response

Last week, I kicked a doctor off May’s team. I did that. Me. I’m not, shall we say, subtle with my opinions. If something needs to be said, leave it to the American to say it. But, that doesn’t convert necessarily into full blown complaints, or formal dismissals. So, it took me a few days to send the email, to the whole of May’s team, requesting that she never work with May again. I haven’t made a request like that before. I didn’t hear from the team for a few days more. Then, the nurse at May’s school wrote me. She’d forwarded my letter to the...

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