Official Enviroklenz Affiliate! MCS-approved Cleaning Products

Hey guys! I’ve talked before about how much I love Enviroklenz, and I’m still using their laundry products and air filters every day. You can read my thoughts in-depth by clicking here.

If you’re interested in getting some of these environmental protection products for yourself, and supporting this blog at the same time, I now have a handy button at the bottom of every page on this site! When you order using that button, I get a little commission and every little bit helps me keep this blog up for you guys. Plus you get some great, safe cleaning products for yourself. Using stuff like this helps lighten the day to day chemical load you put on your body, which lowers your chances of MCS and other chemical reactions and helps keep you healthy.

I’m also going to put a couple of big banners in this post since we’re here and they’re cool.

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Ya need to clean anyway right? Plus, you know that I wouldn’t put a permanent button on this website for any product I didn’t believe in and use myself. I’m not going to sell out on you guys – this button is really here for you. I hate shopping for cleaning stuff. I read the labels to try and be informed and usually can’t find a single thing with little to no harmful chemicals and fragrances. I don’t have MCS or eczema (if you do then you probably already use things like these) but I’ve always been sensitive to fragrances products, especially laundry stuff. So yes, I really am using this and it really has helped me.

I promise to stop talking your ear off about it now! Just know that handy button will always be down there just for you the next time you need cleaners or air purifier stuff.

Love you all! And OF COURSE don’t forget to make a rage comic and enter the #spoonieragecomiccontest! It’s free and there’s prizes! Go go go!

The Spoonie Experiment Reviews: Pregnant Paws

That’s right, it’s time for more King of the Hill!

Today I want to talk about an episode called “Pregnant Paws” that I watched while I was struggling with PCOS and infertility, so it hit close to home. It’s an adorable episode that you can watch right here:

And here are my thoughts on what this episode has to say about invisible illness and in particular, PCOS and infertility.

The episode opens with Peggy walking the family dog, Ladybird, in Hank’s old underwear because she’s in heat and they’re out of doggie diapers. Much to Hank’s mortification, of course. But Peggy has a ready defense- she wouldn’t need to wear anything if Hank would get her spayed! Hank says he’s going to breed her…someday. After all, she’s a pure bread bloodhound! Peggy points out that Ladybird is 13 years old, probably past her puppy prime.

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Then a lot of nonsense happens concerning Dale becoming a bounty hunter and Hank propositioning his boss for dog breeding. But we get a glimpse of the deeper, more emotional story beneath the surface when we see Bobby and Luann getting Ladybird ready for her “big date.”

“I can’t believe it. Ladybird’s gonna be a mommy. Seems like only yesterday mom and dad brought her home for me, on account of not having any brothers or sisters to play with. If I’d been old enough to talk, I’d have asked for a monkey.”

So Bobby got Ladybird in lieu of siblings when he was still not old enough to talk? That seems odd, doesn’t it? Most families wouldn’t be replacing the hope of siblings with pets when a child was still so young…

Moving on. Ladybird “does the deed,” and Dale gets certified to be a bounty hunter. Hank and Peggy take Ladybird to the vets office to get a doggie pregnancy test and Peggy says the office “gives her the deja vus” and reminds her of when they were trying to get pregnant.

Flashback…

Hank: “So Doctor, is she going to be a mommy?”
Doctor: “How do I say this without breaking your hearts? … No.” Peggy: (crying) “Oh God…”
Doctor: “Damn.”

Ah, doctors. Amirite? Anyway, Peggy reacts in a very familiar way: What’s wrong with me? And Hank and the Doctor assure her it’s not her fault. Then the Doctor throws Hank under the bus and says its his fault. Here was have Hank’s famous narrow urethra – an ongoing reference in the series usually played for laughs because it’s just funny to hear Hank Hill say “narrow urethra.”

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But this episode, we’re going to see the serious toll it’s taken on their lives. This is one of my favorite things about this show. It can speak very candidly about these darker things, like infertility. It can show the devastation and heartbreak, but still embraces the humor in the situation. Anyone who’s gone through anything like this can agree that laughing to keep from crying is a real thing, and an effective one. Comedy has always been tragedy. But I’m waxing poetic a bit.

A side bit of humor and truth for anyone who frequents doctors: Hank’s doctor points out that he had his suspicions of Hank’s condition when it took him 30 minutes to produce a urine sample.

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I have always been a nervous pee-er. I hate doing urine samples. SO MUCH PRESSURE.

Anywho. So the doctor tells them a few things they can do. For one, Hank needs to relax more, because the stress is making it worse. This applies to basically every form of infertility. Between hearing the doctors say that stress is bad for your overall health and hearing others say “relax and it will happen!” stress simply can’t be talked away.

The doctor also suggests Hank wear boxer shorts – if you’ve ever tried to conceive you know that one. And offers to recommend “a series of sexual techniques.” To which Hank responds “A SERIES?!”

Peggy then brings up something she saw on the news called “in-vitro fertilization,” which I (and pretty much everyone else) will shorten to IVF. She tearfully explains that Hank’s “boys” are mixed with one of her “girls” in a test tube. Hank will have none of this, calling it “science run amok.”

Peggy begs Hank to try it and Hank remains firmly against it, despite Peggy crying. Of course, in an actual infertility journey, there are things to try between unassisted conception and IVF, but of course we’ve only got 30 minutes so that seems like the end of that.

Back in present day, we find out that Ladybird won’t be getting pregnant either, as she has a narrow uterus (what are the odds). This seems silly, but once again King of the Hill takes it into a surprisingly emotional scene. Hank sits on a bench at the dog park talking to Ladybird about his feelings.

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“I know it hurts, Ladybird. I’ve been there myself. I just wish I could scoop up your pain in a little plastic bag and throw it out.”

I don’t care who you are, that’s one of the most touching things I’ve ever heard. Log that away for the next time you need to comfort a friend during hard times. In all seriousness, it’s a beautiful picture of empathy.

After another dog…ahem…expresses interest in Ladybird, Hank talks to the owners about their plight. As it turns out, they got their dog from a breeder with a dog they thought couldn’t have puppies. They inform Hank that there’s all sorts of stuff you can do – diet, hormones, body work, surgery. Hank excitedly invites the “brothers” (they’re not brothers) for a beer to hear all they know.

We cut back to Dale’s antics for a bit, then see Hank and Bobby taking Ladybird’s basal body temperature. Ah yes, nothing quite like logging your temperature every day and trying to make something of the tiniest changes. Anyway, this is understandably upsetting to Peggy. After all, when her doctor told her she couldn’t have babies, Hank was completely unwilling to hear about anything they could do about it. But some strangers convinced him the effort was worth it for a dog?

Wives have long competed with dogs for their husbands’ love and affection. It’s not uncommon for a man to come home after a long day of work, greet his wife, and sit down to pet and cuddle with the family dog. That can be pretty hurtful. But this is a whole new level.

The next morning Peggy wakes up alone and shivering with no blanket. She finds Ladybird wrapped up in the blanket while Hank gives her a “body awareness” fertility massage. Damn it, Hank. You’re being a gigantic butthole. I’m mad just watching this again. And remember, THIS IS A CARTOON. How are you doin me all these feels?

Anywho. Bobby comes into the backyard with a hormone dog biscuit looking for Ladybird and finds Bill. He explains to Bill that Ladybird is going to be a mommy and he’ll have a puppy again, just like when he was one year old. Bill laughs and says Bobby’s got it all wrong. Hank and Peggy got Ladybird a whole year before Bobby was born.

“As I recall your mama was having trouble getting pregnant on account of your daddy’s narrow doohickey and eventually they just gave up on ever having a child of their own so they did the next best thing.”

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And now I’m crying like a baby, because in the big middle of me working through infertility, I found a kitten on my doorstep and took it in. And gahhh EMOTIONS OVER HERE.

But this is still a comedy show. So Bobby asks Bill if that means he’s adopted. Bill, meanwhile, has begun munching on the hormone biscuit and says he’ll only talk if Bobby bikes to the store to get more of them.

But back to things that are infuriating: Hank tells Peggy that Ladybird has been accepted to an IVF program out of state. But remember, back in the day Hank said IVF was “wrong.” Oh shit. Peggy just about looses it and murders him. I mean that’s what I would have done. But Peggy threatens to leave, which I guess is an ok reaction. I’m still pulling for murder.

And now back to antics (this is an emotional rollercoaster). Dale steals Ladybird for a while to do his bounty hunter thing.

Peggy heads out with a golf club and I’m like “OH SHIT HERE WE GO” but she’s planning on beating the mower with it, not Hank’s skull. Pretty good, though. Hank does love that mower. But Hank is still there and tells her Ladybird is missing. Peggy is genuinely worried because of course she loves that dog too. Her beef isn’t with Ladybird.

So they jump in the car. Peggy is navigating using an address Dale left. Hank muses “I wish Ladybird was here. She doesn’t need a map.”

Oh no you didn’t, Hank. Here comes the crazy eyes.

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She accuses Hank of acting like he loves the dog more than his human wife when they find Ladybird locked in Dale’s truck in the Texas sun. Moreover, the truck is surrounded by attack dogs. Hank prepares to go save her.

“Are you loco? As soon as you step foot out there those attack dogs will attack you to shreds. I bet if I were stuck in a truck, you would leave me there!… all week I have watched you jump through hoops to get Ladybird pregnant, and you never jumped through any hoops for me.”

Oh Peggy. I want to bring you a tub of ice cream and share it. I’m sure in any infertility journey, it feels one-sided at some point. I know it did for us sometimes.

So Hank explains that the reason he never put a thermometer in Peggy’s ear is because it would kill the romance. With Ladybird it doesn’t matter because she’s just a dog. In my opinion? That’s some weak shit, Hank. But Peggy is happy to hear Hank say he loves her more and tells him sometimes she needs to hear it. Then Hank continues in his ignorance and asks if she wants to get pregnant. She says she doesn’t know, but she’d rather have another baby than another puppy. To her confusion, Hank agrees.

We then flash back again to see young Hank and Peggy playing with the puppy together, laughing and kissing, and Hank explains that he believes that playing with that puppy relaxed him enough to eventually get Peggy pregnant. This really wins present Peggy over because let’s face it, if a guy brings up wanting babies it usually ends an argument.

Maternal instinct awakened, Peggy takes the wheel and backs their truck up close to Dale’s. Hank prepares to open the door and snag Ladybird. With both his and Dale’s door open, he creates a small, fenced off square for Ladybird to pass safely from one car to the other.

“Be careful, Hank. Nine times out of ten they go straight for the crotch– and I see ten dogs out there.”

Ladybird gets across and they “get the hell out of there.”

So we have a happy ending. Bobby wasn’t adopted after all, and Peggy and Hank are happy again. They play with Ladybird and still giggle and kiss each other like they used to. While Hank’s “apology” or explanation wouldn’t have made me personally feel better, everyone experiences infertility differently, and that’s what this episode was all about.

I think that doing the medical side of infertility can still be romantic- supporting each other, helping log temperatures, people can bond over that. But it’s not for everyone. Peggy would have liked the thoughtfulness of it, but Hank expressed thoughtfulness in another way: by bringing her a puppy. Really that’s no small thing, it’s a huge investment of time and money. Just like IVF is.

This is just one story of infertility, and it’s a sweet one with a happy ending. Peggy and Hank don’t end up having another baby, but they overcame infertility the first time and rekindled their relationship the second time. Each member of a couple will experience infertility, grieving, and hope in their own way. But it’s important to bridge the gap and support each other on your individual journeys.

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I hope you enjoyed this episode as much as I did! And if you’re currently in the big middle of infertility diagnosis and treatment, know that I wish I could scoop up your pain in a little plastic baggie and throw it away. It’s hard, and I’m so sorry. But find the things you can laugh at. 🙂 And love each other.

Guest Post: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Breastpumping

Hey everyone! Today I want to welcome Natalie from MaternityAtHome.com! She’s got some great info here on breast pumping, which is great general health info but especially important for chronically ill mothers who may need to pump in order to stay on a medication schedule or accommodate a sick day or hospital stay. Check it out, and be sure to visit her blog and show her some love!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Breastpumping

Motherhood is a perplexing but otherwise extraordinary experience for most women. There are so many things you need to do, and attaining the knowledge for each and every thing is just something that will elude you.

One scenario that almost always plays out after giving birth is the choice between breastfeeding or breastpumping. They both have their pros and cons, but there are some hidden gems within pumping that most new mother’s don’t know about and that might just push you towards making that decision much easier.

With that said, let’s take a look at 5 things that you likely don’t know about breast pumping and how they affect your daily life as a new mother.

  1. You have more time to rest: Breast pumping is not just for the on-the-go mother who is limited by a career. Stay-at-home mothers can also reap the benefits of breast pumping too. New mothers need their me-time, and a breast pump can be the perfect solution for racking in those extra minutes of sleep, or chores around the home.

    By using a breast pump that is actually good, stay-at-home mothers can rely on their stock of breast milk to ensure a well-fed newborn. Having a supply of breast milk is also especially important for premature babies or multiples, who may require extra attention in the home.

  2. Others can connect with your baby too: Using a breast pump can give your loved ones a chance to connect with your baby as well. Breast pumping can give you the rest you need, but can also be a way for your significant other, or other family members to develop a healthy relationship with your little one.

    You will appreciate the small acts of kindness others show by helping you with feeding! Imagine the happiness your baby will be bringing to yourself, and those around you. Your bundle of joy can bring happiness to everyone.

  3. You can monitor a baby’s eating habits: This is another major benefit of breast pumping that you may not have known. Every baby is different, including your soon-to-be newborn. It’s important to keep track of how often and how much your baby is eating and growing on a daily basis. The amount of milk each mother can store varies from woman to woman. By using a breast pump, you can actually monitor the intake of your baby’s feeding frenzies to their smaller snack times.

    Breast pumping and feeding your baby this way will give you the most insight on how your little one is doing. Don’t become frustrated if eating patterns you have found begin to change, this could be a good sign your baby is growing and on track to start solid foods.

  4. An emergency supply can be a savior: In rare instances, after surgery, while taking medications, or during illness, you may not be able to breastfeed. You should find out all of the information you can from your doctor, to continue to breastfeed when you or your baby is sick. Having expressed milk saved in the freezer for unforeseen circumstances will help you and your baby immensely.

    While this may not be a common occurrence, having a mother’s breastmilk on hand can be more nutritionally beneficial than relying on formula in times of need. Breast milk can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

  5. Breast milk is healthier than formula: Breast milk vs. Formula…many new mothers struggle with the idea of giving their baby breast milk versus formula. While formula is a quick fix for those who may be unable to produce enough breast milk, using a breast pump can build up a supply of vitamins, nutrients, and antibodies your baby needs from your breast milk!

    There’s a long list of benefits your baby can receive from your own breast milk, and as a mother you have a unique formula perfect for your growing baby. Nothing can compare to the beautiful benefits of a mother’s own breast milk, and a breast pump can be the perfect solution for having all your baby needs right at your fingertips right when your baby needs it.

There you have it. These 5 things really make breast pumping an appealing option for new mothers over breastfeeding and formula. When it comes to your baby’s health, it is better to stay natural and give them that has worked for thousands of years, so breast pumping is the ideal in between option that takes advantage of both breastfeeding and using formula.

Book Review: The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

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My son did just turn five months old, but I still finished reading this book (however slowly) because 1.) I am a book completionist and 2.) out of all the pregnancy/childbirth books I read, this one was my favorite.

My insurance company is Blue Cross Blue Shield, and they surprised me during my pregnancy. I mean in a good way – yes, it is possible for health insurance companies to have good surprises. For one thing, I was given a case worker who called me every month to ask me how my pregnancy was going and check up on my physical and mental health. That was pretty nice. But what I liked more was getting this surprise package in the mail. A free book!

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And I really really liked this book. I was sort of predisposed to because it’s from the Mayo Clinic. I admit I don’t actually know a lot about the Mayo Clinic, but when it pops up on the health blogs I read, it’s always a good thing. I think of the Mayo Clinic as the place you go when doctors fail you. Like, going to the Mayo Clinic is actually a little medical fantasy of mine.

(Side note: how sad is it that I have a medical fantasy instead of fantasizing about just being well?)

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This really is the perfect pregnancy book in my opinion. It’s all fact-based and it focuses on delivering medical information in a way that’s simple enough for a non-doctor to understand. There’s no kumbaya in this book. I’m an emotional person who loves romanticizing things but when it comes to my health and my body, I don’t like to wade through fluff. I want the facts. I will add my own kumbaya, don’t worry. It’s childbirth, I was drunk on kumbaya hormones the ENTIRE time. I needed to understand what was happening and what was going to happen, and I only had nine months to learn.

Speaking of which, that’s another great thing about this book – it’s quick. It’s also got a great reference section that will point you exactly to whatever information you’re looking for. This book is definitely set up to be a reference book – you can read month by month chapters on the developing pregnancy, and you can look up any symptoms, illnesses, medicines, diet questions, basically anything that pops into your head very easily. Of course I read it cover to cover because that’s what you do with books in my opinion. If I need a quick reference, I’ll reach for google faster than I’ll reach for a book. Still, it wasn’t bad as a cover-to-cover read either, and I appreciate that versatility.

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It did pull the same thing as What to Expect When You’re Expecting and the Official Lamaze Guide did in the chapters on complications and loss – saying not to read this unless you’re experiencing a complication. I get that pregnancy involves a lot of undue worrying – BELIEVE ME, I know – but I don’t know. Education eases my fears. I know not everyone is that way. But I’d prefer to see warnings more like “read this section only if you feel learning more will ease your fears – anxiety is very bad for expecting mothers and you may skip this section if you feel it would distress you.” Or something like that.

As much as I really liked this book, it was pretty far from perfect. I admit that some of my thoughts may be biased because of the fact that this book was free. I automatically assumed that because it was free, not as much effort was put in to it.

This book does seem like it was largely copy and pasted from a conglomeration of Mayo Clinic sources rather than compiled by an actual writer. I say that because there are a lot of formatting errors, like a lack of spaces between words or extra spaces around punctuation. And occasionally there are typos, usually in the form of tenses that don’t make sense. There was even one instance in the pregnancy loss section where a paragraph was straight-up repeated. That’s pretty sloppy and does sort of make you wonder how much you can trust it when there were clearly…. lapses in effort.

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But I also got this book for free. And the information was good. It never showed bias towards natural childbirth or more medicalized childbirth. Plus, even in sections where you might think they’d have to get fluffy (like the section on pregnancy loss) they keep it very respectfully informative. They discuss the emotional recovery aspect very seriously, encouraging the reader to seek support and care, but the book also remembers its role as a giver of information, and offers data as a was to understand what physically happens in the hopes that it might bring some level of comfort and acceptance. It also very pointedly lays out things that cannot cause pregnancy loss, to lay to rest any blame game the reader might take up.

It also had an entire section on chronic illness and pregnancy, and it was pretty extensive! That’ll always win you points on this blog.

All in all, I do recommend this book. If you get it for free, definitely read it. If you’re interested, go by your local Half-Price Books or check online and buy it used. It’s not going to read like a New York Times Best-Seller, but it’s got accurate, unbiased info, and that’s very hard to find. Especially when it comes to pregnancy.

After reading this, I am definitely going to seek out the Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year (even though it’s almost half-over already) ((*cries in the corner*)).

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They hooked me with their free book and now I’ll buy the rest of them. That’s how they get you!

The Bradley Method of Childbirth Review

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The Bradley Method is something I don’t think many people have heard of. I know I certainly hadn’t. On the flip side, pretty much everyone has heard of Lamaze. Bradley has many things in common with Lamaze with some key differences. I haven’t taken a Lamaze class but I have read the book – and I was less than impressed. But I don’t want to judge the method by the book – practice is very different. I think that for the most part, Bradley and Lamaze are basically the same. If you’re pregnant, definitely take a class of some sort! I can’t imagine how confusing and scary birth would have been for me if I didn’t go in educated. It’s nothing like the movies!

According to the book, Lamaze is no longer mainly a breathing method. The hee hee hoo breathing is a thing of the 90’s apparently. It sounds to me like it’s basically the Bradley method now – a collection of techniques to help get through childbirth. Both methods advocate for medication-free birth with as few medical interventions as safely possible.

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The Cascade of Interventions

So what are the differences? The number one difference is the involvement of the father. The Bradley method focuses heavily on the father being the labor coach. It’s his job to remember the different techniques and plans when the mother is in the throes of labor and can’t think straight. It’s imperative that the father attend classes, practice relaxation exercises with the mother, and be extremely active throughout the entire process. Lamaze advocates more for the involvement of a Doula, or some trusted fellow woman to lead you through the experience or for the mother to lead herself through labor.

If you want childbirth to be a team effort between you and the father, check Bradley out. If the father is not involved or cannot commit to the 8-12 week class schedule, Lamaze may be a better fit. And don’t feel like you have to choose between having dad coach or someone else – I had both my husband and mother coach me through. Even if you’re very self-reliant, I recommend choosing someone to share your wishes with and who learns about ways to help during labor. There will come a point where you can’t sort through your brain to remember the things you learned. It’s good to have someone clear-headed to remind you how to relax and to help calm your fears.

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Another difference I want to point out is regulation: all Bradley classes cost the same and run for roughly the same length of time. Their website, BradleyBirth.com, is easy to use and full of instructors who will help you find a class near you. Lamaze is a little less organized. You can find classes of all costs and lengths, which makes me wonder how you know what you’re getting. That being said, you can find shorter, cheaper classes for Lamaze, but it’s a little shadier.

The final difference I want to point out is a little subjective. Lamaze’s techniques for dealing with pain focus on distraction, while Bradley focuses on acknowledging and working through pain. In practice, it’s honestly a very subtle difference. Only you know which school of thought will work for you (and honestly both ways are probably talked about in both classes). How have you worked through pain in the past? I find I am unable to distract myself and therefore need to acknowledge it, but that is just me personally. Distraction is obviously tried and true as well.

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So what did I think of my “Bradley Birth?” Well, it didn’t prepare me 100% but I don’t think any class could. I felt thoroughly educated and I felt I was better able to make medical decisions by learning about them beforehand. I did end up needing medication, but the class teaches you under what circumstances you should get it and my birth happened to fall into that. That’s not to say we didn’t use the relaxation techniques – I was in labor a long time before we used medication, and we used almost all of the positions and relaxation techniques we learned.

Emotionally, it was a huge bonding experience for me and my husband. Attending classes, learning, and sharing our fears and hopes once a week for 8 weeks was really huge for us. On the birth day, we were able to share a special experience unmarred by stress and panic. I knew what to expect and he knew what to do to help. Both of us felt in control and calm as much as is possible and a birth situation, and that, to me, was the biggest reward of the whole thing. We knew the medical jargon, we had a plan A, B, C….etc… we didn’t freak out. Our birth day was a day we fondly remember. So often it ends up being a forgotten day between the joys of pregnancy and parenthood. I’m glad ours wasn’t just a hurdle to jump and forget.

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Any criticisms? Nothing big really. It is a big time investment but I think it’s worth it. All things considered, childbirth is a pretty big deal. The class doesn’t really teach anything one can disagree with because it’s very careful to cover all options. It never says, for instance, that you can’t use pain medication, rather it explains the risks and benefits and then outlines the situations in which it’s best used. My instructor was careful not to inject her own views and opinions into the class and worked very hard to represent all sides of any argument. Are all instructors that great? Probably not. 😉 But just the way the book reads, I think most would. It’s very scientific and unbiased for the most part, and like I said, I’m having trouble remembering anything that was outright offensive.

From what I’ve seen of Lamaze, it’s more touchy-feely, while Bradley is very straightforward medical information written in a way that’s easy to understand. Bradley is educational and Lamaze seems more like a group therapy/yoga session. Not that that’s inherently bad, but I prefer the education. Bradley also talks about emotions and psychology as well, but it stays more objective and analytical about it. That works for me and helps me understand the emotional and physical.

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I loved Bradley and if I have another baby, I’ll definitely re-read my book and take a refresher course. I hope it gets more press soon. I didn’t know I had options outside Lamaze, I only happened to accidentally discover it after What to Expect When You’re Expecting literally mentioned it in one sentence, and I decided to look it up and learn more. So glad I did!  If you know anyone who’s expecting, spread the word and let them know there are options!