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A thoughtful Twitter friend recommended this resource for finding antepartum doulas (super-caring women who help moms on bed rest). The organization is the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA).
Go to:
http://asp.cappa.net/www/membership/member-directory.asp

Scroll down to search under "Services Offered." Click on "antepartum doula" and then click search. It's that easy!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 18!
« on: January 18, 2010 at 09:57 PM »
MKtarrant: I understand completely! Hopefully you bed rest days will be short and sweet and you will have a long healthy pregnancy!

Christy: My mom was a preemie too! Two months early. Is it rude for me to ask how old your mom is? Mine will be 60 this year. That's a big part of the reason I started www.KeepEmCookin.com. It's crazy how little progress has been made in 60 years when it comes to preventing preemies. BUT, I will say there are many more options today than 10 years ago. (Info on current treatment and prevention here: www.keepemcookin.com/prevention.aspx)

Does anyone else have a preemie mom? Let us know if you think it is genetic...


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 18!
« on: January 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM »
Question of the day: When is your next OB appointment? How many weeks will you be then? Are you looking forward to your next appointment or dreading it?

Did you know? We do a roll call here each week on Monday. Introduce yourself! Let us get to know you! And feel free to reach out to one another here! How many weeks are you? Are you at home or the hospital doing bed rest? Why are you on bed rest?  Share as much as you'd like!

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Deserted Island: What would you bring?
« on: January 12, 2010 at 09:54 PM »
Here are mine. I tried to just go with my gut and not think about it too much.

Movies: Goodfellas, Xanadu
Songs: Hopelessly Devoted to You, Cannon in D
Books: Wonderland Avenue, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Who's next?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Deserted Island: What would you bring?
« on: January 12, 2010 at 04:02 PM »
My picks would be Goodfellas, Xanadu, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Cannon in D, Wonderland Avenue, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

Are you more interested in local, national, or world news?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Deserted Island: What would you bring?
« on: January 12, 2010 at 02:31 PM »
Everyone on bed rest needs entertainment recommendations. Tell us 2 movies, 2 songs and 2 books you would take if you were stranded on a deserted island.

And if you want to compare bed rest to being stranded on a deserted island, go right ahead!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call! Who's still cookin'?
« on: January 11, 2010 at 08:22 AM »
We're doing a roll call each week on Monday. Introduce yourself! Let us get to know you! And feel free to reach out to one another here!

How many weeks are you? Are you at home or the hospital doing bed rest? Why are you on bed rest? Any recent OB appointments? Share as much as you'd like!

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!
Angela

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Here's my experience. My grandmother was a preemie, my mom was a preemie, her sister's first baby was a preemie. And my two kids tried their darndest to be preemies!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call! Jan.4, 2010
« on: January 04, 2010 at 10:37 PM »
I wish more ladies were posting, but you are right Christy, it IS great that people are reading the posts. Hoping this forum can be an inspiration to many! Ladies, you WILL get through bed rest. Remember, this is just one moment in your life.

My goals for 2010 are to get more sleep and to have a dance party with my 1 year old and 4 year old every day! Our dance party gets us though the looooong afternoons! And, I can usually work in some toning exercises. Four months of pregnancy bed rest did NOT help my abs. ;+)

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call! Jan.4, 2010
« on: January 04, 2010 at 07:58 AM »
Happy New year!

Introduce yourself, or give us an update. How many weeks are you? Why are you on bed rest or why is your pregnancy high-risk? What are you looking forward to most in 2010? Any resolutions?

Fill us in!
Angela

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Hi, Jennifer.
Thanks for the update. Wow! That visit with the resident sounds so frustrating! Since WHEN do patients not request specific tests? And the fFN test can predict with 99% accuracy if you will deliver in the next two weeks. Checking your cervix (while valuable) can't provide that type of specific information. Uhg. Well, that's good at least that she didn't find anything to worry about with the cervix check. I think you'll feel better about going back next week, to be on the safe side. My OB said she wouldn't do the steroid shots after 34 weeks, because at that point they don't provide additional help. She described it as "If you get the shots at 32 weeks, you've 'boosted' the lungs to 34 weeks, but they can't be advanced beyond that." Of course, that's just one OB's opinion. I haven't seen a specific study I can refer you too. Sorry!

If you do have another round of contractions that last more than an hour after lying down and having a glass of water, and they're coming closer than 10 minutes apart, it wouldn't hurt to call your doc, or even go straight to L&D. It's a hassle, but it is worth it. At least you'll get another opinion!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: HELLO, Newbie Bedrester!!! :(
« on: December 28, 2009 at 09:14 PM »
Hi, Chastity!

How have you been feeling? Still having high BP? Hope you're still at home and not back at the hospital. How did your test for pre-eclampsia go? I had pre-e with my last pregnancy, so I'm here if you want to chat.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Cervical length
« on: December 28, 2009 at 09:12 PM »
Hi, Purple 2000.
(And thank you, Izzy'sMommy for sharing your story of success after your painful loss.)

Has your OB talked about progesterone, either by injection (called 17P) or suppository? Progesterone has been shown to restore cervix length and/or keep the cervix stable.

Also, here's the most recent data regarding cervix length as a predictor of preterm birth: www.keepemcookin.com/prevention.aspx (Under "Cervical Length and Other Cervical Changes")  Be safe, and stay on your side as much as you can, but also stay positive! A cervical length of under 2.5 cm around 22 weeks has a "mean birth gestational age" of 36 weeks.

Do you know the gender?

--Angela

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Let me know your appointment goes this week!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call! December 28, 2009
« on: December 28, 2009 at 08:47 PM »
Whoo hoo! Congratulations!!! What are you looking forward to doing now that you're free from bed rest?

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