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Crochet motifs by AnnieDesign

For your reading pleasure. I hope you’ll grab a beverage, sit down and spend a little time with me and the other readers. Got something to share that you think others may enjoy? Please feel free to share in the comments!

An unnamed woman has died at Sunshine Hospital during a caesarean. This is the most common way for Australian women to die when birthing. Utter tragedy. I see her family and she are not being named, as is proper for their confidentiality at such a time. I wish the same could have been extended to the only woman recorded as dying after a  homebirth in Victoria. As ever, the double standard means homebirthing families are exposed and vilified and hospital birthing families have their loss covered up and minimised. While it is said to be with the coroner, a surprising fact given how few maternal deaths end up in coronial court from hospitals (100% from homebirths even when those deaths are 15 years apart and not associated with complications), if it progresses to an inquiry, the big questions won’t be asked because they never are. The surgeons will say birth is very dangerous, the coroner will nod, agree and praise them for the hard job they do and another woman’s death will slide under the carpet.

Deepest condolences to this family. I hope the babe and family are being held in love and treated with respect.

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The pink’n’blue divide is so remarkably powerful and prevalent today. It was not, she says mindful of her age, like this in my youth! We girls even got to play with normal lego which had not morphed into something resembling unicorn poo back then in the late Cretaceous.

Jennifer O’Connell, Mom, And 6-Year-Old Daughter Ask Hasbro About Gender Inequality In ‘Guess Who?’

These days, it seems the front lines in the war on gender bias are manned by little girls. Their weapon of choice? Words.

The latest example of this phenomenon comes from a 6-year-old known as R____ who took a board game to task. As R.’s mother, Irish journalist Jennifer O’Connell, says on her blog, her daughter complained to Hasbro UK about the underrepresentation of women in the game “Guess Who?”. Out of 24 characters in the basic edition, the little girl was disappointed that only five are female.

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Yay! Finally instructions I can follow to increase my fuckability rating! Huzzah for patriarchy!

How To Be A Beautiful Woman

Be thin. Not so thin that you actually might look like you have an eating problem, in which case you will be told to “eat a cheeseburger” or called “bag of bones,” but thin. You should be very slender everywhere except for the essential parts of you which have pleasing, soft curves. Your arms shouldn’t show even the slightest fat deposits, for example, but your bust should be full and butt be high and round. If you don’t have these attributes naturally, you can get implants, but they had better look completely natural — if not, you’re going to be a “fake bitch” with “big fake tits.” And no matter how pronounced these curves are, you cannot have even a single pock of cellulite — that shit is gross.

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People caring for themselves has value? Who knew?! Great to see this in the newspaper!

Power to the people

Psychotherapist and meditation teacher, Paul Bedson agrees it is amazing, but is not altogether surprised. In the 20 years he has worked in integrative medicine, he has seen a dramatic shift in attitude towards the approach. An integrative approach, he explains, that takes into account mainstream medicine, complimentary therapies and lifestyle ‘medicine’ such as exercise, nutrition and ensuring emotional support.

 

“An integrative approach is using the best of what’s available,” he says.

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Do you love a granny square? Get a load of these!

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How about a red and purple granny stripe tea cosy?! Does it get better than this?

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And for those who like something a little more subtle, a ripple blanket in unusual colours.

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This is so amazing it probably should have a whole wiki devoted to it. Meanwhile, make do with a link to 25 crochet techniques to learn. These are astounding!

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Morning coffee round up

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Gnome Angel crochet

For your reading pleasure. I hope you’ll grab a beverage, sit down and spend a little time with me and the other readers. Got something to share that you think others may enjoy? Please feel free to share in the comments!

 

Yesterday was a big birthday day in my world! The Artist was 44, Soldier of Fortune’s boy was eight, The Cellist’s baby was three years old, my beautiful solicitor had a birthday and Junipah was one. *mushy heart noises* One year since she was born uneventfully at home and has been fed with donor milk since birth as well as mama’s milk. There’s so much for her and her family to celebrate. So enjoy this completely unremarkable entrance to the world and remember this is normal birth. But it makes the world go round and is the answer to all those questions about where love comes from. Happy birthday, darling Junipah!

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Can you read the signs? It’s never too late to change models of care and just stay home.

Top Ten Signs Your Doctor Is Planning To Perform an Unnecessary Caesarean Section on You

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Breech birth is one of the main reasons for booked caesarean surgery in Australia. Tomfoolery. Breech is a variation of normal and breech babies come out vaginas like head down babies.

Mechanism of breech

Once more I am compelled to write about Breech.  After the  study proving vaginal breech to be as safe as a section  you’d think the whole world would be back on board.  After all it only took a matter of months after the flawed Hannah trial for almost every Obstetrician to be convincing women that a major operation was safer than a normal birth.  But NO.  In Australia at least it is worse than ever and with the NHMRC guides saying that only “singleton cephatic 37 to 42 weeks with no other complications” should stay home, they could not be trying any harder to stamp out normal, unhindered birth in all it’s variation of normal.

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There’s no such thing as freebirth. Birth is birth. Words of wisdom over at The Little Leaf. Just beautiful!

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Support Brenda Capps – California.

Brenda Capps was arrested Thursday, November 15 and was charged with practicing medicine without a license. Please help us raise funds for her legal battle.

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Another of those lost pieces of knowledge around birth is what Kitzinger called “rest and be thankful”. I’ve heard from so many women that doctors and midwives, hospital and home, become anxious at this point and instead of supporting a woman to have a rest or a sleep, will start suggesting drugs, walks around the block, homeopathics or herbs. How about we trust birth and trust that bodies know what to do?

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Some amazing woolly goodness here! I totally agree that the repetition in this kind of work is delightful and delicious, even a bit d’lovely.

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I have to admit, I have quite the thing for rainbows of wool or cotton. What is it that’s so very incredibly amazingly satisfying about rainbows whatever the colours? Drool. Unrepentant drool.

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Another of those things that gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction is the making of dish cloths or wash cloths. I tend to use old, secondhand or recycled cotton because I think of them as money savers but for gifts it would be very tempting to buy some beautiful white cotton and some red…. Or some blue… or something contrasting… See? I get all carried away! How about you?

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(Very) Thankful Thursday

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one sheepish girl Crochet Rainbow Cake

Today is a good day. Today is the birthday of one of my closest friends: The Artist. Interested readers met The Nurse a few months ago, back here, well now it’s The Artist’s turn.

The Artist is just as publicity shy as The Nurse which is funny given the abundance of unwanted publicity in my own life so I shan’t be naming her. She and you will have to make do with the reasons I’m grateful for today.

44 years ago today, a baby girl was born. This is good because it means for three weeks out of every year she’s a year older than me. Who doesn’t love that?

I love her for her socialist politics and outrage over social issues. I love her art work. I love her children.

I love her shoe collection, I love her stylish, eclectic dress sense. I love her boyfriend even though he has the least original name evah.

I love that she is 6 feet tall and people once commented that I look like her daughter when she hugs me since I’m 5 feet short.

I love that she can speak more languages than most people both proficiently and perfectly.

I love that she loves my children and has cared for them with such kindness and generosity.

I love that she introduced me to Japanese beer.

So today I wish The Artist the happiest of birthdays, may the old duck live long and prosper.

 

Morning coffee round up

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For your reading pleasure. I hope you’ll grab a beverage, sit down and spend a little time with me and the other readers. Got something to share that you think others may enjoy? Please feel free to share in the comments!

Could this have to do with our detached parenting? Our leaving babies to cry? Our lack of support for parents to be with their babies since the economy must push on at all costs? It’s a frightening statistic. And mostly girls? Misogyny is showing up in childhood now thanks to the sexualisation of girls and the normalisation of pornography.

Self-harm is occurring for children of all ages

THOUSANDS of children – some younger than nine years old – have been admitted to hospitals around the country after intentionally harming themselves, a new report has found.

More than 4200 children aged between 10 and 14, mostly girls, were admitted to hospital after self-harming in the 10 years to 2007, according to a report into child injuries from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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Women are equal with men in Australia. Except that one of us is killed a week by our male partner. Isn’t that beyond tragic?

Speaking for abused women

The campaign says one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.

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Monbiot argues children are cut off from nature and thus do not learn its value or that it’s worth protecting. What do you think?

Children must experience nature in order to learn it’s worth saving

This, I think, reflects a second environmental crisis: the removal of children from the natural world. The young people we might have expected to lead the defence of nature have less and less to do with it.

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The death of a woman in Ireland at the hands of the hospital she asked to save her life has provoked outrage, anger and hopefully some soul searching around the world. Could it happen in Australia? Did you know that abortion is still a crime in most states of Australia? Did you?

Would Savita’s plight have been different in Australia?

A young woman goes to an emergency department after being raped. She fears she may be pregnant and asks for an emergency contraceptive pill but is denied one.

She persists and asks for a referral to a rape crisis centre where she can obtain one but is also told no.

Another woman’s foetus dies. She asks to have labour induced for fear that if it remains in her body too long she will develop blood poisoning and die. But the hospital tells her no. It is the only hospital in the woman’s rural town. No one told her that the policy of the Catholic hospital is not to perform sterilisation, abortions or to provide emergency contraceptives.

The cases – recounted to Leslie Cannold from Reproductive Choice Australia – both happened in Australia.

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Oh my! Tiny explosions of granny square colour all joining together to make a vest? Does it get better than that? Or more doable at home?! What are you making at the moment?

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And in the theme of tiny granny squares, get a load of this!

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If this rainbow granny blanket doesn’t cause you to drool, you should see a doctor. Or perhaps a cranial osteopath. Or a homeopath.

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Today over at Hoydens, they’re sharing a Moscow flashmob dancing to “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. I’m not sure popular culture gets a lot better than this!

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Some more music: the first opera written in English thanks to Henry Purcell. This is the recording I grew up hearing and it never fails to bring forth a tear.

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And one for your bookmarks if you’ve ever heard or managed an outbreak of mansplaining. Balm for the soul.

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