Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Some of my friends and family have asked about me mentioning a midwife. I guess we had never discussed what I wanted my birthing experience to be like. Several years ago a co-worker described her midwife experience to me and it sounded really nice. This does not mean I want to have my baby at home, underwater or in a chair. Not that there is anything wrong with those options. But I am all about the hospital and emergency medical care should the need arise. I want a more personal experience than you get with most doctors. I want to hear all of my options and most importantly I want them to hear me. Even though I conceived with IVF that doesn't mean that I shouldn't have as normal as a pregnancy and birth as any other woman. They say a positive outlook is really important during pregnancy. I want a relationship with my caregiver that allows me to feel comfortable and an active part of the decisions made in my care. I don't know a lot about labor & delivery but I have some definite opinions either way about some procedures. I will be giving birth (hopefully) in a hospital, supported by the most important people in my life and seconds away from a doctor if anything happens. That and a healthy baby are my deepest wishes.

I copied the text below from Maternity Wise which describes the role of a midwife.

Midwives are well-suited to care for healthy women who expect to have a normal birth. They provide prenatal care, care during labor and birth, and care after the birth. Many give priority to providing good information to women, involving women in decision-making, and providing flexible and responsive care. Many work to avoid unnecessary tests and treatments; and women under the care of midwives typically are less likely to have a cesarean, an episiotomy, and other interventions than women receiving care from doctors. Some midwives provide continuous support throughout labor and birth, which has many benefits for women, infants, and families and no known risks. Midwives often encourage, are well-informed about, and provide much support for breastfeeding.

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