First of all, factoryconnection - that's fantastic. Would love to know where you play. I'd have that tip in hand. (Well, maybe when the younger of the two gets out of the public embarrassment everywhere phase) Even though I hate that godforsaken song.
Second, I think it's really important to know your kids and what phases they're in at the time - and be honest with yourself about how well they can handle it and which places - even IF kid friendly - are going to work for YOUR kid at the time. I think most people don't mind kids dancing to music or eating without screaming in a restaurant before about 7-8 pm. But let's face it, that's just not going to happen every time for every kid. My toddler hit the terrible twos early, and family friendly or not, you won't find me anywhere with kids in tow right now that doesn't have a dollar menu, unless it's a deserted restaurant a bit after lunchtime (and I'll be tipping very well).
Have a backup plan and be prepared to leave if the kids get salty. Ask for your food to go and eat it in the car. It sucks, but that's just parenting. You can have your revenge when they go off to college and you text them endless pictures of the great food you're eating and places you're going with, "Glad you're not here! Love, The Parents"
Streetlaw, when they announce the mouthbreathing asshat parade, I'm sure you'll be the first to know.
Really interesting! I had no idea it was so prevalent here; never would have guessed.
I was diagnosed with PPD after the birth of my second child, but it turns out I'm actually bipolar. The Zoloft and then Paxil I was put on caused a hypomanic episode lasting two months, anxiety attacks, and completely messed me up for over a year before things went back to normal. Not only do providers need to be aware of it - they need to be referring women to therapists/psychiatrists instead of just diagnosing PPD in-office and writing a script. It's not their area of expertise and it needs to be handled by pros.
We also could discuss the fact that mental health support is hard to acquire with children. I have insurance. I can afford the co-pay on a shrink. I can't afford a weekly sitter, we have no friends here and what little family is nearby is unavailable to babysit. It's probably just a pipe dream, but therapy offices offering on-site drop-in childcare would probably lead to a lot more women getting the help they need.
This is a far better option than homebirth for women who don't want to birth in a hospital. Homebirth and lay-midwives are dangerous business, but CBP and places like it that are close to hospitals and have midwives with real education and degrees are certainly good to have so that women don't end up taking the homebirth risk. So I am not anti-birth center (although I am vehemently anti-homebirth). Now, that said, this was actually a difficult article to wade through. To clarify, is the on-call requirement now being interpreted that a doctor must actually be in the facility at all times?
This bit seems quite sensible to me: " require that birth centers set up transfer guidelines for moving high-risk deliveries to a hospital, and also require that all birth centers be accredited based on standards from the American Association of Birth Centers. "
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