the cat, however, is fine
qotd, shawls

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 Corgi update: She's still not willing to put much weight on her back stump but also seems pretty chill about the whole thing. More later.

The links:

And a personal link, one that you'll likely see until my goal is met, because I'm like an NPR fund-drive that way --

      Because I am not getting any younger, I decided now was the best time to run the only marathon I've ever wanted to run. In order to make that happen (apart from all of the running, training, and ice baths, naturally), I'm running under the umbrella of Every Mother Counts, a charity that is dear to me. Did you know that every single day, globally, 800 women die in childbirth. Did you also know that 98 percent of these deaths could have been prevented pretty easily with decent care? Yeah. Me, either. Prompt medical care certainly saved me with baby #1. I can only imagine what would have happened had I not been privileged to live in a developed country. 

    Please help me help all of those women who are becoming mothers under different circumstances by donating here


I didn't even have to read the article on motherhood when I saw it was written by Amy Tuteur. She has nothing, nothing, nothing supportive to say about home birth, natural birth, or breastfeeding. She aggressively speaks/writes against them at every chance she gets. I don't know if I've ever read an article on these topics that didn't have some kind of screed from her in the comment section. You don't have to choose to do any of those things to know that they are -- at a minimum -- valid choices (never mind, perhaps, even positive choices) to make in early parenthood.

There are entire web sites devoted to questioning her authority on the subject (e.g. Some say that she hasn't had a current medical license since 2003. I don't know if that's true, but it speaks to how much she pisses off the home birth and breastfeeding advocates. Slate's kind of talking out of both sides of its mouth in publishing an article from her, as this 2012 article of theirs calls her expertise into question:

From the article:

"Also known as “Dr. Amy,” Tuteur let her medical license lapse in 2003 and created the blog Home Birth Debate in 2006, which she used to advocate for her position, which is basically: Home birth kills babies."

Actually, home birth "outcomes tend to be pretty good,” says Eugene Declercq, an epidemiologist and professor of public health at Boston University. “So when Tuteur says no study anywhere has found this, it's a crock. There are studies that have found good results.”

Etc, etc, etc.

So, there's a little something to chew on, perhaps for balance. :) Having said that, I really have no idea what is written in that latest piece of hers. I like my blood pressure to stay out of the stratosphere.

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