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My intro [Dec. 19th, 2004|11:55 am]
Medical Practitioners for Reproductive Choice



The community looked really blah with no entries, so I'm posting an intro. Feel free to do the same.

I would like to provide women with safe choices in their reproductive health. That is why I want to become a nurse-midwife. When I talk about reproductive choice, I mean everything from assisting at births to prescribing birth control, to teaching natural family planning, to performing abortions (or at least assisting at them). Lots of people think that midwives should only deliver babies, and my desire to do everything else makes them uncomfortable. While I love the idea of caring for women during their pregnancies in a way that empowers them, it is also important to me that they be empowered in all decisions they make about their reproductive health. This includes giving them the option to abort with a sensitive, compassionate health care provider.

So that's why I'm here. I'm very interested in hearing how people feel about their education and how reproductive health was addressed.

[User Picture]From: callmecandi
2005-11-26 11:12 am (UTC)
When I was pregnant with my first baby I went into hospital with strange pains in my upper abdomen. I had 4 weeks till my due date and after being observed for a few days the doctors finally discovered that I had cholestasis. Other names- obstetric cholestasis or cholestasis of pregnancy. I have found it hard to get information on this and I was never told how bad the condition was.
All I know is it made me so itchy that they had to induce me 2 weeks early as it was the only way to stop the itching. They only place I was comfortable was in the bath tub. I would scratch my self so much that I could smell burning flesh on my nails. I ended up having c section because I wasn’t progressing enough. Even after having a drug to strengthen my contractions.

I know the condition is caused by pregnancy hormones and it affects the liver. But my biggest concern is if it will happen in my second pregnancy and is there a way I can help prevent it? Also can I have it when I’m not pregnant? One of the symptoms was seeing stars. I get that all the time now.
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