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jinty From: jinty Date: November 4th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I did some sitting down but no lying down during labour, apart from when I was trying to actually get some sleep, so not while I was actively labouring IYSWIM. The bed should probably be firm and something you can lean on rather than expecting to lie on, so a sofa you could lean on would be good enough I'd expect, but then it's down to a number of factors not just the sofa. (I wouldn't bother buying a new one in advance of labouring on it at any rate - there could be some mess, or at least it wouldn't be good to be inhibited by the thought of messing up yr nice new item!)

Get Owen to do the moving round of stuff, srsly. And friends too, as needed. I found it hard to give up doing things that needed energy - like cutting our massive hedge - but there are things you just need to hand over, honestly. Or don't bother - there are a bunch of things you'd want to do, before & after the birth, that just won't get done, and that's ok, honest.

I bet that Guardian article is by Oliver James (not the estate agent) and I plan to ignore hin entirely, wholly, and with malice aforethought. Stuff him.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 5th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have finally re-found the Guardian article, it's not Oliver James (though it does refer to him), it's this one: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/oct/02/nurseries-childcare-pre-school-cortisol
jinty From: jinty Date: November 6th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Have read that now, thanks for the link. What it says to me is:
* the effects are uncertain (raised cortisol levels? There's a whole bit in Bad Science about taking some measurable thing that is not itself the outcome you want to look for, and then reifying that easily-measurable thing into the thing you were first concerned about).
* the effects are small and quite possibly dissapear after some time
* better nurseries / childcare seem to be a valid answer to the concerns raised - admittedly, finding these may not be easy, but that's a question ahead of us in any case.

In sum, these scaremongering gits can fuck off.

OUP and my department is full of working parents, and by crikey i'll be one of them in a year's time. It's part of life and I'm just going to get on with it.
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