Wednesday, July 02, 2008

From here to maternity

Well, I didn't intend to take maternity leave from this blog, but we moved and our broadband took its time getting hooked up. Anyway, all is well with me and baby Molly. Let me get up on the soapbox for a minute: We had a home birth, and if anyone is thinking about doing this but is a bit scared, just do it. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I also highly recommend the book Spiritual Midwifery, the ace documentary the Business of Being Born, and getting a doula for your birth. A doula is kind of like a mother's helper, a wise person who knows loads about birthing babies. Our doula was Antonia Segura Walker, and she was wonderful.

Having this tiny sidekick makes me look at Manchester in a whole new way. Before, I was most interested in whether a cafe had decent coffee, good food and free wireless and wasn't filled with jerks. Now I just want a baby changing station, dammit.

I've become inordinately fond of the Arndale, because it does have brilliant facilities for those with child, and is filled with all manner of changing rooms and feeding rooms (though they don't exactly roll out the red carpet for men in the changing room, as we found.) Breastfeeding is another issue. So far I've tried it in Barburrito, the Costa in the Arndale Waterstones, and Starbucks, with no problems. I don't know what I'm expecting, since no-one seems the least bit fussed, but you never know. I don't think I'd be in a hurry to get the boob out in Piccadilly Gardens, say. If anyone knows of any particularly bf-friendly places in Manc, give me a shout.

Anyway. That's enough about babies now. No, this is not turning into a mommy blog. Next post I'll be back to telling you all about the exciting cultural events that I can't go to. Sheesh.


Single Mother on the Verge said...

Well just a few mummy tales... go on.... on cultural things for mums and babies? Now I'm hooked on the baby thing.

Anonymous said...

im glad to see you back to the world of blogging, im also happy that everything went well, think you must be very very brave to have a home birth.

Anonymous said...

Good to know that you and little Molly are both doing well. Good to have you back blogging.

Keris Stainton said...

For some reason, I can't comment on my own blog, but thanks for your comment.

I'm so glad you had a successful home birth and envious that you had a doula too! Luckily (or not...) I've been put on a special midwife team since H's birth was so traumatic, so I'll definitely be getting one of three midwives, all of whom I've met and like so it's the next best thing to a doula.

Now I just need to get that pool pumped up!