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18 June 2006 @ 02:13 pm
Mamarevolution.com was started in early winter 2004 by four young mamas who needed a place where they belonged. Too young and alternative for babycenter and too old for the teen based online communities, they struck out to make a home for mamas who just didn’t fit in anywhere else. After a few nights of brainstorming and women sharing their talents, Mamarevolution.com was born.

Mamarevolution is a pro-choice, feminist community who seeks to support, encourage and educate young women and mothers from all backgrounds and cultures. Our goal is to provide the community and support that is so desperately needed as we fight for our rights as parents and women, and to defeat the social stereotypes that surround young or alternative parents.

While we promote breastfeeding and natural parenting, we recognize that each family is unique and has their own set of needs and customs. We respect and support all families and their allies in their quest to raise strong, positive and socially conscious children.
19 January 2006 @ 09:03 pm
I have a question for all of you regarding feeding. In another community that I belong to, which I love, don't get me wrong, a woman posted asking if it was ok to give cereal in a bottle to a 2 month old. There have been a lot of different responses, but most of them encouraged her to go ahead and do it...does this seem wrong to anyone else? I was told by my doctor and other experienced moms that putting cereal in a bottle can cause ear infections...any sort of hard sucking can force bacteria into the ear canal, therefore increasing the risk of ear infections. I am going to get up on my soap box here for a minute and let it be known that I do NOT think it is ok to let an infant that young have cereal out of a bottle, hell, I don't think they should have cereal at ALL...when I encouraged the mom to use a spoon, if she must give cereal to her son, she said she wasn't ready to do a spoon yet...alot of the women talked about their children having reflux...Gabriel had reflux until we switched his formula...we didn't give him cereal until he was four or five months old, and at that point it was from a spoon...where do you all stand in this? Do you think it's ok to feed cereal from a bottle? Do you think it's ok to feed cereal that young? I hope I am not the only one who feels this way, though if I am, it really won't bother me too much, after all, I am a bit of a...well...you know...HA HA...
17 January 2006 @ 08:05 pm

How long did you all swaddle your children for?  My son, Drake, is 3 1/2 months old and I still swaddle him as I find he generally sleeps better.  I know I won't be able to do it for too much longer, as he's getting big.  But I was curious as to how long you all swaddled for.

And, so it isn't just text... DrakeCollapse )

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: NCIS - TV
10 January 2006 @ 11:04 pm
Hi ladies,
I was just reading an article on C-Sections that included some opinions from women. Alot of these women were appalled that women would have to have c-sections. Some articles with comments that I've read actually say they think that women are selfish for having c-sections and that moms who have c-sections have it easier than moms who go through vaginal delivery? How do all of you feel about that? I am not sure who here has had a vaginal delivery or who has had a c-section, but I am very curious as to what other women think. Because of medical reasons, I had to have a c-section. I could not safely deliver Gabriel vaginally. I had an extra long c-section, which broke my heart. I had always dreamt of my "perfect" delivery..no drugs, no unecessary medical attention, Sarah McLachlan on the cd player *ha ha* but instead found my self doped up with 10+doctors and nurses in the room...Gabriel was delivered to the song "red red wine" by UB40-which amuses me still-I felt very guilty though, about having a c-section. I felt as if I were not a "real" mom because I didn't give birth vaginally. (I don't use the term "naturally") After talking to my mom, who had three vaginal deliveries, she gave me the best piece of advice I could have ever heard...it doesn't matter how a baby comes into this world, as long as baby and mom are safe and healthy...it totally changed my perspective....I heard from numerous people, my best friend included, that I had gone the "easy" route and had a c-section...who ever said a c section was easy? I have a 17 inch scar...they had to put the epidural in 7 times before it would stay...please tell me what is so easy about this? Now, I am not saying that vaginal birth is easy, I know that it is far from it, but I wish women would stop being so harsh to one another about these things, you know? Christ, it's hard enough being a mother without other women judging you!!!!
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: Sarah McLachlan, softly playing in Gabe's room
07 January 2006 @ 09:02 am
*waves* Hello! I just stumbled across this community and thought it might be interesting to join. My name is Chrissi, I have a 22 and 1/2 month old son, Gabriel. He's the love of our lives and is spoiled rotten. Gabriel was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus but we've never treated him like he is disabled. He is just starting to walk on his own (yay) and has above average intelligence (we've had him tested) I am a Montessori directress at a very small private school in the 'burbs of Chicago and Gabe has been there since he was three months old. Our friends all think we are nuts for the parenting choices we've made...we co slept, breast fed, fed him organics, and I wore him all of the time. BUT we also circumsized him and got all of his vaccinations. I am not opposed to doing things that are medically necessary (both the circ and vaccines were necessary because of his spina bifida) but don't think you should give your child anything medically unnecessary. I look forward to getting to know all of you and just thought I would promote my toddler commmunity if any of you are interested toddlermommas It's a fun community for moms of toddlers. Here's a picture of my little guy, Gabe Read more...Collapse )
03 January 2006 @ 11:22 pm
Hello...i found this community from the altparent comm ...and hollsh ...i am 25 momma to 2 boys and just am trying to parent my boys the way i see fit and not to the specification of everyone else...

i have a question and no one i know is into delaying vacs so im just looking at how other moms feel about it...for those of you that go this route...i just wonder how you handled it...we have a new pediatrician that we just started to see at romans 2yr check up...he has mentioned jokingly hubby better be there at the 2mo check up for the shots or momma will not be happy....but this is the thing i believe in delaying the vacs....as you have read i have had some issues with him not being open with me and just feeling frustrated with him...tomorrow is lucians 4week appt and i want to bring it up...but fear what he may say...or should i just wait till that 2mo appt and say no thanks we are gonna wait it out? ...

i can just hear it now a lecture ...hubby doesnt say much just "yeah sure" when i ask his oppinion on delaying...i delayed romans till he was i think 9 months old...so he didnt finish his shots till late ...
21 December 2005 @ 07:47 pm
I have been searching the web, but I was wondering if anyone could supply me with a site that has good, affordable cloth diapers that you, yourself have ordered from and are pleased with. Thanks!

x-posted everywhere. sorry if you see more than once!
03 December 2005 @ 07:45 pm
I love my son, who is now approaching 3 months old, but I am now (I hope) guaranteed pregnancy-free for the next five years! Woo! I got my Mirena IUD on Wednesday.

What are your thoughts on children and spacing them out? Or do you think it's necessary to have more than one? My husband and I think we're just going to keep this one, but SO many people tell us we just HAVE to have at least one more.

Do you think it's necessary? I'm an only child so I wouldn't know about the sibling bond and all that. Same goes for my husband.
If I hear any of these phrases one more time:

"Don't get your hopes up...Mason will probably be late."
"I bet Mason's going to come early."
"OMG, don't circ/vaccinate/stop breastfeeding until he's at least a year/supplement with formula/blahblahblah, because that's just horrible!"
"Your belly is so tiny!"
"OMG, look at how bad your stretch marks are!!!"

I'm going to have to commit murder. Seriously.

I'm excited that I've started dilating and effacing, but that doesn't mean that I automatically assume that he's going to come early OR late. He's going to come whenever HE'S ready.

And, yes, I'm planning on having him circumcised and vaccinated, and I'm not planning on breastfeeding long-term. And, you know what else? I have formula in my cabinet, in the rare case that I might just have to end up supplementing. Quite treating me like I'm so inferior to you and stop treating me as though I'm a neglectful parent because I'm making choices that you might not necessarily agree with. I'm doing what I think is best for MY child. I'm researching everything and every possible option, and I'm not just jumping into ANY of this blindly.

Oh, one other thing. I know that you are just trying to prepare me for what is to come, but I don't need to constantly be reminded of how painful labor is. I'm already scared enough without you taking it upon yourself to tell me on a daily basis how I don't know what real pain is yet and how horrible labor is. I hate you.

And, yes, I want an epidural. It's great that you want to have a natural childbirth, but I do not. I want my medication. That doesn't make you superior.

Pregnancy has really made me dislike people in general. I rant about the same things over and over, simply because people don't get it the first time. I constantly feel this urge to smack the hell outta people.

Someone on my friends list made a post a little while ago pretty much badmouthing people who choose to circ, along with posting a link to a very biased LJ entry written by some guy with graphic photos and such. It annoys me, because it's obviously a blatant attack at me and my post.

How difficult is it to respect the choices of others?!
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: watching TV
I need SLEEP! I can't leave the baby with my husband, because he gets all pissy if he can't stop the baby from crying in 90 seconds or less.

He also insists on trying to FORCE the bottle or pacifier in my son's mouth, and I'm about ready to throw him out of the house over it.

Also, I can't have my husband watch our son because I need his lazy ass out looking for a JOB, as he's been out of work really for over two months. And it's not because nobody is hiring, either.

My son is a month old, and people keep telling me "just let him lay in his crib and cry" but I just can't do that. He's too little to learn that I can't always be right there when he needs me. Right now my dad is holding him and rocking him so I can get a minute.

I want to sleep uninterrupted until I wake up naturally. I am now realizing this will never happen again.