Freedom For Birth, Illinois

Thank you for your service, I know you have supported legislation in the focus of restricting taxpayer money going to women services. Would you consider an approach where you support individuals’s human rights related to birth? I look to you for guidance as I have no legal training. A bit on why this is importantnto me- in Illinois the hospital policies have created a hostile enviornment that is not condusive to safe childbirth. Add to that hospital policy, often concocted ny insurance, is making procedures that are unnecessary to become common and therefore we have women and children who are being harmed. I was harmed and so was my son bc of this protocol. Interventions that left me with 2.5 years of PTSD and a cesarean that m y doctor said was bc its getting late, running out of time that led to 5 years of scar tissue treatment. Wondering why a “happy mother, healthy baby” kept being said to me while my son was in the nursery and I was most definitely not happy bc of this birth I looked for a safer option for my second birth, which would be labeled VBAC by the OB’s who’d id interview. VBAC means vaginal birth after cesarean, which has statistaically same/sim risks as first time mothers. But bc insurance companies and OB’s had decided they couldtnt risk covering someone who had a scar from a cesarean birth, I was left with only 3 choices for practices in chicagoland that could attend my birth with the care of a birth porfessional who had been trained in natural physicological birth (obs are trained to be surgeons and are for high risk situations). There was only one CNM, certified nurse midwife in oura tea who could atttend homeninrths for VBAC moms like myself, and with 30% of women haveing cesareans, 15pts up from WHO’s suggestion for a healthy birth environment, lots of moms were looking for providers and not finding many who practiced in support of mtoher and baby friendly procedures. I was told to “stay home as long as possible” by doctor after doctor in referring to how to plan for a successful birth. but bc there are not licensed CPM’s in IL, there was nooone toaccompany me in labor at home. As you can see, thisdoesnt make much sense when there are planty of midwives who could haveused their expertise and medical knowledge to ensure I was only staying home if it were safe for my baby and myself. There seems to be so much we can do to help create a better enfviorment for better birth outcomes, everything from change how medical schools teach about birth, to teaching women about birth, to licensing midwives. I just need help in figuring out what can be done and how and there are lots of women organizeing in ILLinois, many women protesting, many women working to make this happen. Thank you for whatever help you can provide, and thank you for your future support of women _sarah glover #freedomforbirth #occupybirth

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Empowered Birth Awareness Week 2012

Hastags Im gonna be using (@anderzoid) during Empowered Birth Awareness Week 2012. #EBAW Starting Sunday September 2, 2012

Monday: LABOR DAY!

Improving Birth National Rally For Change- #ImproveBirth #laborday

#ImproveBirthChi- Chicago on 9/3/12 10-noon at AMA.  American Medical Association headquarters, 515 N. State St, Chicago, IL.


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Wordless: birth cloud

August 2012 Birth Cloud

sharing my birth visions

Thank you ABCya! word clouds for kids! Had a nice time making this along with a word cloud for each of my kids at their current stages. My four year old loves to type his name now so this is a big hit.

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The dependence of Pee Accuracy on Age.

Pee Accuracy (urine *in* the toilet) vs Age

My observations of urine flow accuracy from having a toddler boy, a middle aged husband, and grandpa in the house.

As you can see there is a very steep incline of pee accuracy during the toddler years.

My son and I had a bathroom to kitchen conversation yesterday,

Son: ::pssst, pause, pssst, pause, psst::
Me: Hey, what are you doing in there?
Son: I’m having fun! playing with my penis, i can open and close it. Stop and go.
Me: oh, ok then. Finish up and wash your hands.

(later we talke about how it’s good to let your body eliminate itself without force and ha a talk w my daughter about UTI’s.) They are 4 and 2! 🙂

I had a brother. I was an athlete and used the boy’s locker room off season. I know what’s ahead. Urine games. I mean my almost 5 year old already has hooting contests in the bushes with the neighbors, it’s gonna get fun in a few years. Or funny. And, messy.

Then there is this time, yeah
when you get married
or have room mates and
wherever your bathroom habits are
no matter how gross or hygienic
it seems that you just skate on through.

Maybe a little bump up of actually peeing in the toilet or putting the seat down every once in a while to appease a feminine figure. But that’s it, you’ve reached the height of your pee in toilet accuracy.

I imagine there’s a decline of caring or control at some point as you get older. And then you hit senile and start wearing diapers again so you’re back to where you started.

So there you have it, the circle of life told through potty habits. You are welcome.

Our bit of unschooling today was graphing. Some
Basics graph stuff:
– X axis is the horizontal, Y axis is vertical (y to the sky)

– X axis is independent. Y axis is dependent

– Title a graph Y vs X

– Label your axis, labels what units you are measuring it with …

From scratch

– collect data (even if it’s pretend lol like I did here. ((pretend doesn’t work in science but u might get away with it in business, jk )) )

-define parameters

– graph data, don’t connect dots, draw line of best fit.

-figure out what the hell it means

-impress your friends by actually analyzing data and evidence.

XO biological nanny


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Share Love. Contrast Hate.

Trigger warnings: The links describe violent assault.Please feel free to pray and share your replies of encouragement but not continue reading. Be kind to yourself and others.

Share Love. Contrast Hate.

We are raising awareness to help with the immediate needs of the victims of the Grand Rapids home invasion. We will also be gathering resources and donations for their long term recovery.

At this time, names have remained anonymous. GRPD is investigating. The party who robbed the occupants were not caught. If you know the parties involved we ask that you respect their privacy/protection/anonymity. Call the police if you have information!

” Detectives are hoping someone with information will call in a tip. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345. ”

Love filled replies will be gathered and sent to the families. (Please be aware of victims’ and families’ protection by not using full names and keeping them anonymous when sharing publicly).

If you’d like to send a message of hope, encouragement, and compassion please comment below/reply back. Mark both ends of what you’d like added to the card we will be sending with:
Share Love- … your message… -Share Love.

      • Share Love. Contrast Hate.


      GR MI home invasion and sexual assault victims’ recovery fund:

      •Comments will be collected and our message of love, encouragement, hope, support will be sent to the families and victims:

      •The story:

UPDATE *5/7/13

      •Share Love. Contrast Hate. Twitter search:


We can be a contrast to the frightening experience. This was a violent crime, such hate-filled assaults should never happen in this world. So please, keep any hateful comments out of this.

Let’s share love, not hate.

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Share LOVE. Contrast HATE. GR MI home invasion & sexual assault

I am asking you to please share love, not hate.

Below is the wepay description for the Share Love, Not Hate campaign. It’s goal is to collect funds and well wishes for the victims of a violent home
Invasion and sexual assault that happened June 4th, 2012 (this monday morning).

Please click and donate whatever you can: Share love, Not hate.

Detectives are hoping someone with information will call in a tip. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

We are raising funds to help with the immediate needs of the victims of the Grand Rapids home invasion. We will also be gathering resources & donations for their long term recovery.

For their protection, their names have remained anonymous. At this time, We ask that you respect their privacy/protection/anonymity.

Please only send love and well wishes.

We can be a contrast to the frightening experience. This was a violent crime, such hate-filled assaults should never happen in this world. So please, keep any hateful comments out of this.

” Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 ”

Share love, not hate. Share love. contrast hate. #slch

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What I’ve gotten from (christian) religion

Going back to the how I’d get here, anyways… and what keeps me coming back. Today: Evangelical Christianity.

Spending mother’s day with a bunch of cool kids & adults at the People’s Summit really got me thinking. What the heck have I gotten from the religion?

Sitting there with an array of human’s with an array of backgrounds and an array of beliefs felt like a more well-rounded erosion of what I always pictured church to be like.

I participate in Christianity & follow it’s core values (that might be a stretch). I guess I should say I really dig Jesus’ method’s and teachings teachings. The idea of a higher power and creator really clicks as a world view. I believe in right and wrong. I see there is a moral standard that all cultures touch on. I think all humans are equal.

Oh! That last bit, I know all humans are equal. Yeah that.

Hmm, doesn’t seem like religion holds that up. In fact, from my very limited studies of religion it seems that there is actually an ernest attempt to separate humans.

Beyond that, religion has been used over and over to keep certain people submissive. It has been used recently to keep blacks as slaves, women as second-class, gay or variant sex orientations and genders as unequal sinners, the ill as outsiders, victims as outcasts, and different as heathens.

That does NOT sound like loving God is a priority. That does not sound like loving people is the priority. Isn’t all life precious? Aren’t we supposed to be making connections?

So WTF am I doing clinging on to the evangelical Christian church thing where war and inequality is often celebrated?

I guess there are way more reasons than what I could fit in this little letter to no-one. There are a few things I can be thankful to being raised in an evangelical Christian church. (obviously not all groups represent everyone so I’m only speaking from my experience. Duh, that’s why its a blog).

Do here’s my right off the top of my head list of (good) things I’ve learned from being raised in a church-

Love rules.
Love God. Love People.
Every choice counts in the fight against good or evil.
Life is a journey.
We are all in it together.
Life is not fair. Grace.
Gifts are free.
Things do not make you happy.
Make space.
Take time to connect.
Listen. Wait. Be.
Respect other’s work.
We are stewards of the Earth.
Everything we have is a gift, to be shared, it is not our own.
All life is precious.
Be slow to anger.
Think about each-other’s interests.
Laws are meant to follow natural order, like a warning about consequences.
Free will. Choice. Love is free.
Truth. (seek it)
Always question authority.
Recognize wisdom of elders.
Take care of those who cannot help themselves.
Protect the innocent.
Be honest in everything.
Be thankful. Give thanks.

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