Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Relative Risks of Uterine Rupture

Written by Eileen Sullivan, with assistance from her husband, Patrick.
Your risk of dying in a car accident, over the course of your lifetime, is between 1 in 42 and 1 in 75. This is roughly 4 to 5 times greater than the risk of uterine rupture. You're about twice as likely to have your car stolen (that's an annual risk) than to experience a uterine rupture. Your odds of being murdered are 1 in 140 over the course of your lifetime. That's 2 times more likely than the risk of rupture. The annual risk of having a heart attack is 1 in 160, 2 times more likely than rupture. Your risk of dying from heart disease is roughly 1 in 6, or 55 times greater than your risk of rupture. If you're a smoker, your risk of dying from lung cancer is 1 and a half times more likely than a VBAC mom rupturing during her labor. You're about 17 times more likely to contract an STD this year than you are to have a uterine rupture; more likely to contract gonorrhea than to rupture, as well. You're 13 times more likely to get food poisoning than to rupture. You're more likely to have twins than a uterine rupture. Odds of twins: 1 in 90. That's about 3 1/2 times the likelihood of rupture. If you ride horseback, you're 3 times more likely to die in a riding accident than you are to experience a uterine rupture. If you ride a bike on the street, you are 4 times more likely to die in an accident (annual risk) than you are to suffer a rupture. Having a serious fire in your home during the next year is twice as likely as experiencing a rupture. You're ten times as likely to win at roulette as you are to have a uterine rupture. If you flip a coin, you'll be more likely to get heads (or tails) 8 times in a row than to rupture. The risk of cord prolapse is 1 in 37 (2.7%), or nearly ten times more likely than that of rupture. And a final irony (heads up, those of you who want a doc to give his/her opinion on your likelihood of rupture next pregnancy!)... You're 6 times more likely to have a doctor who is an impostor than you are to suffer a rupture. Two percent of docs are phonies (1 in 50), according to several sources I found. So instead of worrying about rupture, why not take a few minutes to check up on your doctor's credentials? It'd be a more profitable use of your time, and a substantially more likely cause for alarm.

Winter Warmer

Our dude Lolo. Again with the tattooing himself. He is being a Wiggle in this photo (note the daggy skivvy). He turns 3 next month, and his vocabulary has just exploded. We are now getting 2 words strung together, and he's using far less gestures now, relying more and more on speech to communicate which is just AWESOME! He is still really hard to understand, but Andrew and I get what he's on about most of the time. He loves to sing, hums away most of the day. It's so cute. Little man Twistie, isn't he getting so big? Here he sports a lovely pair of handmade knitted legwarmers from the lovely April in Warnambool. Thanks wonderwoman!! He's got 4 teeth (cos that's important ya know), and is still cruising the furniture, not quite game enough to venture out walking on his own yet. He won't be far off though.
Willum was so excited about his new pink slippers with the sparkly butterflies! His pink brolly makes the perfect accessory for this season. Pink is his favourite colour, in case you couldn't tell.
He is loving Kindy and keeps telling me that when he turns 5 he'll get his hair cut and then have Christmas and then go to Pre-Primary. He's got his life mapped out, haha!
I am going to take them to Mum's in the next school holidays. Spend a few days up there, enjoy the break from the city traffic.
We have a couple of birthdays to prepare for, and I think we are planning a BBQ for Tristan and a morning at AQWA for Lochlain. We'll see how it all goes though, as Andrew can't take time off work, so everything needs to happen on a Sunday.
Heading down to Dad's this weekend to pick up a new car. I will post pics of it when I get it!!
Right, off to stop them from killing each other.
Deep breath. xxxOOOxxx

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Trouble With White Pants

The Trouble With White Pants:
Medicalisation and Agency in the Context of Menstrual Suppression.
- Jessica Shipman Gunson
See here for full text: Link

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Wonderful Place

from Chrissy's blog:
The Wonderful Place is a picture book which celebrates the joys of toddler breastfeeding, seen through the eyes of 3 year old Jimi Jazz. The artwork is ink, water colour and collage on paper. Prints can be ordered of any of the artwork, please contact me at sales@chrissybutler.com for more information about prints or orginal artwork from the book.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Spunk Monkeys

Just showing off my lads. We've had a long weekend here, and they've loved having their daddy home for a bit. Lochlain is really missing him during the week, after being so used to having him home more often. Tristan is cutting another top tooth, but you'd never guess it. He just cruises on, never blinks an eye, just grows and changes with such ease. If everybody had babies like him, the world would be more than overpopulated, it'd be bursting at the seams. He is such a little champ. Not that the other two aren't awesome, but they've presented us with their own unique challenges in their time, and so far... we've just not had anything from Tristan that I would have considered challenging. Lets hope I am not made to eat my words hey!