Friday, July 23, 2004

I will try to blog. I will try to blog. I will try to blog. I will try to blog.
The child poverty rate rose slightly between 2001 and 2002, from 15.8 percent to 16.3 percent
While birth rates fell substantially among young women ages 15 to 19 between 1980 and 2002 (from 53 to 43 per 1,000 women), they rose among women age 30 and older during the same time period (from 62 to 92 per 1,000 women ages 30-34, for example).
Pregnancy rates among adolescent females have fallen steadily during the past decade, from 116.3 per 1,000 female teens ages 15 to 19 in 1990 to 84.5 per 1,000 female teens in 2000, the lowest rate reported since 1976.
The percentage of births to women receiving late or no prenatal care declined substantially during the 1990s, from 6.1 percent in 1990 to 3.6 percent by 2002.
An interesting article about Violence in the Lives of Children

Saturday, July 10, 2004

The last absurd quiz for the week

I took the most accurate villain personality test

created by:
The Arch Villainess Gracie

Cool--I'm the best in the series
Star Wars4
You are The Empire Strikes Back era from Episode V!

From ice planets, to swamplands, to cities in the
clouds, you will embark on quite the adventure!
A little green man is in your future (nothing
from the X-Files). Be careful when standing
around carbonite. That's cold stuff!
Unfortunately, everywhere you go, you will be
surrounded by darkness. Don't lose your head
(or your hand!).

Which Star Wars Era Are You?
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Yet another ridiculous quiz

Which generic smut novel character are you? (With somewhat relevant pictures!)

The Obscenely Wealthy Heiress

Poor dear, all alone in your opulent estate, with no one but a tight-fisted, controlling prude of a relative to keep you company. Perhaps you can entreat some strapping young lad into educating you in the ways of the world.

Personality Test Results

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Okay ME2, it's your turn. Take the quiz my friend.
Trouble at Wyandot Lake

I saw this story at Nursing Mom.

A few years ago, there was a bill in the Ohio General Assembly that explicitly allowed a woman to breastfeed in a public area. It went nowhere but we did get those wonderfully written juvenile sex offender and serious youthful offender laws instead.

Hopefully some smart representative or senator will actually push a bill supporting breastfeeding through one of these days.

And people, if the sight of a breastfeeding mother and child offends you, don't look!
Another quiz
What Color is Your Brain?

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Okay. If you say so.

Friday, July 02, 2004

APA Breastfeeding Recommendations Handout

You can find a new Breastfeeding Handout by the APA on the KellyMom Website.

Note to Pediatricians: Read it, Say it, Mean it, Live it.

And for anyone out there wondering, I charted my daughter on the new and improved Growth Charts for breastfed babies (Permalink for that post isn't working). She still was on the low end of the scale--comfortably near the middle at Mean - 2. At least she appeared on this chart.

Of course I have to wonder about the methodology of gathering data for these charts--were these children healthy and eating appropriately? I like the results, but I'd like to know how they got there. Considering my daughter isn't even on the "normal" chart, there is some disparity in growth of formula fed and breastfed babies.

Still, I hope pediatricians consider using these charts for their patients who are breastfeeding. It just makes more sense to use the charts that match how the baby is actually being fed.