@kristindru My sister works in Louisiana, too and she was definitely appalled at the student loan portion. She had nothing like that experience.
I sent this piece to my sister - a critical care nurse in North Louisiana. She had a very vitriolic reaction. I suppose where she works could be considered "rural" but she definitely thought this was glossed up. I told her to come comment, but it is so interesting to me how place plays such a major roll in nursing just like it seems to in teaching and other super-important service jobs.
@meatcute @lolapie I'm having the exact opposite experience with the midwives at my practice. They have not been interested in listening to what I tell them is going on with me and seem more interested in pushing their own goods & services. I love my doctors though, so I'll deal. I'm nearly 35 weeks, so here we go. :)
@Meaghano I had to do it when I was pregnant with my son and it was the WORST. This time, I cornered the midwife and said "Tell me how to pass the glucose test!" She told me to eat an egg instead of a bowl of cereal for breakfast. It worked! Yay!
I totally almost put my mom's name on my son's birth certificate so the dad thing made me laugh out loud. I have so many stories about dealing with the medical profession while trying to have a baby. I am glad you are working everything out and I hope you passed the glucose test! That 3 hour one is a beast!
I agree this is totally blown out of proportion, but I have enjoyed hearing the author speak on Fresh Air and the fantastic new Slate parenting podcast. I am pregnant with my second baby and the financial fears are very very real, but we never considered only having one child. Even when things are really hard, I still have a lot of "Joy" and "Fun." We chose this, and that is why I think this is my favorite thing written on the subject: http://jezebel.com/nothing-can-help-you-decide-whether-to-have-kids-1515269223
We had an intern who was one of the researchers for Judge Judy. She had a "region" she was responsible for, and she would drive around to the various courts to find good cases for the show. It was really interesting!
My son's first favorite thing was the snoogle pillow. He was all over the house in that thing. Congrats on your new baby!
@garli Truth! The beauty of the food processor is easy pie crust! Let me know if you need the best recipe! I love the Cook's Illustrated vodka crust.
I don't think it's easier for ANYONE to reenter the work force these days. But yay for Stay at Home Dads! I wish we could afford for my husband to stay home.