Maternity revisited

Today I take a break from writing my so-called “Edu-paper” [to write this blog entry], an article about tertiary education in OECD and esp. in Finland. The levels of university study places are increased year in, year out without taking into consideration the (demographic) transitions that lower birth rates and non-existent (higher-end) job markets pose. […]

Maternity package

This story is about the ‘small’ differences.  Ilkka and I recently finished an English-speakers’ Birth preparation course. It served as a good introduction into the Dutch midwifery, pregnancy and birthing system, as well as giving tips and practical examples. I won’t go into more (gory?) details here ;)  Today I would like to write about […]

Gestational Diabetes

Lab, nausea, back-ache, yoga. Not in that order though.. Last week’s biking incident still tickling in my knee, cannot fully support my weight on it nor sit on it while bent (this makes my favorite pose  in yoga impossible: the so-called child’s pose). I work to stretch the knee well in class and walk with […]

Natural = Good

26+ weeks and 13 or so to go. Mommy (2B) groups, prenatal classes, pram shopping -> nightmares. All this baby-fuss.. getting to me, it is!  In the mean time we learn about the Dutch ideology of childbirth and are educated in how other mothers evaluate pram pros and cons. “What colors did you choose [for […]

Busy busy!

What an intriguing day! First a meeting with the ‘grey panthers’ of the IWC with a most interesting guest speaker: Conductor of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. Look up: > Dirigent PETER SÁNTA made quite an impression on everyone at the meeting. He has the most curious life tale to tell despite his young age. A true […]