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  1. English-speaking midwives

    Oh my. I really do wonder what mother milk cheese would do for our health. The fresh stuff is absolutely magic for sore little bottoms. Amazed the Chinese aren't selling it as a cure-all.
  2. Unresponsive American consular services

    Good luck with the paperwork ladies. I can honestly say that dealing with the French authorities has left me psychologically scarred. It was worse than horrible. I hope you fare better than that.
  3. Traveling to UK from Germany - quarantine rules

      How on God's own Earth would they check that one ? Please do not tell me it is ok to share a bog if you are family but not if you are just good friends. If this is true I will bang my head against my fist.
  4. English-speaking midwives

    There was a fashion for eating the placenta a few years back. Full of hormones and other goodies apparently. Shame to bin it. I am not into cakes of any description, personally. And could never bring myself to taste my own breast milk, which I now slightly regret, just out of curiosity.
  5. The Vent - NO CHAT!!!

    Fuckaduckwithaholeinit (rant) Snowy that was brilliant. Best laugh all week. Bugger. (More rant).
  6. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Well that was "interesting" organisation. I hope someone paid the hotel and that the drinks finally got paid for. Await hearing re the petrol costs, or have we missed the boat?
  7. The Vent - NO CHAT!!!

  8. English-speaking midwives

    Best advice I was given was maximum 5 minutes each side in avoidance of sore nipples - at the beginning at least. At the next feed start with the breast you finished with. Stick a tissue into your bra at the end of a feed so you remember which side you gave last. Get as much breast into the baby's mouth as possible and take the breast to the baby, not the baby to the breast. If it hurts like hell, the baby is not latched on right. So stick your little finger between you and it to break the seal and attach baby again. Relax.   Oh yeah, your husband might be jealous. Kid you not.
  9. Three-word story

    where they drowned.
  10. English-speaking midwives

    Just want to say, that if all goes well - is it your first? - a midwife may be a bit superfluous... or, put another way, it may not be the end of the world if you find nobody. Obviously if it is your first, and depending on your previous experience, it would be reassuring to know there is someone on your case. Having said that, I would like to point out that some anxiety can be caused by all the Problem Stories and Not Knowing What It Will Be Like When The Baby Is Here. When it all goes smoothly, there is this Deafening Silence. So the perspective around peri-natal stuff is somewhat squewed, I think. It is possible to come through the delivery okay and have no breastfeeding problems. Although I had only one kiddo and it was a surprise Caesarian, I would still put myself in that category. The midwife came twice - briefly - asked if I was okay  (yep, as okay as you can be post-op with a new baby) and and did I have any questions (nope) and left me to it... I think we both felt her visits were, well, a bit superfluous. Yes, really. Just want to give you this info to give you a different perspective in the hope that you do not panic unnecessarily in advance, should you not find a midwife... you will know afterwards if you need medical attention and womanly advice, in which case your gyno and GP will be there.
  11. What's got you flummoxed today?

  12. Odd news

    Ridiculous. Let her quaff what she will. That cocktail sounds good. Anyone know the proportion of gin to Dubonnet ?
  13. Cool stuff worth sharing

    Except... it s all added weight. Bombing (not) down the motorway at 75km an hour will be dissuasive and needs addressing. But it looks like they are getting there.
  14. Why are you happy today?

    Care to share the source... ?
  15. Psychologisches Gutachten - phychological assessment

    Fair enough... but it is highly distressing... maybe you have never been there but i once found myself summoned to the jugendamt after the shite neighbours reported us out of spite and our kid was put on an endangered list. That gets the adrenaline running no matter how innocent you are because you have no choice but to be on the defensive and pray the jobsworth in front of you sees straight. There are no guarantees of that and things can go tits up.     I ansolutely get the outrage.
  16. 3 people refused boarding with Easyjet

    Yes, a site that does the thinking for you instead of directing you to read more gumf and let you work it out yourself. Typical half baked EU administrative crap.
  17. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Churchill from beyond the grave ? I think not. He was one of them anyway. But did a better speech.
  18. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Excellent synopsis French bean. 
  19. Bullying or harassment in the work place

    Yes, slapdash bloke who derides you for your efficiency... except when it suits him to have the job done properly.
  20. Bullying or harassment in the work place

    Give yourself 5 minutes to adapt, Robbo. Be kind to yourself... maybe go on a private go-slow if it makes you feel better.    Your comment about running the last joint is maybe what was irking your manager... let me guess, you were encroaching on his territory and not doing it his way ? It is possible to show too much initiative... were you stepping on his manly toes whilst actually getting the job done better than he would have done it?
  21. What's got you flummoxed today?

    That s a big pebble.
  22. What made you smile today?

  23. What made you smile today?

    Remastered, innit? Also all those beautiful people dancing and the carefully constructed couples to reflect inclusion, tolerance and diversity...  all off script of course.
  24. 3 people refused boarding with Easyjet

    A nightmare
  25. Higher rent because of home office?!!

    What is the definition of excessive ? Who defines it ? Some mean AHs put clauses in contracts that have no legal basis. The Mietverein will advise.