• New Born,  Pregnancy

    Fathers Don’t Babysit, they parent!

    You know what pisses me off? When people suggest that a woman becomes a mother from the moment the fetus is inside her, but a father becomes a father only after the birth of the child!  It absolutely infuriates me! I don’t usually comment on current affairs in my blog, but this one issue is one I cannot keep quiet on. Maneka Gandhi, Indian Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development has said that paternity leave is not required, because men will only use it as a holiday! It makes me immensely angry. Because I have always believed and vehemently advocated for equality in parenting. Both father and mother…

  • Mommy,  New Born,  Pregnancy

    The Cuban Experience – Part 2 – The Birth

     The Big Day I was meant to be induced on 24 February 2016, but luckily (errr…) for me the pains started the night before. We had gone out for a walk in the evening when the pains started – at around 9.30pm. I didn’t realize these were contractions, because they were on my lower back – around the tail bone. I was told that contraction pains would be a much more severe version of period pains. Now considering I didn’t usually suffer from too much pain anyway. What I feeling was like a lot of pressure on my back – a mix of extreme discomfort and mild pain. Later that…

  • Mommy,  Pregnancy

    The Cuban Experience – Part 1 – Before Birth

    I have always been a fan of the Cuban from everything I heard and that is where I chose to deliver. Why I picked the Cuban Hospital: The fact that it is part of HMC was a huge deal. Even if you are in a private hospital, and you have a high-risk situation, you get moved to Hamad. So if I am in Hamad to start with, it all becomes easier. I cannot get my head around paying for delivery. Women have been doing it since time began and I refuse to pay thousands upon thousands for delivery. I knew that I absolutely did not want to give birth without…

  • Pregnancy

    Ramblings of a Ready-To-Pop

    FEB 17 2016 My due date is Feb 18 2016. Anyway, when I found out I was pregnant nine months ago, I didn’t really know much. Being a first time mom, like many of us on this group, I too was clueless. My husband is an absolute star, but that didn’t mean we had any knowledge on how to deal with anything, and not having family or many friends with kids here, it did look like a daunting uphill climb. Fortunately though, it has been anything but that. And that is all thanks to the wonderful FB group called Positive Birth Doha. And there isn’t enough words to show my…

  • Pregnancy

    Apps – Pregnancy Time

    In this day and age, technology lies within our hands and our mobiles have made life so much easier. There are apps to make every process easily accessible and simpler.And it isn’t far behind when it comes to women’s health and pregnancy care either. Here are my fave apps – pregnancy time. And I love these three! PERIOD TRACKER, MY CALENDAR – This is great if you are, well, a woman. Most of us are terrible with remembering the dates and this makes it all so easy. It particularly comes in handy if you are trying to get pregnant. Based on your dates, it can tell you when you are…

  • Pregnancy

    Organizing an Amazing Baby Shower!

    JAN 2016 Pregnancy is a time for celebration, and to share the joy with friends and family. And a baby shower is a perfect way to mark this special time in your life. Ours was a double whammy because it was my birthday as well in January. First thing I did was to design the invitation e-card! Obviously no one does invite cards anymore unless it’s a wedding. In fact, an invite these days is just via FB. But I wanted to make something special, and so I did. I used my Photoshop skills and made a card! I even learnt a few new Photoshop tricks in the process… Since…

  • Pregnancy

    Packing the Hospital Bag

    FEB 2016 As the big day is coming closer, we all need to get ready and pack the all-important hospital bag be prepared to rush to the hospital. Now one question that comes up regularly is what to take to the hospital. Some hospitals provide more than the others, so do we really need all this. I had a fairly extensive list, and I didn’t take all of it and some of the stuff I did take, I didn’t use.   What I actually Used But through my experience, I found that apart from the nappies and clothes. I barely used any of the other items for the baby. And ofcourse,…

  • Pregnancy

    Be Careful – Freezing & Burning Up

    I was feeling extremely restless one day, well into my third trimester, so decided to have a warm bath to calm my self. So around 10pm, before bed, I step into a nice warm shower but it doesn’t help me feel any better.. But suddenly I felt as if the temperature had dropped, and I started freezing. I kept increasing the temperature of the water, but id did nothing to help me. I started shivering, my teeth clattering. It got to such a bad level that when my husband got me some water to drink, I couldn’t hold the glass properly as my hands were shaking. Husband helped me out…

  • New Born,  Pregnancy

    Writing your Birth Plan..

    Every woman deserves to have a positive birth experience, and writing a birth plan and a partner who will fight your corner can really make an impact. A Birth plan tells your healthcare provider your terms, and how you want your birth experience to be like. Where I come from, a birth plan is unheard of. But I personally think it is extremely important. Here are some tips on writing your birth plan.. One of the main things is that in the process of making a birth plan, a mom gains a lot of knowledge. In the process of making a plan, a lot of questions arise that need to answered,…

  • Mommy,  Pregnancy

    The Process of Getting the Health Card in Qatar..

    For residents of Qatar, healthcare can be fairly cheap, provided they use the government health system – the health centers and the hospitals under the aegis of Hamad Medical Corporation and for this one requires a health card. Every area has a health center, and if you are lucky, that might actually be the one assigned to you, but in most cases, it turns out to be far away. The center is based on the area number according to your electricity bill, and with the recent changes in the country’s health policy, whereby Qataris do no get free care at the pivate hospitals, certain health centers have been reserved for…

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