Online Birth Clubs

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The good, the bad and the ugly

Of course my fragile little ego would like to think that this is the only pregnancy/baby related blog that you’re reading but, alas, I realize that that is unlikely the case. But that probably means that you are also surfing other boards and may even have joined an online birth club. These groups are meant to be places where moms (new and the been-there-done-that types alike) can go to share ideas, offer advice and generally be a source of moral support. Sadly, but hardly surprising, not everyone is playing the same game.

Expecting Expats - Online Birth Clubs

I joined an online mommy chat group after the birth of my second son. I joined one when my first was born but left that group after about 6 months due to all the drama and what I perceived as the sheer simple stupidity of some of the participants. But whatever you want to call it, boring it wasn’t. It was literally a soap opera going on in real time!

Despite that first experience, I decided to give the whole birth club group thing another go, albeit on a different site. How does that definition of insanity go again?? I’m crossing my fingers that this group remains relatively drama/crazy free. Generally speaking, the group I now belong too is super supportive. So supportive in fact that it would seem we all got duped by one member (I suspect a troll was involved myself) who fabricated a story about a sick child in order to gain our sympathy. But such is life. You have to take the good with the bad whether it be at home, at work or online.

On the bright side, they give me lots of things to think about, and hopefully blog about in the days and weeks to come.

The first thing that springs to mind is the lack of respect for spellcheck. Fair enough, a lot of people are posting directly from their phones. And usually a typo is no big deal. Unless you are one recent woman who posted a “TMI” series of details regarding her PP ‘bowl’ movements and her fear that she might have ‘bowl’ cancer.

Oh, and that’s another thing about these sorts of sites. They have their own lingo and jargon. There is, apparently, a link on the site to help newbies navigate the acronyms but I’m lazy and prefer to just try and work it out as I go. In case you’re still trying to figure it out, ‘PP’ stands for ‘postpartum’. I sort of like having to guess at the meanings of all these uppercase abbreviations. And that reminds me, why is it folks have the time to make sure that their abbreviations are in uppercase but not enough time to proofread for mistakes like confusing ‘bowel’ with ‘bowl’?

Anyway, in case you too, dear reader, enjoy word puzzles…see if you can guess what these stand for:

  1. LO
  2. SO
  3. DH
  4. DD
  5. DS
  6. SAHM
  7. BF
  8. EBF
  9. FF
  10. BTDT

Do you know what these stand for? Leave your guesses in the comments section below!

My name is Jodie. I'm a 38 year old Canadian working and living in Bangkok, Thailand. My husband and I are both international teachers - though I'm taking this year off to be a full-time mom.

When we're not busy with other people's kids, we try our hand at raising our own very curious nearly four year old son and his 9 and half month old brother. When it comes to parenting, like most of us, I’m making a lot of it up as I go along .

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