Very cool!

My project relating psychology and childbirth was a huge undertaking, but I got an excellent grade on it from my teacher. I was VERY pleasantly surprised when I logged in today though and discovered my peer reviews were posted. First of all, thank you SO MUCH fellow classmates! The kind words mean a lot. I just had to share, because I was super proud, and it increases my confidence in my ability to be a great midwife someday! 🙂

Comments by Peers about Your Project:

o I thought that this presentation fits Josyln and her personality, and she picked a good topic for her.
o I especially liked all the pictures, and thought it was well laid out. The parts about Post Partum Depression is extremely helpful to all new mothers.
o I personally knew that my “baby blues” had turned into post partum depression after a few weeks of not feeling better. I received therapy, and breathing techniques for my anxiety. I felt guilty when I could not bond with nursing, and was upset that my pregnancy was not as planned.
o I found the information on epidurals interesting.
o I read a lot of books to get prepares and felt overwhelmed.
o I thought it was intriguing that woman who experience a spontaneous vaginal birth show a great improvement in mood and self-esteem. I had a C-section and I felt like garbage after, I wish I would have had a vaginal birth to see if this really works and I am sure my post-partum depression wouldn’t of been so bad.
o I thought it was cool that you added your own life experience in the paper about you using a midwife. It shows that you know what you are talking about because you have first-hand experience.
o I enjoyed this paper and it sparked my interest because I have three children and the joys of childbirth are fascinating to me.
o I liked that it was a slide show and that you included pictures of your children as a personal touch.
o I also learned some new info. Ex. ( I had no idea that dads could suffer from baby blues)
o I was unaware that a person could suffer PTSD from something as normal life as childbirth. I found this very interesting to read about.
o There was a lot of information that I can relate to being that I am a mom. This is very helpfull when trying to relate to a topic.
o I thought that this presentation was very organized and creative. I found the project to be very interesting and could easily keep my attention. The overall theme of the project seemed to match, which was good. This project exceeded the minimum expectations.
o One thing that would be applicable in real life would be how a mother and father can both be affected by a pregnancy. The mental disorders that can occur after childbirth are also something that would be helpful for a “parents to be”.
o It met and exceeded the minimum requirements, and it was done in a creative way that kept my attention, not to mention it was on a subject I thought was very interesting.
I thought this was written very well and organized, and it had a good flow to it. The information presented was a great expansion on the limited information most woman already know about Pitocin and child labor. I didn’t know Pitocin inhibited the release of hormones that were responsible for bonding, had I known that I might not have been induced, but luckily I breastfed.
o This is great information for expecting mothers and any woman who plans to have children.
o I loved this project! I really liked how she chose a topic which coincides with her career choice. You can tell by reading that she has enthusiasm toward this topic, and that she’s passionate about what she’s teaching us- this is refreshing, and it really draws the reading into the information. This is also applicable to real life in that both men and women alike can learn about these aspects of psychology and pregnancy. Men have children too, they just have it way easier than us!
o The slides were fresh as well! The photographs really play with the words, it’s easy to follow and pleasant to read. I like that every slide has a photograph, and even though there’s a lot of information within the project,it’s easy to read and follow. Much though was put into the preparation and look of this project- it is very finished and completed.

o Very nice presentation! Extremely pleasing to the eye! The pictures were a great touch! Your babies are adorable! Your report provided a lot of good information!
o I gave Joslyn a 95 for such a great job.
o The first aspect that was especial helpful and real to life is the information about the fathers. I heard rumors that the father can feel the same way as the mother but I just would laugh when I would hear it. I didn’t understand why my husband would be so exhausted after I was the one having the baby. Without fail he was the one zonked out right after the baby was born and I was the one holding the baby dealing with after contractions calling the nurse because my husband can’t wake up to help with something. I have four babies and the after math was all the same with each one. I also found that my husband would gain the same amount of weight as I would during the pregnancy too. My husband says it’s because I would make him eat with me but I just think it all sounds funny. I guess I just didn’t realize that the father was so connected to the mother. I think that’s a beautiful thing now that I think about it. I also thought the baby blues was interesting to with both mother and father.
o The second aspect that was especial intriguing was the bonding section in this power point. I had three out of four kids induced and received that hormone Pitocin. I however breastfed all of my babies so I did bond with them. I was very disturbed though while I was reading about how it is difficult to bond with your baby if you get this Pitocin running through your body. I am saddened because not all women breastfeed and I hear about situations where a mother has a hard time bonding with her baby.
o I thought the tone of the presentation was wonderful. It was easy to read, funny, and personal which really kept me engaged and actively paying attention to all of the information. There were a lot of suggestions of what a woman should do during and after pregnancy, which I normally would not respond well to, but the way the information was presented I was more open to suggestion.
o I found the information about oxtocin to be very interesting. It sounded vaguely familiar but I didn’t realize how much there was to it. I wasn’t aware that common medical intervention during labor caused it to stop being released. If I end up having children it will definitely be something to think about.

What is even more exciting is that some information was sent out into the world and received! I love the comments that people are going to consider all of this information in the future – that is AWESOME!

Okay, my little ego-party is done now. 🙂


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