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Mothers [Sep. 1st, 2008|03:40 pm]
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I'm frustrated by the attention being given to Sarah Palin's daughter.

As long as she is kind to them, Ms. Palin should be allowed to support her children however she sees fit. Whether the child with Down syndrome is her's or her daughter's is nobody's business but her family's. The fact that her daughter is pregnant is also nobody's business but family.

My mom was undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer when I called to tell her that I was pregnant and going to be a single mother. I apologized for causing her stress during an already stressful time. She replied firmly, "You never have to apologize for a grandchild of mine." That statement meant more to me than anyone can ever imagine.

Regardless of her politics, it sounds like Sarah Palin is being supportive of her daughter and her grandchild (grandchildren?). I respect her for that and wish people would stick to the issues and leave her family out of it.

[User Picture]From: viverra2
2008-09-03 10:08 pm (UTC)

O THAT rumor!

I just reread your original post. Sounds like you're not upset at the current pregnancy, but at the rumor about Trig.

There was a rumor that Trig (the Down's syndrome baby) was really Bristol's, but that rumor was discredited pretty quickly.

Palin was apparently in Texas at a governor's convention when she went into labor, a month early. She stayed to give her speech, then flew to Anchorage where they induced the birth, about 24h after the waters broke. Trig was born Friday, April 18th; Palin was back at work on Monday.
(source: http://www.adn.com/626/story/382864.html)

You may question the judgment of someone staying to give a speech, then flying while in labor (the airline was not notified), but it's hard to question that Palin is indeed the mother.
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2008-09-09 11:19 pm (UTC)

Re: O THAT rumor!

I thought flying during the third trimester was frowned upon and even highly discouraged. If she had taken along her medical team, why didn't they do the delivery in Texas?
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[User Picture]From: viverra2
2008-09-10 02:07 am (UTC)

Re: O THAT rumor!

Many airlines won't take a pregnant passenger in her last month or so, or won't take her without a doctor's OK. But Alaska Air has no such policy; it's entirely up to the passenger.

I have mixed feelings about it. One the one hand, I question the judgment of someone who would fly in labor. I was doula at my goddaughter's delivery, and although no difficulties were foreseen, the midwife went over with me what we would do if various things happened. This seems like basic caution, and putting yourself in a box with crowded seats and no medical facilities seems more than a little reckless.

On the other hand, I've always admired the pluck and stamina of those (stereotypically natives, farm workers, and the Amish) who can work up to delivery time, deliver, then return to work with her newborn in a sling. It certainly fits the rugged individualist legend.

But on balance, I'd rather have a commander-in-chief with judgment than one who is bullheadedly/heroically stoic.
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