Birth Buddies

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sandraleigh's picture
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Birth Buddies

I know we don't have official hosts/moderators yet, so we can't set this up officially quite yet, but I thought we should start a sign up sheet at least for who wants to be involved!

A birth buddy is someone from our November 2011 board who you can be paired up with. You will exchange contact information so that your birth buddy can update the board when you go in to labor (since it's hard to get on the computer sometimes!)

The guidelines and requirements for Birth Buddies are as follows:

Exchanges (Including Birth Buddies, Secret Sisters, etc.):

While we want all exchanges to be fun and enjoyable for all, for the security and protection of our members and to help safeguard all private contact information shared, we do have some rules in place which we must ask be followed. This includes baby showers, birthday, holidays, cards, *secret sisters*, birth buddies... anything that involves collecting and/or giving out any of the member's personal contact information, whether full names; mailing addresses; phone numbers (for calls or texts); emails; etc.

These rules include the following (as well as additional guidelines which will be outlined by the mods at the time of the exchange):
Eligibility for participation in ANY type of exchange (i.e. birth buddy, baby shower, birthday/holiday, etc.) is set at a minimum of 3 months Pregnancy.org membership and a minimum of 300 posts. For newer boards (2 years or younger), 100 posts are to be on the board organizing the exchange.
ALL exchanges are to be organized by a mod/board host (preferably two, in case one gets sick/etc.). If mods have not yet been appointed to your board, then we request that a board member who is a mod of another board be in charge of organizing/collecting information/etc.

Please post on this thread if you are interested in being paired up with a birth buddy! You are not required to take part, but it can be helpful to have someone you can text/call/email with info while you are in labor/after the birth.

Once we have mods officially (I know this is in the works currently), we can use this sign up post as a starting point to get paired up! We can also then discuss if anyone is interested in doing a gift exchange as well!

babydreamer11's picture
Joined: 01/23/11
Posts: 155

i would like to be part of it .. i believe i am on a 100 post now so i should be able to right ??

Nikerz20's picture
Joined: 04/18/09
Posts: 673

I would love to have an "assigned" birth buddy, but really the only form of communication I can see myself using is facebook and I already have a couple of girls from the board as friends. Last time with DS I just updated FB and one of the lovely ladies announced it for me on the birth board. So I will let whoever is first to see my status update the BB.

sandraleigh's picture
Joined: 11/23/06
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"babydreamer11" wrote:

i would like to be part of it .. i believe i am on a 100 post now so i should be able to right ??

As long as you have 100 posts on THIS board (Nov 2011). It looks like you've got 62 on this board right now, so you've got some time to make some more posts! The deadline for posts won't be until we finalize the organization of it in a month or so.

mom2robbie's picture
Joined: 01/20/07
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Sandra - I can set things up for you ladies. I am a mod of other boards.

TLotus's picture
Joined: 08/28/10
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I would love to become/have a birth buddy! How do we check our post count?

sandraleigh's picture
Joined: 11/23/06
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In the upper part of your screen there is a search option (right hand side). Click "Advanced Search". Then type in your user name in the proper box, and select "November 2011" from the list of forums. This will search for all your posts in this forum. You'll then see "Results 1-25 of xxx", and "xxx" will be your total posts in Nov 2011.

Starryblue702's picture
Joined: 04/06/11
Posts: 5454

I would love to do this, but I'm torn between this board and December as my due date is Dec 1! All three of my other babies were born in the 39th week, which would for sure put me in November, so what should I do? I post equally on both boards (although I only start new threads in December, since I'm "technically" a December lady?!?!

sugspop's picture
Joined: 02/22/07
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"Starryblue702" wrote:

I would love to do this, but I'm torn between this board and December as my due date is Dec 1! All three of my other babies were born in the 39th week, which would for sure put me in November, so what should I do? I post equally on both boards (although I only start new threads in December, since I'm "technically" a December lady?!?!

i would have your birth buddy, whether from Dec or Nov., post your update to both boards! Just a thought. Wink

Jenni Beth's picture
Joined: 03/03/11
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"Starryblue702" wrote:

I would love to do this, but I'm torn between this board and December as my due date is Dec 1! All three of my other babies were born in the 39th week, which would for sure put me in November, so what should I do? I post equally on both boards (although I only start new threads in December, since I'm "technically" a December lady?!?!

UHM why don't you post new threads on THIS board too?! HM!? Are we not special? :notworthy: lol

I'm interested. Do we pick our birth buddy or are they assigned?

sandraleigh's picture
Joined: 11/23/06
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They are usually assigned by the mod. It's helpful to have a BB that's due date is far away from yours - so that you both don't go into labour at the same time! There are other factors that are helpful when assigning too.

ETA: Of course, you may put in requests for a birth buddy! If you already have a buddy on here that would be easiest for you to be paired with, that can be done too.

Starryblue702's picture
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"sugspop" wrote:

i would have your birth buddy, whether from Dec or Nov., post your update to both boards! Just a thought. Wink

I agree, but should I get one on this board or wait for December to choose I wonder??

"Jenni Beth" wrote:

UHM why don't you post new threads on THIS board too?! HM!? Are we not special? :notworthy: lol

Lol OK I will from now on! Isn't there some lettering I need to use for that (xp?)??!!

babydreamer11's picture
Joined: 01/23/11
Posts: 155

well i will try to get my count up ... i didn't realize it keeps track on each board... oh well if i don't get enough..

sweetsriracha's picture
Joined: 03/29/11
Posts: 1318

I'm interested!

melody811's picture
Joined: 02/18/10
Posts: 155

I'd like to Smile May have to post more though Smile

Summer05's picture
Joined: 09/18/05
Posts: 790

Birth buddies - great idea! Had lots of fun with a couple of exchanges on DD's board group, is anyone interested in trading mystery gifts too?

Joined: 05/17/06
Posts: 370

I am too lazy to do birth buddies but I would totally do a gift exchange! Smile

MelanieP's picture
Joined: 09/25/09
Posts: 882

I am good with birth buddies and gift exchange. The only thing I would suggest is that we try to get someone that is at least in the same country for the gift exchange if that works out as it will be so much easier for shipping etc.

brady_bunch_plus_one's picture
Joined: 11/27/04
Posts: 399

Count me in. For a birth buddy I would love to text.I hate to chat on the phone but texting is my major way of communication anyways lol.