Not a midwife (not sure they exist in Oman), but the nurse on the ante natal ward insisted that dd's ears be pierced -not through the lobes, through the bit in the middle to let the spirits fly through and not possess her soul. I declined.
Mine was that babies don't really need winding (also written Miriam Stoppards book!) and that I should leave my 6 wk old DD to cry as she would settle herself (possibly from exhaustion of screaming after hrs on end if I had let her - I didn't btw)
Breastmilk goes off when the child is 6 mths old.....(like all the bm we are ever going to use is stored in there from the go-get and we all have to transport our norks round in wheelbarrows), colostrum is what causes jaundice in newborns and at 37 there was no way I'd have enough milk (or strength to push the wheelbarrow maybe?) to breastfeed at all.
My dd was an extreme cryer. I went in to see the HV in tears saying all she does is cry from the moment she wakes to the moment she goes to sleep. HV turns round and asks what I was like as a baby I say quite objectionable and she replied "well what do you expect then?". I just picked up screaming dd and walked out and refused to see her ever again.
My HV asked about contraception after DD3 and strongly advised me to be sterilised rather than DH having a vasectomy as I am a couple of years older than him 'and he may want more children in the future'.
So was she not holding out much hope of you and your DH staying together very long then LadyGlencora?
For the first few months of his life, DS3 (now 10 mnths) would only go to sleep while out in his pram. My HV suggested taking him out after every feed, for at least an hour at a time. All fair and well, but DS2 has ASD and is a bolter, so what would she suggest I did with him? Stupid woman!
....when I told her that DD had started sleeping through at 12 weeks.
(She then told me her 6 yo still woke up in the night)
At a weighing session: "are you sure?" after telling her I BF exclusively. How I can not have been sure that I was breast feeding (perhaps she thought I had a wet nurse?) She then whacked DD back in the weighing pan.
Followed by "she doesn't look ill,"...she was convinced a BF baby would be underweight and ill. and then "your breasts don't look that big"...becuase only large ones carry milk I suppose. She didn't ask to weigh my breasts so I suppose I must be thankful.
Oh I had disastrous 8 mth check with dd2 where she told me off for the fact I was still breastfeeding - 'she should be on a bottle by now'. Expressed shock that she was not sleeping through the night and said she may have to refer me to childrens services because I said I didn't want to do control crying and then to top it off told my just potty trained 2 year old dd1 to wait 5 mins before going to the loo as she just wanted to 'finish with mummy'. I walked out and have not been back since..
Having explained that DS would not take anything he wasn't feeding himself, she advised me to 'stuff him full of protein' to get him to sleep through. What part of 'will not take a spoon' did she not understand?