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Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

My Daily Domestic Clips 12/01/2010 (a.m.)

  • tags: birth childbirth cesarean

    • While it is much easier to perform a C section than successfully deliver a breech baby vaginally, says Prof. Glezerman, many women can benefit medically by the return to traditional techniques. "We are trying to unite obstetricians and midwives in the field to revive vaginal delivery for breech presentations," he notes. Prof. Glezerman's initiative provides scientific evidence to those physicians and midwives looking to return to more traditional birth methods for breech.

      Back to the future

      Prof. Glezerman says that retraining the obstetrics community in these traditional methods is an urgent task, because the medical field now has two generations of medical residents with hardly any training in vaginal birth for breech deliveries. "The skill has disappeared," he explains. "Residents are no longer taught these techniques, and senior physicians are doing it less and less. We need to go back to the future and relearn what has been forgotten."

      At the Rabin Medical Center in Israel, Prof. Glezerman runs workshops for the newest generation of gynaecologists and obstetricians on techniques for vaginal delivery for breech babies. His courses include techniques of breech delivery, changing presentation from breech to head and management of different breech presentations. With these workshops, Prof. Glezerman hopes to reintroduce critical delivery skills into the field, and raise awareness that breech presentation of babies does not always necessitate C-section deliveries.

      Of course, says Prof. Glezerman, physicians still need to be able to recognize dangerous risks when they arise. In those cases, vaginal delivery is not a viable option ― but doctors must judge each situation individually.

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