My granddaughter–using her genetic inheritance from my side of the family–is not eager to be born

Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou (1), China
After  Joanna’s mother’s labor pains resulted in  a sufficiently dilated cervix ; Diana, in the process of giving birth, looked at this photograph (significant to us both) of the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou, China.


“It is the East and Juliet is the sun.” — Romeo and Juliet (c 1591) by William Shakespeare

“A breech birth happens when a baby is born bottom first instead of head first. Around 3-5% of pregnant women at term (37-40 weeks pregnant) will have a breech baby.

“Most babies in the breech position are born by caesarean section because it is seen as safer than being born vaginally.”–Wikipedia

Wrong gender; correct incorrect position: Edinburgh, about 1792; Plate 14, from "A Set of Anatomical Tables with Explanations," William Smellie, obstetrician
Wrong gender; correct incorrect position: Edinburgh, about 1792; Plate 14, from “A Set of Anatomical Tables with Explanations,” William Smellie, obstetrician




Joanna, shown below, was born on her due date.

Joanna, shown here, was born on her due date

Dear Friends and Loved Ones

Let us call Juliet, “Juliet.” That will be her name at birth.  Right now, the odds are good that Juliet will be born on Saturday by Caesarean section. The prospective baby is healthy (not surprisingly; Juliet is ornery). The prospective mother Joanna Marie, my elder daughter, is healthy and will do well under the knife. So, it is likely that I will become a grandfather on Saturday.

It is also likely that simultaneously Joanna’s water will break and labor pains will begin. Right now. In which case, fait accompli trumps further plans.

Further plans include:

  • Joanna continuing to stand on her head
  • Beneficial results from the chiropractic pelvic adjustment
  • Appointment with physician who specializes in turning around babies while still in their mother’s womb
  • Water breakage causing Juliet to swim toward the exit



  • To see my granddaughter.
  • To again go to NYC (actually, I can get there, but not get back) for Dr. Winfree to insert finally, the final pain reducing spinal stimulator. Redux.

N.B. I am progressing in my efforts to be self-supportive. Should be earning my May. Details available by request.




Joanna and my son-in-law Jade Phillips visited me  in March bringing 20 cans of tuna, sardines, nutritional drinks, and the like causing me to think of myself as a beneficiary of U.N. relief assistance. Before they left, I leaned over in my scooter and patted my granddaughter. At the time, she was facing in the correct position.


Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)

By Sly and the Family Stone

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be, will be,
The future’s not ours, to see, yeah
Que Sera, Que Sera, Que Sera






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