water-birth

anonymous asked:

dad, how was it like when victor gave birth to his first child?

victor totally does an at-home water birth with a midwife.  he’s made thirty-seven relaxation mix cds made, and the only time yuuri isn’t holding his hand is when he’s putting in a different cd.  he’s the first one to touch and hold baby katsuki-nikiforov.  it’s the most exhausting, physically intense, emotional experience of his life, and feels like the best he’s ever won. 

💧Water Correspondences💧

💧 This is a little compilation of correspondences from my grimoire 💧

🔵 Sea Water: Cleanse, purification, banishing, protection. Perfect for Mermaid Magic.

🔵 River Water: Movement, change, progress, and new opportunities. Good for cleansing items on the current. Good for Fae Magic.

🔵 Lake Water: Peace, meditation, strength, reflexion, knowledge, relaxation. Good for Fae Magic.

🔵 Rain Water: Cycles, creativity, inspiration, energy, cleanse, growth.

🔵 Snow Water: Transformation, cleanse, purification, new beginnings, protection, a little bit of everything.

🔵 Cistern Water: Healing, wishes, growth, psychic abilities.

🔵 Dew Water: Prosperity, growth, birth, fertility, wishes, beauty.

🔵 Stream Water: Purification, cleanse, rebirth, harmony.

🔵 Swamp Water: Banishing, hexes, curses, binding, attracts and keeps negativity.

🔵 Moon Water: This type of water is special. It’s water made for keeping Moon’s energies, it can be used in all kinds of Moon related magic. Also pretty useful for cleansing, balance and giving your spells an extra boost.

💧 Some tips: 

🔵 Different sources of water can have different elements such as metals dissolved on it, and this gives it more effects. For example, copper for love, sulfur for banishing or salt for protection.

🔵 Check if rain is drinkable in your area, you could make many things with it! as teas or drinkable potions.

🔵 As Moon water, you can also make water with the energies of other celestial bodies as stars, planets and more!

💧With love, Nao💧

Cardinal Signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn
Energies of the Sky

The Cardinal Signs operate from pulses of energy, like a surging thumps that vibrate personally and socially. Like young cardinals taking flight, there is effervescence, light, and vitality. The cardinals have a sensitive temperament. They are capable of accumulating balls of energy but suffer with overload and static sensations when this energy is not appropriately released. This is really a skill of the cardinal, they know how to focus their energies into one source. And they cannot be pushed. They move in their own time. These energies are expressed uniquely and singularly through each sign, more overtly and reckless in Aries and subdued in Capricorn. The Cardinal modality aligns with the four angular houses so their individual vibrations are persuasive in their own ways. Aries ruling the 1st house free falls into the world via unrelenting forces of energy, seeking personal experience for meaningful development. But Aries cannot survive as a model of solo action. They also require the provocation or hindrance of other spirits to generate social awareness. Cancer is the ruler of the 4th house, and these are the waters of life that birth, nourish, and sustain. Their energy is focused to extreme, pulsating toward protecting and defending herself and the family unit, and giving energy into the shell that helps her survive the chaos. The volatile nature of Cancer’s inner world reveals some of the Cardinal strength and energy sources that can be unrelenting, durable, unpredictable, and ultra sensitive. It takes a fiery spirit to battle their inner state. Libra is the ruler of the 7th house and the descendant as the sun sets. These shadows begin to dilute the personality, it requires all-consuming social needs and trepidation when faced with isolation. Libra is ultimately energised socially and activated in the pursuit of forming relationships, maintaining contracts, and upholding law. The Libra temperament can be quite unpredictable. They can experience sudden and confusing ruptures of energy that their airy mind is unable to interpret. This is when you see the shaky and tantrum energies of Libra rise from dissatisfied cardinal forces. Capricorn is the final cardinal modality and sits on the 10th house with the midheaven. Capricorn’s energies ultimately disperse through the whole chart because she largely operates on mastering it all, conquering inexplicable heights, and proving herself beyond all expectation. Her energies basically spill through the whole chart because she is here to conquer everything. The cardinal forces in Capricorn are largely internalised but directed socially, in terms of providing, prestige, and crusading toward their dreams written in the sky. Their social responsibilities activate these Cardinal forces to leave the imprint on society that they long to. 

-C.

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Cancer - Baby’s Breath 

Cancer is associated with the mildew milk of the moon casting shadowy illuminations. The gloss of the moon is dusted on her body like lunar body butter, she is so safe in a dwelling where the light is only half switched on. We course deeper and deeper into the Cancer spirit, expecting to extract only darkness. But the deeper we go, the more light that seems to glow. There is a row of piano keys as you caress her memories, there is a lamp that echoes down blackened chambers, there are lunar rabbits hiding, and the sound of crying. Cancer was anciently inscribed as the scarab beetle. The scarab beetle was revered and sacredly recognised as sun, our internal sun, the heart. Cancer reflects the beams of moonlight in preparation of the light of Leo, so the activity in Cancer is illumination at its most pure. She is the esteemed mother, ultimate creative source energy. And she is also the cherished child, because Cancer does not become the mother without a child to nurture. The child within Cancer reminds her of that vulnerable innocence that cannot be destroyed. This child carries a light lantern around her heart that shimmers like the scarab’s sun. The Mother Goddess in Cancer is a formidable figure of biological and spiritual activity, the waters that birth and cradle all life. But there is different sort of light or essence in Cancer, one that the inner child refuses to let go of. It is her intimacy with this internal child, the scarab, that gives her the anointed and sacred mother’s touch. The scarab was anciently regarded as a ‘very tiny cosmos’ as it symbolised entrance into the material universe. This ‘tiny cosmos’ is still active inside Cancer. It’s why she can believe that mermaids exist and immerse herself in make believe. It’s why she can enjoy simple pleasures like colouring in and eating cookie dough. Mother and Child divided and reunited by light itself. 

-C.

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Remember being young

Waiting for our breasts to come in & hips to show ? Looking forward to stained panties that told us we were finally women , that growing up was beginning , that we we’re different than we had just been ? I guess for me this feels like that too, waiting for that moment of womanhood peaked , to officially be a mom , a new chance , a fresh identity ..

9. Water birth

NOTE: Hey guys, So I realized that I’ve been getting request for scenarios on members of groups that I’ve already done, so if you guys could please request scenarios for members, that I haven’t written about that would be great!

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Y/N’S POV

Being nine months pregnant is definitely not all that. Don’t get me wrong, I love my son and would do absolutely anything for him. It’s just that my body has changed so much, and it’s scary. My boobs hurt 24/7, my feet are way too fat, and even before I got pregnant I had stretch marks, and now it’s way worse.

“Babe?” Jaebum called me out of my thoughts

“Yeah?” I responded smiling at him

“You wet your pants” He said and I looked down at my skirt

“No babe, my water broke. I’ve just been so busy thinking to myself, that I didn’t even realize it” I said stepping out of my skirt and into a clean pair of shorts

“Should I call doctor Yeonjoo?” He asked and I nodded

“I think that would be best” I agreed grabbing a towel and laying it on the wet spot

“Have you felt any contractions yet?” He asked while still on the phone

“The last one I felt that was really bad was at least an hour ago, but I’ve been in a daze so I wouldn’t really know” I said feeling slightly embarrassed

He smiled at me and chuckled, and I swear I started blushing really hard. That is until I felt a contraction then my smile quickly vanished and was replaced with a frown and me gripping the counter near by.

“Yes, doctor Yeonjoo, she just experienced a contraction. That one lasted maybe 25 seconds. Since she doesn’t know when her last contraction was, should I bring her in now to be safe?” I heard him ask and I stepped out of the bathroom

“Thank you doctor, we’ll be there soon”

“Are we going in now?” I asked as I began to feel nervous

Jaebum sensed my nervousness and brought me into his arms as well as he could and kissed my forehead.

“You’re going to do great baby, before you know it. We can finally hold our baby and it’ll be the greatest feeling in the world” I smiled and kissed him

“I love you- mmmm contraction” I said gripping his shirt

“Your last contraction was ten minutes ago, we have to get going” He said taking the bag from me in his left hand and holding my hand in his right

“Good evening Y/N and Jaebum” The doctor said as we walked to the front desk
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“Hello doctor Yeonjoo, how are you doing today?” I asked trying to distract myself from the pain as Jaebum rubbed my back

“I am great and ready to help you with your natural birth” she said and I nodded

My mother had a natural birth me and my brothers and sisters, so I decided to follow in her footsteps and to do the exact same.

“Your room is ready when you are” She said and I followed her in there

“I’m starting to become nervous” Jaebum whispered in my ear

“Babe, don’t tell me that. I’ll start crying” I whined walking into the room and seeing all of the equipment

“The birthing pool looks so nice” I said

“We try to make the rooms as comfortable for the patient as possible” she said

“You guys have definitely succeeded” I said setting my stuff on the bed

“I’m going to get the water started, and you may get ready” she said and I nodded taking off my jacket

“Baby, you’re still going to get in there with me? Right” I asked taking my skirt off and wrapping a towel around my waist

“Baby of course I am, just because I’m nervous doesn’t mean I’m gonna back out” He said taking off his shirt and leaving on his shorts.

“The tub is ready for you” She said and I smiled removing the towel and sitting myself down feeling a contraction.

I felt Jaebum get into the tub and wrapping his arms around my stomach. I closed my eyes at the discomfort as the doctor checked to see how dilated I was.

“Nine centimeters!” She said and I smiled

“We came at a perfect time” I said then gripped the side of the side of the tub

“I-I think that I can f-feel my hips spreading” I mumbled tearing up

“That’s okay. It’ll be over before you know it” Jaebum said kissing the side of my head

“M-my contractions are really close now” I said gripping the side of the tub

Dr. Yeonjoo checked to see how dilated I was and I wanted to scream at the amount of discomfort that I was feeling.

“Alright Y/N, on your next contraction I want you to start pushing” She instructed and I nodded quickly

“I got you baby, I’m right here” He said grabbing my hand

I held my breath as I felt a contraction and began to push as Doctor Yeonjoo began to count to ten. I breathed out quickly and started crying at the pain.

“Keep going Y/N, you’re doing absolutely amazing” She said and I pushed again gripping the tub so hard that my knuckles began to turn lighter

“I can see his hair” Jaebum said in my ear looking over my shoulder and kissing my cheek

I breathlessly chuckled and quickly pushed again nearly losing all the strength that I had, if it weren’t for Jaebum’s and Doctor YeonJoo’s words of encouragement. I held my breath and shrieked loudly pushing again before laying against his chest and sighing in relief.

“It’s a boy!” She said and I smiled trying to catch my breath

I watched as Jaebum cut the umbilical cord and smiled as I heard my baby boy finally let out his first cry.

“Congratulations you two, he’s gorgeous” She said laying the crying boy on my chest

“He’s amazing baby” Jaebum mumbled gently patting his head

“I love you both” I said kissing the baby and JB

“Can we get out now, the water is getting cold” Jaebum asked and I laughed nodding

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I’m surprised, it only took me two days to write this scenario.

The Domestic Garden Witch: Waterworks

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Bringing Another Element to the Garden

It’s that time of the year! Graduations are in full swing, and the city of San Luis experiences its bi-annual exodus of students coming in and out of town for college, work, and housing. Though the faces may change, one thing is definitely constant: we’ve got a lot of gardens and greenery here! One thing being somewhat less constant depending on when you’re in California is the presence of water. But with several creeks and streams cutting through SLO proper, and the presence of nearby Salinas River, Morro Bay, and… well, the ocean, we can safely say that water features are a part of what helps keep the pulse going here.

In the garden, water features are not only works of art (as many of SLO’s man-made water features are), but can also be utilitarian or spiritual in nature. From irrigating your plants in fashion to providing a space for scrying and reflection, it’s not hard to convert your garden into a beautiful and spiritual sanctuary.

I know, I know… there are some of you out there saying “But Josh, how the hell am I supposed to fit a bird bath or a water fountain on my windowsill? I live on campus for gods’ sakes!” Bear with me!

Spiritual Cleansing and Reflection

First of all, why would you want a water feature in your garden in the first place? The immediate answers that come to mind are usually something along the lines of “they’re pretty” or “they’re relaxing.” But in my opinion, they hold a bit of a deeper significance.

Water is a source of life - even succulents require water to thrive. Soil alone is not enough, and neither is light. As such, a life-giving element can also help lift the energy of a space, cleansing it through sound and appearance. Consider the emotion invoked by sitting near a fountain or a small waterfall or by a running stream. The sound of running water often inspires calm and peaceful thoughts and emotion. This is of immeasurable benefit for a witchy garden!

But moving water is not the only way for the element to be represented in a witchy context. Standing pools of water can invoke many of the same feelings due to their calm surfaces and tranquil movements when disturbed by a breeze. These reflection pools can be used for meditation or for scrying, both practices that are helpful for maintaining spiritual health and for divination.

Bringing the Magic Home

It’s extremely easy to put together the most basic water feature: a birdbath. A common method is to place a terra cotta saucer on a wire stand (such as a tomato stand or a milking stool) and then fill it with water. Other times, one can substitute the saucer with a trash can lid or other wide, shallow dish. Bless the water or set it out under a full moon if you wish to add a bit of extra magic to it! Additionally, a clear quartz crystal in the water is a great discreet way of helping maintain an enchantment on your water feature.

The fact that it attracts birds adds to the allure, helping for those who enjoy bird-watching either for pleasure or for divination. But try getting even closer with nature by adding some stones to the middle of the bath to provide a dry, sloping surface for bees and insects or as an additional perch for birds.

Water falls and artificial streams and pools can be built into a backyard for the same purposes. Consider how you can turn them into larger scale scrying pools for use during full or new moons!

Now, bringing it back to the windowsill! Some stores sell small water features such as miniature water fountains. These can be purposed much in the same way. However, if money is a factor, use a tea saucer or shallow bowl. This source of water may not help births bathe, but it will still serve as a space cleanser. In addition, if you have crystals that need cleansing, they can be submerged in this water for that same purpose!

How will you know when the water has cleansed as much as it could? Either it will become stagnant with dust and debris or it will completely evaporate - whichever comes first!

Take it a step further by turning it into a little shrine space! Many deities and spirits can be linked with water, and such a little water feature is a perfect way to honor them!

No matter the size or design, consider the many benefits water can bring to your spiritual garden!

And may all your harvests be bountiful!
Blessed Be! )O(

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Montana’s Birth
I’ve contemplated whether or not to post this for a while. I find birth to be a very sacred and intimate experience and I wasn’t sure how I felt about sharing my experience with an online community. However, after all of the positive messages I received after sharing my birth story, I decided that sharing my story is important. 
I fully realize that this type of birth is not for every person or situation, but I hope that sharing my experience can help women to have faith in their bodies and realize that labor and birth need not be feared.

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Welcoming Theodore

Another beautiful birth video. The music is beautiful.

Birth Supplies

I have received all of my birth supplies! To prepare for my home birth, I have compiled supplies that will help me in my recovery as well as weighing and measuring the baby.

The list includes:

Hanging scale and sling

Bulb Syringe *(If baby needs extra help with getting water out of nose and mouth)

Instant Cold Perineal Pads (2) *(they are like menstrual pads except they have an instant cold liquid that can be released into the pad, not toxic!)

Hot/Cold reusable gel pads *(these will be used as a hot compress with oil to increase blood flow in the perineum during labor, as well as something I may apply to my perineum in recovery)

Tape measure

Water birth net *(to catch blood clots or any debris that may float in the water before the baby is born)

Mattress protector *(plastic fitted sheet)

Plastic backed floor pads *(so I dont need to worry about getting my floor messy!)

Peri Bottle *(Ive read that squirted water on your urethra and vagina before and after urination can greatly ease discomfort from going to the bathroom after giving birth)

Massage Oil *(This oil can be heated or unheated and used by my partner to massage my back during labor. It is all natural so I could even use it as a massage oil on the baby if I have leftovers!)

Floating thermometer *(Water temp at the time of birth should be between 95°F and 100°F)

3 Small Plastic backed protectors *(This is so I may sit on my recliner or couch without needing to worry about liquids seeping out of me! Some women’s water comes out in one gush, while others can slowly trickle out)

Organic cotton newborn hat

Organic Maternity Menstrual pads (24) *(There is no telling how long you will bleed or how much healing will need to take place, but with these pads I can apply a combination of witch hazel and pure aloe, stick in it the fridge or freezer and then I have a wonderful soothing pad!

**All the above Items were purchased at ‘Inhishands.com’ .. they have AMAZING prices and I received my order 3 days after I ordered. They have just about anything you could need, from the smallest item, all the way to expensive dopplers that midwives use!**

In addition to these items I have also bought 'Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray’ .. This is an all natural spray that has witch hazel in it, and it has great reviews from people using this during their recovery. Ive been lucky that I haven’t had any hemorrhoids but this spray is also supposed to help with that.

Items I already have at my house for the birth are multiple towels, an exercise ball otherwise known as a birth ball to labor with, salt lamps for dim lighting, a bath tub (because we are not purchasing a special birth pool), possible first aid supplies like gauze, alcohol, etc.

Lotus Birth

I plan on doing a full lotus birth with my baby boy. This means that the umbilical cord and placenta will not be cut or clamped from the baby at any point. Rather, the cord will fall off when it is ready to. This process can take anywhere from two to ten days. The physical value to this is that all the blood may be transfused into the baby which includes vital nutrients and nearly a pint of blood (which is a large percentage of their total blood volume!), the naval is much more healed and has no risk of infection as opposed to cutting the cord and needing to wait (usually even longer) for the stub to fall off. The process of blood transfusion can last up to three hours! After that point, most of the motive of a lotus birth is spiritual. The baby may release his placenta when he is ready, no one takes it away from him! The placenta is thought of as an external organ of the baby, an organ that has given him nutrients for all of his life as of yet. The baby’s natural letting go of this organ makes for a much more peaceful entrance into the world. This process can be done differently depending on the person. Some people prefer to leave the placenta completely bare while drying out. Others prefer to get a fancy bag and leave it in the bag, usually wrapped with the baby. Through my research, I have found that the best process is to:

After birth of placenta, place in bowl beside mother (no handling yet)

After the blood transfusion is complete, gently move placenta to colander and rinse with warm water, rinse a couple of times and pat dry completely ***Be gentle with the placenta, it is clear that the baby has a connection to the placenta and will react accordingly to rough movement***

Place a thick cloth bowl or large plate underneath colander to catch any moisture drippings

Let dry for 24 hours

Place herbs and/or essential oils on placenta (My research has shown Rosemary to be the best herb for the job. It has a pleasant smell, is antimicrobial, and is a natural drying agent. Some people use salt but I have read reasons to not use salt! Rosemary will do the job just fine.)

Place cloth around placenta (this is optional and may aid in drying process. Use a gentle cloth that has only been cleaned in natural detergent.. you would not want to apply chemicals to an organ of a baby! I got organic unbleached cotton mini towels)

Replace herbs and oils once or twice a day, change cloth when damp

On the third day of drying, the placenta may be dry enough to simply wrap in a cheesecloth with the herbs and oils still being applied once or twice a day.

The naval may be treated with fresh aloe very and/or breast milk. The naval may look reddish but this is not cause for concern. ***DO NOT apply any antiseptic to naval!!! This will remove the natural skin chemicals that aid in the release of the dry cord!!!!!***

After this point, some woman may choose to preserve their placenta. Ingesting the placenta has been shown to greatly aid in the recovery postpartum. It has also been shown to prevent and/or alleviate postpartum depression. You may do this by drying the placenta in a dehydrator and filling capsules then freeze, cutting and freezing the placenta in chunks (this would mean that you would defrost a chunk and consume it when you wish), or you may purchase someones services to preserve your placenta. My findings show that this usually costs about $250. Depending on the method a person uses, they may dehydrate your raw placenta, or lightly steam it. Then they create capsules for you.

Here is a list of my Lotus Birth supplies:

2 100% Cotton mini towels (organic, unbleached)

One 9ftx9ft 100% cotton cheesecloth (this will be cut to desired size to get multiple uses out of it)

4 oz of Organic Rosemary powder

20ml of Organic Rosemary Oil

Colander

Thick towels

“The top ten non-narcotic pain relievers to be used while in labor”


ENCOURAGEMENT. Having people you trust tell you you’re doing great, your baby is doing great, and you’re not going to rip your body in half with the next contraction lessens the anxiety you feel, which takes the edge off the pain.

WATER. While in the shower or submerged in a tub of hot water, pain subsides for most women. Midwives call it the aquadural. In part this is because anxiety lessens. It’s hard to feel tense in soothing water, and in the tub buoyancy also relieves some of the physical pressure.

BIRTH BALLS. Make sure that the place where you plan to give birth has a few of those big, brightly colored balls made of strong plastic that you see in the gym. Straddling them spreads out the pressure on your cervix and flopping on top of one can also massage you as you experience another contraction.

BREATHING. The old childbirth standby from Lamaze classes is short, rhythmic breaths that allow you to focus on something outside your pain. Another technique is long, slow breaths that release the tension that is building inside you as labor progresses, or falls to progress. HypnoBirthing also teaches specific breathing techniques and self-hypnosis to take you into a relaxed state and create your body’s own natural anesthesia.

ACUPRESSURE. Experienced caregivers know just what body buttons to push to relieve your pain. They’ve been trained to seek out and apply pressure to the special spots unique to your body that soothe back labor or ease headaches. If you are planning to give birth without drugs, make sure to pick a caregiver who knows these spots well.

MOVEMENT. Walking, dancing, and swaying from side to side will all help labor progress and distract you from anticipating the next contraction. Even if you have found a comfortable position, you should move every thirty minutes or so to help shift your baby closer to being born.

MASSAGE. A partner or caregiver who knows how to knead your shoulders and neck can knock you into a lovely state of relaxation that will make the moment between contractions deeply restful and allow you to think about something besides the upcoming sensations. You might want to rehearse this before the big day so your partner knows what soothes you and you don’t have to pretend to tolerate a half-assed massage.

HOT PACKS OR COLD PACKS. The numbing effect of cold on the lower back or the soothing effect of a hot compress on the belly, or wherever else needed, works quickly.

VOCALIZING. Women are sometimes shy about making too much noise as they labor. Scream out! Lose your inhibitions! Not all of the vocalizing is screaming. Many women deep within the fugue state of labor let out beautiful deep moans that express how their body is adjusting as the baby moves. Whatever the sound you prefer, feel free to make it. Penn the mouth, open the cervix, and let that baby out!

HIRE A DOULA. These personal labor assistants are trained to support you emotionally and physically, but not to assist you in the medical aspects of birth as a midwife would. They stay with you for the entire birth and are skilled in all of the above techniques, plus they are a calming, experienced presence at times where your partner or family might not be. Studies say that having a doula can cut labor time in half. Many women prefer the hands-on attention of a doula to having an epidural.

—  “Your Best Birth”, by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, pages 25-27
Water birth Posepack!

Hey everyone! Many people asked me to do a waterbirth posepack. And guess what? I did:D It took me really long to do that so I hope you guys like it. I’m sorry for the lack of decoration in my photos but I worked so long on that pack that I didn’t had the motivation to decorate for the photos :DD I hope you dont mind. You will need Andrews Pose Player and Teleport any sim mod. Please don’t re-upload or claim as yours. I hope you enjoy those poses and if you like you can tag me on Instagram (Simming_for_fun) so i can see it :)

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