Birth control: I am scared of IUDs. First because they stay inside you which is weird (I also don't wear tampons so I am fully cognizant that I am the weird one). Second, I don't want a hormonal one because I know I don't respond well to hormones. I don't want a non-hormonal one because nobody is exactly sure how they prevent pregnancy and I am uncomfortable with that.
The pill creates unpleasant hormonal problems for me.
Abstinence is not an option and neither is only condoms--I hate condoms and with both abstinence and condoms my marriage is likely to suffer.
So . . . we're thinking of buying the little computer thing that records your temp every day and gives you a red light when you're fertile and a green light when you're not. That way we are doing NFP but without my having to record it all myself. Plus, we only have to use condoms on red days which is a easier for me to wrap my head around for the long term. Fortunately, I am extremely regular.
I also think that the open womb/closed womb idea is wonderful. I don't have the faith to trust it. I am much more inclined to think that Heavenly Father wants us to seek his counsel and then do our part.
I'm glad you posted about your mom--see, other people have heard this counsel. That was something my family members have said; it can't be that important if we haven't heard about it before.
I'll read the depression one when I have a little more time.
PS Is this your 6th? Congrats on the pregnancy--that is wonderful!