|I think I ordered my sponges from Gladrags, but I'm not sure. They do have them, in any case. I think I might have seen them at some natural food stores, too.
I have to say that I disagree about the pain issue. While it is certainly true that psychological factors can cause or increase pain, there are also physical causes for pain, especially if your neighbor had four hospital births within the past 80 years in this culture It's unlikely that she has no scar tissue, which can cause pain for decades, unfortunately. Yay for physical therapy! The "popping" action that the diva cup is prone to when you're learning how to use it can certainly be painful, just as poking yourself in the eye is more painful than gently inserting a contact lens.
It is amazing how many options are available these days. Certainly more appealing than strapping old rags around your waist though! I agree that the natural disposable pads are a nice option to have available now, too. I hope your daughter doesn't get too overwhelmed What an exciting time!