Week 2…Babies Babies BABIES!!

Week 2 presents some very important as well as helpful information. I’m so anxious to have children of my own after this week because I really cannot wait to notice all of the things that we learned this week. From brain development, temperament, and secure attachment, I’m honestly interested to raise a child and notice all of the milestones that they are supposed to achieve in growing and developing.

So many children are not afforded the best chances possible in this life. It is of no fault of their own, but certain circumstances lead them to be not as well taken care of as other children. One way that mothers can ensure that their little ones are in the best health is by breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a very important part of an infant’s health as well as bonding between mother and child. “Babies who are exclusively breastfed are less often sick” (Berger, 2014). Other positive affects of breastfeeding are disease protection, protection against lifelong diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. This issue is one that I fully support. I think that children should be given the best chance possible in life and the one things a mother can do is breastfeed their child. Even if the mother cannot breastfeed directly, I think they should still consider pumping their milk. I would only suggest not breastfeeding is if the mother is physically unable to do so. My mother could not breastfeed me, and I only pray that I am able to nurse my children when they are born.

I looked around the web for some differences in culture when it comes to breastfeeding. I found a blog of a mother who moved from Canada to Mongolia when her son was 4 months old. She was in for a real culture shock. Mongolians believe the breast milk is not just for children but also for anyone. She stated that there was not one person that she met who did not like the taste of breast milk. In Mongolia, it was not uncommon for children to nurse until they were 6 years old. Yes, 6! I know, I cannot believe it either! Can you imagine nursing a child with teeth and can read? Yea, me either! She also found out that from the time of birth until about 3 months, Mongolia infants are packaged to their mother’s and fed at the first signs of crying. They aren’t changed often or burped often, but they are fed on demand all day long. Mongolians but a really big emphasis on breastfeeding, to the point that one mother breast fed until the child was 9 years old!

I really enjoyed exploring this practice in other cultures. I think I will be a really big fan of breastfeeding because of the benefits that it provides, but I don’t believe that I will be going to the extremes of the Mongolians! Breast milk is very important to the overall health of the child and the mother. Even if it will be an inconvenience to me, it’s for the better of my child, and for that reason alone I’ll sacrifice what I need to in order for he or she to receive the proper nutrition.

If you want to read the article, check it out here: http://www.incultureparent.com/2011/02/breastfeeding-land-genghis-khan/

Resources

Berger, K. (2014). Developing person through childhood & adolescence: With dsm5 update. S.l.: Worth Pub.

Week 1! New Class!

Wow! I made it through my very first class and I’m so excited to be over my first class jitters! I’m excited about what’s to come.

This week we are asked to write about a personal birthing experience. I’ve never had a personal birthing experience that I can think of, other than my own and remembering that would be a miracle considering I was a baby! Yes, there have been people that I’ve known who were pregnant and have children, but nothing that I can personally report as far as being with them through the experience. I know that I desire so deeply to have children of my own someday. I just don’t know how much of a possibility that will be, but in the meantime I’ve been blessed with godchildren to love and nurture.

My personal birthing experience might lead to be complicated, as my genetic makeup leaves me with health issues that might make children a risk for me. So I would assume, that if I were to conceive that things would be a lot more complicated than some of the people who I know who have children. The usual checkups and doctors’ visits for them would be a lot worse and more frequent for me, as my blood condition would require me to inject myself daily with blood thinners in my belly the entire 9 months. Not to mention that risk of other health factors that could lead to a very painful and long pregnancy.

Although I don’t have my own birthing story to share, I did find it rather interesting how birthing is done in other countries. For example, in The Netherlands, mothers don’t go to an OBGYN, that are referred to a midwife. In some foreign countries, midwifery is most popular. Doctors don’t usually interfere with the birth, unless there are complications. The woman decides if the baby will be born in a hospital or at home. Also, women in the Netherlands don’t get epidurals. This is due to many anesthesiologist in the Netherlands working only from 9 to 5. Natural births are very popular. The time in the hospital is different as well. Dutch women who don’t have a complicated delivery usually can go home within two hours of giving birth. They have a unique belief that the care of the baby should be done at home. For seven days a nurse comes to the home to care for the mother and the child. This is covered by insurance! Wow, that would never be covered in the states! This nurse not only cares for the health of mom and baby, but they also cook, clean, and monitor the visitors who visit the home. This allows the mother time to adjust to motherhood.

Another country that has a unique birthing experience is Brazil. In Brazil C-section births are very popular. In some parts of Brazil 100% of women have a C-section birth. In Germany, the act of giving birth is more important than the outcome. Babies in Germany are usually delivered by a mid-wife, like the Netherlands, and doctors are optional. Also, in Germany, when a woman tell her boss that she is pregnant, her job is secure. That is amazing, in the US, you’re lucky to get the 12 weeks of FMLA for pregnancy. And some jobs don’t offer leave for pregnancy. It’s amazing at how the rest of the world values pregnancy and makes it a beautiful event and not a stressful situation.

Resources

Schalken, L. (2015). Birth Customs Around the World. Retrieved May 7, 2015, from http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/giving-birth/vaginal/birth-customs-around-the-world/

Sharma, H. (2014, May 2). 10 Strange Birth Customs From Around The World – Listverse. Retrieved May 7, 2015, from http://listverse.com/2014/05/03/10-weirdest-birth-customs-from-around-the-world/