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As a Midwife Assistant and a Doula I have experienced many births. However there is this one experience I will never forget.

I was called early in the morning for a homebirth. This particular birth was a water birth. I have been in awe of the power and strength of women for how they give birth. This particular birth, I saw the power and strength from the baby’s perspective.

 

The mother just had given birth in the water, she was holding her baby as her husband was behind her in the water. What a beautiful scene I thought. The baby was just looking up at mom. I was caught up in the moment. Then suddenly I realized I had to do my job. I took my stethoscope out and put it on baby’s chest to hear heart beat and breath sounds. No sooner did I have it upon the baby’s chest, the baby grabbed the stethoscope and pulled it away. I was in shock and so were the parents. I tried it a second time. Again to our surprise, the newborn did it again. I managed to get my job done but in that moment I saw things in a new way.

 

I imagined this newborn in utero and waiting to be born. He finally arrived in a sweet and serene way. He was enjoying looking into his parents eyes, feeling touch for the first time, breathing on his own, smelling the aroma in the room, hearing the sweet voices from his loving parents. This brand new baby was taking charge of the room.

As I stood back and observed the whole scene, for the first time I saw birth and parenting through his eyes.

 

Years later I am a mother of four wonderful children. When I get frustrated, irritated or just too exhausted to take on another moment of parenting. I stop, I think about that birth scene and take a deep breath. I look at the scene through my children’s eyes. The wanting for them to express their dissatisfaction, excitement or just wanting my attention changes everything. The anxiety I felt goes away and I am filled with love and compassion.

 

Now do I always do this? The answer is no of course but I often find myself being more in the moment and being open on what I can learn seeing life through my child’s eyes.

 

 

Author

Nancee Kerr

 

MOM SHAMED ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CARRYING HER FIVE YEAR-OLD IN CARRIER!!

Babywearing is an age-old parenting trend. Many families “wear” their child and who is to tell, or shame someone to stop? At what age do you stop?

A manager of a Jewelry Shop Icing store has criticized a mother in Florida. After she spotted this mother carrying her 5 year old, this manager snapped a picture of them both. This mother had no idea what would come next.
The manager posted a picture with a degrading post to her personal Facebook page. This went viral and had many people talking.
The mother stated, “It’s just completely unacceptable for someone to take what I did by shopping with my kids and turn it into something to cause hurt and pain”

The mother also says her child wasn’t feeling well so she put her in her Tula to shop real fast to get some bracelets for her daughter.

Though, this mother has received a lot of support from parents around the world, and so she should! This is still a story that has many people talking.

The company has since apologized for the manger’s actions, but is this enough?

What do you think about this?
At what age do you stop wearing your child?
Was this defamation of character?

Love to hear your comments!!

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