Week 3 Blog Post

Part I:

Birth of a newborn is common everywhere, but different. Due to the different national conditions, different regions, different cultures, the status and problems of pregnant women, the progressive progress of women’s awareness, and the process, stage, content, and characteristics of women’s have children, they also present their differences and diversity.

First of all, in the United States, because of advanced medical science, with the technology of painless childbirth(Painless childbirth, that is, in childbirth, injecting a certain dose of anesthetic, the main objectives are: to reduce the degree of maternal pain), I think most women will choose painless childbirth. Because the growth of equal rights for women, many women have their own thoughts about delivery may, at home or hospital. 

Vietnamese are born at home, pregnant women are under the care of a midwife, and midwives must overcome Vietnamese cultural traditions, political factors, and remote poverty in the region. The girl in the video is less than 20 years old and has already gone to work in the medical center, she received training to provide maternity care to her community in this isolated Chi Ca community. She said that if she does not go to work, she will do farm work at home so that she can support the children at home. She also translates to help Hmong women and Vietnamese doctor communicate smoothly and help child’s birth. 50% of newborns in rural mountain areas are more likely to die than urban ones because the village is three hours away from the medical center. The mountain roads are difficult to make, so 70% of pregnant women choose to produce at home.

More than half of Dutch women give birth at home. (some scientific studies have shown that the risk of complications at home delivery is 2-3 times that in-hospital delivery. Although the incidence of complications is increasing, its absolute value is not very high.) Different from Hmong women, women in the developed world choose to give birth at home because they can move, eat, and bath more freely during childbirth. Mothers can feel more comfortable when they have children in a familiar place, and her family can stay with them. However, there are challenges and risks in giving birth at home, so professional midwives are needed.

The Inuit, a people living north of the Arctic Circle, used to live by fishing at sea and hunting in the snow, but now they live an indifferent way from the past, also including Inuit women give birth. Commonly,  women to give birth in southern Canada hospitals, but it is also an expensive financial burden. Of course, there are also women who choose the traditional way to give birth at home, with the help of older and experienced women. After the birth, the mother will have frequent contact with the child and there will be celebrations in the community.

Part II:

Picture from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-stir/14-freaky-pregnancy-things_b_2432007.html

Many modern women have the high level of education, they are more independent, they pursue their own life and strive to practice their own ideas. Not willing to be just a housewife, also because of the rise of women’s consciousness, getting married and having children is not so important and urgent for them. Make modern women more likely to choose their spouse, leading to late marriage and late childbearing. And modern women value economic independence. They think that late marriage or non-marriage does not have much impact on life. Many people will not list marriage and children as things they should do during their development, and often wait until the time is right before they begin to consider. In the social part, modern men and women prefer to cohabit with the other half in the form of “cohabitation” or “trial marriage”. In the workplace, there may be “discrimination” in disguise. Some women are worried about losing their jobs or delaying their work, and they have concerns about pregnancy. Some women want to keep their body shape, so they don’t plan to have children.

One thought on “Week 3 Blog Post

  1. Hey yangyuj4! Great post! There are so many different practices of child birth all over the world. Every culture believes there is a right and sometimes a wrong way to do it. Do you think there is a “right” or a “wrong” way to give birth? Do you think it is okay for a country / government to enforce a particular way to give birth if they believe it is for the betterment and safety of the mother and child? As we read and watched the Inuit in Canada, the government was trying to help the women and provide them with a safe environment to give birth. I truly believe the government was just trying to help and had good intentions, but I think that this came from a place of ethnocentrism, believing that their was the best way. I think it is okay for women to choose how they want to give birth and the government should not get involved in this natural process.

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