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For the Sake of Our Children
For the Sake of Our Children

by Leandre Bergeron

"This means that she was comfortable in her mother's womb thanks to a calm pregnancy, thanks to a healthy diet. This means that she came out when her little body felt that it was time and not according to some doctor's busy schedule. This means that she was welcomed into this netherworld with waiting hands, open arms, an open heart and, especially, an open mind. She was received without prejudice, without anguish, without the fear that makes our panicked minds cause precisely those problems we were hoping to avoid. This means that nothing, nor anyone, can halt her full development as long as I am there to watch over her." go to Natural Life Magazine

 

Comparing Indian and American ways of raising daughters

"I’m a dad to three daughters, and they’re all happily married. I can honestly say that I have three excellent sons-in-law! I can also honestly tell you that being able to say such a thing about my sons-in-laws is a very, very important thing for me. I love those three girls SO MUCH; they mean the world to me! I would do anything for them. I’ve always felt that way, and always will.

But some of my Indian friends, upon analyzing the way Americans “raise their daughters” and go about supporting them in their marriage, would have to conclude, “You really don’t love them very much, do you?!” Some of their questions would go like this:" go to culturehappens.com

A Short Guide to a Happy Life

"Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That's what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first. Don't ever forget what a friend once wrote to Senator Paul Tsongas when the senator had decided not to run for reelection because he'd been diagnosed with cancer: "No man ever said on his deathbed I wish I had spent more time at the office."


A father (and doctor's) perspective:

My Journey into Planned Homebirth in Venezuela, by Fernando Molina

Having my first son, Fernando Javier, at home back in 1983 was one of the most challenging times of my life, but also opened a door to the sacred pathway I would follow in the years to come. The experience assured me that homebirths were possible and safe, in spite of what they teach us in medical schools. [View source]

© 2010 Midwifery Today, Inc. All rights reserved. This article first appeared in Midwifery Today Issue 93, Spring 2010.

midwifery today logoBack in those days, I was completing my OB-GYN rotation in a University of Los Andes teaching hospital, and everyone was surprised by and critical of our decision to have our baby at home despite “all the technology” that was just around the corner from where we lived. They lectured me on “the danger” I was putting my wife and son in, should an emergency occur. The message from the head of the department was that I had to “stop inventing things” if I wanted to have a passing grade in obstetrics.

Two years passed and we moved to Puerto Ordaz, an industrial city in the southeast part of Venezuela, where I started working as a general practitioner in different hospitals and was again immersed in the technocratic model of obstetrical care. But I was always hearing a little voice telling me there must be a better way to treat a woman and her baby during labor and delivery. read his story

 

very American but entertaining Dad blog

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(Note how I feel compelled to add a 'but' to the headline. Somehow, from abroad it always feels as though we have to apologize for the adjective 'American')

go to How to be a Dad



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