From prenatal development to the birth, a child and the mother endure many learning curves and emotions. First time mothers may feel many different emotions caused their environment and support systems. My mother, Suzanne, is a 48-year-old female and married to my father, Charlie King. Suzanne has given birth to six children; however, two of those children were stillborn. Although there are many pregnancy experiences, she chose to speak about my older sister, Audrey’s birth, which occurred 20 years ago. I interviewed Suzanne King to relate pregnancy to the theories I learned about in the textbook, Children by John Santrock. Suzanne’s experience is comparable to several topics discussed in the textbook. Suzanne was worried about hazards …show more content…
97). Examples of teratogens include caffeine, alcohol, prescription drugs, and many other parental factors (Santrock, 2013, p. 98-106). Addressing teratogens, I asked if she had any routines or items she stayed away from once she realized she was pregnant? Suzanne replied stating she tried to stay away from coffee. She also avoided excessive exercising and participated in low impact Jazzercise classes. It is scientifically proven safe to exercise while pregnant, but not to the point of exhaustion (Santrock, 2013, p. 93). I questioned how she knew to stay away from those risk factors. She reported, “I honestly don’t know where I heard that I shouldn’t, I probably read it in a book somewhere. It seems like common sense to me.” After gaining an understanding of Suzanne’s experiences and precautions before Audrey was born, I initiated questions of labor and delivery.
Per my request, Suzanne began explaining the day Audrey was born. “It was a Saturday morning and I began having contractions so I went to the hospital. The nurse made me start doing breathing techniques, she said it would have been easier if I took Lamaze classes.” Suzanne explained that if she had to do anything over again she would have taken a Lamaze class to help prepare her better. The Lamaze method encompasses “. . . a special breathing technique to control pushing in the final stages of labor. . .” (Santrock, 2013, p. 116). Suzanne explained, “I continued breathing
Dawn Kingston (assistant professor of Faculty of Nursing) studied a s survey done by ‘6,400’ mothers and how their experiences before they got pregnant, during pregnancy, and after delivery. With her research she offered first time views
There were numerous powerful testimonies and striking findings noted throughout the and first two chapters of the book Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin. As a health care provider, and therefore someone who is entrusted to care for individuals during their most private and sacred times, I found Gaskin’s statements regarding the environment and care surrounding birth experiences very impactful. According to Gaskin (2011), the “women’s perceptions about their bodies and their babies’ capabilities will be deeply influenced by the care they recieve around the time of birth” (p. 22). The statements made by Gaskin in Birth Matters not only ring true, but inspires one
Scheper-Hughes provides a controversial breakdown of the mothers' evident lack of concern to the death of their babies as not a repression of grief, but as a plan for endurance. The mothers, by allowing themselves to form attachment to only the babies who have already verified their capability to survive by doing so during early infancy, these women can increase the existence odds of their strongest children. Modern ideas about "mother love," and about mother-infant bonding as a naturally occurring process that in general occurs in the first few moments of a baby's life, are the cultural result of the statistical differences which allows women to give birth to just a few children, each of which she may be expecting to raise to adulthood.
Also realising in her study the importance of a “safe base” to infants, as in the observation research carried out on the Uganda families “if the mothers were unresponsive and emotionally detached, their infants seem to cry a lot more and often seemed clingy or insecure”(Discovering psychology, p.216,2010).
It was an ordinary winter day in the city of Lynn, Massachusetts. As people headed to work and school they looked forward to the adventures the weekend would bring the next day. However, not so far away, Henry Rosario and his wife, Wendy Contreras, waited anxiously in their apartment knowing that the moment that would change their lives forever was near. “As my first daughter it was very painful, scary, and anxious” (Contreras interview). After waiting for what seemed like forever, they decided to go to Salem Hospital. Once they arrived, however, they were told by the doctor that she was not was not ready to deliver yet and was sent back home. At home, Wendy paced around the living room in agony waiting for the moment to come so she could get
The delightful and creative use of words by Cathy Song paints a very vivid picture for the reader. What some women may consider the pangs of pregnancy, Cathy delights in. There are no complaints in her words but rather a peaceful acceptance of her role as a woman. She enjoys being pregnant. As noted early, Cathy places family at the top of her priorities. It is very important to her and therefore worth writing about.
Carleen’s first pregnancy, starting in 1979 and ending in 1980, was out of wedlock and happened before meeting her ex-husband. During this pregnancy, she was a lower class, sixteen-year-old high schooler that resided in Detroit, Michigan. As of now and at the time of her interview, Carleen is a Christian, African American fifty-two-year-old woman with a Master’s Degree who is divorced with five daughters. She resides in Warren, Michigan and works at St. John Hospital as a parenting teacher. Given how long ago her first pregnancy was and that she had four pregnancies afterward, I was surprised by the amount of detail she recollected. Carleen had explained the level of ambiguity that came with being pregnant for the first time. Her body had changed, and she was unsure of how her mother would take the news. This fear of the unknown had led her to live with her older sister for three months before telling her mother the news. Thankfully, her mother took the news better than expected and assisted Carleen with prenatal responsibilities such as helping her maintain a healthy diet and moving her to a school for pregnant teens because she had physically struggled with the stairs at her traditional high
One day while walking through Frankenmuth, my mother had a gut feeling that she was expecting. When my parents returned home from the day’s festivities my mom snuck away to take a pregnancy test, which confirmed she was in fact pregnant. According to my dad, he was surprised and very excited to be expecting. My parents had long been trying to start their family but had suffered a miscarriage 8 weeks into their first pregnancy. Due to the prior miscarriage, my parents decided to use caution and wait until they made it through the first trimester to share the news with friends and family. My mother went on to explain that pregnancy changed everything for her from her diet to her daily activities. Both of my parents
For my interview I decided to talk to a young mother that I met in one of my classes. For her privacy I will call her Sofia. Sofia told me that she had her first child at the age of 17. At this young age she was very unprepared for what was to come.
Before reading this essay, I had the mindset that doing cocaine or smoking marijuana is the worst substance for a fetus. However, in reality, nicotine and caffeine are actually worse. This is a misconception amongst society as a whole. With that being said, society has created “common norms” that put restrictions on what women who are pregnant can do while carrying. I will admit that I myself have given women dirty looks if I see them drinking a glass of wine. In reality, doctors say refrain from binge or heavy drinking.
For this interview project paper, I chose childbirth as my topic because it is related to the field that I want to pursue in my future career and I wanted to explore more about it. Having said that, I was given an opportunity to create my own questions that were correlated with childbirth and its relations to the domains of human development. I had the opportunity to interview a woman in her early adulthood, who recently gave birth to their second child here in Rockville, Maryland. After one hour of interviewing her over the phone, I was able to developed my thesis, introduction, supporting details, and conclusion for my paper based on my interviewee’s responses and experience about childbirth.
The perinatal adversities seen in women with LMW highlights a nutritional or constitutional mechanism of these complications. The data by Ehrenberg et.al (2003) suggests that “the contribution of maternal weight gain in pregnancy is a predominant influence among complications such as prematurity, preterm labor, and LBW”. Weight gained in pregnancy can be considered a crucial predictor of adverse outcomes than weight or BMI at delivery (Ehrenberg et.al 2003). Inadequate GWG in pregnancy may bring forth nutritional deficiencies that increases the predisposition to preterm delivery (Ehrenberg et.al 2003). In terms of prematurity, Ehrenberg et.al (2003) found that the effect of GWG during pregnancy is greater than the influence of
The article I found most interesting was, Prescribing in pregnancy: Effects on the fetus. This article focused on Teratogens, specifically medications, and how they can impact an unborn fetus. The article made it clear that completely avoiding medications during pregnancy is not always possible. When medications must be consumed, it is important for the consumer to understand the possible risks for the fetus.
Subtle or acute changes in pregnancy can threaten the successful journey to motherhood resulting in devastating consequences for women and babies (Lunau, 2014). Pre-eclampsia is the focus of this essay, a high risk condition experienced by a woman under my care. Her medical treatment will be contrasted with evidence-based information found in the reviewed literature. Risk assessment definition will be critiqued along with impact of this term on pregnant women. I will reflect on the care I provided and strategies that can enhance more sensible care. A pseudonym will be used to de-identify the woman complying with the code of professional conduct for midwives (2008).
For the human female, pregnancy is a period of time that is celebrated in most cultures. However, reaching the point where a pregnancy successfully results in the birth of one or more healthy offspring can take more than one attempt. Wilcox et al. (1988) provided the conservative estimate that thirty-one percent of all pregnancies were unintentionally lost, with twenty-two percent of pregnancies being lost before they were clinically detected using delicate detection of hCG hormone levels in a sample the pregnant woman’s urine. There are many unique health risks, such as a woman being diagnosed with endometriosis, that increase a woman’s chances of having a spontaneous abortion (Santulli et al., 2016). But for healthy women without any observable health risks, for the rate of spontaneous to be abortion this high when healthcare is arguably the best it has ever been in all human history makes it is worth examining the possibility that spontaneous abortion might carry an evolutionary advantage for humans that doesn’t make sense in a simply modern context.