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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Monique and the Mango Rains-A book review

This book had two of my favorite topics in it: birth and culture.

It is a sort of biography of a midwife in Africa, written by a peace corp volunteer that became friends with her.  This midwife was given 9 months of education to then become the village midwife.  She not only helped women birth their babies, but she also ran a health clinic for women and children.  This book gave a very good look at why it is important to take care of women and children and really made me feel blessed for where I live now.

I also really enjoyed the look at birth in another culture.  So often, birth in native cultures are romanticized by the natural birth communities.  I appreciated the look this book gave of birth because it was real.  It did not tell of screaming women or women who could not handle birth like we are shown in our movies here, but it also shows some of the trials and difficulties that arise from true natural labor. 

There are a couple of observations I had:
1.  Trying to combine western medicine with the native way of giving birth is not necessarily compatible as they do not have the education nor the emergency personal available to deal with our medications that are introduced.
2. Woman are strong and courageous.  Not just in giving birth, but in living their lives.
3. A society that does not honor and respect the roles women play, are bound to forever be weak. 

This was also a wonderful look at two women who became friends.  I love to see different cultures and how they interact, which this book showed, but it also showed the ability to love each other despite different cultures, ideas, religion and language. 

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.