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Anna Lee

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Has anyone been watching the program 'bringing up baby'...?

for those of you who dont know... its a program where 6 couples with newborns are given a mentor who favours one of three childcare methods from the 50s, 60s and 70s...

Bringing Up Baby from Channel4.com

very interesting program...

any comments..?
 

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I have been watching it...really interesting...

I think you can take a little bit from each decade...but personally I find ...

The 50's seems very extreme....there is no way on this planet I could not cuddle my newborn baby.... but then who is to say that method is wrong?

I think the Amazonian jungle method ( name escapes me at this time ) of having your baby strapped to you for 6 months is fine...so long as your baby weighs the same as a bag of sugar at 6 months!!!!

I think the best method for me...and the one I have probably brought my 5 children up by is the 70's method...Dr Spock is it???? Go with your instincts...and do what is right for you as a mother...

It is interesting that the harshest mentor on the programme is the woman for the 50's method ( again name escapes me lol ) and she has no children... I wonder how she would be if she had her own child....? :rolleyes:
 

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It is interesting that the harshest mentor on the programme is the woman for the 50's method ( again name escapes me lol ) and she has no children... I wonder how she would be if she had her own child....? :rolleyes:
And i wonder how many of us have actually really thought about this point...?

we listen and obey so much people who we consider as 'experts' - midwives.. doctors.. nannies.. childminders... we do whatever they tell us and think is best for our baby..

But has anyone actually thought about how many of these people have actually experienced carrying a child for 40 weeks and given birth...??

I am due to become a mummy again for the 3rd time.. I have recently found out that.. amongst the group of 6 midwives who have been looking after me.. only 2 have actually given birth and is bringing up children...

I totally respect the work of these professionals.. but can someone really know how to bring up a child if they havent been through labour and dont have one of their own...? Can you really know how to breastfeed just by reading a textbook...? It is possible for a person to truly understand what sleepless nights do to yourself physically and mentally if theyve never had to look after after a baby throughout the night..??

I dont query their profession... but i do believe that motherhood is the one thing in this world that is not possible to learn from a book....
 

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Well I have had a fair few midwives in my time...and the most understanding were the ones who had given birth...

I had a young lady consultant once tell me that I would have to be tipped upside down in a contraption which sounded like a torture machine to move my sons head from where it was sitting above my leg towards the birth canal... the midwife a glorious mother of 4 children told her poppycock...I was a woman in labour not a turkey and proceeded to break my waters, shove her hand inside me, move his head and leave me alone because she said to the consultant I had more experience of giving birth than the poor consultant!!!! I could have let the ground swallow me up...but 15 minutes later out he was..!!! I think when it comes to giving birth sympathy comes much more freely from those who have experienced the agony themselves...:lol:

It is impossible to learn parenting skills from a book I agree....so long as you can give a child love and care in abundance...then I don't think you need to have actually given birth to be a good parent...
 

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