Thursday, August 21, 2008

Childbirth Connection Study

The overall picture is of recent mothers engaged in a juggling act, carrying
multiple and sometimes conflicting responsibilities while experiencing high
levels of social, physical and emotional health challenges.

I have to say, it's disheartening to read the results of the new Childbirth Connection study summarized here and have to agree that they are right on par with what I experienced as a new mom. That leads me to wonder if there's really any effective way to prepare young, pregnant, starry-eyed moms-to-be for their new role as parent of a newborn if their heads are filled with visions of cute nurseries, easy breastfeeding and 50/50 division of newborn duties with their significant other. Truly, it may not be possible for the message to really sink in at that time. But if it could, I think we may see moms better able to cope with the demands of a new baby and better able to advocate for themselves and what they need at home and from medical professionals.

If anyone has a recommendation for a book or video that properly prepares pregnant couples for new parenthood, I'd love to hear about it. And I'm not talking about a "What to Expect" book. I'm talking about a realistic portrayal of modern parenthood in America, especially when it comes to the first few weeks of caring for a newborn.

Perhaps even reading about preparing for the change wouldn't do any real good but if there's a good one out there, I could at least recommend it to my pregnant friends and save them from having to figure it all out from square one.


Anonymous said...

Invasion of the body snatchers, because the theme is the same: lack of sleep.

Angela said...

I like Wondertime Magazine, also the Couple to Couple League Family Foundations Magazine ( Also, looking ahead, "How to Raise a Lifelong Learner"