Childbirth in My Life and Around the World

 Tationna Deziah Hill

TationnaAbout 5 minutes old

June 15, 2014

 12:24 PM

Tationna 2   About 11 months old

                                                                                      May 3, 2015

                                                                                         3:16 pm

This is my sweet, beautiful niece Tationna Deziah Hill. I did not have the pleasure to actually see my niece being born but I was outside the door while my sister was giving birth. I was at church when I got the call that she was going to the hospital because she was in labor. I told her to wait and not have my niece until I got there. Unfortunately she was having her when I arrived to her room. I could her my sister screaming and fussing at the doctors. She was telling them in “not so good words” to get my niece out of her. She had a natural birth and did not get an epidural. She was a trooper despite of all the fussing and cursing at the doctors. I was able to go in the room after she had Tationna and watch them as they cleaned her off and listening to her cry.  My son was happy that she was finally here and he got the chance to hold her and take pictures with her. Once my sister held my niece in her arms she was happy and excited at the same time. My nicknames for Tationna is “TaTi” or “tootsie roll”.  Even now he asks me when are we going to their house so he can play with my nephew Zi’yon and Tationna. He loves them as much as I do.

Birthing Traditions in China

I decided to look into the birthing tradition in China to see the differences or similarities of the United States. In China the spouse is not present during the delivery because it is not part of the male role to participate. My sister’s father of the baby was in the room her when she had my niece. It is the role of the father to give the baby the first bath. The mother of the woman may be present in the room during the first pregnancy. Births in many parts of China involves the mother laboring alone at home.  It is said to believe that the women are encouraged to deliver their baby in silence to ward off any evil spirits to the new child. This was the total opposite of my sister who was screaming and yelling at the doctor’s to take the baby out. When my sister gave birth she was on her back in order to deliver the baby and she was at the hospital. In China, squatting is the preferred method because if you lay on your back the baby will have no energy to come out. It is also the tradition to place a necklace around the baby’s neck before the umbilical cord is cut because it will “tie” the baby’s life to the necklace and not  cord. Another thing that I learned about the Chinese birth is that the placenta is kept and buried near the birth place so that in death it must be worn into heaven as a symbol of atonement and humility of earth life. Throughout the lives of the Chinese, the dried placenta can be used to make medicines for various ailments.

The Chinese culture is a lot different from the American culture when it comes to birth but also alike as to doing what is necessary to have a healthy child. I have learned a lot about the birthing process in China and I prefer the hospital to have my children versus having my baby at home alone. I like being surrounded by those that know what they are doing and can help with any complications that may arise versus being at home alone and not knowing what to do if something did go wrong.

 

References

http://www.hawcc.hawaii.edu/nursing/RNChinese02.html

China.answers.com/chinese-culture/birth-traditions-in-the-chinese-culture

 

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One thought on “Childbirth in My Life and Around the World

  1. Thank you for the information regarding China. Cultures really do make a difference. I am curious to know how Chinese people feel when they find out we, Americans, actually throw away our placenta. I don’t think they’d appreciate our practices with the placenta.

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