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The Global Parent: Custom and Law

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere in between), joins us weekly in February to talk about the "best practices" of parenting around the world. This week: a look at how pregnancy is treated culturally and legally around the world.

Guests:

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Comments [8]

custom apparel

Cheap custom shirts became very popular in the US since 2005. You can see this kind of shirt in malls, in streets, and in any public places. In other words you can see this everywhere. According to the youth, this is another way of expressing their ideas and could be one of the major reasons why this shirt is becoming very popular nowadays.

Apr. 12 2012 01:06 AM
custom apparel

Cheap custom shirts became very popular in the US since 2005. You can see this kind of shirt in malls, in streets, and in any public places. In other words you can see this everywhere. According to the youth, this is another way of expressing their ideas and could be one of the major reasons why this shirt is becoming very popular nowadays.

Apr. 11 2012 01:47 PM
tom LI

Its time for the American females, and their Culture, to come to grips that being pregnant and eventually giving birth is not special. There is nothing special about the process whatsoever - but in the US its been made into a religion of sorts. Where the pregnant woman is made into a fragile demi-god, that needs to be coddled and hidden from all manner of normal life stresses.

All hail the pregnant woman, stop the world and focus on her needs.

Nothing wrong with women learning How To do it right, like the basic skills, but the attitude towards the psyche of the pregnant female is absurd.

Let it go American women...theres nothing special in giving birth.

I know, I know I'm the evil male. But thank god I married a sensible woman, who didn't feel hindered by her pregnancy.

Feb. 23 2012 03:18 PM

zzz.

Feb. 23 2012 12:44 PM
Capper from nyc

I don't understand what the big mystery is around bringing up a baby. Why do you need help taking care of a baby? One can do it by love and common sense alone. My parents nor our inlaws were around to help. Baby cries, see if hungry. Still cries, change the diaper, still cries be sure the baby is not sick, still cries maybe gas move legs, still cries-- baby in bad mood --- let it cry. Baby needs love and the basics. Baby needs to be swaddled (something they teach in the hospital), Baby needs to be dressed appropriately. Baby shouldn't go where there's danger, so on and so on. Am I missing something here???

Feb. 23 2012 11:09 AM

Mostly have enjoyed these segments, but the title of her book makes me cringe every time I hear it. "Eskimo" is viewed as perjorative by Native Alaskans and really has not place in this program.

Feb. 23 2012 10:58 AM
TAMARA

even for non pregnant people they say it is better to drink liquids that are not too cold. It is better for digestion

Feb. 23 2012 10:58 AM
Cal Robertson

Similar to Tibetan practices as discussed on the air: Midwifery is ancient, see Genesis 35:17 "When [Rachel] was in her hard labor, the midwife said to her, 'Do not be afraid; for how you will have another son.'" This scenario suggests two things: 1) high value placed on having a son (still vary prevalent in our world today, but more importantly, 2) what Carol Meyers calls "what might be termed holisitic care [of midwives], tending to the emotional needs of the new mother while assisting in the birth process." (quotation from Carol Meyers, Exodus, The New Cambridge Bible Commentary [Cambridge, 2005], 40).

Feb. 23 2012 10:57 AM

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