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Having a baby is a private miracle, yet it is also the source of much shared joy. For this reason, women and families in every country and every culture have customs to ensure that the journey into motherhood is marked and remembered. From the Mexican rebozo used to rock the belly and ease back pain during pregnancy to the Bengali practice of taking off a woman's bangles to help her visualize a speedy labor, from Arianna Huffington's advice for getting sleep in the early days of motherhood to Davina McCall's tribute to her midwife, from the proverbs printed on the kangas used to carry East African newborns to the Japanese ritual where Sumo wrestlers are asked to make infants cry, each page of On Becoming a Mother is filled with inspiration, humor, and insight about the beginnings of parenthood.
Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Brigid McConville is a director of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, which is based in London and Washington, D.C. When she is not traveling the world to ensure the alliance’s mission that pregnancy and childbirth are safe for all, she divides her time between London and the west country of England.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Before Birth 1. Sharing the News: Shaad (Bangladesh) 2. Finding Support: The Haraobi (Japan) 3. For Safe Keeping: Secret Mothers” (Malawi) 4. The Hózhójí: Making a Blessingway (Navajo) 5. Deluged with Love: The Baby Shower (USA) 6. Anoint the Belly: The Oil of Joy (Nigeria) 7. Rock the Belly: Lenggang Perut (Malaysia) 8. Do This, Don’t Do That: Taboos 9. Blessed Curd for a Boy... or a Girl (Nepal) 10. Vauva Laatikko: A Box Just for Baby (Finland)
Part 2. Time for Birth 11. It’s Your Time, Take Your Time (Liberia) 12. Take Off Your Bangles: Opening the Way (India) 13. Mothering the Mother: The Midwife 14. The Circle of Labour (Mauritania) 15. Father’s Day Too (Quichua) 16. Before the Last Push: Building a Sacred Chakra (Achuar) 17. First Sight: Between Shock and Love 18. Sweet Whispers: Al-Tahneek (Islam) 19. Whenua: Home for the Second’ Baby (Maori) 20. Jubilations and Thanksgivings: A Moment to Pause
Part 3. After Birth 21. A New Ekyogero for Grandmother (Uganda) 22. Outcoming: Meeting the Family (Cambodia) 23. Smoking the Baby (Aboriginal people, Australia) 24. Latching On: A Time of Riches (Nepal) 25. You Ugly Rat”: Naming Names (Vietnam) 26. Afartanbah: Forty Days and Forty Nights of Rest (Somaliland) 27. She Has Just Given Birth!” (Tanzania) 28. Naki! Naki! Naki!: Sumo-weight Soothing (Japan) 29. A Mother’s Touch: Wearing the Kanga (East Africa) 30. Going Hot and Cold: Zuoyuezi (China) 31. The Chain of Godmothers (UK)
Part 4. The First” Year 32. A Cup of Forty Keys: A Year of Firsts” (Persia) 33. Baby’s Weight in Gold: Aqiqah (Islam) 34. First Date Night: Reconnecting at Home 35. Letting Go: First Taste of Pasni (Nepal) 36. Mama, Baba, Nana, Papa: First Words 37. First Steps: Tedak Siten (Indonesia) 38. El Salto del Colacho: Protect This Baby (Spain) 39. A Nudge into the Future: Doljabi (Korea) 40. Final Wisdom: Coming Full Circle
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