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I chose to learn a little more about childbirth in China. In my research I came across some interesting information about various traditions including one after birth in which the mom gets to "sit the month." Chinese culture considers the first month to be a healing time for the mother, no duties other than the baby. Another tradition is to not name the child until he/she is older, often using many names including false names to trick spirits. During preganacy there are many beliefs about the mother's thinking and foods she may eat. It is believed that the thoughts of the mother transfer to the child. If mom eats light colored food the child may be fair skinned. Baby showers, which in America are a big custom are not given until after the baby is born. Mothers are given a herbal potion to help with labor which occurs in an armchair or futon. I chose to write about these traditons because I found it interesting that while ancient Chinese consider birthing a woman's career they take great care of her, much better than most careers. There is a lot of history involved in the conception, birth and post partum time. In our own culture, there are laws in place that allow mothers to take time to recoup from childbirth and be with their child, but she still has many other responsibilities. Baby celebrations are usually just that for the baby, American mothers don't get much pampering as everyone ooohs and awws over the baby.
Brown, L. (2011). Childbirth traditions around the world: China. Babyzone.com. Retrieved September 10, 2011 from http://www.babyzone.com/pregnancy/labor_birth/birthing_traditions/article/childbirth-traditions-china