On Becoming a Mother: Welcoming Your New Baby and Your New Life with Wisdom from Around the World

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A celebration of pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a new baby's life.

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 inspiring proverbs on the kangas used to carry East African newborns on their mothers' ...

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Overview

A celebration of pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a new baby's life.

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 inspiring proverbs on the kangas used to carry East African newborns on their mothers' backs to the Japanese ritual where Sumo wrestlers are asked to make infants cry, discover a world's worth of wisdom on becoming a mother.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
“Traditions of celebrating pregnancy, supporting birth, welcoming and naming children are richly varied but universal,” writes McConville. This collection of international mothering rituals is a treasure chest of ideas on ceremonies, gifts, and practices to enrich the process of gestation, birthing, and mothering. Produced and inspired by members of the nonprofit White Ribbon Alliance that advocates for maternal health, the book combines narratives, quotes, photos, illustrations, and lists. It includes descriptions of useful but meaningful objects, such as a cradleboard, used by the Navajo to carry the baby, or the Japanese haraobi (belly sash) inscribed by a monk. In addition, the book touches on the roles and responsibilities of the father, from the care provided by Tanzania fathers to the close involvement of Quechuan (Andean) fathers during birth. Every mother and mother to be will be jealous of the Finnish Vauva Laatikko, the government’s gift to new mothers, which includes clothing, bedding, toys, and bath supplies —even condoms for the new parents. The American baby shower, Islamic naming ceremonies, and first birthdays in Korea sit comfortably next to each other in this global celebration of motherhood. Illus. Agent: Rebecca Winfield, David Luxton Associates. (May)
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"Filled with pregnancy and motherhood humour, inspiration and insight from around the world." - Parents Canada

"Gorgeous" - Daily Telegraph

"Would make a lovely gift for a mom-to-be." - Green Parent magazine

"Enlightening...a thoroughly enjoyable read that doesn't chastise you or make you feel that you are doing anything wrong, in fact highlights that we are all different and choose to do what is right for us." - Baby Buzz magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780743899
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 691,873
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


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.
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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

About White Ribbon Alliance
About the Star Showers Campaign
Thanks and Acknowledgments
Art Credits
Index

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