Childbirth in My Life and in Colombia

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To be quite honest, I do not have a birth story of my own…and the thought giving birth terrifies me! I am beyond excited to have children of my own, but the actual birthing process sends chills down my spine. For this week’s blog assignment, I chose to call my mom and ask her to fill me in on all the details of my sister’s and my birth.

My sister and I were both born at the same hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and in both instances, my mom gave birth naturally. I am the firstborn and my mom’s pregnancy was full-term with me and she gave birth in August 1986. My sister, who is 22 months younger, came a week and a half before her projected due date and was born in June 1988. While my mom’s labor lasted 10.5 hours with me, my sister came after 7. My mom said her only complication during either birthing experience occurred when the umbilical chord was wrapped around my chest, forcing doctors to use forceps to extract me. I’m not sure why I wasn’t blessed my mother’s tolerance for pain (and imagine my birthing experiences to be different in this regard), but my mom was not given (and didn’t want) an epidural or any pain killers…she even said no to Tylenol! In both births, my mom experienced healthy pregnancies and gave birth to healthy babies. I weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, while my sister weighed 6 pounds, 9.5 ounces.

In regards to these particular birthing stories, as well as others, I believe the healthier mothers are before, during, and after pregnancy, the healthier the baby will be. I also believe that the fewer drugs and pain killers administered, the fewer the complications during and after birth.

The country I chose to research was Colombia, as I have sponsored a little girl who lives there for the past eight years. In Colombia, one third of all children are anemic (“Children’s Situation in Colombia,” 2012). Malnutrition affects many groups of people here, thus leading to stillbirths, premature births, and brain damage, among other consequences (“Children’s Situation in Colombia,” 2012). Forty percent of the population lacks health insurance, many of among whom are children (“Children’s Situation in Colombia,” 2012).

Similarities in these 2 birthing experiences exist in that it was my mom’s goal, as well as I’m sure most mothers in Colombia, to have healthy pregnancies and babies. However, my mom was fortunate enough to have full health care insurance, and the resources for adequate, healthy nutrition. It’s heartbreaking to think about countries such as Colombia, where some mothers do not have adequate food, which later results in their babies’ defects and potentially death. I feel blessed to have been born in the situation that I was born in.

References:

Save The Children. (2012, March 5). Children’s situation in Colombia. In Save the Children’s Resource Centre. Retrieved September 6, 2014

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2 thoughts on “Childbirth in My Life and in Colombia

  1. Renee,
    Try not to be too terrified about your future child birth experience. I have two children. It truly is amazing. I know your mom did not have an epidural but don’t rule it out for yourself. Somehow though you forget about the pain from the childbirth. If women didn’t there would be a lot more single child families…
    It’s so horrible to learn about the poverty that exists around the world and right here in the US and how it affects expectant mothers and their children’s future development. What an amazing thing you are doing for that little girl in Columbia. I hope to hear more about her.

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  2. Renee, it sounds like you have a wonderful family and support system and have made Christianity the center of your life. I have somewhat gone astray and don’t put Christianity first in my life. I have not given up though, just don’t have my priorities in line.

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