For all of human history, womanhood has been equated with the ability to give birth. It is the one thing that women can do that men cannot. Unfortunately, not all women are able to fulfill this role. In fact, roughly 1 in every 6 couples are unable to conceive, and it is estimated that 10% of the entire female population suffers from some form of infertility.
In the past for a woman to get pregnant, all sorts of rumors and myths were “conceived” to increase the chances that woman would get pregnant. All it takes is for one woman to see connection between 2 unrelated events when it comes to fertility and a myth is born. Through the ages this has “birthed” a number of strange and downright funny myths relating to increasing a woman’s chance of conception.
Below are some of the myths surrounding fertility that have been believed or passed down through the generations.
Since I never struggled with trying to conceive, I don’t really talk about preconception issues here on My Baby Experience. Anneliese was a wonderful unplanned surprise, but I know others who have not been so blessed. Since having Anneliese, I learned that there are many things a woman can do to prepare her body for growing a baby. As Shoshanna Easling says in her book, “there is an art to making babies,” hence the name of the book and DVD set is simply called “Making Babies.”
Relying on preventative care and teachings on how to stay low risk, the Bradley method of natural childbirth focuses on putting the parents in control and keeping them there. Much like the popular Lamaze method, the Bradley method relies on listening to the mother’s body and following her natural instincts paired with a healthy lifestyle instead of relying on drugs or other unnatural aids for birthing. The Bradley Method is a comprehensive course given to expecting mothers and their companions that improves not only the delivery of her child, but the health and early raising.
In recent years, the term “cord blood” has become a buzzword and the issue itself, a hot button item. The term refers to blood that is still in the placenta and umbilical cord after childbirth. The blood contains stem cells, which is used to fight and treat some hematopoietic and genetic disorders, such as the blood cancers leukemia and lymphoma. The decision to harvest the blood is a hard one in itself, but then there is another decision that quite possibly is the harder one: do we, as parents, go public or remain private?