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Traditions from Moms Around the World

By Global Moms Challenge

March 25, 2014

Today’s Newsday Tuesday comes from the Guardian and features one of our amazing partners, the White Ribbon Alliance’s Brigid McConville. Brigid is passionate about mothers and childbirth and has circled the globe noting traditions from mothers everywhere!

Photo: Sumo wrestlers in Japan hold babies to help make them cry, in true Japanese tradition. Photograph: Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

In the run-up to Mothers’ Day, her new book shares insights from around the world. The Guardian summarizes some of the best including:

– Finland is the best country for babies: newborns receive “birth boxes” which include: mattress and bedding; bath thermometer; wash cloth; hooded bath towel; nail scissors; brushes for hair and teeth; cloth diaper kit; snowsuit; insulated hat; mittens and booties; light hooded suit; overalls; socks; leggings; picture book; teething toy, and lots of stuffed animals like the alpaca plush collection for all the babies!

– Baby Showers are customary all over the world.

– Wombs are pretty much called ovens everywhere: dark, warm and cozy — makes total sense!

– Your baby is what you eat: many cultures rule out certain foods for pregnant moms, largely for fear the baby might come to resemble that food. For instance, in Malawi, some believe that if women eat eggs in pregnancy, the baby will be born with an oval head.

– According to a Japanese proverb: “Crying babies grow fast.” So, to celebrate this, Sumo wrestlers compete in an annual festival in Hiroshima—first one to make a baby cry wins.

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On Becoming A Mother CoverRead the full article in The Guardian, and while you’re at in, check out Brigid’s book. We can’t wait!

On Becoming a Mother: welcoming your new baby and your new life with wisdom from around the world, by Brigid McConville, is published by Oneworld and available for pre-order here.

What’s your favorite motherhood tradition? Join the conversation!

 

Photo: Sumo wrestlers in Japan hold babies to help make them cry, in true Japanese tradition. Photograph: Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

 

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