Category Archives: Advocacy

WHO’s New Recommendations Aim to Reduce Medical Interventions in Childbirth

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/labor-and-childbirth/who-recommends-more-woman-centered-childbirth-fewer-interventions?ref=home_feed_1 In recent years, women empowerment had preggos reclaim the power to decide how they want to welcome their little ones into the world, as long as it doesn’t out their life and their baby’s life in danger. Moms wanting to try and push for a natural non-medicated birth is no longer just a trend.  The World Health Organization (WHO) issued new recommendations for childbirth practices all over the world. That is, to reduce unnecessary medical interventions for healthy pregnant women. Women in the old days have welcome babies naturally did it successfully, and it’s still possible to do so today.  “We…

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Why Moms Should Stop Saying ‘Be Careful’ to their Kids

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/preschooler/one-mom-says-we-should-stop-telling-kids-to-be-careful-here-s-why-a00026-20180221?ref=home_feed_1 Moms and dads will do anything to protect their kids and keep them safe from harm. It’s entirely understandable — when you love someone so much, you can get a little paranoid at everything that can hurt that person. Even the sight of your little one running just a bit too fast can make you yell from across the playground, “Be careful!” Mom and photographer Josée, who has three children and runs the blog Backwoods Mama, thinks we should stop saying those two words though. As a nature lover, the Canada-based mom is a big advocate of letting kids play outdoors…

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“Mix Feeding Is Not Going to Make You Less of a Mother”

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/breastfeeding/bangs-garcia-mix-feeding-a00041-20180222?ref=home_feed_1 Many moms say it’s only hard at the beginning, and as soon as you and your baby get your rhythm, breastfeeding will be effortless eventually. Still, sometimes, it doesn’t always go according to plan, as Valerie “Bangs” Garcia recently found out. The new mom, who gave birth to daughter Amelia in the U.K. three months ago, revealed she developed an infection after her C-section operation. While on antibiotics, her breast milk supply diminished. “It explains why Amelia got so frustrated and stopped latching during our last day there,” she wrote on Instagram “I thought I couldn’t [breastfeed], but I did. It really hurts in the…

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Trouble getting along with your mother-in-law? There’s a reason why

Jason Craig Jun 19, 2017 https://aleteia.org     Here’s some of the psychology behind this cliche, and you can find greater peace. Of all the relationships in family life, the one between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law is often the most tenuous one. While it’s possible for these two women to share close bonds, it’s common for it to be tense (or worse), with shaky truces being silently negotiated every couple of months. To use the word “truce” might make you think of a war, and it’s true; sometimes this relationship gets downright embattled. But why? If there’s a battle, where and…

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Filipino Culture: Showing Respect to Elders

October 26, 2017 Precy Anza https://owlcation.com Filipino culture: Showing respect to elders | Source The Philippines, like other Asian countries, show their respect to the elder population by gestures and by the words they use before the person’s name. Being younger than someone and calling them by their first name is considered impolite and an act of rudeness. If you went to the Philippines, you would notice the Filipinos addressing someone who is older than them by using a word before the first name of the one they are speaking to. One of these words is mainly used for showing respect in…

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Why Are Grandparents So Important?

BY JASON LADOCK | http://www.healthguidance.org Grandparents are like shady trees that has an ever welcoming attitude towards life. They are always there to offer their cool shade to the next generation. It seems that they have all the love, affection and warmth in the world stored within them. The unconditional warmth and infinite love create a special bond between the two generations. More than the parents, grandparents feel the pain when the child gets hurt or starts crying. Not to undermine the fact that grandparents look like the happiest individuals on this world, when they spend time with their grandchildren. Today, the…

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Bianca Gonzalez-Intal: ‘Me Doing My Best for My Daughter Is All She Needs’

For Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, social media is a well of ideas for kid-friendly spots, good food havens, and even fun family activities, great books, and cool toys. But, in an Instagram post, another one of her “#mommydiaries,” her words resonated among millennial moms once again by saying that social media also makes her insecurities worse, especially during her first few months of being a mom. “I would scroll down my feed and just….feel bad. Feel sorry for myself. Feel like I wasn’t good enough to be a mother,” the TV host revealed. She was seeing moms who didn’t look haggard at all…

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Hugging Your Child Benefits Him Today and in the Years to Come

Unang Yakap, or the First Embrace, is mom’s first skin-to-skin hug with her baby immediately after birth. It is an essential step that is highly recommended by doctors because it transfers a mother’s warmth and protective bacteria to her newborn. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it “life-saving.” This skin-to-skin contact, whether as an embrace, hug, or any expression of physical affection, continues to be vital to your child’s well-being as he grows up. “Higher self-esteem, better parent-child communication, and fewer psychological and behavior problems have been linked to warmth and affection between parent and child,” said a report from Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization in the…

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Filipino Name for Grandmother

Suffix Indicates a Great-Grandparent BY SUSAN ADCOX www.thespruce.com 05/12/17  Family traditions in the Philippines have been affected by modernity but are still strong in many ways. Blend Images – Jose Luis Pelaez Inc / Getty Images The most commonly used Filipino word for grandmother is lola. The suffix sa tuhod is added to indicate a great-grandmother: lola sa tuhod. Another frequently used term is inang. Variations include indang, nanang, ingkongand nanay. Learn the Filipino words for grandfather. You can also go to the list of ethnic names for grandmothers or to a comprehensive list of grandmother names. Languages in the Philippines Outsiders are frequently confused by the various languages spoken in the Philippine Islands.   Filipino…

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Young and Cool Pinay Mothers Showing the Real Beauty of Motherhood

Cross-Culture Lifestyle Guide By Sofia N September 15, 2016 To be a mom in your 20’s is tough. You’re in the middle of having fun like any normal 20+-year-old and at the same time you are blessed with a little bundle of joy. All of a sudden your priorities change. I dedicate this article to three young moms who are enjoying life to the fullest. Their lives are proof that having a kid at a young age does not mean the end of the world. In fact, it opens your life to more adventures. Sacrifices for your child does not mean not…

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4 Reasons Why Filipino Women Make the Best Mothers

Cross-Culture Lifestyle Guide Filipino women are not just known for world class beauty but also being good mothers. Why is that? There are a lot of wonderful reasons to support this and I am sure that you also have your own reasons that hold truth in your heart.                                             Photo Credit Being a mother is a huge blessing from above and one of the noblest jobs that a woman can ever have. Being a Filipino mother is great pride because…

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Why Are There So Many Filipino Nurses?

Valerie Caulin Updated: 4 December 2017 The Culture Trip From Chicago to London, you are bound to find Filipino nurses working in hospitals across the globe. It comes as no surprise, as The Philippines is the largest exporter of nurses in the world – out of the 2.2 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), 25% commit their lives to caring for others. The Colonial Connection The high influx of Filipino nurses in highly developed countries actually has a deep historical background. Under the 1898 Treaty of Paris, the United States of America acquired many Spanish colonies including the Philippines. Under the Americans,…

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Unique Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around The World

By Kim Bussing February 11, 2018 https://www.dogonews.com/2018/2/9/unique-valentines-day-traditions-from-around-the-world By Kim Bussing on February 11, 2018   Photo Credit: news.samsungcnt.com On Wednesday, February 14, many of us will shower our loved ones with cards, chocolates, flowers, and even expensive jewelry. The celebration of love as we know it, developed in 1861 when candy maker Richard Cadbury came up with the brilliant idea of selling chocolates in heart-shaped packages. Valentine’s Day has since evolved into one of the biggest consumer spending days of the year. The National Retail Federation expects the 55% of Americans celebrating the holiday in 2018, to expend an average of $143.56 for a total of $19.6 billion, up…

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Self-Care Prescription: Parenting Drains Your Brain Power

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/wellness/expert-say-take-time-for-yourself-mom-a00026-20180213?ref=home_feed_1 Kids always come first, right? So when contributing writer and dad Steve Calechman, who has a 6- and 3-year-old, was asked by his doctor what he did for fun, he answered with a laugh. His life was so overtaken by his children that he had trouble fitting in time for himself.  “I know that I should squeeze in something like listening to music, reading, or doing nothing. It just never tops the priority list. I feel guilty spending time or money on anything that isn’t family-related,” he wrote in an article for Harvard Health. Most, if not all, parents are in the same boat…

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What Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day

By: Jordan Bake news.com.au http://www.nzherald.co.nz 11 Feb, 2018 12:16pm                                                 It turns out women are actually really simple when it comes to love. Photo / Getty Hold her hand. Run her a bath. Share your umbrella. Grand romantic gestures have their place, but these are the little things that keep romance alive. A survey has found most women yearn for more romance, but it’s not the long-stemmed roses on Valentines’ Day or a balcony serenade that they…

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A Mother Teaches her Kids not to be a Slave of Money

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/real-parenting/my-family-was-a-slave-to-money-how-i-am-trying-not-to-do-the-same-to-my-kids-a1738-20180211-lfrm?ref=home_feed_1 One day, many years ago, I fetched my firstborn from preschool and was surprised to find her crying as she got into our car.  Apparently, two of her classmates mocked her, calling her, “Poor!  Poor!” Unlike them who were fetched by different cars every day, my daughter was only fetched by one car, driven by me. My daughter was crying because she did not understand what poor was, a word we never used at home. “Mama, what’s poor?” “It’s hard to explain in words, palangga,” I gently answered as I drove, all the while racking my brains on how…

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A Mother’s Reflection on Acceptance

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/life/love-relationships/i-may-have-been-broken-but-now-i-am-complete-a1736-20180201-lfrm I knew that I shouldn’t question God why I had to come from a broken family, but I’d be lying if I say that I never thought about it. Recently, after more than 20 years, I finally found out that everything has a greater purpose, and it comes even after a bad beginning. As far as I could recall, my family still lived together when I was 3 years old. I remembered a night where I was crying because it was the first time that I was sleeping and sharing a bed with my sisters instead of being in…

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Patriarchy, Manny Pacquiao and Madonna

Nikki Luna March 22, 2016 Rappler.com In the Philippines, we hardly hear the term patriarchy. It is not a common term. Patriarchy is described as “a social system that values masculinity over femininity. This type of social system dictates that men are entitled to be in charge and dominate women. And it implies that the natural state of gender relations is a dynamic of dominance and submission.” As indicated, patriarchy demands that women be submissive and dependent on men, while men are expected to be physically and emotionally strong. Patriarchy is global but it is more prevalent in a society influenced heavily…

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Feminism Beyond the Jargon

To be called a feminist has become a taunt – a rabid woman, an Amazon, an angry female and a host of other insults. The feminist cliché. Nikki Luna March 31, 2016 Why is it easy for other women/people to condemn the word feminism? Feminism is attacked despite the fact that we are walking along the path that women freedom fighters from the past have paved for us. Yes, we continue the struggle. But most shun the “label.” To be called a feminist has become a taunt – a rabid woman, an Amazon, an angry female and a host of…

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The Economics of Family Behavior

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/the-economics-of-family-behavior When a recent Business Insider article sought to explain “Why American Men are Getting Less Marriageable,” we cheered. The article relies on a recent study by three economists, MIT’s David Autor, along with David Dorn of Zurich and Gordon Hanson of San Diego, to observe that “economic forces are making [men] less appealing partners.” That’s precisely what we claim in our book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family: we explain not just how a changing economy could produce less marriage, but also how economic changes could alter changing family norms. In writing the book, we were struck by how few…

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Childbirth is safer in the Philippines

SOURCE: https://medium.com/@who/now-that-a-deadly-disease-is-eliminated-childbirth-is-safer-in-the-philippines-a182574862f6 Nurse Mica Kaddaring in an immunization outreach activity in Basilan province, the Philippines. Credit: Basilan Provincial Health Office/UNICEF Through the support from countless health workers and partners, the Philippines eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus — a disease that can be prevented through hygienic birth practices and immunization — in November 2017. WHO defines elimination as achieving an incidence rate of less than 1 case of tetanus per 1000 live births in every district in the country. A more than two decade elimination effort The country began its elimination efforts in the early 1990s when vaccination coverage reached 70%. But a few years later…

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Motherhood Is Not A Liability To A Woman’s Ability In Business

When I started my first technology company in my early 20’s it never even crossed my mind that I was a bit of an anomaly being a female CEO in a male dominated tech industry.  Frankly, the first time I really even became aware of how few women executives there were in the tech industry was when I attended a national technology leadership conference. As I walked the exhibit hall it was pointed out to me by one of the male CEOs that I appeared to be one of the only females in the hall that wasn’t there as a…

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Why Moms Make The Best CEOs

Two of the most challenging but rewarding accomplishments a person can undertake are to raise a family and to start her own business. Both are full commitments that demand a healthy dose of perseverance, patience and love. Doing one or the other can be complex enough, but plenty of entrepreneurial-minded moms willingly elect to do both — and they couldn’t be happier about it. While parenting is not the only way to acquire management wisdom, it does accomplish that, too. A top-notch CEO’s leadership profile is remarkably similar to that of excellent parents: They both provide stretch challenges, set high…

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Surviving (and Thriving) as a Single Mom

By Rachel Sarah from American Baby https://www.parents.com           Four common challenges and how you can overcome them. You’re Not Alone When my daughter, Mae, was 7 months old, her father and I split up. He left the country — without saying goodbye, I might add — to start a new life. I was a hormonal, heartbroken 28-year-old, and in between work hours spent editing textbooks, I nursed Mae and mashed up baby food. That first year was chaos. It didn’t help that there were no single-mom role models in my life — except, say, Madonna, who…

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Why Do Mothers Choose to Continue Breastfeeding Even After 6 Months

Breastfeeding is a choice, but one cannot deny the perks breast milk offers for both the mom and baby. One of those unique benefits is it contains antibodies that become your baby’s first line of defense against illnesses. Other kinds of milk cannot replicate the protection breast milk gives your baby. To show how breast milk does wonders for her baby, Ashlee Chase, a mom for the Pennsylvania, posted on Facebook a photo of two bags of breast milk, expressed only three days apart, but they look entirely different in color. The bag with white breast milk was expressed when her 7-month-old…

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