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Being a Mother: An Important Role of a Woman

The pivotal role of being a mother is still the divine mission assigned to women alone.  From a classic poem written by William Ross Wallace entitled ‘What Rules the World’, he said that the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. It illustrates the influence a mother plays to her child and in the long run to the society; that as a mother strives to nurture and teach a child, she explicitly makes the world a much better place. Women are actually given an opportunity and a privilege by God to be His partner in…

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New truths about Filipino moms

      May 26, 2016   Mother’s Day has come and gone, but in a meeting of communications professionals that I recently attended, someone expressed his observation that, here in the Philippines, “Every day is Mother’s Day.” He added that, perhaps, “Mother’s Day is bigger than Valentine’s Day.” There may be a grain of truth there, as not everyone will be inclined to celebrate Valentine’s Day—no matter how “sentimental” and “emotional” Filipinos are observed to be—but, in this culture, it is tantamount to a mortal sin to not pay some sort of tribute to our mothers on Mother’s Day….

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This New Study Says Working Moms Are a Big Reason Why Kids Have All the Power Nowadays

Because apparently this means we have more money to win our kids’ affection. By Audrey Goodson Kingo February 4, 2017 http://www.workingmother.com Does your kid rule the roost? You could be the reason, these economists suggest. Ask any parent, young or old, and they will likely agree: Today’s kids have far more autonomy than those of previous generations. (How many times have you heard your great uncle remind you that parents weren’t afraid to take a switch to their children back in the good ‘ol days?) Whether this “child-centric” approach to parenting is a good or bad thing is a subject…

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6 Creative Pregnancy Announcements

Katie – Wellness Mama July 9, 2017 https://wellnessmama.com Pregnancy is such an exciting time! From finding out that you are pregnant, through the various stages of pregnancy (some not so fun), to the birth of your child, there is so much to learn and experience. Some couples wait until the second trimester to announce a pregnancy, while others can’t wait to share the news right away. If you are pregnant (congratulations!) and looking for a fun way to tell family and friends, here are a few suggestions: 6 Creative Pregnancy Announcements 1. Say it With Video I always wanted to announce…

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Shattering Six Common Pregnancy and Childbirth Fears

Katie – Wellness Mama July 19, 2017 https://wellnessmama.com Psssst. I want to let you in on a little secret. If you’re feeling a little, well, freaked out about all the weird or scary things that might happen during birth, you’re not alone. I remember spending tons of time researching and reading and attempting to empower myself before going into labor with my son, and still having a major case of the jitters. There were just so many unknowns; I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be ready. Of course, it didn’t really matter if I was ready, because that baby was…

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The job that makes us happiest? Housewife! Survey finds stay-at-home mothers are more satisfied than any other profession

By Steve Doughty for the Daily Mail 10 June 2016 It is confirmation of what many weary commuters have secretly suspected. Research has found that stay-at-home mothers are happier than those who go out to work. The survey said that if staying at home with the children were counted as a job, it would rank as having happier workers than any other trade or profession. Only one in seven stay-at-home parents say they are dissatisified with their role, a level of unhappiness that is less than half that found among civil servants or salesmen and women.                          Research has found…

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3 Truths About C-Section Mamas

THE BLOG http://www.huffingtonpost.com/monet-moutrie 04/20/2015 08:50 am ET | Updated Jun 20, 2015 By Monet Moutrie As a birth photographer, I’m asked to capture some of the most important stories of a family’s life. I step into their birthing space and document the small and big moments that unfold. I tell the story of their son or daughter’s entrance into the world. The struggles, the fears, the pain, the joy. These stories are beautiful stories.   But in the birth world, I see a certain type of birth held up as ideal, and in my work I capture many that would…

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The Birth of a Mother

By ALEXANDRA SACKS, M.D.MAY 8, 2017 Source: https://www.nytimes.com For most women, pregnancy and new motherhood is a joy — at least some of the time. But most mothers also experience worry, disappointment, guilt, competition, frustration, and even anger and fear. As the psychiatrist Daniel Stern explained in the 1990s in his books “The Motherhood Constellation” and “The Birth of a Mother,” giving birth to a new identity can be as demanding as giving birth to a baby. Dr. Stern showed that becoming a mother is an identity shift, and one of the most significant physical and psychological changes a woman…

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Mother-to-child transmission of HIV data and statistics

Source: www.who.int > Percentage of pregnant women who received an HIV test in low- and middle-income countries by region, 2005 and 2009–2011 (BAR CHART) > Estimated coverage of antiretroviral medicines (excluding single-dose nevirapine) for preventing mother-to-child transmission in 20 priority countries in the Global Plan, 2012 (BAR CHART) > Percentage of pregnant women living with HIV and infants born to them who received antiretroviral medicine for preventing mother-to-child transmission, 2007–2011 (LINE CHART) Percentage of pregnant women who received an HIV test in low- and middle-income countries by region, 2005 and 2009–2011   Estimated coverage of antiretroviral medicines (excluding single-dose nevirapine)…

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The Effects of Bad Parenting on Children

Source: http://oureverydaylife.com/ by Eliza Martinez   Bad parenting can cause emotional issues in your child No parent is perfect and you’ll likely make some mistakes, both big and small, as you raise your child. This is just a normal part of parenting and isn’t likely to have lasting effects on your kid, as long as you work hard not to repeat the mistakes. However, consistently poor parenting can have negative consequences during childhood and beyond. Understanding them helps you make the best decisions you can for your child. Behavior Research at the Department of Education in England found that children…

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TRIVIA: Mothers and Mother’s Day

Dada Grifon Published 8:30 AM, May 11, 2014 Updated 6:28 PM, May 6:28 PM, May 12, 2014 As we celebrate Mother’s Day, Rappler lists some interesting facts about mothers and this celebration. MANILA, Philippines – For this year, the annual Mother’s Day celebration falls on Sunday, May 11. This celebration is an intimate occasion for Filipinos, as most families reunite and bond for a fun weekend. Part of the tradition in observing Mother’s Day is the giving of flowers, cards and gifts or even treating mothers to a “day off.” Some settle for watching a movie or having a fantastic…

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How a Mother’s Love Changes a Child’s Brain

By Joseph Castro Live Science Contributor January 30, 2012 03:01pm ET http://www.livescience.com/18196-maternal-support-child-brain.html Nurturing a child early in life may help him or her develop a larger hippocampus, the brain region important for learning, memory and stress responses, a new study shows. Previous animal research showed that early maternal support has a positive effect on a young rat’s hippocampal growth, production of brain cells and ability to deal with stress. Studies in human children, on the other hand, found a connection between early social experiences and the volume of the amygdala, which helps regulate the processing and memory of emotional reactions….

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Teen Pregnancy

http://youthproblemsinthephilippines.weebly.com/teenage-pregnancy.html OPENING STATEMENT In the Philippines, according to the 2002 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (Uppi) and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, 26 percent of our Filipino youth nationwide from ages 15 to 25 admitted to having a premarital sex experience. What’s worse is that 38 percent of our youth are already in a live-in arrangement. TEENAGE PREGNANCY Teenage pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant of adolescence aged 10 to 19. Those who are affected are the girl herself up to the national society. The victims of teenage pregnancy…

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Pregnancy in the 1800s

By Amy Wilde Demand Media In the 1800s, a woman had a one in eight chance of dying in childbirth during her lifetime. Although pregnancy is the same biological process now as it was in the 19th century, attitudes toward and management of pregnancy have changed considerably over the past hundred years. For women living in the United States in the 1800s, pregnancy was an expected and often repeated life event, but it could also be very dangerous for both mother and baby. A Woman’s Place In 19th-century America, women were expected to be wives and mothers. They were defined…

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What Filipino Mothers Say: Disciplinary Practices of Mothers in Rural Philippines

Margaret S. Sanapo, Ph.D ABSTRACT Previous studies had pointed out that physical punishment accounted for the majority of child-rearing practices in the Philippines. This study explored the actual practices of Filipino mothers in two rural areas in southern Iloilo. The data were gathered from January to February 2006. It involved 80 mothers who had children aged 0-12 years old. A structured interview was used to gather data from these women. Results of the study had shown that 80% (n=80) of mothers had punished their children physically. The most common reason for mothers to do these things to their children was naughtiness (41%)….

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One in Five Women aged 15 – 49 has Experienced Physical Violence in 2013

Reference No.: FS-201412-SS2-01 Released Date: December 10, 2014   According to the United Nations, violence against women is an act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. It encompasses all forms of violation of women’s rights, including threats and reprisals, exploitation, harassment, and other forms of control.   In its Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the UN General Assembly “recognizes that violence against women…

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Philippines Population 2017

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/philippines-population/     The current population of the Philippines is 103,835,753 as of Thursday, July 13, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates. the Philippines population is equivalent to 1.38% of the total world population. the Philippines ranks number 13 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population. The population density in the Philippines is 348 per Km2 (902 people per mi2). The total land area is 298,192 Km2 (115,133 sq. miles) 44.8 % of the population is urban (46,543,718 people in 2017) The median age in the Philippines is 24.4 years. Notes The Philippines Population (Live) counter…

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Birthing Beliefs in the Philippines

By Amy Wilde, Demand Media Many Filipino women put great care into their appearance while pregnant, believing that this will make their baby more beautiful. Traditional culture in the Philippines puts a very high value on the family — and motherhood in particular. The birth of a baby is not just a private affair for one couple or family; it is a culturally significant event to be celebrated by the whole community. In the Philippines, pregnancy, birth and the time period after is surrounded by a wide variety of beliefs, traditional practices and rituals that involve both mother and infant….

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American women are Waiting Longer than Ever to Become Mothers

Ellie Kincaid Jun. 15, 2015 (http://www.businessinsider.com/average-age-of-mother-having-first-child-going-up-2015-6) More and more women in the United States are waiting until they’re older to start having children.  The average age of women having their first child was a record high of 26 years old in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics Report. That’s an increase of 3.3 years since 1980, when the average age was 22.7. Most of the change took place between 1980 and 2000, when the average rose to 24.9. It stayed relatively stable around 25 until 2008, when it started climbing again to its current high: Business…

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Why Having Kids Later is a Really Big Deal

Ellie Kincaid Jun. 30, 2015 http://www.businessinsider.com It’s already changing families, lives, and economies.Flickr/ devinf The average age of American women having their first child reached a record high of 26 years old in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics Report. The average age of first-time mothers is increasing because more women are waiting until their 30s and 40s to start having kids and fewer women are having their first kids in their teens and 20s, the CDC report says. The majority of all births are still to women under 35 (about 85% of the total), but rates for all births, not…

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5 Filipino Heroines Who Changed Philippine History

  By Gaby Gloria CNN Philippines Updated 19:26 PM PHT Wed, June 7, 2017 Our female heroines shouldn’t be treated as footnotes or afterthoughts in history. Illustration by LAZIR CALUYA Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — When asked to give at least three names of Philippine heroes, who are the first people that come to mind? Of course Jose Rizal is a given as the national hero. And then there’s Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, and Emilio Jacinto. Perhaps even throw in Antonio Luna thanks to successful historical film “Heneral Luna” (2015). The Philippines does not have an official list of national…

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Motherly Love Helps Children’s Brains Grow Bigger, Scientists Find

                      Nurturing support from a loving mother help a child’s brain grow bigger Credit: Getty The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk April 26, 2016 Sarah Knapton, Science Editor   Motherly love can help children’s brains grow at twice the rate as neglected youngsters, a study has shown. Although it is known that a nurturing, stable home life improves overall childhood development, it is the first research to prove that it has a significant impact on brain size. Children who received the most support from their mother’s before school were found to have more growth in the hippocampus, which is associated with learning, memories and regulating emotions. Crucially,…

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What’s keeping the Philippines from exclusive breastfeeding?

Rappler August 14, 2014 The Philippines is one of the top nations with the least number of exclusively breastfed children despite its full implementation of the Milk Code TSEK. The Department of Health promotes breastfeeding through its many campaigns. Photo by George Moya/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – The situation of the Philippines’ breastfeeding culture is ironic. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), the Philippines is one of the 37 countries that fully implements the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes through its Milk Code. The International Code maintains that there should be no form of advertising or promotion of milk formula to…

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1 in 4 Filipino pregnant mothers is nutritionally at risk – FNRI survey reveals

 April 11, 2016 Philippine Information Agency MANILA, Apr. 11 (PIA) – A healthy pregnancy results to a healthy baby. Good nutrition during pregnancy and the window of opportunity for preventing child undernutrition from conception to two years are the focus of much attention and awareness recently. The 2013 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that about 1 in 4 pregnant mothers or 24.8% are nutritionally-at-risk. Of these, 37.2% teen mothers below 20 years old are at highest risk. The survey also revealed that pregnant mothers are…

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Filipino Families Struggle With Motherhood Exodus

By: Iris C. Gonzales March 17, 2015                                                                                Credit: Photo by Iris Gonzales                                               Jimmy Gamad; his wife works as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia MANILA, Philippines (WOMENSENEWS)– Maria Juliana, 4 years old, is crying and whining; her nose is now runny and her voice hoarse. It is 7 in the evening and she hasn’t had dinner. There’s no food on the table yet. She is tired, hungry and fussy now. And she is calling out to her father. But 52-year-old Edgardo Agido is checking on Maria’s sister, 7-year-old Samantha Nicole, who is still out playing hide and seek with the…

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