All posts tagged: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Mother Nature:

By Leslie Lindsay   (image retrieved from Amazon.com 5.25.12) Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (Sep 21, 1999) Are you my mother?!  Ever wonder how kids instinctively know who their mother is?  Or do they?  You likely know this concept as bonding/attachment/imprinting.  And according to Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s book, Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection, this time period immediately post-partum (after the birth) is considered a “critical period.” Think back to the time when you were born.  Did your father attend your birth?  Was the room warm and dim, classical music playing? Was the room even referred to as a “birthing suite,” (or was it seperate, almost like an OR)?  Did your tiny infant self sleep next to your mother, nestled in a clear rolling “cart,” with newborn diapers and other baby accuroments nearby?  Likely not. In “those” days it was more likely you were born in a sterile “delivery” room with bright lights, loud noises, and nurses and doctors attending to your first view of the …

Mother Nature:

By Leslie Lindsay “Mom. You know…the woman who gave Earth to you!”  This was “stolen” from 5-year old Ruby, a friend of my daughter’s who was talking to her little brother about just how great us moms are. In fact, the Italian  phrase, “dare alla luce”— “to give birth” literally means to “show light to,” or to “give to the light,” which would mean that young Ruby was on to something.  Yes, our mothers do a lot for us, among them, giving us Earth (or birth).  Yep, leave it to the Italians to bestow such poetic language to something as messy and troublesome as giving birth. However, I am not of that persuation.  In fact, I found that my experiences “birthing” my two daughters was not nearly as messy and troublesome as I had envisioned or seen depicted in the movies.  It wasn’t glamourous, no but it was an experience I am glad to have….well, under my belt (sorry, couldn’t resist). In doing some reading–mostly out of curiousity–but also because I want to explore the underpinnings of …