Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers--biological mothers, adoptive mothers, play mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, teachers, coaches, nurses, and so many other women who have served as mothers. A mother is a nurturer, and many women have fulfilled this call.

I recently saw a remarkable video about nurturing--kangaroo mother care. It’s when a mother cuddles with her baby as close as she can, skin-to-skin. The premise behind kangaroo mother care is that babies thrive in the close, warm contact with their mothers. And this is especially beneficial to premature babies.

In the video, the parents of the premature baby decided to use kangaroo mother care when doctors revealed to them their premature baby would die within two hours. But the baby survived. This video was taped six months after doctors pronounced the death sentence on the baby.

Kangaroo mother care is the simple act of a mother placing the baby as close to her heart as possible. Many women do this all the time. Out of love, they provide the nurture others so desperately need. In an excerpt from her memoir Hard Choices, Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote about her mother's childhood. Dorothy Howell Rodham did not receive emotional support from her biological parents, nor did she receive emotional support from her grandparents. Hillary wondered why this didn't make her mother bitter. Dorothy told her it was because of the compassion she had been shown from a couple of special women in her life. These were special "mothers" who held Dorothy close to their hearts. 

A "mother's" love and nurture is life-sustaining. It can be enough to change a person's life.

What precious memories do you have of a special mother who helped change your life? This is the story in you. Share it.


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