Saying “Mother” in 51 Languages

We hope that you mothers and expectant mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!

Minneapolis is a diverse place. In the neighborhoods surrounding our birth center, over 20% of people are foreign born. It is claimed that there are over 100 primary languages spoken in these neighborhoods!

Through this diversity of language and culture, motherhood is a common experience that is shared among women from all walks of life. We see this in how every language has a word for mother.

LanguageMother
AfrikaansMoeder, Ma
AlbanianNënë, Mëmë
ArabicAhm
BelarusianMatka
BologneseMèder
Bosnian/ BulgarianMajka
Brazilian/PortugueseMãe
ChechenNana
CroatianMati, Majka
CzechAbatyse
DanishMor
DutchMoeder, Moer
EnglishMother, Mama, Mom
FinnishÄiti
FrenchMère, Maman
GermanMutter
GreekMàna
HawaiianMakuahine
HindiMa, Maji
HungarianAnya, Fu
IcelandicMóðir
IndonesianInduk, Ibu, Biang, Nyokap
IrishMáthair
ItalianMadre, Mamma
JapaneseOkaasan, Haha
Judeo/SpanishMadre
LatinMater
MacedonianMajka
MarathiAayi
Mongolianeh
NorwegianMadre
OromoHaadha
OjibweNimaamaa
PersianMadr, Maman
PolishMatka, Mama
PortugueseMãe
PunjabiMai, Mataji, Pabbo
RomanianMama, Maica
RussianMat’
SerbianMajka
SlovakMama, Matka
SomaliHooyo
SpanishMadre, Mamá, Mami
SwedishMamma, Mor, Morsa
Swiss/GermanMueter
TurkishAnne, Ana, Valide
UkrainianMati
UrduAmmee
WelshMam
YiddishMuter
ZeneizeMoæ

April is Cesarean Awareness Month

In the last 15 years, the c-section rate in the US (including Minnesota) has increased more than 50% so that now 1 in 3 women have a c-section delivery. In this same period of time the average cost of a delivery has increased 90% (!!!). Despite this, mother and baby outcomes have not significantly improved. (see MappingHealth for stats)

Cesarean sections are medically necessary for a number of women, but not 1/3 of women. The majority of pregnancies are natural and healthy and should be treated that way. Most data indicates that only 5-10% of pregnancies should result in c-section (see Childbirth Connection article below).

Why is this happening? There are a number of factors. Our friends at Childbirth Connection have a great article on why c-sections are going up.

The Childbirth Connection article highlights one major reason behind this increase: “Low priority of enhancing women’s own abilities to give birth”. This points to the growing need for midwifery care delivered in an accredited birth center where high priority is given for women to have a natural, spontaneous vaginal delivery.

Want to learn more about c-sections? Childbirth Connection has a great informational booklet titled: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section.

First Day of Appointments!

Today is a momentous day! It is our first day of prenatal appointments!

If our opening ceremony was like our “birth”, then today would be like the first day we sat up on our own. It is indeed a day to celebrate!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please  call us at (612) 545-5311 and we’ll get back to you soon.