Childbirth Memories

        I can remember vividly the birth of my son because I was in labor for 23 hours.  I had gone to my doctor’s office on Friday morning and I was checked and told to go home and come back if I experienced labor pains.  My husband brought the car around to the front door of the hospital and I told him that I was hungry so we stopped by a fast food restaurant.  While he was inside getting the food I was hit by a strong labor pain that knocked me out of the car seat.  My husband came back to the car and I told him that I thought I needed to go back to the hospital immediately.  I was checked in and I just knew that my son would be born within the hour.  To my disappointment my son was not born until 23 hours later.  I felt like I was in a torture chamber because the labor pains were consistently hard.  I could not have anything to eat but my husband was served meals for lunch, dinner, and breakfast the next morning.  He drifted off to sleep several times but I really couldn’t sleep because of the annoyance of labor pains.  When I was finally rolled into the delivery room, the forceps broke when the doctor was trying to pull my son out and my bladder was ruptured.  I ended up having a blood transfusion because of the injury.  Three years later I have my daughter and I was in labor for only an hour. My son and daughter have grown up to be loving and caring people, and I will cherish them forever.  My history let me know that birthing experiences can differ within the same family.

            In the Netherlands Dutch women decide rather they want a home birth or a hospital birth and most of the women prefer home births (Schalken, 2013).  They are also encouraged to obtain the services of a midwife because doctors only handle high risk pregnancies (Schalken, 2013).  The use of epidurals (pain killers) is a rarity (Schalken, 2013).  The mothers that do choose a hospital delivery barring any complications they are usually sent home after two hours (Schalken, 2013).  The health insurance does cover the use a nurse to help the mother at home for seven days.  The nurse takes care of the baby and also cleans the house and prepares meals (Schalken, 2013).



Schalken, L. (2013). Birth customs around the world. Parents, Retrieved from





Early Childhood Resources

Early Childhood Resources

NAEYC. (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs serving children from birth through age 8. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on child abuse prevention. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on school readiness. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on responding to linguistic and cultural diversity. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
NAEYC. (2003). Early childhood curriculum, assessment, and program evaluation: Building an effective, accountable system in programs for children birth through age 8. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
NAEYC. (2009, April). Early childhood inclusion: A summary. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. (2010). Infant-toddler policy agenda. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
FPG Child Development Institute. (2006, September). Evidence-based practice empowers early childhood professionals and families. (FPG Snapshot, No. 33). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

Part 2: Global Support for Children’s Rights and Well-Being
Article: UNICEF (n.d.). Fact sheet: A summary of the rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

o World Forum Foundation
This link connects you to the mission statement of this organization. Make sure to watch the media segment on this webpage
o World Organization for Early Childhood Education
Read about OMEP’s mission.
o Association for Childhood Education International
Click on “Mission/Vision” and “Guiding Principles and Beliefs” and read these statements.

Additional Resources:

Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children (NAEYC, No. 242) [Paperback]
Louise Derman-Sparks

Celebrate!: An Anti-Bias Guide to Enjoying Holidays in Early Childhood Programs by Julie Bisson (Jul 1, 2002)

Classroom Diversity: Connecting Curriculum to Students’ Lives [Paperback]
Ellen McIntyre (Author), Ann Rosebery (Author), Norma Gonzaléz (Author)

Inspirational Quotes in Early Childhood

“You really can change the world if you care enough.”
Marian Wright Edelman


“Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.”
Marian Wright Edelman


“Experts generally agree that taking all opportunities to read books and other material aloud to children is the best preparation for their learning to read.  The pleasures of being read to are far more likely to strengthen a child’s desire to learn to read than are repetitions of sounds, alphabet drills, and deciphering uninteresting word”.- Lillian Katz


“Let’s keep up the good work for the sake of the children. The best way to influence others is to do the best we can! It may very well be that what we do speaks more loudly than what we say.” ““                                                                                                  Lillian G.  Katz


“Everything about me was being called on to teach” – Louise Derman-Sparks”

“The passion to create a safe and just world for all kids” –Louise Derman-Sparks


“I owe the families my best” – Renatta  M. Cooper