Thursday, March 16, 2017


When I think about immunizations and the way in which we have access to health care and vaccines here in the United States I can see how there are differences in other countries. We have differing expectations and the children here are on a specific schedule as they go to regular pediatrician visits. Even families who have challenges with insurance and medical care still can go to clinics to ensure their children are immunized. When children enter school they must show proof of their shots to be admitted and if there are personal reasons why they do not wish to immunize their children that would need to be documented. For example, my brother-in-law believes in holistic medicine and feels that the vaccines can have a negative impact on the body and my niece and nephew are not vaccinated. Now my brother-in-laws nephew's wife just had a baby and they did not want their new born baby around my niece and nephew because they felt that they would possibly carry germs and contaminate the baby. In the meantime, they took their child to a restaurant and placed the baby on the floor in their rocker, on a hayride and out in the community where there is no way to know of the health of others. As you interact with others, how do you know if they are properly taking care of their health and promoting the spread of illness?

As I read about immunizations on the UNICEF website I can see how many people are uninformed about vaccines and experience challenges in obtaining them within underdeveloped nations. More than 30 million children are unimmunized because vaccines may not be available or because of lack of education about when and why children need to be immunized. Such illnesses as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, measles and HIV are among the diseases that children face in the developing world. Many of these children die because they are poor and do not have access to health services necessary to maintain good nutrition. There are also challenges with personal diets as necessary vitamins are lacking in the food to assist in fighting off disease causing pathogens. A child's immune system can not fight off such infections as readily because of the environment and resources necessary for a healthy body.        

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Childbirth - a Polluting Event by Some.....

In thinking about a personal birthing experience I can remember the birth of my nephew. I can remember the excitement leading up to my nephews arrival. My sister had several challenges as she miscarried twice before she was able to carry my nephew to full term. I was in the hospital prior to my nephews birth and it was very stressful, as my mother was pacing the floor waiting for her first grandson to be born. After many hours I can remember receiving a phone call indicating that my nephew was healthy and we were all very excited. My sister chose to keep the sex of the baby a secrete as she did not even know if she was having a boy or a girl and wanted to be surprised. She said there were very few surprises and she did not want to know. I can remember this was a happy event and my sister had all of the necessary medical resources to ensure a safe delivery.    

I can remember back to Social Studies in 8th grade where we studied about culture and the lives of the women who worked very hard in the fields. I remember my teacher stating that women would have babies in the fields and keep on working right after giving birth. At that time it did not have an impact or real meaning to me, as I was not interested in human development and life outside of my own circle.  

As I read about the people in rural Bangladesh, I was intrigued by their behaviors and childbirth practices. People in rural Bangladesh believe childbirth to be a polluting event. The people believe that women in childbirth, both prior to and after are contaminated or impure. Women in their time of need are not supported or treated with dignity. In addition, the conditions are deplorable and a sanitary environment is not of concern. The task of delivering the baby is conducted by a "dai" who is a low ranking member of the community and performing such a task is menial and dirty, thus the reason why it is performed by this member of their society.      

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

From the DEC code of ethics “We shall use individually appropriate assessment strategies including multiple sources of information such as observations, interviews with significant caregivers, formal and informal assessments to determine children’s learning styles, strengths, and challenges” (DEC, 2010). Think about how we as educators need to continually learn and expand our knowledge. It is important to think about best practices and how we as educators need to align with learning styles and individual needs.     

The Division for Early Childhood. (2000, August). Code of ethics. Retrieved 2/22/17