MamaBlogger365 – Thirty-eight!!!!! by Lynn Kuechle

Thirty-eight!!!! Thirty-eight!!!! Thirty-eight!!!!!

Recently on a sports talk radio show the topic was refusing to serve alcohol to pregnant women. While this isn’t a topic I have heard on sports talk radio before, (and I only listen when driving with my husband) they did remain true to presenting themselves as experts on the subject. There were studies quoted, although they didn’t know anything about the studies or any of the details, about the dangers of alcohol to the fetus.

The radio hosts and callers were all adamantly against a pregnant woman drinking alcohol. I wish they were as upset and steadfast about decreasing the dangers of being a mother in the United States. According to the Save the Children, Mother Index, the United States ranks 38th in the world of the best places to be a mother…38th… the United States of America!! “A woman in the US is more than five times as likely as a woman in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece or Italy to die from pregnancy-related causes in her lifetime and her risk of maternal death is nearly 10-fold that of a woman in Ireland,” the report said as well as the fact that we have high infant mortality and a low pre-school enrollment.

Somehow I don’t see the chant “Thirty-eight, Thirty-eight” catching on at sporting events. Instead of judging mothers for the choices they make, perhaps we should be questioning a society that is complacent being 38th.

Bio: Lynn Kuechle became interested in being involved in Mamapalooza Festivals during research for her thesis in Speech Communication, which focused on the unattainable social norms of motherhood. She received her MA from the University of Minnesota, Mankato in May 2007. She’s a playwright who’s work appeared on KSMQ public television in 2010 LINK:MomsScholar, is currently serving as Programming Director for the Museum Of Motherhood, is on the planning committee for the 5th Annual M.O.M. Conference in NYC, and is the proud mother of daughter Taylor and son Ryan.

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