Archive for the ‘Motherhood’ Category

On November 26 as we were getting ready to go to bed, I switched on the TV to catch a summary of the day’s news. And that was the begining of 3 days of horror that unfolded before our eyes. We saw how a group of terrorists indiscrimately fired upon innocent, ordinary people trying to board their trains at the station, killed corporate heads discussing business, Indian and foreign tourists, policemen, journalists, and tens of hotel staff at the Taj and Trident who put themselves in the line of fire, saving hundreds of lives.

Before being killed by India’s elite commandos at the end of a 59 hour gun battle, the terrorists killed nearly 200 people and wounded nearly 400. Many more, including children, will be fighting the psychological scars of this ordeal for some time to come.

The Hyderabad 10K Run, scheduled for November 30th however went on, albeit taking on a new meaning. All of us prayed for our fellow citizens of Mumbai and hoped they will find the strength to bear their loss and to recover from this tragedy in some way. The 10K Run was held as a symbol of our resolve that we will not be cowed down by such evil deeds and will stand up and oppose the perpetrators in our own ways.

Our own Healthy Mother “1K Walk for Motherhood” was a silver lining for all of us amidst the tragedy in Mumbai. Our would-be mothers and dads participated in the walk with great enthusiasm and eagerness. They braved the inclement weather and turned up early in the morning at 5am to take part in the event. The walk was a great success, and served to spread the message of natural childbirth, and the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle during pregnancy. Prizes were awarded to the top three mothers, but really, ALL were winners on that day. I will be posting pictures of the walk on our website www.healthy-mother.com, but here is one which was taken at the start line.

A young supporter at the Healthy Mother 1K Walk for Motherhood

A young supporter at the Healthy Mother 1K Walk for Motherhood

So congratulations to all our mothers and dads who participated in the walk.

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Things have been really busy the past couple of weeks… We have been busy preparing for the upcoming Hyderabad 10K Run event scheduled for November 30th. At Healthy Mother, we support such initiatives that promote health and fitness as a way of life.

We are putting up an information booth near the main stage of the Hyderabad 10K event, where we will be distributing information packets about do’s and don’ts during pregnancy, childbirth and new motherhood. We will also be organizing a fun-filled “1K Walk for Motherhood” event in which current and past participants in our Healthy Mother programs will be taking part. We are working on getting the first three winners fecilitated on the stage by one of the prominent personalities. So this is a chance for all you expectant mothers to be in the limelight 🙂 So get into your sneakers and make it to People’s Plaza on Necklace Road, if you are upto it.

Here is the press release that we have put out announcing our Walk. Here is the link to the Hyderabad 10K walk. Please let us know positively by end of Friday if you are taking part so that we can organize the logistics. Look for our stall “Healthy Mother Wellness & Care” near the main stage.

cheers

Dr. Vijaya

Phone: 97043 68666 or 94907 95950

email: vsakotai at yahoo dot com

Today (May 11) is Mother’s Day. What is Mothers Day for anyway? Do we really need a specific day in the year to celebrate Mother’s Day? As I see mothers all over the world juggle between multiple responsibilities to bring up their kids, I wonder where do they get their strength? Is it due to some “motherhood” gene in their DNA that is hardwired into their brain?

No matter what it is, motherhood is special… whether you are a mother to your kids, or to your pets, or to your elderly parents or dependents. As one mother to another, I salute you all.

Here is something that I received from a dear friend, a wonderful mother herself:

  • This is for all mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up puke, “It’s okay honey, Mommy (or Amma) is here”;
  • For all mothers who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can’t be comforted;
  • This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse;
  • For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON’T;
  • This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they’ll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes;
  • This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors;
  • And for all the mothers who endured the sweltering sun at football , hockey or cricket games instead of watching from the air conditioned comfort of their cars, so that when their kids asked, “Did you see me, Mom?” they could say, “Of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” and mean it;
  • This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens;
  • This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand) mothers who wanted to, but just couldn’t find the words;
  • This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat;
  • For all the mothers who read “Goodnight, Moon” twice a night for a year. And then read it again. “Just one more time”;
  • This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead;
  • This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot;
  • This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls “Mom?” in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home — or even away at college;
  • This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can’t find the words to reach them;
  • For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green;
  • This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war;

What makes a good Mother anyway?

Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?

Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone, climbing the bus for the very first time, or entering the school gate with tears in their eyes when they look back?

The jolt that it takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?

The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home?

Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation…

And mature mothers learning to let go.

For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.

Single mothers and married mothers.

Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all and for all of us.

Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day that we love them. And pray.

Dr. Vijaya Krishnan

vsakotai [at] yahoo [dot] com