Ms. Zhou focuses on mental and psychological counseling for women in rural areas. Ms.Zhou is in Tanshan, Hebei province.
In late June, I was invited to train people on fetal education in Sichuan. In the past, I could not spare thetime to give a lecture. But this time, I promised to make a public lecture. The location was in a rural girl's shop, a girl who was a successful recipient of our project last year.
Women from rural areas do not have that much knowledge of fetal health, but the problem is more serious than I expected. Here are some conversations.
1. 23 years old, junior middle school education, 3 months pregnant, “my husband said smoking will not influence the baby, because our forefathers did so and they also give birth to babies.”
2. 24, primary school education, 3 months pregnant, “I do not care about fetal education. I will take a B ultrasonic test in 4th month. If the baby is a girl, I will do an abortion. ”
3. 21, junior high school education, 3 months pregnant, “my husband treats me well, letting me stay at home to rest. I like to play Mahjong and I am happy, so it’s not necessary to participate in fetal education.”
She asked me if playing Mahjong can influence the fetus. The answer is obvious, “a 5-month fetus can hear voices.”
4. 23, vocational school graduate, 4 months pregnant, “natural labor and cesarean are the same pain. I’d rather take a cesarean. I think it's fine.”
5. 22, primary school education, 5 months of pregnant, “I do not care about fetal education. I will leave my baby to her grandparents and go out to work. I have to earn money.”
6. 21, dropped out from junior middle school, “I do not want to learn anything about fetal education. It’s too late, because my child is almost 3.”
7. 41, illiterate, “When my son was in Grade 11, his girlfriend gave birth to a baby. They left the baby to me. I know nothing about early education.”
Here, about 90% of the children were left to their grandparents. When their parents come back home, the children do not recognize them, which creates a lot of problems. I asked the participants to say something positive about their children, but they just complained about them. These are the left-behind children, the symbols of a great social problem. I do not know how the children will adapt to society in the future. I have to try my best, even to help just a few of them.
Original article written by Yonghong Zhou, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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