Do these women’s attitudes support or refute the reasons people choose to have children as discussed in the textbook/ lecture research?

According to the lecture, there are several reasons that women decide to have children. One of these reasons includes the desire of women to bear children before they become too old. Another key reason that women get children is that they may want to move from being career women to full time mothers. In addition, social pressures may also cause a woman to have children. In some cultures, it is wrong for a woman to have one child or to become childless. Women may also decide to have children because they may want to pass property to their children. In some instances, the income level of the mother may cause a mother to prefer to have a child. This is because she may have enough income to sustain the child. Maternal instincts may also cause a mother to choose to have children. This is because women have a psychological need to get children so that they can care for them. These women’s attitudes do not support the reasons that people choose to have children. The main reason that they decided to have children was that they wanted to be together and a child would help to strengthen their companionship. However, one of the women seemed as if she was not ready to have a child, as she did not want to have an African American child.

The textbook/ lecture research examining the use of technology in the conception process- how do these ideas apply to this video?

The lecture has examined the use of technology in the conception process. The lecture states that technology has given parents the power to engage in self-selection regarding whether they would like to have a child or not. In addition, technology has enabled mothers to choose whether they would like to terminate a particular pregnancy based on the birth defects of an unborn child. Another technology used in conception process that is discussed in the lecture research is sperm donation. During sperm donation, a man donates sperms to be used to produce a baby. The sperm donor can be either anonymous or non-anonymous. A sperm donor must meet several conditions before he donates sperms so that they can be used during in vitro fertilization. One of the conditions is that the sperm donor must be healthy. In the video, the second sperm donor was asked whether he had taken a HIV test and asked to provide his medical history. In addition, the sperm donor must state whether his family history has any health defects. This is in order to determine whether the child to be produced through in vitro fertilization has a risk of developing any health defects. In the video, the couple asks the first donor whether his family has a history of health defects. Technology has also allowed for the conception of a baby without the need of a man and woman engaging in sexual intercourse. The first donor said that he would only agree to donate sperms if he engaged in sexual intercourse with Tina. However, the couple disagreed since they wanted the first donor to donate his sperms in a sperm cup. This is because they knew technology would help Tina to conceive using in vitro fertilization.

What types of family centered childbirth issues as discussed in the textbook/ lecture research appear to be/ not to be potentially addressed for these women- discuss these in detail?

Several family centered childbirth issues discussed in the lecture appear not to be addressed for these women. One of the key family centered childbirth issue discussed in the lecture is the importance of educating partners about the normal processes involved during childbirth. The mother is supposed to be educated about what actually goes on during the process of giving birth to a child. It will help in reducing the fear that a mother might have. Most mothers fear giving birth since they have a perception that it is very painful. In the video, the nurse tells Tina that she made a big decision by choosing a big sperm donor. The nurse argues that since the sperm donor is big, Tina will be forced to undergo a c-section method of baby delivery. It makes Tina to fear the whole process of childbirth. Another family centered childbirth issue that is not addressed in the video is breastfeeding. According to the lecture, the attitude of others shapes the decision of the mother on whether to breastfeed. This video does not explain what the attitude of Tina’s partner towards breastfeeding was. However, the video addressed the issue of emotional support during childbirth. Tina’s partner promised to support Tina throughout the process of giving birth to their child.

Consider the textbook/ lecture research on Black mothers- how does the research apply to this clip?

The lecture states several things about Black motherhood. According to the lecture, Black women have different experiences with motherhood due to the social-historical experiences that occur in the family structures. Moreover, it is common for the families of the Black people to be headed by mothers. The lecture research also states that Black women are stronger compared to White women because of stereotypes of breeding. The strength of Black women due to motherhood is evidenced from the fact that they join social activism. The partner of Tina was Black. Tina’s partner did not think that it was an issue for Tina to receive sperms from a Black donor since she felt that race was not an issue in rearing a child. That is the main reason that she supported the idea of using the sperms of the first White sperm donor. That is the main reason that she encouraged Tina to have the baby. Tina’s partner felt that they did not need to prepare raising a Black child since she felt that they would manage if they spent their lives together. It proves that Tina’s partner did not see motherhood as a big issue. Tina also felt that their child would not be comfortable being raised by two mothers but her partner did not think that this would arise as an issue.

Do these women’s attitudes and beliefs support or refute the commonalities of motherhood as discussed in the textbook/ lecture research?

The lecture research identified several commonalities of motherhood. One of these commonalities includes that motherhood can involve feelings of competence, intense love and achievement. The attitude of these women does not support this commonality. This is because Tina felt that she would not be able to raise a Black child. In addition, the fact that Tina would be a mother caused love to decrease between the couple since they started having disagreements. Another commonality is the mother and child must confront the limitations of love and care. The attitude   of Tina refutes this commonality. This is because she felt that their child would not deal with the fact that she has two mothers. However, Tina’s partner supported this commonality since she felt that raising their child would not be an issue since they would find a way of solving their differences. Another commonality is that children and mothers must adapt to a society structured as though children did not exist. Tina did not support this commonality since she felt that it would be a challenge to raise a Black child since she argued that she did not know many things about the Black culture.

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