Midwife slams modern parenting experts — saying their strict and harsh routines were a “load of bulls**t and a fear campaign”.
Cath Curtin, widely known as Midwife Cath, says the rise of mummy bloggers and cutbacks in maternal child health services has created a raft of so-called “experts” without the experience or knowledge to help first-time parents, reports Herald Sun.
Midwife Cath has delivered more than 10,000 babies and she said many things had changed since she delivered her first baby in the 70s — and she has had enough of the new form of judgment mums cop.
Now it’s all about “what pram you’ve got, how skinny you are, how the baby’s sleeping and if you’re breastfeeding”.
But one of the biggest problems, she says, is that mums aren’t being taught how to parent, due to reduced maternal and child health services.
“You need to be taught how to parent but (new mother’s groups) are leaving you to teach each other,” she said.
Midwife Cath wants to see less mums Googling parenting tips.
“You’ve got to actually think about what these professionals are telling you — it’s a load of bulls**t, and it’s a fear campaign.
“We’re told that if you rock your baby to sleep, they’ll never learn to sleep on their own but I’m telling you, I fed my baby to sleep and now he’s 24 and sleeping (just fine).”
“So you go online and Mary-Lou from Minnesota is telling you what to do, or someone with two or three (kids) or just a bit of bravado says you’re doing the wrong thing and that’s a big problem.”
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Cath is urging mums to “get back to the basics”.
“I’m all about getting the baby on the floor and having no bouncers, swings or gadgets because they just cost a lot of money and stop progressive development,” Cath said.
“The (hardest thing for mums these days) is the pressure to get your baby to sleep and sleep all night,” she said.
“The anxiety is out of control and it just wasn’t there when we raised our children.
“If your baby doesn’t sleep, rock them or put them in the bed with you.
“Babies need to be loved and that’s really it.”
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Midwife Cath is an Australian Midwife, MCH nurse. Expert in newborn & toddler feeding & sleep. Author of ‘The First Six Weeks’ and ‘After the First Six Weeks’.