Jan 3, 2010, 1:56 PM
Post #23 of 24
I just gotta do a thread highjack, here ja! ja!
Given my pool of contacts with professional women in Mexico, is also small.
Birth control is one of the topics, discussed together with amigas mexicanas, over time.
With me, just about as curious as to their thoughts and experiences, perhaps, as they were of mine.
These friends were all on birth control and figured it was nobody's business but theirs and their sexual partners(husband, boyfriends....) They also volunteered the opinion, that it was 'better' to have just 2 or 3 children in order to provide the both the economic necessities and the future years of university/technical training. Middleclass themselves, they had similiar aspirations both professionally and in lifestyle for their children. Although several of them, came from campesino roots. Somewhat surprising to me(given no previous knowledge of Mexican sexual mores)their viewpoint mirrored my own views/experiences in this regard.
I could be wrong about this,(swimming in that same pool of limited experience) but it seemed when attending group prenatal classes with our daughter in a small town Centro de Salud that there was ample advise/discussion by the nurses involved advocating birth control/family planning.
During our daughter's hospital stay following the birth of her son, again, I witnessed nurses advising patients(daughter was in a ward of eight women) as to post-partum care including birth control. Plus more than a few of the women(all it seemed under 20) had also undergone a tubal ligation as several of them already had, had a few children since age 15.
Therein lies a topic of discussion itself:)
In the following months afterwards, our daughter continued to visit the local Centro de Salud, where the nurse on duty(one) continued to offer support/advise. The doctor in this particular small town, was doing his mandatory field placement following graduation and occasionally our daughter paid out of pocket for his services. The doctor was billeted at turns in various family homes over the two years at his posting.
Overall, as a former nurse, I was impressed by the public health information and the availability of government-run programs.
However, when it came to the purchase of medicines, many people seemed to have to come up with the money itself. Sometimes the monthly cost of birth control itself might very well be prohibitive to family planning.
In such a 'hot' culture, being without adequate 'protection', including the spectre of SIDA, often has predictable consequences.
However during the same period of time, I had intimate contact with a number of other young women, from a very low economic rung of the ladder. Getting to know details, about their life experiences, largely through our daughter, with whom they were friends, regarding their past, present circumstances, and possible future prospects, gave me a lot of pause for reflection.
There are many ways, whether intentional or otherwise, to keep a person, ignorant and in poverty.
And keep them in this state, generation after generation. For what cause?