Raising a black child in a white-privileged world can be challenging. The world tries to embrace people of color, but nevertheless, the white dominance and black stereotyping are still common phenomena. In other words, raising a white child in America is way easier than an African-American. Here is what they do not tell you about raising an African-American baby:
- Pregnancy and nurturing a child are influenced by factors such as race, ethnicity, income, age and most importantly the health of the woman.
An Africa-America baby faces trouble from the time of conception. Even with human rights activists fighting to see racial discrimination a past tense, the life of a black child is in danger way before they are born.
In America, a country that has endorsed people of color to a point of having Obama as president, black women face disparity when it comes to accessing health care. The condition is worsened by the area they live. In black hamlets and ghettos, the disparity is way overboard.
Making sure that you have an open hospital in your neighborhood will go a long way in ensuring a healthy pregnancy and baby afterward. Every human deserves the best medical care and skin color should not be the determinant.
- Maternal mortality in the Africa-America society is often an ignored concept.
Most people believe that maternal mortality is typical of third world countries. Surprisingly, the phenomenon could be happening next door. The black community has a strong connection to material things than with their babies. The fact they are already a marginalized community stimulates the need to create a better life for their children. They get attached to work and religious activities and forget to know their children.
This secure connection overrules the need for a healthier pregnancy period. You focus more on providing the future and forget the importance of today. White people are more likely to attend clinics, join mothers club, and prepare for their baby than black women. Research shows that the lifestyle of a mother is what determines the term of the pregnancy. A workaholic woman is likely to have a preterm birth than a lady who is in more control of her baby welfare.
Visit your doctor regularly. Learn everything about pregnancy and babies. Living in America does not make your child immune to SIDS. Your child should be your top most priority.
- African-American children have a higher incidence of poor vision than the general population.
As we were told by Dr. Fadel of Sugar Land Eye Professionals, African-American Children have a higher rate of poor vision than the general population. This makes it absolutely essential that you get your child’s eyes examined at a young age to make sure they aren’t having difficulty seeing the world the way the rest of us see it.
- Child-rearing is what determines the kind of man or woman your baby grows up to become.
Many Afro-American parents impose their will on their children while their white counterparts teach their children the importance of independence. Black babies are raised with a stigma that the world is out to get them. White kids grow knowing that they can concur the world.
Why this disparity?
The thing is white children are brought up with a clear distinction of freedom and choice. A white person is much more likely to go for natural things whereas a black person will aim to look like their white counterparts. The authoritative parenting in Africa-America children is what leads to a black child wanting and imitating the white life. Teaching your child acceptance and taking pride in their color is of utmost important.
- An African-American child is better off with natural hair and skin.
In modeling their children to “look white,” parents fail miserably. Since they are too busy working or were too busy during pregnancy to attend culturally congruent care sessions, they fail to realize the importance of raising an individual. They forget natural ways of raising a baby. They focus more on raising a “white-ish” baby. They have no idea how to handle the mass tangled black hair of their children. They fail to take in the fact that yes skin color matters, but it does not have to.
Raising an Afro-American child does not to be hectic. Bring up your child in the right ways, right from pregnancy to adulthood. Help the child survive the racism perpetuated society with a healthy child upbringing.