The Evolution Of Parenthood


I love to talk with my mum about how motherhood has changed since I was born. For example, after I was born she was able to get used to being a mum for a whole week in a special hospital filled with maternity nurses who would take care of your baby for you – making sure new mums learned all the new skills they needed for child rearing and most importantly got lots of sleep! Can you even imagine being able to do that these days?

Which is why I’m happy to share this infographic with you from Benenden. How many of these facts about the evolution of motherhood did you know? The first modern Caesarean (I’ve had two!) was performed in 1881, I shudder to think of what would have happened to me when Elfie was born had that not been invented (she would have been coming out feet first for a start. Ouch). And can you imagine not being privy to those magical 12 and 20 week 3D ultrasounds, invented in 1987?

But most shockingly their survey results revel that 1 in 5 mothers suffer negativity when breastfeeding in public. I’ve written on this subject before and LOVE to see mothers breastfeed in public: I truly believe that  it’s the most natural thing in the world (breastfeeding Hux was so special) and to think that women have to go through this makes me feel sick. According to the survey the group most likely to disagree are those sixty or over, so let’s hope this school of thought is well on the way out.

Take a look at the evolution of Parenthood:


Thank-you Benenden for partnering with More Than Toast. 


6 Responses

  1. Jenny August 15, 2014 / 3:26 am

    I can’t imagine a whole week to sleep! That would be amazing at the beginning. I bet less mother’s had ppd afterwards because they had time to heal and cope before learning everything else on top of it all. And the hands on help and teaching would have been a huge bonus. Great post.

  2. Lauranne August 15, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    I would have thought IVF was a much newer invention!

  3. Izzie Anderton August 16, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Wow, it’s incredible just how much parenting has changed over the years! I can’t believe that so many women feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public – that’s so sad in 2014!!

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