Traditions and superstitions associated with pregnancy and childbirth
Living in the Czech Republic, I often feel as if I’m walking a delicate tightrope trying to incorporate multiple cultural heritages in my childrearing approach. At times it seems as if there is only one correct (i.e. Czech) way of birthing and raising children, built on long-held superstitions and time-tested wisdom passed down from generations of babičky(grandmothers). Whenever I breach Czech tradition, either by accident, or intentionally, such as not serving my babies black tea when they’ve got an upset stomach or forgetting the obligatory infant bonnet on a mild spring day, I always feel suspect, even if I know that my attitudes and actions would be considered perfectly normal back in the US.