As Angela Garbes learned that she was pregnant, she began to be interested in the physiological Details in this phase of life: a glass of wine really so harmful, how is it called? What exactly is the function of the placenta is, why mother’s milk is considered the Optimum? What they found surprised them so much that she has now a unusual look on the woman’s body, phenomena such as micro-can explain, chimerism, and a new term for miscarriage wishes.
ICONIST: At the beginning of your research, a alcohol-filled night.
Angela Garbes: Yes, in the midst of the grieving process over a lost pregnancy, my husband and I one Evening went, it was late, I drank more than usual. The next Morning my doctor called me, I was a few days earlier for a couple of laboratory tests, and told me I was pregnant. This triggered a lot of conflicting feelings in me: Because the concern was whether I could carry the pregnancy would be births by a total of two to fail. Also, I had been drinking, Yes. I began to do some research with the key words “Tequila” and “pregnancy” on the Internet and found very conflicting information. It means: Drink absolutely no alcohol! But if you drank before you knew you were pregnant, it says: This happens to many and is not a cause for concern. This seemed to me to be wrong, and I wanted to know what the science says.
ICONIST: And what do you advise Pregnant now?
Garbes: I say no, that you should go out and drink. But in this question, we really seem to be no gradations more. Pregnant to say that you should not drink any alcohol, is a health policy decision – an extreme Position to hold strong to drink inside of the glass. Only: So mistrusted the ability of all women to want the fetus to protect and to make complex decisions about your own body meet.
ICONIST: Why are so many people called, pregnant to say to women, what have these to do or to have?
Garbes: each of us has a mother. Pregnant women experience this is why a certain amount of friendliness. Many people have good intentions, but go too far. At the same time, this need to control women. They are no longer regarded as mere hosts of this new life, it’s nothing to do with you. For expectant mothers, there is always a right and a wrong way to do something. It’s so deep in our culture. What if we take away that moral framework? Then, the pure information.
ICONIST: Is the Problem perhaps that we women generally like to patronize?
Garbes: Absolutely. The Institution of marriage is an expression of this culture. This urge to control must also be due to the fact that we need women to Conservation. I assume that the society is afraid of this Power. If women make their own decisions, men will have to relinquish Power.
ICONIST: Why do you find the term “miscarriage” is problematic?
Garbes: We do not talk enough about miscarriage, about 25 percent of all pregnant end properties. Women are ashamed because they think that they have caused the miscarriage by anything, it is probably chromosomal irregularities – things over which we have no control. I believe, therefore, that “the loss of a pregnancy” is the better term. He says that there was a pregnancy, and they are lost. The word takes on the weight of the Person and moves it to what was lost. For some, this is more, for others less.
ICONIST: What are the findings your Research has fascinated you the most?
Garbes: The micro-chimerism.
ICONIST: The need to explain.
Garbes: micro-chimerism means that you have cells in his body, which come from a people with a different DNA. This means that during pregnancy, a cell interchange between fetus and mother takes place. It is a couple of fetal cells in the mother’s body and the other way around remain for the Rest of the life.
ICONIST: How, exactly, this cell happens to exchange?
Garbes: Via the placenta. Imagine them as a clear boundary between the two bodies. But by this limit nutrients, antibodies and even cells of an organism in the other.
ICONIST: The placenta is a fascinating piece of work.
Garbes: It is incredible that because a new person is born in a body. And that, in addition to a completely new Organ in the uterus grows. The placenta consists of 50% from paternal DNA, so it is really a foreign body. How is it that the body of the mother tolerated your presence? If we knew it, it is probable that findings on organ transplants are derived. Even if you are not interested for women and their health, then maybe for people and their health.
ICONIST: you emphasize that, because it seems to give the research a very little interest for the field of women’s health, and consequently hardly any money. Why?
Garbes: The female gender is considered as the deviation from the Norm. Historically, most researchers are white men, have been made, most studies of male bodies. The lack of interest is incorporated in the institutions to some extent. Almost every scientist I spoke to said the Same: “in terms of what we should know about it, we know nothing.” We consulted specialized literature or in databases on topics such as breast milk or micro-chimerism, one is amazed at how little research exists. The changes currently.
ICONIST: What is your attitude towards Breastfeeding?
Garbes: I believe that breast milk is the optimal food for an infant. But you don’t live in an ideal world. We all have other obligations in life. Breastfeeding is a privilege that you can afford. It would be unfair and naive to say that Every woman should breastfeed. I am in favour that we support women in their decisions.
ICONIST: A friend of mine has not breastfed, your friend from day one on equal footing in the care of the baby. There was no reason why you urgently at night had to get up as he is.
Garbes: This is a radical approach, and I think he’s great, if you are looking for a way to distribute the food to the baby from the beginning on two. The mother has done to birth a lot of work.
ICONIST: For you there is no more or less a natural birth. Why is it so important?
Garbes: For me, it is, of course, that a Baby comes from the body of his mother. What happens afterwards is much more important: The Baby must be kept alive, but also the mother’s care needs – this is often forgotten.
ICONIST: you write very openly and in detail about what it means to have a birth for the body. They wrote literally, “It will destroy you.” Why this Drastic?
Garbes: I have frustrated the pregnancy books that describe the nine months in detail, but the birth of avoiding. To me what was missing there, and I felt unprepared. Births can be traumatic and destructive, but you can survive and you can heal. If you know that, before you prepare better and go in a different in a birth.
ICONIST: the beginning to the middle of the 20th century. Century meant self-determination, to endure the birth in a morphine-induced “twilight sleep”, later on, it was not feminist to breastfeed.
Garbes: feminism today means that we have a choice between different options. He means the world to ensure that all Pregnant women anywhere in the world have this choice and that you will be supported in their decisions. This is a fight I hope that he will won be during the lifetime of my daughters.
Info: her book “Like A Mother. A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy“, is published (in English) by Harper Wave.
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