Is CHILD BIRTH considered UNHOLY in your community like in my community ?

India
February 25, 2007 12:56am CST
In my community the custom associated with child birth goes like this . During the first month of child birth the household is noot allowed to visit the place of worship . The mother is not alowed to visit any auspicious function . No HOLY people visit a house where the first month of child birth is now yet elapsed . Thus child birth is considered unholy . Does your community behave in similar way ?
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@mememama (3076)
• United States
25 Feb 07
When I had my child, my community wasn't like that at all. We went everywhere and lots of people visited us, bearing food thankfully because when you are a new parent for some reason you forget to eat lol. Oh yeah, I'm an American. I don't understand why childbirth is considered unholy, that's how we all came here afterall!
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@prismcat (26)
• United States
25 Feb 07
im curious what religious beliefs your community has? I'm a christian and the birth of a child is greeted with love, meals and sometimes gifts from friends and family as soon as the mother feels up to having company or going out.
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• India
25 Feb 07
By birth i am hindu . But I don't claim that thee whole hindu community follows such custom .I am talking about the hindus in my state only .
• United States
27 Feb 07
As a Christian who believes that a marriage between a man and a woman is considered "holy matrimony" then any children the couple has is an outgrowth of that blessed union. Perhaps the view that childbirth is unholy stems from a perspective that the "intimate" relationship a man and a woman have (which leads to pregnancy) is somehow considered unholy by your people? I don't know....An intimate relationship between husband and wife which leads to the continuation of the human race can hardly be considered unholy. In different circumstances, if the man and woman weren't married for example, that may be different, but between a married couple, the birth of a child is a blessed event in just about every society I have ever heard of.
@syndibee (799)
• United States
25 Feb 07
that is very interesting, sad but interesting. i think in american society child birth itself is considered a miracle and a happy exciting event. we do frown on unwed and young pregnancies for the most part but we don't do anything to ostricise these people who have decided this was their course in life. i feel really bad for those people in your society that truely love and desire children. i can't understand where on earth this thought process would originate. god himself made us able to reproduce and create children so why would it be considered unholy? people in our society are all eager to welcome the birth of a new child and flock to see them.
• India
25 Feb 07
Our people also welcomes the child with all happiness particularly if it is male child . People congratulates the parents for the birth , gives presents to the child and so on . But from religious activities are restricted for the household during the first month . And after the first month is over the household gets liecensed to worship after offering a puja or something like that .
• India
11 Apr 07
birth of a child is regarded as a holy deed
@selina0625 (1379)
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
That's very odd. I never knew there were customs like that. May I askked why is it unholy? I just need to understand but I do respect our differences in beliefs. Our world is a diverse world but to live harmoniously we need to understand each other's differences. It is very different from where I grew up with or should I say from the rest of the world. Babies are considered gift from God. It is a joyous occassion knowing that a woman is pregnant with a child.
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
Why is it considered holy? no, in our community giving birth is just normal, not holy or unholy..its a natural process of life..can you give us more reasons for this?
@loved1 (5332)
• United States
26 Feb 07
That seems rather strange to me. Can you help me understand why the mother is not allowed to visit the worship place? If the baby was conceived within a marriage, where is the shame? Why is the length of time for this custom one month? What do they think changes after one month? What are the reasonings behind this? When my last baby was born the pastor of our church came to visit me in the hospital. Many people from our church came to the house with food and gifts when we returned home. I am glad my culture celebrates childbirth as a joyous occasion and children as a gift from God.