I would appreciate responses on how people think about the following incident.
I'm a doula in Houston, TX. Recently my son's elementary school (public) had a "career day",
in which parents of various profession visit a class to talk about their jobs.
I volunteered to come and talk about doula. As I prepared for the talk for 2nd graders, I thought I would make sure
the idea of talking about childbirth and exact wording is OK with the teacher so I asked her. Her reply, after
consultation with the school administration, was 2nd graders are too young to give a talk about childbirth, so
skip that topic and only talk about mother and baby care/help.
I understood that childbirth can be a sensitive issue for some families so I agreed with it. Then the day before the
talk, the teacher contacted me again, saying that "after further review from administration, it has been
decided that 2nd graders may be too young to hear about doula responsibilities and more so that birthing and infant and
mother care is a topic that we mush allow parents to present to their children when they feel it is appropriate."
I was not going to say any one way of birth or infant care is better than others, or even say that there are many ways.
I just wanted to tell the students that helping mothers are UNIVERSALLY important and anyone who cares about the
mother and baby are able to do it. Is this inappropriate for 2nd graders or for any students? Or am I missing the whole
point of discussion?
The teachre said if I have questions to the decision, I would contact school principal or counselor, which I will.
But I just want to know if this (not to talk about doula) is a norm in any public school or if anyone had experienced similar happenings.