There are plenty of questions you’d expect to answer on a preschool enrolment form, things such as:
Is your child immunised?
Do they have any food allergies?
Which days would you like them to attend?
Then there are questions you can’t help but wonder, ‘Why the hell do they want to know that?’
Mum Cara Paiuk was shocked to discover that the preschool she was applying to wanted to know if she gave birth vaginally or via c-section. One of her first thoughts was, “My vagina was not up for discussion by a stranger then, and it’s certainly not up for public examination now.”
Preschools aren’t the only source of awkward questions for mums. Check out what happened when these kids hooked their mums up to a lie detector and asked them some very tough questions.
Instead of blindly filling out the forms as most of us do – while shaking our heads and wondering what on earth they want with some of the information – she decided to find out why birth method was relevant to her five-year-old child. The answer shocked her so she wrote about her experience for the New York Times parenting section Motherlode.
The head nurse is quoted as saying, “the form was stored in the school nurse’s files so that if a teacher or other administrator perceives an issue with a child (presumably, a learning disability or behavioral problem), that person could pull the file and look for clues in the medical record that might explain the cause.”
Yes, we’ve read all the articles blaming cesarean births for everything from food allergies to autism too, but as far as we knew, none of it had been proven.
Could there be another, more sinister reason why they wanted to know how the mums of children at their preschool had given birth? Was it some kind of weapon they used whenever you dared to complain that they had returned your child to you with a Lego block glued to his head or a marble up his nose?
YOU HAD A CESAREAN, they might yell out, as though we are living in some sort of alternate universe where the now-common c-section births are viewed as some sort of failure on the part of the mother.