Word count:: 600-650 words (12pt font Arial or Calibri) plus a Works Cited at the end of the assignment. Your reflection should be organized into paragraphs using single line spacing. At the top of the first page only, include your name, date and which CR has been selected. For example, Critical Reflection #2, Question #1 should be clearly indicated. Copying the questions at beginning is unnecessary.
This is a reflection btw the following question that has to be answered is “How did Indigenous women learn about ‘that time when periods stop’ (Madden et al)? At midlife, many women reconciled the experiences, moved past them, and were also determined to mediate them for others” (Meadows, Thurston, and Langedyk 161). How did indigenous grandmothers change their communities?”
The indigenous Aboriginal view on menopause.: Grandmother’s role in effecting change
The indigenous Aboriginal view on menopause; Grandmother’s role in effecting change
Indigenous women’s view on menopause
Women universally experience menopause; however, it is an individualized process influenced by different factors inclusive of phycological, biological coupled with cultural factors. Different women from different societies have different perspectives on menopause and its associated experiences. There is limited documentation about indigenous women’s experience with menopause. However, numerous researches have been conducted to determine indigenous women’s experiences and perspectives towards menopause, which was often regarded as a women’s multifaceted experience (Madden et al.,332). In the past, women suffered issues of racism, abject poverty, and illiteracy that contributed to their different views on menopause. This paper seeks to determine the Aboriginal indigenous experience and perspective on menopause and highlight the roles indigenous grandmothers played in changing their communities’ future.
Different women have different experiences attached to menopause, according to the research. Firstly, they did not have much attachment to it as they viewed it as a period in time for the cessation of their mensuration. Therefore, to them, it was a natural and necessary passage path for many women. During that period, they amassed more respect as they wore believed to be wiser with valuable knowledge to pass unto the younger generations. Some women experience menopause through the symptoms such as increased night sweats and hot flashes that came with an undesirable uncomfortable feeling, coupled with mood swings. According to Madden, most women associated menopause with female life stages, which included pregnancies and menarche. For some, there was no attachment to the process at all (Madden et al.,337). Over time, there has been immense improvement in matters research towards understanding menopause, thus increasing communication and knowledge. There were little communication and documentation; however, there are immense generational changes associated with increased westernization and medicalization.
Grandmothers role in changing the future of their communities
According to First Nation research, the grandmothers were trying their best to change the narrative. The First Nation study indicated that many women had become grandmothers at such an early age. This was important for them to be involved in the attempt to hang the past parenting practices that could have contributed to the state of their lives (Meadow,2004). They were actively involved in different ways. For essence, some grandmother took up the parenting role to help their children who suffered addicting, abject poverty, or health issues and could not step up the parental role exhaustively. Additionally, the grandmothers are using their acquired insight during adulthood in an attempt to reconcile with their unpleasant past, such as experiences of racisms, abject poverty, and illiteracy. They, therefore, seek to redress the past by championing for education for their grandchildren to better the present and the future generations.,
Moreover, the grandmothers are distancing themselves from irrational practices that were believed to cause harm as they strive towards achieving better health and wellbeing and those of their children and grandchildren. The Aboriginal community is seeking to involve themselves within community development where the grandmothers play an imperative role in creating personal skills, enhanced self-confidence among the youth (Meadow,2004). Therefore, grandmothers are viewed to bring change improvement and resilience among the community through history mobilization, community perspective on matters, health, and overall positive and sustainable change in the community.
Today, women’s reproductive health has received immense focus as nations seek o change the narrative and improve women’s health and wellbeing. More communication protocols, documentation, and knowledge have facilitated women’s awareness of pregnancies, menstrual health, and menopause and changed their perspectives and experiences. The community plays an important role, not only grandmothers but also by collective efforts to enlighten the current generation, break irrational generational practices, and fight towards healthy and sustainable communities.
Madden, Sharen, et al. “First nations women’s knowledge of menopause: Experiences and perspectives.” Canadian Family Physician 56.9 (2010): e331-e337.
Meadows, Lynn M., Stephanie E. Thurston, and Laura E. Lagendyk. “Aboriginal women at midlife: Grandmothers as agents of change.” Canadian Woman Studies 24.1 (2004).