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Avian Mum vs Human Mum

I came across this YouTube vid of a little robin hatching. The mother robin knows exactly what she’s doing, keeping a watchful eye, guarding and warming her eggs. She attends to the hatched robin like a pro and clears out the empty shells as soon as the baby robin is free from it. Next the baby bird raises its head to the sky, and opens his beak wide to receive food from its parents.

When a human baby is born, it immediately turns its head to the side if you stroke its cheek and it will open its mouth up wide, looking for the nipple. Oddly enough, I’ve met a countless number of new mothers who didn’t know what to do next. I thought humans are supposed to be the superior species? Like any animal, humans have instincts but it seems that we’ve become a lazy spoon-fed society. Mothers have suffocated, drowned, poisoned or dropped their babies by accident and very often the nurses get blamed for it. “There wasn’t enough patient education given.” they say. Yes, I do agree patient education is VITAL but I’d like to know what happened to human instincts nonetheless.

Basic common sense, anyone?



All sounds like common sense to me. Believe it or not, I’ve had to wash babies that were covered head to toe in their own poo because the mother skipped diaper changes a few times through the night. Mothers have unwittingly suffocated their babies while they were sleeping or dropped them because they weren’t careful enough not to leave the baby on an unguarded surface. Some don’t even bother wrapping their newborns in blankets properly before going to sleep. The robin in the video, provided warmth, safety, food and hygiene (bare necessities) to its young and they didn’t need a nurse telling them what to do!


  • Waffle

    I disagree with the last panel.
    She’s probably running a webcam show and chewing xani-bars… 
    At least the bum probably has common sense 😉

    • Arkadia

      lol. You never know! Shame on the artist for stereotyping! 🙂

  • M. Joannah

    Hi Arkadia
    I just wanted to say that I enjoy reading your blog. It has been inspirational. I too, am planning to pursue my dreams of starting my own business and move away from nursing. I hope you are still loving web design. The whole universe truly opens up to us when we decide to follow our dreams. Goodluck

    • Arkadia

      Hi Joannah! Thanks for the feedback and for reading my blog! Please join my facebook page and/or subscribe to my blog. I have big plans ahead for Nursing Habits and I’m just now starting to get more time to devote to it. I’m totally loving web design and YES the universe DOES open up when you actually put your fears down, get up, and go for it!!! Doors open and everything fall into place…all you have to do is show up for your part…I found this talk by Elizabeth Gilbert really inspiring…I could relate to her completely because I’ve experienced the sheer force of having the audacity to follow your dream, despite all the obstacles you think you may have! Much like writing books is looked upon as a risk, web jobs are viewed as “not a real job” – my mother still wants me to hold on to my nursing licence, in case my “internet job” bombs out. In my mind, that’s like dividing by zero. Impossible! 

      Enjoy, if you haven’t seen this before:
      Elizabeth Gilbert Talk

  • Ark!
    I want this post for BlaBla. Can I have it please?
    I also want you to respond to the emailed invite I sent you last week. Did you get it? Sent to your GMail account. Are you still monitoring that one?

    • Arkadia

       Hi Greg! 🙂

      Yes you may use it. Unforunately can’t attend that event…this is becoming ridiculous huh? Not in CT at the moment. Will let you know when I am.