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Never Put Yourself Between a Mother and Her Baby

Years ago my grandfather and uncle were fishing in the Yellowstone River in Montana. Wearing overall type waders, my grandfather was able to stand in waist-high water in the center of the river, while my uncle fished from the bank. My grandfather, focused on casting his rod and keeping his balance in the fast moving water, didn’t notice that upstream from him a mama bear and her two cubs had begun to cross the river. Being lighter, the current carried the little ones downstream faster than the mama, which quickly placed my grandfather between them and their protector.

My uncle, being a wildlife specialist, yelled frantically to my grandfather to get out of the stream… he was in grave danger of being seen as a threat to the babies, and therefore of being attacked by the mother. My grandfather scrambled out and they backed away from the stream, the mama bear was ultimately reunited with her cubs, and all was well. In the retelling of this story around many a dinner table, my uncle’s sharp warning—’Never put yourself between a mother and her baby’ has stuck with me all these years.

Biologically, we’re wired to be the fierce protectors of our children, aren’t we? We comfort them, advocate for them, provide for them, defend them, look out for them, and even in a deep sleep have an ear that’s sensitive and alert to danger and need. We would hand them over barbed wire to the hands of helping strangers, hold them over our heads as we drowned for them, or jump in front of a car to save them. Who else, after all, will look out for them the way we do… in a moment of danger we act without thought and with a force akin to volcanic eruption.

If you’ve experienced it, you know the primitive, desperate, exploding power I’m talking about. And when your child is harmed or killed? Witness the rage that is channeled into organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers or safety advocacy groups for specific products. It is no accident that groups devoted to discovering the truth about vaccine damage are largely a mother’s movement. As a society, we would do well to listen to the instinct of those who are most closely charged with the care and protection of our children, as it is to them that we owe the very survival of our species.

5 Responses to Never Put Yourself Between a Mother and Her Baby

  1. babykitted Reply

    March 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I agree with that, never do it. Moms want to protect their babies and we all know that they can do anything to protect them. It’s the most important person in her life, moms would never let someone hurt their babies.

  2. Michelle Reply

    October 1, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Yes, it’s about the most dangerous thing a person can do.

  3. Alicia Reply

    September 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    You are spot on.

    I find it interesting that the true discoverer of Lyme Disease (MSIDS – multi systemic infectious disease syndrome is a better name and coined by Dr. Horowitz, as we are infected by multiple pathogens – rarely just Lyme) was a mother who looked around at her family and neighbors and wouldn’t accept “juvenile arthritis,” and other band-aid names, and had the courage to push further, eventually being the catalyst for the discovery of the Lyme organism Borrelia Burgdorferi. One hundred strains in the US later, and three hundred strains worldwide, this woman single-handedly pointed out what is now an epidemic that untold numbers are suffering from.

  4. Greg Molenaar Reply

    September 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Our one year old son had a battery of six vaccinations in one day and never spoke another word for over a year. Before the shots he could sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in tune. He did not even say “mama” until a year later.

    We think he has fully recovered now at age eight, but we will always wonder where he would be had he not had the shots. Never again will we take that chance!

  5. elizabeth allen Reply

    September 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Am mother of 47yr old severally autistic. Fine until 9mo, receiving his DMR shot. Screamed for hours, swollen, red, hot at injection site. Lethargic, refused food for 5 days. Doc said, “he is fine just had a reaction to shot). 7 days, he was totally changed. No baby talk, no smiles, slapping himself, screaming, refusing to play, spinning any object he could find. He has never recovered and only spoken word today, Mom!

    In 2015, millions more injured babies are growing up and aging out of education services. Idealogues in DC want to close them & placing these vulnerable folks in unsafe unlicensed, warehousing settings. Foster homes, private apts, so the STATE will have no ROLE in assuring their safety, well being, or dignity. Work with us to STOP STATES from closing our group homes, activity centers, and adult training workshops. This is a moral outrage. Hoping a journalist will investigate and write a expose…we sure need it.

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