Recently I received a PR pitch to review a book called Hello Little One, It’s Me Your Father by Elvin R. Freytes. Apparently it’s a poem that expectant dads can read to their in utero babies. According to Freytes, this “womb reading” is the practice of MaJenDome, which is
clearly made-up um, sweeping the nation?
Freytes was inspired to write the poem because in 2002 he “had a vision of a child turning to him and saying ‘Ma-Jen-Dome’ (pronounced Ma-Jen-Dum).”
Freytes offers the following tip for a good womb reading experience:
1. Ask mother-to-be if she agrees to womb reading.
That is probably a really good first tip. While many mothers-to-be might think it’s a great, snuggly bonding experience, I’m pretty sure I would have been all, “How about you go get me another mango smoothie / bag of chips / roast chicken instead? That would be a better investment of our time, don’t you think?”
To support this
batshmidt craziness growing movement, Freytes has created World MaJenDome Day, which takes place on the third Wednesday of every December. On World MaJenDome Day, individuals and organizations find ways to inspire expectant fathers across the globe to read to their unborn child.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m all about involved dads. My husband is super-involved. When I was pregnant, he read all the pregnancy books. He came to straight-up hospital birthing classes and hippie classes that involved incense and crap. Except that one time he had to work late and all the other hippie parents looked at me with pity. And although he didn’t read to our babies in the womb (which is good; see above need for roast chicken), he has been reading bedtime stories to the kids every night, for the last eleven years.
So, okay, I get it. Involved dads = awesome. But if there are going to be World Days to encourage men to be involved, I can think of plenty of other themes we could have that might be more helpful.
Take home message: PR people should really read my stuff before sending me pitches.
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