Friday, August 11, 2006

If your forum... The Rebel Alliance vs The Empire

If your forum or ones you know of have been threatened by Gina Ford would you please leave me a comment. It would be nice to build up a legal case against Gina Ford's tactics.

If as many mums out there as possible (and that includes previous fans) who take issue with Gina Ford's methods would state it across the internet then she won't have a leg to stand on legally. Come on everyone - stop your fears and start talking.

It has also been said that an organisation called the NSPCC (yes!) caved in to pressure from Gina Ford's organisation after they too discussed whether some of the methods outlined in her book were questionable in terms of child welfare. So even they seem intimidated but is this right? Is this acceptable that an author has that much power when children, when babies are her focus?

Write to your MP as well and highlight the situation with Mumsnet, with other forums and ask questions on why the NSPCC did not go ahead with releasing the information to the public on some of the methods outlined in Ms Ford's books. Surely the public have a right to know and to hear both sides and not just Ms Ford's positive feedback?

With reference to Ms Ford not being a mother - there are plenty of non-biological mothers who adopt - no one is having a go at them because they are real mamas too - but if you set yourself up as a parenting guru then maybe it's about time you became a parent.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the Minutes (Feb 8/05) of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children:

"A policy advisor from the NSPCC commented about the growth in regimented routines for babies such as those found in the Gina Ford books. She believes that this works against parents being responsive to their baby, but it is a best-seller and anecdotally many parents receive this as a gift before the birth. Andrea Leadsom replied that speaking as a parent she couldn’t bear this, although she has read the book, and took about 10% of it as good advice. A lot of it is common sense about routines but for a first time parent this could be a bit daunting. She knows a woman who became a mother for the first time at 42 and followed the book religiously, her baby appears to be very passive, and she is worried about the effect this has had on the baby. Dr Helen Barrett added that it goes against Bowlby’s recommendations for an individual approach."

Leadsom is Chairman of Trustees for the Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP). Dr Barrett is from the National Family and Parenting Institute and Birkbeck College, University of London, and is Chair of the International Attachment Network.

NSPCC now denies ever having had any concerns about Ford's methods.

11:47 PM  
Blogger QuestionAsker said...

Thanks for this. The one thing I want to ensure with this blog is no parent, no mother ends up feeling guilty. As I said further down some of the stuff in Gina Ford's books, whilst not to every parent's cup of tea/method of milk delivery and type of milk, is of value if parents are made aware of the whole. The problem imho rises when someone really does believe her methods are those of a true guru and follows them without realising that some of it, given current knowledge on the way baby's feel and respond, could well be harmful. I also dislike the way she has approached criticism of her methods - this is unacceptable.

2:39 AM  

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