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Mother Tongue by Rebekka Karijord - a record we all should listen to

Stefan Johansson

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Our every-day job is to meet parents and their preterm infants. We have our professionalism, skills and family-centered care strategies. But how do we understand the large gap those families need to bridge, and how parenthood evolves when a child arrives too early?

For myself, music has always been important (even essential!) in my own reflections about wider scopes. When it comes to parenthood, I can strongly recommend the record Mother Tongue by Rebekka Karijord, a Norwegian composer and singer.

Mother Tongue is a beautifully strong and moving record about parenthood complicated by a preterm delivery, about experiencing a cesarean section far too early ("...this is a riot of blood and steel/bending me open, violently..."), and how a tiny infant still could "weigh more than...the universe, to me". The lyrics, as I interpret, is also about parenthood in a deeper sense. The music itself is so delicate and precise, and yet powerful at the same time.

This is a record we should listen to. Get it on CD. Or on vinyl if you still play such records, like I do :). And bring it to your next staff meeting. And of course, Mother Tongue is also available on Spotify.

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