Word of the Week

Meg Hickling
R.N.  C.M. O.B.C  LL.D

It would be helpful if parents could name the genital parts as matter-of-factly as they name elbows. Think for a moment about how we teach babies to talk: "This is your nose; this is your chin; this is your bellybutton..." And then we make a giant leap to the knees! Or we use baby talk such as "pee-pee," or other cutesy names.

We all need to learn vocabulary and to practice using it. Begin the day your baby is born by naming the parts using their scientific names. Then by the time your child is old enough to ask, "Why do boys have a penis and girls have a vulva?" you'll feel comfortable.

Illustrations by John Skewes

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Come back every week to learn a new scientific word, use it when talking to your child and share it to help your community to "grow up"!

Umbilical Cord

The umbilical cord brings the baby oxygen and nutrients from the mother’s blood while it grows inside the uterus.

It can be cut after the baby is born and starts breathing. 

Surrogacy

Sometimes a couple really wants to have a child but for some reason, they are not able to.

A doctor can take eggs from a mom or sperm from a dad and put them into another woman, who is the surrogate mom. The surrogate mom volunteers to have the baby for the parents so they can have a child. When the surrogate mom has the baby, she gives it to the real parents who take the baby home and take care of it. 

Uterus

A special bag that the baby grows in. It stretches bigger and bigger over 9 months. When the baby is born, the uterus goes smaller again, just like letting air of a balloon.

Vulva

Vagina

Vulva is the name of the outside folded skin on a girl's genitals. The vagina is the opening for the baby to come out but also for the penis to enter to deliver the sperm.

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