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Autumn 2019 Editorial: After Birth

Autumn 2019 Editorial: After Birth

By Stephanie Ondrack Once your baby is born, the birth seems to be over. Parents hold their new baby, exhausted and relieved, engrossed and amazed, utterly entranced and focused, and are often perplexed when their caregiver asks for one more small push. What on earth for? This is the third stage of labour: the afterbirth.… Continue Reading

Spring 2019 Editorial: Birth through the Ages

Spring 2019 Editorial: Birth through the Ages

The Childbearing Society is approximately forty-five years old. We have been going strong since the early seventies, consistently featuring the same kind of high quality prenatal and postpartum classes that we continue to offer today.  As I read this issue that explores birth over the years—what has changed, and what has remained the same—I think… Continue Reading

Winter Newsletter Editorial: NEWBORNS

Winter Newsletter Editorial: NEWBORNS

By Stephanie Ondrack Welcome to the Childbearing Society’s winter newsletter, newborn edition! Much has been discovered about the youngest members of our species over the past few decades. It may surprise some of you to realize how little we used to know about newborns, to imagine that not so long ago, we believed these small… Continue Reading

Summer Newsletter Editorial: TOO MUCH STUFF

Stephanie Ondrack A CLOSER LOOK AT BABY GEAR One can go a little bonkers when it comes to baby gear. There are so many nifty gadgets and devices that seem to promise a smarter baby, a happier baby, happier parents, more sleep, more quiet, more learning, or more time. Plus, so many items are simply… Continue Reading

Spring Newsletter Editorial: Love Thy Labour

By Stephanie Ondrack This is issue is all about labour. Often, birth is portrayed in movies and other media as a fast, dramatic cascade from waters breaking to agonized pushing; a rapid escalation fraught with peril and screaming, with the mother a victim rather than a participant. In reality, labour usually moves pretty slowly, especially… Continue Reading

Winter Newsletter Editorial: Twins- Double your Fun!

Winter Newsletter Editorial: Twins- Double your Fun!

by Stephanie Ondrack   Double your pleasure, double your fun! But also sometimes double the feeding challenges, the tears, the health concerns, and the all-nighters. Every aspect of having a new baby is multiplied with twins, from the good to the bad, the exhausting to the exalting. Generally speaking, the learning curve is steeper, and… Continue Reading

Autumn Newsletter Editorial: Mama Care

Autumn Newsletter Editorial: Mama Care

Mothering the Mother After Baby Arrives By Stephanie Ondrack Many of us spend our entire pregnancy anticipating the upcoming birth of our baby, but somehow our vision fades out there—right after the birth itself. Once we’ve come through this experience, we often find ourselves the shell-shocked guardians of a new baby, one who is with us… Continue Reading

Summer Newsletter Editorial: The Highs & Lows of Labour Hormones

Summer Newsletter Editorial: The Highs & Lows of Labour Hormones

By Stephanie Ondrack, assistant editor We have long known that the same hormone behind orgasms also causes uterine contractions in labour: oxytocin. But recent studies of this fascinating hormone reveal that it is responsible for far more than has ever been suspected. The Karolinska Institute’s work suggests that oxytocin may be a major player in infant… Continue Reading

The Pregnant Body Editorial

by Stephanie Ondrack When we are pregnant, our focus often dwells on the discomforts and deprivations associated with the condition: Our aching back, our puffy ankles, our cravings for cabernet, or camembert. Sometimes we look down on our swollen belly, our stretch marks, our sore calves with bemusement or even antipathy. How did I get… Continue Reading

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