Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

My Son Delivers Surprise in Modern Developments

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

My Son Delivers Surprise in Modern Developments

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WE added another grandchild to our growing list last week when Chloe Rickard arrived at 5pm on a Thursday night, seven days late but without fuss.

She timed it well; I was just about to open a bottle of champagne.

How perceptive of her to know her grandmotheras nightly beverage habits before shead taken her first breath.

It seems like just last week when Chloeas father, my beautiful son (and Iam not biased) was born, even though it was actually 1975. Some things - and giving birth tops the list - stay vivid in your memory no matter how much time elapses.

My, how things have changed in the birthing stakes since 1975. My beautiful son (and Iam honestly not biased) has been right into the pregnancy and birthing jargon for the last nine months. He knows words Iad never heard of.

I hate admitting this a but Iam always honest with you so I will a it wasnat until I was almost 29-years-old and pregnant with my beautiful son (really, Iam not biased) that I learnt what a uterus was.

In my day, there was no sex education at school (hush your mouth) and mothers didnat tell us a thing when we reached our teen years so I stumbled into womanhood gloriously ignorant.

We had no internet in 1975 when I became pregnant, so my ignorance continued happily.

If only Kaz Cooke had been around then to write Up The Duff, things would have been different. I doubt she was even born then.

Anyway, Iave deviated; I meant to tell you how much better it is now we are enlightened in matters of childbirth.

My son throws words around such as adilationa and acervixa and aplacentaa (sorry, male readers) with a casual ease and reassured familiarity that makes me very proud of him (honestly, Iam not biased.)

What I remember most after he was born in 1975 was the formidable and frightening nursing sister who ran the maternity ward. …

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