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Becomes Mom and Grandmother Within One Hour

Having been born in 1964, a whopping 10 years before the passing of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) when women received the right to obtain credit without spousal or some other male relative co-signing, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the headline announcing the births of my niece Jean and I in the Providence Journal read, “Becomes Dad and Granddad Within One Hour.”

Somehow it still doesn’t compute that it didn’t say, “Becomes Mom and Grandmother Within One Hour,” seeing as how my mom and eldest sibling, Edna, had their last and first daughters, respectively, around 45 minutes apart. Still, it was Dad who received the headline and credits.

Talk about a man’s world! Even as I contemplated and prepared writing this letter for our annual Women’s Health edition, my dad was first to come to mind for his unabashed and humorous boldness when it came to stocking the house with feminine hygiene products for his wife and six daughters over the years. He always seemed to know when it was time for him to get “the chocolates” as he called them, for all of his girls.

Heavenly thanks to you, Mom, for the gift of this life whether a short-sighted newspaper gave you credit or not!

This month, we delve into topics that not only nurture, but also empower the body, mind and spirit.

In “The Road to Hormonal Harmony,” by Marlaina Donato, we explore the delicate dance of hormones that affect our vitality and overall wellness. This article offers invaluable insights into balancing hormones naturally, an essential aspect of health that touches upon growth, metabolism, and emotional well-being.

Vandana Pitke’s enlightening piece, “Unveiling the Healing Power of Homeopathy for Women’s Health,” invites us to consider the gentle yet potent benefits of homeopathic remedies. This approach views the individual holistically, addressing not just physical symptoms but the emotional and psychological aspects as well, proving particularly beneficial for issues like PMS, menopause, and fertility challenges.

Lastly, we cannot overlook the physical foundation that supports us daily. In “How to Manage Urinary Incontinence,” Dr. Lynn Gray-Meltzer discusses strategies and therapies to handle this common yet often under-discussed challenge. Her insights not only educate, but also encourage us to seek effective treatments and reclaim comfort and confidence.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, pseudo-moms and pet moms out there. I hope you receive all the credit you deserve this, and every day!



Maisie Raftery, Publisher