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Baby care simulator backfires

This week, the BBC headline Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’ caught my attention. In a course of a programme to prevent teenage pregnancy, Western Australian girls were given baby dolls to look after that simulate the needs of … Continue reading

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Embryotomy – Fetotomy

If you are squeamish, you may want to skip this blog post. For those of you, who love gruesome stories, here you are: Not too long ago I reported on the origins of the C-section in this blog post. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Prehistoric child spacing

All parents who would like a sibling for their children probably wonder about the best time to enlarge their family. Today, we can chose to have children close together or spaced apart; the former approach ensures the children have playmates … Continue reading

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Himba mothers of Namibia

“Himba mothers are loving and attentive, but they don’t hover. Above is Krocodile’s son, crawling across the hot sand toward his mother, who is about 100 or so feet in front of him. Though she saw him coming, she didn’t … Continue reading

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Maria Theresia of Austria (1717-1780): a working mother of 16

Maria Theresia is a well known historical figure in Austria, sometimes regarded as somewhat of a founding mother of the country. She indeed must have been a very impressive woman. The last of the House of Habsburg, she did not … Continue reading

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Sleep is overrated, Part II

In Part I of ‘Sleep is overrated’ I emphasised that sleeping, despite being a biologically based and mundane activity, can also be understood as cultural practice. Sleep can thus be also investigated archaeologically and today, I would like to take … Continue reading

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Sleep is overrated, Part I

One of the common complaints of new parents is the lack of sleep that comes with a new baby. Nights of broken sleep are perceived as unnatural and uncomfortable. I can’t really contribute much to this debate – I consider … Continue reading

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