Published on Thursday, May 09 2013 15:37
Following her birth, a mother has accomplished an amazing physical feat, experienced an emotional revolution, and is bathing in the hormones designed to help her transition from pregnant woman to mother. It is no wonder that this, combined with joy, sleep deprivation, and new breastfeeding that she may feel overwhelmed. The psychoanalyst Donald Winicott noted that in the perinatal period there is a special mental state of the mother in which she has a greatly increased sensitivity to, and focus upon the needs of her baby. Such a state begins toward the end of the pregnancy and continues for a few weeks after the birth of the child. Mothers need support, nurturing, and a protected environment to develop and maintain this state. “Only if a mother is sensitized in the way I am describing,” wrote Winicott, “can she feel herself into her infant’s place, and so meet the infant’s needs.” Communities that support women and babies during this precious time see less postpartum depression, healthier babies, higher rates of long-term breastfeeding success, and more confident mothers.
The provision of food, water, warmth, and a private time for the mother and infant to get to know each other is the rule in most cultures. In most non-industrialized societies the mother and baby are placed together, with support, protection, and isolation from other demands and people often for the first number of weeks following the birth.
In many industrialized societies in Europe (and Canada), parental leave is provided, ranging from a minimum of three months to a year or more, with partial to full pay compensation. Here in the U.S., though generally some weeks of maternity leave are provided, our culture of “Mothering the Mother” has dwindled. Often the media and our culture drives a “back to
Published on Thursday, May 09 2013 15:33
The Lyons Parks & Recreation’s Adult Co-Ed Softball season got underway Monday night, and it was all about offense. Perennial powerhouse Blue Mountain Stone (who was missing from last year’s league play) squared off against Shake N’ Bake in the first game of the season. BMS took up right where they left off pushing seven runs across the plate in their first at
Published on Thursday, May 09 2013 15:19
By Renée Haip
Each spring the highly anticipated Saint Vrain Invitational brings together not only top caliber high school track and field athletes from across the state, but also elite sprint, pole vault, and distance athletes. Jointly hosted by Longmont and Lyons High School at Longmont’s Everly-Montgomery Field, this year’s May 3rd organizers and sponsors pulled out all the bells and whistles to provide track fans and competitors with a truly professional event more than worth the five-dollar cost of admission. This meet has it all—an electronic scoreboard with
Published on Thursday, May 09 2013 13:56
Gary Wayne Walker
August 19, 1951 – April 25, 2013
Former Lyons resident Gary Wayne Walker passed away in Hay Springs, Nebraska on April 25, after a three-month battle with cancer. He was sixty-one years old.
Gary was born August 19, 1951, and raised in Springfield, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents Virginia Lee and Norman A Walker Jr., and his ex wife Lissa Walker. He is
Published on Friday, May 03 2013 11:19
By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.
The Board of Trustees (BOT) met for the third time in April on Monday night to consider approving a couple of special event liquor licenses.
The meeting got underway promptly at 7 p.m., with the usual pledge of allegiance, a moment of reflective silence, and audience business. By 7:03 p.m., the Board had switched hats and became the Lyons Liquor Authority. The first item on the agenda was from the Ukraine Orphanage
Published on Thursday, May 02 2013 18:37
Dear Lyons Residents,
The Board of Trustees has been working many hours over the past couple of months constructing the 2013 budget for the Town of Lyons. We set out with the goal to write a balanced budget that is
Published on Thursday, May 02 2013 14:01
An open letter to the residents of Colorado,
This week people across the United States will observe Law Day. It is a time each year to celebrate the rule of law and the role the courts and legal system play in helping people peacefully resolve disputes in modern society. Here in Colorado we will be privileged and honored to have
Published on Thursday, May 02 2013 13:45
A Wall Street Journal article on Friday, April 19, 2013 discussed the rising prices of women’s art. When thinking of women artists, most people remember Georgia O’Keeffe’s (1887-1996) paintings of landscapes, desert, and especially close-up flowers. Few people realize women
Published on Thursday, May 02 2013 13:31
Preventative medicine is the key to affordable healthcare. The more we can work to keep ourselves well, the greater contributors we our to our community. Many states in the U.S. have taken the steps to license Naturopathic Doctors in order to establish their place in the medical world. Most primary care doctors are licensed as an MD, which means they have completed medical education within the conventional