From the editor
Early last night I called my children outside to look at the full moon. They wouldn’t budge. Too cold outside! So I stood there alone for a little while wondering how many babies were being born in Johannesburg as the moon shone overhead. Then my feet got cold and I went indoors to check if there is any truth to the belief that more babies are born during a full moon. Apparently it hasn’t really been studied yet, but anecdotal evidence from maternity wards is well reported: the full moon really seems to make babies come! I’m generally a very scientifically minded person but as I get older I find I’m getting more comfortable with alternative explanations for things that science can’t always describe or predict best. The moment when labour starts is one of those. You can work out due dates and measure all kinds of things in minute detail, but no-one really knows how to figure out exactly when your baby will come. How wonderfully mysterious! Maybe scientists will figure it out one day and you’ll be able to book your hospital bed for an exact date, but in the meantime my advice is to embrace the excitement and mystery of not really knowing. Until that magical day comes, lose yourself in our wonderful winter issue. Oh, and please let us know if your baby arrived with the full moon!