The Pregnant Pause
A novel by Jane Doucet
About the novel
Rose Ainsworth is a health editor at a fitness magazine in Toronto. Just before her thirty-seventh birthday, she has her first attack of baby fever. She adores children, especially her sister’s kids, but she’s facing a dilemma. Not only is her younger husband refusing to commit to becoming a parent, but her friends are drowning in the joys of mothering, and their self-righteous attitudes about procreating are driving her crazy.
Rose feels cut off and, worst of all, she’s worried that maybe she isn’t motherhood material. Her journey through the potential pitfalls and prospects of parenting is a roller coaster ride—a journey that many women travel as they work, play and listen to their biological clock ticking away.
Will Rose have a baby? Read The Pregnant Pause to find out!
The Pregnant Pause does for women who are considering motherhood what Bridget Jones's Diary did for single women in their early thirties—it unites them around shared experiences and invites them to recognize that they are their sisters' keepers.
About the author
Jane Doucet began her career at FLARE magazine in
Toronto, Ontario, in Canada in 1993. She spent the next
six years working as a staff writer, editor, researcher and copy editor for several Canadian magazines, including
Maclean's and Chatelaine. In 1999, Jane decided to pursue freelance writing and editing full-time. Her articles have appeared in dozens of award-winning magazines and newspapers, including Canadian Living and The Globe and Mail. Jane's first novel, The Pregnant Pause, was shortlisted for a 2018 Whistler Independent Book Award. In July of 2021, Vagrant Press, the fiction imprint of Halifax, N.S.-based Nimbus Publishing, will publish her second novel, Fishnets & Fantasies, about a married couple in their late 50s who open a sex shop in the tiny coastal town of Lunenburg on Nova Scotia's scenic South Shore. Jane lives in Halifax with her husband.
** The Pregnant Pause was shortlisted for a 2018 Whistler Independent Book Award! **
In Nova Scotia, you can buy The Pregnant Pause here:
• Indigospirit in Bedford (Sunnyside Mall)
• Chapters in Halifax (Bayers Lake) and Dartmouth (Mic Mac Mall)
• Coles in Halifax (Scotia Square)
• Bookmark on Spring Garden Road in Halifax
The Pregnant Pause is making news!
• Unclassified Woman podcast (Sydney, Australia):
• CTV Morning Live (Halifax):
• The Coast (Halifax):
• Halifax Magazine:
• University of King's College's website:
A baby? Maybe—or maybe not. That's the big-stakes question that Jane Doucet explores in this smart and funny true-to-life novel about
Author, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books
The Pregnant Pause is a thoughtful, honest and poignant exploration of how motherhood continues to define us as women, and it invites us to recognize that we are our sisters’ keepers.
Former editor-in-chief, Canadian Living
Jane Doucet's entertaining and insightful look at baby fever is a terrific blend of humour and relatability. If you keep hitting snooze on your biological clock, this needs to be your bedside reading!
Radio host and comedian