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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Home and Healthy, the 20oz baby

When Millie McDonagh was born almost four months premature, doctors put her chances of survival at one in a hundred.

Only 11 inches long and weighing a mere 20oz, Millie could fit in her father's palm and her hands were the size of 10p pieces.

Millie is just a day older than Amillia Taylor, the baby born in the U.S., and is thought to be one of the most premature babies born in Britain to survive.

Her twin sister Ellie died at birth and Millie stopped breathing several times. When she was two weeks old her parents were told to prepare for the worst.

But after four months in hospital, Millie, who now weighs 5lb, has finally been allowed to go home and doctors say there are no signs that she will suffer lasting problems. Born at just 22 weeks and six days, Millie was only a week older than the world's most premature baby, Amillia Taylor, who was born in Florida at 21 weeks and six days.

Millie was kept on a life-support machine in the specialist unit at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester. Her mother added: 'There were times when we were called in urgently because they feared the worst. All we could do was tell ourselves she was in the best place.' Millie's father, Tom, 22, said: 'When they told us she had just one chance in a hundred we couldn't stop thinking, "What if she's the one per cent?".'

Amy Edmunds, from the premature baby charity Bliss, said: 'Millie proves that not all babies born very premature are disabled or have severe health problems.'

Lately, there have been a lot of micro preemies in the news. What people do not know is that most hospitals have an NICU that is probably close to capacity, a good portion of the time. Unless you have had a premature baby or you are a friend of someone who has had a preemie you would not be given access to these little fighters. Every so often the news of these babies makes it into the mainstream media and the world is shocked at how a baby that is so small could survive. The dedicated doctors and nurses spend endless hours taking special care of these precious babies along with the parents who set up vigils at the bedside.

For all those people who think that all of the funding and resources should not be given to a department with such a high chance of disability, you should just visit the NICU once. No one can ever comment on something they have never experienced. Once you see such a small being fighting for everything they have, your perception of life changes.

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Special Delivery At The Side Of The Road

Jacob Cowan is one lucky baby who had a very exciting entrance into the world.

The infant came into the world a little quicker than his mum and dad had anticipated, making his grand entrance Wednesday morning in a car on a downtown street.

"The contractions were just getting stronger and stronger and I was grabbing on to the car door and I was grabbing onto (my husband) and I was going 'No, please hurry.' I go 'I don't think we're going to make it to Sunnybrook,'" new mother Susan Cowan explained.

The expectant mum knew she just couldn't wait any longer. The speedy progression of labour had dad Mark Cowan on edge and by the time he safely stopped the car to care for his wife his son had already arrived.

The new dad managed to call 911 to get some further guidance. "I'm having a heart attack, so I call 9-1-1 and I thought, well, tell them we're coming to St. Joe's (Hospital) because I just saw this umbilical cord coming out," he said.

The 9-1-1 dispatcher advised the new father to keep the baby warm, by wrapping him in a sweater or coat and then told Cowan to remove his shoelace and wrap it around the umbilical cord.


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Mom Sues Over 666 Baby

A Russian woman is suing the state after local officials gave her baby daughter the birth registration number 666.

Natalia Serepova, 33, from Stavropol, protested the number her daughter Marianna had been given was Satanic.

But when local authorities refused to change the number, which every new born child in Russia is given by local authorities, Serepova filed legal action.

She said: "I will not have my daughter given this number. It is the seal of the AntiChrist. It is the number of the beast and Satanic. It soils the soul of any Christian."

A local court is due to hold an initial hearing on March 7.

I understand why this mom is so upset. Couldn't this hopital just skip over this number and give the baby 667? It would be how there is no 13th floor on most buildings.



One More Reason To Love The Orbit Stroller System

I have to say this stroller system impresses me more every time a new piece is released.

The bugaboo is nice..and trendy, but it has nothing on the Orbit. If you are considering a high-end stroller for your new baby, this one should definitely be on your list.

Moderntots.com has the latest piece that will be available in March for 239.00 U.S. Called the Orbit Bassinet Cradle, this new edition to the system can also be used as a stand alone bassinet at home. Dock the Bassinet into the Rocker to form a modern cradle, or into the Stroller you already own to form an advanced pram.

Features Include:

∗unprecedented flexibility by facing rearward or to the sides on the Stroller, or all 4 different directions on the Rocker
∗easily undock or rotate the Bassinet by just pulling the levers
∗handily collapses to less than 6 inches thick for travel
∗reversible mattress quickly removes for machine-washing
∗Paparazzi Shield (sunshade extension) provides extra coverage for your infant
∗Unique UV sunshade lining blocks almost 100% of UVA and UVB rays
∗patent-pending soft carrier handles enable much more comfortable and secure carrying compared with traditional moses-basket handles
∗easily docks onto the Rocker and Stroller with the patent-pending

This stroller has been very popular with Celebrities because the car seat features a shade that covers the entire seat giving the baby complete privacy from photographers flashes and prying eyes. Now the bassinet offers the same features.

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RECALL: Sportcraft Inflatable Bounce Houses

Sportcraft is recalling about 2,600 inflatable bounce houses. The fan and the plastic housing surrounding the fan can break apart during use of the inflatable bounce house, posing a risk of impact injury.

Sportcraft has received three reports of the fan unit breaking apart during use. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves large, inflatable bounce houses inside which children can jump and play. The recall includes the following models: 'Castle Kingdom,' 'Jump 'N' Kingdom,' and 'Bounce 'N' Playhouse.' The bounce houses are inflated by a yellow, horizontal fan.

The fan's model number, FJ4-330C or FJ4-330C2, is printed on a silver sticker on the fan's housing. Bounce houses with an 'N' at the end of either model number on the fan are not included in this recall. The Castle Kingdom and Jump 'N' Kingdom are approximately 10 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet long. The Bounce 'N' Playhouse is about 8 feet long, 11 feet wide, and 9 feet high.

The units were sold at Academy Sports and Outdoors and Sport Chalet stores nationwide from September 2006 through January 2007 for between $200 and $300.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bounce houses and contact Sportcraft to receive a free replacement fan.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sportcraft at (800) 511-0675 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.sportcraft.com

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Ice Cream Good For Fertility, Study Suggests

While this study sounds too good to be true, experts say "take this finding with a scoop of skepticism".

MSNBC is reporting that a diet rich in ice cream and other high-fat dairy foods may lower the risk of one type of infertility.

The findings are bound to get attention because they are from the well-known Nurses Health Study at the Harvard School of Public Health and were published Wednesday in the European journal Human Reproduction.

Researchers found that women who ate two or more low-fat dairy products a day were nearly twice as likely to have trouble conceiving because of lack of ovulation than women who ate less than one serving of such foods a week.

Conversely, women who ate at least one fatty dairy food a day were 27 percent less likely to have this problem.

Even the researchers say women should not make too much of these results, which are based on reports of what women said they ate over many years — not a rigorous, scientific experiment where specific dietary factors could be studied in isolation.

“The idea is not to go crazy and start to have ice cream three times a day,” said the lead author, Dr. Jorge Chavarro, a research fellow at Harvard. “But it is certainly possible to have a healthy diet with low saturated fat intake by having one serving of high-fat dairy a day.”

Women who want a baby will try almost anything...even eating ice cream to get pregnant!

If women do eat more high-fat dairy foods to try to boost their odds of conceiving, it would be important to cut calories elsewhere to avoid gaining weight, doctors said. They also should switch back to low-fat dairy foods once the baby is born, to limit saturated fats.

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Mom Accused Of Swapping Baby For Car

A mom in Pueblo Colorado is accused of trading her 5 month old little boy for a down payment on an 2000 Dodge Intrepid and cash.

The asking price for the baby was initially $10,000, but that later dropped, Pueblo police Sgt. Brett Wilson said quoting an affidavit. Negotiations were still under way and it was unclear whether future payments on the 2000 car, for the mother, were part of the deal.

All were arrested on suspicion of felony trafficking in children and were being held at the Pueblo jail under $50,000 bail each.

The baby was placed in a foster home, Wilson said. Wilson said he couldn't speculate on the motives for the alleged deal.

The police found the baby and arrested his mother within hours of getting a tip on Monday.

Some people are so UNBELIEVABLE! All over the world, there parents sitting beside their children in hospital beds praying for them to get better, while this idiot trades her healthy little boy for a CAR???

She needs jail time and a judge to guarentee that this baby will never come in contact with her again.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Miracle Baby Shocks Parents And Doctors

After trying for 30 minutes to bring two-week-old Woody Lander back to life, doctors decided there was nothing more they could do and called in his parents to say their tearful farewells.

A nurse passed Woody to his heartbroken father and gently pulled a tube from his mouth so they could kiss him goodbye.

The lifeless baby suddenly coughed and moved. Nurses immediately grabbed Woody back, re-attached the tubes and lifesaving equipment and he came back to life in front of his astonished parents.

No one has been able to explain why Woody, who had suffered a massive heart attack, was able to return from the brink. And despite being starved of oxygen for so long, he appears to have suffered no permanent brain damage.

Now 14 months old, Woody is a happy-go-lucky youngster who should be able to lead a normal life. His parents Jon, 34, and Karen Lander, 32, still can't believe what they went through.

They had been shopping in a supermarket near their home in Leeds in December 2005 when they noticed Woody looked ashen and felt cold.

They rang the NHS Direct emergency line from their car and an ambulance was sent to take them to Leeds General Infirmary. Soon after arrival, he suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing.

Mr Lander, a civil servant, recalled: "It was awful, those 30 minutes seemed to last forever. After what seemed like an eternity the doctor came out and said, 'I think we have done all we can'. They had reached the cut-off point for resuscitation.

"We were taken back to see him and Woody was handed to us to say goodbye. We were just in bits. We didn't know what to say or do. They started taking his tubes out and that's when he started twitching.

"They took him straight back off us. They managed to get his heart going again and he came back to life in front of us. It was amazing. We still don't know how he managed to come round - we just know he's a little miracle. He's growing up into a happy and healthy little boy."

While my son was in the NICU, I heard many stories like this. The nurses would tell me about babies that the doctors had decided to disconnect. They would call the parents in, unhook the baby from all of the equipment and wait for them to go peacefully in their parents arms. The babies must have known that it was their time to shine..and sometimes the little monkeys wouldn't give up. After 10 or 15 minutes the nurses would have no choice but to reconnect the baby to their machinery.

Doctors can only predict with some degree of accuracy what the outcome will be. Each person has their own spirit and capabilities. No one really knows for sure what the future will hold for anyone.

Are they miracles or fighters???


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Your Pregnant..and BIG: Where Does All The Weight Come From?

Many women don't understand how they gain so much weight when the baby only weighs 7lbs (average). Aside from the fact that you are probably gaining some extra weigh with the new foods you may have introduced to your diet, there are other factors that add to your pregnancy weight gain.

Pregnancy Weight Breakdown
Average Baby 7.5 pounds
Placenta 1.3 pounds
Amniotic Fluid 2.2 pounds
Uterus Growth 2.2 pounds
Enlarged Breasts 1.1 pounds
Expanded Blood Volume 3.3 pounds
Maternal fat stores 6.6 pounds
Retained water 3.3 pounds

Women who begin pregnancy at a normal weight and who are expecting one baby usually are advised to gain 25 to 35 pounds over nine months. Women of normal weight who are expecting twins are usually advised to gain 35 to 45 pounds. Women pregnant with triplets should probably aim for a gain of 50 to 60 pounds.

Studies show that gaining enough weight in the first 20 to 24 weeks of pregnancy is especially important for women carrying multiples. In a twin pregnancy, a gain of at least 24 pounds by the 24th week of pregnancy helps reduce the risk of having preterm and low-birthweight babies. A good early weight gain may be especially important in multiple gestations because these pregnancies tend to be shorter than singleton pregnancies. Studies also suggest that a good early weight gain aids in development of the placenta, possibly improving its ability to pass along nutrients to the babies.


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Liev Schreiber Talks About Naomi's Pregnancy

Liev Schreiber has confirmed he and girlfriend Naomi Watts are expecting their first child together.

There have been many rumours lately about Naomi's noticeably fuller figure. She appeared at the Oscars on Sunday night wearing a butter coloured Escada dress that showcased her bump and then a PR Rep for Escada, mistakenly sent out a press note confirming what everyone already knew.

Liev appeared on The Conan O'Brien show on Monday where he confirmed the happy news saying, "I'm going to be a dad.

Very exciting! "It's a strange thing about women. You can take a complete wall-flower, a quiet girl and get them pregnant and then they want to go out all the time! "So I gave her grief about going to the Oscars and she said, 'No, no, it's a very auspicious thing' that our 'embryo' I guess, was going to be going to the Oscars." When asked whether the couple had thought about any names he replied, "I'm trying to stay out of it all. I'm trying not to make any decisions. "I find everything I try to do in service of her or the coming baby is wrong. I really don't even go to my house much anymore."

When O'Brien asked if they would consider passing the unique name Liev on to their offspring he added, "No, it's a terrible name. It's probably the most mis-pronounced name in all of show business. It's bad enough that I have gone through that for 15 years. There won't be any Liev juniors. It's not like George, you can call five kids George. You can't really call anyone Liev, you shouldn't call one child that, I don' t think!"


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Could Your Child Get Sick From Watching Too Much T.V.?

A study that has been released suggests that infants who spend long periods in front of the television may be at greater risk of developing medical problems later in life, including premature puberty, sleep disturbances, and metabolic disorders.

The findings came from a combination of a few studies.

The author of the survey, psychologist Aric Sigman, said many studies were beginning to emerge that suggest spending long periods in front of a screen, whether a television or a computer, may have damaging physiological effects.

One study, by a team at Florence University, found that watching television and playing computer games lowered the amount of the sleep hormone, melatonin, children produced, an effect that could bring on earlier puberty.

Other studies listed in the survey, published in today's issue of Biologist, the journal of the Institute of Biology, claim possible links between television viewing and attention deficit disorder, obesity, short-sightedness and Alzheimer's disease. "There's enough evidence to suspect something is going on, so we should err on the side of caution," said Mr Sigman.

According to figures from the broadcasters' audience research board, the average 75-year-old Briton will have spent more than 12 years watching TV. Children aged between 11 and 15 now spend 55% of their waking lives in front of the screen, amounting to 53 hours a week. More than half of three-year-olds now have a television set in their bedroom.

I believe these studies. Kids don't spend even a fraction of the time outside that we did as kids. Part of it may be safety, but the rest is laziness.

Who is buying their kids a personal television a 3 1/2 years old??


Mom-To-Be Survives Being Hit By Train

Police say a pregnant woman is lucky she wasn't seriously hurt after the SUV she was driving was hit by a freight train in Toronto around 9am Tuesday. The woman was shaken up but wasn't taken to hospital. Investigators say the freight train was apparently moving slowly at the time and that saved her from serious injury - or worse.

"It looks like the signals were working," agrees Sgt. Mike Proulx. "The woman is 36 weeks pregnant. She was barely injured but the truck was push eastbound about 25 metres by the weight of the train."

You know someone was looking over these two this morning!


Monday, February 26, 2007
Is Letting Your Child Get Grossly Overweight Child Abuse?

I first saw this story a couple days ago and thought that maybe health officials were being too hasty suggesting that they may remove the child from his home.

Today the British weight (14 stone) was converted for me and I realized this family needs some counselling on weight management.

Connor McCreaddie is an 8 year boy who weighs 218lbs, which is 3 times the weight of most children his age.

An unnamed health official was quoted as telling the Sunday Times that taking custody of Connor would be a last resort, but said the family had repeatedly failed to attend appointments with nurses, nutritionists and social workers.

"Child abuse is not just about hitting your children or sexually abusing them, it is also about neglect," the official was quoted as saying.

Dr. Colin Waine, the director of the National Obesity Forum in Nottingham, England, called Connor's lifestyle "extremely dangerous," adding he is at risk of developing diabetes in his early teens, and cardiovascular and nervous system problems in his twenties.

"He's really at risk of dying by the time he's 30," Waine said.

Pediatrician Dr Michael Markiewicz agreed.

"I'm not saying they can't care for him, but what they are doing is through the way they are treating him and feeding him, they are slowly killing him," he said.

The mother allowed a film crew to video their daily activities. She says that her son steals food and hides it from her.

Connor, who lives with his mother and sister, has difficulty dressing and washing himself, misses school regularly because of poor health and is targeted by bullies.

"People pick on us because of my weight. They call us fat. It makes us feel sick of the nutters always shouting at us," Connor told ITV.

Although, I know that this mother loves her little boy tremendously, she probably doesn't realize that not being more assertive is going to kill her son early. Maybe he needs to be removed from the home and brought to a treatment center where he can learn good eating habits.

This mother doesn't seem to have the tools to help her son. He obviously knows how to sneak around behind her back and get what he wants. I feel sorry for him because he doesn't know any better.


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"I'll Keep You Warm"

Two Sumatran tiger cubs and two baby orang-utans, each pair abandoned by their mother soon after birth, have become inseparable playmates in the nursery room of an animal hospital in Indonesia.

Nia and Irma happily snuggle up to the cubs in a way that five-month-old orang-utan sisters would never normally contemplate.

Likewise, Dema and his month-old sister Manis are quite content to snooze in the gentle embrace of their tiny guardians' arms.

Both pairs are bottle-fed by staff at the Taman Safari animal hospital in Java, and monitored constantly as they grow up side by side in what must be one of nature's most unusual foursomes.

If these four can get along, than everyone should be able to get along!



Play Date Etiquette

Now that our son is starting to grow physically and developmentally, we are starting to have play dates with other kids.

All of our experiences have been positive up to this point because neither child can really communicate or has a preference for a certain way of playing. I know it is just a matter of time before my soon-to-be 2 year old will have a negative play date experience and I will have to haul him home kicking and screaming.

Here are some tips on having a war free play session.

1. If your child is under 5, make plans with the mom to stay for the whole play date. Your child will feel more comfortable with you there and it's not fair to the other child's mother to bear the whole responsibility if the children do not get along.

2. Put your child's favourite toys away. In order to prevent a fight between them and their new friends. Kids are extra protective of their "Dora" Doll or favourite bike.

3. Most kids between 2-4 don't really know how to play with one another so try to sit with them and show them how to take turns and share the toys. The first part of the visit may be a power struggle between the toddlers. You may have to be a bit of a referee to get things started.

4. Although it may be embarrassing, your child may break something while on a play date. Make sure you offer to buy the child a new book/toy to replace the broken item or just simply pick something new out at the toy store and drop it off with an apology.

5. Do not bring your child to play dates if they are sick. Check ahead to make sure that no one that you are visiting is coming down with anything either.

6. Chose parents to have play dates with who have a similar parenting styles. If you don't spank than make sure the other child's parents feel the same way. The same goes for smoking and swearing.

7. If the kids start to fight, try to let them sort it out..unless of course, they start to hit each other. At that point you may have to intervene and give them each something else to do.

8. Before you leave make sure your child takes part in a clean up. If they are too young to understand the concept, you may have to try to put some of the toys back where you think they came from. True friends will understand once or twice if you toddler is grumpy and you have to make a quick escape, but try not to make it a habit or the invitation will probably not be extended.

9. Check ahead about snacks. Some parents do not give their kids snacks in between meals. As a safe bet, plan to give apples, carrot sticks, crackers and cheese and water. Juice may be an option, but not always a preference because of the sugar content.

One important fact is that don't put so much pressure on yourself as well as your kids. Sometimes visits are wonderful, and other times they just don't work. So when you see things are not working out, cut your play date short and leave on good terms--remember we all have bad days, regardless of age.

Also, remember don't out stay your welcome. It may be nice to get out of the house but as nice as it is to have company, it's nice when they leave.


Sunday, February 25, 2007
Naomi Watts Pregnant?

I am not one to start rumours or post information that is not true, but there has been lots of excitement surrounding Naomi Watts lately.

Last week a picture surfaced of her walking in NYC, bundled, looking about 4 months along. Everyone has a fat day so I dismissed it as a bad camera angle...until tonight.

She arrived at the Oscars, glowing and wearing a cute Escada empire gown that almost showcased a possible bump. Then People magazine is reporting a rep for Escada, which designed Watts's Oscar gown, sent out a press release reading in part, "The ESCADA gown set off her most precious new asset – the baby she is expecting with longtime boyfriend Liev Schreiber."

What do you think??

If she is pregnant, we wish her good luck...Take your Multivitamins!!


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Saturday, February 24, 2007
Quintuplets Born To A Couple In War Torn Gaza Strip

The birth of quintuplets brought chaos to a blue-painted maternity ward in a Gaza City hospital Wednesday, with flustered doctors trying to keep order among a crush of photographers and a slightly bewildered father.

Layla Abu Nofal, 25, delivered the five healthy babies - four boys and a girl - by caesarean section in the Shifa Hospital.

"The fifth was a surprise," said her husband, Mohammed. He said his wife took hormone treatments to get pregnant but that they had expected only four babies.

The Gaza Strip has one of the world's highest birth rates. Two years ago, another woman had sextuplets in Shifa Hospital.

Still, the quintuplets created a frenzy at the maternity ward, where the babies lay side by side with midwives peering over them. Bemused nurses and doctors tried to keep order among TV cameramen, photographers and a Palestine TV correspondent with a microphone.

The couple already have a five-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy.

"Everybody in the family picked a name" for the babies, Mohammed Abu Nofal said, but he only remembered them with some prodding from his mother-in-law: Mohammed, Ahmed, Hussam, Abdul Rahman, and Iman.

Abu Nofal, 28, a policeman who earns the equivalent of about C$545 a month, said he wasn't sure how they would afford to raise their seven children, alongside 11 members of his extended family.

"I don't think we've got enough money for diapers and baby milk to be honest with you," he said.

Those babies are HUGE! I cannot believe that they all came out of one woman. Usually quinuplets weigh about 650-900gms each. Those little monkey look like they are about 3.5 lbs each. The are no reports on the official weight of the babies. We wish them good luck..and maybe a possible lottery winfall. I am pretty sure one woman cannot provide breast milk for all of these babies.


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RECALL: Children’s Jewelry Sold Exclusively at Kmart

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Children’s “Kidsite” Necklace and Earring Sets

Importer: Crimzon Rose Accessories, of North Providence, R.I.

Hazard: The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The children’s necklace and earring sets have birthstones made of plastic gemstones in various colors. The pendants on the necklaces are shaped like flowers on a silver-colored chain. The matching pierced earrings have round birthstones. The month of the birthstone and “Kidsite” are printed on the front of the products’ packaging. Kmart is printed on the back.

Sold exclusively at: Kmart stores nationwide from October 2001 through December 2006 for about $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled product away from children and return it to any Kmart store to receive one of three free children’s jewelry sets.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kmart at (800) 659-7026 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or visit Kmart’s Web site at www.kmart.com

Picture of Recalled Children’s Jewelry SOURCE:CPSC

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"Dream Bag"

The dream bag is a great chair that will fit into any decor. It is not bright orange, red or yellow like most children's lounge furniture.

A furniture to rest in, play with or to dream away in. Dream Bag - a dream like flower for the young and old people. Close it into a bud and let it blossom when or wherever you want either inside or outdoors. Made from foam filled polyester, beaver nylon and is easy to bring with you.

Found it at HDK, a swedish design site. Not sure if is available for purchase yet or just in the developmental stage.

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Teens Think That Being Pregnant Is Fashionable

A pregnant 14-year-old has told how having a baby is now regarded as "fashionable" among schoolgirls.

Kizzy Neal has been asked to give advice to four of her classmates who have also fallen pregnant since Christmas.

The teen, from Torbay in Devon, said: "When my friends see my bump they say they wish they could have a baby, then three weeks later they're pregnant and don't know what to do.

"Teenage girls think babies are cute, but they forget the physical side of being pregnant, then having to give up your own childhood to look after a baby.

"It seems to be fashionable to get pregnant."

Family campaigners said her comments showed how the Government's sex education policy had left teens with the "ridiculous but extremely worrying" misconception that having a child was no different to getting a new handbag.

Her revelations come as official figures show England and Wales have the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in Europe - with the biggest increase among girls under 16.

Kizzy became pregnant the first time she had sex with her 13-year-old boyfriend.

She is due to give birth in May and aims to take three months off her studies at Paignton Community College in Devon, before resuming her GCSE lessons next September.

Fashionable? Which part of having a baby is fashionable? The part where you sleep only 4 hours a day, don't get to shower and no longer have spending money for yourself. Maybe it's the part where your friends don't want to hang out with you anymore because you have nothing in common now.

These kids have lost what the meaning of life is. When you are young, you should have fun with your friends, go to the beach, travel and do everything. After you have done that, gone to school, worked a bit - than have a baby - with someone who can support you and help out when you are tired. How can a 13 year old father help out when his voice hasn't even changed yet?

It is no wonder that the world is having an overcrowding problem at orphanages. These young girls have no idea what they have signed up for and then just abandon their babies when the reality sets in.

I love the program at High Schools that makes teens look after the "baby doll" for a week. They have to give it everything it needs 24 hours a day if it cries or the diaper needs to be changed. It is not a perfect program, but it does give the girls and idea of some of the work involved.



You Tube "The Making of Sculpted Baby Cake"

This video is kind of neat. In 3 minutes, a woman makes a cake that is decorated and designed to look just like a baby in a blanket. The detail is unbelievable! Check it out!!

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Friday, February 23, 2007
Italy Saves Abandoned Babies

In a perfect world, every child would have two parents who love them. They would be fed 3 meals a day and have a roof over their heads.

Sadly, this is not the case. There are many children in the world who do not get the love and attention in a lifetime that our kids get in one day.

I came across this story on the BBC and was shocked that in such a beautiful civilized country, some Italian women are abandoning their newborns with no explanation.

Italy has revived a medieval practice which allows women to abandon their babies anonymously.

Six babies have been abandoned already this year, but that is just a fraction of the babies dumped on the streets of Rome every year.

At a hospital in one of the poorest districts of the city, nurses have set up a room with a crib and a camera. Desperate mothers are able to anonymously drop off their babies without any question.

The hospital started this campaign as a way of giving mothers a safe and clean environment to leave their babies instead of just leaving them in the streets. They have posted posters all of the city in many languages to educate moms about their options.

The city also has residences that they provide for young mother so that they can get back on their feet. Each mom is allowed to stay for up to six months with their baby.

Most states in the U.S. have baby safe haven laws, allowing people to turn over their babies unharmed to a local receiving organization without the threat of prosecution. Normally, the receiving agency is a hospital emergency room, responsible adult, manned fire department or other facility.

If you live in California, you have until your baby is three days old (72 hours) to safely surrender him or her. Take the baby to an emergency room or fire station and hand the baby to someone. Tell him or her "This is a Baby Safe Haven infant." Then leave.

Recently, in Saskatoon a young mother left her newborn infant on the doorstep of a home where she knew the baby would be cared for. She didn't have a single person in the world supporting her, loving her or reaching out for her and made a bad decision by not asking for help.

It is sad that these babies do not have anyone to love them at such a formidable part of their lives.

The abandoned babies in Italy are given names and then placed in foster homes.

I wish that it wasn't so hard to adopt a baby from another country. Maybe if it was easier, parents in North America would put their efforts into adopting one of these babies instead of spending thousands of dollars on fertility treatments.



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Maggie Gyllenhaal , Peter Sarsgaard and Baby Ramona

Celebrity Babylon has the first clear photos of Maggie and Peter's baby Ramona. Mom, 29, and dad Peter Sarsgaard, 35, take turns carrying their five month old daughter outside of Hugo's in West Hollywood.

Isn't she cute?

Click here to see more of Ramona

Thank you to Celebrity Babylon for the photos.

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Amanda Peet And David Benioff Welcomed Baby Girl

Congratulations to actress Amanda Peet and her husband, Screenwriter, David Benioff on the safe arrival of a baby girl.

Frances Pen was born on Tuesday and weighed in at 6 lbs., 10 oz. This is the couple's first child.

"Amanda and her daughter are resting comfortably," Peet's rep said in a statement to PEOPLE.

The news was first reported by the New York Post's Page Six.

The couple wed in September 2006 at Peet's alma mater, Friends Seminary, a Quaker school in New York founded in 1786. Mark Ruffalo and Elizabeth Berkley were among the wedding guests.

Peet first announced her pregnancy on The Late Show with David Letterman on Sept. 27.

Peet, 35, most recently starred on the series TV Studio 60, and has appeared in films, including Syriana, The Whole Ten Yards and Something's Gotta Give. Benioff, 36, wrote the screenplays for Troy and 25th Hour.

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Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams Have A Boy
Trista and Ryan Sutter Expecting First Child

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Thursday, February 22, 2007
Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams Have A Boy

Congratulations to Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams on the safe arrival of their new baby boy.

Brad's father, Doug Paisley, said Kimberly was in labor close to ten hours. The baby arrived about 5:20 a.m. and has black hair. The baby weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces. His name has not been released.

Kimberly is known for her role as Dana on According To Jim. The couple was engaged in late 2002, Kimberly even appearing in his music video "I'm Gonna Miss Her". They were married on March 15, 2003 in Southern California. The wedding was a surprise to friends and family! They invited everyone to a rehearsal and when Kimberly got to the altar she shed her coat and was in a wedding dress.

This is the first child for both. We wish them good luck!!


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Husband and Wife Celebrate Nine Babies In Nine Years

Sgt Malcolm Warriner and Rayna, 32, now boast six girls and three boys, reports The Sun.

Rayna jokes they only need one more arrival to fill every seat in the family’s 12-seater minibus.

The Warriner family already consisted of Eryn, nine; Jackson, eight; Harrison, six; Callan, four; Taitum, three; and triplets Ilish, Rosemary and Meredith who are 23 months.

And on January 27, she gave birth to 7lb 11oz Avie at Poole Hospital, Dorset.

Rayna said: “I had a word with her in hospital to tell her to behave for her mummy.

“It seemed to work as she’s slotted in fine and even sleeps through the night - which is just as well. The other eight think she’s lovely. Luckily I just love having babies.”

The daily routine for ex-nursery boss Rayna and Malcolm, 45, starts at 7am and ends after midnight.

Malcolm said: “Rayna and I haven’t had a holiday for years or a night out together. But I don’t feel that I’m missing out. Our family is our life.”

Growing up, our down the street neighbours had 11 kids. The wife drove a Mini-Bus so that all the kids could be transported to school at the same time. Unlike this family, all the kids were singles.

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Amillia Taylor: Miracle 22 Weeker Finally Goes Home

Amillia Sonja Taylor, a miracle baby, who was born at 21 weeks 6 days has been released from a Miami hospital today.

She spent 4 months in the NICU after being born weighing 10 ozs and is believed to be the smallest micro-preemie to survive.

“The baby is healthy and thriving and left Baptist Children’s Hospital today after four months in our neonatal intensive care unit,” hospital spokeswoman Liz Latta said.

Amillia, who was just 9½ inches at birth and weighed less than 10 ounces, will still require oxygen at home and a developmental specialist will follow up with her and her parents to track her neurological development.

The infant now weighs about 4½ pounds and is just over 15½ inches long.

Doctors had hoped to release Amillia from the hospital Tuesday but kept her an extra day to monitor a low white blood cell count that could have indicated

A baby born at 23 weeks has a 35% chance of survival. In a study done between 1984-1993 none of the infants less-or-equivalent 20 weeks of gestational age and less-or-equivalent 350 g at birth survived. With the advances in technology we can see that this number has changed.


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SickKids Researchers Find Prenatal Multivitamins Reduces Risk of Childhood Cancer

There are many benefits to taking prenatal vitamins.

Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children(SickKids) have found that taking prenatal multivitamins fortified with folic acid can reduce the risk of three common childhood cancers: leukemia, brain tumours and neuroblastoma. This research was published online on February 21, 2007, in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

“Our research indicates that a large proportion of several early childhood cancers can be prevented by taking a prenatal multivitamin before and during pregnancy,” said Dr. Gideon Koren, the study’s principal investigator, director of the Motherisk Program at SickKids, a senior scientist in the SickKids Research Institute and a professor of Paediatrics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Medicine and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. “This affordable approach could contribute to a significant reduction in the number of childhood cancer cases diagnosed each year, which has huge implications for society at large.”

The study examined the findings of seven articles that met the inclusion criteria and found that prenatal supplementation of multivitamins containing folic acid is associated with a 47 per cent protective effect for neuroblastoma, 39 per cent for leukemia and 27 per cent protective effect for brain tumours. While other studies have investigated the effect of prenatal vitamins on rates of paediatric tumours, this is the first systematic review and meta-analysis of prenatal multivitamin use before and during early pregnancy and its protective effect for several paediatric cancers.

Leukemia, the most common childhood cancer, accounts for 25 to 35 per cent of new paediatric cases each year. Brain and spinal tumours, the second most common form of cancer, accounts for 17 per cent of new paediatric cancer cases each year, and neuroblastoma, the most prevalent solid tumour that occurs outside of the brain in children under the age of five, affects one in every 6,000 to 7,000 children in North America.

Additional research is required to determine which components of a prenatal multivitamin provide protective effect for paediatric cancers and whether any of the protective effects can be attributed to folic acid. A previous study by Motherisk found that prenatal multivitamins fortified with folic acid can reduce the risk of a wide range of serious congenital defects. Women who are considering pregnancy are generally advised to supplement with folic acid but findings of these studies suggest that supplementation with a multivitamin containing folic acid may be a preferred method.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney Welcome Twin Girls

Congratulations to Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney on the safe delivery of their new twin girls.

The girls, Eden and Savannah, who were born at a Los Angeles hospital, are the first children for the Desperate Housewives actress, 44, and her stockbroker husband Tom Mahoney, 49, who married in June 2006.

"Mother and babies are all doing well," says Cross's rep, Heidi Slan.

Cross had been on bed rest since January, but producers of her ABC hit brought production to her home for some scenes.

Set designers painted Cross's bedroom the same color as her character Bree Van De Kamp's boudoir, and moved in furniture from the set. At the time, show creator Marc Cherry told PEOPLE that Cross was "bored out of her mind (in bed), so she said, 'Bring the camera here – I want to act.' "

Her rep told the Associated Press that the bed rest was merely a "precautionary measure," and Cross herself said in December that she'd been having a problem-free pregnancy.

While she was pregnant she was quoted as saying that she was fine ,"It's hard to carry around all that weight. I wake up feeling like me and then I step on the ground and I'm like, whose body is that walking to the bathroom?"

We wish Marcia and Tom Good luck! If those little monkeys establish opposite schedules, she will wish she was back on bed rest.


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Breast Milk For Board on Craigslist

We are offering a free room for a woman who is willing to provide breast milk for consumption to the household. We are an otherwise vegan house but have recently read A.O. Wilson's study of the benefits of human breast milk to all human beings of any age. This is not sexual. Neither appearance nor sexual preference are of any concern to us.

We are willing to accept one child into the house as well. We do not want to take breast milk away from a nursing child however. We also don't need gallons of breast milk but whatever you can muster; it is a nutritional supplement for members of the house who want to partake.

The room is 10'x 15' in a sunny house in Berkeley. There are 7 other people in the house and we live largely communally - shared food and house supplies. You must still pay for food, only rent is free. Reply to this posting and we will set up a time. Contact Dana.

What planet are we on???

This ad was placed on craigslist, Berkley. Breast Milk is for babies people. The quality of it is only as good as the food the mom eats.

HIV and West Nile can be transmitted through breast milk.

In order for one person to provide enough milk for seven people she would have to pump ALL DAY LONG!!!

Please, someone, tell me this is a joke!

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Mountain Rescuers Save Baby

I understand that parents want their children to experience everything that life has to offer, but this dad really should have called gramma and grampa to help during this trip.

A family-of-four - including a 14-month-old baby - had to be rescued in the dark up England's highest mountain.

The "insane" expedition ended when rescuers finally found the family around midnight up Scafell Pike, Cumbria.

David Naylor had strapped his baby son to his back for the climb with wife Sally and elder son Calum, five, reports the Mirror.

They set out at midday and reached the 3,210ft peak four hours later. But got lost in the dark on the descent.

Other climbers raised the alarm and 33 rescuers began a search. The Naylors were found around midnight on Piers Gill ravine with 200ft drops.

The family were "cold and frightened" - but the baby had slept through most of the ordeal.

Exhausted Calum had to be carried down to a hotel on a stretcher.

Teacher Mr Naylor, of Lynstone, Cornwall - on a half-term break in the Lake District with his family - said: "We are upset but very grateful."

Climber George Wilson, 38, said: "It is insane to take small children up Scafell."



Nestle Baby Program

Monday morning my husband came back from the mailbox with a huge package. I wasn't expecting anything so I was curious to see what was inside.

Inside the box was a knapsack (that is insulated), a Avent bottle, starter can of baby food, cold pack and some coupons. I was excited..and then confused. I hadn't remembered signing up for anything, but I frequently put my name in for baby offers.

Today a second envelope arrived with a newsletter, produced by the Nestle company, for new moms about pregnancy.

I guess somewhere in my travels, I signed up for the Nestle Baby Program. I am glad I did!

The magazine that arrived is a great resource for new moms and parents to be. The starter package is wonderful. The knapsack will definitely come in handy on our next vacation for storing all of our son's snack's when heading to the beach. For new moms, it would be a godsend while out for the day because it just straps on your back and leaves your hands free in case the baby needs you.

We already love nestle products. Our son is so picky, he will only eat their cereal. Last year they included music cd's with their formula, which come in handy on long trips. It's nice to see a company that gives back to the moms that are supporting them.

I would recommend this free program to all moms. Go to this website for more info and let your friends know. www.nestle-baby.ca

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Trista and Ryan Sutter Expecting First Child

Trista and Ryan Sutter, who are better known as the only "Bachlorette" couple that stayed together, are expecting their first child.

The couple is excited after trying for 2 years to conceive.

Ryan, 32, a Colorado fireman, got the news from Trista, 34, a purse designer, when he flew into Denver International Airport on Dec. 18 after participating in a mountain expedition in Argentina.

"He was completely windburned and his lips were dry," Trista recalls. "We had a three-hour drive back to our home from the airport and I couldn't wait to tell him, so I pulled him aside to a quiet part of the baggage claim area and told him there."

Adds Ryan, "I am happy to be able to finally be a dad


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Update: 22 Week Miracle Baby To Stay In Hospital A Few More Days

I reported this afternoon that Amillia Taylor, the miracle baby born at 22 week would be going home after her 4 month stay in a Miami hospital.

BBC is stating that the doctors have changed their minds and the baby will be staying in the hospital for a few more days for monitoring.

This must be let down for the parents, who are probably hoping to get their lives back to normal soon.

Doctors say she will still have to be monitored closely after her release, requiring asthma medication and extra oxygen for months to come, as she still weighs less than 4lb 6oz (2kg).

We will cross our fingers that Amillia will be hope soon.

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Would You Donate Your Baby's Cord Blood?

Cord blood is rich in stem cells, the building blocks that produce blood — and the same stem cells that make up the bone-marrow transplants that help many people survive certain cancers and other diseases. But cord blood has some advantages: These younger stem cells are more easily transplanted into unrelated people than bone marrow is, and they can be thawed at a moment’s notice, much easier than searching out a bone-marrow donor.

With that being said, once your child is born you can choose to bank their cord blood for future use. The cost is quite high, but the benefits to your family down the road could be priceless.

The American Government is beginning to set up the first national cord-blood banking system, aiming to prevent some 12,000 deaths a year — if public banks can compete with marketing-savvy private companies that now house the bulk of the world’s preserved cord blood.

They are hoping for parents, who will not be banking their childs cord blood for future family use, to donate the blood to be used for others that are in need of the cells.

“Unless you have a family member with cancer, it’s unlikely you would ever need it, and you would be doing a service to humanity to donate it.” Dr. Elizabeth Shpall of the public M.D. Anderson Cord Blood Bank

Today, about 50,000 cord blood donations are stored in more than 20 public banks around the country. The new National Cord Blood Inventory aims to triple that number, enough that virtually anyone who needs stem cell treatment could find a match — especially minority patients who today seldom can as most bone marrow donors are white.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that you should only consider personally banking your child's blood if an older sibling has cancer or certain genetic diseases that cord blood is proven to treat.

Private banks vehemently disagree, arguing that as scientists learn more about stem cells, the blood could create personalized treatments for heart disease or other more common killers.

“That’s still considered very experimental,” counters Dr. Mitchell Cairo of Columbia University Medical Center, who co-authored the new guidelines.

Also, doctors don’t even know if cord blood remains usable after being stored for decades. Still, last month Illinois doctors reported the first apparent success in treating a child’s leukemia with her own cord blood — something usually impossible because that blood so often carries the cancer-triggering genetic defect.

About 11 states have recently passed legislation to try to increase the information that expectant parents receive about their cord blood choices: store it, donate it, or discard it.

Realistically, if you do not feel that your child will ever benefit from his/her's cord blood, it should be donated. Sometimes doing something good for the rest of mankind feels good. There would be no risk to you or the baby, but your good deed could possibly save someone else's life.

The list of Diseases treated by Blood Stem Cells



22 Weeker Born Weighing 10ozs Survives!

At the hospital where my son was born, a baby that was 22 weeks gestation would not be resuscitated.

This story is absolutely amazing!! I would be interested to know if her parents have a blog so that the world can follow her development.

Her minuscule feet poking pathetically through a doctor's fingers, few believed that she could possibly live. Born only 21 weeks and six days after conception, Amillia Taylor weighed just under 10oz and was only 91/2 inches long.

Medical staff, however, were given a clue to her fighting spirit when the tiny scrap tried to cry and breathe on her own.

And now, four months later and weighing 4lb, she has been allowed home – the world's most premature baby to have survived.

Her parents Sonja and Eddie, from Homestead, Florida, were visiting friends in Miami when Mrs Taylor went into labour at just over 19 weeks pregnant, having conceived by IVF.

Doctors attempted to delay the birth but eventually were forced to carry out an emergency caesarean.

Dr Guillermo Lievano, who delivered Amillia, said he was not expecting her to survive.

"I was prepared for the worst and prepared to break the bad news to the mother."

Amillia responded to treatment, however. During two months in an incubator, she even had plastic surgery after her left ear was partially torn off during the delivery.

"I'm still in amazement," said Mrs Taylor, 37, a teacher. "I wanted her to have a chance and I knew in my heart that she was going to make it.

"It was hard to imagine she would get this far. But now she is beginning to look like a real baby. Even though she's only 4lb now, she's plump to me."

William Smalling, neo-natologist at Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami, said: "She's truly a miracle baby. We didn't even know what a normal blood pressure is for a baby this small."

The American Association of Pediatrics says that babies born at less than 23 weeks of age and 400g in weight are not considered viable. The survival rate for a child born at 23 weeks and weighing a pound is just 30 per cent.

Dr Smalling said: “It may be that we need to reconsider our standard for viability in light of Amillia’s case.”

He said: “Over the years, the technology that we have available to save these premature babies has improved dramatically. Today, we can save babies that would have never survived 10 years ago.”

Amillia is going home today and we wish her parents GOOD LUCK!! Enjoy your baby without all of the bells going off, and nurses watching over you.

Amillia's incredible story will reignite the debate over Britain's abortion laws, which campaigners say must be updated in the light of recent medical advances.

Babies can still be aborted for non-medical reasons at up to 24 weeks. Recent evidence shows that, of those born at 25 weeks, half of them manage to live.

Can you believe that there is a doctor out there that would abort a baby at 24 weeks??? I am in SHOCK!! What a sour way to end a great story.


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Update: Tom Brady Reacts To Pregnancy News

Over the weekend it was reported that Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan were expecting a baby.

Unfortunately, the couple are not still together and Tom is now seeing Gisele Bundchen. This is where is gets messy.

Bridget reportedly didn’t inform the New England Patriots quarterback until the last minute that she was planning on announcing that she is more than three months pregnant through Liz Smith’s New York Post gossip column.

A friend of Brady's tells Us that the Superbowl champ was blindsided by Moynahan’s press blitz. “He’s disappointed this is how she’s decided to play it,” says the pal. “She announced it to make him look like a jerk.”

While the friend says the couple didn’t know Moynahan, 36, was pregnant when they broke up in November, Brady “has known about it for a while.”

The baby announcement apparently put a damper on Brady’s romantic Paris getaway with new girlfriend Gisele Bundchen. The couple was vacationing at The Ritz when news of the pregnancy broke.

On the night of February 17, Brady, 29, began “taking constant calls on his cell” while at the hotel, says a Ritz source.

But the 26-year-old supermodel -- who'd been acting as tour guide for her man during sojourns to Versailles and Cafe de la Paix -- didn’t seem fazed that their sightseeing was interrupted.

Says the source: “Whenever he started to look stern, Gisele would give him a kiss and say, ‘Stay cool.’”

Meanwhile, a Moynahan friend denies that the I, Robot actress was trying to make her ex look bad in the press saying, “The timing of the announcement wasn’t anything more than she’s starting to show.”

You have to admit...the timing was perfect. Announce something big on the exact weekend your ex-boyfriend is on his first vacation with his new gal. Just for the record, no one shows at 3 months unless you are having twins or this is your third baby.


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Monday, February 19, 2007
Please Do Not Try This At Home!!

Being pregnant can be a difficult time for some women. INO has a photo of Mel B AKA "Scary Spice". She definitely looks like this pregnancy has been a challenge.

I am, however, willing to cut her slack because I know how "hot" I look on Tuesday mornings at the grocery store.

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Doctor Perform C-Section On A Turtle

Ladies, just when you thought the world was getting crazier and crazier, doctors at a Chinese hospital have performed a caesarean section on a turtle. Yes, I said turtle!

Doctors at a hospital in China carried out a caesarian section on a turtle /Lu Feng

Keepers at Chengdu City Zoo sent the turtle, called Dabao, to hospital for an x-ray to find out why she was so lethargic, reports China Central Television.

"We were amazed to see that there were 14 eggs in her body," said Wu, the administrative director of the zoo.

"We suspect she was having a difficult labour because too many eggs were congesting the outlet."

The zoo sent the turtle to Chengdu 416 Hospital for a caesarean delivery, and doctors more used to human patients managed to improvise.

The turtle hid inside its shell so the anaesthetist had to wait patiently and then act quickly when she popped her head out.

Hospital director Dr Liu Wei said: "We decided to open the shell covering its stomach with a skull opener since the shell is about as hard as a human skull."

It took more than two hours for the doctors to open the shell, remove the 14 eggs and then reseal the shell with epoxy resin.

Zoo keepers say Dabao is now on the way to a full recovery and her eggs have been buried in sand to await hatching.

I guess the nice thing is that we know there are still people out there that are willing to do what they can for all of gods creatures. If the turtle needs a C-section, someone will find a way to make it happen.

∗This story is for my mom, who paid the local vet to perform a c-section on a stray cat from our backyard. She knew there were kittens inside her belly still and was worried that the mom was too old to deliver them naturally. It turned out she was right and the vet got them out just in time. $400 later, we had 2 fluffy kittens and a stray mommy who also got fixed while she was under the knife.∗



Young Women Earn A little Extra Money And Sell Their Eggs

I can honestly say that no matter how much I needed the money, I would not allow anyone to have my eggs.

Your eggs are the link to recreating yourself, they are your future children. Why would you allow someone to create one of your own children?

Human egg donation was a rarity not so long ago. But heightened demand for eggs — and rising compensation for donors — are prompting more young women to consider it.

Jennifer Dziura, a 28-year-old New Yorker, is one of them.

She received $8,000 to donate her eggs in the fall of 2005 and hopes she’ll be chosen again before the private egg broker she’s registered with considers her too old. She realizes prospective parents who view her profile might think it a minus that her father is adopted, allowing for little medical history from his side. She also figures some are looking for a blonde, instead of a brunette.

As more older moms look for help getting pregnant, younger women have become increasingly willing to part with their eggs. Some do it to help relatives and friends, or from a sense of altruism, but others openly acknowledge money is a big factor in their decision, prompting critics to worry that they’re helping drive an unregulated market for human tissue.

In 1996, women in federally monitored programs donated eggs just over 3,800 times. That number has risen steadily, to more than 10,000 in 2004, the most recent year for which the Centers for Disease Control has compiled data.

A decade ago, Dr. Joel Brasch, a fertility specialist in the Chicago area, had to work hard to recruit five or 10 young women for his own practice’s donor pool — but not anymore.

The money is seen as compensation for time and trouble. Among other things, donors learn to inject themselves with hormones and, eventually, have a needle inserted through their vaginal wall so eggs can be harvested.

“Everyone does it for the money,” says Dziura, the egg donor in New York. “No one would do that for free — maybe for your sister, but not for a stranger".


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Sunday, February 18, 2007
Anna Nicole Smith And Dannielynn

With all of the craziness that surrounds her last few years of life and her parenting skills, this photo allows you to remember Anna Nicole as a mom who enjoyed her baby.

"She was a little lost soul," friend Denise James says of Smith (in the tub with Dannielynn in December). "Sometimes, talking to Anna was like talking to a child."

Dannielynn is beautiful. I hope she ends up with someone who will take good care of her and give her the extra love we all know she is going to need.


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A Great E-Mail

I received this e-mail from a friend. It is so cute...Enjoy!!

There is not a woman alive today who won't crack up over this! I was due for an appointment with the gynecologist later in the week.

Early one morning, I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am.

I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45 a.m. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to spare.

As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the full effort.

So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pajamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in that area to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to my appointment.

I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some other place a million miles away.

I was a little surprised when the doctor said, "My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?"

I didn't respond.

After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal ... Some shopping, cleaning, cooking.

After school when my 6 year old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, "Mommy, where's my washcloth?"

I told her to get another one from the cupboard.

She replied, "No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it."

Never going back to that doctor ever!