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Um, Three Moms Give Birth In These Awkward Spots!

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Baby just after birthWhen my friend Sarah’s water broke last year, she and her wife were in the back of a cab, stuck in rush hour traffic. After a long, harrowing trip uptown, they made it to the hospital just minutes before their baby arrived. Their adventure gave me goosebumps, so I silently crowned it the Most Dramatic Birth Story Ever—until today.

That’s because three new moms have recently given birth in some of the most impossible, inconvenient spots: at 30,000 feet, in a convenience store parking lot, and on the shoulder of a major interstate.

But let’s back up. On a recent flight from Miami to Qatar, a woman went into labor somewhere over Canada. An emergency landing was in order, so the plane and all of its 337 passengers were rerouted to a runway in Newfoundland. The baby, however, wasn’t prepared to wait that long. So with the help of two on-board doctors (lucky!), and most likely squeezing into a too-tight space, the mom delivered her newborn about 30 minutes before the wheels touched down. Paramedics took them to a nearby hospital, where both are said to be doing well.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday a pregnant woman in Pennsylvania was making a mad dash to her own hospital but, in the throes of labor, ended up having to pull over to the side of the road. Two state troopers—one of whom also happened to be a trained EMT—spotted her and began to escort her the rest of the way. Yet again, Mother Nature had other plans: This baby was coming—stat! So the trio pulled into a convenience store parking lot, where the trained EMT helped deliver the infant as his partner ran into the shop to get towels and supplies. The delivery went off without a hitch, all things considered, and the happy and healthy mom and baby were taken to the hospital afterward.

And yet another baby was born roadside, this time on an interstate in Maryland. Details are scant, but officials in Montgomery County confirmed that a woman had delivered her son on busy Interstate 270 around 4 a.m., and emergency personnel transported them to a local hospital. Both are reportedly doing well.

Congratulations to these brave mamas—and their quick-thinking helpers!

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

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Confessions of a Short-Lived Babywearer

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

baby-wearingFrom pole-dancing moms on YouTube to hardcore fans in Central Iowa to pram-ditching parents in the UK flocking to so-called “sling libraries,” the message is clear: Babywearing is back. Big time.

And for a while, I was one of the baby-toting faithful. In fact, I was perhaps one of its most enthusiastic supporters. After all, the perks were just too great to ignore: Studies have found that kiddos in carriers and slings cry less. Snuggling thisclose gives you two a perfect chance to bond, plus it frees up both of your hands. It’s a godsend for babies with reflux. And it could even help prevent flat head syndrome.

What’s not to love?

Turns out, plenty.

The first time I slipped my son into the carrier, I was expecting to feel a swell of confidence, of closeness. Instead, I was seized with fear. That all the straps and buckles my husband carefully secured would loosen and down would tumble our brand-new baby. That he was slowly overheating while I absentmindedly roamed the aisles of Whole Foods. That he was suffocating in there.

So I did what any neurotic normal mom would do: I constantly cradled his bum with my hands while we walked, lest he started to fall. I took to walking on shaded side of the street to keep his body temperature in check. I stopped every block or so to make sure he could still breathe.

When I was wasn’t grappling with a host of unlikely what-ifs, I was tussling with a bunch of complicated straps and inserts that reminded me of the frustrating summer I tried to crack the Rubik’s Cube. The looping and tying and buckling seemed simple enough on the instructional videos I watched, but it was as elusive to me as lining up a perfect square of same-colored stickers. Even the snap-and-click model I bought as a backup was too tricky for my sleep-addled brain.

But what finally ended my brief, well-intentioned babywearing stint wasn’t anxiety or logistics—it was my back (and my shoulders and my neck). I was blessed with a healthy-sized boy who only packed on the pounds from birth. By the time I built up the energy to try a carrier, he was a solid 12 pounds, which after an hour of walking around felt more like 120 pounds. At night, I’d ice down my sore muscles and make empty promises to myself to start exercising again. Just as soon as the kid started walking. Of course, I wouldn’t have to wait that long. After three long months, I threw in the babywearing towel, gave myself a pat on the (aching) back, and reached for the stroller. And I’ve never looked back.

Now it’s your turn: Is there something about motherhood that hasn’t gone as you expected?

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting
Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting
Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting

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Hear This Baby Say “Hello” — at 7 Weeks Old!

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

cillian-mccannIrish mom Toni McCann recently turned on her camera phone to record what she thought would be a sweet, one-sided convo with her 7-week-old baby, Cillian. And at first, everything seemed run of the mill. They cooed at each other, he stuck out his tongue, she said “hello” over and over to him. Then something wonderful happened: After a few warm-up gurgles, Cillian responded with his very first high-pitched “hello.” The stunned McCann posted the video on her Facebook page, and it promptly went viral, CBS reports

But not everyone was feeling the love. For every comment about her “little genius in the making,” there’s a skeptic raising an eyebrow (probably the same Debby Downer who likes to point out that an infant’s early smiles are just gas). And I can see their point: Talking is a major milestone that takes months to perfect. According to the experts, babies start out by making vowel sounds then moves onto coos and goos around 2-3 months. Babbling kicks in around month 4, and gives way to more speech-like sounds around months 6 or 7. Then comes a long string of gibberish followed by their first word, which usually happens around their first birthday. Although “hello” is a popular first word, the chances of a 7-week-old saying it are slim.

Still, if you watch the video, you can hear it clear as a bell: “hello.” He said it. No doubt about it. Does this mean Cillian is a prodigy who’ll be reciting the Gettysburg Address by the time he’s six months old? Probably not. McCann says the boy hasn’t spoken the word since, though talking to him regularly will certainly help with his speech development. But that shouldn’t detract from the awe and excitement a parent feels when witnessing their baby doing something extraordinary, even if it is a flash in the pan moment. Check out the video for yourself and tell us what you think:

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on TwitterPinterest, and Google+

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You Won’t Believe This Awesome Maternity Leave Policy

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Working mother with babyFinally, some good news for working mamas! Last week, telecom giant Vodafone Group made headlines (and won over working families everywhere) when it announced a new-and-improved maternity leave policy. According to an article in the Washington Post, by the end of this year, all 30 of its companies around the world will give new moms a minimum of 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. (No word on whether dads will be afforded beefed-up paternity leave.) Then, for the first six months back at the office, women can work 30 hours a week while still drawing their full-time pay.

Pretty revolutionary, right? Of course, Vodafone isn’t doing this out of the kindness of its heart. Coming up with a maternity leave policy that actually works with women will help its bottom line. Not only is it attractive to potential employees, it can also helps the company hang on to current hires. After all, some 65 percent of the new moms who left their Vodafone jobs post-baby did so within their first year back, the Washington Post reports.

Still, this is a gigantic step in the right direction. Working 40-plus hours a week is tough, and raising a child is tough. Doing both can feel like a Herculean task sometimes. Thanks to our country’s pitiful paid leave policy, there are stories every week about moms who do whatever it takes to juggle the demands of a new baby without skipping a beat at work. (Heck, even Michelle Obama had to bring her infant daughter to a job interview.) So until our policy makers reach a consensus to #LeadOnLeave, we have to rely on the flexibility and generosity of our employers. I can only hope more of them take their cue from Vodafone and make the transition back to work a little easier for new parents.

Now it’s your turn: Was your employer flexible when it came to your maternity leave? How was your transition back to work?

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

After Baby: How I Found Flexibility At Work
After Baby: How I Found Flexibility At Work
After Baby: How I Found Flexibility At Work

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Whoa, This Mom Gave Birth — in Two Minutes!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Mary Gorgens and baby BrodyTalk about a quickie birth!

Mary Gorgens, 35, of Sydney, Australia, was pregnant and at home during the early hours of January 30. She awoke to use the bathroom when she suddenly felt her baby’s head starting to come out. She quickly woke up her husband, Simon, who found his wife giving birth on the bedroom floor — and in just two minutes, their son, Brody, arrived! (h/t Cosmopolitan)

“I had no inkling, no feeling, no pain. He was two days early, I really wasn’t expecting it that day,” Mary told Daily Mail Australia.

A week ago, the mom of five shared an Instagram photo of herself with Brody, along with the caption:

Made with @nocrop_rc #rcnocrop
Brody Harrison Gorgens ♥
30/01/15. 3.08 am. 3.9 kg. 52 cm.
Mummy & Brody. Precious moment for this mumma! Just welcomed my 5th beautiful baby into the world! Delivered by daddy on our bedroom floor, in a 2 minute labour! Epic!

Mary is actually known for her fast labor and delivery, which has gotten shorter and shorter with each child. “My friends joke that I could sneeze and a baby would pop out,” the mom said.

Only her first child, Max, was born in a hospital. Mary labored for a total of two hours before arriving at the hospital to give birth within 12 minutes. Both her second and third kids were born in the car on the highway while the couple was still en route to the hospital. Her second child, Ava, was born in 90 minutes while Sienna was born even quicker — within 50 minutes. As for her fourth child, Mary also had an unplanned home birth. Like new baby Brody, Mila was born at home on the bedroom floor, in 10 minutes! Also, both Sienna and Mila were born still encased in their amniotic sacs, a rare occurrence.

The short labors have meant that Mary’s given birth without epidurals or any pain relief, while Simon has become the expert in delivering babies. But the mom and dad are thankful for welcoming five babies without complications. “I’m lucky because even though we weren’t in hospital, at the end of the day they went smoothly and they were all healthy. It’s amazing what your body can do,” Mary said.

We couldn’t agree more!

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Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

Labor & Delivery: Homebirth
Labor & Delivery: Homebirth
Labor & Delivery: Homebirth

Photo of Mary Gorgens with baby Brody courtesy of Mary’s Instagram account

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