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Saddest. Birth. Story. Ever!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

We’re all still teary eyed at the mere mention of Marlise Munoz—a pregnant woman in Texas who was kept on life support for weeks against her family’s will until a court finally overturned a state law protecting her fetus, and allowed her family to lay her and her unborn child to rest. Now comes another tragic mommy-to-be story.

Robyn Benson—a 32-year-old Canadian woman, who was still a newlywed, married only seven months—was 22 weeks pregnant when she collapsed with a cerebral hemorrhage in December and was pronounced brain dead. But unlike Marlise’s husband who knew the fetus was not healthy, Robyn’s hubby Dylan—who first met Robyn when she was 16—wanted to keep Robyn alive in hopes of giving their unborn child a chance of surviving.

The doctors in Victoria, British Columbia, agreed and after six weeks of further gestation, Iver Cohen Benson was born on Saturday, February 8, at 28 weeks, weighing 2 pounds and 13 ounces with a patch of red hair, like his mom. The following day Robyn was taken off of life support, and later died.

Dylan announced on his Facebook page, “It is with a heavy heart but also with extreme proudness that I am posting this update. On Saturday evening, my beautiful and amazing son, Iver Cohen Benson, was born. Iver is healthy and is the cutest and most precious person I have ever met. As to be expected, it will still be a bumpy ride for he and I as he continues to grow under the care of the wonderful staff at the hospital.

On Sunday, we had to unfortunately say goodbye to the strongest and most wonderful woman I have ever met. I miss Robyn more than words can explain. I could not be more impressed with her strength, and I am so lucky to have known her. She will live on forever within Iver, and in my heart.”

Dylan later told the Vancouver Sun, “It’s the best and definitely the worst thing to ever happen to me in my life at the same time.” He is one strong man to have gone through that. All my best to Dylan and baby Iver, who will get to know his mother through the eyes of someone who truly loved her, his dad. What a hard journey they have ahead of them, but at least they have each other.

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HOW Long Does It Take to Have a Baby?!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

As it is, childbirth is a super-scary unknown for first-time moms. Of course you want the cuddly prize at the end. But the step-by-step pain and suffering that gets you said cutie? Not so much. Not to completely freak you out, but the bad news—according to a new study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco—is that a healthy birth can actually take much longer than doctors originally thought.

Usually, OBs intervene and try to speed up labor if it doesn’t seem to be progressing in a timely manner. Often, that’s based on the length of the second stage of labor. As reported in the New York Times, anything over three hours for first-time moms, who’ve been given epidurals, is considered “abnormally long,” as is more than two hours for first timers without an epidural (Yes, getting an epidural seems to prolong birth, but doctors warn not to jump to conclusions, because longer labor could be caused by other factors that influence whether a woman chooses an epidural rather than the epidural itself).

The thing is those times used to judge what’s normal versus dangerous are based on outdated data from decades ago when fetal monitoring was pretty non-existent, medical interventions were the norm, and on average pregnant women were younger and weighed less. According to this new study that compared data from over 42,000 women who delivered children between 1976 to 2008, a normal second stage can actually be more like 5. 6 hours for first-time moms using epidurals and 3.3 hours for those without epidurals; 4.25 hours for women receiving epidurals, who’ve previously had children, and 1.35 hours for repeat moms who didn’t use an epidural. Ugh!

Before I scare you to death, there is a silver lining! If longer second labor is normal, fewer drugs, forceps, vacuums, and C-sections may be needed than previously thought. Now doctors are quick to jump the gun and want to intervene. Not without cause, though. Longer labor does mean increased risk of tearing and postpartum hemorrhage (neither of which sounds very comfortable!). But C-Sections—which are now used for about one in every three births in the US, an increase of nearly 50 percent over C-sections used in the mid-1990s—can also come with big risks for mom and baby.  So even though the thought of labor taking even longer is hard to swallow, the need for fewer C-sections is something to celebrate!

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Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital
Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital
Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital

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Nine-Year-Old Girl Helps Mom Deliver Baby Sister

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Can you imagine going into labor, and it being painfully obvious that you were going to have the baby before you got to the hospital? Scary, right? Even scarier if the only other person at home with you was your 9-year-old daughter.

Well, it actually wasn’t frightening for Monique Meza from Chicago. When Monique felt her baby crowning, her 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa, bravely jumped into action.

“She said she felt the baby coming out, and I told her to push the baby out and I’d catch the baby,” Alyssa told her local ABC news in Chicago of helping her mother through labor. “She got scared, and I caught the baby, grabbed the towel and wrapped her.”

The umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck twice—something that would freak out even most adults. But not Alyssa—she knew exactly what to do. The elementary-schooler had seen a medical TV show, where the baby was born with the umbilical cord around its neck, so she didn’t hesitate. “I had to unwrap it,” said Alyssa, “and I ran next door to grab my neighbor because the baby was a little purple,” she continued. The neighbor promptly called 911, and both mom and baby sister Aaliyah are fine, largely thanks to Alyssa, who now wants to be a paramedic when she grows up.

Alyssa showed such strength and bravery that her mom wasn’t just grateful for what her daughter had done, but she was also “very, very proud of her,” said Monique. “I expected it from her, but not as much maturity that she has shown me, at her age. I know she has a bright future ahead of her.” I couldn’t agree more!

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Huh? How Can Twins be Born a Year Apart?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Does that sound like some kind of head-scratching riddle? The answer: On New Year’s! So far, two sets of twins have been reported with one being born in 2013, and the other in 2014! Pretty cool, right?

According to ABC News, on December 31, 2013, at 11:58 pm, Yaleni Santos Tohalino gave birth to baby girl Lorraine Yaleni Begazo, who weighed 6 pounds, 4.9 ounces, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, D.C. Soon after, her twin brother Brandon Ferdinardo Begazo was born on January 1, 2014, at 12:01 am, weighing 5 pounds, 10.4 ounces.

In Toronto, two fraternal twin sisters were born at Trillium Health Partners-Credit Valley Hospital. Older sister Gabriela Salgueiro was born on Dec. 31, 2013, at 11:52 pm, weighing 6 pounds, 16 ounces. On Jan. 1, 2014, at 12:00:38 am, younger twin Sophia Salgueiro was born, weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces.

Aside from the novelty of being New Year’s babies born in different years, the twins will each have their own birth dates—something most twins don’t get.  That’s great for them and their path to having their own identities. Moms, not so much. Planning two birthday parties a day apart? Good luck with that!

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Rachel Zoe Gives Birth to Son Kaius Jagger!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

It’s official: Skyler Berman has a baby brother! Stylist to the stars and designer extraordinaire Rachel Zoe and hubby Rodger are now the proud parents of two adorable boys. Rachel announced the birth of Kaius Jagger Berman, aka Kai, on her Twitter feed, saying: “So excited to welcome our baby boy into the world…he’s 7 lbs 12 oz., beautiful, healthy and we couldn’t be happier!”

I don’t know about you, but I love the names they’ve picked out for both of their sons. They’re different enough to be special, but not so out there that they’re just cra-cra. And for those paying attention, it’s no surprise the major music fans went with Jagger (as in the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger) as Kai’s middle name. Skyler’s middle name is Morrison after Doors’ singer Jim Morrison!

So far, the fashionista has been successful juggling styling, designing, running her fashion empire and being a devoted wife and mom—while pregnant. Now she baby Kai is here, she has one more thing (well, person) to throw into the mix. Rachel confessed during her pregnancy she wasn’t sure how little Skyler would take to sharing his number one girl with another baby, but now Rachel’s telling fans there is no mama drama to worry about. “Rodger, Skyler and I are madly in love and will be happily hibernating for the next couple of weeks.”

Mazel tov to Rachel and her boys!

Image of Rachel, Rodger and Kai courtesy of  The Zoe Report.

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