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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Kickstarter campaigns used to be reserved for funding business startups or helping families in medical crisis. But these days, more and more couples are using internet sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe to help cover the big price tag of growing a family, whether through expensive infertility treatments or pricey adoptions. (GoFundMe estimates that over $1 million has already been donated through its site toward IVF treatments, and in the past six months, they’ve already seen more donations than all of 2013.)
A recent New York Post article highlighted a few couples who are using the internet fundraising sites to build their families, including some who offered perks like autographed CDs and theater tickets to people who donated at certain levels. (Others just went with a plea to the heartstrings of friends, family and strangers willing to pony up toward surrogates or fertility treatments.)
But the practice isn’t without its detractors. Some people say that if you can’t afford to pay for the infertility treatments or adoption fees on your own (or through a line of credit), you have no business adding to your family. In adoption circles, where families sometimes use heartbreaking pictures of the child they wish to adopt and a “save this child” wording, it feels even more exploitative.
What do you think? Would you fundraise for your fertility treatments or adoption fees? And would you be willing to donate toward a friend’s (or a stranger’s) attempt at building a family?
Are you hoping to add another little one to your family? Find out if you’re maximizing your fertility! And like Everything Pregnancy on Facebook to keep up with the latest pregnancy trends.
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
That’s the scary implication behind one hospital’s attempt to keep a mom-to-be from trying a vaginal birth after previous C-sections (VBAC). Mom-to-be Jennifer Goodall received a letter from the hospital where she planned to give birth, Bayfront Health Port Charlotte in Florida, stating that “because she decided to have a trial of labor before agreeing to cesarean surgery, her prenatal care providers intended to report her to the Department of Children and Family Services, seek a court order to perform surgery, and to perform cesarean surgery on her ‘with or without [her] consent’ if she came to the hospital,” according to a press release from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
Goodall tried to fight it in court, but was unsuccessful—the judge said that she had no “right to compel a physician or medical facility to perform a medical procedure in the manner she wishes against their best medical judgment.” (And that’s despite the fact that Goodall herself said she wasn’t adverse to having another C-section—but just wanted the chance to try laboring.) In the end, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy last weekend, at a different hospital where they were willing to allow her to labor—and had a C-section.
But this wasn’t the first time that a woman reported being bullied into a C-section. We reported about a woman who was suing a New York-area hospital for forcing her to have a C-section against her will.
VBACS aren’t right for everyone. But at a time when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is expressing concern over the startling numbers of C-sections (one in three babies is born via C-section now), why are so many hospitals still pushing for surgery? And why are they using scare tactics like reporting parents to Child Services for questioning the hospital protocol?
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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Looks like fact and fiction are gelling quite nicely for Grey’s Anatomy’s star Sarah Drew. Her character, April Kepner, just announced her pregnancy with hunky husband (and fellow doctor) Jackson Avery in the season finale last spring, and now Sarah just shared the same big news in real life—she’s due in December.
This will be the second baby for Sarah and her husband, Peter Lanfer, who already have a two-year-old son, Micah Emmanuel. (more…)
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Monday, July 28th, 2014
Can you teach your baby poetry before it’s even born? Researchers think that your baby may actually be hanging on your every word, and that he or she can understand what you’re saying in utero, even as early as the second trimester. (Better mind those four-letter words!)
The study, published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, involved having the mom recite a particular nursery rhyme to their child a few times a day for six weeks. After the 34th week, the moms stopped reciting the poem, and instead, they played a recording of an unfamiliar woman reciting either the same poem or a different rhyme. Those who heard the familiar poem had their fetal heart rate slow, while those who heard the unfamiliar rhyme had their heart rate speed up.
The researchers believed the slowed heart rate indicated that the child had learned in utero.”This research highlights just how sophisticated the third trimester fetus really is and suggests that a mother’s voice is involved in the development of early learning and memory capabilities,” Charlene Krueger, nursing researcher and associate professor in the University of Florida’s College of Nursing, said in a university news release. “This could potentially affect how we approach the care and stimulation of the preterm infant.”
Bottom line: Talk to your baby in utero! Whether you recite Shakespeare or simply share words of love, your baby’s listening. Want to keep up with how your baby’s developing? Sign up for our Daily Kick newsletter.
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Friday, July 25th, 2014
Stars—they’re just like us! And that means that when there’s a baby on the way, they celebrate in a big way. Recently, Chelsea Clinton, Savannah Guthrie, Snooki, and Jwoww shared the details of their baby showers—how do they compare to your celebration?
They picked elaborate themes. Snooki’s shower featured a grand “Great Gatsby” theme, and she (and several other guests) sported fascinators and flapper-esque ensembles to fit with the party.
They invited the guys. Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea’s husband Mark Mezvinsky both made appearances at Chelsea Clinton’s celebration.
They hired entertainment. Jwoww’s shower featured a drag queen emcee to keep the crowd entertained.
The gift opening happened elsewhere.Chelsea Clinton’s shower featured lots of celebrating, but the mom-to-be took home her bounty and opened the onesies and strollers in the privacy of her home.
They turned a “sprinkle” into a full-on fete. In the past, moms-to-be usually saved lavish showers for their first-born, with very small (or no) celebrations for future children. But perhaps Snooki’s part of a trend to celebrate every baby’s arrival. (And really, doesn’t every baby deserve a party?)
They planned a menu perfect for the mom-to-be. Chelsea Clinton’s gluten-free menu meant she could enjoy any of the goodies offered at the celebration.
They asked their guests to provide gifts for those who really need them. At Savannah Guthrie’s totally cute shower guests were asked to bring one book for her baby, and one to be donated for those who may have a harder time stocking their bookshelves. Because let’s face facts: Savannah can probably swing a pretty nice stroller.
Tell us: What made your baby shower special? If your party’s still in the planning stages, check out our Baby Shower Planner for inspiration.
Image: JWoww & Snooki at JWoww’s shower, by David Ragsdale/Courtesy of JWoww
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