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Monday, March 7th, 2011
On “CSI: Miami,” she totes a gun as Detective Calleigh Duquesne, but in real life actress Emily Procter is now toting something softer–a new baby girl, Philippa Frances.
According to a new story on Parade.com, the new mother just gave birth at 42-years-old, after struggling for a long time with infertility. Speaking openly, Procter shares she had IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF (in vitro fertilization) two times. She and her husband, music producer Paul Bryan, also considered adoption.
As a child, Procter herself was adopted by a couple in North Carolina, who later divorced when she was 3-years-old. Depite the divorce, Procter grew up feeling very loved and close to her family, which also included an adopted brother. In the end, Procter and her husband decided to forego the long process of adoption and also stop the treatments. Once this happened, Procter became pregnant naturally and gave birth to a baby around 7 pounds.
However, adoption isn’t fully off the table–Proctor may adopt a child over 5-years-old in a few years. In the meantime, she’s finally enjoying the sweet joys of motherhood.
Read more about Emily Procter’s motherhood:
Photo: Courtesy of Parade.com
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Friday, January 28th, 2011
Long and Short of Calcium and Vitamin D
The institute of medicine’s expert committee, which included bone specialists, concluded that most people don’t need supplements of these critical nutrients and warned of serious health risks from the high dose. What you eat and drink, from childhood on, is critical to the amount of calcium in your bones. (New York Times)
Parents: Don’t Fuel Sibling Rivalry
If proper care and attention isn’t dedicated to childhood fuels, rivalry can amount to a much more violent nature in kids. (MSNBC)
Babies know that bigger means better
A new study suggest infants have a sophisticated understanding of social interactions even before they learn to walk. The study, reported this week in the journal Science, found that babies expect a larger individual will get his or her way in a conflict. To make that prediction, the babies have to understand on some level that individuals have goals, that they can conflict with each other, and that these conflicts have winners and losers. (MSNBC)
Health Law could affect fertility Treatment coverage
Infertility coverage today is generally pretty skimpy. Only about 20 percent of employers cover assisted reproductive therapies such as in vitro fertilization. There is current debate as to whether or not health insurance coverage is necessary for infertility treatments – is it an essential benefit, or is it a life-enhancing benefit? (MSNBC)
Study: No Higher Mental Health Risk After Abortion
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Having an abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems, but having a baby does, one of the largest studies to compare the aftermath of both decisions suggests. Terminating a pregnancy can trigger mental illness and shows postpartum depression to be much more of a factor. (USA Today)
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Age, diet, weight, and lifestyle — we’re all aware of the different factors that affect fertility in women.
But blood type?
According to a new report from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, women with type O blood may have a tougher time trying to get pregnant.
The study, led by Edward Nejat of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, measured the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a substance that controls the ovaries’ production of eggs, in women under the age of 45 and found that those with type O blood were twice as likely to have FSH levels higher than 10— which means a low egg count — than women with other blood types. Nejat’s research did not conclude why this link between blood type and fertility exists. [New Scientist]
What do you think: Is this just another study, or are you concerned about Nejat’s findings? Let us know in the comments!
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Monday, October 18th, 2010
From across the pond comes new hope for couples struggling with fertility. Creators of a device called the DuoFertility system claim statistics prove it’s as successful as IVF, but way cheaper — with a one-year money-back guarantee, no less.
The device is worn under the woman’s arm, and measures body temperature 20,000 times every day, which in turn helps to identify the most fertile days and the best time to try.
What do you think? Would you give the new device a try?
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