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Kevin Federline Fathers Sixth Child

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Kevin Federline, a former backup dancer who was married to Britney Spears, is a father again, welcoming a baby girl with his wife, Victoria Prince.  More from PEOPLE.com:

The former backup dancer, 36, and his wife, Victoria Prince, are also parents toJordan Kay, 2½.

The proud papa announced the arrival of his baby girl by posting a photo of an “It’s a Girl!” wagon filled with flowers.

“Words cannot express the joy my children bring me. We are very excited to welcome the newest member of our family,” he writes. “I love you with all my heart [Victoria]. #thefedz #sixthman I mean #sixthwoman.”

Federline is also dad to sons Jayden Jaymes, 7½, and Sean Preston, 8½, with ex-wife Britney Spears, and Kaleb, 9½, and daughter Kori, 13, with ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson.

Image: Kevin Federline, via Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

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Baseball Player Defends Paternity Leave Decision

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Daniel Murphy, the second baseman for the New York Mets, took a lot of heat last week from sports radio talk show hosts and sports blogs because Murphy missed the first two games of the baseball season so he could be there for the birth of his first child.  Murphy spoke out late last week, calmly defending his decision.  More from ESPN.com:

“I got a couple of text messages about it, so I’m not going to sit here and lie and say I didn’t hear about it,” Murphy said about the on-air criticism from WFAN Radio of his decision. “But that’s the awesome part about being blessed, about being a parent, is you get that choice. My wife and I discussed it, and we felt the best thing for our family was for me to try to stay for an extra day — that being Wednesday — due to the fact that she can’t travel for two weeks.

“It’s going to be tough for her to get up to New York for a month. I can only speak from my experience — a father seeing his wife — she was completely finished. I mean, she was done. She had surgery and she was wiped. Having me there helped a lot, and vice versa, to take some of the load off. … It felt, for us, like the right decision to make.”

After receiving word about 11:30 p.m. Sunday that his wife’s water had broken, Murphy traveled from New York to Florida and arrived in time for the birth of 8-pound, 2-ounce son Noah at 12:02 p.m. Monday — about an hour before the first pitch of the Mets’ opener against the Washington Nationals.

The Mets had Tuesday off before resuming the series Wednesday. Murphy remained with his family through Wednesday, as he was placed on paternity leave, and rejoined the Mets in time for Thursday’s afternoon game against the Nats.

“You’re a major league baseball player. You can hire a nurse,” Mike Francesa reportedly said of Murphy on WFAN Radio during Wednesday’s show. “What are you gonna do, sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for two days?”

Murphy said his wife delivered their son by C-section. On another WFAN show, host Boomer Esiason said, in part, that Murphy’s wife should have had a “C-section before the season starts.”

Esiason issued a lengthy apology Friday at the start of his radio show.

“I just want to say again on this radio show that in no way, shape or form was I advocating anything for anybody to do. I was not telling women what to do with their bodies. I would never do that,” he said. “That’s their decision, that’s their life and they know their bodies better than I do. And the other thing, too, that I really felt bad about is that Daniel Murphy and Tori Murphy were dragged into a conversation, and their whole life was exposed. And it shouldn’t have been.”

Parents.com’s executive editor Michael Kress wrote about the issue last week on The Parents Perspective, as he begins his own paternity leave.  He said, “Stepping back, even for a few weeks, from a job that is busy and that means a lot to me, is scary, and it remains something that is never easy.” But at the same time, “the more men who take paternity leave, the better it will be for all new fathers, because over time, it will become normal and expected, not something to criticize or even remark on. Especially seeing athletes do it, those most manly of professionals, will hopefully encourage others to do the same.”

Image: Daniel Murphy, via lev radin / Shutterstock.com

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Country Star Expecting Third Child

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Joe Don Rooney, a guitarist with the country music band Rascal Flatts, and his wife are expecting their third child, PEOPLE.com reports:

Rascal Flatts‘s guitarist Joe Don Rooney, 38, and wife Tiffany Fallon are expecting their third child in late summer, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

They are already parents toJagger Donovan, 5½, and Raquel Blue, 3½.

“We are so thrilled and feel so blessed to bring another little angel into our world,” the couple tell PEOPLE. “Jagger and Rocky are very excited too. They’re going to make a great ‘big brother-big sister duo’ as the Rooney circus continues.”

Image: Joe Don Rooney, via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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Kate Winslet Pumped Breast Milk During L.A. Earthquake

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The actress Kate Winslet told Ellen DeGeneres that she spent Tuesday’s L.A. earthquake pumping breast milk for her baby, Bear Blaze.  More from USA Today:

“I’m sitting in the hotel here in L.A. and I’m pumping because I have a 14-week-old baby. I’m here for 48 hours. I couldn’t bring him. It’s too far. It’s a 12-hour plane ride,” she says.

“And so I’m pumping, staring at my beautiful picture of my beautiful baby boy and my husband’s on the other line and the room starts to shake. So, I said, ‘I’ve got to go.’ ”

She ran to the door frame “with my friend who was with me and she’s like, ‘It’s an earthquake. Don’t worry (sound of pump) it’s passing see, it’s passing. It’s gonna pass (sound of pump). See, it’s past, see it’s almost gone.”

Winslet wound up pumping through the entire thing. “You know us girls we just do it, don’t we?” Winslet told the studio audience.

Image: Kate Winslet, via Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

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Kristin Cavallari Comes Out as Anti-Vaccine

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Kristin Cavallari, a former reality TV star who is expecting her second son, has gone public with her decision to refrain from vaccinating her children, saying she’s “read too many books” about autism and citing “some scary statistics.”  Time.com reports:

Former reality star Kristin Cavallari admitted to not vaccinating her son, and not planning to do so, in a Fox Business interview on Thursday. On Friday, she defended her position on “Fox & Friends,” adding that it was not something she planned to come out publicly on, but it just came up in the interview.

“Listen, to each their own,” Cavallari, pregnant with her second son, said. “I understand both sides of it. I’ve ready too many books about autism and there’s some scary statistics out there. It’s our personal choice, and, you know, if you’re really concerned about your kid get them vaccinated.”

The idea that vaccines cause autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has long been debunked by science, though it persists in part because of celebrities like Cavallari and, more famously, Jenny McCarthy, who perpetuate the link in interviews and public appearances.  Meanwhile, diseases that are preventable through vaccination, like measles and whooping cough, are cropping up again in communities across the country.

A recent study found that efforts to educate the public about the benefits of vaccines are not very effective, especially when parents have already formed negative opinions about the safety of vaccination.

Image: Kristin Cavallari, via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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