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Woman Delivers Baby on New York City Street

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

New Yorker Polly McCourt was taken by surprise as her labor progressed so quickly she didn’t have time to make it to the hospital to deliver her baby Monday.  She wound up delivering the babe–a girl and her and her husband’s third child–at the crosswalk between East 68th Street and 3rd Avenue, with the help of a number of kind passersby.  More from

The doorman had walked Polly McCourt to the corner to grab a taxi, but the baby wouldn’t wait. Polly got down on the ground in the crosswalk as several passersby stopped to help until police and medics arrived and took care of her.

“She was like, ‘oh, my God, the baby’s coming’,” one witness said. “And then I could see the baby’s head coming out.”

Several women offered their scarves to wrap up the newborn. One woman, believed to be named Isabel, gave Polly her coat to keep her warm.

A Fox 5 News crew just happened to be driving by as this unfolded on East 68th Street and 3rd Avenue on Monday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m.

“A miracle on 3rd Avenue,” a woman who helped in the delivery said.

Polly was seen smiling as she was loaded into the back of an ambulance.

A day later, Polly and her baby girl were doing well at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Image: Busy city crosswalk, via Shutterstock

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Mom Delivers Quadruplets…But Thought She Was Having Triplets

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

A Mississippi woman and her husband were prepared for identical triplet girls–a rarity especially given that the couple conceived naturally–but as she delivered her babies by Cesarean section, a surprised doctor discovered “more feet.”  Triplets were actually quadruplets! reports:

Born early by C-section at 28 weeks and a day at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the babies were whisked off for care. That’s when [Kimberly] Fugate overheard the unlikely discovery of another baby, one who had evaded detection on ultrasound imaging during Fugate’s pregnancy.

“They had delivered three and I heard the doctor say, ‘I have more feet,’ and I just hollered ‘No,’” said Fugate, 42. “If it was more feet, I knew it was another baby.”

In that moment of shock, she went from being the mother to 10-year-old Katelyn, to the new mother of rare identical quadruplets, all from a pregnancy that the Fugates had not planned.

“I wasn’t trying to have another child, but a child is God’s blessing so that was his will,” she said. “I feel like God has truly blessed me.”

The girls, Kenleigh Rosa, Kristen Sue, Kayleigh Pearl and Kelsey Roxanne, each weighed between 2 and 2 ½ pounds when they were born by cesarean section on Feb. 8. They are likely to remain in the neonatal intensive care unit until about Fugate’s due date of May 2.

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Baby Names: How To Name Twins and Multiples
Baby Names: How To Name Twins and Multiples

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Popular Rainbow Loom Bracelets Banned from 2 NYC Schools

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Two public schools in New York City have banned the wildly popular “Rainbow Loom” bracelets that, school officials say, are occupying students’ minds and attention well beyond the kids’ free time. More from

The latest schoolyard craze causing a ruckus is the Rainbow Loom, which involves a crochet hook and multicolored rubber bands, and results in colorful bracelets that are the passion of elementary school girls and boys everywhere. Two New York City schools, however, feel the passion may be poisoning recess and classroom time.

In one Upper West side school, P.S. 87, anything related to Rainbow Looms is considered contraband, while in Brooklyn’s P.S. 107, students are still allowed to wear the bracelets, but they are no longer allowed to bring the “looms” and “related paraphernalia” to school.

Some parents are scratching their heads over the decision to ban what they see as a highly creative outlet for kids. In a world where arts education budgets can be strapped, prohibiting an artistic recess activity can seem counterintuitive.

The Rainbow Loom also defies stereotypical gender norms, as boys and girls are similarly obsessed with making, trading and giving the bracelets to their friends. In a story for Time magazine, Annie Murphy Paul expressed surprise when her 7-year old son, who normally plays football and baseball, asked for a kit and embraced “the distinctly feminine activity of making jewelry.” Murphy argues that the Rainbow Loom is more than a toy — it’s hope for gender equality.

“I think it’s a complete overreaction on the part of the administration,” says one P.S. 87 mom who asked to remain anonymous. Rainbow bracelets are an inexpensive and creative source of pride for the students who also use the trend to build community as they collaborate on pretty intricate designs, she says.

At the same time, other parents applaud the schools for taking action. They believe that the rainbow looms were disruptive to the classroom environment and created a divide between those who have the looms and those who do not.

Image: Rainbow loom bracelets, via Shutterstock

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Congresswoman to Have Record Number of Kids While in Office

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington state Republican member of Congress, is pregnant with her third child, which will make her the lawmaker who has given birth to the most children while in office.  She is already the record-holder for having had her first two children while in office.  More from

It’s all pretty surprising for the Washington state Republican, who wasn’t even married when she first got elected to Congress in 2004.

“I went through a time when I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’ll be single for the rest of my life,’ because I wasn’t getting a lot of dates,” she told

The highest ranking GOP woman in Congress, McMorris Rodgers currently chairs the U.S. House Republican Conference, the body responsible for electing that chamber’s leadership. When she announced her pregnancy, she promised that neither her political duties nor her re-election campaign would be affected.

“I think it’s becoming more and more accepted,” she said. “As more women serve in Congress, you’ll see it will become more common for women to have babies while they’re serving. It’ll become easier in that people probably just won’t think as much about it.”

Image: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, via

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Breastfeeding Mom’s Free Dinner Goes Viral

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

A waitress at a Des Moines, Iowa restaurant who paid for a breastfeeding mother’s pizza dinner and gave her a note thanking her for breastfeeding her baby has gone viral across mom blogs and social media sites, with more than 2,000 Facebook shares alone.  Reactions range from cheers of support to disagreement that public breastfeeding should be rewarded or celebrated.  More from Yahoo! Shine:

Jackie Johnson-Smith, 33, a stay-at-home mother from Ankeny, Iowa was celebrating her 33rd birthday on Sunday at Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines with her husband and their three kids, ages 4, 3, and 12 months, when her youngest started fussing. “I usually don’t go downtown for dinner because lots of places aren’t family-friendly but I had heard good things about Fong’s,” Johnson-Smith told Yahoo! Shine. “It was chaotic—I had one kid licking the honey container on the table, another standing on his chair, and my baby was fussing.”

So Johnson-Smith threw on a nursing cover and began discreetly breastfeeding her 12-month-old. “I usually don’t like to breastfeed in public because people can be judgmental,” she says. “The waitress kept walking by, and I was worried she didn’t want me nursing in the restaurant.” Eventually, worried that her baby would continue crying, Johnson-Smith left the restaurant and finished nursing in the car.

Shortly after, Johnson-Smith’s husband walked out with a huge smile on his face. “He handed me the dinner receipt and at first I was confused—why is he showing me how much my birthday dinner cost?” said Johnson-Smith. To her surprise, there was a handwritten note on the paper:  ‘I bought one of your pizzas. Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!’

“I was in total shock and started tearing up,” said Johnson-Smith. “After dealing with people’s reactions for so long, it was like the universe was giving me a pat on the back. I was too stunned to go back inside and thank the waitress.”

…[Waitress Bodi] Kinney, a mother herself, is familiar with the burden of breastfeeding in public. “Although I nurse my baby no matter where I am—at the supermarket, in clothing stores—people often react negatively. Recently, I had to leave my daughter’s school play to nurse my 8-month-old for fear of offending someone. I wanted to let this woman know in some shape or form, that she was doing the right thing.”

Image: Receipt from waitress Bodi Kinney, via Yahoo! Shine

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