Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Giuliana and Bill Rancic, the couple who first went through infertility and miscarriage, and then endured Giuliana’s treatment for breast cancer, finally has good news to share–they are expecting a child late this summer. According to news reports, the couple is using a gestational surrogate to carry their child. The baby is genetically Giuliana and Bill’s. The LA Times reports:
“It’s incredible,” Giuliana said on the “Today” show. “We’ve been trying for so long, we’ve been through so much, and, especially we just had such a hard year last year with the breast cancer and everything and to finally get that call from the doctor of, you’re pregnant — or, you’re having a baby!
“I’m not quite pregnant, but you know what I mean, we’re pregnant!,” the bubbly red carpet host said. “It was just, it was another world, on another level.”
The Rancics have documented their journey as a married couple on the Style Network reality series “Giuliana and Bill.”
Image: Giuliana and Bill Rancic, via Featureflash / Shutterstock.com
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Thursday, December 8th, 2011
After announcing early last month that they were expecting their 20th child, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar learned this week that their pregnancy has ended in a second-trimester miscarriage, PEOPLE.com is reporting. The couple, who live in Arkansas and chronicle their family’s life on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, had visited the doctor for a routine scan that would have told them whether they were expecting a boy of a girl. Instead, the doctor was unable to find a heartbeat, and the pregnancy was pronounced a miscarriage.
The Duggars, who are evangelical Christians, plan to learn the baby’s gender, name him or her, and have a funeral service.
“I feel like my heart broke telling my children,” says Michelle. “They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult. The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him.”
The stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting previously weathered a medical ordeal with their youngest daughter, Josie, who was born in December 2009.
This was their second miscarriage; Michelle lost her baby during her second pregnancy. She was taking oral birth control at the time and cites this as one reason the couple together decided to leave the number of children they have “up to God.”
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Monday, November 28th, 2011
Lily Allen, the British pop singer, gave birth to a baby girl whose name has not yet been disclosed, US Weekly is reporting. This is the first child for the singer and her husband, the British business owner Sam Cooper. According to the magazine:
The new addition will undoubtedly bring great joy to Allen, who suffered a miscarriage in 2008 when she was four months pregnant with musician Ed Simon’s baby. The 26-year-old singer suffered a second miscarriage in November 2010 when she was six months pregnant.
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Friday, November 4th, 2011
Dr. Jennifer Arnold and husband Bill Klein, whose TLC show “The Little Couple” chronicles their lives and, recently, their journey to become parents, are mourning a miscarriage suffered by their surrogate.
The couple had chosen to pursue surrogate parenting because of the physical risks involved with Arnold carrying a pregnancy herself, given her skeletal dysplasia, the bone-growth disorder that causes her dwarfism.
The season finale of the show, which aired Tuesday, showed the couple working with their surrogate to undergo the final stage of in-vitro fertilization, in which embryos are transferred into the uterus in hopes of achieving a pregnancy. Initially, the news was good, with the surrogate reporting a positive pregnancy test to the overjoyed Arnold and Klein. But the episode ended with a brief, heartbroken statement from the couple reporting that their surrogate had miscarried the pregnancy.
PEOPLE.com reports that the couple is continuing their journey, pursuing both surrogate pregnancy and adoption as possible options:
Klein had to contact his wife, a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, while she was at work in order to tell her the heartbreaking news.
“I didn’t want her to be the last person to find out,” he says. “Ugly or happy, it needs to be told. It was a very tough day, and Jen took it harder than she originally expected.”
“I cried my eyes out,” Arnold tells PEOPLE. “I deal with families who lose their babies and I will cry with them, but I thought I would be stronger. Nothing can completely prepare for all that when it is about you.”
When the couple were able to get together at the end of the day, they mourned, crying and comforting one another and later talking to family and friends. The next day they decided they would continue trying to start a family, with both surrogacy and adoption as possible paths.
“Bill was a rock, and he held me through everything,” Arnold says. “By the next morning, I realized that I needed to try again. We were so close and so pregnant with the ultrasound looking good, and so it was horrible for it to end. But I couldn’t have said I was done. A lot of family asked, ‘Do you want to go through this again?’ And my answer is, yes. I would be miserable if I didn’t try again.”
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Friday, October 21st, 2011
The outbreak of the infection caused by the bacteria listeria is not yet over, health officials announced this week, but its spread is slowing significantly.
The outbreak, which was traced to tainted cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farm in Granada, Colorado, began in August, and peaked in September, an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN.com. As of Wednesday, the illness had been linked to 25 deaths, with infections reported in 26 states.
The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to Jensen Farms Wednesday, citing unsanitary conditions and “widespread contamination” at the farm that contributed to the outbreak. From CNN:
The agency cited several likely causes of the spread of the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria at Jensen Farms.
The likely causes included packing equipment that “was not easily cleaned and sanitized” and the use of washing and drying equipment for cantaloupe packing as well as other raw agricultural commodities.
In addition, the agency said in a statement, the facility lacked a “pre-cooling step” to remove field heat from the cantaloupes before cold storage, possibly leading to condensation in the cooling process that promoted growth of the listeria bacteria.
Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to listeria infection, and at least one miscarriage has been linked to the current outbreak. Consumers are urged to throw out any cantaloupe–even if it has been well refrigerated–that could possibly have been grown at Jensen Farm.
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