January 30, 2009

46 Medical Staff, One Woman, 7 Babies

Or was it really 7?

Dr. Harold Henry and his colleagues had followed their patient for 10 weeks, and knew just what to expect. The woman was carrying seven babies. Multiple ultrasounds confirmed it every time: 7 heads, 7 spines and 28 limbs, all packed into a space typically only several centimeters in diameter.

“Each time, we thought we were validating that there were in fact seven babies,” said Dr. Henry, the chief of maternal and fetal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in southern California.

But when the time for delivery came on Monday morning, there was one wrinkle. After the seventh baby was plucked from the womb, an assistant announced that he felt another foot.

“Quit joking,” Dr. Henry shot back.

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May 31, 2007

Unborn Babies feel mothers’ anxiety at only 4 months

…. Stress levels in foetuses only four months old — about the time the pregnancy starts to show — rise and fall in line with those of their mothers’.

The findings prompted calls for employers, family and friends to be aware of the risks and offer more help to moth-ers-to-be.

“For the first time, there’s solid evidence to show that an unborn child may be exposed to maternal stress as early as 17 weeks in development,” said Claire Friars, a midwife for Tommy’s, the baby charity.

Full story: Babies in womb feel mothers’ anxiety at only four months

April 6, 2007

A little parenting magic

“I like classical music. Not as much as I like Rod Stewart classics, mind you, but well enough.

But I never bought into the notion, prevalent throughout my four children’s babyhood, that there was a small window of time to really shape a baby’s brain. And that flooding that brain with Mozart or other classical music during those years was one key way to make a baby smarter. That understanding was based on “research” in the 1990s that just always seemed … a little too easy to me.”

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Mead writes that “there’s a problem … with the new conventional wisdom about building brighter babies: it’s based on misinterpretations and misapplications of brain research.”

Full story: A little parenting magic

February 8, 2007

How to Keep Passion Alive During Pregnancy

SAN DIEGO, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — February 08, 2007 — Popular family-fitness therapist Sara Holliday, MFT, CPT, introduces “Pregnancy Talk with Sara” — an engaging and information-packed weekly program for pregnant women. Each week, beginning February 10th, 2007, Sara and a “guest expert” will conduct a live conference call designed to help expecting mothers learn about and discuss the issues that are most important to their pregnancy. These include relationships, fitness and nutrition, makeup, skincare and fashion, how to prepare for labor and more. Participants will have an opportunity to listen and ask questions of Sara and her experts in the comfortable and familiar venue of a telephone conversation. The program is free and requires a simple registration via Sara’s company website, Fit By Sara, Inc., at FitBySara.com.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Pregnancy Talk with Sara” will kick off with “Be My Baby, Valentine,” scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The program will highlight tried-and-true ways to keep passion alive during pregnancy, no matter what the mood. For many moms-to-be, pregnancy often coincides with feeling unattractive, uncomfortable and decidedly not sexy. This may create a conflict with the desire to be loved and comforted, leading to depression. Sara will discuss tips and techniques to help women overcome these feelings.

Sara says, “I wanted a way to bring pregnant women together from all over the country in a dynamic and relaxed environment while providing real-life answers to the most pressing questions about one of the most important events in their life — their pregnancy. The ‘Pregnancy Talk with Sara’ program is an opportunity for women to learn about and discuss pregnancy-related concerns and ask questions they may be afraid or reluctant to ask — all in an intimate and supportive environment.”

A licensed marriage-family therapist specializing in pre- and postnatal issues and a mother of two young boys, Sara looks forward to bringing her pregnancy-related expertise to pregnant women across the country. “Pregnancy Talk with Sara” programs are held each Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PST beginning February 10, 2007 and ending March 3, 2007 and will have a conversational-style format ranging between 30 to 60 minutes, including a question-and-answer segment. There will also be a weekly contest for prizes and a grand prize giveaway of an InStep stroller (SRP $99.95) from InStep for one lucky participant.

All information and registration materials for the “Pregnancy Talk with Sara” program can be found at www.fitbysara.com.

February 7, 2007

Surprise Child: Finding Joy in Unplanned Pregnancy

When you hear the words crisis pregnancy, you probably picture an unmarried teenager, too young to deal with the trauma of sin’s unexpected consequences. But according to a study compiled by the National Institutes of Health, up to 60 percent of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, affecting three million women and their families every year. And these are not just teenagers.

Picture the mother with a still-young infant and postpartum depression; or the family with three young children and a father who has just deployed to Iraq; or the parents nearing retirement and planning for their teenagers’ college funds. For these families, the expected bundle of joy can feel more like a bundle of troubles.

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