Photographer Gives Birth to Twins, One Dark-Skinned and the Other Albino, and They Are a Sight For Sore Eyes

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When Judith Nwokocha, a Nigerian-Canadian photographer first saw her albino twins, she thought the nurses had handed her the wrong baby. [1] The 38-year-old photographer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada had been trying to conceive for eight years with her husband who is also African. They were finally blessed with the most adorable set of…

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Women Feel Phantom Baby Movements Years After Being Pregnant

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Women’s health conditions are generally studied less than men’s, and postnatal health gets more attention than postpartum health, which makes this survey the first of its kind. Is it possible for formerly pregnant women to feel fetus-like kicks? According to this new study, absolutely! Women can feel these phantom kicks up to 28 years after…

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Graphic Pictures Show The Reality Of Endometriosis

Pierre Van ZylPregnancy, Women’s Health

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When thirty-four-year-old Andrea Baines was asked to design a special effects shoot as a part of her course at a makeup academy, she decided to use it as an opportunity to explain to others the pain that she and millions of other women go through on a monthly basis.  Baines, who suffers from endometriosis, used…

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A Baby was Born ‘Pregnant” and an Emergency C-Section was Performed to Remove Her Own Sibling

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For some women, finding out that they are pregnant can come as a huge surprise. For Monica Vega of Barranquilla, Columbia, the shock came much later when she found out that she wasn’t the only one who was pregnant – her baby was, too. Vega’s baby girl, Itzmara, was born at seven months by cesarean…

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Some women are using marijuana to cope with pregnancy symptoms like nausea even though the FDA warns against it

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Marijuana, also known as pot or weed, is derived from the dried portion of the Cannabis sativa plant. Many studies have been discovering its medical uses, but the drug is still illegal for recreational use in many states. Recently, it was found that pregnant women use weed to alleviate nausea and other pregnancy symptoms, which…

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Doctor Suspended After Baby is Born Without Face

Pierre Van ZylPregnancy

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Marlene and David were overjoyed when they found out they were expecting. For the next nine months, they attended the necessary doctor and ultrasound appointments and were reassured that the baby would be healthy. It seemed like smooth sailing for the new parents. When the big day came, the sad truth was revealed: the baby…

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Pregnant Woman Who Endured Chemo for Breast Cancer Gives Birth to Healthy Baby

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For 36-year-old Jade Devis of Rancho Cucamonga, California, her story of becoming a mother and her story of battling breast cancer are inextricable. Devis found out she was expecting in December of 2018, but shortly afterward, she began to experience intense breast pain. By February, she noticed a hard, painful lump above her breast. She…

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Things to Know If You’re Pregnant After 40

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Getting pregnant at 40 must be an exhilarating experience for all the moms out there. You are in a better place financially, mentally and emotionally to take on the responsibility of a baby. In your 20s and 30s, you are under the constant stress of working on your career while raising your children. But in…

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95 Percent of Baby Foods Tested in the United States Revealed Toxic Metals

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According to a report published by Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), 95 percent of baby foods tested in the United States contain toxic heavy metals [1]. HBBF is a group composed of non-profit organizations, scientists, and donors, and their goal is to reduce babies’ exposure to toxic chemicals in their first 1,000 days of development…

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Baby Born with ‘Brain Outside of Skull’ Believed to be the First Survivor of Exencephaly Diagnosis

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A family in New Jersey was told that their son would not survive past birth. He was born with neural tube defect that caused the boy’s skull to stop developing in the womb.  However, he’s beating the odds and will be celebrating 7-months on earth this month. A miracle to say the least.   Lucas was…

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My Doctor Gave Me a Husband Stitch and I’ll Never Forgive Him

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Pregnancy, Women’s Health

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It would be absurd if your optometrist decided to give you botox during an eye exam without asking your permission. It would be preposterous if your dermatologist pierced your ears during a routine checkup without asking you. Heck, it’s upsetting enough when your hairdresser trims more than the two and a half inches you’ve asked…

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Just 10 Months After Giving Birth, This Athlete Breaks One of Usain Bolt’s Records

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A champion is defined as a person who has defeated all rivals in a competition. Allyson Felix fits this description threefold.  First, she won gold in her 12th World Championship relay race, beating out Usain Bolt for having the most gold medals. Two, she came out on top in a wage battle against Nike. Three,…

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What Expecting Parents Should Know About the “Gentle” C-Section

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When this photo shared by a doula went viral last year, we embarked on this new trend of a “gentle” C-section. This wholesome and raw photo depicted how heartwarming it truly is for parents to welcome their newborn in a clear drape or window cesarean section.  This option is now being offered in many hospitals,…

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Just One Day Before Baby Aiden Past from Microcephaly, Photographer Captures These Beautiful Moments

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Photographer Jennifer Ryals received a phone call requesting a lifestyle newborn photoshoot for a 8-week-old baby who had just been released from the hospital. Ryals hesitated.  “I don’t know where to start this honestly,” she said in an essay on Love What Matters. “I don’t photograph newborns. Not my thing.”  However, she did love lifestyle…

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New Study Shows C-Sections Linked to Autism and ADHD: What does it mean?

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A new Swedish study has sparked some debate. The study claimed that babies born through a caesarean section are more likely to be autistic and develop ADHD. The research published in the journal JAMA Network Open analyzed over 20 million children, and its results showed that there was a 33% and 17%  higher chance of…

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Woman Who Thought She was Having Kidney Stone Pain Unexpectedly Gives Birth to Triplets

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They say no one is truly prepared for the life-changing experience of childbirth, but no person was as unprepared as this mother. Imagine rushing to the hospital for a kidney stone operation, but as you arrive, you are giving birth — to triplets. This is what happened to Dannette Giltz from South Dakota on August…

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Baby Dies with High Alcohol Level in Blood. Should Drinking be Off Limits while Breastfeeding?

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It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: finding her baby girl motionless in her crib with blood trickling from her nose. This was the fate of two-month-old Sapphire on January 2, 2017, in Ahipara, New Zealand. The coroner suspects the cause of death was alcohol poisoning via breastmilk ingestion. The toxicology report showed alcohol levels of 308…

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Mothers Who Give Birth to Premature Babies—What Life Is Like in the NICU

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Azizah Rowen gave birth to her son more than two months before his due date. At 30 weeks pregnant, she woke in the night to find that she was bleeding profusely. At the hospital, she was placed on full bed rest and told that she would have to deliver her son prematurely. Rowen, who says…

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“My baby was pooping pools of blood!”

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When Nicole Siew, mother of 9-month-old Nathan, noticed her baby boy tossing and turning and crying, she picked him up to calm him down. What usually helps — swaying him back and forth — wasn’t seeming to work this time around. So, she prepared some milk in hopes that it was just hunger pangs keeping…

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The Dangerous Pregnancy Condition More Women Should Know About

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Pregnancy, Women’s Health

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While there are many women who have experienced the epitome of a positive pregnancy, there are also many women who face complications, and just can’t wait for the fourth trimester. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience, it allows you to build a deeper connection with yourself, and with the life that is brewing. During this time,…

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6 Benefits of Seeing an Acupuncturist While Pregnant

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Although pregnancy is a natural process, and not an illness that needs ongoing treatment, it often comes with a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that can be challenging to address. From backaches and heartburn to muscle cramps and extreme fatigue, many women find themselves facing a whole of discomforts during their pregnancy.  But, how do you…

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Mom Claims Epidural was Stuck in Back for Days After Giving Birth

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Most women expect pregnancy and childbirth to be difficult, while post-birth is where you can start to enjoy the baby that you brought into this world. This was not the case for Selena Gray, because post-birth was when her nightmare began. Gray, 18, from Milton, Florida, delivered a healthy baby girl on June 26, 2019….

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Rainbow Babies: Children Who Heal Their Families of the Most Inconceivable Pain

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In 2005, when my little brother died two days after his birth, we watched our lives crumble right before our eyes. My mother had still been in the hospital, recovering from her C-section. The pain we felt was physical, our hearts were literally broken into pieces, and we never thought we’d recover from it. After…

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It’s a … Boy?! Photo Captures Mom’s Surprised Look After Delivery  

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Nancy Ray was certain she was pregnant with a girl. However, after a laborious birth, the parents were shocked by a newborn baby boy. The photo of that moment—full of heart and joy—went viral, but most people don’t know the full story behind it, which includes a heavy snowstorm and two strains of flu as…

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Mother Didn’t Realize She Was Pregnant Until The Moment She Gave birth

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She wasn’t pregnant at 4 am (or so she thought) but became a mother several hours later. Klara Dollan spent nine months not knowing she was pregnant until she went into labor and gave birth in her apartment bathroom. Circumstances like hers are known as cryptic pregnancies, a rare but not unheard-of phenomenon. What are…

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61-year-old Grandmother Gave Birth to Her Own Grandchild so Her Son and His Husband Could be Dads

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“All the forces on this planet will never beat that of a mother’s love.” – Elle Smith She didn’t actually believe it was possible that at the age of 60, she could go full-term as a gestational surrogate for her son and his partner. 61-year-old Cecile Eledge from Nebraska, Omaha, desperately wanted to be a…

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55-Year-Old Grandmother Gives Birth to Her Own Grandchild after Being a Surrogate for Her Daughter

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“All the forces on this planet will never beat that of a mother’s love.” – Elle Smith At the age of 16, 31-year-old Tracey Smith was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH).  This is a congenital disorder characterized by the absence of or incomplete formation of the vagina and uterus. One major side effect is the inability…

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A 2019 Baby Boom is Taking Place in a Maine Hospital

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There’s a baby boom happening at the Maine Medical Center in Portland. This hospital is welcoming an abundance of new babies – from its nurses! Nine nurses in the same labor unit have announced their pregnancies, one after another. This team shared their baby boom on Social Media on March 25th, 2019. These nurses are…

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Staying At Home with Kids Is Harder Than Going to Work

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We love our kids. No doubt about that. They are bundles of joy given to us by the universe to set our lives on a path of unbridled love, affection, and happiness. At least, that’s what many of us think. However, this doesn’t change the fact that they drive us nuts sometimes. Staying at home…

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Truths About C-Section Moms

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As more and more birth stories sweep their way across blogs and social media, let’s take a moment to appreciate the unsung heroes. Here’s to the moms who didn’t get to choose their story, and for those that carefully chose what was right for them. All birth is beautiful and neither method of bringing a…

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You’re Allowed to Have a Baby After 35

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Women who conceive after the age of 35 are often known and referred to as an “advanced maternal age”. If you haven’t heard this medical term before, you’ve likely heard that “waiting too long to have a baby is risky.” However, in this day and age, it may actually be more realistic for women to…

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If You Get Your Tubes Tied You Can Still Get Pregnant

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Katherine made plans to spend a special spring break with her two-daughters at Disney World while leaving her husband and 5-month old at home. Little did Katherine know, she was in for the ride of her lifetime. On the second day of her trip with her daughters, the family had lunch in a cafe on…

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U.S Hospitals Need ‘Baby Cuddlers’ to Help Newborns Suffering from Opioid Withdrawal

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An opioid epidemic is affecting millions of newborn babies, nationwide. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal every fifteen minutes [1]. These babies experience pain and suffering before they can experience anything else. Newborns brought into this world by mothers who suffer from addiction are ending…

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Stop Shaming Parents for Not Having a Second Kid

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Many of us don’t know it’s considered bad manners to ask a couple about their family planning business. It’s can offend the couple in question, even if you are close to them. It gets more astonishing when a mere acquaintance pops up and asks, “When are you having your second child? This little one needs…

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“THIS PART OF YOUR BABY REMAINS IN YOUR BODY FOR UP TO 38 YEARS,� EXPERTS CLAIM

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There’s a reason why kids are always more attached to their mums than to their dads. It’s because their cells never really entirely leave their mums’ bodies; some stay back and work several medical wonders, an obstetric phenomenon known as fetomaternal microchimerism. The word microchimerism was derived from the idea that a mother is sort…

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Breastmilk Protects Infants from Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and More

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new study from the University of Helsinki showed that babies breastfed for at least six months have less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their gut compared with infants breastfed for a shorter period of time. Moreover, the study showed that antibiotics used by mothers increased the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in infants. Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are everywhere — including…

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Hospital Continues Tradition of Sending Babies Home in Christmas Stockings

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Christmas traditions are near and dear to many hearts around the world. Families will wait eagerly for November or December to start putting up Christmas decorations and playing Christmas music. Some family Christmas traditions include cutting down and decorating trees, hanging advent wreaths or Christmas stockings, setting out cookies and milk for Santa Claus, setting…

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6 Reasons December Babies Are Special, According to Science

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We have no control over our birth month. But of the twelve months, if you were born in December, science is on your side. Whether you’re supposed to give birth to a December baby or you are a December baby, we’ve got some good news. December babies are extra special! Many parents have anxiety over…

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6 Reasons December Babies Are Special, According to Science

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We have no control over our birth month. But of the twelve months, if you were born in December, science is on your side. Whether you’re supposed to give birth to a December baby or you are a December baby, we’ve got some good news. December babies are extra special! Many parents have anxiety over…

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Kyrstyn Johnson: An Open Letter to Parents About Infant and Pregnancy Loss

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In life, sometimes the hardest and heartbreaking stories are the ones we need to tell. They’re the ones that are raw, make us vulnerable, and lead us down the paths we fear most. But they are the stories and experiences that can be followed by immense growth. This is one of those stories… Kyrstyn Johnson…

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