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Water Bearer

by on Feb.11, 2014, under Family, Health, Kids, Parenting

Some women think that the water birth is the most comfortable way to deliver a baby. water-birth03 It's becoming more common to involve the entire family in the process. It strengthens the family bond and teaches about some of the mysteries of childbirth. water-birth05 The birthing tub is big enough for the whole family. It's like a day at the spa. water-birth02 It's an event that nobody will forget, especially the kids. This warm moment will be with them their entire lives. water-birth01 For this family, everything's coming up roses!
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Life In A Bubble

by on Jun.13, 2013, under Animals, Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting

We assume that the process of being born would be a little disorienting. You emerge from a peaceful, dark, quiet, wet environment into a bright noisy world where you're the wettest thing around. posterior-baby1 It's as messy as it sounds. The baby doesn't pop out neat and clean. natural1 Then there are the leftover parts, like the Ikea crib you assembled. natural_placenta It's no wonder birth can be so difficult. You're trying to get the kid and all that resulting effluent through a relatively small passage. natural_emerge Normally the fetus develops in the amniotic sac, which is made of two membranes and filled with a clear fluid. The fluid helps to cushion the fetus from injury, keeps it at a constant temperature, and is something they can breathe and swallow. The amniotic sac starts to form and fill just a few days after conception. amnio_40 Typically the amniotic sac breaks on its own during birth, which is commonly referred to as a mother's "water breaking". amniob1 But in extremely rare cases, the amniotic sac remains intact as in this example delivered by obstetrician Dr. Aris Tsigris via caesarean section in Amarousion, north of Athens. The baby, unaware that anything had changed, behaved as if it were still in the womb. The baby could continue to feed off the placenta and would not start to breathe until the sac broke. baby_water Maybe he was just avoiding the real world as long as possible. puppy_amsac Every kid should have a puppy to grow up with. This one looks like a perfect match!
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The Other Half

by on Mar.10, 2013, under Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting

Mark and Charlene Machin from Stoke-on-Trent, England were ecstatic when they discovered that Charlene was pregnant with twins. When her water broke at 32 weeks, she went in for an emergency caesarian to deliver the twins: One was in a breech position. The boys were delivered. They weighed 3 lbs 9 oz. and were immediately carried off by doctors for assessments. oliver-harry4 Mrs Machin recalled how, when her sons were born seven years ago, she kept apologising to Mark after hearing the news. "I'd only just recovered from giving birth by caesarian to the twins. Doctors had whisked Harry straight off after his birth and I hadn't been able to see him. The doctor lifted his hand to his own face, and made a sweeping gesture across the left side." "It's as though his face has been erased completely," he told me. "He has no eye on that side, no ear or nostril." I started crying and kept saying I was sorry to Mark. I felt like it was my fault." oliver-harry5 She continued, "I saw him the following morning and I was so shocked. Half of his face was missing, it just wasn’t there. it was like it had been rubbed out. As I cuddled him for the first time, waves of terror swept over me. How could I possibly love this little boy when he looked like this? People assume that maternal instinct kicks in as soon as you hold your child for the first time. But mine didn’t. I didn’t feel anything, just emptiness. I fixed a smile on my face, but behind the smile, I was in pieces. I just couldn’t love my son when he looked like this. Instead I just felt grief - grief for a life that I felt had been taken from me, a normal life that should have been Harry's." oliver-harry2 The baby was transferred to Hope Hospital in Salford, Manchester, where x-rays ruled out any kidney, spine or heart problems. Now, seven years later, Mrs Machin has overcome the dread and sadness she felt when she first heard the news about Harry. Her sons are energetic, adorable and the best of friends: Oliver is fiercely protective of his twin brother. oliver-harry7 Charlene has overcome her initial horror at her son, and accepts him for the loveable, brave boy that he is. "I just went through the motions with him, feeding and changing him. But still I couldn’t feel anything for him. And I couldn’t bring myself to take them out in the double buggy. The occasional time that I did dare to venture out, the double buggy attracted attention. People came over to ask about the twins, and when they saw Harry, some even ran away screaming. It took me a long time to start loving my little boy. It was two years before I finally loved him properly, like I’d always imagined that I would love my children. I gradually came to accept what he looked like. The turning point came for me when he was 18 months old and I took the twins out to Mothercare shopping.As soon as I walked in the store, children came running up to look at the twins, and I felt like the Pied Piper as I walked through the store with them behind me, staring and pointing. I’d had enough. It was time to help Harry face the world. I swung the buggy round. "This is Harry," I said. The children asked what was wrong with him. So I told them. And afterwards I felt stronger. Instead of trying to hide my son away, I’d faced it head on, and I felt better." oliver-harry3   The boys are close friends, and Oliver is fiercely protective of Harry, Mrs Machin said, "It is difficult for Oliver to deal with and my heart goes out to him. Recently we were a child’s attraction in Birmingham and I heard Oliver say to a group of children "He’s my brother. It doesn’t matter what he looks like"." oliver-harry6   Harry has had three operations on his face, to reposition his eye socket and in July last year he had a ten-hour operation at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool to remove the front of his face and skull and to reposition his brain. This year he is due to have his eyelid stretched and a prosthetic eye fitted. oliver-harry1    
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Close To The Breast

by on Nov.08, 2012, under Consumer, Culture, Education, Family, Games, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting, Recreation, Toys

We've seen all kinds of dolls. There are dolls for adults, dolls you can shave, talking dolls, even dolls that walk. We have lifelike dolls, dolls with hair that grows, dolls whose eyes open and close, even pregnant dolls. There are Little Willy, the doll with a realistic "willy" that actually sprays water, and anatomically correct dolls. Creepy dolls are often the stuff of nightmares. There are a lot of those. Dolls that can be fed by bottle have been around for decades. But what about girls who want the full baby-feeding experience? The Breast Milk Baby is the first breastfeeding doll. It makes suckling sounds triggered by sensors sewn into the accompanying halter top at the nipples of the wearer. When the doll's mouth makes contact, it sets off the suckling sound. The doll also burps and cries. At a price of $ 89, Savannah, Tony, Cameron, Jessica, Lilyang, and Jeremiah are expensive and retailers have been reluctant to stock the dolls due to their controversial nature. The doll is made by Berjuan Toys, a family-owned, 40-year-old doll maker in Spain
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Inside Edition

by on Sep.30, 2012, under Animals, Education, Health, Nature, Technology

Groucho Marx said, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." It's also too dark for photos. Before ultrasound, the only way to take a picture of the developing fetus would be to get a camera and flash inside the uterus. There weren't many photographers with the right qualifications. The Ultrasound has been the standard since its introduction in the 1960's. Improvements have made ultrasound more accessible, and has improved the image quality. But it still doesn't show a lot of detail.

Are there eight puppies or ten? How many are male? Are there any physical anomalies? Since there are still things that a monkey with a camera can't photograph, we have Four Dimensional Imaging.

Four dimensional imaging can be done with spectrometers, x-rays, and ultrasound among other things. The details are beyond what we can cover in this short article. But the results are stunning. This cute little creature is obviously a dog.

Although at this stage it looks an awful lot like this rat.

Closer to its gestation period of around nine weeks, this puppy looks like he's ready to play.

The gestation period for an Asian Elephant is around 22 months, but after 12 months she already looks complete.

After the same 12 months, this dolphin is just about ready for his first swim.

Scientists captured the images for a National Geographic Documentary called "Animals in the Womb". The four dimensional ultrasound doesn't just work on mammals. No eggs were scrambled for these images.

This baby penguin will wait about 63 days before he hatches.

And then he can find his rightful place in the ecosystem as the great cycle of nature continues.

Alternate ending

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Pencil Eraser

by on Nov.10, 2010, under Crime, Health, Kids

Michael James Lisk, 30, of Kunkletown, PA was arrested and charged with the rape of a 13-year-old neighbor. The girl became pregnant and performed an abortion on herself with a pencil.

She was treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest for complications resulting from the abortion.

She became violently ill for three days and went into contractions before delivering the baby at home. Lisk put the body in a plastic shopping bag and buried it in the woods near his home. Lisk is charged with the rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse. http://www.kdvr.com/news/ktla-home-abortion-rape,0,5862660.story

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The Circle Game

by on May.27, 2010, under Education, Games, Health, Kids

Five young teenagers got pregnant after playing games with their school mates from a lower secondary school in the town of Ostroda, northern Poland. Students, aged 14-15, played a game called “the sun” or “a star”. “Girls lay on the floor in a circle with their heads together and eyes closed and boys copulate with them, taking turns. The winner was the boy who managed to finish the intercourse last,” one of the students revealed. The game resulted in several pregnancies. “This year five girls got pregnant, two of them have already given birth,” said Anna Czarnocka, the school’s headmaster. The prosecutors who are investigating the case complain that parents and teachers of the teenagers from Ostroda are not willing to cooperate. Nobody talks about sex at school and there is no psychologist who would explain to the students that such games can lead to pregnancy.
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