VA Dad Who Wore Fake Belly to Gym to Empathize with Wife Welcomes Son!

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One Virginia dad-to-be took pregnancy empathy to another level when he decided to don a fake baby belly while working out with his wife at their Virginia Cross Fit gym.

When 9-months pregnant, Kristin Milchuck headed out to the gym every morning six days a week with her husband Blake Milchuck. One day, one of the couple’s coaches at at CrossFit Krypton in their hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, suggested that Blake sport a faux belly to really see what it’s like for his wife at the gym.


He strapped a 14-pound medicine ball with duct tape and began their work out, which included running, modified burpees, rowing and biking.

 “It was different,” Blake Milchuck told ABC News. “You definitely feel the frontal load, so things that I can normally do pretty easily weren’t as easy.”

The gym made a video of Blake’s workout which quickly went viral on Instagram with more than 18,000 people watching the funny video.

 Blake said the experiment helped him appreciate his wife and it helped her laugh, which “was the main purpose,” he added.

 “It’s different at times to understand where your wife is coming from with the pregnancy … so doing something like this makes it a little bit more fun for her, which makes it fun for me,” Blake Milchuck added.

The couple welcomed a baby boy they named Brayden.

“Its a Boy….Were a little tired after our first day with Brayden but have loved every second of the experience,” Blake captioned a joyful photo of the family yesterday evening. “@kmilchuck killed the pregnancy game and is already killing the mom game. #fullheadofhair #doinggreat”

By now the couple should have welcomed their newest addition which is due around this time. Sweet story!

photo: Remy Biase/Remy Photography

h/t WTOP

Zika-infected Pregnant Women 20X More likely To Birth Baby with Birth Defects

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Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus are 20 times more likely to have a baby born with certain birth defects as mothers who gave birth before the Zika epidemic began, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

Even worse, “when you look just at brain abnormalities and microcephaly, what we are seeing is more than 30 times higher than the prevalence before Zika was introduced to the Americas,” said Margaret Honein. She is chief of the birth defects branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


With microcephaly, babies are born with a smaller-than-normal head and an underdeveloped brain. Since the mosquito-borne virus first began to spread through South America in April 2015, thousands of babies have been born with Zika-linked microcephaly. The large majority have been born in Brazil, but the consequences of Zika infection during pregnancy are now being seen in the United States.

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Judge Rejects Dad’s $4M Lawsuit Against One Night Stand That Got Pregnant

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A Canadian judge rejected a Father’s $4 Million Dollar lawsuit against his child’s mom who he says lied about taking birth control when they hooked up and had unprotected sex in 2014.

The man had previously lost in lower courts before appealing his case. The question presented was: can an alleged “fraudulent misrepresentation” on the part of the mother — whether she was taking birth control as prescribed — render the father’s consent to sex invalid and therefore open up the mother to being sued for sexual battery?”


The judges answered both questions with a resounding “no.”

“It is to be hoped that the appellant will, as the child’s father, contribute to the child’s upbringing in a positive way. It is also hoped that he will see this contribution as being pleasurable and positive,” Rouleau wrote.

“If, however, he views it only in a negative light, I see no basis on which to impose liability on the mother for any net negative impact the appellant may consider that he has suffered due to his having fathered the child and contributed to his or her upbringing.”

The father said he was okay with paying the child support he was paying and he wants to have a relationship with his child and was not tryign to avoid his obligation. The reason for the lawsuit, according to the dad, is so the mother of his child could compensate him nonetheless for the emotional, professional and/or financial impact the birth of the child has had on him.

The judge ruled that if he found against his child’s mom, he would essentially be permitting the dad to “circumvent the equal obligations to the child imposed on the parents by law — obligations that are imposed without regard to fault or intention.”

The father was also ordered to pay the mother $8,000 in costs for the appeal.

The judge also rejected the complainants claim of sexual battery because there was no risk of serious physical injury to the dad when he consented to sex with his child’s mom.

 

Read more about this case in Star.com

Where to Raise Kids: Maryland Is Most Culturally Diverse; New England Least (REPORT)

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Even though the United States is growing increasingly culturally and racially diverse, some parts of the country are more multicultural than others.

When couples start to think about their future, and begin planning their family and determining where to raise their future children, some think about the diversity of the area because they want their children to be exposed to a variety of peoples.


To identify the most culturally diverse places in America, personal finance site WalletHub’s analysts compared 501 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics, including ethnoracial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity.

The results show that the state of Maryland has the most diverse cities in the entire nation. (Interestingly enough, Maryland also ranked number 5 in terms of best high performing school so there could be something to say about how that diversity actually enriches the education and learning process). Coming in second is the Bay area  with two cities; Oakland and San Jose among the top 10.

The New England area is home to the least culturally diverse cities with three Vermont and one New Hampshire cities in the bottom ten. West Virginia comes a close second with two cities ranking in the bottom. Those cities are over 90% white while Hialeah, Florida boasts a near 100% Hispanic, Spanish-speaking and foreign-born population in all categories.

Most Culturally Diverse Cities Least Culturally Diverse Cities
1 Jersey City, NJ
2 Germantown, MD
3 Gaithersburg, MD
4 Silver Spring, MD
5 Spring Valley, NV
6 New York, NY
7 Oakland, CA
8 San Jose, CA
9 Rockville, MD
10 Kent, WA

492 Miles City, MT
493 Laconia, NH
494 Bennington, VT
495 Barre, VT
496 Jamestown, ND
497 Rutland, VT
498 Hialeah, FL
499 Watertown, SD
500 Clarksburg, WV
501 Parkersburg, WV

Here are some other Key Stats to consider:
Oakland, Calif., has the highest racial and ethnic diversity, which is four times higher than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest.

Hialeah, Fla. has the highest concentration of Hispanics or Latinos, 95.64 percent.

Rutland, Vt. has the highest concentration of whites, at 95.45 percent.

Gary, Ind., has the highest concentration of blacks, at 81.41 percent.

Hialeah, Fla., has the highest concentration of Spanish speakers, 92.25 percent.

Waipahu, Hawaii, has the highest concentration of speakers of Asian and Pacific Islander languages, 49.18 percent.

Greenville, Miss., has the highest share of population born in their state of residence, 87.16 percent.

Hialeah, Fla., has the highest foreign-born population, 72.75 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-most-and-least-ethno-racial-and-linguistic-diversity/10264/

Tomorrow is National Day of Unplugging which Women Need More, Per Study


img_2931Tomorrow, March 3rd,  is the National Day of Unplugging and to no surprise a recent national survey found that women, moreo than men, may need a 24-hour break from their devices.

The survey of 1,000 people conducted on February 14, 2017 revealed that 77% of women and 68% of men spend 3 hours or more per day on their computer, phone, or tablet.

Also, half of women and 41% of men spend 5 hours or more per day looking at a screen.


The three most interesting insights the survey discovered:
#1: When I have down time, I spend it on my phone, computer, or tablet (35%)
#2: I spend more time interacting with people online than I do in person (13%)
#3: I feel like I’m addicted to my phone (13%)

Is it any surprise that most Americans spend over three hours a day on their devices?

Shockingly, 75% of those surveyed admitted to this fact, and close to half (48%) said they spend almost 5 hours or more per day.

Then there is the hopelessly addicted: the 13% who say they spend 10 hours or more on a screen! Wow!

And most of the screen time is spent in bed.

The research showed that for 58% of Americans, their bed is the most popular place to check their phone, be it when waking up (32%) or when going to sleep (26%).

Here is how the top 5 broke down:
#1: When I wake up (32%)
#2: When I’m in bed going to sleep (26%)
#3: On work breaks (20%)
#4: In the bathroom (10%)
#5: On my morning commute (4%)

And the devices they’re using while in bed is;
#1: Smartphone (76%)
#2: Computer (17%)
#3: Tablet (7%)

And here is a twist. While it would seem that women care more about “likes” than men, the survey showed that actually men care slightly more

While 5% of women say they closely monitor how many “likes” they get on social media, compared to 7% of men who say the same.

Who knew. We hope you take some time tomorrow to unplug.

Lingering Ebola Stigma Might Have Killed Time’s Person of the Year Salome Karwoh After Childbirth

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Sad news!

The  Liberian nurse featured in Time Magazine’s 2014 declaration of the Person of the Year: The Ebola Fighters” has died in childbirth.


Tragically, her death is likely a direct consequence of the ongoing stigma attached to those who once suffered from the disease.

Salome Karwah contracted Ebola “but recovered, unlike most people who contracted the disease,” Time wrote in a feature about Karwah yesterday. Her survival made her immune to the disease and a fierce warrior in the fight because she was among the few who could treat patients without hesitation and fear.

As the pandemic subsided, the stigmatization of those who once had it lives on.

After the outbreak, Karwah eventually married her fiance James Harris, change her name to Salome Harris and had her third child, a daughter who she named Destiny. She got pregnant again and delivered her fourth child, a healthy baby boy she named Solomon,  earlier this month, February 17, via C-Section.

She left the hospital three days later but within hours of coming home, Karwah lapsed into convulsions.

Her husband and her sister rushed her back to the hospital, but no one would touch her, Time reported. She foamed at the mouth with violent seizures which panicked the staff.

“They said she was an Ebola survivor,” her sister Josephine Manley told the magazine by telephone. “They didn’t want contact with her fluids. They all gave her distance. No one would give her an injection.”

Karwah died the next day. “My heart is broken,” Manley said. “Salome loves her children, her [fiance] James. The one-year-old, the newborn, they will grow up never remembering their mother’s face.”

While the cause of the convulsions is unknown to Manley, she thinks something went wrong in the surgery. Still, she insists that if her sister had been treated immediately, she might have had a chance.

Instead, “she was stigmatized.”

Her death devastated those who were aware of Karwah’s tireless efforts to save people’s lives.

 “To survive Ebola and then die in the larger yet silent epidemic of health system failure… I have no words,” said Ella Watson-Stryker, a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) health promoter who worked with Karwah in Liberia and was also among the Ebola Fighters on the 2014 cover.

Devastating. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

To Have Twins, Eat More Dairy & Other Mind-Blowing Twin Facts (INFOGRAPHIC)

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The US twin birth rate nearly doubled from 2009 to 2014.  Interesting, huh?

In honor of all these celebrities expecting twins, we thought we’d get clued in on some surprising and little known twin facts.


This infographic by WebMD gives us 8 unique insights and facts about the phenomenon that is twin pregnancy and birth.

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Giraffe Cam: Any Minute Now April the Giraffe will give Birth (WATCH)

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We care about animal births too over here,  so we are also among the millions watching and waiting for the birth of April the Giraffe’s 5th calf, via the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY’s Giraffe Cam.

The cam was briefly shut down today by people zoo officials call “animal rights extremists”  who flagged the video as “sexually explicit,” prompting both to be taken down.


But the cam is back up and running right now!

Fifteen-year old April is set to give birth to her 5th calf, as noted above. The soon-to-be born baby giraffe’s dad is Oliver. He’s just 5-years old and is going to be a first time dad.

During the birth, the front hooves will come out first followed by the snout, the Zoo writes in the show notes to the live stream. At birth, baby boy or girl will weigh around 150 lbs and will be 6 feet tall.

Mom will raise baby initially then wean him or her at around 6 to 10 months. There’s no name  yet for the baby but once born, the zoo will have a contest to name it.

It’s been the end of a long 15 months of pregnancy, the gestation period for a pregnant giraffe.

The official is inferring that “extremists” are against giraffes being held in captivity.

“We’re all on the same team,” the official replies to the activists. “We want the best for these animals and would love to have them in their natural environment someday; but until we can protect their natural habitat and curb poaching, that is not going to happen.”

He then suggests that activists should perhaps consider donating to local charities that promote conservation.

Despite the controversy, zoo officials declare that the actual birth will be aired live. According to the zoo,  before the take down, the video had between 20 to 30 million views in 12 hours. It is meant for “educational purposes,” they added.

Giraffes can be in labor anywhere from two to six hours, and up to a full day; but once the calf begins to show, it should be fully out in under an hour.

Don’t Let Celebrities Have You Thinking IVF is the Only Infertility Option

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With a bevy of celebrities giving birth to twins, naturally, a lot of people suspect that IVF or some other form of medical intervention or technology was used to achieve these twin pregnancies.

And as celebrities are quite influential, their experiences (whether admitted or not) may convince more women to think it is the best solution to procreating when and if they happen to bump into troubles or if they wait to their later years to start a family.


However, the fact is that success rates for IVF depend on a number of factors, including the reason for infertility, where you’re having the procedure done, and your age.

The CDC’s national statistics on assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures performed in the U.S., including IVF, GIFT, and ZIFT, reveal that IVF is by far the most common; it accounts for 99% of the procedures.

This is true even though success rates are relatively low.

The most recent report on success rates found that:
• Pregnancy was achieved in an average of 29.4% of all cycles (higher or lower depending on the age of the woman).
• The percentage of cycles that resulted in live births was 22.4% on average (higher or lower depending on the age of the woman).

Not that great of odds, but a lot of women and couples who can afford it still seek out IVF treatment.  A lot of it has to do with the pressure to quickly use technology after a few months of infertility even.

“There is a certain amount I think of fear-mongering that happens with women over 35,” says one woman in a trailer for the movie “Fertility: The Shared Journey with Mercier Therapy” which advocates a form of reproductive fertility therapy that involves re-alignment of the reproductive organs and pelvic region. “We don’t have time. We need to act now.”

 

 

The treatment’s creator, Dr. Jennifer Mercier, herself struggled to conceive and was disappointed with the drugs, the IVF process and started to question the IVF community. Eventually, through researching  and dedicating her life to alternative practices that were less damaging to the body and the purse, Mercier created an approach to conceiving that she says boasts a 5X more success rate than IVF for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the stress to the couple and the body’s reproductive organs.

Her whole-body approach maintains the integrity of the woman physically and her reproductive organs remain unscathed, intact and free of drugs, Mercier promises.

Mercier currently is a Naturopathic Doctor, Midwife, licensed Massage Therapist and holds a Ph.D in Natural Medicine. She has been a women’s health practitioner since 1999.

It’s certainly a holistic and alternative solution but one some may want to consider when exploring other options to conception.

photo: Facebook : Fertility Movie

Parents Who Smuggled Kids Into US may Face Criminal Prosecution

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Soon, parents living in America without authorization who paid a smuggler to sneak their child into the country may be subject to criminal prosecution.  Their children also may be quickly deported upon arrival at the US borders, housed in detention centers and not given the same protections and opportunity to stay in America as under the previous administration.

Department of Homeland Security John Kelly circulated proposed orders among agency heads in two memorandums written for distribution and dated Friday,

Thousands of children who arrived in the United States as “unaccompanied minors” and were subsequently reunited with a parent living in the country illegally will be affect if these orders become finalized.

A senior White House official said that the memos were not final but the immigrants would be subject to what’s known as expedited removal proceedings to quickly get them out of the country.


Los Angeles immigration attorney Alma Rosa Nieto told KPCC that many families, including those with legal status, arrange for their children to be brought into the country through smugglers. She said that parents who are in the U.S. illegally cannot obtain visas for their children to come legally, even if they face danger in their home country.

“It is common for parents to bring their children and use whatever viable recourse there is in their arsenal to bring them into the United States,” Nieto said.

Robin Hvidston of We the People Rising, an local activist group that supporters tighter immigration laws, also told KPCC that the new Trump order simply enforces existing rules.

“It’s against the law for a person to smuggle in another person,” Hvidston said. “Even if it is a family member, that is still against the law.”