Children’s History Book Editors Struggle On Framing the Trump Presidency

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Makers of children’s non-fiction history books are struggling to create editions for the current president because they are unsure how to include all the controversial statements and positions Mr. Trump has made and whether to include them at all.

“After an election cycle whose divisive effect on voters is still being felt, publishing books for classroom use has been unusually perilous,” New York Times journalist Katherine Rosman writes today. “For Ms. [Beth] Sutinis [executive editor for the children’s division of Time Inc], the difficulty went beyond the time crunch to finding concise quotations from Mr. Trump’s campaign appearances that didn’t include contentious remark.”

One book had to edit its initial entry in one passage about Trump, “Troubling Statements.”


It initially read “Some of Trump’s biggest supporters were white nationalists. Their comments and actions during and after the campaign were racist and often dangerous. Trump did little to speak against them.”

The finished book was changed to  “Campaign Statements.” The section about discrimination was modified to read, “Some of Trump’s critics felt he did not speak out against prejudicial people and groups strongly enough.”

New Birth Control Apps Help Women Skip Doctors; Teens Avoid Disapproving Parents

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There are 40 million cases of unintended pregnancies in the U.S. each year yet access to birth control remains a very highly controversial political topic. And now there are at least 6 ventures or private companies  (including Planned Parenthood)that have released desktop or mobile apps that enable women to get birth control without a doctor’s prescription.

The apps only require users to answer questions about their health online or by video. All of the apps  prescribe birth control pills, and some prescribe patches, rings and morning-after pills. Some ship contraceptives directly to women’s doors.

The app makers only have to follow state telemedicine laws and are not tied by federal regs and ongoing political wrangling.

Some of the apps, like web-based Nurx and mobile app Lemonaid, accept insurance, including Medicaid for women with low incomes; some charge modest fees. Some send prescriptions to local pharmacies, where women can present their insurance information when picking up the contraceptives, the New York Times reports.

The apps are said to eliminate the time and cost for some women to go to the doctors.

The apps also enable teens to get around their family doctor and having their parents find out they are having sex. No more intimidating or embarrassing trips to the clinic when your mom thinks you’re going to the movies. Whoa!

While these are great for convenience for many women, we can easily see where some parents may oppose these apps. They really do cut the parent out of the equation. Even if a mom or dad has opened up a clear path of communication, a lot of teen girls simply will not feel comfortable going to a parent for birth control.

And there is the case of a 15-year old girl whose mom did approve but was turned down when the family doctor told them “oh you don’t need to be doing that.”

There are some great anecdotal interviews with women who benefit from these apps in a NYT piece that was released today. Check it out there.


Wow! So A New Study says Swaddling Increases SIDS risk now?

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As you guys know, each week, practically, there is a new research study, report or survey that comes up with a health conclusion that most likely conflicts and contradicts a previous study.

Here we go again!  A new study says that swaddling a baby may lead to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).


For those who are unfamiliar, SIDS is an unexplained sudden death of an infant in its sleep before the age of one. The cause is really unknown, but recent conventional wisdom, based on researchers, is that being placed on the tummy combined with being overheated are causes. There is also a school of thought that pillows, crib bumpers and stuffed animals may lead to suffocation.

So in recent history, women have been told to rid their cribs of bumpers, blankets, stuffed animals and to instead swaddle their newborn babies and place them on their backs.

Why the swaddle? Babies have several reflexes including a startling reflex where they jerk their arms outward or above their heads when they feel they are not secure. Swaddling them in a blanket gives them a feeling of being snug and secure similar to the way they were in the womb prior to being born.

The study in the journal Pediatrics states that swaddling increases the risk for SIDS in about 1/3 of the cases of pooled data from four observational studies of SIDS and swaddling that included 760 SIDS cases and 1,759 controls.

However, the lead author of the report, University of Bristol in England research associate Anna S. Pease said that the results should be interpreted with caution given the fact there are so few studies in this area and there is limited evidence.

“We already know that side and prone sleeping are unsafe for young babies, so the advice to place children on their backs for sleep is even more important when parents choose to swaddle them,” she told the New York Times.

The risk also increased with the age of the infant, according to the study.

“We suggest that parents think about what age they should stop swaddling,” Dr. Pease said. “Babies start to roll over between four and six months, and that point may be the best time to stop.”

There you go new parents! New information to keep you worried. Good luck. I know so many women who do not sleep normally because they constantly wake themselves up to make sure their babies are still breathing.

The SIDS anxiety is real and with this news, we can assume it is going to get worse. le sigh.

Angelina Jolie reveals she elected to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes

Today, in The New York Times, actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she had elected surgery to have her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against cancer.
“A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene,” Jolie wrote in the OP-ED piece. “It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.”
The philanthropist said recent test results showing she was at a higher risk for ovarian cancer caused her to speed up her decision to have the surgery.
“I had been planning this for some time,” Jolie wrote of her ovarian excision. “It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause.”
She explained the reasoning for her decision in the piece.
“Last week, I had the procedure: a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. There was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues,” Jolie wrote “I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.'”
A couple of years ago, in 2013, the Oscar-winning actress had a double mastectomy as a preventative measure as well based on her increased cancer risk. She wrote about that experience to in the Times as well. The awareness she raised after the piece was credited for saving the lives of many women who followed in her footsteps and got themselves checks. Some discovered conditions they may not have been aware of but for Jolie.

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New York Times photojournalist: Pregnant and shooting war-torn battlegrounds

Imagine getting the assignment of your professional life as a photojournalist: a 10-day gig from New York Times to capture moments in time in war torn nations in Africa and the Middle East.
Then imagine discovering you are pregnant soon thereafter. What to do? 
Do you risk the life and health of your unborn child and turn down the assignment? 
Or do you endure the nausea and exhaustion, having to be mindful to avoid airport radiation, contaminated food and deal with the fact you cannot take medication like Cipro to guard against malaria because it isn’t recommended for pregnant women?
Lynsey Addario took that challenge and found herself walking into Somali refugee camps in Kenya where people were dying whilst a new forming life inside her was kicking. 
Not being able to fully enjoy all the first and joys other first-time-moms experience over fear about the risk she was subjecting her baby to are all covered in this brilliantly written introspective recently published in the paper.
While it was a very risky adventure that most wouldn’t dare undertake, Addario’s story is a testament to the fact that pregnancy is not an adherence to anything in life and women can do anything and are stronger than thought. 
Read it HERE
Photo: courtesy Ms. Addario

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Drew Barrymore celebrated 39th birthday, New book made New York Times Bestsellers List

So mom-to-be Drew Barrymore celebrated her birthday this weekend with friends and Tonight Show show host & SNL alum Jimmy Fallon. 

Nice! Happy Belated Birthday!

But the bigger news is that her book called “Find It In Everything” a collection of heart shapes she captured in various scenery and objects reached the New York Times best seller’s list for Advice, How To and Miscellaneous.

Wow! Congrats!
“I can’t believe it ! #finditineverything is a New York Times best seller !” she wrote in an Instagram post last week when the news came out about the month-old book.  “I never would have thought ! I am so humbled and thrilled. Thank you @LittleBrown for publishing this book.”
Her gal pal and Charlie’s Angels co-star Cameron Diaz made the list for her new book “The Body Book.” 
We know this because Barrymore, who is expecting her second child with husband Will Kopelman, shouted her out as well, writing, “Ps ! Look who is also a best seller #thebodybook #lovemycameron.”
Nice! Olive’s mom joins our other  Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum to hit the NYT Bestseller’s list: Snooki. 
Nicole Polizzi‘s novels “A Shore Thing” made the list too back in 2010 when it hit the shelves as well.
Note to Self: Get into the ghost writing for celebrities business. 
If you aren’t already you can a stalk follow Drew Barrymore on Instagram to keep up with her fabulous life!
I love that our Bellyitch moms stay on their grind while pregnant. Yass, moms! Yass!


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Poll: Many women wish they started their families younger

Today.coms newest poll reveal that most women polled wish they would have had their children at an earlier age. Currently, about 65% of the over 3,000 women who answered the question: “Do you wish you were younger or older to start having children” said they wanted to be younger.
It stemmed from a recent New York Times  piece about a 23 year old grad student who said she had no regrets having a baby at a relatively young age. Although the Centers for Disease Control revealed that the median age for first time moms is 25, many women balk at starting their families in their 20s. A recent piece in The Atlantic though said the hype over fertility is overblown. 
So many conflicting messages.
Check out the article and survey results HERE.

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What do you think about preglimony, alimony for getting a woman pregnant?

Myla Sinanaj, Kris Humphries’ ex, says she is 3 months pregnant with his child. Kris denies it.

University of Richmond law professor Shari Motro, in a New York Times op-ed on July 6, Responsibility Begins at Conception,  suggested the government create a brand new category under law requiring men who conceive with a woman he is not married to pay “preglimony” similar to “alimony” paid to ex spouses.

Motro writes that prenatal blood tests have made it possible to genetically link a baby’s dad using a small amount of fetal DNA.

With preglimony, a man who has no intentions of raising a baby with a woman and who may dip out before the baby is born would be required to pay for the medical bills, birthing classes, maternity, loss income or the cost of abortion.

The purpose of preglimony, according to Motro, is to force men who “knock up” a woman leaving her to shoulder the burden alone to pay up.  And she suggests preglimony paid through the tax code, permitting it to be tax-deductible just like how alimony is.
The only problem with it, Motro suggests, is that the imposition of preglimony would give men too much power over a lover he has no plans to marry and enable him to  bully her into having an abortion to save the medical costs of her carrying the baby to term.
But on the flip side, DNA tests required before forcing preglimony payments could save those fathers who had been told by a woman they are the father of their unborn child time and anxiety of waiting until the baby is born to determine if it truly is his.  There are many cases in the past when a man provides support to a pregnancy and child and only discovers years later that he was not actually the child’s father.

By that time, all parties involved: the woman, man and child, are left with emotional scars. 

What are your thoughts? Do you support the idea of preglimony? Do you think it will cause more problems?
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Memorial Day Salute to Soldiers who died before their babies were born

Today and always we remember those who lost their lives fighting to defend freedom and also those who never got to see their little ones born, such as Lt. James J. Cathey whose pregnant wife, Katherine Cathey, is depicted below in a photo taken by Pultitzer Prize Winning photojournalist Todd Heisler.  Her baby was due Jan 1, 2006 but her husband died in an explosion in Iraq on August 21, 2005. View a heartwarming New York Times slideshow tribute including this photo of Katherine crying over James’ casket HERE. (Don’t click unless you have a box of tissues nearby) We remember those who give the ultimate sacrifice defending their country, here and everywhere. God Bless. 
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Minutes after her husband’s casket arrived at the Reno airport, Katherine Cathey fell onto the flag (photo below). When 2nd Lt. James Cathey left for Iraq, he wrote a letter to Katherine that read, in part, “there are no words to describe how much I love you, and will miss you. I will also promise you one thing: I will be home. I have a wife and a new baby to take care of, and you guys are my world.”

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The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘Cat,’ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. ‘I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,’ she said. ‘I think that’s what he would have wanted’.


Katherine Cathey with Jimmie today

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Bump Watch: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi twtipic in signature leopard skin


Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is seen in a Twitter photo, shared April 11,  sporting her signature leopard skin print. The tiny reality-star who is getting her hustle on marketing everything from a New York Times best seller to her own line of perfume and slippers, was seen late last month carrying around a doll in preparation for giving birth (below March 23). Cute street style and I see she has ditched the firehouse red for golden locks, just in time for summer! Oy! Gotta give it to her, she is fun to watch! lol

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