So Sports Bookies Are Already Taking Bets On Serena Williams’ Fetus, Really!

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Serena Williams has barely enjoyed a day of the world knowing that she is expecting her first child with fiance Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian and the bookies are already in her taking bets on her little bambino.

 BetOnline.ag, one of the world’s online betting sportsbook site has folks gambling on things like the first letter of the baby’s first name, its gender, weight and whether the 23-time Tennis Grand Slam champ will have twins or triplets!


There is a term for betting on something tangentially related to a sports game, “propositional bet,” concerning an “occurrence or non-occurrence” not directly affecting a game’s outcome. Since Serena is actively training for any tournament, this is very very propositional.

When Beyonce performed during one of the Super Bowls, bookies took bets on whether she’d have a wardrobe malfunction and have one of her boobs exposed. Seriously. This is not a game. ha!

If you want to get in on the fun but with your own impending arrival or one of a family or friend, you can start an online pool using a site like Baby Bookie.

 

This isn’t new for pregnant celebrities either. When Kate Middleton was expecting her first child, her unknown due date kept the booking business popping then too.

People will bet on anything if they love to gamble!

[note: Speaking of which, if you or someone you knows suffers from gambling addiction, call  The National Council on Problem Gambling operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at  1-800522-4700.]

 

Serena Williams Announces that She is Pregnant

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Serena Williams is pregnant!

The record-breaking Tennis star announced the news on Snapchat today, showing off her baby bump while wearing a yellow bathing suit and belly chain.

She captioned the photo “20 weeks”.

The expectant arrival will be the first for Williams and her fiancé Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian.

The couple announced their engagement last December.

But what else is amazing about this news is the fact she was pregnant when she defeated her sister Venus Williams during the Australian open in January!

Wow!

Congrats!

The ‘Skin-to-Skin’ Charge: Hospital Billed Dad $39 to Hold His Own Baby

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Nurse to brand new dad: So, Mr. Grassley would you like to hold your baby close to your skin?

Mr. Grassley: Sure, thanks.


So why did Ryan Grassley open up his bill for the C-section his wife received at the Utah Valley Hospital and see a $39.95 charge for “skin-to-skin” for the short time he held his son following his wife Lidia’s cesarean section.

Grassley uploaded the bill onto the social networking bulletin board site Reddit to give users there a laugh and it went viral.

The post got 11,700 comments too! The hospital explained that the cost was associated for having another nurse enter the room to facilitate the transfer and watch dad.

As we all know, the cost of labor and delivery in America is triple and quadruple that of the UK and other countries. When I had my first child 14 years ago, the total amount billed my insurance was $11,000.

I know that people have C-sections in developing nations at decent hospitals and I am certain that it does not cost them that much to have a medically-assisted birth.

 

“In the case of a C-section, where the bedside caregiver is occupied caring for the mother during the surgery, an additional nurse is brought into the [operating room] to allow the infant to remain in the [operating room] suite with the mother,” Janet Frank, a hospital spokeswoman, said.

Grassley said he was not upset over the charge but thought it was humorous and as a joke he put up a GoFundMe page which had gotten about $125 of his $39 goal as of this posting!

A lot of people didn’t like or get the joke but c’est la vie.

“To be clear I wasn’t complaining or trying to send people on a witch hunt for the hospital,” Grassley wrote on his Go Fund Me page. ” We had a very positive experience during the birth of our son, and the hospital and staff were great throughout the entire process.”

Good!

 

h/t My hubby!

These are the Top 10 Companies to Work for to get Generous Paternity Leave

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Unlike progressive nations like Sweden, the United States doesn’t have federally mandated paternity leave for employers. Only 12 percent of US companies offer it.

Given that Bellyitch is an online digital blog and eMagazine and a proud member of Team Internet, we were quite elated to see that 5 of the top 10 companies with generous paternal leave as identified by TakePart are tech companies:


Change.org tops the list at #1 with its 18 weeks paternity leave offering.

Coming in behind the online petitioning site at #2 is Reddit which offers 17 weeks for birth and adoptive dads.

Facebook is number 3 on the list and it extends its leave policy to contractors as well as employers. Sweet!

Number 5 on the list is Twitter which also has a support group for new and future dads. Imagine!

Finally, rounding up tech companies on the top 5 is Google, which at #7 on the list, offers 12 weeks if Dad is the primary caregiver and then throws in an additional 5 weeks for adoptive and surrogate parents.

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The other ten companies on the list are: Bank of America (#3), eco-friendly retailer Patagonia (#4),  international US-based law firm Arnold and Porter (#8), Swiss health firm Roche International‘s US offices (#9); and business management consultants Ernst & Young. (#10)

Read more details here: http://ow.ly/OHhiT

REDDIT SURVEY: Late Summer and these 4 days see most US Births

This coming Thursday, September 25th and Friday, September 26th is among the 4 most common birthdays for babies born in the United States.

Dan Lin, a University of Virginia grad student analyzed Centers for Disease Control data from 1994 to 2003 and determined that the months of August and September are the most popular months for births.  He found that 9 months after days when there are major snow storms in many parts of America,  most babies are born on September 12, 18, 25 and 26.


Lin also discovered that holidays like New Year’s Day, the 4th of July and Christmas are among the least likely days Americans give birth.

The most common day babies are born is Tuesday, while Sunday is the least common day.

Interesting stuff!

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Man shaves head in solidarity with pregnant wife with cancer

Reddit user “Slamhead” shaved his head in solidarity with his pregnant who has to undergo chemotherapy

A young couple’s loving act of solidarity is getting lots of attention this holiday weekend. On Reddit, a user who posts as slamhead wrote on Thursday morning: “My pregnant wife is undergoing chemotherapy so after Thanksgiving dinner we decided to shave each others heads.”
Documented in nearly 20 pictures, slamhead’s album shows the “hair shaving extravaganza,” culminating in a sweet family portrait. The album has already received 21,504 up votes.
Commenters were moved by the photos, but had several questions for the original poster.
“It’s stage 2 breast cancer, and prognosis is good for both mother and child,” slamhead told one concerned poster and filled in other details throughout the thread like how far along she is (34 weeks) and that her oncologist said chemotherapy won’t harm the baby at this point in the pregnancy.
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