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How you Can Help the Viral ‘Bun In Oven’ Couple whose Baby Came Early

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Family members of Dana Griffin-Graves and Arkell Graves, the couple whose emotional pregnancy video went viral before their baby was born 16 weeks early, have created an online campaign to raise money for the new mom and dad.

Just two weeks after the couple’s video gained worldwide attention, Dana gave birth to their son when she was just 24 weeks and one day into her pregnancy.

As of Saturday at 6 p.m., the family posted that little Kaleb Arkell Graves, who was born Tuesday at 1:08 p.m.,  remained in critical condition.

“He is tiny in statue but he is a fighter. He is in stable but critical condition,” Dana posted earlier this week. “With only a 5% chance of survival, Kaleb is here. I’m grateful to God, my wonderful husband Arkell and my amazing family.”

Because of the likelihood of a lengthy hospital stay, Dana’s sister, Melanie Griffin-Hamlin, launched a GoFundMe account Friday.

“This Go Fund Me page was created by Dana’s sister with the purpose of helping to offset some of the expenses of the enormous hospital bills and to have a beautiful, well-deserved nursery for Baby Kaleb created for his arrival home in a few months (we are claiming this in faith!),” the GoFundMe page states.

As of Saturday night, the fund had received 51 donations totaling $1,125 and had been shared by more than 4,500 Facebook users.

The couple, who is continuing to ask the community for prayers via their Facebook page, said the words of encouragement give them strength.

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Stanford Students Created a $300 version of a $20K Incubator For Babies in the Developing World

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Each year, more than 1 million babies die on their birth day.

About 20 million premature and low birth weight babies are born worldwide each year with 4 million dying within the first 4 weeks of life, according to the World Health Organization.  This amounts to 450 babies that die each hour and a substantial number of those that die are born in the developing world where there are not enough incubators which cost about $20,000.

Also, many babies are born in rural areas far from hospitals with adequate facilities to care for a premature newborn. A lot of the babies really just need warmth an incubator provides during those first crucial months.  Some babies are born with so little fat and many are unable to control their own body temperatures.

About 6 years ago, four Stanford University students were challenged in a class project to design a portable life-saving incubator that cost less than $300. The group, led by then female student, Jane Chen traveled to India, where the caregiver to patient ration is 1:2,000, to research and perfect their design.

And they did it, creating the Embrace Infant Warmer.

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“Incubators are vital because the internal organs of premature babies are not fully developed at birth,” Chen wrote in a 2010 piece on CNN.com. Chen is now the co-founder and CEO of Embrace Innovations, a social enterprise that aims to help the 20 million premature and low birth weight babies born every year, through a low cost infant warmer.

She explained the concept and design of Embrace:

Embrace Infant Warmers are non-electric, miniature sleeping bags that use a removable wax insert, which can be heated safely using hot water. The product is easy to sanitize and can be heated over and over again.

The product has been designed specifically for resource-constrained settings. It looks like a small sleeping bag, which incorporates a wax-like phase change material in a plastic pouch that melts at body temperature (98.6 F) to keep the baby at a constant temperature.

The PCM pouch can be heated with either a short burst of electricity or by placing it in boiling water. Once melted, it can maintain a constant temperature for up to eight hours, after which it can be reheated.

In addition to being low cost, the product does not require a constant supply of electricity, complements existing practices such as skin-to-skin care and is extremely safe and intuitive to use.

After creating a prototype, the team launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to produce their first round of Warmers used in India.  Today, Embrace ships the warmers to local clinics and other areas in the developing worldwide.  Costing less than 1% of a traditional incubator, the Embrace Infant Warmer  has helped over 150,000 babies to date.

The goal is to save the lives of 20 Million babies and they are well on their way. Embrace is not stopping there. This May, it launched another campaign and are creating a line of affordable healthcare technologies for women and children around the world.


This invention looks like a tiny sleeping bag and it s helped save 150 000 babies.
Good stuff!


Buzzfeed’s Disney Princess Breastfeeding Illustrations are Weirding Out Its Readers

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What happens when a Buzzfeed illustrator places illustrations of Disney Princesses and insert them nursing babies in modern public places in an attempt to normalize breastfeeding?

You get a brilliant montage that is also a great think piece! Don’t pay attention to the majority of their readers in the comment section who say they are weirded out by the images.

Will it actually normalize breastfeeding in public? Maybe not. Will it illicit dialogue about it? Yes it will. That’s a win in our book!

Check out the full images at Buzzfeed HERE!

h/t IamNotTheBabySitter

photos: Buzzfeed, Thinkstock and Loryn Brantz


New Law Would Ban Surrogacy in India, Disrupt a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

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Lawmakers in India are equating rampant surrogacy tourism in India with human trafficking and proposing a law to ban foreign parents, disrupting a multi-billion dollar industry that lures India’s poorest women to rent their womb

Recall in 2011, we reported how India had become a hub for surrogacy pregnancy because of lax regulations, the ease of the adoption process and the relatively low cost of getting a baby there. Three years later, Indian legislators are cracking down and working on a law to ban foreign parents from coming to India for purposes of surrogacy.

The Health Ministry and National Commission for Women (NCW) in India proposed new legislation to ban Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origins (PIOs) and foreigners from having children through surrogacy in India. The ban will also include foreigners of Indian-descent.

NCW Chairperson Lalita Kumaramangalam told the site Manoramo Online that unregulated surrogacy is leading to human trafficking.

“Most of the surrogate mothers are poor women,” Kumaramangalam said. “They face several hardships during the process. These include ambiguous contracts, health concerns, exploitation by middle men or hospital authorities, lack of enforceability of contract by mothers due to their socio-economic vulnerability.”

Indeed, surrogacy in India has become a multi-billion dollar industry and growing 17 to 20% annually, she added. The NCW noted that  30,000 illegal fertility clinics are operating in the country with majority of them being located in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Delhi.

NCW did ask that there be exemptions for single women.

“This is very unfair to single women whether they are widow or divorced,” Kumaramangalam said. “It is in a way restricting their reproductive rights.

The original bill, called Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation), was actually first drafted in 2010, before surrogacy in India ballooned, and was revised in 2013. The final bill will be presented November 15 for vote after a public comment period lapses.

“We don’t want to become hub of surrogacy in the world,”Kumaramangalam  concluded. “There are a huge number of women who are trapped into this. The increasing amount of unregulated surrogacy happening in India is causing various problems for mother and the child.”

Watch video: Surrogacy: The tale of a ‘birth mother’

This is Happening: People Dressing Their Babies as Bernie Sanders


This is happening: People are dressing their babies as Senator Bernie Sanders who is a Democratic candidate for  US President and it’s hilarious.

Current Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proscribed socialist and a bombastic figure, has a huge backing by Progressives in the Democratic Party which includes moms too.

One mom, Ashira Siegel,  couldn’t attend a Sanders really because she has a newborn son. To show her support, alternatively, she posted a photo of said baby with his fist up in the air on a Sanders supporter group called Geeks for Bernie, she told CNN yesterday.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders supporter Ashira Siegel’s new born son was photoshopped to look like Bernie. – CNN

A member from that forum offered to Photoshop in some eye glasses and white hair on her photo and tweet it out with the hashtag #BabiesForBernie!

And it took off! By the end of the day dozens of parents of babies had followed suit and dressed their infants and toddlers as the elder statesman known for shouted exclamations and down-to-earth manner.

Check out more photos at our partners at PopSugar!

h/t CNN

The Reason Why Doctors Downplay Female Patients’ Pain in the ER

Because women survive the pain of childbirth, generally, doctors and emergency room triage health professionals perceive all women of having a higher threshold for pain, a recent piece in The Atlantic relays.

Sheesh… That’s got to suck more for those women who don’t even have child.

In the Atlantic article, writer Joe Hassler how his wife was treated during a recent health emergency.

His anecdotal story is backed by research.

Hassler writes:

“Female pain might be perceived as constructed or exaggerated”: We saw this from the moment we entered the hospital, as the staff downplayed Rachel’s pain, even plain ignored it. In her essay, Jamison refers back to “The Girl Who Cried Pain,” a study identifying ways gender bias tends to play out in clinical pain management. Women are “more likely to be treated less aggressively in their initial encounters with the health-care system until they ‘prove that they are as sick as male patients,’” the study concludes—a phenomenon referred to in the medical community as “Yentl Syndrome.”

Aaah Sexism!

The entire piece is a good read, albeit lengthy, it’s still worthwhile.

Read it HERE!

STUDY: High Blood Sugar in Pregnancy leads to Heart Defects in Baby

Pregnant women with high blood-sugar levels – even if it is below the cutoff for diabetes – are more likely to have babies with congenital heart defects, says a new study.

“We already knew that women with diabetes were at significantly increased risk for having children with congenital heart disease,” said the study’s lead author James Priest, postdoctoral scholar in pediatric cardiology at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, US.

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SURVEY: What Pregnant Women Really Eat (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Eighty Percent of Women Admit to Taking Chances with Risky Foods;

Sixty Three Percent Are Not Meeting Daily Recommendations for Fruits and Vegetables

American Baby revealed last month exclusive results from a recent survey on the eating habits and preferences of pregnant women.  The findings from the survey, which polled more than 2,300 pregnant and new moms, are featured in a special report, “What Pregnant Women Really Eat,” in the October 2015 issue of American Baby and online a tamericanbaby.com/pregnancy-nutrition.

Almost all moms polled, 70 percent, said they started eating healthier when they became pregnant, however 63 percent are not eating the recommended 5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. A shocking 12 percent eat one or fewer servings a day. Many are restricted by extreme food aversions due to pregnancy.

“Time constraints, aversions, and convenience are the top reasons moms-to-be are missing out on beneficial nutrition,” said Mindy Walker, Executive Editor, American Baby. “There is some good news though: 92 percent say no to alcohol, 77 percent are eating breakfast every day, and 84 percent are following the recommended guidelines for caffeine, all of which are critical to a healthy pregnancy.”

Cravings were common among the survey respondents. Eighty four percent reach for foods like ice cream, chips, pretzels, chocolates, cookies, and candy. While these indulgences are common, a staggering 8 in 10 women also admitted to taking chances with risky foods. The study found that 48 percent have eaten cold deli meats, 32 percent have had undercooked eggs, meat or fish, 20 percent have had premade deli salads, and 7 percent have eaten unpasteurized cheese. All of these are considered off-limits because they may contain listeria, which can lead to complications during pregnancy.

“Pregnant women often aren’t given the tools they need to make smarter decisions,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Jennifer McDaniel, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “If they aren’t told the reason behind a nutrition recommendation, the message gets lost or ignored because they don’t know why it’s important.”

The survey also revealed that 61 percent of moms are concerned about weight gain during pregnancy and over one third started their pregnancy obese or overweight. Surprisingly, of those moms who were overweight, an astonishing 87 percent said their physicians expressed no concern about it, shocking given that a high body mass index increases a mom’s risk for gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and delivery by C-section.

Methodology / Respondent Profile

The What Pregnant Women Really Eat Survey was conducted online April 14 – May 12, 2015 among 2,339 U.S. women who were expecting or has a baby one year of age or younger.  Qualified respondents were recruited through a variety of channels including Meredith’s magazine reader panels, websites, e-newsletters, and social media accounts.


American Baby, along with Parents, FamilyFun and Ser Padres, makes up The Meredith Parents Network portfolio of parenthood brands. American Baby celebrates the thrill of “I’m having a baby!” with millions of young women and helps them make the life-changing leap into motherhood confidently. From decoding prenatal kicks to encouraging first words, American Baby surrounds readers with easy how-tos and friendly support so they can achieve their goal: a healthy pregnancy and a happy baby. We also show readers how to nurture themselves as women in their new role as a mom. With informative features, inspiring reads, and irresistibly cute gear, American Baby delivers!


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy atwww.eatright.org.

This infographic summarizes the findings:

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STUDY: Sex Boosts Immunity which Increases Chances to Conceive

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Not that you really need it, but here’s another reason to have sex: It’s great for your immune system. According to new research, frequent coitus triggers the body’s natural defenses in positive ways and may jumpstart physiological changes that boost a woman’s chance for conceiving.

The results of the study were published Tuesday in two papers, one in the journal Fertility and Sterility and another in the journal Physiology and Behavior. The papers suggest that having sex during points of infertility in a woman’s cycle could still help improve her chance of conceiving.


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