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World Prematurity Day: Take the March of Dimes ‘Purple Pledge’ for Awareness

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Today, November 17 is World Prematurity Day dedicated to increasing awareness on premature births worldwide and the need for research, resources and support to lessen the number of global premature births.

Today, according to the March of Dimes:

• Prematurity is the No. 1 cause of death in infants

• The premature birth rate has risen by 36% over the last 25 years

• Every year 1,400 babies are born prematurely right here in Southwest Missouri

• Prematurity costs $71 million in the Ozarks, $26 Billion nationwide

• November is also Prematurity Awareness Month

“It just makes sense that an issue affecting a life at its earliest stages would affect every stage in life,” said Amy Temple, chair for the 2016 March for Babies campaign. “The research that is funded by the March of Dimes is linked to research in so many other medical breakthroughs.”

The March of Dimes’ 2015 birth report card released this month identifies different regions of the nation’s stats related to premature birth. Find out how your state fares HERE!


On today, World Prematurity Day, March of Dimes is also encouraging people to take the “Purple Pledge,” a social media campaign to spread awareness.

To take the pledge, visit the MarchofDimes.org



STUDY: Tattling Is Good For Kids; How to Foster Good Behavior

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 Well-documented research from the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health suggests positive peer reporting helps socially rejected students.

 Students “tattle” to the teacher about their positive interactions with the ostracized student. This allows the child’s classmates to see his/her good qualities and improves the child’s behavior problems and social standing. The interactions with the child’s peers become more positive.

Kids want acceptance, approval and appreciation, so the best way for teachers and parents to change behavior— is give positive feedback, even for the littlest things. Boys Town, one of the largest non-profit childcare organizations in the country, is offering this expert advice to help encourage positive behavior.   

  1. Catch the child being good. Even kids that behave badly a lot behave appropriately more often than not; it’s just the inappropriate behavior gets all the attention.
  2. If a child does something wrong – point out the mistake they made, but tell them what they did right as well.
  3.  Praise your child when they use the skills you have taught them – it reinforces the skill and makes them more likely to use it in the future.

4. Be consistent and praise often and you will be amazed by the change in behavior.

“Most of what kids do is appropriate and is worthy of acknowledging and all it would take is a, hey you look pretty nice today,” said Boys Town psychologist, Dr. Patrick Friman.

About Boys Town Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2014, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

Worldwide Monuments Lit In Solidarity with Paris (PHOTOS)


We at Bellyitch wish condolences to the victims of last nights multiple terrorist attacks in Paris.

And while we’re paying homage and respect to yesterday’s victims, we would like to also recognize the hundreds of innocent women, children and men from the Muslim, Christian, Sikh and other faiths who have died at the hands of terrorism in Syria, Nigeria, Israel, Palestine, Kenya, Jerusalem, West Bank, Niger, Cameroon,  Afghanistan, India, Somalia, Mali, Turkey, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya, Iraq, Bangledesh, and worldwide .

Within the last month:

There were 240 victims including 43 dead from a suicide bombing in Beirut, Lebanon on November 12;

About 19  people died and 33 injured in a bombing in Baghdad, Iraq on November 7.

Four people died and 20 were injured in Fotokol, Cameron when a 14-year old girl, a child suicide bomber, strapped with a bomb, blew herself up on November 9.

There were 22 fatalities on October 15 when an ISIL bomber targeted a funeral procession in Pakistan.

Approximately, 42 Muslim worshipers died after a suicide bomber targeted their mosque in Madaguri Mosque in Nigeria on October 14.

And there were 102 casualties when a suicide bomber attacked a rally for peace in Turkey on October 10.

In any event, it was certainly heartwarming to see so many global landmarks light up in the colors of the French flag in solidarity with France and in honor and memory of the 127 innocent people who tragically died and their family and friends.

The above collage is a summary of some of the monuments captured by USA Today and Buzzfeed below:

Sydney Opera House

  San Francico City Hall

 Toronto’s CN Tower

 The Washington Capitals hockey team projected the colors of the French flag in the interior of their stadium in Washington, DC

Christ the Redeemer Statute in Rio de Janeiro

 Sydney Town Hall

The spire on top of One Trade Center which replaced the Twin Towers toppled during the 9/11 attacks.

The Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City

  Mexican Senate Building

Omni Hotel in Dallas

Auckland, Australia/


Seriously…Dads-To-Be Are Social Media Posting the ‘Birthie’ Now?

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Um…so you’ve heard of the Selfie and the Usie and the Belfie, but behold, a Reddit user this week went viral with his “Birthie“, a photo of his wife in the 12th hour of labor.

As one could imagine, the photos upset a few of the 1.4 million and counting people who saw the viral photo of Gil Silano all smiles with his wife Sarah grimacing in pain in labor on a delivery bed. But it turns out it was her idea to capture their expressions as the baby entered the world, Silano says.


 ‘My wife wanted to make sure that someone took a picture of the expression on our faces when our daughter was born today.,” Silano captioned the pic. “So I took one.”

The proud dad-to a daughter born soon after the photo said he showed her the photo and she chuckled and the laughter continued even as he read all the comments on it.

‘I showed it to her in between pushes and she cracked up. Now I’m reading her all of you guys comments while she feeds our healthy 7lb 6 oz girl,” he added. “P.S. Her mom took pics of our reactions 10 mins later :).”

In coverage of the viral photo, the Daily Mail reminded its readers of last year’s marathon photo session that Brit singer Robbie Williams took of his wife  Ayda Field when she was in labor and eventually delivered their second child , son Charlton Valentine, last year, October 2014.

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The “Take That”  singer-songwriter  snapped himself pleasant looking while his Turkish American actress wife looked downright miserable and probably in pain.

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He also took a pic of her glittered Louboutin pumps on while her legs were propped up in stirrups with the caption: “‘When Ayda goes into labour she comes correct.” Funny!

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He shared photos of himself entertaining her and of the two knocked out asleep wearing matching sleeping eye masks.

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Honestly, I can dig it because it’s another example of social media being used to keep it all the way real with folks and share the insider look into what pregnancy, labor and delivery REALLY are about…and the wives looked like they appreciated the distraction from the other pain of labor and delivery. Good stuff!

h/t Daily Mail

Women Suing Birth Control Pill Maker for Package Error Ask for Millions to Raise Their Kids


More than 100 women who got pregnant while using birth control pills they claim had incorrect packaging are suing the maker to compensate them for unwanted pregnancies.

Among the 113 women from 28 states who became pregnant while using pills made by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals are a couple of 17 year old girls, a woman in the military who gave up her child for adoption because she was scheduled for deployment and would not be able to care for the child, and a few other women who had to drop out of school to care for their babies.

According to a 2011 recall, placebo pills in the packaging were placed in the wrong place to so the women could have taken them at the wrong time, ABC reports. Qualitest did a voluntary recall of 1.4 million packages four years ago.

The packaging error caused blisters to be rotated 180 degrees on the card, “reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date no longer visible,” the company said in its recall announcement.

“As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy,” the company said.

This week’s  lawsuit includes claims for the cost of raising the unwanted babies through adulthood.

The company has confirmed that only one blister pack was sold to a patient and state that courts have dismissed past cases because those plaintiffs were unable to prove they purchased a defective package.

“Our commitment is to patient safety and we take product quality very seriously,”  Qualitest subsidiary Endo Pharmaceuticals said in a statement to ABC. “There is no new or recent product recall. The recall that forms the basis of this suit was entirely voluntary and occurred more than four years ago in September 2011. The voluntary recall occurred based on an extremely small number of pill packs that were manufactured by an external contract manufacturer.”



VETERANS: Here are 30 Places to Eat for FREE on Veteran’s Day


Happy Veteran’s Day and Thank you to all Servicemen and women who volunteered their freedom to join the military and fight for civilians at home.  As per usual each year, several restaurants and eateries offer free meals, desserts and appetizers to veterans and their families. Unless stated, these deals are for November 11 only and ids are required.

Enjoy! Thanks again for your service!

Applebee’s: A choice of seven different meals on the house (beverages and gratuity not included).

Bob Evans: Free all-you-can-eat hotcakes.

California Pizza Kitchen: A free entrée from special menu.

Carraba’sFree appetizer of your choice for active duty service members and veterans. Military ID or proof of service . Monday Nov. 9-Sunday, Nov. 15 –

Cheeseburger in Paradise: Free All American Burger and fries.

Chili’s: Free meals from a special menu.

Cracker Barrel  Cracker Barrel is giving veterans a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert… for free!

Denny’s: Free build-your-own Grand Slam Breakfast from 5 a.m. to noon.

Friendly’s: Free Big Two Do breakfast or free All American Burger meal for lunch or dinner.

The Greene Turtle Free meal from a select menu for veterans and service members with military identification at participating locations. Limited edition, commemorative long-sleeve Greene Turtle t-shirts will also be available to all guests for purchase for $15, while supplies last, and 100 percent of sales from the t-shirts will be donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Golden Corral: A “thank you” dinner and fundraiser will take place on Monday, November 17, and veterans and active-duty military are welcomed to a free buffet and beverage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Handel’s Ice Cream: Free single-scoop ice cream cone.

Hooters: Free entrée (up to $10.99 value) with any drink purchase.

IHOP: Free order of Red, White, and Blue pancakes anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Krispy Kreme: Free small coffee and a donut.

LaMars Donuts: Free 12 oz. coffee and a donut.

Little Caesars Pizza Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. With proof of military service, at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation.

Olive Garden: Free entrée from special menu.

On the Border: Free “create your own combo” meal.

Red Lobster  Active duty military, reserve, and military veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer or dessert on Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Red Robin Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service.

Ruby Tuesday  Veterans, active duty, and reserve service men and women can visit Ruby Tuesday on Veterans Day to get a free appetizer. Choices include any of the following: Thai Phoon Shrimp, Shrimp Fondue, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Queso & Chips, Tempura Green Beans, Cheese Fries, Classic Quesadilla, Thai Spring Rolls, Fire Wings, Fried Mozzarella, Four Way Sampler, Big Dipper Sampler, Crispy Chicken Bites, Barbecue Chicken Flatbread, Shrimp Po’ Boy Flatbread, and 6-Cheese & Tomato Sauce Flatbread.

Shoney’s: Free All American Burger.

Sizzler  Participating Sizzler locations (listed here) will be serving veterans and active military members a Veterans Day free meal You’ll get to choose from a 6 oz. FeedbackTri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken, or Half Dozen Fried Shrimp. Individuals will also receive a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Bring proof of service such as your U.S. military-issue or veterans group ID card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), a photograph of yourself in uniform, or wear your uniform to your local Sizzlers.

Smokey Bones Bar  On Wednesday, November 11, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill will have a special Veterans Day menu that veterans can use to order a free meal.Details on the Smokey Bones Veterans Day Free Meal Be sure to check with your local Smokey Bones to ensure they’re participating before you visit.

Starbucks: Veterans and active military and their spouses each get a free tall coffee.

TGI Fridays: Free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch from special menu.

Tim Hortons: Free donut, anytime during the day.

Zoes Kitchen Free Veterans Day Meal  Former and active military members who show military ID can visit Zoes Kitchen for a free entree. Any friends and family members that come as guests can get 10% off their own meals. Be sure to call ahead to ensure your local Zoes Kitchen is having this offer

Why British Parents Are Accusing PayPal of Ruining Christmas for Kids

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Parents in the UK are accusing PayPal of ruining Christmas for their kids.

During last week’s airing of the TV talent competition XFactor, a commercial for the online payment system broadcast which promoted PayPal’s role in easing the shopping experience.

In the commercial, two little brothers are discussing the fact their parents haven’t been doing much shopping this year and fearing that it means they won’t be getting any presents for Christmas. It alludes to the fact that the parents are Santa Claus (or Father Christmas as they call him over the pond) and these kids know it already.

The commercial ends, “Check out before they know it.” That is because with Paypal the parents won’t need to do any actual shopping in retail stores but can shop online and check out using PayPal.

In reaction to the outcry, PayPal took down the ad but not before it could be grabbed by the Daily Mail  which also captured some of the most heated angry tweets from parents.

Check out the commercial for yourself here:

STUDY: American Women Struggle With Weight While Pregnant

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A somewhat-depressing new report found that only a third of pregnant women gained the “appropriate” amount of weight while carrying their progeny, while nearly half (47 percent) put on too much and another 21 percent didn’t gain enough. It’s a veritable Goldilocks situation.

For the study, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at data from about 3 million birth certificates where a woman carried a single child to term (that’s at least 37 weeks). They pulled the mothers’ height as well as pre-pregnancy and delivery weight to determine how many pounds they gained as well as their body mass index (BMI).

Women who were overweight or obese before getting pregnant were most likely to gain too much weight — 62 and 56 percent of them did, respectively — even though experts say they should gain the least. The guidelines are specific to the mother’s starting weight. Specifically, women with a BMI in the normal range of 18.5 to 24.9 should gain 25 to 35 pounds, overweight women (BMI of 25 to 29.9) are told to put on 15 to 25 pounds, and obese women (BMI of 30 or above) should only gain 11 to 20 pounds. Underweight women (BMI less than 18.5) should gain the most: 28 to 40 pounds.

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Post-Ebola Teen Girls in Sierra Leone subjected to Invasive Pregnancy Tests, Stigmatized

After the Ebola epidemic this year, the Sierra Leone government formalized an informal ban that has existed for ten years that prevent pregnant girls from attending school.

Amnesty International released a report yesterday, Friday, November 6, stating that thousands of schoolgirls in Sierra Leone have been forced to undergo humiliating and degrading public pregnancy tests since the government banned pregnant girls from attending mainstream schools and taking exams.

Teachers and nurses have examined girls’ breasts and stomachs in front of their peers and forced the girls to take urine tests, the report “Shamed and blamed: Pregnant girls’ rights at risk in Sierra Leone” stated.

The invasive exams are discouraging many girls from going to school, whether they are pregnant or not, the rights group state.

 “This humiliating and degrading treatment has led to girls taking health risks to sit exams, such as strapping down their stomachs and breasts,” Amnesty International West Africa researcher Sabrina Mahtani told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Pregnant girls are being blamed and shamed… as Sierra Leone moves forward from the devastating Ebola crisis, it is vital that these girls are not left behind.”

While schools were closed for a year, many girls were subjected to sexual violence, abusive relationships were rife in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, and fueled a spike in teenage pregnancies, Amnesty said in its report “Shamed and blamed: Pregnant girls’ rights at risk in Sierra Leone”.

The epidemic hindered access to services including abortion, emergency contraception and post-rape counseling, while the closure of schools for almost a year left many girls particularly vulnerable to violence, the rights group said.

“It is not right. During Ebola, their parents did not have money so many girls had to go to men,” one girl told Amnesty.

The other unfortunate thing about it all is that Sierra Leone already had one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the even before Ebola broke out in December 2013.

One in four girls between the ages of 15 and 19 had children or were pregnant, a 2013 government health survey found.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates preliminary that the number of teenage girls who became pregnant in Sierra Leone at the height of the Ebola outbreak at more than 14,300.

After the ban was imposed earlier this year, The Ministry of Education stated that having pregnant girls to go to school would undermine their ability to concentrate and participate in class, expose them to ridicule and encourage others to become pregnant.

No word on the boys and what the fact they are fathers would do. Nope. Just the girls. le sigh

The government announced in May an alternative “bridging” education system allowing pregnant girls to go school, but at different premises and times to their peers.

The isolation could lead to further stigmatization and marginalization of the girls, Amnesty said in its report.

Only six in 10 girls between the ages of 15 and 24 in Sierra Leone are literate, compared with three-quarters of boys in that age range, figures from the 2013 government health survey show.

“Education is a right and not something for governments to arbitrarily take away as a punishment,” Mahtani said.

“Pregnant girls are being denied key chances to move forward with their lives, and to ensure early pregnancy does not become the event that determines the rest of their lives.”

Several organizations including UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development and UNFPA are helping girls to continue their education after giving birth, and give counseling and access to maternal and neonatal health services.

The World Health Organization says that even though maternal death rates in Sierra Leone has been halved  between 1990 and 2013, it still has one of the highest rates in the world with more than 1 in 100 women dies in childbirth.

Married (no kids) Couples: ‘Seven Year Switch’ Season 2 is Casting


Are you a married couple without any kids yet at a crossroads in your marriage?

Would you be willing to go on a two week relationship swap experiment that would be televised and would test the future of your Union?

If so, then the creators of the FYI network docu-series Seven Year Swutch is interested in helping you? It’s like Wife Swap and Marriage Boot Camp, I guess.


There is an open casting for the show which initially featured on its first season four couples who swapped companions for two weeks and met with relationship coaching professionals who also worked with them to iron out any existing challenges or issues in their marriage to their real spouses. (Not the swapped ones)


Aleshia got paired up with Leah’s hubby Neal

Three of the four appearing on the initial season stayed together and one eventually got pregnant. Yay! Aleshia and Houston are expecting a baby girl.


Danielle and Eric Wolf and Rachel and CW McGee switched places

Sadly, Neal and Leah are headed do divorce after Neal realized through the show that he could not get over Alesha’s infidelity during the marriage, and that he wants kids and she probably won’t ever.

Leah and Neal are heading for divorce after appearing on season one of the "Seven Year Switch"

Leah and Neal are heading for divorce after appearing on season one of the “Seven Year Switch”

So that says the experiment works, I guess!

Good or bad, it’s best to figure it all out before kids get involved, huh? Anywho!

The production company has asked that I share this with Bellyitch readers given many of you guys are without kids yet and trying to conceive.

Let us know it you get cast after hearing about this opp from us! Thanks.