In general, more women are opting for a home birth, but there is one sect of home birthing that is on the rise, and it isn’t a good thing.
The risks involved with delivering a baby by cesarean section include everything from longer healing time for mom, and missed beneficial bacteria for babies to an increased risk of SIDS and infection. In light of that knowledge, the large variation in cesarean rates found throughout Europe in a recent study are a bit concerning; they suggest that there may be a lack of consensus as to the best method of delivering a baby, and when a C-section may be warranted.
It took three years of infertility for Danielle and Adam Busby to finally conceive their now three-year-old daughter. So, when the couple decided to try and expand their family, they hoped they would get more than one child.
Previous studies have shown that children born via Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART) are at a higher risk for a number of complications, including premature birth, low birth weight, stillbirth, and mortality within the first year of life. However, new findings suggest there has been a significant improvement in the overall health of these same babies over the last two decades, particularly for ART singletons.
Megan Haggerty and Clyde Bodge went through what they thought would be the biggest shock of their lives when they learned triplet boys would be joining their already large family—three children (6, 8, and 10) from Megan’s first marriage and a daughter (then a year old). But now, with twins on their way their family of eight, their family is about to get even bigger!
Like most triplets, Ffion, Maddison and Paige are unexpected little miracles in the lives of their U.K. parents. However, these three beautiful babies are also a rare occurrence because they are identical.
To conceive quadruplets naturally, you have to beat one in 700,000 odds. Shontae Minor, 22, and Khristian Rohena, 34, one-upped those odds after naturally conceiving and giving birth to quads, despite the fact that Khristian had been diagnosed with a medical condition should have prevented him from being able to conceive children.
A Mexican woman who recently gave birth to sextuplets prematurely is now facing those odds and the entire world is watching, waiting and hoping for the best.
In vitro fertilization is often a last resort for couples who want to conceive. While there are other ways to experience parenthood, such as surrogacy or adoption, no other options exist for experiencing pregnancy or birth. For this reason alone, couples may often be more desperate to try any measures possible to conceive
For Emma and Martin Robbins, just seeing their quads healthy and thriving is enough; it’s not about the odds. But according to experts, the circumstances that surrounded their birth made Emma and Martin winners of a “baby lottery” of sorts.
The rate of multiple births have been on the rise for quite some time now, so it’s not surprising that many schools across the country have a set or two in their district, but a school district that has 23 sets of multiples is news worthy!
A recent story in The New York Times, “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy,” has sparked a lot of controversy. What’s the controversy about? To put it plainly – abortion. In this story, however, even the pro-choicers are struggling with the ethics and morals of reducing a multiple pregnancy.
Thanks to modern medical advances, more multiple-child pregnancies are able to happen. However, the rates of twins and triplets is still fairly rare. That is, except at one school that seems to have more than it’s share.