Friday, October 27, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Mark Bate, 33, and 23-year-old partner Gemma Fennelly are accused of the manslaughter of 22-month-old Mitchell Bate in Hartlepool last September.
It was claimed at Teesside Crown Court that they regularly fed the toddler doses of the drug to make him sleep and give them some peace.
The couple, from Hartlepool, have denied the charge.
The court also heard that traces of heroin and cocaine were found in hair samples taken from the youngster after his death.
Andrew Robertson QC, prosecuting, told the court both parents were receiving prescription drugs in an attempt to reduce their heroin dependency.
He said Mitchell had deliberately been fed methadone in the months leading up to the fatal overdose.
Mr Robertson added: "You could ask yourself why they would do such a thing. The answer may be simple.
"Methadone makes you drowsy and helps children sleep through, giving their parents a quiet night.
"The prosecution does not suggest what they did was born out of wickedness. It was born both of selfishness on their part and gross disregard of the risks involved."
The court heard that Mitchell's parents kept their prescribed medication in a locked metal box on a kitchen shelf.
Mr Robertson also told the court that samples showed Mitchell had 0.21 microgrammes of methadone per millilitre of blood.
He said this proved that the young child had regular doses over a protracted period.
Mr Bate and Ms Fennelly, of Rodney Street, Hartlepool, also face alternative charges of manslaughter by an unlawful act, namely administering a dose of methadone, or manslaughter by gross negligence by allowing a child access to a fatal dose of methadone.
The trial continues.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
What are the most nutritious foods to cook? Am I handling them safely? How will I store homemade baby food? When will I ever have time? And after all that, will my kitchen's smallest customer like what I make?
I didn't want my daughter's first food to pack all the excitement of a TV dinner. I like to cook and wanted her to enjoy the Bay Area's culinary finery from the beginning. While we've reached for a couple of organic jarred foods in a pinch, I've made almost all her meals since she started eating at 6 months.
I mostly cook and freeze homemade purees, thawing small batches as needed. It's a routine shared by many moms also reluctant to feed their babies processed food.
If you'd like to play chef to baby, there is plenty of good experience and advice to follow. Homemade baby food has been around a lot longer than store-bought versions, which the Gerber family first debuted in 1928. Here are a few basic suggestions:
The same nutrition guidelines apply to purchased and homemade baby food. Follow your pediatrician's guidelines for what foods to introduce when.
-In general, baby meals start simply, with mild pureed fruits and vegetables such as peas or pears. Meals get more complex as your baby grows.
-Brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, usually pack more nutrients.
-Shorter cooking times preserve
more nutrients. Many home baby food cooks prefer steaming to other cooking methods. -Added sugar brings unnecessary calories and encourages a sweet tooth. -While some studies suggest that organic produce carries more nutrients than conventional produce, there is little general agreement on this point. Safety -Keep all your cooking utensils and cutting surfaces especially clean if cooking for a baby because they're more sensitive to bacteria. -Refrigerate or freeze foods as quickly as you can after cooking and cooling to room temperature. -Limit or avoid highly acidic foods such as citrus fruits for babies under a year old. -For babies under 8 months old, stay away from cooking root and leafy vegetables, including beets and spinach, that can contain high levels of nitrates. Baby food companies screen produce for nitrates, which can cause a form of anemia. For more information, see http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/blog. -Follow your pediatrician's recommendations on avoiding allergens, including egg whites and nuts. -Organic ingredients usually carry fewer pesticides and other contaminants.
-Added sugar brings unnecessary calories and encourages a sweet tooth.
-While some studies suggest that organic produce carries more nutrients than conventional produce, there is little
general agreement on this point.
-Keep all your cooking utensils and cutting surfaces especially clean if cooking for a baby because they're more sensitive to bacteria.
-Refrigerate or freeze foods as quickly as you can after cooking and cooling to room temperature.
-Limit or avoid highly acidic foods such as citrus fruits for babies under a year old.
-For babies under 8 months old, stay away from cooking root and leafy vegetables, including beets and spinach, that can contain high levels of nitrates. Baby food companies screen produce for nitrates, which can cause a form of anemia. For more information, see http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/blog.
-Follow your pediatrician's recommendations on avoiding allergens, including egg whites and nuts.
-Organic ingredients usually carry fewer pesticides and other contaminants.
-Most produce can be steamed or roasted with the skin on to preserve nutrients. -After cooking, puree foods in a food processor or baby food grinder. -Food that will be served within a day or two can be stored in the refrigerator. -Many moms freeze homemade baby food in ice cube trays and then store the cubes in labeled freezer bags. -Be aware that frozen baby food will probably take up more freezer space than you expect. Clear out some room ahead of time. Time This is the biggest challenge for busy parents. Even a simple batch of pears can take about an hour, including washing, peeling, steaming, pureeing, freezing and cleanup. -Set aside an evening or weekend afternoon to prepare several dishes at once. -As your baby grows, you can save time by feeding him or her what the rest of the family is eating. Foods can be cut into small chunks or pureed right before serving.
Tastes You can never be sure what foods your baby will like, or when. Pediatricians advise patience, saying many babies need to have a food offered many times before they will accept it. -Try making only a small amount of a new food to see how your baby responds before you make a huge batch that sits in your freezer uneaten. -Taste your baby food before serving it. If that butternut squash seems a little bitter to you, there's a good chance your baby will say "No way." -Remember that just because you like something doesn't mean your baby will. When Ava makes a face over a homemade meal, I try to think of it as an early lesson in all the negotiations over food ("How about just one bite?") in the years to come. If Ava pushes away a dish after a few bites, we just try again later. Or I end up using the rejected fruit and veggie purees in smoothies, yogurt or soup for my husband and me. -Food processor maker Cuisinart has launched an online site about babies and homemade baby food at http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/, with dozens of recipes organized by eating stage. -Baby food recipes can be found online at http://www.insidebayarea.com. Source: Inside Bay Area
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Heidi Klum & Seal - wasn't she just pregnant? The sultry singer and hottie legs model are in fact pregnant again.
Philip Seymour Hoffman & Mimi O'Connell - Which do you think Philip is more excited about? A new baby or his Oscar?
Tobey Maguire & Jen Meyer - There will be a little Spiderman among us in December. And talk about a star couple - Meyer's father is the president of Universal Studios.
Elvis Costello & Diana Krall - Twins for this singing duo will certainly make life more hectic.
Will Farrell & Viveca Paulin - America's favorite funny man isn't sharing what the sex of the baby is.
Lauren Ambrose & Sam Handel - I hope that this Six Feet Under star has a little one with bright red hair to match mom.
Kimberly Williams & Brad Paisley - Williams might have a little experience in the baby drama from her movie, Father of the Bride II. Do you think Martin Short will be around to decorate the nursery?
Gillian Anderson & Mark Griffiths - Instead of the X Files, it'll be more like the XX or XY Files.
Sofia Coppola & Thomas Mars - The Marie Antoinette director certainly has a lot to be thankful for this year! A new movie and a new addition.
Brooke Burke & David Charvet - I'll bet big money that this baby will love the beach as much as its parents do.
Bryce Dallas Howard & Seth Gabel - Howard is the daughter of Ron Howard which means the former Happy Days star will soon be a grandfather. Which I personally can't believe just yet.
Stella McCartney & Alasdhair Willis - Hopefully the new addition will be a bright spot for grandfather Paul McCartney who is going through a nasty divorce with Heather Mills.
Diddy & Kim Porter - Diddy's become quite the ladies man - the media mogul is expecting twin girls.
Patrick Dempsey & Jillian Fink - Jumping on the twin train is Dempsey and wife except they're expecting twin boys!
Marcia Cross & Tom Mahoney - While we're on the subject of twins, let's not forget my favorite Desperate Housewife who is also pregnant with twins. It must be the water.
Toni Spelling & Dean McDermott - Donna Martin is all grown up!
Keisha Castle-Hughes & Bradley Hull - The star of Whale Rider is the youngest expecting mom - she's 16 and her boyfriend of three years is 19.
Amanda Peet & David Benioff - It's been confirmed that they are going to write the pregnancy into the script of Peet's character on Studio 60. But who will the father be?
Kristy Swanson & Lloyd Eisler - This is certainly a scandel. Swanson and Eisler met while shooting the reality show, Skating with Celebrities. The scandalous part? Eisler was already married and expecting a baby. Let's hope it's smooth skating for these two.gillian anderson sofia coppoloa brooke burke patrick dempsey marcia cross tori spelling amanda peet kristy swanson celebrity pregnancy
- Wash hand often.
- Keep raw foods and ready-to-eat foods separate.
- Cook to proper temperatures.
- Refrigerate promptly below 40 degrees F.
Monday, October 23, 2006
ProsPlease put aside the affordability and availability factor, and lets say its an easy process, would you consider choosing the sex of your baby? Or do you find it against what Mother Nature intended? Check out: Gender selection: Three Mom's Stories pregnancy baby pregnant question of the week choosing the sex of your baby pregnancy weeklymaternity expecting fertility childbirth family
• If you do get pregnant, PGD guarantees with almost 100 percent certainty that you'll have a baby of your desired gender. • Following a PGD cycle, remaining embryos of the selected gender are automatically frozen. These can used in another attempt, if you miscarry or decide you want more children down the road. Frozen embryo transfers aren't as successful as fresh transfers, but the procedure is less invasive and significantly cheaper. Cons
• A single round of PGD can cost nearly $20,000.
• The procedure is invasive and the removal of eggs from your ovaries can be painful.
• The fertility drugs you have to take can have uncomfortable side effects such as weight gain, bloating, swelling, and blurred vision.
• As with any IVF pregnancy, you're more likely to have multiple births. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38 percent of infants conceived as a result of IVF and related procedures were twins.
• About 43% of fresh IVF cycles result in a live birth, and that figure goes down as you get older. But some doctors claim higher success rates with PGD because defective embryos are excluded.• You'll need to decide what to do with the embryos of the undesired gender: freeze, destroy, or donate for other couples or research.