Friday, December 22, 2006

British Woman With 2 Wombs Has Triplets!

A woman with two wombs has given birth to triplets, in what is believed to the first case of its kind, a hospital official said Friday.

Hannah Kersey, 23, gave birth to three girls in September, said Richard Dottle, a spokesman for Southmead Hospital in Bristol where the babies were born. The children spent nine weeks in the hospital.

The girls identical twins delivered from one womb and a third fraternal sibling from the other were delivered by Caesarean section seven weeks early, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Kersey and her partner Mick Faulkner said they were "over the moon" at how healthy and happy the girls were.

"They are three lovely and incredible children, all with very different personalities," the BBC quoted Kersey as saying.

"There haven't been any similar account where three healthy babies are born of two wombs," said Yakoub Khalaf, a consulting gynecologist at Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospital. He said that multiple pregnancies tended to be risky, and that delivering triplets under such abnormal circumstances was even riskier.

Separate or partially joined wombs are uncommon, although not rare about one woman in 1,000 has them, according to Khalaf.

The condition would have occurred before Kersey was born when the two sides of her uterus failed to completely merge. The condition mean the separate wombs tend to have a considerably smaller volume and their contractions are weaker, said Michael Heard, a consulting gynecologist at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.

Pregnancies are possible, although they tend to result in premature birth more than half the time. Heard said that in the case of a Caesarean two operations would have to be performed.

Simultaneous pregnancies in two separate wombs are almost unheard of Khalaf said he had identified only 70 cases over the past 50 years worldwide and the delivery of triplets from two wombs has never before been recorded.

"This lady was extremely lucky," said Khalaf.

Source: ABC News

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

How about Ruby, after my gran?

Cast an eye over the top 100 baby names of the year, and the trend for reviving grandparents' names is stronger than ever. With names, what goes around eventually comes around.

If you were born this year and your parents decided to call you Jane or Paul, chances are you'd never come across anyone in your entire school going by the same name.

But if they picked Martha or Oscar, Lily or Alfie, it will always be coupled with your last name (or initial) in order to identify you.

Because of the fickle nature of what we call our kids, the names of babies born today have more in common with our grandparents than they do with us.

When it comes to the fashion of names, 1906 is looking cool again. The Henrys and Graces may have started this trend when they re-entered the top 100 back in the early 1990s, but now it is diminutives that are in vogue. Alfie (up from 100 in 1997 to 16 this year), Archie (88 in 2000 to 40), Freddie (178 in 2001 to 65 now), Evie (up from 93 in 2001 to 21 this year) and Millie (91 in 1997 to 20) are resurgent.

While Lily/Lilly dropped off the radar for decades, it resurfaced in the top 100 in 1994 and is now at nine and 72 respectively. It's a similar story with Edith/Edie and Frank/Frankie.

For those facing the challenge of naming their offspring any time soon, it's best to think carefully before plundering your forebears for options. Because everyone's looking back decades for inspiration, you can easily come unstuck.

All too often we think we've come up with the perfect name, one that ticks all the boxes. It's classy, quite cool and unusual - but without sounding contrived. Then you start mixing in baby circles and slowly it becomes clear that you're not the only one who had that particular brainwave. It's one thing to ride the zeitgeist, it's another to get swept along with it.

It's a bit like turning up at a party and finding someone else wearing the same outfit - you don't know whether to be flattered or horrified. Oscar is a great name; on the other it's just entered the top 50. There's two others in his baby room at nursery and he's got neckache from startling in recognition twice as often as he needs to.

Source: BBC

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Number of pregnant smokers drops

The number of Australian mothers who smoke during pregnancy has dropped to just under 17 per cent.

The latest report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on mothers and babies reveals a 2.5 per cent drop in the number of pregnant smokers from 2001 to 2004.

The highest rate of smoking was in the Northern Territory - where 19 per cent of expectant mothers smoke, while the lowest was in New South Wales - where the figure is about 15 per cent.

AIHW researcher Elizabeth Sullivan says smoking can cause serious complications for both mother and baby, so it is good to see the anti-smoking message sinking in.

"It's a real positive ... what it shows is when we look at women who've smoked even during pregnancy over the last four years, there has been a decline," she said.

"Hopefully that reflects that some of the prevention messages about the impact of smoking on both the mother and the baby are successfully being heard."

The report also shows first-time mothers in Australia are waiting longer to have children, with the average age at which mothers have their first child increasing to 28.

That represents a two-year rise between 1991 and 2004.

Dr Sullivan says the results are not really surprising.

"With increasing participation rates in the work force, and I suppose cost of living, educational opportunities for women and also just expectations by both the male and female partner about when to start having a baby, it's not surprising we see this rising rate of older mothers," she said.

Source: abc.net.au

Monday, December 18, 2006

Congratulations, Nancy and Keith!

Access Hollywood co-anchor Nancy O'Dell announced last week that she and her husband, business executive Keith Zubchevich, are expecting a child next summer. This is the first child for the 40-year-old O'Dell. Zubchevich, 38, has two sons, Tyler, 11, and Carson, 7, both from a previous marriage. O'Dell and Zubchevich, who first spotted each other in April 2004 while on a security line at Burbank's Bob Hope airport, were married in Santa Barbara, Calif., on June 29, 2005. O'Dell's uncle, Dr. Kirk Lawton Jr., officiated the ceremony, and the couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves. Zubchevich pledged, "I'll always let you know that no one else comes before you," while O'Dell joked, "You say you love my cooking, and I think you actually believe it tastes good!" Source: People