Friday, April 06, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Jude Law slept with his.
Robin Williams ended up marrying his.
Madonna recently had to stop hers from telling all.
Britney Spears got nude in front of hers.
Tom Cruise is said to have the most iron-clad confidentiality agreements with his.
Noel Gallagher and Patsy Kensit have been known to provide flats and sports cars for their's.
We're talking about nannies of course: the silent backbones of most every celebrity family. Leslie Gornstein from Live Daily interviewed Kim Hong, former nanny to an action-movie mogul's family, and broke down the fundamentals:
"Most celebrities have at least three nannies per kid--one for weekdays, one for weeknights and a third for weekends and trips. Lucky nannies get a whole $30 per hour. That's enough to buy, well, nothing, actually, over at Fred Segal and all the other fancy shops where they must take the young (ones) to buy their mini-Uggs.
The nanny is responsible for packing lunches, preparing dinner, playing games, reading bedtime stories, overseeing homework assignments, bathing the children, making sure they brush their teeth, dressing them appropriately, picking up after them, and transporting them to and from school, karate class, the chiropractor, Spanish class, birthday parties at other celebrities' homes and any other trip.
The kids usually end up treating their nannies like assistants."
While most nannies are bound by their confidentiality agreements - Tom Cruise reportedly won't even allow his to divulge who they work for - some go on to make a lucrative career with their celebrity experiences.
Suzanne Hansen's book You'll Never Nanny In This Town Again became a NY Times Bestseller when it promised juicy tidbits about her former employer, Hollywood uber-agent Michael Ovitz, exposing intimate details of his family's life from marital spats to what they ate for dinner.
It makes you wonder, is hiring a nanny worth it? Would you trade your privacy to have the help?
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
In light of the obesity epidemic that is sweeping many developed countries, the new findings suggest that guidelines dictating appropriate weight gain during pregnancy may need to be revised, according to a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
"Maternal weight gain during pregnancy is an important determinant of birth outcomes," lead author Dr. Emily Oken, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, said in a statement. "Our study shows that excessive weight gain during pregnancy was directly associated with having an overweight child."
Current recommendations for maternal weight gain in pregnancy are based on guidelines set forth by the Institute of Medicine in 1990. Compared with earlier recommendations, these guidelines generally allow greater weight gain in light of evidence that women with low pregnancy weight gains have a higher risk of having an infant with a below-average birth weight.
However, in recent years, many have questioned whether these guidelines actually promote better birth outcomes, particularly within developed countries.
Oken and her colleagues conducted a study of 1,044 mother-child pairs. The women were divided into three groups based on whether their pregnancy weight gain was below, within, or above the values set by the Institute of Medicine.
According to the guidelines, the amount of weight that should be gained, based on the mother's BMI before pregnancy, ranged from 25.35 to 35.27 lb. for women with a normal BMI, 27.56 to 39.68 lb. for a low BMI, 15.43 to 25.35 lb. for an overweight BMI, and at least 13.23 lb. for women with an obese BMI.
Excessive weight gain was noted in 51 percent of subjects, adequate weight gain in 35 percent, and inadequate weight gain in 14 percent. Mothers with excessive or adequate weight gain were roughly four times more likely than those with inadequate weight gain to have a child who was overweight by age 3.
"Because childhood obesity is increasing in prevalence and effective treatment remains elusive, preventing childhood obesity remains critical," Oken emphasized. "The Institute of Medicine may need to reevaluate its recommendations for weight gain in (pregnancy), considering not only birth outcomes but also risk of obesity for both mother and child."
Under a new plan for maternity services expectant mothers will be offered a "full range of birthing choices," including home births, by 2009. Setting out the plans, Ms Hewitt said pregnant women would be given minimum guarantees about the level of service they can expect from the NHS.
She said: "I am making it absolutely clear: if you have a baby at home or indeed in a midwifery-led unit, it is only a professionally qualified midwife who can supervise that birth."
She acknowledged a current shortfall in midwives but said 1,000 were in training and would qualify in the next couple of years. And she insisted that the ambitious "gold standard" plans would not be financed by cuts elsewhere in the NHS.Click here to continue reading. pregnancy baby pregnant new born midwife pregnancy weekly expecting parenting labormother newborn home birth childbirth england