Friday, September 28, 2007

Clinton talks about $5,000 for every baby

Whether you're a fan of the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, or not, she is proposing an idea that every US child should get a $5,000 "baby bond." This would be given from the government to help pay for future costs of college or even purchasing a new home. Hilary mentioned this during a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus where she says:
"I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that downpayment on their first home."
Clinton didn't go into further detail about the estimate of the total cost of the program nor did she say how it will be paid for. But just think about it.... approximately 4 million babies are born each YEAR in the US! She goes on to say that this program would help Americans get back to the tradition of savings, since it has become so difficult to accomplish with rising college fees and housing costs. She said that wealthy kids:
"Get to have all kinds of tax incentives to save, but most people can't afford to do that."
People agreed with her:
"I think it's a wonderful idea," said Rep. Stephanie Stubbs Jones, an Ohio Democrat who attended the event and has already endorsed Clinton. "Every child born in the United States today owes $27,000 on the national debt, why not let them come get $5,000 to grow until their 18?"
According to information from the Associated Press:
Britain launched a similar program in January 2005, handing out vouchers worth hundreds of dollars each to parents with children born after Sept. 1, 2002. Earlier this month, Time magazine proposed a $5,000 baby bond program.
If it is done right this could work out wonderfully! But I can also just imagine certain families taking this as an opportunity to make money by making babies! ... that is the negative, but maybe, realistic side talking... What do you think? Do you agree with Hillary?

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Russian woman's 12th baby weighs in at 17.1 lb (7.75 kg)

Can you imagine? A Siberian woman gave birth to her 12th child, Nadia. Not only was Nadia number twelve, but she weighed in at an astonishing 17.1 lbs. (7.75 kg)! Wow! Baby Nadia weighs more than 'Super Tonio' who was born in Mexico last February and weighed in at 14.5 lbs! Little baby Nadia was delivered by c-section on September 17, joining eight sisters and three brothers.
"We were all simply in shock," said Nadia's mother, Tatyana Barabanova, 43. "What did the father say? He couldn't say a thing -- he just stood there blinking." "I ate everything, we don't have the money for special foods so I just ate potatoes, noodles and tomatoes," she told the reporter, adding that all her previous babies had weighed more than 5 kg.
According to the Guinness World Records:
The records lists a 10.2 kg baby boy born in Italy in 1955, and a 10.8 kg baby boy who was born in the United States in 1879 but died 11 hours later.
In case you were wondering, according to World Health Organization's figures, the weight for most healthy newborns is around 7.06 lbs. (3.2 kg). source

Exercise can increase risk of miscarriage

For those of you who conduct in physical activity and are looking to get pregnant or are in the early stages of pregnancy, this might be of some interest to you. According to a study in Denmark, women who jog or play racket sports early in their pregnancy can risk having a miscarriage. Researchers studied 90,000 pregnant women and found that the women who exercise more and engaged in vigorous physical activity were most at risk for losing their baby. Easier and less vigorous activities, such as swimming, did not raise the chance of miscarriage.
"[This study suggests] that leisure-time exercise during pregnancy, and particularly high-impact exercise, is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in the early stage," the authors wrote. Exercise in later stages does not affect the risk.
Don't be mistaken that not only a high-impact activity made a difference, but the type of activity:
They found the risk of miscarriage increased with the amount of exercise. Those who did more than seven hours a week during weeks 11 to 14 of their pregnancy raised their risk nearly four times, for example. The type of exercise made a difference too. Those who jogged and played ball games during this period raised their risk of miscarriage more than four times. Even low-impact exercises such as dancing or walking doubled the risk.
This is important news to take to heart for those who exercise a lot and are in their early stages of pregnancy. If you want to read the whole article click here.