Thursday, April 02, 2009

Baby Mix-Up, Moms Forced To Swap Toddler Sons

Two mothers in Russia have been forced to swap their two-year-old sons after DNA tests revealed the children had been mixed up as newborns by a careless nurse.

The error was uncovered when one of the mothers, Anna Androsova, discovered her son's maternity ward ID tag actually had the mother's name Zarema Taisumova on it.

Ms Androsova tracked down the Chechen woman, saw the blue-eyed boy and declared: "This is my son."

But Ms Taisumova refused to swap the children, dismissing the claims of physical resemblance.

The hospital in the city of Mtsensk in central Russia ordered DNA tests which came back with definitive results - the boys had been mixed up.

Ms Androsova initially pleaded with her family to keep Nikita, the boy she had raised for two years as her own.But she later decided to pursue the exchange through the court.

Weeks after the switch, Ms Taisumova was still deep in shock, interviewed on Russian television with her biological son playing on her lap.

She has changed her dark-haired and brown-eyed biological son's name from Nikita to Ali, but said she would continue to love the other little boy whom she had named Adlan.

Both children are reportedly struggling to adapt to their new families.

The maternity ward has blamed the error on a lack of staff, explaining only two nurses were caring for 20 newborns.


Carrie-Anne Moss Is Expecting Again!

Carrie-Anne Moss is expecting her third child! The low-profile Matrix star was seen out with her two young sons in Santa Monica, CA on Wednesday. Dad is Carrie-Anne’s husband, fellow actor Steven Roy. To protect her family’s privacy, Moss has revealed only that her older son is named Owen and that he was born at the end of 2003. Her youngest son is believed to be named either Jaden or Brooke. He is said to be born in November 2005.

The Canadian actress is so private we didn’t even know she was expecting again! She looks great!

The 41-year-old Vancouver actress has two movies set for release this year: Love Hurts and Unthinkable.


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Pregnant woman kicked out of pub

A pregnant woman was recently refused a drink at a pub in England and then asked to leave by staff who said they were protecting her unborn child.

Caroline Williams, 26, was with her husband and some friends at the Cricketer pub in Hove, East Sussex. "I was on a rare night out with some friends," Williams told the Daily Mail. "I had a pint of lager and a friend offered to get me another half--that was going to be my limit. He was refused service because it was for me and when I later took a sip from another friend's glass the assistant manageress asked me and my friends to leave."

This story might surprise some U.S. women. Here, we often point to the habits of European women who legendarily drink wine, eat raw-milk cheese, and gulp Guinness to improve breast milk production, as justification for our own choices in pregnancy. But actually more European countries are adopting (or at least trying to adopt) the American stance of abstinence. In 2007, the British government ruled against even occasional consumption during pregnancy; now American-style warning labels are slapped onto all alcohol bottles. Same thing happened in France. And in Ireland they're considering similar legislation and introducing a public awareness campaign against drinking during pregnancy.

Why the change in attitude? Mainly the countries were seeing increases in fetal alcohol syndrome. The National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome UK estimated that more than 6,000 children were born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder each year.

That said, in October 2008, a large-scale British study was published showing no link between having the occasional drink during pregnancy and behavioral problems in the child. And Europeans are still swilling much more wine than American women. Some 55 per cent of women in the UK admit to drinking alcohol while pregnant and 52 percent of French women indulge. In Ireland the number is even higher at an estimated 66 percent. In America, only 12 percent of pregnant women report any alcohol use.

Was the British pub right in kicking out pregnant Caroline Williams?


Monday, March 30, 2009

Study shows pregnancy really does make women forgetful

It has been called "baby brain" and "placenta brain" - but now the commonly held idea that pregnant women have misplaced their memory has gained scientific backing.

A series of tests comparing pregnant women with those not carrying a baby has indicated that the condition erodes a woman's ability to remember what she has been told.

This is probably only temporary and is thought to be related in part to sleep deprivation.

Melbourne registrar Dr Lenore Ellett yesterday presented findings of a study she did with sleep scientist Danielle Wilson to the Auckland conference of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

They performed standard psychology tests of auditory and visual memory on 90 women: 30 were in the first third (trimester) of pregnancy; 30 in the last third; and 30 were not pregnant.

No variation between the groups was found in visual memory. But in the listening tests, when compared to women who were not pregnant, those in the first trimester performed slightly worse - and those in the third trimester performed significantly worse.

Other possible causes were hormonal changes and psychological and emotional issues - the "momentous life change" of being pregnant.

When asked if memory loss in pregnancy might be permanent, Dr Ellett, who was also a pregnant participant of the study, said: "I don't think so. It's related to what's going on at the time."

"Clinicians need to be aware that information given orally to pregnant women may not be retained as well as written information."