Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Natural Postpartum Care: DIY Herbal Sitz Bath [Babble]

How pregnancy has changed my running [NOLA]

Strokes During Pregnancy, Childbirth on the Rise [WebMD]

No Bringing Up Baby on Facebook [NYTimes]

Mouthwashing moms less likely to have a preemie [Reuters]

Sarah Drew Expecting First Child [People]

Pregnant man unveils muscular physique after babies [DailyMail]

10 Tips For Surviving a Summer Pregnancy [lilsugar]

HealthGrades 2011 Obstetrics & Gynecology in American Hospitals [HealthGrades]

Five Tips for Avoiding a Cesarean [HealthNewsDigest]

7 Ways for Stay-at-Home Parents to Make Money

Being a stay-at-home parent is a full-time job in itself, but making a little extra money on the side can help offset the costs of staying home. One of the most common questions that stay-at-home parents ask is what they can do to make money in their down time and there are lots of possible ways to do it.

Freelance writing – There are a lot of opportunities for parents who can write well these days. Despite a large number of parent blogs on the net, ones that display good writing, unusual circumstances or a certain amount of expertise can easily send a blog to the top of everyone’s reading list. Using social networks, making your topics search engine friendly and partnering with other sites can help to make any blog a success. Other freelance writing opportunities exist on large websites such as The Examiner. People can apply from all over the country to write about various topics. Usually the pay is based on the number of page views you can garner.

Social Media Updates – These days, every company has Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts that need to be updated on a regular basis. Learning your way around sites such as Facebook might seem like a waste of time, but you can actually cash in on it by offering your expertise to companies that need it. With applications available that allow you to pre-load the updates made to the sites, the job allows you to work when you have the time. Approach companies that you know and like or check your local want ads to see which companies are searching for social media help.

Freelance and contract work in your field – Depending on what your career was before you had a baby, you might be able to do freelance work in your field. Real estate veterans can consult with people looking to buy or sell. People good with finances are in high demand right now to help balance budgets for businesses and individuals. If you worked as a computer programmer, building a new app in your spare time could pay off in the long run. Stick to the occupations that you have a history in and create a profession out of consulting or small tasks.

Hobbies – These days it’s easier than ever to make a few extra bucks with your creations. Etsy allows artists of all types to display their talents and make a little extra dough. Some parents have started making products like baby slings out of their home only to find that they can make a living out of it. Talented artists can get paid to paint murals on nursery walls. If you know how to sew, you can help people mend or alter their clothes. Gardeners, cooks and bakers can sell their extra produce through stands at local farmers markets or just through a network of friends.

Teach – Teaching has historically been a very family-friendly career choice, but you don’t have to be a certified teacher to make some extra money sharing your knowledge. Musicians can teach kids out of their homes. If you’re an expert in gardening, cooking or some other hands-on activity, you can host a class when it’s convenient for you for a small fee. Those years practicing yoga could be put to use teaching a weekly class at your local gym or in your home.

Ebay – Many people can make a decent living just selling goods on Ebay. Troll your local yard sales, craigslist ads and auctions to find goods that you can sell for a higher price than you purchased them for.  If you can specialize in one type of item such as vintage clothing, you can procure a loyal customer base.

Babysit – You probably have your hands full with your own children, but offering to babysit other kids for a small fee can help bring in a little extra cash.

Whatever income you can generate through these methods, it’s important to research your local, state and federal guidelines depending on what you are doing. For example, selling cooked or baked goods may require a handler’s permit and any baby items you create need to conform to current safety standards. You might also benefit by registering as a business, which means you will have to report any income you make with the business but supplies become tax deductible and you’ll have access to wholesale prices on items. Talk to any local small business owners and your accountant to get a basic idea of what will be involved.

Do you have a way to make extra money?

Side Businesses for Stay-At-Home Parents [the simple dollar]

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Studies Reveal Common Reasons for Failed Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

The C-section rate in the United States continues to grow - it increased from 27 percent of all births to 34 percent in just the past seven years. An unfortunate result of this increase is that many more women will be forced to undergo a cesarean section for every birth following their first because current medical standards tend to insist on it. A vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is not impossible, but it may be hard to find a provider willing to do it and if you are steadfast in having a VBAC there are many obstacles to overcome. A new review of 60 studies has pinpointed the trends that are botching women’s attempts at a VBAC.

The reasons to try for a VBAC are numerous. The higher the number of C-sections a woman undergoes, the more likely she will run into complications such as uterine rupture, placenta previa, placental accretia and paripartum hysterectomy. Those risks are in addition to the possibility of developing an infection or experiencing a hemorrhage, inherent risks with any major surgery. Experts estimate that anywhere from 60-85 percent of women who’ve had a C-section are potential candidates for a successful VBAC. Vaginal birth allows for the mother to recover faster and many women find the experience more rewarding.

Once you are committed to pursuing a VBAC, there are many things to consider, especially in light of the findings of a new review by the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at the University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The researchers discovered a list of factors contributed to failed attempts at VBAC:
  • Artificial means of inducing labor such as rupture of the membranes, prostaglandins, and oxytocin infusion.
  •  Ripening the cervix artificially by using prostaglandins or transcervical Foley catheters.
  •  Measuring possible VBAC success rate through methods such as x-ray pelvimetry.

In fact, the researchers found that any attempt to measure the potential success of a VBAC were not useful.

Although women are encouraged to pursue VBAC’s, there are specific circumstances that would bar against it. Particular breech positions can make a vaginal delivery impossible, although some doctors and midwives are equipped to deliver the most common breech position, where the baby is presenting feet first. High risk pregnancies and women who have abnormal pelvic structures will also require a cesarean in many cases.

The results of this report suggest that women who want to have a VBAC should try to allow labor to present naturally. They should also take any measurement of potential VBAC success with a grain of salt, except for cases in which known reasons make vaginal birth impossible.

Are you due to give birth after a previous cesarean?

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) [PregnancyWeekly]
C-section rate in U.S. climbs to all-time high [USAToday]
Review of 700,000 women reveals factors affecting vaginal birth after previous cesarean [Eurekalert]

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Best of the Web: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Lauryn Hill confirms birth of baby, not pleased by rumors [WashPo]

Mariah Carey Reveals Tough Pregnancy on HSN [Gawker]

Why is Making Mommy Friends So Hard? [Babble]

5 Things I Wish I'd Known About Breastfeeding [TheStir]

Rachel Zoe: Baby Skyler's Room [ABC]

5 Creative and Easy Projects With Crayons [lilsugar]

Lindsay Davenport Expecting Baby No. 3[CelebrityBabyScoop]

5 Ways to Help Stay Cool While Breastfeeding [lilsugar]

Pregnant women 'can take anti-nausea drugs' [TelegraphUK]

Families share their stories of benefits from cord blood transplant [TodaysTHV]

Marriage confers 'little benefit' to children's development [GuardianUK

Selma Blair Gave Birth

Actress Selma Blair (39) and her fashion designer boyfriend, Jason Bleick, welcomed a son on Monday, July 25th. Arthur Saint Bleick weighed in at 7lbs. 12oz. The couple chose to keep the sex of the child a secret until birth.

The couple met while collaborating on Bleick’s fashion line EVER. They announced the pregnancy in January.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Selma Blair Welcomes a Son [People]

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"It's Always Sunny..." Stars Expecting!

There must be something in the water on the set of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Two stars of the show revealed their impending arrivals over the weekend.

Charlie Day (35) announced his wife Mary Elizabeth Ellis's (32) pregnancy at Comic-Con over the weekend. This child will be the first for the couple. Day said of the news: "We decided now is the time, and we were fortunate that it happened."

Glenn Howerton (35) announced his good news at the Cowboys & Aliens premiere this past weekend. His wife Jill Latiano proudly displayed her bump alongside him on the red carpet. He later tweeted a photo of his wife with the caption: "Check out my beautiful preggers wife y'all”!"

No other details of the couples' pregnancies have been released.

Congratulations to the happy couples!

Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis Expecting First Child [People]
Glenn Howerton & Jill Latiano Expecting Baby No. 1 [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Big Pink Bus Countrywide Tour for Breastfeeding

In what is probably one of the most creative ways to drum up excitement about breastfeeding, a company called Milk for Thought has launched a countrywide "Latch on America!" tour of it's Big Pink Bus. The bus has already made stops in Oregon, Washington, Utah, California and Colorado. The next states to see the bus will be Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Breastfeeding supporters can watch videos of moms and organizations that have taken action to help promote breastfeeding. Some stops are featuring la leche league experts and milk donation representatives. Many mothers are being interviewed about their nursing experiences to be shown to other groups along the tour. Most importantly, the movement is generating excitement and acceptance in towns across America all centered around breastfeeding.

A tour schedule can be found here.

Have you encountered the Big Pink Bus yet?

Milk for Thought [Official Website]

Cord Blood and Hearing Loss - First Clinical Trial Underway

The first ever clinical trial reviewing the use of umbilical cord blood to treat acquired hearing loss in infants is currently underway. Acquired sensorineural hearing loss is not present at birth and usually develops due to infection, head trauma, or loud noises. Babies with hearing loss have a particularly hard time learning language and tend to struggle in educational settings as they grow older. Six out of every thousand children will develop acquired hearing loss.

Several studies have found that using stem cells to help regenerate parts of the inner ear to be largely successful. However, this study is the first of its kind to use a child’s own cord blood to treat their hearing loss. There are currently no known treatments for hearing loss.

Only children six weeks to 18 months of age with cord blood banked at Cord Blood Registry are eligible to take part in the study. The hearing loss must be acquired and cannot be genetic. Only ten children will be able to take part. For more information and to register for the clinical trial, click here.

Do you have a child with hearing loss?


Safety of Autologous Human Umbilical Cord Blood Mononuclear Fraction to Treat Acquired Hearing Loss in Children [NIH]
Sensorineural Hearing Loss [ASHA]
Can Stem Cells Cure Deafness? [Hearing Loss Web]
Cord Blood Clinical Trials Overview [CBR]