Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

The Mom Who Became A Famous Escape Artist [Today]

The Most Annoying Pregnancy Myth [Babble]

Colds and stomach bugs not tied to cerebral palsy [Reuters]

Mini Must-Have: Nahla Aubry’s Pretty Dress [People]

Ottawa woman to give birth live on the Internet [CTV]

Taye Diggs Tackles The Terrible 2s [CelebrityBabyScoop]

New grandparents need whooping cough vaccine, AAP says [boston]

Chemotherapy appears safe in pregnancy, study finds [Reuters]

Mike Myers Welcomes First Child

Funnyman Mike Myers (48) has welcomed a real-life mini-me to the world. His wife Kelly Tisdale gave birth a baby boy about two weeks ago. They named the child Spike. Spike is the first child for the couple, who were wed secretly in New York last fall. They've been together since 2006. A rep for the actor told People that the couple is "ecstatic" about their newest addition. They announced the pregnancy in May.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Mike Myers Welcomes Son Spike [People]

What do you think of the name Spike?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Business of Being Born (Part 3)

The third installment of More Business of Being Born is a great film for first time and veteran moms. It's all about exploring your birth options. Doulas, birth centers, and c-sections are discussed in depth. Celebrities such as Alanis Morissette, Laila Ali and other celebrities share their birth experiences.

After watching the third installment of the DVD series, you will definitely want to hire a doula. The film makers interview passionate doulas and show beautiful birth videos that feature doulas. Kimberley-Williams Paisley, Laila Ali and Alanis Morissette endorse the use of doulas in the film and share their personal stories. Viewers can see how a doula would assist a birth through the plethora of footage throughout the film.

The filmmakers also highlight the value of birth centers as positive environments for giving birth. Christy Turlington shares her birth story and some beautiful footage. Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake speak to medical professionals from birth centers, who share the many benefits of birthing in the facilities. Ricki also shares her story of birthing in the birth center. The film provides important distinctions to make when choosing a birth center.  

When speaking about c-sections, the film is fairly weighted against the practice but also advocates for a woman's choice. Many women explain the interventions that led up to their c-sections and share their feelings about their birth experiences. Molly Ringwald shares her experiences leading up to delivering her twin babies and the incredible story of the vaginal delivery. Medical professionals chime in on the reasons for so many c-sections and dispel many of the misconceptions about the surgical procedure. Gisele Bundchen makes an appearance to share her reasoning for a natural birth following a lengthy segment that focuses on the extremely high c-section rate in Brazil.

In the end, the film is all about the choices that mothers are faced with before giving birth. The filmmakers did a spectacular job approaching some key issues that all pregnant women eventually encounter. You can purchase a hard copy of the film or download it on The Business of Being Born website.

Have you considered hiring a doula?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Best of the Web: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Meet Alyssa Milano's Baby Son Milo Thomas! [USWeekly]

Morning Sickness Relief: 5 Helpful Products For Mama-to-Be [lilsugar]

How to Work with Teachers and Coaches [FamilyCircle]

Jessica Alba and Cash Warren introduce their new baby [OK!]

Second Pregnancy: 13 Things I'll Do Differently [Babble]

Dads less likely to die of heart problems [MSNBC]

5 Practical Items to Add to Your Baby Registry [lilsugar]

Dad Photoshopped Pictures to Convince Kids Ewoks Were Real [Gizmodo]

Finland's Baby Boxes for Expectant Mothers [ohdeedoh]

Breast Milk-Drinking Father Finds Quadruplets to Donate to

Here's an interesting story: a couple in California had an excess supply of breast milk that they didn't want to go to waste, so the father took to consuming it on a daily basis. Thankfully, they found a mother of quadruplets that could really use the milk.

Curtis’s wife had filled a freezer with breast milk that could not be donated to a milk bank. Curtis decided to embark on an unusual experiment to find out if he could survive day-to-day on a diet of breast milk. It didn’t take long before he was craving solid food. He posted his story on his blog, to the vitriol of the masses. His blog has since been taken down.

The story has a happy ending though. Among the disgusted comments of the readers, someone helped Curtis’s wife find a milk-sharing network called Human Milk 4 Human Babies. The rest of her frozen breast milk has been donated to a mother of quadruplets, which she is understandably grateful for.

Would you ever drink breast milk?

Dad quits breast milk diet, donates stash to quadruplets [The Star]

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nurturing Mother More Important Than Economic Status in Kids

It seems like every week there's another study that's discovered a negative effect of growing up in poverty. However, a new study proves what most parents knew all along - that it doesn't matter how much money you have, being a good parent can be the single indicator for a child's future success.

The study out of the University of British Columbia in Canada examined 1200 adults for their physical health and level of education (as an indicator of socio-economic status). They interviewed the participants to learn about how their parents raised them, looking for signs of nurturing behaviors they may have experienced as children. The children from higher-income households were physically healthier and higher up on the social ladder than the low-income group, except in the cases where the participants from low-income families had a nurturing mother. Gregory Miller, lead study author, said of the findings: “…those greater risks later in life seem to be offset if the mom paid careful attention to the children's emotional well-being, had time for them and showed affection and caring…”

The study authors believe that stress is at the root of the findings. Children from low-income households tend to experience more stress growing up which can lead to permanent physiological changes. Sustained stress can alter a child’s cognitive abilities and make them more susceptible to illness. A nurturing mother can help relieve this stress and some of negative effects associated with it. The researchers believe that teaching children methods to reduce stress could also help to shore up some of the differences found in children from poor backgrounds.

Do you pay attention to your child’s stress level?

Good Moms Seem to Help Poor Kids Become Healthy Adults [HealthDay]

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sarah Michelle Gellar Dishes on Being a Healthy Mom

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (34) gave birth to her first child with fellow actor Freddie Prinze Jr. in September of 2009. She recently opened up to Health magazine about being a mom to 2-year-old Charlotte, staying fit and the surprise of going into labor at the gym.

How did you keep fit when you were pregnant?
Well, I went into labor at the Pilates gym.

You didn’t!
And it was funny, too, because I was getting cranky, and I said to my trainer, "I’m just cranky today." She was like, "Maybe it’s because you’re going to give birth!" And I was like, "Nah, not yet." It turned out I was in labor, I didn’t realize.

You seem so confident. Do you ever have moments of insecurity?
Oh God … I’m a female! I totally have body dysmorphic disorder. I think most women do. A makeup artist friend once said, "I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look in a mirror." I’m surrounded by them all the time—you sit in hair and makeup—so I guess I just have this mechanism where I tune it out. So every once in a while, I’ll look and I’ll be like, "Wait, that’s what I look like?" I just have to remember that I’m human, and I’m a mom. Being a parent changes the vanity at least a little bit. It has to. Your priorities are different.

If you were ever to put a famous woman’s body on your fridge for inspiration, whose would it be? 
I would never do that to myself, especially because I’m aware of the airbrushing and trainers and food programs. You have to use yourself as inspiration. I think if I were ever going to put something up, I would put a picture of myself where I was proud of my body. But I would rather not look at a picture of myself on my fridge. In fact, we have a nonmagnetic fridge.

What picture would it be?
Probably before I got pregnant—I was in really, really good shape. I think when I was doing Buffy I was a little bit thin, actually, because even though I was working out constantly, it was just the time and the age. But I was happy being pregnant, too. I’m not as critical as I used to be about my body. And it’s also funny, too, how women perceive women, and how men perceive women. Because a woman will look at the skinniest person and think that’s the most attractive, and a man will not think that’s attractive at all!

How will you raise your daughter so she has a healthy outlook?
Well, we’ve already taught her to love healthy food. We took her to sushi on Saturday night, and everybody couldn’t believe what she inhaled. I think it’s important at a young age to enjoy different tastes. And we make this green juice for her. It’s basically everything but the kitchen sink. We go to the farmers’ market and buy everything and just put it in the juicer: kale, Swiss chard, carrots, celery. You name it. And now we’ve all started drinking it, and we’ve all been healthier.

What has been your favorite age?
Oh, right now, for sure. A lot of people say how much more relaxed I am, and it’s because I don’t take things as seriously. You know, it’s not just about work, I have a different priority. And I can let things roll off differently. The only thing that makes me mad is if I lose time with my child.

Is there a way you speed up the quality time with your family?
Napping. That’s why I never do anything at lunch, because most of the time I eat before we break for lunch, and I nap during lunch. I don’t want to miss the mornings with her, so no matter how late we work, I get up with her. My weekends I refuse to work. Because that’s her time. I love this job—it’s not my first priority anymore.

How do you keep from getting too stressed out?
I’m not saving the world. I have to remember that I like my job, but it’s work, and it’s not my life. My life is my family. And I think that’s the best thing. You know, take a minute. It’s not the end of the world.

Sarah Michelle Gellar's Secrets to a Healthy Life [Health]

The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth App

The authors of the all-inclusive pregnancy book The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth have taken their product one step further by creating a convenient app, now available on iTunes. The app features a pregnancy calculator,  weekly to-do lists, and over 275 tips from the many mothers with PhDs that made the book possible. You can also learn about the weekly development of your child, receive a daily tip, and learn when it's critical to call your doctor or midwife.

The current app costs $0.99, but the first 100 people who buy the app and write a review before September 30th will receive a free book - your choice of either The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth or The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby's First Year. Whichever free book you choose to receive, you'll be asked
to review it on To take advantage of the offer, email jenniferreich at after purchasing and reviewing the app.

Purchase the app here.