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After Tragedy, Dad's Joy for 'Rainbow Baby' Goes Viral

Andrew Hanson knew joy of birth could quickly turn tragic

(Newser) - When Andrew Hanson heard his son, Karson, cry for the first time, "it was like he knew that we needed to hear him," he tells the Today Show . The new father grabbed the man who’d just delivered his son safely, Dr. Bryan Hodges, and both men dissolved... More »

5 Celeb Moms Who Battled Postpartum Depression

One even feared she would kill her family

(Newser) - Postpartum depression affects up to 13% of women—including these nine celebrity moms rounded up by The Stir . A sampling:
  • Amanda Peet suffered from "fairly serious" depression after her daughter was born, she revealed in 2008. "I want to be honest about it because I think there’s
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Runner Competes at 34 Weeks Pregnant

Alysia Montano comes in last, doesn't care

(Newser) - What do you do when you've been the national champion for the past four years in the 800-meter race ... but you're 34 weeks pregnant during this year's US Track and Field Championships? Well, if you're Alysia Montano, you go ahead and run, of course. Montano didn'... More »

Moms Who Give Birth at Older Age Live Longer

Study: Those who conceive naturally after 33 more likely to live into 90s

(Newser) - Women who are able to get pregnant naturally and give birth in their mid-30s and after tend to live longer than other women, a new study suggests. Specifically, Boston researchers found that women who gave birth after age 33 were twice as likely to live to 95 than women who... More »

Obama: Time for New Moms to Get Paid Leave

But funding maternity leave is a major problem

(Newser) - It's time for America to lose its status as the only industrialized country where new mothers don't get a single day of paid leave, President Obama says. "Many women can't even get a paid day off to give birth—now that's a pretty low bar,... More »

'Miracle' Mom Delivers Baby, Has Open-Heart Surgery

She was 36 weeks pregnant and suffering from what is called aortic dissection

(Newser) - A 35-year-old pregnant mom a month shy of her due date survived a grueling nine-hour, two-team surgery in which she delivered her baby—and underwent open-heart surgery. Edita Tracey tells she was at her hair salon last month when her back started to hurt, and when the pain... More »

Study Holds Good News for 8% of Pregnant Women

It finds antidepressants don't raise risk of heart defects

(Newser) - An estimated 8% to 13% of pregnant woman are on antidepressants, and not without warning: The FDA in 2005 amended antidepressants' labels to indicate that babies born to moms taking them could suffer an increased risk of heart defects. But causation hadn't been proven, and the latest study on... More »

Woman Births Twins 6 Weeks Apart

The boys, now 4 and 6 months old, are healthy and expecting to do fine

(Newser) - It sounds like a riddle: How can two boys be both brothers and twins but not share a birthday, or even a birth month? A Kansas City mother has a rather miraculous answer to that question. Elene Cowan gave birth to her fraternal twin boys nearly six weeks apart, and... More »

Woman's Ovary Removal Becomes Surprise C-Section

She leaves hospital with baby, hadn't known she was pregnant

(Newser) - Rebecca Oldham found herself suffering painful cramps, and after multiple tests, New Zealand doctors decided to remove her ovaries in November, believing them to be the cause of the problem. But then they woke the 25-year-old up to deliver some very surprising news: Instead of removing her ovaries, they were... More »

It's a Girl, a Boy, and a Girl for These 3 Celebs

Kelly Clarkson, Jenna Fischer, and Jade Jagger give birth

(Newser) - Huzzah! Three new celebrity babies have entered the world:
  • Kelly Clarkson announced the birth of her daughter with hubby Brandon Blackstock yesterday on Twitter, ETOnline reports. "Our baby girl River Rose Blackstock arrived on June 12th!" she wrote. "Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes!
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Family Sees 4 Consecutive Generations of Twins

They've applied to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - There may be something in the water in Clevedon, England. Melanie Gwynne is a twin. Her father and his mother, Gwynne's grandmother, are also twins. And last fall, Gwynne became mom to the family's fourth generation of twins—two girls, whose birth was featured on the British TV... More »

Baby Born 24 Days After His Twin Brother

Alexandre Antunes emerged first, at just 24 weeks

(Newser) - When a baby is born at 24 weeks, he or she has about a 50% chance of survival, notes—but survive little Alexandre Antunes did. "We were praying to hear his cry, and we did," mom Lindalva DaSilva tells WCVB . What made his situation even more... More »

Ashton Kutcher Insisting Pregnant Mila Kunis Juice

Sounds like a good pregnancy plan to us

(Newser) - If you're one of those people who always figured you'd be totally willing to let Ashton Kutcher father your baby, well, you may want to think again. Sources tell Radar Kutcher is driving pregnant fiancee Mila Kunis "insane" by trying to dictate her diet and exercise choices... More »

New Reality Show: Childbirth in the Wild

Lifetime promises 'extreme' safety measures

(Newser) - A new Lifetime reality show is raising eyebrows, especially in the medical community: Born in the Wild will feature women giving birth outdoors with no medical assistance. The network says it is taking "extreme precautions" to ensure safety, including having an emergency professional on standby and a hospital within... More »

'Mono Mono' Twins Make Great Strides

Jenna and Jillian gaining weight, could be home for Father's Day

(Newser) - A rare set of "mono mono" twins—who shared an amniotic sac and placenta— were born just before Mother's Day; now they may be set to leave the hospital in time for Father's Day. Though they needed breathing assistance after their birth at 33 weeks, Jenna and... More »

For Some Men, Breast Milk Is an Energy Drink

'New York' takes a look at odd trend

(Newser) - It's a natural food and adherents swear by its health benefits, even if they're not too keen to go public about it. The headline at New York should tell you why: "Meet the Men Who Drink Breast Milk." This seems to be a trend, if the... More »

This 46-Year-Old Woman's Baby Set a Record

Belinda Slaughter gave birth via IVF, using her own fresh eggs

(Newser) - A 46-year-old Florida woman became a new mom to a healthy baby boy last year via IVF—and though it's not unheard of for a woman to deliver a baby at her age, what's medically remarkable is that Belinda Slaughter didn't use frozen or donated embryos, but... More »

Babies Who Beat the Odds Make Headlines

Stories of newborns and rescued cubs highlight uplifting list

(Newser) - Babies, of the human and animal variety, dominate this week's list of uplifting stories:
  • Comatose Mom Has Baby Boy : A Fresno woman gave birth to healthy baby boy this week, a development making headlines because she herself is in a coma. Melissa Carleton hasn't been conscious for two
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Not Getting Pregnant? Check Your Cholesterol

Study finds link between high cholesterol, trouble conceiving

(Newser) - High cholesterol is bad for more than just your arteries. A study released this week found that high cholesterol may make it tougher for couples to get pregnant, the Washington Post reports. Researchers came to their conclusion after following 501 couples who were trying to conceive (and controlling for other... More »

Comatose Mom Has Baby Boy

Melissa Carleton suffered seizure 2 months ago

(Newser) - A Fresno woman gave birth to healthy baby boy this week, a development making headlines because she herself is in a coma. Melissa Carleton, 39, delivered West Nathaniel Lande via C-section with husband Brian Lande by her side, reports the Fresno Bee . Carleton was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor... More »

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