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Hospitals Discovers Baby Girls Were Switched in 2002

'It was a human error and we haven’t been able to find out who was to blame'

(Newser) - Health authorities in Spain are blaming human error for the switching of two baby girls in a maternity ward almost 20 years ago, after one of them discovered by chance through a DNA test as a teenager that she wasn’t the daughter of her presumed parents. "It was...

Baby Born on Evacuation Plane Gets Fitting Name

Meet Reach, named for the C-17 aircraft with 'Reach 828' call sign

(Newser) - The name of a baby girl born last weekend aboard a military aircraft evacuating her mother out of Afghanistan has been revealed—and it's in honor of the plane that carried her family away from the Taliban-seized country. Gen. Tod Wolters, the head of the US European Command, told...

Family Member Have a Baby? Hug a Bag of Rice

It's a workaround in Japan for relatives who can't visit with newborns during the pandemic

(Newser) - Congratulations, you're the proud new grandfather of a bouncing baby ... bag of rice? That's the idea behind a product created by Kome no Zoto Yoshimiya, a rice company in Japan owned by Naruo Ono. Relatives who can't visit new parents due to the pandemic will instead receive...

Mom Arrested in Newborn's Death, 14 Years Later

Another cold case helped along by DNA evidence in 2007 homicide in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - "Baby Mary Anne" would have been 14 this year, had she not been killed as a newborn and dumped in a trash bin at a Pennsylvania YMCA. Now, justice may be around the corner, thanks to DNA evidence that has helped along yet another cold case. PennLive.com reports...

Gay Couple Not Allowed to Bring Newborn Twins Home

Namibia won't let girls into country, where their married fathers live

(Newser) - A gay couple who lives in the African nation of Namibia saw their family expand to five with the birth of newborn twins via surrogate. One big problem: The girls aren't being allowed into the country, reports Reuters . On Monday, a Namibian court refused to let Phillip Luhl bring...

Nurses Saw Fire in Newborn Unit. For 10 Infants, It Was Too Late

Officials did manage to rescue 7 babies at hospital in Bhandara, India

(Newser) - A fire broke out in the intensive care unit of a government-run hospital in western India early Saturday, killing 10 infants, police and news reports said, per the AP . A preliminary investigation suggests the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit, a police rep says. The Press Trust of...

With New CDC Stat, a US 'Baby Bust' Continues

Births in America fell about 1% from 2018, leading to fewest number of newborns in 35 years

(Newser) - US births continued to fall last year, leading to the fewest number of newborns in 35 years. The decline is the latest sign of a prolonged national "baby bust" that's been going on for more than a decade, the AP notes. Some experts believe the coronavirus pandemic and...

They Hid Under Beds. One Mom Was Killed Holding Her Newborn

Death toll in pair of attacks Tuesday in Afghanistan climbs to 56

(Newser) - The death toll in Tuesday's attack on an Afghan hospital's maternity ward has climbed to 24, while deaths from a later attack on a funeral have risen to 32, per the BBC . The terror began around 10am with blasts and gunfire heard at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul....

Wonder No More About Meaning of Baby Musk's Name

Tesla CEO's girlfriend Grimes explains what X Æ A-12 stands for

(Newser) - It's not clear where the happy family of three is going to live long term yet, but Elon Musk, girlfriend Grimes, and little X Æ A-12 Musk will soon be settling in at home together. And it looks like the curious won't have to wonder any longer what...

Police: 5 Newborns Poisoned in Same Ward

German authorities are poised to charge nurse with attempted manslaughter

(Newser) - Doctors were stumped when five babies struggled to breathe at a German hospital. Then came urine tests, a police probe, and a painful find: breast milk mixed with morphine in a syringe in a nurse's locker at the University Hospital of Ulm. Now the nurse has been arrested and...

With Each Hiccup, Your Baby Is Learning
This Is Why We Hiccup
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This Is Why We Hiccup

Involuntary movement may help infants learn to breathe: researchers

(Newser) - There's no known advantage to an adult hiccup. An infant one, however, could play a key role in brain development. That's according to University College London researchers who previously conjectured that a baby discovers its body via kicks in the womb. In this study, they used electrodes on...

She Gave Birth on 9/11. Then, the Doctor's 'Oh, My Goodness'

Newborn Christina Malone-Brown was born at 9:11pm weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces

(Newser) - A Mississippi couple welcomed a 9-pound, 11-ounce baby into the world on 9/11, at 9:11pm, the AP reports. The Commercial Appeal reports Christina Malone-Brown was born by cesarean section at a hospital in Germantown, Tenn. Christina's father, Justin Brown, says bystanders joked his family should play the lottery....

'Extraordinary Case' Leads to Record-Setting Pregnancy

Healthy baby girl born in Czech Republic to brain-dead mom who'd suffered stroke 117 days earlier

(Newser) - For nearly four months, Czech medical staff kept a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, touching her stomach, moving her legs to simulate walking, and talking to her unborn child. On Aug. 15, the fruit of their efforts was born: a healthy baby girl, weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces and...

Docs Spent 10 Hours Trying to Save Newborn. Now, 2 Arrests

Baby Diego's mother, her boyfriend accused of strangulation that led to infant's death

(Newser) - She gave birth on Thursday, but by Friday evening, Andrea Torralba Camacho's newborn son was dead. Now, Camacho, 20, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, David Luna Villa, have been arrested after medical staff at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, Calif., reported the baby suffered a "suspicious...

Her Life Began in a Plastic Bag. Now, Hopes for a 'Wonderful' Life

Hundreds want to adopt Baby India, an abandoned newborn found in Ga. woods earlier this month

(Newser) - Baby India had an admittedly rough start to life, but the newborn abandoned in the Georgia woods earlier this month is doing well and now has lots of people hoping to make her their own. The director of the state's Division of Family and Children Services tells the New ...

After Cries Heard in Woods, a Dramatic Rescue on Tape

Forsyth County officials release footage of discovery of newborn found in plastic bag

(Newser) - A Georgia sheriff released dramatic bodycam video Tuesday showing the rescue of a newborn girl who was found alive inside a plastic bag in the woods. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office made the video public in hopes that it will generate credible tips in the case. Authorities have been...

Newborn Found in 1993. Now, Murder Charges
New Development, Twist in
Mystery of 'Geauga's Child'
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New Development, Twist in Mystery of 'Geauga's Child'

Gail Eastwood-Ritchey charged with murder after DNA hunt

(Newser) - It's yet another cold case apparently cracked thanks to an ancestry website that collected people's DNA. This time, it involves a dead newborn found in a trash bag along an Ohio road in 1993. The baby's mother, 49-year-old Gail Eastwood-Ritchey, now faces murder charges, but the case...

Dad Thought Sounds Were an Animal. His Kids Said a Baby

The kids were right: Family finds newborn girl in plastic bag near their Georgia home

(Newser) - A Georgia dad and his kids made a startling find near their Forsyth County home last week: a newborn crammed into a plastic grocery bag, crying but alive. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports authorities are now searching for the mother of the little girl—named India by hospital staff—after Alan...

In the Lone Star State, a 1-in-4.7B Birth

Thelma Chiaka welcomed sextuplets in Houston Friday

(Newser) - Thelma Chiaka now has six more mouths to feed. Per the Houston Chronicle , the Texas mom gave birth to sextuplets Friday morning at Houston's Woman's Hospital of Texas—two sets of twin boys and a pair of twin girls, all weighing in at between 1 pound, 12 ounces...

Cops: Woman Gave Birth in Amazon Facility, Threw Baby in Trash

Samantha Vivier told police she hadn't known she was pregnant

(Newser) - A "terribly sad" discovery in Arizona has led to the arrest of a woman for child abandonment. Samantha Vivier, 22, faces one count of unlawful disposal of human remains after she told police she gave birth in the bathroom of an Amazon warehouse she worked at in Phoenix, the...

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