Babies found in freezer

8 12 2006

I was watching the news last night and came across something disturbing. There were 3 frozen babies found in a freezer. The woman who lived there just died right after Thanksgiving.

This story came out of Columbia. Tn.

The frozen bodies of three dead babies were found in a freezer Thursday in the apartment of a 35-year-old Columbia woman who died recently, according to the Columbia Police Department.

A family member of Tracy Howard found the bodies, some of which may be fetuses, when cleaning out Howard’s apartment. The age and cause of death of the babies is unknown.

Howard died on Nov. 28, and an initial autopsy suggests it was from natural causes.

An autopsy on the babies was scheduled for Thursday, though no results have been released.

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Pregnancy rates unchanged with Plan B on hand

24 11 2006

This article may be interesting if you are TTC and/or preventing pregnancy….

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a proactive program where women can keep on hand at all times at least two free packages of emergency contraceptives — also known as the morning-after pill or Plan B — the pregnancy rates are no lower than when women have normal access to emergency contraception, study results suggest.

Continue to full article here





Should extreme preemies be saved?

16 11 2006

I thought of this article a little bit disturbing. If I was the parent of a preemie, I would do everything in my power to save his/her life. Unfortunately, life is tough and sometimes cut short, but I do not agree with destroying a life even if the doctors tell me it’s the right thing to do.

LONDON – Premature babies born before 22 weeks gestation should not be given intensive care treatment to keep them alive, according to a report released in Britain on Wednesday.

What are your thoughts about this? If you, as a parent, went into early labor and the doctors said that there is a small chance of your baby surviving and that they should not let him/her survive anymore suffering, what would you do or say? I would love to hear your input!

FULL STORY HERE





Facts, Truths, and Beliefs on S.I.D.S – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

19 10 2006

Facts:

Nationally the leading cause of death for babies between 1 month and 12 months of age (2-4 months is the biggest risk area)

SIDS is the cause of death for approximately 2, 500 babies per year

Nationally the highest number of deaths occur between 2-4 months; 91 % occur between 1 and 6 months.

More SIDS deaths occur in winter months than any other season (Nov-Mar)

More male babies die of SIDS

Unaccustomed tummy sleeping increases the risk by as much as 18-fold

Exact causes of SIDS are unknown, but it is not caused by immunizations, vomiting, or choking

SIDS is NOT the same as suffocation

Risk Factors:

Low birth weight (less than 5 pounds)

Premature (less than 37 weeks)

Maternal smoking during pregnancy

Multiple births (e.g. twins, triplets)

Maternal age younger than 18 years

Less than 18 months between births

Babies at risk for SIDS:

Babies who breathe secondhand smoke (2.5x greater risk)

Babies who sleep on their tummies (have 5x greater risk) {NOTE: Babies who can roll from tummy to back or back to tummy, they are okay to sleep on their tummies if they choose to. But always put baby on their BACK to sleep}

Babies put on their tummies to sleep who usually sleep on their backs as much as 18x greater risk)

Bed Sharing

Can be hazardous

No adults (parental or other) or children (siblings or other) should bed share with an infant

An adult bed is not made with infant safety in mind

** The safest place for a baby is to sleep alone in a safe sleep environment and position

A safe sleep environment or Crib:

No tears in mesh or fabric

No loose or missing slats (slats need to be 2 3/8″ or less apart)

No missing, protruding or loose screws, bolts, or hardware

No sharp edges, points, or rough wood surfaces

Corner posts or decorative knobs should be 1/16th inch or less ( so as not to catch on babies clothing)

No splits or cracks in plastic or wood

No soft bedding, comforters, pillows, bumper pads, wedges/positioning devices, toys and/or stuffed animals, loose blankets, etc..

An unsafe sleep environment includes:

Chairs, recliners, sofas, water beds, adult beds. This means do not place baby to sleep on a sofa with pillows around them as this may cause positional asphyxia.

Safe Sleep Environment:
Warmth Provisions:

Be a wearable blanket or sleep sack

* allows for a diaper to be changed without removing it

* moves with the infant without danger of entanglement
Infant Positional Asphyxia

Occurs usually in a sleep setting when an infant’s body position or an object prevents the child from breathing.

* Infant’s mouth and nose don’t have to be completely obstructed for suffocation to occur.

Common causes:

* Inappropriate sleep surfaces; not firm

* Entrapment of head; between slats

* Items in sleeping environment; bumper pads, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals.

Unintentional Infant Suffocation Chart

Using a Pacifier

* A pacifier can be used at naptime and bedtime during the first year

* Some preliminary research indicates pacifier used reduces the incidence of SIDS

* A pacifier should not be forced on babies who do not want it

* For nursing babies, pacifiers should be introduced after breastfeeding has been established.





Do you have a story or news to share?

18 09 2006

I would love to hear your TTC story…or any other story you might have to share. Whether it is about pregnancy, being a mom, a teacher, a grand-parent, a dad, or a sibling. ALL stories are welcome….

I will be posting my birth story of my beautiful 5 month old baby girl soon. I also will post my other 2 childrens birth stories as well. I will also be sharing what it was like growing up with an autistic brother.

Cannot wait to hear from you!

~Angie~





Welcome!

29 08 2006

I want to introduce myself. I am Angie and I am a proud parent of 3 beautiful children. I wanted to create this site so it gives parents a chance to express their thoughts and opinions, as well as give/receive advice. If you have any concerns, feel free to post them or you may contact me personally at aconn73@gmail.com