A Louisiana family has pushed the envelope for its gender reveal.
They used an alligator.
But it was no big deal for Mike Kliebert. He’s a gator wrangler, trainer and tour guide with the nickname, “T-Mike, the Gator King,” WGNO reported.
So how did he use the gator for the big reveal?
Kliebert opened the gator’s jaws and fed him a hollowed-out watermelon. The gator chomped down and blue jello came out, WGNO reported.
The video has gone viral with more than 91,000 shares and 6.8 million views.
This is the story we all need when life is getting you down.
As almost any parent will tell you, it is horrible to see your child in pain, no matter if it is an accident or something that will be beneficial to them later, like vaccinations.
One dad has shown that he fully understands what his little boy is going through and he’s using the viral video, which has more than 12 million views, to get a message across to all fathers: Be in your child’s life.
Antwon Lee took his son Debais to his two-month checkup. During the visit, the baby had to get his latest vaccinations and the first-time dad was just as worried as his son.
Lee told the Cox Media Group National Content Desk that he had no idea the video was being recorded during his son’s doctor’s visit.
You can hear him talking to him, telling Debais, “You’re gonna stay strong,” and, “It’s OK to cry,” as Debais looks to hang on dad’s every word. After being transferred to the exam table, Lee and Debais clutch hands as the inevitable comes, both the shots and the tears that follow.
As Debais starts crying from the shock of the shots, Lee also starts to break down in between giving his son some tender kisses to take the pain away.
After the trauma to both dad and son was over, Lee scooped up Debais, telling him, “They did you wrong. I know. I know. They did you wrong.”
While 12 million views could have meant money for Lee, he would rather not license the viral video and said that he’s overwhelmed with the response to the clip, telling the National Content Desk, “My spirit is [worth] way more than money.”
“I gotta jump on my knees because God has blessed me with my child. It’s a beautiful thing,” Lee said. “I pray [that] all the fathers need to be in their child’s life.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. say they refrain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
But new findings published this week in the journal BMJ Open sought to answer whether or not research fully supports the notion that even one light drink is truly dangerous for pregnant women.
After assessing all of the research published between 1950 and July 2016, the researchers looked closely at the studies involving drinking up to 32 grams of alcohol -- equivalent to approximately two glasses of wine or two pints of beer-- but only 24 studies met the criteria for review.
“The distinction between light drinking and abstinence is indeed the point of most tension and confusion for health professionals and pregnant women,” Luisa Zuccolo, a health epidemiologist at the University of Bristol and the study’s lead author, told CNN.
“We were surprised that this very important topic was not researched as widely as expected.”
But just because the evidence for the possible dangers of light drinking during pregnancy is lacking doesn’t mean there are no risks at all, according to Janet Williams, professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health San Antonio.
“Why not give the child the chance not to have this potential limitation or health risk in their life? There are so many other factors one can worry about, so how about one less concern? There are all sorts of non-risk-based beverages or ways to relax or express one's emotions that do not confer fetal or lifelong effects,” she said.
Still, Zuccolo and her co-authors concluded that further studies are needed to better understand alcohol’s effects on pregnant women and their unborn child.
But for now, the resounding answer from experts around the globe for pregnant women asking if that one light drink is safe: No.
Research shows that alcohol in the mother’s blood can pass through the umbilical cord and reach the baby, causing a variety of problems, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, abnormal facial features, learning disabilities and more.
It’s no old wives’ tale, as many a maternity nurse can attest: During hurricanes, expectant mothers give birth at a higher rate due to the drop in barometric pressure.
At least two hospitals, both bookending Palm Beach County, are gearing up for a slew of Hurricane Irma babies.
“I’m thinking we might have a lot of Irmas,” said Jade Wolkind-Mohl, nurse assistant clinical manager for the maternity ward at Jupiter Medical Center.
The Jupiter hospital plans to have its maternity ward staffed before, during and immediately after Irma. So far only six mothers have pre-registered to be at the hospital to ride out the hurricane but Wolkind-Mohl expects that number to increase dramatically.
“Last year during Hurricane Matthew both our waiting rooms were full,” she said.
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To ride out Irma at Jupiter Medical Center, the mother must be at 38 weeks of gestation and be pre-registered. She can bring one significant other, her own sleeping bag, pillow, and snacks.
It’s been quite the juggling act for the staff of the maternity ward at Jupiter Medical as they prepare their homes and families for the hurricane knowing they will be at the hospital delivering babies.
Brian Altschuler, vice president for ancillary operations at Boca Regional Hospital, said the hospital also will be available for an expectant mother during the hurricane.
“We are here for our community,” Altschuler said. “We are not closed. We are not evacuating. We have great plans in place.”
So why do hurricanes cause expectant mothers to go into labor?
Several studies have suggested that drops in barometric pressure can trigger the rupture of the fluid-filled amniotic sac membrane, which is the green light for baby to vacate the premises.
“It’s certainly not cut-and-dried, but there is some scientific evidence that changes in pressure can contribute to membrane rupture,” Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University College of Medicine, told Live Science for a 2012 article
“The idea behind this belief is that the amniotic sac is like a balloon, and if you lower the external pressure on it, there is an increased risk it can ‘pop,’” Schaffir said.
A Houston couple is celebrating their new bundle of joy in the wake of chaos and destruction in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Khristhian and Kayla Estrada welcomed their baby boy one day after evacuating, three weeks earlier than they expected to meet their first son together.
A doctor induced Kayla Estrada’s labor not long after she endured high stress levels walking in neck-high waters, KHOU reported.
The couple named their son Noah -- a name they had chosen before the storm hit.
“I’m major happy and thankful that he’s healthy because that was one of my concerns,” Kayla told KHOU. “The water ... it smelled like gasoline. We were in there for so long ... The stress of it. I didn’t know if it was going to hurt him in some way. We’re happy that he’s healthy.”
An expecting couple found comfort after they say they spotted a Jesus figure in their baby’s sonogram.
Alicia Zeek and Zac Smith, of Pennsylvania, say they see Jesus wearing a crown and robe looking at their daughter Briella, according to WPMT.
“When I seen it, it almost brought tears to my eyes ... I was speechless. I just couldn't believe it,” Smith told WPMT.
The couple said they aren’t religious but found the “spiritual sonogram” reassuring since Zeek’s first two children were born with defects. Her first daughter had two thumbs on one hand, and her son was born with a cleft lip and palate, WPMT reported.
Briella is healthy, according to doctors, and for that Smith told WPMT he looks at “the angel or God or Jesus, however you want to propose it,” as his blessing.
Social media users joked that the spot on the sonogram image looked like something or someone else.
Read more at WPMT.
Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.
Afton Vechery, formerly of 23AndMe, and Carly Leahy, former executive at Uber, want to make women’s reproductive data accessible, affordable and simpler to comprehend.
Their new venture Modern Fertility, which launched Wednesday, is the first comprehensive at-home fertility test focused on giving women the most accurate data about their reproductive timeline.
Its main target is young women who want a family someday, but not necessarily anytime soon, a trend that has increased among young women over the past few decades.
In fact, according to the Census, in 1976, 68 percent of 29-year-old women had a child. In 2016, only 40 percent did.
And between 2006 and 2010, 7.4 million women (11.9 percent) said they received infertility services, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Survey of Family Growth.
“As we get older, fertility becomes a giant egg-shaped question mark. One second we’re preventing pregnancy and the next second, we’re panicking. It’s an abrupt shift and there’s virtually no information in between,” the Modern Fertility co-founders wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
And the doctors they consulted in their research said women usually wait too long to freeze their eggs.
Both women view this lack of information and of accessibility as a public health issue, Vechery told Forbes.
“Every woman should have this information,” she said.
The new at-home kit features the same laboratory tests available at fertility clinics, but at a better price.
According to TechCrunch, comparable kits are priced at more than double Modern Fertility’s pre-order price of $149. For example, Future Family’s kits are about $600 and Everlywell, $400.
Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams will be welcoming their new bundle of joy before long.
On Tuesday night, the father-to-be and Reddit founder appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and revealed he thinks that his fiancée will give birth to a baby girl. The couple has publicly said that they are waiting until the birth to find out the sex.
“We’re going to be surprised. I will say this, though: We have our hunches,” Ohanian said. “Obviously, (Williams) won the Australian Open while pregnant ... And she remarked that she feels like it has to be a little girl because everything that little baby went through and handled like a champ only a woman could be strong enough to take on.
“If anything, it’s really just reinforced how just amazing and strong and powerful and awesome women are and how useless (men) are during this whole thing. Because it’s like, ‘I can make you a grilled cheese. Does this help?’ We’re worthless!”
“This story -- in a way, it’s the greatest nerd-makes-good story in history. You marrying Serena Williams -- it’s pretty unbelievable,” Kimmel said. “When you think about it, she might be the greatest athlete in American history or maybe the history of the world, not just tennis. This is unbelievable that she has chosen to copulate [with you].”
Ohanian also said that he has never challenged his tennis champ fiancée to a match.
“I was so ignorant when we first met. I had never even watched a match on television. Like, I would change the channel. I was such an arrogant football snob that I changed the channel when tennis was on,” he said. “She’s actually offered to give me lessons. I turned them down. Because I want to be the only person in the world who would ever turn down Serena Williams for tennis lessons, and because I knew there was no benefit to her seeing me be that bad.”
You can say a doctor is never really off the clock, and for Amanda Hess, that’s also true even during labor.
The obstetrician-gynecologist was preparing to give birth at a hospital in Kentucky but ended up delivering another patient's baby before her own.
Hess told WKYT that a mother in labor was further along than her -- and as a doctor, she decided to take action.
The patient was already fully dilated while waiting for her on-call doctor to arrive at the hospital, but the patient’s baby was not going to wait, Hess said to WKYT.
“While she was getting into her patient gown to prepare for her induction and delivery, she overheard the nurses preparing for a woman in active labor who needed to deliver immediately because the baby was in distress -- that baby was coming and needed help,” Dr. Hala Sabry, a friend of Hess’s, wrote in a post on Facebook. “The patient's OBGYN was on their way but Dr. Hess ... knew that the baby needed attention now.”
“I just put on another gown to cover up my backside and put on some boots over my shoes, to keep from getting any fluid and all that stuff on me, and went down to her room, and I knew her," Hess told WKYT.
According to Inside Edition, the woman’s room was only two doors down the hall.
Hess said she realized the patient was one of her own because she performed a checkup on her just days before, WKYT reported.
Once Hess delivered the patient’s baby, she gave birth later that day to a healthy baby girl.
Read more at WKYT.com.
On Nov. 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.
The celebration that came afterwards filled the streets, bars, homes and rooftops across the city, but the celebrations didn’t stop there.
Approximately 38 weeks later, the result of some celebrations are being welcomed to this world.
According to doctors at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the hospital saw a surge of births between July 10 and 18 -- almost double the normal amount of deliveries each day, according to Melissa Denis, vice chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology, the Chicago Tribune reported.
And doctors at the hospital are expecting more going into the first weeks of August.
“It depends on how you calculate full term,” Dennis told NBC Chicago. “You’re looking at any time between late July and mid-August, so we’re expecting more to come.”
“Whether it's the natural ebb and flow of labor and delivery or the Cubs celebration?” Dennis asked during an interview with the Tribune. “We can leave that up to the imagination.”
With names like Wrigley, Theo (after Theo Epstein) and Addison (after shortstop Addison Russell and one of the streets bordering the ballpark), many new babies are being named after the event that may have helped bring them into this world.
On Thursday, Clark the Cub visited babies at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and brought with him the World Series trophy, World Series ring, Cubs onesies and newborn fan Cub memberships.
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