Sharing - Incredible Footage Of Baby's Rare Birth

~ Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 12:01 AM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys!!! For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here - click on the image below to launch the video on YouTube:

THIS is the amazing moment a baby boy born still inside the amniotic sac is cut out so he can take his first breath. The tiny infant remains blissfully unaware he is no longer in the womb and can even be seen squirming and yawning from within before doctors snip him out.

 It is easy to make out the baby's dark hair and features as his face is pressed up against the wall of the sac. In the remarkable clip, medics delicately slice open the thin casing which quickly gives way to release the baby.

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He slides out easily and immediately starts crying as he breathes in air for the very first time.

 The amniotic sac is a thin but resilient membrane which encases the baby in fluid to keep it safe during pregnancy. The moment the casing splits is often referred to as a woman's 'waters breaking'. The expectant mum will usually give birth shortly afterwards.

Babies being born still encased within the entire amniotic sac, known as an en-caul birth, are rare. It generally occurs in fewer than one in 80,000 cases.

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I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys. Do note that sharing this does not mean I agree or disagree with it. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here. Full article and video can be found in the link shown at the end of the post should you wish to find out further.

A new mother's world was shattered when her tiny baby developed whooping cough and died suddenly at just a month old. Now the grieving mum has shared a video of her son's last days to raise awareness of the condition so that other children do not die like he did. 

Little Riley Hughes died aged just 32 days in March, after a short battle with the disease.

He was far too young to receive the vaccine, which can only be administered at six weeks old, meaning he had no defences to fight the illness. But, after his death, his mother, Catherine Hughes, learnt that had she been vaccinated during pregnancy her son might have been able to fight the disease.

She shared the video on Facebook group Light for Riley so new parents do not have to go through the same suffering she did. Catherine who lives with her husband Greg in Perth, Australia, told the Mirror Online she was proud at the impact the video had had, especially as now all Australian states offered the vaccine to expectant mothers.

"We don't want any more babies dying from this terrible and preventable disease, it's an unnecessary heartbreak. When I was pregnant with Riley, who at the time of death was too young to be vaccinated, Australia was not offering these boosters to most pregnant women. After his death, we lobbied state governments so that now all states in Australia offer these boosters for free to pregnant women."

 

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Sharing - Painful Things People Often Say To Women Who Have Miscarried

~ Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:56 AM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys as I'm very interested to know your thoughts on this. Do note that sharing this does not mean I agree or disagree with it. To view the video on YouTube, you can click on the images below. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

Women have revealed the painful and insensitive things people said to them after suffering a miscarriage in a thought-provoking 35-second video. The clip, produced by pregnancy charity Tommy's, features misjudged remarks such as 'it happened for a reason' and 'at least it wasn't a real baby yet'.

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Others were told: 'At least it happened early' and 'There'll be plenty more chances'.

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 Some women were offered 'reassurance' with the words: 'At least you can get pregnant.'

 The video is part of a campaign called #miscourage to end the taboo around the subject. It follows a recent study suggesting that 85 per cent of women who suffer a miscarriage don't think people understand what they have been through.

The research, carried out by Tommy's in November 2015, also showed that 70 per cent of women feel guilty about miscarriage and 79 per cent feel like a failure.

The #miscourage campaign aims to encourage people who have been affected to speak out and share their experiences, in order to change the lack of awareness around the subject.

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It is supported by writer Viv Groskop and broadcaster Lisa Francesca Nand, who have both suffered miscarriages.

One of the campaign's main aims is to change legislation in the UK; currently, women have to endure three consecutive miscarriages before their case is fully investigated. Jane Brewin, the CEO of Tommy's, said: 'It is not acceptable for a couple to go through this much suffering and uncertainty. 'We would like to see an immediate reduction to two and ultimately our aim is that every miscarriage is taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.'

What do you think?


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