Baby Feet Casting

baby feet castingForever Baby Feet

Parents, have you ever looked at your baby and thought “I wish I could preserve this time forever”?  Well, there is a way to remind yourself every day of those precious few months of your new baby’s life.

You can get a casting made of your baby’s feet. That way, years down the road, when the child is driving you crazy, you can gaze at the cast of him/her’s tiny feet and be reminded that that child is your baby.

Another reason to get a cast made of your baby’s feet is to give it as a gift to the proud grandparents, which would be especially touching if they’re first time grandparents.

Convinced that getting a baby feet casting is the way to go? Or too worried that it will be hard and time consuming?

Here’s some more information.

There are two ways to go about getting your cast. If you’re a real do-it-yourselfer than more power to you.

The first step is finding a provider. You can most likely find a kit at your local craft store or you can buy one on-line. The main thing you need to look for is the amount of impression powder and casting powder the kit provides. For first timers making the actual cast can be pretty tricky and you want to make sure the kit provides enough materials for several trials. The moulding mix is completely safe for your baby’s skin so there’s no need to worry about that.

The basic casting kit can run around nine dollars and it can go up from there depending if you want anything special like a base to display the casts, any special finishes like bronze or silver, or if you want 2-D or 3-D casts. Another aspect of this to consider is your baby’s age. Many kits and reviewers recommend that you get your baby’s feet cast at the age between zero and eighteen months.

It’s the same if you get it done professionaly. The advantage of hiring a professional to cast your baby’s feet is obviously the wealth of experience that the professional has in this area. Then you have to find a location. The up side is that sometimes the professionals will come to your home.

The down side, of course, is the cost. Some professionals can cost a few hundred pounds. It all depends on what you want to have done.

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How to lower your baby bills

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When you’re excited about the arrival of your baby, money may be the last thing you want to think about. But to ensure a bright future for your newest family member, you need to consider the bills that come with delivering your bundle of joy and the other expenses that will follow.

Just giving birth is usually expensive: Vaginal deliveries cost an average of $30,000 in the U.S., while cesareans cost closer to $50,000. You may have health insurance that will cover most of it, but you’ll probably still be on the hook for a portion. Once that final bill comes and it’s time to face the music, here’s what to ask to cover your bases.

1. Can I lower my bill?

Most of the time, you can lower your medical bill through various means like checking for errors and negotiation. Billing errors are common, and even though you’ve got a lot to focus on, you should go over your bills with a clear mind. Your statement should be detailed and itemized, with every procedure, medication and test for you and the baby listed. You’re entitled to receive this, but you’ll probably have to ask for it. So if your bill has just one giant charge or lump sums listed for “laboratory” and “miscellaneous materials,” call the hospital and ask for an itemized statement.

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Once you have the list of all charges, check for anything that’s duplicated, unfamiliar or you know you didn’t use, like medications. Highlight these charges along with any others you don’t understand or seem unfair; also note any misspellings or incorrect personal information. You may be able to get the charges removed or lowered by making an appointment with the hospital billing department.

2. What did my insurance cover?

Under the Affordable Care Act, all insurance policies should have maternity benefits, but exactly what they cover varies among companies and policies. Once you’ve looked over your medical bill to check for errors, it’s time to break out your insurance company’s explanation of benefits. This is the document that shows the charges and lists in a table what the insurance company did and did not pay for. The terms can be confusing, so keep a simple guide handy as you look it over. You’ll also want to keep your insurance policy nearby to reference, but it might help to read over the maternity benefits section before.

The medical bill and EOB should have the same charges listed, so if one has more than the other, make note. As you’re checking over what the insurance company did and didn’t pay, keep note of anything that you think the policy should have covered but didn’t.

Once you’ve gone over all these documents, it’s time to bring any errors you found to the attention of both the hospital billing department and the insurance company. Alert both bodies by phone, and make an appointment to see the hospital billing staff in person as soon as you can. They may be able to rebill and resubmit a claim to your health insurance company if they’ve made errors.

3. Do I qualify for financial aid?

Depending on your income and family’s status, you may be able to get financial assistance through the hospital or a charitable organization. Many hospitals offer aid for families with no insurance or those who make up to 400 percent of the federal poverty threshold. Check the hospital’s website or call its patient services line for information.

If you have a deep need, independent charitable organizations may be able to help, and your hospital might have resources on how to apply for aid. If you’re religious, check with leaders of your faith to see if they can direct you toward faith-based charities. Another option may be local Elks chapters, which often help families in their communities pay medical bills.

4. What do I have to pay for next?

After receiving a large hospital bill, you may not think about what expenses come next. In the short term, your baby will need doctor’s visits, clothes, diapers and formula. Make a list of all things large and small that you’ll have to pay for, even if you already have older children and have done this before. Also consider that your health insurance premium may go up now that there’s a new member in your family.

In the long run, you may have to pay for child care, and if you live in a larger city, you might have to put your baby on a waitlist now. And child care isn’t cheap. According to a report last year from Child Care Aware of America, the average annual child care cost for a 4-year-old was higher than the one year of college tuition in 19 states and the District of Columbia in 2012. So make sure to research low-cost, high-quality options in your area to prepare.

5. How should I adjust my budget?

Any time your life changes in a big way, your finances usually follow, so it’s best to be prepared. Every budget is different, so you’ll have to scrutinize where you can cut expenses. Are you quitting your job to care for the baby, or will you now need to budget for child care? Look over your list of new costs and your old budget and see where cuts need to be made to make room for your new expenses. While it’s not always fun to go over your budget and prepare for your financial future, you’ll thank yourself for it later.

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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Create Baby Registry: Find Out What Baby Dilly Needs!

Baby Dilly’s baby registry! Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard spent their weekend getting ready for the arrival of their first child at their local baby store!

“Having fun creating our baby registry!” dad-to-be Dillard, 25, wrote alongside an Instagram picture of him and Jill scanning items. “Looking forward to ‘Baby Dilly’s’ arrival in just 6 months!”

PHOTOS: The Duggar family photo album!

The proud future parents have multiple registries, including one on Amazon. So far, the two have requested a three-piece crib bedding set with a vintage floral print, pacifiers and bibs emblazoned with Arkansas Razorbacks logos, and a portable video surveillance system to watch their tot snooze (or toss and turn!).

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On Saturday, Sept. 13, Duggar posted an Instagram picture of herself on her husband’s lap. “Looking into using some cloth diapers when ‘Baby Dilly’ arrives,” she wrote. “Any suggestions?”

PHOTOS: See Jill and Derick’s first kiss, plus more celeb weddings

Their shopping spree comes several days after Jill marked a major milestone in her first pregnancy. Dillard shared a picture of his wife and her growing baby bump last Wednesday, Sept. 10, standing from a side angle and holding a sign that read “12 weeks 1 day.”

Duggar, 23, recently opened up to Us Weekly about expecting her first child, saying she wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of her “amazing” husband. “I’ve been very queasy… morning sickness,” Duggar told Us. “But there are good days and there have been better days.”

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Overall, the couple — who married in July — could not be happier with their baby news. “He is so good!” Duggar gushed about Dillard. “He makes sure he gives me snacks before I get out of bed — protein snacks or saltines just so I’ll have something in my tummy before I start moving around. Grabbing me water…so he is so sweet. He is amazing… Married life is the best!”

Article source: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/jill-duggar-derick-dillard-baby-registry-what-baby-dilly-needs-2014159

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Research and Markets: Global Baby Wipe Industry Report 2014

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Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/snnvxg/global_baby_wipe) has announced the addition of the “Global Baby Wipe Industry Report 2014″ report to their offering.

The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The baby wipe market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status.

Development policies and plans are also discussed and manufacturing processes and cost structures analyzed. Baby wipe industry import/export consumption, supply and demand figures and cost price and production value gross margins are also provided.

The report focuses on fifteen industry players providing information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity production, price, cost, production value and contact information. Upstream raw materials and equipment and downstream demand analysis is also carried out. The baby wipe industry development trends and marketing channels are analyzed. Finally the feasibility of new investment projects are assessed and overall research conclusions offered.

Key Topics Covered:

  1. Baby Wipe Industry Overview
  2. Global Baby Wipe Market Status Analysis
  3. Major Regions Baby Wipe Market Status Analysis
  4. Major Countries Baby Wipe Market Status and Analysis
  5. Major Companies Baby Wipe Market Status and Analysis
  6. Baby Wipe Industry Chain and Marketing Channels Analysis
  7. Baby Wipe Industry Segment Market Analysis
  8. Baby Wipe Industry Development Trend
  9. Baby Wipe New Project Investment Feasibility Analysis
  10. Global Baby Wipe Industry Research Conclusions

Companies Mentioned

  • BABISIL (BABISIL)
  • ELSKER (ELSKER)
  • FUSTIN
  • Goodbaby
  • Hengan (Hearttex)
  • IVORY
  • JohnsonJohnson
  • KIMBERLY-CLARK (HUGGIES)
  • Les enphants
  • MAPA (N DENMARK)
  • PIGEON (PIGEON)
  • ProcterGamble(Pampers)
  • STYLE-USA
  • Unicharm
  • UsBaby

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/snnvxg/global_baby_wipe

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Baby Bomber 2014 Season Recap: GCL Yankees (Rookie Ball)

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All future MLB stars have to start somewhere. Which Baby Bombers made the biggest impact in the Gulf Coast League?

The Yankees appear destined to miss the playoffs for the second straight year, but one area of the team which has been much different than last year is the minor league system. In 2013, it seemed like anything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Yankees’ minor leaguers, with the exception of a handful of players. This year though was a better year for the system, and over the next week, Tanya and I are going to do write-ups of each team in the organization discussing the Baby Bombers’ biggest stories throughout 2014. It begins with the rawest talent in the system: the Gulf Coast League Yankees of Rookie Ball.

The Yankees actually fielded two GCL teams, as they’ve had so many international additions and young draft picks sign with them that to get them all playing time, it has made sense to have an extra team. Both played at the Yankees’ spring training home at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, and it was common to see players switching to the other team at various points during the year. This led to some amusement at the end of the season, when both GCL teams won their respective divisions and they met in the GCL playoffs for the ultimate rivalry: GCL Yankees 1 (38-22) vs. GCL Yankees 2 (35-25). The first GCL team prevailed, though they went on to lose to the GCL Red Sox in the three-game Finals. Alas.

One player stood out as the most promising prospect of the bunch: 19-year-old Dominican shortstop Jorge Mateo. An international signing from 2012, this was Mateo’s first time playing outside of the Dominican Summer League, where he had mashed to a .281/.379/.438 triple slash over the past couple seasons. Aside from missing the power that led to seven homers in 64 games last year compared to none this year, Mateo didn’t appear to miss a beat on the field. Although his season was limited to 15 games due to injury, he hit .276/.354/.397 with a 119 wRC+, impressing scouts enough that MLB.com ranked him 18th on their midseason Yankees Top 20 Prospects list, a difficult feat for someone in Rookie Ball who had so little stateside action. They also did a video on him that provides a good sampler regarding his skills:

The report on the team’s site says his speed is his biggest calling card, which makes sense since he swiped 11 bags in just 15 games, and that he covers a lot of ground at shortstop with an arm that’s just getting better. That line in the video at the end about a club official saying Mateo has the highest ceiling of any Yankees middle infielder since Derek Jeter is pretty heady stuff, though they’ve been searching for Jeter’s successor for years now. Mateo is still a long, long way off and he needs more than just 15 GCL games to his record for me to get that excited about him, but he’ll be someone to watch next year, whether he’s back in Rookie Ball or above.

The other GCL prospect to crack the Yankees’ midseason top 20 was their third-round draft pick from this year and with apologies to Jacob Lindgren and his approximately billion strikeouts in relief, probably the most exciting member of the team’s 2014 draft class: 19-year-old righthander Austin DeCarr. Surprisingly undrafted out of high school last year, DeCarr spent the past school year with the prep school Salisbury in Connecticut and won so many fans with his improved strength, max-96 mph fastball, and hard curveball that the Yankees had to offer him above-slot money to convince him to sign with them rather than go to Clemson, where had had a commitment.

A cool $1 million bonus won them DeCarr, and in 11 games (eight starts), he pitched to a 4.63 ERA and 3.68 FIP in 23 1/3 innings while fanning 9.3 batters per nine and surrendering just one homer. His walk rate was nice at 2.7 BB/9, though he did drill six batters while throwing three wild pitches. He still has plenty to work on, though MLB.com’s short video feature on him did offer some nice words about what might come in his future, be it in Staten Island or wherever:

Due to the inexperience and extremely young ages of the guys in the GCL, it can be tricky properly evaluating them at this level, as great statistical seasons often seem to create a mirage about a player’s ability (see 2011 Dante Bichette Jr. and 2013 Gosuke Katoh, both of whom had to make serious adjustments upon reaching Low-A Charleston the next year). Working on tools is often more important than pure statistics in the minors, especially at the Rookie Ball level, where Derek Jeter hit a mere .202/.296/.312 as an 18-year-old. Take that with a grain of salt when considering GCL stats.

For instance, catcher Leonardo Molina (no relation to the catching Molina brothers) was outlandishly young, as he was only 16 until July 31st of this year, and while he struggled with the bat at .193/.267/.260 with just one homer in 53 games, he was about three to four years younger than the average GCL player. The aforementioned talented Mateo was still playing in the Dominican Summer League at that age. Molina was one of the top international free agent signings of 2013, and it would shock no one to see him make a Mateo-like leap in prominence next year.

Another guy who could really catch people’s eyes next year is 2012 first rounder Ty Hensley, who was finally healthy again after being limited to 12 innings during his first two professional seasons due to various injuries, including a preexisting hip impingement. Hensley struck out 23 batters in 19 innings over seven games (six starts) with a 2.37 ERA and earned a bump up to Staten Island for the final month. There’s a reason he was a first-round draft pick and having just turned 21 on July 30th, he has plenty of time to bounce back.

The most consistent GCL player all year turned out to be 20-year-old Dominican shortstop Bryan Cuevas, a 2012 international signing who hit .356/.405/.564 who had a 174 wRC+ and 19 extra-base hits over 40 games this year. It was a clear step up from the .273/.328/.393 he finished with last year in Rookie Ball, and one that should earn him another step up somewhere in the system, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see the higher-ceiling Mateo get preference.

The most famous son of a big leaguer selected in the 2014 MLB Draft was Mariano Rivera, son of some other guy you may know. However, the younger Mo did not sign with the Yankees, opting to return to college. Instead, the Yankees received attention-worthy production from another son of a former Yankee: Dominic Jose. A 24th round pick in this year’s draft, Jose is the son of 1991 NL All-Star Felix Jose, who played 11 years in the majors and 20 games with the 2000 Yankees toward the end of his career. A fellow outfielder and graduate of the Stanford baseball program, Dominic quickly made it evident that he most likely would not have to repeat Rookie Ball next year, as he hit .300/.359/.462 with 16 extra-base hits and a 136 wRC+ in 42 games. Not too shabby.

On the mound, the GCL Yankees’ ace was probably Venezuelan righty Luis Cedeno, who pitched to a 1.12 ERA and 2.36 FIP in 16 games (six starts) and 40 innings. A two-year Dominican Summer League player, Cedeno became a 20-year-old on July 14th and put up some nice numbers, including a 0.725 WHIP, though his somewhat-small 5’11″ frame might make it a challenge for him to maintain this performance as he goes through the minors.

The GCL kids are the youngest of the bunch and thus the most difficult to project forward since they are so many years away from the majors. With intriguing guys like Mateo and DeCarr there this year though, the GCL Yankees certainly made an impression on scouts in 2014. Just wait until next year, when some of the huge crop of highly-regarded international free agents the Yankees signed this summer reaches Rookie Ball.

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Northland DHB launches Shaken Baby Prevention Education

Jaysha was born a healthy baby but, at four weeks old, was shaken by her father and, from that day, her life took on a different path.

Jaysha suffered from Shaken Baby Syndrome – the result of a single shake. A single shake can cause brain damage, blindness, paralysis, deafness, seizures, broken bones and delays in normal development and even death.

To help prevent this Northland DHB today launched an education programme that empowers parents and caregivers with the skills to protect their children.

All caregivers that visit the Special Care Baby Unit, the Children’s Ward and antenatal services will receive the Shaken Baby Prevention 10-minute education session incorporated into learning lifelong skills, such as CPR and safe sleeping.

Jaysha’s mum, Northland DHB staff member Vicky Hei, was first alerted to the difference in her daughter as soon as she returned from work that day and heard her high-pitched cry.

“As soon as I got to Jaysha I knew something was wrong, she had no colour, was limp and her eyes had diverted to one side and were flicking.

“I tried to breastfeed Jaysha but she wouldn’t latch on so I kept asking what has happened here,” says Vicky. “Dad just repeated his story and said I should wait a while, that baby would come right.”

Jaysha didn’t ‘come right’ and the next time she received food it was through a tube at ICU.

The diagnosis was that the injuries Jaysha had sustained were the equivalent to having had a very bad car accident.

The true story finally came out and Jaysha’s Dad admitted that he had shaken his daughter.

“From that moment on, our life changed forever,” recalls Vicky.

Jaysha was left with right side hemiplegia and developed severe epilepsy, having up to 15 seizures every day. Her development was delayed significantly in terms of learning to walk and talk.

She was taking up to 10 pills per day to reduce the amount of seizures she was having.

“She always looked sedated and the spark in her eyes had gone. Jaysha endured a lot of knocks and bruises from falling, tripping up and her drop seizures.”

Last year Jaysha had major surgery on her brain to stop her having seizures. Since then she hasn’t had a single seizure, which has completely turned her life around.

“She is a gutsy kid and has a strong bunch of friends who include her as much as she is able,” says Vicky. She is full of colour, life and has some big aspirations.

“Our message is never, ever shake a baby and be careful who you leave your baby with. Never leave a baby with anyone who might lose control – it’s okay to walk away.”

Every year in New Zealand, on average 20 babies under two are admitted to hospital with injuries after being shaken, and around five die.

The Shaken Baby Prevention Programme is a component of the National Violence Intervention Programme, and it is included in Violence Intervention training provided to all frontline Northland DHB staff.

Key messages:

- Crying is how babies communicate – this can be very frustrating

- It’s okay to walk away

- Never, ever shake a baby

- Never leave baby with anyone who might lose control

- Share this information with everyone

- If you think baby’s hurt, seek medical help at once

Article source: https://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/local/24991240/northland-dhb-launches-shaken-baby-prevention-education/

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Shaken baby expert faces 'witch hunt'

Fearing that reliance on the argument had led to miscarriages of justice, she
became a key expert witness defending parents who said their children’s
deaths were the result of natural tragedies.

The case opening tomorrow could see Dr Squier, a pathologist for more than 30
years, removed from the medical register, for the opinions she has expressed
in court.

The charges against her — of which few details have been released — have
shocked several medical and legal specialists, who believe the action stems
from a campaign to silence doubts about the theory, and secure more
convictions for child murder.

Dr Marta Cohen, a paediatric pathologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital who
shares Dr Squier’s views, said: “I believe this humble, clever, courageous
woman is the victim of a witch hunt by the Metropolitan Police to stop her
from being an expert witness which may risk them losing their case.”

Dr Squier, 66, has devoted almost all of her professional life to the study of
infant brains, appearing in courts around the world in cases where babies
had died after suffering brain injury. In the UK, around 250 cases involving
claims of shaken baby syndrome go to court a year.

Until 2001, she agreed with the standard medical view that the combination of
three key symptoms, known as the “triad”, should lead to a conviction. But
subsequent research led her to doubt that these symptoms alone were
sufficient verification of guilt.

She came to believe that shaken baby syndrome may not exist, and that the
triad signs could occur naturally in a baby. Dr Squier suggests that
bleeding into the membranes in the brain could be a mechanism in young
babies, which is intended to protect the brain itself from haemorrhage as it
is exposed to pressure during delivery.

The view, shared by a minority of pathologists, is at odds with mainstream
theories developed in the 1970s.

In 2000, Lorraine Harris, of Derbyshire, was jailed for manslaughter, after Dr
Squier concluded her four-month-old baby Patrick had been shaken to death.
But in a 2005 appeal, the pathologist was called as an expert witness for
the defence, saying she was now convinced the criteria she had used to
define whether shaken baby syndrome had occurred were wrong. The conviction
was quashed.

Around the world, the arguments became heated. The case of British nanny
Louise Woodward — found guilty in 1997 of shaking eight-month-old Matthew
Eappen to death in Boston, Massachusetts — was pivotal in bringing arguments
over shaken baby syndrome into the public eye. She was jailed for 15 years
but the conviction for second degree murder was later reduced to involuntary
manslaughter.

Dr Squier became the target of criticism. This culminated in a 2009 case in
which a High Court judge, Justice Eleanor King, accused her of speaking
“contrary to the mainstream of current thinking”. As a result, in April
2010, police referred the doctor to the GMC. Around the same time, Scotland
Yard police are alleged to have undermined the pathologist and other expert
witnesses blamed for failure to convict in cases of shaken baby syndrome.

At a US conference in 2010, Det Insp Colin Welsh, then of the Met’s child
abuse investigation command, was reported to have suggested police would
investigate such experts and report them to their professional bodies “to
see if we turn up anything”.

Since then, the pathologist has been rejected by a number of courts. In 2011,
Dr Squier said: “If I am blocked from giving evidence in court, defendants
already having to cope with the tragic death of a baby will not get the
benefit of the new science. Equally, if the courts fail to accept that the
mainstream view of 30 years ago can no longer be relied upon, there will be
serious miscarriages of justice.”

The pathologist said many convictions for shaken baby syndrome relied on
confessions. “Some police grind those accused down interviewing them for
hours while their baby is dying in hospital,” she said. “Under such duress
people can confess to anything.”

Tomorrow, a GMC fitness to practise panel will consider charges that between
2007 and 2010, the pathologist failed to be “objective and unbiased”, was
“dishonest”, and “brought the reputation of the medical profession into
disrepute” while acting as an expert witness in court cases.

Last week, the GMC had yet to pass on to the pathologist’s lawyer full details
of her alleged dishonesty. Dr Squier said: “I refute the charges absolutely.
I will be putting up a very robust defence but I am unable to discuss it
further at the moment.”

If she is cleared, it could throw the findings of thousands of cases into
question.

Prof Margaret Esiri, emeritus professor of neuropathology at the University of
Oxford, who has worked with Dr Squier since the 1980s, said: “Her findings
do make it more difficult for the police to prosecute. They would rather
evidence was cut and dried so they can get their convictions.”

Bill Bache, a solicitor who has defended families in cases where shaken baby
syndrome was alleged, said he was “flabbergasted” by the charges.

Clive Stafford Smith, a civil rights lawyer and director of the charity
Reprieve, said: “Much shaken baby and battered child testimony is extremely
dubious, and should be vigorously questioned.”

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, which manages such GMC hearings,
declined to comment. The Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of a report
registered by the then National Police Improvement Agency with the GMC in
2010 about a doctor. The Metropolitan Police cooperated with a request from
the GMC to provide relevant information.”

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Brazilian baby given three parents

Gay couples wait to marry in large communal gay wedding in RioIn May 2013, Brazil became the third country in Latin America to approve same sex marriage. Here, 130 couples wait to marry in a communal gay wedding in December 2013.

For the first time in Brazil, a judge in southern Rio Grande do Sul state has permitted a baby to be registered with two mothers and a father.

The judge said the baby’s biological parents and the mother’s female partner had requested the baby’s birth certificate be changed.

The women married two months ago and the father was a male friend.

The judge, Rafael Pagnon Cunha, said his decision would open up legal precedents all over Brazil.

The two women had been in a four-year relationship before the birth and had asked their male friend to help them have a child.

He had agreed, but had asked in return to be recognised as the father of the baby girl, who was born on 27 August.

Judge Cunha said that all three parents had been involved during the pregnancy in the preparations for the arrival of the child.

“Being a father and a mother is above all about taking care and fulfilling tasks. I feel sure that for this child the possibility of happiness will be very great,” the judge said.

The baby’s birth certificate bears the name of two mothers, a father and six grandparents.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29195890

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Baby Foods and Infant Formula

DUBLIN, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Baby Foods and Infant Formula – Global Strategic Business Report” report to their offering.

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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Baby Foods and Infant Formula in US$ by the following Product Segments: Infant Formula (Baby Milks/Baby Formulas), Baby Meals, Baby Cereals, Baby Juices/Drinks, and Baby Biscuits/Cookies.

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs.

The report profiles 109 companies including many key and niche players such as:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Danone SA
  • H. J. Heinz Company
  • Hain Celestial Group
  • Hero Group

Key Topics Covered:

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

  • Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations
  • Disclaimers
  • Data Interpretation Reporting Level
  • Quantitative Techniques Analytics
  • Product Definitions and Scope of Study
  • Infant Formula
  • Baby Meals
  • Baby Cereals
  • Baby Juices/Drinks
  • Baby Biscuits/Cookies

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
2. COMPETITION
3. MARKET TRENDS DRIVERS
4. KEY ISSUES CONFRONTING THE MARKET
5. REGULATORY ISSUES AND DEVELOPMENTS
6. PRODUCT OVERVIEW
7. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY
8. PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS/INNOVATIONS
9. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS

  • Abbott Laboratories (US)
  • Abbott Nutrition
  • Danone SA (France)
  • Danone Nutricia
  • Bledina SA (France)
  • H. J. Heinz Company (US)
  • Hain Celestial Group (US)
  • Ella’s Kitchen Group Ltd (UK)
  • Hero Group (Switzerland)
  • Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation (US)
  • Semper AB (Sweden)
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (US)
  • Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Nestlé S.A. (Switzerland)
  • Gerber Products Company (US)
  • Nurture Inc. (Happy Family) (US)
  • Parent’s Choice (US)
  • Plum Organics (US)
  • Synutra International Inc. (US)
  • Wakodo Co. Ltd. (Japan)

10. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE

III. MARKET
1. THE UNITED STATES
2. CANADA
3. JAPAN
4. EUROPE
5. ASIA-PACIFIC
6. THE MIDDLE EAST
7. LATIN AMERICA
8. AFRICA

IV. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Total Companies Profiled: 109 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries 166)

  • The United States (23)
  • Canada (3)
  • Japan (6)
  • Europe (84)
  • France (10)
  • Germany (8)
  • The United Kingdom (12)
  • Italy (4)
  • Spain (5)
  • Rest of Europe (45)
  • Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (31)
  • Latin America (6)
  • Africa (4)
  • Middle East (9)

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It's a celeb baby boom

From Carrie Underwood to Duchess Kate; get the pregnancy scoop on Replay hosted by Wonderwall’s Kirby Kristen.

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Mental State Central in Case of Baby Left in Trash

Baby In Trash

Associated Press

Lawyers for a Utah woman accused of leaving her newborn baby to die in a trash can say her mental state will be a central issue in the case.

Alicia Marie Englert, 23, made her first court appearance Wednesday in Salt Lake City with her hands shackled behind her back. Her eyes looked partially closed behind black-framed glasses.

A state judge allowed Englert’s attorneys nearly a month to evaluate her before her next hearing. Defense attorney Susanne Gustin called the case sad and horrible, but asked the public to withhold judgment.

“We just ask people to be patient and wait for the information to come out and to maybe give everyone a greater understanding of why this happened,” she said.

Photos that have surfaced publicly allegedly showing Englert in a nightclub drinking could be introduced by prosecutors, Gustin acknowledged.

Englert’s family has said she has a learning disability and didn’t understand what she was doing when she dumped the newborn. Gustin said attorneys are still trying to figure out whether Englert understands the charges.

“Obviously, this is going to be a case of what was going on with Alicia,” Gustin said.

Englert is being held on $500,000 bail and faces up to life in prison if convicted on an attempted murder charge.

The baby girl has been released from a hospital where she was flown in critical condition on Aug. 26. She is in the care of state child welfare workers.

A neighbor who thought she heard a cat purring found the baby suffering from hypothermia and respiratory distress underneath bags of trash.

The child was dirty, smelly and had a blood-borne infection, according to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. He said the child would have died if she wasn’t found and treated. State child welfare workers have custody of the baby, who is in fair condition.

Prosecutors say Englert gave birth in the bathroom of the home she shared with her family around midnight on Aug. 24. She gave the child no food or medical attention before wrapping her in a towel and going to work the next day, according to police.

Investigators don’t believe other family members knew about the baby. Englert’s parents attended Wednesday’s hearing but did not take questions from reporters. The child’s father hasn’t been publicly identified.

Englert’s next court appearance was set for Oct. 6.

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