Photo courtesy the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Maybe it’s all the hormones I still have pumping after just having my own kid six months ago, but, man, I can’t help but be in love with these teeny, tiny costumed babies currently in the Intensive Care Nursery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The nurses and care staff threw the families a little Halloween party yesterday and dressed up the little ones for the occasion.
“It’s nice to have something to look forward to,” said mom, Kayla, who gave birth to baby Wyatt at 25 weeks and two days. Wyatt, who was dressed as a pirate, has been in the ICN for just over two months. “There are definitely a lot of ups and downs and little things to celebrate day to day, but something like this was a little more exciting.”
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Soon-to-be parents Leslie “Les” Rivera and Megan Mazarick.
In the old days, when you were pregnant, you’d get on the phone and call everyone you knew to give them the good news, maybe email your close friends, the old college roommate. Hell, an ultrasound postcard would have been really, really innovative. But these days, the world demands more of you, and one Philadelphia couple has stepped up to the plate in a major way, releasing a two-minute baby announcement in the style of a horror movie thriller. And it’s awesome. Read more »
First came Bridezilla—the self-obsessed center of attention who pitches fits if every single detail of her wedding day isn’t to her liking. Then, heaven help us, came Birthzilla—the mom-to-be who had to have her husband and her mom and her mom-in-law and her doula and all her besties gathered together to witness the miracle of birth. Pure silliness, right? How can doctors and nurses do their jobs with all those people crammed around the bed?
Not so fast. According to a professor at the University of Delaware, the way boomers gave birth—alone with their physicians in sterile operating rooms—is the evolutionary outlier, and the cocktail party in today’s birthing suites is a return to our roots.
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Some of you might remember our piece from last year about a woman who chose to eat her own placenta after giving birth, in pill form, and totally loved the experience. Well, it looks like the placenta-eating craze is still around, but it’s gotten a bit more gourmet: Earlier today, our friends over in Philly Mag’s news department, made us aware of the fact that placenta prepared in a ceviche-like fashion is indeed a thing, and you can have it made for you right here in Philadelphia, if you so please.
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There’s a fascinating article on Al-Jazeera today about the financial struggles of adjunct professors in Philadelphia and beyond. (In short, non-tenured professors make very little money, can’t pay off their student loans, etc.)
But the thing that really jumped off the screen to us was the story of Melissa Degezelle, a Philadelphia adjunct professor who makes ends meet by taking new moms’ placentae and lemon-curing them into a ceviche-like substance before turning them into capsules for swallowing. Read more »
Photo via Mimo Baby
Anxious new parents everywhere can breathe a big sigh of relief, thanks to Rest Devices’s new “smart baby monitor.” Adorably dubbed the Mimo Kimono, the smart baby monitor is a sensor-based onesie which, when worn, conveniently tracks a baby’s respiration, sleep position, activity level and body temperature. So essentially, it’s a fitness tracker for infants. Parents are updated in real-time through a web and mobile app. Doesn’t technology just blow your mind?
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The New York Daily News reports on a MontCo couple who had identical triplets earlier this month, beating million-to-one odds to do so. “Allison and Wes Rhoa welcomed tiny daughters Ava, Avery and Alissa into the world at Abington Memorial Hospital earlier this month. Born by C-section just 33 weeks into the pregnancy on Feb. 5, each bundle of joy weighed just 4-pounds. And the proud pop added that they would have their work cut out for them when the trio return home. ‘As soon as you’re done feeding all three and the other ones are rested you’ve got to start all over again. So it’s non-stop,’ he added.”
I’ve never had a kid, but I’ve already told my friends, family members and spouse that should the day ever come that I do have a kid, a sweaty, disheveled, post-birth picture of me cradling my bundle of joy best never find its way to the Internet. Because, guys, no one needs to see that.
So it should come as no surprise to you that I have spent the last 10 minutes staring at a photo of 6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli, who apparently just gave birth to a baby girl. Her coworkers have posted the photo on their Facebook pages, so I’ve seen it three times already.
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