Actor George Clooney admits he cries four times a day over exhaustion

Exhausted new dad George Clooney has admitted he cries twice a day over his newborn twins.

The 56-year-old hunk actor recently welcomed twins with his lawyer wife Amal. George and Amal welcomed twins Ella and Alexander 3 months ago, and the new dad is having a hard time.

He is thinner than he was and has new-dad shadows under his eyes. But the source of his joy is immediately apparent in the two ridiculously adorable three-month-olds in the picture — a big, bonny boy chuckling mischievously into his open fist and a serene little girl with enormous doe eyes.

‘They don’t cry,’ he says, proudly. ‘I cry more than they do. I cry four times a day right now, because I’m so tired.

Since June 6 this year, when he and his wife Amal, 39, were joined by babies Alexander and Ella, his life has changed in ways he could not have predicted.

‘Although I wasn’t completely unaware of what life would be like,’ he puts in. ‘All my friends have kids and I’m godfather to about 20 of them, so I knew what I was in for.

The surprise for me was how much more complicated twins is than just the one — it’s not just twice as much work, it’s more than that. And it’s not even so much work for me, because these two knuckleheads don’t even care that I exist right now!

‘All they want to do is eat, so I have nothing to give them except a bottle once in a while (expertly, he crooks his elbow to mimic picking up and feeding an infant) and they’re happy about that, but it’s mostly Amal for them at the moment. I don’t even really understand what’s going on.

‘And I have such admiration for my wife because she’s breastfeeding them and getting about two hours of sleep per interval, and the love they have for her is a sight to see and it’s beautiful.’

George Clooney and Amal Clooney walk the red carpet ahead of the 'Suburbicon' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival earlier this month

 George Clooney and Amal Clooney walk the red carpet ahead of the ‘Suburbicon’ screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival earlier this month

The other side of the sleepless nights is pure joy. ‘All of this is icing on the cake,’ he says. ‘Look, I’m 56 years old and I didn’t think it was going to happen for me. I thought my life would be focused on my career, not relationships, and I’d sort of accepted that.

‘And then I met Amal and I thought, “Well, I have this incredible relationship, this is wonderful.” And then… all of a sudden we have these two knuckleheads around who make me laugh every day.

‘Really, they’re funny kids. He just eats and eats and sits and goes “uh-uh” and I have never seen anything eat so much in my life.

‘And she’s very delicate and feminine, and she’s all eyes and looks like her mother.

‘I suppose it makes sense that they should be so different, but I hadn’t seen it first hand before and it really makes you realise how much nature is part of who we are.

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Tina Kaggia Welcomes Bundle Of Joy

Classic 105 presenter Tina Kaggia gave birth to a bouncing baby girl on Tuesday 5th January.

The baby girl joins the Kaggia’s as the third born and as the second girl with and elder brother and sister.

Pictures of the newborn are yet to be released by the family as they wish to keep her off the public eye.

We wish the mother and child well as they begin a new journey in life.

Congratulations Tina.

65-Year-Old Grandmother Gives Birth to Quadruplets

Annegret Raunigk, the 65-year-old German woman who was pregnant with quadruplets, has reportedly given birth.

According to ABC, the grandmother of TK (and mother of 13 children already) had three boys named Dries, Bence and Fjonn, and one girl named Neeta, who were born premature via C-section at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital but have “good chances of surviving”.

“However the babies, in comparison with a normal birth in the 40th week, are not completely developed, so eventual complications can’t be ruled out,” the report read.

But, so far, so good. Raunigk and her new brood are reportedly being closely monitored. Raunigk previously made headlines when she had a baby at 55.

She became pregnant after undergoing several artificial insemination procedures in Ukraine, RTL said.

The channel has negotiated exclusive rights to the story and has followed the build-up to the births, although it said no filming was done in the hospital where the babies were born.

Ms Raunigk made headlines in April when the German press first reported that her latest artificial insemination attempt had resulted in a quadruple pregnancy.

At the time, she said she decided to try to have another child because her youngest daughter, who is nine, wanted a little brother or sister, according to RTL.

-Abc.net

Birth rate in Central Kenya continues to drop

Central Kenya’s population is under a major threat as the region’s birth rate has fallen alarmingly, according to Ministry of Health statistics released on Wednesday.

But even as the long-term prospect of heavy population dwindles in Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Kiambu and Nairobi, the counties in the arid and semi-arid regions are enjoying a new boom, with baby numbers on the rise.

Mt Kenya region and Nairobi see falling birth rates, whereas the Northeastern and Western regions are top with highest birth rates, the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) reveals.

Similarly, the report shows that Kenyan families are getting healthier. The survey shows improvements, in the last 5 years, in maternal and child health, family planning use, and uptake of testing for HIV.

On births, the latest findings show that Nairobi has a total fertility rate of 2.7, Central has 2.8, while Northeastern has 6.4 and Western 4.7.

On the regions with high fertility rates, Rift Valley comes third, with 4.5, followed by Nyanza at 4.3, then Coastal fifth at 4.3, whereas Eastern is at position six with 3.4.

The counties with the lowest total fertility rate (TFR) are Kirinyaga (2.3) followed by Nyeri, Kiambu and Nairobi, all with a TFR of 2.7.

Wajir county has the highest TFR at 7.8, followed by West Pokot at 7.2, Turkana at 6.9 and Samburu at 6.3, all of them arid and semi-arid parts of northern Kenya.

This means that fertility is lowest among counties in Central and Nairobi regions and highest—more than six births per woman—in the counties in the arid and semi-arid areas of Northern Kenya.

However, on average, the number of births for Kenyan women (Total Fertility Rate) has declined from 4.6 in 2008-2009 to 3.9 in? 2014, the lowest so far, meaning the average Kenyan woman can expect to have four children in her lifetime, instead of five.

The national decrease therefore means that, on average, a Kenyan woman who is at the beginning of her childbearing age will give birth to about four children by the end of her reproductive period.

The fertility rate among women in the rural areas is 4.5 higher than the rate in urban areas, with 3.1 births per woman. The results also show that fertility rate by age is higher in the rural areas across all age groups. The rate among women in the 20-24 age bracket stands at 248 births per 1,000 women, compared with an urban rate of 164 births per 1,000.

Despite these differences, the rural-urban fertility differences are narrowing, compared to previous surveys, the report shows.

“Kenyan women living in rural areas bear more children than those living in urban areas. Women in lower socio-economic strata bear more children than their wealthier counterparts; women from households in the lowest wealth quintile have a total fertility rate that is more than twice than women from highest quintile. Similarly women with no education have a TFR more than twice that with a secondary or higher level education,” the report explains.

The report also shows that more women are using modern contraceptives to space births and plan their families.? “Nationwide, 53% of currently married women are using modern contraceptive methods, up from 39% in 2008-2009. Injectables continue to be the most commonly used contraceptive method. Use of long-acting implants has increased from only 2% in 2008-2009 to 10% in 2014. The increase in contraceptive use is matched with declines in fertility,” Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said.

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‘I hate my son,’ woman confesses

Our caller on Maina and King’ang’i this morning resents her 4-year old son. Her husband left her as a result of the pregnancy accusing her of infidelity. He became violent towards her and soon left their matrimonial home.

She says that she would leave her son behind if she met a man who was willing to marry her. What happened to maternal instincts? What would make a woman leave her baby whom she carried for 9 months and not feel any remorse.

Are there such women out there? Can you relate to the confessions in the audio below?

61 year old Woman gives birth to her own grandchild

After an abortion and a failed pregnancy through a surrogate mother, 27-year-old Seethalakshmi* began to lose hope of being able to hold a baby in her arms again.

Doctors at Akash Fertility Centre and Hospital in Chennai, where Seethalakshmi was treated, said she and her husband had approached them in 2013 looking for a surrogate mother.

It is said that the woman conceived after her marriage but lost her child in the seventh month after she developed pregnancy-related complications.

Doctors decided to remove her uterus after she began to bleed excessively.

Two years after she lost her baby, she and her husband, IT professionals, approached a fertility clinic, looking for a surrogate mother.

The procedure, however, failed in the surrogate mother. The doctors suggested looking for someone within the family and luckily her mother, who had accompanied the couple, volunteered to carry her grandchild.

The woman, who had attained menopause, was put on hormonal treatment for 2 months to restore her menstrual cycle.

In the fourth month, the embryo was implanted in her uterus. Nine months later, she gave birth to a girl and even breast-fed her granddaughter for about four months.

Nun gives birth after having severe stomach ache

A nun has stunned her fellow sisters and mother superior after giving birth to a baby boy after suffering severe stomach pains.

The woman, who belonged to an order in Macerata, Italy, said she had no idea she was pregnant when she was rushed to hospital in agony.

The nun, who is originally from South America and arrived at the convent in June, was taken to the emergency department of Bartolomeo Eustachio di San Severino Marche by her fellow sisters.

The baby was born healthy but remains in hospital to undergo further checks.

The nun’s convent has even expressed an interest in taking care of the mite, according to L’Unione Sarda.

It is not the first time a nun has given birth unexpectedly.

Woman dies after giving birth to quadruplets

A woman died hours after giving birth to quadruplets at a Phoenix hospital, a close friend of the family said Saturday.

 Erica Morales, 36, never got to hold her newborns before she passed away early Friday morning after a C-section surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Nicole Todman said.

“They were transporting her from the surgery to whatever room, and she was still unconscious at that point. So, no, she never got to see them,” Todman said.

Morales was about seven months into her pregnancy when she delivered three girls and one boy Thursday, according to Todman. She has been one of the few able to visit the premature newborns and said they are doing well.

“They’re beautiful,” Todman said. “They have tubes in their mouths and their noses. They’ve got little monitors and wires all over their body.”

The infants will likely remain hospitalized for the next two months while doctors help them to get stronger and each reach a goal weight of 5 pounds, Todman said. Currently, they all weigh between just above 2 pounds to just above 3 pounds, she said.

Morales was initially hospitalized for high blood pressure. Complications ensued before Morales was taken into surgery, Todman said. She does not know what led to her passing.

“I don’t even care to know,” Todman said. “It doesn’t matter why. She’s still gone.”

Hospital spokeswoman Toni Eberhardt declined comment Saturday, but she released a statement from the hospital: “Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with the family during this very difficult time.”

Morales, a former real estate agent who more recently worked for the University of Phoenix, and her husband, Carlos, who works in manufacturing, had been trying to conceive a baby for two years, Todman said. She said Morales tried everything from acupuncture to fertility treatments. Morales suffered a miscarriage before becoming pregnant last June.

Todman, who has been best friends with Morales since childhood, said Morales was more nervous about being a new mother than raising four children at once. Because of her previous miscarriage, Morales was apprehensive about getting too excited about the babies’ arrival. She mainly focused on doing things correctly throughout her pregnancy such as eating enough, Todman said.

“Her focus of her pregnancy was to make sure she did everything to make sure they were healthy so she was able to bring them into this world — and she did,” Todman said.

On Friday, Todman started a GoFundMe fundraising website for Carlos Morales and the infants on Friday. The site had received more than $29,000 in donations as of Saturday afternoon.

“I’m so grateful for the overwhelming support and the wonderful comments, and so are Carlos and Sandra, Erica’s mother. They are so entirely grateful,” Todman said.

Introducing the birth control app

Keeping tabs one’s fertility by counting your days is as old school as it gets.

With the advancement in technology, a new app aimed specifically at preventing pregnancy has been developed.

According to The Huffingtonpost, The app called Natural Cycles is reportedly able to identify a woman’s non-fertile days and when she is 99 percent safe to have unprotected sex without conceiving.

Their company’s website states that the app uses statistics and analytics instead of chemicals or surgical procedures in order to prevent pregnancies by helping women pinpoint the handful of days per menstrual cycle when they have the greatest chance of getting pregnant.

The app works by warning the user about her fertile window, the stretch of days before ovulation when she is most fertile.

Women’s resting body temperatures generally rise when they ovulate, and the app uses that information to tell the user when she is ovulating, when she has ovulated and when she is likely to ovulate.

It divides her cycles into “red” days, when she’s more likely to get pregnant having unprotected sex; “green” days, when she’s outside her fertile window; and “yellow” days, when the app is unsure of a user’s fertility status because she hasn’t provided enough data.

According to Natural Cycles, the “green” days are 99 percent safe to have unprotected sex without conceiving.

However experts warn that until the forthcoming study is published, it is too soon to weigh many of the claims about the app’s efficacy. And of course, the app does nothing to protect the user from sexually transmitted infection.

Birth control shot may boost HIV risk

Women who use a specific type of injectable birth control have a slightly higher risk of HIV infection than those who take the pill, said a study Friday.

While the authors noted the link was “statistically significant”, they warned it was not enough on its own to justify a complete withdrawal of the drug commonly known by its brand name, Depo-Provera, used by millions of women.

The health risks of pulling the medicine from shelves may far outweigh the potential preventable HIV infections, the authors argued in a paper published in prestigious medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

A meta-analysis of 12 studies involving nearly 40,000 women in sub-Saharan Africa, showed that use of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), “increases a woman’s chance of becoming infected with HIV by 40 percent compared with women using other contraceptive methods or no method,” said a statement.

“Although statistically significant, this represents only a moderate increase in relative risk,” it added.

The increase in risk was somewhat lower among women “in the general population” than for those already at higher HIV risk, like sex workers.

The analysis showed no increased risk for users of other contraceptive drugs. All the studies had factored in condom use.

“The moderate elevation in risk observed in our study is not enough to justify a complete withdrawal of DMPA for women in the general population,” said study co-author Lauren Ralph of the University of California at Berkeley.

Banning DMPA, the most widely used injectable contraceptive, “would leave many women without immediate access to alternative, effective contraceptive options.

“This is likely to lead to more unintended pregnancies, and because childbirth remains life-threatening in many developing countries, could increase overall deaths among women.”

Further research was urgently needed to examine the danger for the highest risk women like sex workers and those in a relationship with an HIV-positive partner.

A potential association between DMPA and higher HIV-risk was first noted in 1991, but numerous studies have failed to show a direct causal link.

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Most pregnant women urged to give hospitals a miss: British experts

British experts have reversed the advice they have been giving for the past 40 years that hospital is the best place for women to give birth.
More than nine out of 10 births are now in labour wards and this is far too many, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said.

“There’s no reason why women at low risk of complications during labour shouldn’t have their baby in an environment in which they feel most comfortable,” NICE’s Mark Baker said, pointing to evidence showing that midwife-led care is safer than hospital care for women having a straightforward, low risk, pregnancy.

“This is because the rate of interventions, such as the use of forceps or an epidural, is lower and the outcome for the baby is no different compared with an obstetric unit,” the updated guidelines said.

Around 45 per cent of women have a straightforward, low-risk pregnancy.

The remainder, who may benefit from a hospital admission, run the risk of complications during birth by being over 35, being overweight, bleeding after 24 weeks of gestation or having high blood pressure.

NICE said that home births are as safe as a midwife-led unit and as safe as the now traditional labour ward for low-risk pregnancies in women who are not first-time mothers.

“Tetanus vaccine is birth control in disguise” say Catholic bishops

 

On Tuesday the bishops appearing before the parliamentary health committee said they had tested the vaccine privately and were shocked to find it was laced with a birth control hormone called beta human chorionic gonadotropin.

“We are calling on all Kenyans to avoid the tetanus vaccination campaign because we are convinced it is indeed a disguised population control program,” said Bishop Paul Kariuki, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ health committee.

The tangle began in March, when bishops became suspicious about the vaccine, which was targeted at women in the reproductive ages of 14 to 49, and excluded boys and men.

An ordinary tetanus shot can protect a person for 10 years, with a booster available for those who have suffered an injury.

The bishops also wondered why the campaign was being rolled out in phases and in secrecy.

“To our surprise, the Ministry of Health confirmed it had not tested the vaccine, having trusted it, since it originated from WHO (World Health Organization), a credible organization in matters of health,” said Kariuki.

The government insists the vaccine is safe. So too does the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The two groups issued a statement saying the vaccine, which has been used by 130 million women in 52 countries, is safe.

“These allegations are not backed up by evidence, and risk negatively impacting national immunizations programs for children and women,” the WHO and UNICEF statement said.

The government began providing the shots in October 2013.

Source :RNS

Woman gives birth to husband’s baby 2 years after his death

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A woman gave birth to her first child two-and-a-half years after her husband died of cancer, fulfilling his dying wish.

Beating odds of 100 to one, Karen Steer conceived her daughter using sperm harvested from her husband, John, when he was dying of the disease.

Just days after he succumbed to lung cancer, Mrs Steer, 41, learned her first attempt at IVF had failed.

But determined to fulfill her promise to make her husband a father, the widow vowed to keep trying
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