Lucy Eades' 'Breastfeeding Discrimination' video goes viral

Published: Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 2:38 PM
Updated: Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 2:38 PM

Mothers are often judged for choosing to use formula instead of breast milk, yet shunned for breastfeeding in public. The creators of the "I Support You" campaign join us to discuss why the way you choose to nourish your child generates judgement. Guests Suzanne Barston, Kim Simon, and Lisa Belkin join to discuss.

Texas boy collects food for hungry children through kid-friendly non-profit

Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 2:41 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 2:41 PM


            Texas boy collects food for hungry children through kid-friendly non-profit

When a little boy visited a food bank, he didn’t like what he saw.

“It was not like kid-friendly,” 7-year-old Kaden Newton told WFAA. “They didn’t have like Chef Boyardee or pancake mix.”

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So the boy from Rockwall, Texas started his own nonprofit called Mac & Cheese and Pancakes.

“Those are my two favorite foods,” said Kaden.

His parents helped organize everything and advertised his cause on social media, making an Amazon wishlist. Soon, it went viral.

“And my mom’s goal was 100,” Kaden said. “And my goal was like 5,000!”

The Newtons collected 7,000 food items at their house. This week, a Helping Hands, a food bank, came to collect all the kid-friendly foods.

“It made my heart feel happy,” he said. “It will always makes me feel happy.”

Valentine’s Day takes on special meaning for parents of hospitalized babies

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 10:31 AM
Updated: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 10:31 AM


            Valentine’s Day takes on special meaning for parents of hospitalized babies

Hospitalized babies can pull at the heart strings of even the most courageous among us.

When babies are sick or born prematurely, the families of these children are under enormous emotional and, often, financial pressure.

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 Some 380,000 babies, or one in every 10, are born prematurely, before 37 weeks of pregnancy, in the United States every year, the March of Dimes estimated. Most end up in the hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, the March of Dimes said.

In Kansas City, Missouri the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program at Saint Luke’s Hospital is aware of the hardships parents face when their babies are hospitalized. That’s why they’ve planned a special Valentine’s Day celebration.

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The staff and volunteers, calling it a “special celebration of love,” have assembled tiny knit caps with hearts that each baby in their care will wear for a special Valentine’s Day photo shoot. They’re also making baby footprint valentines for the parents.

“Every day a child is in the NICU can be frightening and uncertain, but holidays are especially tough, as families miss the normal joys of celebrations at home,” March of Dimes NICU Family Support coordinator, Rebecca Keunen said in a press release.

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 The nonprofit developed the NICU Family Support program to help families while their babies are in the intensive care unit, but even when these babies leave the hospital, they often face serious health challenges. The March of Dimes said these children are at higher risks for lifelong disabilities, including breathing problems, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays.

The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization that focuses on pregnancy, baby health and conducts research into premature births.

Florida man fights for paternity rights of son over mother’s husband

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 10:42 AM
Updated: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 10:42 AM


            Florida man fights for paternity rights of son over mother’s husband

After losing contact with his 3-year-old son when he broke off a relationship with the mother, a Florida man is fighting for paternity rights to his son, WPTV reported.

John Karpinski's legal fight is complicated by the fact that the mother of his child was legally married when the boy was born. Florida law gives all paternal rights to her husband.

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 The boy's mother says she and her husband recognize the child as their own, and they plan to raise him together, WPTV says.

"Mr. Karpinski was a great dad and was doing all of the things that are expected of a father and then to have that ripped away from him is certainly a different circumstance that even this law ever contemplated," said his attorney, Shaun Plymale.

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"I will never stop as long as there is breath in my body," Karpinski told WPTV. "I want my boy home." 

Similar battles over fathers' custody and paternity rights have made headlines in recent years. Most state laws tend to favor the mother in a custody battles, but there's been a growing movement over the rights of fathers. 

Song scientifically designed to make babies laugh, no joke

Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 @ 1:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 @ 1:20 PM


            Song scientifically designed to make babies laugh, no joke

Scientists teamed up with a pop artist to create a song designed to make babies happy.

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According to Time Magazine, baby food manufacturer Cow & Gate hired a child development expert and a musical psychologist to come up with guidelines to create a pop hit for babies.

They determined that the song had to be uptempo, like a baby’s heartbeat, repetitive, and performed in a major key. The song also had be surprising, to keep the baby entertained.

Grammy-winning composer and singer Imogen Heap recorded the song. According to a video shared to YouTube, Cow & Gate, the company shared the song with seven families for a week to see if it would have an effect on their babies.