George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, son of Duchess Catherine and Prince William, has arrived. News of the young prince’s birth was broadcast by every branch of the news media, including the old branch: a town crier. This boy George’s birthday has overshadowed other news in the labor and delivery wings of the world. Until now.
1. Hollywood Royalty Adds Two to Its Mix. The same day Prince George was born, Penelope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem welcomed their second child, a girl, into the world. The notoriously private couple announced the birth by high-fiving each other over their good fortune that no one was paying attention to babies being born in Madrid. Jimmy Fallon also added a girl to the lucky-people gene pool. He and his wife, movie producer Nancy Juvonen, brought Winnie Rose Fallon into the world on the morning of July 23rd. The couple had managed to keep the entire pregnancy a secret. All of this must be very confusing for the “of Cambridge” family.
2. Political People Procreate, Too. While Hollywood was trying to keep up with the British monarchy, Washington, D.C. was trying to keep up with Hollywood. Mitt Romney’s twenty-second – yes, twenty-second – grandchild, a boy, was born on Monday. Romney announced that he felt “royally blessed,” proving he knows how to put his tongue in his cheek, not just his foot in his mouth. NBC White House correspondent Peter Alexander and his wife added to Team Politics with a baby girl, delivered Wednesday. She will soon head to the White House press room to get a head start on picking up where Helen Thomas left off.
3. Baby’s Here. Now What? That tiny bundle of joy can prove to be a real enigma, especially for someone who won’t be spelling “enigma” for at least a decade. Research and development dollars to the rescue! A new start-up out of Croatia is marketing “Teddy the Guardian,” a teddy bear equipped with sensors that monitor a baby’s vital signs, which data can be relayed to a parent’s smart phone. This allows the parents instant capability for second-guessing doctors and monitoring their baby’s “stress levels.” The toy/device has already received FDA approval, but no launch date is set. Researchers at Brown University have also developed a “cry analyzer,” which can perceive variances in a baby’s cry patterns that the human ear can’t detect. This product, too, is complete but not scheduled for release yet, leaving parents everywhere with the disappointing confirmation that they have no idea what’s going on.
4. Not So Fast, Umbilical Cord. New research claims that keeping a baby’s umbilical cord attached for longer than now-common practice may have health benefits for the baby on the other end. The cord delivers oxygen and food from the mother’s bloodstream, and maintaining the connection for added time could result in healthier blood and a reduced likelihood of iron deficiency in the newborn. A doctor from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology predicts cord “clamping” will be increasingly delayed in the U.S. No word yet on how medical science plans to mitigate the awkwardness this practice will add to the wheelchair ride out of the labor and delivery room.
5. You Say 20 Weeks, I Say 22 Weeks. As more and more states propose and pass legislation on abortion, a 20-week line in the sand is becoming popular in those circles that seek to ban abortions after that point in time. The trouble is, no one can agree on when the 20-week cut-off is met. For example, the new abortion laws in Texas measure 20 weeks from “fertilization.” Doctors, on the other hand, measure 20 weeks from the last date of the woman’s normal menstrual cycle. So, a law that bans abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization is banning abortions at 22 weeks of pregnancy. Either way, the demarcation isn’t consistent with Supreme Court precedent, as it’s before the commonly accepted “24 menstrual weeks” measurement for viability. And you thought it was hard to tell someone “how far along” you were before all this.
6. Abortion Pill Boom in Mexico. Speaking of Texas abortion restrictions, now that the state is forcing the closure of 37 of its 42 abortion clinics, Mexico is bracing for a boom. The country’s clinics and abortion-inducing drug sellers expect many Texas women will cross the border to secure abroad what they are denied at home. Ay, Dios mio.
I will end by taking a moment to welcome my niece to the world. My sister had a speedy but healthy delivery, and our family has assumed new and improved dimensions with the addition of that sweet little girl.
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