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Amazing Kid: Austin Gutwein

Amazing Kid Austin Gutwein has raised millions of dollars for charity, using his favorite sport to make a difference. Credit: Courtesy of Hoops of Hope Amazing Kid: Austin Gutwein Age: 16 Grade: 11th Home Town: Mesa, Ariz....He was inspired to action by the story of a little Zambian girl named Maggie who had lost both of her parents to AIDS.

Amazing Kid: Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta visits with orphans in India. Credit: Vikas Gupta
Amazing Kid: Neha Gupta Age: 14 Grade: 9th Home Town: Yardley, Penn. School: Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills, Penn. Favorite Ice Cream: Mango Why Neha is Amazing: Neha...
Inspired by her grandparents, Neha started raising money for orphans and underprivileged children when she was just 9 years old.

Proliferation of Surrogacy in India -- Talk About OutSourcing!

Ten surrogate mothers in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Credit: Shailesh Raval, The India Today Group / Getty Images
Couples having trouble conceiving are increasingly looking outside of the United States. One popular destination is India. Hey, it...

India Schools Ban Risky Stunts

A martial-arts teacher in India drives a motorcycle over students' hands. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Would you let this guy drive over your child's precious hands? In the safety obsessed culture that defines the modern American parenting...

Surrogate baby trapped in legal limbo

(Click the photo to see the 10 Dumbest Laws in America) For one thirteen-day-old baby, life is turning out to be no cake walk. A newborn brought into the world nearly two weeks ago by native Indian Priti Patel, who served as a surrogate mother, is...

Indian baby dropping ritual

Earlier this week, Angie wrote about Japan's crying baby contest. Though that contest may not be something you'd see in America, it's obvious that it's a fun, loving tradition for the families involved and that the babies aren't harmed or traumatized...

Dogs rescue abandoned newborn

In India, boy babies are preferable to girls due in part to their ability to grow up and become family breadwinners. Not only do Indian girls not bring home the bacon, parents must pay large dowries in order to marry them off. For that reason, the...

Baby gender and baby blues

A recent article on MSN asks the question: Are baby boys more depressing? Seems there is some thought out there that gender plays a role in the amount of a new mom's post-partum depression. PPD, also known as the baby blues, affects many women (10%...

Madonna to adopt again?

Ah, the rumor mill--how it spins. Sources--and by sources, I mean our pal Perez Hilton, are starting to rumble that Madge, the Material Mom, is keen to add to her brood. If any of this is to be believed, and it's hard to imagine given all the...

Baby in India born with two faces

You probably remember the recent story of the a two-year-old Indian girl who had eight limbs. Many of her fellow villagers believed she was a reincarnated god. The child recently had a successful surgery to have the extra limbs removed. Her parents,...

Woman gives birth on train

With the stories we hear of women giving birth in taxis and other forms of transportation on the way to the hospital, etc., it should come as no surprise to hear the story of a woman giving birth on a train. Needless to say, however, the mother was...

Indian women's wombs for rent

Would you rent out your womb to make some extra cash? Apparently a growing number of women in India are doing just that. And it's freaking me out. According to an article I read in Marie Claire (take it or leave it, ladies, but it was in print)...

60-storey house built for just one family

I have never felt the need for a gigantic home. First of all, I'm kind of a lousy cleaner, preferring to push dust-bunnies under the couch with one foot than tend to them with the vacuum. Also, I find smaller cozier -- why does anyone need more than...

Students purified with cow urine

I don't know how it is for other parents of young children, but I found I spent more time talking about "poopy" and "pee" in the last year I even thought was possible. However, I never expected to be talking about quite like this. In India, where an...

Mandarin on deck in British schools

I've always regretted not having a larger grasp of a foreign language. Sure, my Spanish skills can get me by in a really desperate situation, but I'm nowhere near fluent. My husband and I were discussing other languages recently and he said he'd...

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