hospital 

Bringing home (the wrong) baby

Like a lot of expectant parents do, 35-year-old Cristina Zahariuc purchased an outfit for her newborn baby to wear home from the hospital. So when it finally came time to bring little Ana Maria home, the hospital staff dutifully changed the newborn i...

How hard is it to get an epidural?

The debate as to whether or not epidurals are a good idea is one that has and will wage for ages. And that's not what I'm here to discuss. For the sake of argument, let's say you've decided to get an epidural. Let's also say you've established y...

Grandpa learns he's "pregnant" at Oregon ER

"Could you be pregnant?" If you're a woman of child-bearing age, it's one of the first questions you'll hear when you need medical treatment. But 71-year-old granddad John Grady Pippen was never asked that question, for obvious reasons, when he visit...

Clay Aiken's baby health scare

Mr. Aiken, welcome to the wonderful world of parenting. Sure, it's one filled with joy and happiness, but it's also, more than occasionally, one filled with fear. Clay Aiken learned about this less seemly side of parenting just weeks after the birth...

When labor strikes - What you REALLY need at the hospital

For first-time parents, the thought of bringing another life into the world--and being responsible for it--is daunting enough. Add to that all the advice, the stuff people tell you that you need and the endless lists of such things and becoming a p...

When is it Braxton Hicks, when is it pre-term labor?

Many women experience pangs and twinges during their pregnancies. All of them experience the phenomenon known as Braxton Hicks contractions, whether or not they ever feel them. With my first pregnancy I never felt a one, so it was much of a surpris...

Cremated father reunited with family

Yes, you read that right. A little early for Halloween, sure, but this is one of those stories too weird--and creepy--to not be true. A Greater Manchester man who police and family thought was dead re-entered their lives after his son spotted him o...

Lactation consultants quit over formula flap

Breastfeeding ain't easy. While it's clearly the best choice, in general, for a baby's nutritional needs, it can be difficult. That's why it's so important for doctors and hospitals to encourage and support new mothers in breastfeeding and why access...

When the Safe Haven law gets used

Every state in the union now has a safe haven law, allowing a parent to leave a baby with specified people or organizations instead of abandoning or injuring the child. I think this is a good thing -- if someone finds themselves with a baby they are ...

Eight-year-old swallows magnets and steel balls

No, this isn't something out of a circus side show. An eight-year-old girl from Indiana swallowed a combined total of 30 magnets and steel balls from a toy. The toys parts tore her intestines and doctors are saying she is lucky to be alive. Haley Le...

Microsoft gives hospitals xboxes

A lot of people in the technology industry consider Microsoft to be pure evil. It turns out that they aren't completely evil after all. The company has partnered with the Companions in Courage Foundation to deliver gaming kiosks to children's hospita...

Switched at birth!

Imagine being told the baby in your arms is yours, even though you're sure it's not. Or arriving home from the hospital with your newborn, only to receive an answering machine message that the baby you've brought home isn't yours. That's what happene...

Parents choose faith over science

In what is perhaps the most heated of debates about our children, our beliefs and our medicine, a girl has died after her parents chose prayer over doctors. The girl suffered from a rare form of diabetes. Madeline Kara Neumann, 11, of Wisconsin, s...

White House makes kids sick

I think every one knows the White House makes me sick these days, but it seems I'm not alone. A group of kids from a Southern California K-8 school were at the White House as part of an East Coast trip to visit historical sites in Washington, New Yor...

Kids swap homes four years after hospital mix-up

Occasionally you hear stories about babies that were accidentally mixed-up at birth. Generally parents opt to keep whatever child they've grown to know and love as their own -- even though, biologically at least, the child isn't theirs. However in a ...

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