Almost exactly year ago, TIME magazine ran a cover story called “The Childfree Life” about the rising number of Americans who were opting not to have kids. One of those couples was Paul and Leah Clouse, who both felt that they couldn’t balance their creative interests (a bakery for her, a blog for him) and also be good parents. “If we decided to have children, we’d have to grieve the life we currently have,” Leah said.
Now, it looks like the grieving time has begun. Because the Clouses are having a baby.
If you go to Leah Clouse’s Facebook page, you’ll see that her profile photo is now an illustration of her (with pregnant belly), Paul, and their two cats, with a note reading “Baby Clouse Arriving April 2015.” For many people, having a baby is a joyous occasion, and I’m happy to congratulate friends when they welcome children of their own. But I just can’t feel too happy for the Clouses. Keep reading »
I think Coke’s #ShareACoke campaign is stupid. Just think of how many germs you’re spreading by sharing your soda with someone just because it says their name on the can. I’m not drinking my “Katie” Coke and then offering it to some other random chick named Katie just because we share the same name, nor would I be accepting one. What if Other Katie has herpes or something?! No, thank you.
Anyway, the McGillicuddys have come up with a ridiculously clever way to use the #ShareACoke campaign to announce they’re expecting. I’ve seen a lot of clever pregnancy and birth announcements in my day— a Taylor Swift-inspired announcement, a hip-hop announcement and a time lapse video of a pregnant belly, to name a few— but this one takes the cake. See how the couple used the soda’s social campaign to reign supreme in the pregnancy announcement world (and also why they should probably get free Coke for the rest of their lives.)
A Florida mother gave birth to her fourth baby this past Friday amidst a hell of a controversy. Jennifer Goodall, who has had three previous C-sections, had been hoping to attempt a vaginal birth with her fourth delivery. However, her providers at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte were not on board with her wishes and went as far as saying that they would perform a C-section on Goodall against her will if need be. Earlier this month, Goodall received a letter from the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer informing her that they were going to seek a court order that would allow them to perform a C-section surgery on her without consent. Goodall also learned that the hospital planned to report her to the Department of Children and Family Services, threatening the custody of her other children.
At 41 weeks pregnant, Goodall and her lawyers fought back, but she was still frightened to enter a hospital that threatened to perform surgery on her against her will. In the end, she delivered at another hospital, one that honored her request to attempt a vaginal birth, despite it ending in a fourth cesarean. Goodall was not looking to go against best practices, and she wasn’t even against the idea of a c-section. All she wanted was a shot at birthing her baby vaginally. Keep reading »
This weekend, police in Brooklyn, New York, busted some folks who were grilling on the sidewalk — which, I didn’t know until reading this New York Daily News article, is illegal. But a “melee” broke out, with several of the parties resisting arrest. Now there are photographs being distributed by a community advocacy group which purport to show a NYPD officer with his arm in an illegal chokehold around a woman, Rosan Miller, who is seven-months pregnant. Keep reading »
She’s five-foot-nothin’, but Hayden Panettiere is about to pop out a very large baby, y’all. The 24-year-old “Nashville” actress is officially expecting her first child with longtime fiancé and incredibly tall human, Wladimir Klitschko. As excited as I was to hear the news about Hayden, who’s previously stated she was “born to be a mother,” my knee-jerk reaction was “OH MY GOD, this gives the ‘Nashville’ people SO many possibilities for her (soon to be “pregnant”?) character, Juliette Barnes.” Naturally, I’ve compiled a short list of ways the folks over at ABC could play out Hayden’s real-life bun in the oven. Warning: *Show spoilers* Keep reading »