The mother who had another woman’s baby by mistake

Author:  Jenny Johnston
Source: Daily Mail

Carolyn was ecstatic when she became pregnant by IVF. But a bizarre mix-up left her facing a cruel dilemma

Just before the nurses took her newborn baby from her for the final time, they asked Carolyn Savage if she would like them to make up a ‘bereavement box’ for her to take home.

She said she would — well aware that, in time, mementos of the all-too-short moments she had spent with baby Logan would help her come to terms with her loss.

Carolyn recalls watching a nurse hold one little foot while a clay imprint was made; then smiling, somehow, for photographs, as Logan lay on her chest. In all, she spent 45 minutes with her ‘feisty little man’.

Seventeen months on, Carolyn talks of the ‘bereavement process’, concluding that she and husband Sean ‘have done anger and denial and depression. I think we are kind of in acceptance now, but it’s not an altogether straight line’.

Anyone who has lost a child might feel they recognise the emotions the Savages are charting today. But they cannot possibly. For the tragedy is not that baby Logan is dead. He is just someone else’s son.

Logan was the result of an unthinkable IVF mix-up. Although Carolyn carried him for nine months, genetically he belonged to another couple….. Continue reading

Carolyn & Sean Savage

Learn more about Carolyn & Sean’s  inconceivable choice in their recently published book Inconceivable

Why do other women resent me for having a fourth child?

When Lorraine told friends she was pregnant at 42, she was horrified by the sniping and jealousy it provoked. Why should only women like Posh Spice, Heidi Klum, Jules Oliver and Tana Ramsay, who have the money and lifestyle, be able to have larger families?

When I was younger, I never wanted ­children. Never fantasised about what my future family may look like as a teenager, or day-dreamed of baby names in quieter moments at work.

It’s not that I didn’t like children, but I could see how much they needed and the younger me wanted other things so much more.

Even when my little sister had a child at 27 the thought of ever having one of my own didn’t cross my mind; motherhood wasn’t the logical conclusion to my life.

Until I fell in love at 29. Then my world changed. Instead of seeing everything through a sort of selfish soft-focus I suddenly knew with complete clarity that I wanted a family.

The shift in my priorities was enormous. It was emotional and physical.

I was Editor of Cosmopolitan at the time — the job I had waited my whole career as a journalist for — but running alongside my ambition was my new and overwhelming need to start a family.

Author:  Lorraine Candy
Read the full story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1353032/Why-women-resent-having-fourth-child.html#ixzz1DRdpFSVA

Goodbye Baby

Book: Goodbye BabyGoodbye Baby: Cameron’s Story’, a gentle and uplifting storybook which has been beautifully illustrated by Lindsay MacLeod.

The book provides comfort, understanding and reassurance for young children who have been affected by miscarriage in the family. Based on conversations between Gilliand and her son, Cameron, who was the inspiration for the story, ‘Goodbye Baby’ offers a platform for discussion with children.

‘Goodbye Baby’ is available to buy from Saint Andrew Press http://www.standrewpress.com/

‘Goodbye Baby’ has been endorsed by The Miscarriage Association:
“Beautifully written and illustrated, this wonderful book is a must for children and parents who need to talk about miscarriage but just can’t find the words.

If you or someone you know has been affected by miscarriage, please visit the Miscarriage Association for more information and support. Their website is http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/

5 Essential Items for a Premature Baby in the NICU

You spend months preparing for your baby’s arrival and then the un-expectant happens and your baby arrives prematurely. All the clothes and accessories you have put away are unsuitable for your premature baby and if your baby has to spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit do you know what clothes or accessories will be required?

Prem2Pram stocks a wide selection of Hospital Safe Baby Clothes and Accessories for your preemie baby. Here are five essential items to make their stay a little easier.

NICU safe premature baby sleepsuit -

These sleepsuits have been specifically designed for premature babies in the NICU. They allow hospital staff to look after you baby and complete any necessary medical procedures with the minimum of disruption to your baby. These NICU safe sleepsuits are made from 100% cotton so they will be super soft on your baby’s delicate skin.

Premature Baby Hat-

When babies are born they cannot control their body temperature, so a hat is an essential item and even more so for a premature baby. Prem2Pram have a lovely selection of Hand Knitted hats in an array of colours suitable for your preemie baby. You might also like to purchase a 100% cotton incubator hat, which you can have personalised with baby’s name.

Anti-Scratch Mittens –

Stop your premature baby’s starching their face with their nails by adding a pair of Anti-Scratch Mittens. These mittens pop over your baby’s hands and will prevent your baby from injury his or her face. They will also help to keep baby’s hands warm which is essential for a premature baby. These soft mittens will protect your child without causing any discomfort.

Baby Socks –

Adding a pair of baby socks to footless sleepsuits allows the medical staff quick and easy access to your baby’s Pulse Oximeter, whilst at the same time keeping your baby’s feet warm. As with a baby hat, baby socks helps with maintaining your premature baby’s body heat. If you are looking for something a little more special then there are some lovely hand knitted premature baby booties, your baby can be both warm and stylish.

NICU Premature Baby Dummies –

Studies have shown that using a dummy can reduce the risk of SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Prem2Pram stocks hospital recommend dummies that are suitable for premature babies in the NICU. They allow space for ventilators and feeding tubes, this allows medical procedures to carry on while you child is still getting comfort from their dummy.

Having a premature baby is not an easy experience to go through, however you can make your life a little easier, by visiting Prem2Pram the one stop shop for everything you’ll ever need for your premature baby.

Post by contributor Carol Smith

Pregnant & Away From Home

If you are pregnant and planning a UK trip away from home you might like to check the location of the local maternity unit, as you never know your baby may decide to arrive early.

In the UK the NHS only tend to inform pregnant women of their local maternity unit.  Prem2Pram has complied a comprehensive list of NHS maternity units. * Please note the list of UK maternity units is best viewed in Internet Explorer as Firefox cuts the list short.

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Cancer drug can halt contractions and may help prevent premature labour.

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A drug used to treat cancer can stop contractions and may even prevent premature labour, researchers from Newcastle University have claimed.

The research team tested the drug Trichostatin A on samples of tissue taken from over thirty women undergoing a caesarean birth.

Trichostatin A (TSA) is known as a drug used to promote the death of cancer cells.

They stated the therapy worked by controlling muscle relaxation through increasing the levels of a particular protein.

One spokesperson stated with rates of premature births increasing a new treatment was badly needed as there are 50,000 premature babies born each year in the UK.

As pre-term labour and early birth currently account for the largest cause of death in infants in the developed world.  With statistics suggesting that the mortality rate caused by issues related to pre-term labour and early birth as around 1,500 infants in the UK each year alone.

There are a number of drugs available for treatment that help to prevent early labour, however, most of the available drugs can have serious side effects.

The research team were given permission to take the samples of the muscles from the female patients undergoing caesarean sections at a Newcastle hospital in order to conduct and confirm their tests and the results they achieved

Contractions

They exposed the muscle to Trichostatin A and measured the effects of both spontaneous contractions and those induced by Oxytocin a labour control drug.

The researchers results found indicated an average 46% reduction in contractions for the spontaneously contracting tissue.  Increasing to an average of a 54% reduction in the Oxytocin induced contractions.

It has been previously shown that the protein Kinase A (PKA) is involved in controlling the relaxation of the uterus during pregnancy.

The researcher team were able to demonstrate that through the use of Trichostatin A that the levels of a protein sub-unit of Kinase A were increased.

Professor Nick Europe-Finner, the leader of the research team, said: “We will not give this drug to a patient because it can damage as many as 10% of the genes in a cell; But it does show us that other more specific agents that act on the same enzymes but only one at a time are worth investigating.”

New treatment

Dr Yolande Harley, deputy director of research at Action Medical Research that funded the study, said: “This project has uncovered some of the molecular pathways that regulate uterine contractions and so could be linked to premature birth”.

“It could have a role in preventing premature birth – finding a new treatment for early labour would be a major step forward”.

Professor Jane Norman, a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), said: “At the moment, it’s not possible to treat pre-term labour effectively.  We only have drugs that delay it by 24 hours or so – not enough to deliver the baby safely”.

“One of the interesting things about this research is that they are using a new kind of drug – the drugs we are currently using have been around for a long time”.

“And they are targeting pathways we have not known about before”.

“When you consider that pre-term birth rates are rising in all four countries of the UK a new more effective drug is badly needed.”

Source: BBC News at one

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Vitamin D may reduce the risk of premature birth

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Taking a high daily dose of vitamin D during pregnancy can significantly reduce a woman’s risk of giving birth prematurely, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Medical University of Charleston, South Carolina, and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Five years ago the UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence told doctors that women in Britain did not need to take vitamin D in pregnancy advice later overruled by the Chief Medical Officer.

The normally recommended level of sun exposure in the UK does not produce enough vitamin D, according to a separate study reported at the Bruges meeting (Oliver Gillie writes). Sunlight is the main source of vitamin D in the UK as elsewhere and so advice on sun exposure is crucial for health. Food cannot supply more than 10 per cent of what is needed.

This new research shows that advice, still given in the UK, that casual exposure of hands and face provides sufficient vitamin D is completely wrong. Revised advice from the Department of Health in December 2007 suggested that pregnant women would get sufficient vitamin D if they exposed shoulders as well as arms and legs. But this too is now shown to be insufficient by the study of simulated “British sunlight”.

At both 32 and 37 weeks, the rate of premature birth in the 4,000 IU group was half that of the 400 IU group. Significantly fewer “small for date” babies were also delivered to the 4,000 IU group.

In addition, women receiving more vitamin D were less likely to suffer from respiratory, vaginal, gum or other infections. They were 30 percent less likely to suffer from “core morbidities” of pregnancy, such as diabetes, hypertension and pre-eclampsia. Babies born to women in the high vitamin D group had lower rates of colds and eczema than babies in the other group.

“I’m telling every pregnant mother I see to take 4,000 IUs and every nursing mother to take 6,400 IUs of vitamin D a day,” said researcher Bruce Hollis. “I think it is medical malpractice for obstetricians not to know what the vitamin D level of their patients is. This study will put them on notice.”

Sources for this story include: www.timesonline.co.uk and www.naturalnews.com

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