Posted tagged ‘Pregnancy’

Pregnant Women Get Dibs on Swine Flu Vaccine

July 29, 2009

If you wanted to know who gets first shot at the Swine Flu vaccine, now you know.

Pregnant women, health care workers and children six months and older will be placed at the top of the list for swine flu vaccinations this fall.

From the Associated Press:

The panel also said those first vaccinated should include parents and other caregivers of infants; non-elderly adults who have high-risk medical conditions; and young adults ages 19 to 24.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to set vaccination priorities for those groups Wednesday during a meeting in Atlanta. The panel’s recommendations are usually adopted by federal health officials.

The recommendations are designed to address potential limits in vaccine availability this fall if there is heavy demand and limited supplies.

The government estimates that about 120 million swine flu vaccine doses will be available to the public by late October. Roughly 160 million people are in the priority groups considered most vulnerable to infection or most at risk for severe disease.

Although the number recommended to get doses exceeds the projected supply, health officials don’t think everyone will run out and get vaccinated. Traditionally, less than half of the people recommended to get seasonal flu shots get them. Only about 15 percent of pregnant women get seasonal flu vaccinations.

If there is ample vaccine, vaccinations also would be recommended for all non-elderly adults, the panel also voted. And if there’s still plenty of vaccine, the swine flu shots and spray doses should be offered to people 65 and older. Fewer illnesses have been reported in the elderly, who appear to have higher levels of immunity to the virus, health experts say.

However, the elderly should be pushed to get shots against seasonal flu, which is a significant health risk to older adults.

Bristol Palin Says Abstinence Is Best

May 6, 2009

Uh huh….very interesting indeed!

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol Palin, who caused a stir on her mother’s U.S. vice presidential campaign last year when it was revealed she was pregnant, has urged young Americans to abstain from having sex to avoid becoming a teenage mother like herself.

From Reuters:

Some girls believe a baby “is like having an accessory on their hip,” Bristol Palin, 18, told a panel. “Having a baby is a huge responsibility and I think that teenagers should just wait to have sex,” she said.

Palin was speaking at an event organized by The Candie’s Foundation, which aims to educate teenagers about the problems young people face if they get pregnant, and which has appointed her as a teen ambassador.

Palin’s pregnancy hit the headlines when her mother — known for her staunch conservatism on social issues — ran as the Republican vice presidential candidate alongside John McCain in the White House race won by Democrat Barack Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden.

Bristol Palin had a son, Tripp, in December and has since split with her fiance and the baby’s father, Levi Johnston.

Massachusetts Man Given Ticket While Wife Was In Labor

December 5, 2008

A Massachusetts man is appealing a $100 ticket he got for driving to a hospital in the breakdown lane of a gridlocked Boston highway while his wife was in labor.

From the Associated Press:

John Davis of Dracut says his wife Jennifer’s contractions were three minutes apart on Nov. 18 when a state trooper pulled them over for using the breakdown lane.

The couple says the trooper made them wait five to 10 minutes while he wrote a ticket for another car on Route 2, asked to see Jennifer’s belly to prove her pregnancy, then issued them a ticket.

The couple made it to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. Their daughter was born five hours later.

State police say no discipline is likely for the trooper.

From MSNBC:

A local couple heading to the hospital with a new baby on the way ran into some ticket trouble on the highway.

Jennifer and John Davis were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Route 2 during the November 18 rush hour. With Jennifer’s contractions just three minutes apart, her husband started driving in the breakdown lane.

The couple said two state troopers allowed them to use the lane, but when they ran into a third, he refused to cut them any slack on their way to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.

According to the couple, the trooper had the couple wait while he gave a citation to another driver and then gave John an envelope and told him he would be getting something in the mail.

They received a $100 ticket about two weeks later.

Jennifer also said the trooper made her feel as though she needed to prove that she was pregnant.

“He came over and said ‘What’s under your jacket?’And so I said ‘My belly.’ And he waited and was just kind of looking at me, so I took that to assume he wanted me to open up my jacket. And I did,” Jennifer said.

Their daughter Charlotte Jane was born hours later in the hospital

The couple plans to appeal the ticket.

Tiger Woods Expecting Child Number Two This Winter

September 3, 2008

UPDATE on Tiger Woods accident.

Well, I’m going to take a guess that his rehab from knee surgery is going quite well! It was announced today via his Web site that Tiger’s wife is pregnant with their second child.

From the Associated Press:

Woods said on his Web site that Elin is expecting in late winter without being more specific on a due date.

He has not played since his U.S. Open victory in June, and two weeks later had reconstructive surgery on his left knee that put him out for the year. Woods’ first child, daughter Sam, was born the Monday after the 2007 U.S. Open.

“Elin is feeling great and we are both thrilled,” Woods said. “While my injury has been disappointing and frustrating, it has allowed me to spend a lot of time watching Sam grow. I can’t begin to tell you how rewarding it is being a dad and spending time with her and Elin.

From Reuters:

The couple’s first baby, daughter Sam Alexis, was born on June 18, 2007.

Woods has been out of action since winning the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, California in June.

The 32-year-old American will be sidelined for at least the rest of the year after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery.

Sarah Palin Says Daughter, 17, Unwed and Pregnant

September 1, 2008

Here comes more controversy in the 2008 Presidential election. The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant. Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Governor Palin’s five children, is around five months pregnant and plans to keep the child and marry the father.

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Bristol Palin Holding Baby, Credit: Getty Images

From Reuters:

Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, John McCain aides said.

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us,” the Palins’ statement said.

“Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support,” the Palins said.

The Palins asked the news media to respect the young couple’s privacy.

“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates,” the statement concluded.

Senior McCain campaign officials said McCain knew of the daughter’s pregnancy when he selected Palin last week as his vice presidential running mate, deciding that it did not disqualify the 44-year-old governor in any way.

In the short period since she was announced last Friday, Palin has helped to energize the Republican Party’s conservative base, giving the McCain camp fresh energy going into the campaign for the Nov. 4 election against Democrat Barack Obama.

From the Associated Press:

John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin said Monday that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant, an announcement aimed at rebutting Internet rumors that Palin’s youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter’s.

A statement released by the campaign said that Bristol Palin will keep her baby and marry the child’s father. Bristol Palin is five months pregnant, and the baby is due in late December.

“Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents,” Sarah and Todd Palin said in the brief statement.

“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family,” they added.

Sarah Palin’s son Trig was born in April with Down syndrome. Internet bloggers have been suggesting that the child was actually born to Bristol Palin but that her mother, the Alaska governor, claimed to be the mother.

McCain adviser Mark Salter said the campaign announced the daughter’s pregnancy to rebut those rumors.

Republican officials have stated that the news of the daughter’s pregnancy was being released to rebut what one aide called “mud-slinging and lies” circulating on liberal blog sites. Either way, it will be interesting to see how this affects McCain in the polls especially since Palin was selected in part to shore up the conservative, religious base. Thoughts?

Beach Volleyball Stars Walsh and May-Treanor Ponder Parenthood After Olympics

August 13, 2008

Looks like after the Olympics, we won’t be seeing Kerri Walsh or Misty May-Treanor playing much beach volleyball. According to the Associated Press, Walsh and May-Treanor will settle down and start families of their own sometime after the end of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

From the article:

Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor are planning to go from barefoot to pregnant.

The beach volleyball teammates intend to take some time off after the Olympics and start families with their husbands, a move they’ve delayed so they can compete in Beijing and go for their second straight gold medal.

“Misty and I absolutely want to win a gold medal and then start a family,” Walsh said Tuesday after the Athens Olympic champions improved to 2-0 in the Beijing opening round with a straight sets victory over Cuba. “I have so much love to give, and I just want to share it.”

As partners on the professional beach volleyball tour, Walsh and May-Treanor spend a lot of time together during the season, a sisterhood that gives them a sense of kinship but doesn’t quite satisfy all of their familial yearnings.

They’re like family. But they’re not really family.

“I’ve been ready forever,” Walsh said. “I thought I’d have like three babies by now.”
It will be interesting to see how this works out for each of the superstars. Having kids, and taking time off from playing to raise them, could create an opening in 2009 for new dominant players to emerge. But it could also leave Walsh looking for a new playing partner because she has stated that she wants to bring her kids on the tour with her, whereas May-Treanor does not.
Either way, I’m willing to bet that their kids are great athletes, whether in beach volleyball or another sport. Walsh is married to fellow beach volleyball player Casey Jennings and May-Treanor is married to Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor. Thoughts?