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HELSINKI The Latest on President Donald Trumps summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting privately, joined only by translators, in the Finnish Presidential Palace.
The two leaders entered the Gothic Hall with serious expressions, moving quickly to two ornate wooden chairs set before American and Russian flags. Trump sat upright as Putin appeared to lounge in his chair.
Trump deferred to Putin to make opening remarks, nodding along as his comments in Russian were translated. Trump predicted that the pair will have an extraordinary relationship.
Trump initiated a brief handshake with Putin, as the assembled press jostled to capture the moment.
Putin appeared to smirk as Trump ignored shouted questions about whether he would warn the Russian leader against meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.
The summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is offering a grab-bag of protests and demonstrations in Helsinki.
Abortion-rights activists are dressed in artificially bulging bellies and Trump masks. Anti-fascist protesters are bearing signs with expletive-laden insults. Other demonstrations involve free traders, anti-war Ukrainians and gay rights supporters.
Some demonstrators stayed near police barriers to try to register their complaints as the leaders sped by to the site of Mondays summit at Finlands Presidential Palace.
Others marched by Helsinki landmarks, far away from the leaders gathering, but in clear view of curious onlookers and visitors to the city center.
The demonstrations are happening as Trump and Putin meet for their high-profile one-on-one meeting in Finland.
President Donald Trump says at the start of his summit with Russias President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki that he thinks the world wants to see us get along.
Trump says the two countries have great opportunities, saying they have not been getting along for the past few years. He says he thinks they can have an extraordinary relationship.
He says their discussions will involve trade, the military, missiles, nuclear weapons and China, including their mutual friend Chinas Xi Jingping. He did not mention Russias meddling in the U.S. election.
The two leaders were seated together in a room adorned by American and Russian flags at the Finnish Presidential Palace, separated by a small table.
The meeting started about 45 minutes late following Putins...
Russia is known for a lot of things; vodka, the Kremlin, Matryoshka dolls and even former KGB member turned Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. But lately, there has been something much more concerning that has been highly popular with Russias teenagers, the Blue Whale Suicide Game. And its as alarming as it sounds. Find out how one Russian citizen has not only managed to put an entire generation in danger, but even scarier, the game has been spreading around the world like wildfire. Is the game just a myth, or the actual truth?
Read on and decide for yourself.
Parenting these days has had a dramatic change over the last few decades. With the introduction of the Internet, social media and a number of gadgets, kids these days are now privy to an entirely different, and at times, vexing new world.
New parents often wonder whether introducing solids early will help their baby sleep longer. There is a common belief that solid food or formula top up feeds can help to 'fill' babies and this might increase the time a baby sleeps in one go. But is this true? Despite new research suggesting that introducing babies to solids early helps them sleep better, most of the research published on this topic actually suggests the opposite.
Electronic fetal monitoring in labour is a routine practice in most countries such as the US, UK and Australia. Many women would be surprised to know there is no evidence to support the use of this form of monitoring. Even more surprising is the link between the use of electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) and c-section birth.
Wouldnt it be nice to live in a world where this article was unnecessary? A world where people didnt comment on women's bodies pregnant or otherwise. A world where women were able to enjoy their pregnancies, free from the judgemental eyes of society. A world where womens bodies were simply accepted and celebrated instead of compared and criticised. Sadly though, we dont live in that world. Not yet, anyway. We can create that kind of world though, by taking the first step and stopping ourselves from commenting on the size of the bumps of the pregnant women we encounter.
Midwives often talk about how we can re-collect the kinds of knowledge which were held by our predecessors who attended births before they were taken over by medicalisation and moved out of the home environment. Occasionally, somebody discovers knowledge which is both old and new, recognises its implications, and this becomes their passion. Such was the case with Jean Sutton and the rhombus of Michaelis, an area of the lower back which plays a key role in physiological birth. Much of this article is based on a discussion / interview with Jean which took place during August 2002; her words are in italics. Much of it is still just as relevant today.
Before we get into the finer details of what Jean affectionately calls the rhombus, I should add that part of the point in writing about this is that this is the kind of knowledge that some midwives will see as very obvious; they will have read about it before (e.g. Sutton 2000), heard Jean speak, visited her website or be independently aware of this feature of birthing bodies. They might be surprised that anyone feels the need to write about it again. Yet others will not have heard of the rhombus of Michaelis or of the difference that their knowing about this can make to the women they attend. Such has been my experience in talking to midwives about this kind of experiential / physiological knowledge or, as Jean calls it, womens wisdom. What seems obvious to one midwife will be news to another.
In Jeans words, The rhombus of Michaelis (sometimes called the quadrilateral of Michaelis) i...
There are lots of false rumours about toddlers. They are so misunderstood. Toddlers are stereotyped as tiny tyrants who cause trouble for fun. I mean, sure, they do that some of the time, but its certainly not their full-time job. Toddlers are unpredictable, wild, beautiful creatures. They can fill your heart with love and drive you crazy all at the same time. They are still tiny enough to get away with things, but are developed enough to know their own mind and this is a good thing, until you try to leave the house in a hurry.
Youre newly pregnant and desperate to share the news. You find yourself longing to talk about the pregnancy. Twelve weeks can feel like a long time to keep your secret especially when youre bursting with excitement and desperate to shout it from the rooftops. In hindsight, once baby has arrived, you might realise those early weeks were a break from the monotony of being asked questions.
Safety and sleep. They are the two major priorities for new parents. All parents want to do everything they can to keep their little ones safe. But new parents are also desperate to get adequate rest. As parents, we can't avoiding thinking about the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation, and strangulation. From the moment you announce you're pregnant, you're told over and over again: babies need to be placed on their backs to sleep. Yes. We should place babies on their backs to sleep. And we shouldnt use pillows, thick blankets, or bumpers.
British medical experts are recommending children be taught about breastfeeding in schools. This is being done in a bid to encourage more women to breastfeed from birth and beyond. Data published in general medical journal The Lancet shows the UK has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world. Less than 35% of UK babies are still breastfed at six months, compared with almost 50% in the US and 71% in Norway.
It is one of the most amazing feats the human body has proven capable of achieving, the creation of another living being. While we watch and marvel from the outside, taking photographs of the growth of our baby bumps and debating topics like doulas and birth plans, a true miracle is occurring right below our noses.
It is this very miracle that Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson (1922 2017) aimed to capture when he took his first black and white photos in 1957, using his talent for photography to document the process of creation from conception to birth. As technology advanced, so too did the ability to take better quality, more realistic photographs. This led Nilsson to repeat the process again in 1965, this time taking unbelievably clear, detailed color photos that have captivated people the world over.
In fact, these very photographs captured the attention of LIFE magazine, with his photograph of an 18-week-old human fetus appearing on the cover of the April 30, 1965 issue. In the associated article, TIME wrote: Ten years ago, a Swedish photographer named Lennart Nilsson told us that he was going to photograph in color the stages of human reproduction from fertilization to just before birth. It was impossible for us not to express a degree of skepticism about his chances of success, but this was lost on Nilsson. He simply said, When Ive finished the story, Ill bring it to you. Lennart kept his promise. He flew into New York from Stockholm and brought us the strangely beautiful and scientifically unique color essay in this issue.
Nilsson used wide-angled optics and specialized macro-lenses, capturing embryos and fetuses in ground-breaking in utero photography that would be immortalized for years to come. They were images that the world had never before seen.
The first job I did for [LIFE] on an exclusive basis was when Dag Hammarskjold was elected UN Secretary General in 1952. I traveled to New York with him and photographed the newly installed Secretary General in his office in the 38th floor in the UN Building, Nilsson told interviewers. I had my first embryo pictures along with me on that trip. Unbelievable! they said at LIFE. I thought so, too! But I didnt know anything about the development o the fetus and had to learn from scratch. But they were incredibly enthusiastic at LIFE and twelve years later, in 1965, they published their big story on human reproduction.
Former patients of a retired Indianapolis fertility doctor expressed anger that he avoided jail time Thursday for lying about using his own sperm to impregnate as many as dozens of women after telling them the donors were anonymous. Dr. Donald Cline was given a one-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice. No other charges were filed ... because Indiana law doesn't specifically prohibit fertility doctors from using their own sperm. The charges stemmed from two confirmed cases of paternity. Matt White and his mother, Liz White, said Cline deserved far greater punishment. He said DNA tests showed that Cline was his biological father even though Cline told his mother decades ago that he used anonymous sperm donations. "There's dozens of us," said Matt White. Some of the now-adult children of Cline's former patients filed a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General's Office in 2014, after they became suspicious while scouring online records to find biological relatives. Paternity tests performed the Marion County prosecutor's office determined Cline was likely the biological father of at least two of his patients' children. Cline, who retired in 2009, initially denied the allegations when he wrote to investigators, saying the women who filed the complaints were trying to slander him. On Thursday, he acknowledged that he had lied. Matt White said private DNA tests have identified 23 people as Cline's biological children with mothers who were his patients.
Note: See a list of powerful articles revealing egregious and rampant sexual abuse by doctors around the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on sexual abuse scandals and health.
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The Teenager Who Filled Latin America With A Green Bandana
14 July 2018
The feminist struggle in favor for legal, safe and free abortion has taken on unusual force in Latin America.
As a childbirth educator, I give my class participants plenty of time to process and voice their fears and concerns about their upcoming births. The two most common concerns I hear are fear of tearing and fear of pain. Nearly every participant has heard a tearing horror story from a mother, sister, cousin, or even from a stranger at the grocery store. Fear of episiotomies, stitches, and discomfort can cloud a mothers excitement over meeting her baby.
As recently reported in the media, a drug used for erectile dysfunction is being trialled on labouring women, to reduce fetal distress. For the last 18 months, a research trial has been under way, using the drug Sildenafil (brand name Viagra) on women giving birth. University of Queensland professor, Sailesh Kumar, from the Mater Research Institute, said there were promising results from the Sildenafil trial.
Samantha Gadsden is a mother who breastfeeds other peoples babies more of them than she can remember. Over the past ten years, Samantha, a mother of four, has donated countless hours of time and plenty of breastmilk to other peoples babies. Wet nursing was once a common practice; many women who were unable to feed their own babies would turn to wet nurses instead. Wet nurses were women employed for the sole purpose of breastfeeding another persons baby. Historically, royal babies were given to wet nurses for feeding and this meant the practice remained popular amongst the upper classes. You can read more about human donor milk sharing in Human Milk Banks If They Save So Many Lives, Why Arent There More?
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