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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kate Murray: Breast Cancer New Mother PHOTOS

These photos by photographer Kate Murray have blown me away.

Spotted on social media last night, they have quickly gone viral.

The post, by Kate herself, are captioned:

This is the definition of strength, love, and pure raw beauty. Mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer halfway through pregnancy with her surprise gender baby. She had one breast removed and underwent chemo while carrying her miracle baby. She was induced at 36 weeks in order to receive more treatment. Baby BOY was born ready to prove to the world his strength he inherited from his strong mommy. He latched on to her remaining breast all on his own and the room erupted in so many emotions. Breastfeeding is such a sacred bond, and this one just makes my heart break and swell at the same time. I am beyond blessed to have met and gotten to know this woman and her family, and so honored she asked me to be there to document these precious moments. Please share, and continue to pray for this family as they go into their next journey together!

Possibly the most moving newborn photos I have ever seen.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Instagram Breastfeeding and Nude Photos: Policy Change

With parents and celebrity mums and dads often complaining that their social media photos featuring breastfeeding and ample skin and nudity are taken down by the social media platform Instagram, Instagram themselves have just released new guidelines pertaining to these very photos.

The NEW guidelines below, but first, some celebs who have been breastfeeding and posting  on social media for eons:

Miranda Kerr

Natalia Vodianova

Olivia Wilde


Community Guidelines

The Short

We want Instagram to continue to be an authentic and safe place for inspiration and expression. Help us foster this community. Post only your own photos and videos and always follow the law. Respect everyone on Instagram, don’t spam people or post nudity.
The Long
Instagram is a reflection of our diverse community of cultures, ages, and beliefs. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the different points of view that create a safe and open environment for everyone.
We created the Community Guidelines so you can help us foster and protect this amazing community. By using Instagram, you agree to these guidelines and our Terms of Use. We’re committed to these guidelines and we hope you are too. Overstepping these boundaries may result in a disabled account.

  • Post photos and videos that are appropriate for a diverse audience.

    We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.
    People like to share photos or videos of their children. For safety reasons, there are times when we may remove images that show nude or partially-nude children. Even when this content is shared with good intentions, it could be used by others in unanticipated ways. You can learn more on our Tips for Parents page.

    Before the update, Instagram's community guidelines were a little vague and only used language like "keep your clothes on" and be "respectful."

    The old guidelines are still viewable through an archive page - they didn't mention breastfeeding. These new rules are more precise. While Instagram did not mention why it changed its guidelines, the social network has recently gone under fire for banning accounts of mothers who post stretch marks (yes!) or somewhat expose their breasts in a breastfeeding photo.

    And more celeb breastfeeding photos they've popped up on social media:
    Alanis Morrisette

    Alyssa Milano

    Angelina Jolie

    Doutzen Kroes

    Gisele Bundchen

    Gwen Stefani

    Jaime King

    Jessie James Decker

    Jessie James Decker using a breast pump

    Julie Bowen

    Salma Hayek a baby in Africa

    Tila Tequila
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Sunrise host Monique Wright pregnant with third child

    TV host - from 'The Daily Edition' and 'Sunrise' is - Monique Wright is pregnant with her third says this pregnancy was a surprise, in a report by Jonathan Moran in 'The Sunday Telegraph'.

    In the report, Monique says her news should give hope to other women trying to conceive in their forties. “I do hope that this serves as a bit of hope that it can happen,” she said of the struggle many women face in falling pregnant later.
    “It can happen by chance. It is not all doom and gloom. Even though, yes, we understand the statistics, they’re not everything. If anyone is trying, maybe they can take some hope from this.”
    Read the rest of the article here.

    Photo: 'The Sunday Telegraph'

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Best kept secret ever? 'Surprise' twins: VIDEO

    I love this! It's about Sharon and Korey Rademacher and their newborn twins.

    And it's going viral now. Watch:

    Did you keep a secret about your pregnancy?

    We did! We decided to not find out the genders of our twins. We had a boy and girl, and we only discovered this when they were born. SUCH a feeling of euphoria. I highly recommend not finding out. Don't worry if people tell you that you have to find out… you don't! You only need some white clothes and they'll likely be in bassinets next to your bed, right? Nothing blue or pink required there!

    When we first found out we were having twins, my husband proposed the idea: "Let's not tell anyone!"

    I told him it would be an impossible secret to keep. I was bigger than what I would have been at that stage of pregnancy and I got quite humungous - it would never have worked. The genders - not knowing ourselves… BEST SURPRISE EVER!

    For this couple, above, they found out they were having twins in August, but what they did next was a little different.
    "As soon as my wife and I picked our jaws up off the floor, the doctor walked out. Within a minute of the doctor walking out, my wife said 'Let's not tell anyone,'" Korey Rademacher told ABC News. "Literally, I was thinking the same thing."
    The twins, named Maryann Grace and Brianna Faith, join their big brother.
    To read more, click here.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Anonymous Facebook letter about baby photos

    Any letter that starts off with "I have got together with a few of the girls…" reeks of bully high school behaviour. Which isn't even acceptable in high school.

    This mother shared this letter with Em Rusciano

    Em felt compelled to share it on social media - and write a piece on it. You can read that whole piece here. But first, the letter - can you even believe this tripe? De-friend for good, girl. And never speak to them in real life, either!

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Mum of 13 is pregnant with quads - at age 65: Annegret Raunigk

    A 65 year old woman from Berlin, who already has 13 children, is pregnant again with quadruplets, Germany's RTL broadcaster reported on Sunday.

    The woman's pregnancy - she is a Russian and English teacher - follows several attempts abroad at artificial insemination over the last year-and-a-half, according to the TV channel.
    Annegret Raunigk decided to try to have another child because her youngest daughter, who is nine, wanted a little brother or sister, the channel said on its website.
    RTL said it would broadcast an interview with the pregnant mother, who has seven grandchildren, to track her through the pregnancy and afterwards.
    Raunigk will be the world's oldest mother of quadruplets.
    Newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported the pregnancy, quoting the prospective mother-of-17, whose oldest daughter is reportedly 44, recalling the moment doctors broke the news.
    "Certainly that was a shock for me. After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with," Bild quoted her as saying, adding she had not considered it an option to reduce the number of embryos.
    "On the scan it was just clear to see,." 
    She added:
    "I'm not actually afraid. I simply assume I'll remain healthy and fit. In matters of organisation I have enough experience, that's not new for me," she said.
    Asked about any moral doubts, RTL quoted her as saying: "How does one have to be at 65? One must apparently always fit some cliches which I find rather tiring.
    "I think, one must decide that for oneself."
    Her gynaecologist, Kai Hertwig, was quoted on the RTL website as saying that quadruple pregnancies were always a strain but that everything was going well.
    The biggest risk for the babies is being born prematurely and doctors are doing all they can to prevent that, the gynaecologist added.
    Mrs Raunigk made headlines 10 years ago too, when she gave birth to her 13th child at the age of 55.
    "At first, I only wanted one child," Bild quoted her as saying at the time. "Not all were planned, but then things happen. I'm not a planner, but rather spontaneous... and children keep me young."
    What are you thoughts?

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    'One Day Young' - first day of baby's life book by Jenny Lewis

    This book, just released: ‘One Day Young’ by Jenny Lewis.

    Jenny Lewis's portraits of women and their newborns - all taken within 24 hours of birth in East London - offer a rare glimpse into the beating heart of family life and celebrate the intimacy, joy and resilience of new motherhood.

    SO beautiful - the vulnerability, the innocent, the frailty of life. Here's a glimpse:

    The book is 112 pages, hardcover, gold foiled, and 145 x 205mm in size.

    To buy it, go here.