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In America we take so many things for granted. If we get sick, we go to the pharmacy and pick up over the counter medication that can help us get well. Other times, we go to the doctor and get prescription medicine to help us get well from an infection or sickness. We are blessed. We have instant access to information to help keep ourselves well.
The best thing is that we have been taught that washing our hands well with soap can help to keep us healthy. We have access to soap and water on a regular basis. Not everyone is so lucky. What they don’t know and don’t have access to can harm them or kill them. Soap and water save lives and there is a Global Soap Project that you may not be aware of to get soap into the hands of people who are in need of it, to stay well. To continue click here.
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Posted in baby, birth, children, emotions, family, fathers, finances, kids, legal, love, media, mom, MONEY, mother, news, observations, parenting, poverty, pregnancy, relationships, support, tagged babies, biological, children, Denis Beaudoin, donor, embryos, ethics, father, finances, history, invitro, media, mother, Nayda Suleman, news, ovarian cancer, parenting, paternity, questions, relationships, sperm, support, testing, Time on February 25, 2009|
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Denis Beaudoin who believes he may be the father of some of the children that Nayda Suleman (Octo-mom) gave birth to has gotten the ok to have DNA testing done to determine whether he is in fact the father of any of the children. Nayda has 6 older children as well as the 8 newborn babies who made media history recently when they were all delivered alive.
Denis donated sperm to Nayda during the years that they dated between 1997-1999. She told him she couldnt have children the traditional way because she had ovarian cancer. They were in love at the time and wanted to have a child together. They broke up eventually and went their seperate ways. When he heard of these pregnancies and births…he immediately thought it was possible that he was the biological father. Nayda denies that he is the father and has ok him having the DNA testing to prove that he is not. Time will tell the truth about paternity. If it rules Denis out…then the questions will begin again about who in fact is the father. (more…)
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If you were traveling through a poverty striken area and you had a baby of your own that you were still nursing…could you walk away from a hungry newborn baby that had nothing to eat? Actress Salma Hayek was in Sierra Leone on a humanitarian mission…she nursed an African newborn who was starving because his mother could not produce milk for her child. Salma was moved to feed that child. She talked about his eyes lighting up as he began to feel the nutrition flow into his body. She was moved in her heart to feed him; because i believe that a nursing mother can’t ignore a hungry baby that is crying out in his/her need; that is called basic human compassion. Still, you would think that we all had that in abundance; but, not always so, some would run the other way as quickly as they could go.
This moment was captured on film by the news crew of “Nightline” who were along on the trip for Unicef , to promote the importance of tetanus vaccines. Unicef and Pampers have a campaign called 1 Pack=1Vaccine; Salma is a spokeswoman for Pampers. www.unicefusa.org or www.pampers.com/unicef
I love the message of what Salma did; purely from the standpoint of, if you see a need fill it. Salma still is breastfeeding her own child who is approximately 1 year old. She understands the importance of, the nutritional value as well as the bonding value of, breastfeeding.
Surely there will be those individuals who will criticize her for what she did. There will be naysayers who will bring up the issue of aids and to the possible exposure to her health or that of her own child. They will say that she did this as a publicity stunt, or for the attention. Some will say in the larger scheme of things…did that one feeding make a difference; will it save the life of that child. I believe it made a difference. I believe an African woman saw an American woman with heart. I believe a baby felt fulfillment, comfort, and love. I pray that the mother and child received more help. A world saw a desperate moment and an act of love.
I say, she was in the moment. She saw a child in need; she felt the despair of a mother who could not provide for her child the most basic necessity in life at that time for her child; she did what she was able to do. I love that she didn’t think twice. Those who have been blessed in life and find themselves around others in need have a responsibility to share. I respect Salma for doing it so very naturally. There are so many in need around the world…what can you do to make a difference?
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