2012 is full of happy, sad and just crazy baby related news stories and babycenter.com put together a list of their top stories from the year. Some of these stories got a lot of press and I bet a few will surprise you when you read them. Here is the list and write ups of their stories.
20 premature newborns, most with under-developed lungs in need of supplemental oxygen,
were successfully evacuated from NYU’s Langone Hospital after Hurricane Sandy caused
poweroutages in seven of its buildings.
A Federal investigation uncovered that Florida had been removing severely disable children and babies from their families and placing them in homes for the elderly. Some of the children were located hours away from their parents, received little to no education and didn't see the light of day. Literally, they were kept on the second floor and never left the building. Florida denies this has been happening, despite allegations to the contrary.
A journalist asked Craig Spence, the director of media and communications at the International Paralympic Committee, “There is a shooter from Malaysia who’s qualified for the Olympics and is now pregnant. Does she now have to compete in the Paralympics?” Spence tweeted the question on his personal Twitter account, calling it “the most stupid question I have ever received from a journalist in my entire lifetime.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a future King or Queen. The announcement was made unceremoniously when the Duchess fell violently ill with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, and needed hospitalization.
Congratulations to Iowa mom Kendall Stewardson, who naturally delivered a 14 pound baby safely in six hours. Asher Stewardson was born Jan. 26, 2012, weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces. He measured 23 1/2 inches. She said of the birth, "It wasn’t much worse than probably most people’s.” Now that really is amazing.
Whooping cough deaths on the rise- "The Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced its recommendation today that all pregnant women receive the TDaP vaccine to protect themselves, and, most importantly, their babies against pertusiss. According to this CBS report, a total of 32,000 cases of whooping cough have been reported this year and 16 people have died from it. These kind of numbers haven’t been seen, allegedly, since 1959." Despite this, many parents are still reluctant to vaccinate their children.
Maybe it was how beautiful, almost sexy she looked, or that her son was four and standing to breastfeed - but this TIME cover stirred up some controversy this year. The title "Are you mom enough?" didn't help.
Planned Parenthood was under attack from all sides this year. Arizona and Texas withdrew funding, and then the Susan G. Komen Charity, home to the famous Race for the Cure, announced it was cutting their funding as well. A week later, the VP at Komen had resigned after a major media backlash over the news.