Category archive: birth

March 25, 2016

English Baby Born In Mumbai Doing Well

Rather than do the typical expat thing (?) of going home for the delivery, Financial Times Mumbai bureau chief James Crabtree and his wife decided to have their first kid in India. I mean with an oceanfront hospital called Breach...
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March 22, 2016

New Kid, Who Dis?

Guy sends out a group text to his contacts to let them know the kid is on the way ["She has dilated to between 5-6."] One of those numbers is out of date, and at first the new owner...
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November 8, 2015

Surgeries In The News

Here is a story about a 47-yo Massachusetts woman who says she didn't know she was pregnant until an hour before the kid was born. [Her husband who belatedly schedules that vasectomy has a cameo, too.] And here is a...
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October 29, 2015

The Birth Of The Phonecam And Vice Versa

This is apparently the first picture taken and sent by a cell phone. It is Philippe Kahn's daughter, born June 11, 1997. Kahn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who founded Borland, and then in 1994, he founded Starfish, a...
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July 1, 2015

Luck Be A Lady Tonight

Oh there are so many ways to parse this story about Amber Pangborn, who gave birth to her daughter Marisa alone in the forest. Where she was stranded out of gas. And attacked by placenta-hunting bees, And started a forest...
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May 12, 2015

What To Expect When You're Not Expecting

Dad, Chloe, happy flight attendant, via There's too much to love about the story of the kid born on the Air Canada flight from Calgary to Tokyo to be upset about it for long. Let's start with the...
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March 30, 2015

Five Stars All Around

have you ever delivered a baby in the backseat of an @uber ? i have.— dh (@davidhorvitz) March 30, 2015 [mazeltov to the DHs, who also win tweet of the year, via @soulellis] Update: Everyone's doing well, and...
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February 24, 2015

The First Production Baby, Screengrabbed

A couple of years ago Cabel Sasser wrote about Pixar's production babies, the kids born during the years-long creation of animated films, who get shoutouts in the credits. And he found evidence of what still stands as the earliest production...
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December 4, 2014

Several Sharks Getting Cesareans

Here is a YouTube video of some American folks in Capetown, South Africa, and the dad who guts a dead shark on the beach to release three pups, who then get put into the water. The video is sped...
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December 3, 2014

Fancy A Midwife, Then, Comrade?

The National Health Service has issued new guidelines recommending that births in low-risk pregnancies would be better handled by midwives than in hospitals. This recommendation applies for up to 45% of pregnancies in the UK. The UK is a country...
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November 15, 2014

An Epic Birth Story

Meaghan O'Connell's epic, unflinching, and hilarous account of her 30+hours of labor, the delivery saga, and the birth of her son Nameless is the longread of the week. And if you think it's too long, just ask someone who's gone...
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October 24, 2014

Facebook Don't Know Nothin' 'Bout Pictures Of Birthin' No Babies

Facebook has removed images of a couple of women giving birth and temporarily banned the group that posted them, the Postive Birth Movement. But not to worry, The Guardian is on the story, and has the pictures ready and waiting...
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September 16, 2014

Hey Girl

Unidentified local tumblr subject has daughter....
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July 25, 2014

Here Is A Link To An Outrageous Report From A Gaza Maternity Ward.

Jesse Rosenfeld's reports from a maternity ward in Gaza were published yesterday in the Daily Beast. Premature births are up since the bombing began, and incubators and oxygen are not functioning when the power goes out and the generators run...
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June 18, 2014

To Be Fair, Most Recipes Do Suggest Onions

CHILD AFTERBIRTH "@SUBWAY: Guess this month's Featured FOOTLONG, then get ready to book it to @SUBWAY."— stevarinho⚽️ (@stevecoy) November 20, 2013...
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June 3, 2014

The Deadest Names

By throwing the Social Security Agency's actuarial tables against their name registration data, 538 has come up with some interesting analysis of the age distribution for names in the US. This table of the "Deadest Names" is probably the...
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May 23, 2014

DT Friday Freakout Bed Stuy Edition

for full-sized image: nydn Rather than hype every science and parenting-related press release when it comes out, Daddy Types saves them up and dumps them on you all at once, so you can freakout for one day and be...
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April 18, 2014

It's Hard Out There For A Vaginal Birth

Damn, as if childbirth wasn't already hard enough. Doc bros gotta go make them even more complicated, just to fit their schedules. I was struck by the symmetries between two articles this week: The first, from the NYT, is a...
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April 8, 2014

Mets' Daniel Murphy Takes Two Days Paternity Leave, Idiocy Ensues

Speaking of sports, Mets 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy took flak from WFAN talk radio commentators because he took two days of paternity leave last week when his wife gave birth to the couple's first son via C-section. Murphy missed the...
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February 25, 2014

Here Is A Baby Being Born In A Save The Children Ad

OK, here is an ad for Save The Children UK that is basically a woman giving birth, and a properly trained midwife helping keep the baby alive. It is for a campaign to end half a million first day...
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February 9, 2014

This AOL Distressed Babies BS Really Pisses Me Off.

I've had several friends and colleagues I admire deeply who have worked for AOL over the years, but I passed on at least three opportunities to work there myself. When AOL people kicked around Daddy Types early in the blogging...
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January 29, 2014

Maybe Raccoons Aren't So Bad, Is What I'm Thinking?

Jennifer Liss had her second kid at home, in Oakland:"What would you like to do with the placenta?" the midwife asked. "You can take it," I said, staring at my son's perfect, perfect face. "Oh, no, it's yours," she said....
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January 3, 2014

Government Birth Panels Website Under Construction

When you have a kid and insurance, typically you call the insurance company to add them to your policy. The premium goes up, and you're done. If insurance has been covering OB/GYN visits and the delivery, they may even...
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December 12, 2013

'The Longer The Road There, The Less Chance You Have Of Arriving.'

Jonathan Gourlay writes beautifully about his son's birth, and about walking in the woods: It is interesting how, in the doctor's notes, Resuscitation Table is capitalized. As if it were the capital of the state of Resuscitation, a place you...
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December 9, 2013

It's Hard Out There For A Male Doula

I was going to go with the male doula, but there seem to be two of them. Also sounds like all the male birth attending money is in midwifery, with prenatal massage on the side. Men at Work for Women...
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November 13, 2013

McSweeney's Published Amusing Birth Plan

David was surprised that he hadn't seen this funny birth plan published at McSweeney's last year. Me, I was not surprised, seeing as how I don't recall visiting McSweeney's since my Wholphin subscription ran out. But I'm trying to get...
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November 11, 2013

Mother Nature

WOW, I was told not to read Ariel Levy's account of her reporting trip to Mongolia while she was 19 weeks pregnant if I wanted to get anything done today, and I didn't listen, and I read it, and now...
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October 24, 2013

Must Not Make Magic Wand Jokes

I love that Canadian new dad Anthony Stuart is getting so much tumblr love for his Magic Show. I'm sure pregnancy and childbirth was effortless, instantaneous magic for his lovely assistant, too. The Magic Show [ via cbc]...
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September 5, 2013

Look Who's Tweeting

You guys, barely famous people are tweeting in the voice of their newborn kids, and New York Magazine is on it."These are the tools that I didn't have growing up. It's important to have your dot-com for your entire life....
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July 22, 2013

Don't Think About C-Sections When You Cut That Gender Reveal Cake

Heard from a member of the DT Executive Committee that the post with the crowning baby cake is gross. Yes, dear, you are right, I am sorry. So in order to push it farther down the page and out of...
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There Will Always Be An English Retrograde Midwifery Cake Topper

Did someone mention childbirthing in England? The Royal College of Midwives sponsored a Great Midwifery Cake-off to celebrate the International Day of Midwifery, which was in May sometime. Adrian Searle's marzipan cake topper is hilarious in that, "Why did I...
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June 28, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Breast Friends Forever Edition

A special collection of news stories from the worlds of parenting, health and science to ruin your weekend all at once: it's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Breastfeeding gets your kid more friends and improves his social mobility for no...
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June 1, 2013

'Collaboration Linda & Hans Haacke'

For his contribution to a 1969 group show at the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland, New York-based conceptual and systems artist Hans Haacke submitted his son. The show, curated by Harald Szeemann, was titled, "When Attitude Becomes Form," caused outrage...
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October 20, 2012

The Crown Prince Of Dadbloggers

"Daddy? It looks like the center is having a baby, and the quarterback is the midwife."— Doug French (@LOD) October 20, 2012...
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August 3, 2012

The Thurman Bussons Remind You Of The Benefits Of Breastfeeding

They had their daughter a couple of weeks ago, so mazel tov, and remember that breastfeeding provides tremendous health and social benefits to both mother and child. [thanks DT reader Michael who spotted the news, and who also encourages...
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August 1, 2012

Tradebot Chaos, China Cord Blood, Chick-Fil-A

A glitch hit the New York Stock Exchange this morning, causing wild swings in prices and excessive trading volume in the shares of around 140 different companies. It appears the glitch was caused by an out-of-whack high frequency trading...
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July 17, 2012

Florida Baby Born A Few MInutes Early

Congratulations and all to the Malleys of Melbourne, FL, but the fact that "Big Gulp" is only the kid's nickname, not his actual name, means that this entire story is really just, "Fireman/EMT delivers wife's baby in 7-Eleven parking lot,"...
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July 6, 2012


Greg McKeown has a nice piece on the Harvard Business Review blog about how, contra the example and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, he totally went to some random Very Important Client Meeting the day after his kid was born.To my...
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June 17, 2012

This Post Is Banned In Michigan

Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank, talking to The New York Times for the recent trend story on hiring delivery room photographers:"There is a...
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May 30, 2012

Related By Birth

Wow, yes, wow, this is an incredible video of an elephant giving birth in the Elephant Safari Park in Bali, which, well, wow. But I guess I didn't know nothin' about no birthin' baby videos all over YouTube. Because,...
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May 18, 2012

DT Friday Freakout White Babies Edition

You know, it's been a busy, even crazy week, and my eye is kind of hurting because I swim with only one eye open, when I should really just get a pair of goggles? Anyway, this week's freakout is...
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May 4, 2012

DT Friday Freakout

Some headlines and such from the worlds of science, politics, and parenting, all rolled up into one, weekend-ruining Freakout, a public service of Daddy Types: Yeah, but the problem as always, is the last mile: "1 sperm has 37.5MB of...
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May 3, 2012

That Era Of Casual Abandonment Of Newborn Babies

There are a lot of things I disagree with George Will about, not the least of which is the way his political ideology rewards him for tossing off a phrase like "this era of casual destruction of pre-born babies." But...
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April 20, 2012

Some Headlines Can't Be Beat

Sarah Palin's New Grandchild Here Six Months Early [wonkette]...
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April 2, 2012

The Invisible Cost Of Free Shipping

It's Monday before lunchtime, and Mac McClelland's account of being a warehouse wage slave is already the most depressing thing I'll read all week:The gal conducting our training reminds us again that we cannot miss any days our first week....
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March 20, 2012

'The State Department Says The Donor Determines Citizenship'

I'm kind of amazed by this story. Maybe it's the way it's written. The State Department's regulations do not consider kids conceived in vitro and born outside the US to US citizens to be eligible for US citizenship themselves. The...
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March 13, 2012


So awesome. Also, mazeltov all around, print nerds. The things print nerds notice [printresting]...
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February 7, 2012

'Like The Kill Shot In A Korean Movie'

Basically, I'll follow Tom Scocca wherever and whatever he writes, so if he's going to do a no-holds barred account of the deeply weird moments of the childbirth process as part of Deadspin's Blood Week, I'm there. He says the...
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December 31, 2011

The Dudela Abides

Oh wait, no, maybe this parody posting for a "dudela" on UrbanBaby should be the craziest, last post of the year:A DUDELA? IS THAT LIKE A DOULA? Yes, think of a dudela as being a doula for the mother's partner....
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December 30, 2011

Fetal Cube, By Telstar Logistics

Tomorrow's another travel day, and in case this is the last DT post of the year, we've gotta end big: I've been trying to test or rent one of them Nissan Cubes for a while now. Anyone out there love...
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