Thursday, May 31, 2012

Teen Pregnancy: Top 10 US States with Highest Rates

MTV's Teen Mom  Jenelle Evans tweeted a bikini pic to silence recent rumors she is pregnant with her second child

What US states have the most teen births nationwide? 

A 2006 Guttmacher Institute summarized recent data and statistics and summarized them on a list. Contrary to people's perceptions Arkansas is not number one, neither are Blue, liberal states with high minority populations, as some may assume. Rather, 80% of the states with the highest number of teens giving birth come from southern Red states. How's that for debunking stereotypes although Florida, California and Texas are pretty large states so it is no wonder why they would be high on the list. More people equals higher probability.  Those states also have very diverse populations. 

But in any event, while it is challenging having a baby as a teen, many have surmounted the odds and excelled, even though the stats are against them for success. 

Here is how the top 10 panned out:
States ranked by rates of pregnancy among women age 15-19 (pregnancies per thousand):
  1.     Nevada (113)
  2.     Arizona (104)
  3.     Mississippi (103)
  4.     New Mexico (103)
  5.     Texas (101)
  6.     Florida (97)
  7.     California (96)
  8.     Georgia (95)
  9.     North Carolina (95)
  10.     Arkansas (93)

States ranked by rates of live births among women age 15-19 (births per thousand):
  1.     Mississippi (71)
  2.     Texas (69)
  3.     Arizona (67)
  4.     Arkansas (66)
  5.     New Mexico (66)
  6.     Georgia (63)
  7.     Louisiana (62)
  8.     Nevada (61)
  9.     Alabama (61)
  10.     Oklahoma (60)

"U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity" Guttmacher Institute September 2006.
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Bump Watch: Neve Campbell at Coldplay Hollywood concert

Here is a belated bump watch photo from earlier this month when Neve Campbell and husband hit the Coldplay concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California on May 4. Love the look! The slouch sweater boots, the fedora and layered tops. Lovely!

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JooJos are exquiste master crafted shoes for tiny feet

A Facebook friend of mine, Ama Karikari-Yawson, and her husband, recently launched a brand new company, JooJoos, selling superior quality shoes that are made of natural materials such as calfskin leather, nickel-free buckles and with anatomical leather board insoles for maximum support and comfort for tiny feet. Some of the shoes, targeted at new walkers, include lining and insoles stitched together for a healthy sock-like effect. Nice. It has a higher price point than most children's lines but you get what you pay for in exquisite top-of-the line construction and materials.  Most of the super cute shoes the company sells have lightweight thermoplastic rubber soles for a stride fit for kids who are mastering the art of walking, running, jumping and having all the wacky fun that toddlers and preschoolers get into! I fully expect the line to become a fav of parents with discriminating tastes and celebs!

The line of shoes bears the face of Ama's adorable son JoJo and has a wonderful philosophy grounded in the spirit of capturing the wonderfulness of children.  Check out a few of my favorites styles I discovered while browsing the site:

5th Avenue



Key West

Wall Street

Silicon Valley

The Poetess


So cute! If I had a little kid and had the mullah, I'd definitely get the entire collection for each stage of my toddler's life through early childhood! Love Love!
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Bump Watch: Elizabeth Berkley's favorite tote

Elizabeth Berkley, spotted above while shopping this past Thursday May 24 at the  Brentwood Market in Brentwood, California, is wearing a lovely maxi dress with tie-dyed enhancements and carrying her favorite army green tote. The dress is a refreshing change from the signature black top and yoga pants that Berkley has practically lived in this pregnancy. But her bag, though, she carries everywhere...

While heading to Pilates class in Studio City, April 26  

Again earlier in late March while heading to her Studio City Pilates class

Before announcing her pregnancy while visiting NYC back in Nov. 2011

But she does break it up sometimes!

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The Bump Bring Your Baby Matinees provide relief for sitter-less new parents

Tia Mowry & son Cree at The Bump's Bring Your Baby Matinee in LA has launched a fun monthly event called "The Bump Bring Your Baby Matinees"

The first Tuesday of each month, parents can enjoy movies in a baby friendly environment without worrying about baby making too much noise, no place to breastfeed or room to park the stroller. Isn't that nice? When you are stuck home with the kids, and especially for new moms who have little or no child care options, who simply aren't ready to spend too much time away from their baby or who are exclusively breastfeeding, this sounds like a wonderful opportunity. And it's great also for couples who desperately need a date night.

So the next time you are at a movie late at night with a family that has brought all their little kids with them making noise and viewing inappropriate material, you can make sure to point this out to them for next time. On second thought, maybe not. You never know what type of "tude" may snap back at you for making the suggestion. ha!

The next event will be next Tuesday, June 5th in AMC Theatres across the country and the featured movie is What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The Bump will also be giving away 5 Boppy water bottles to moms and dads in the audience!

Here’s a list of the theater locations and I'm assuming you don't have to purchase a ticket for the baby!

·  Arizona (3) Phoenix and Mesa
·  California (12) Covina, Anaheim, Manteca, San Diego, Norwalk, Ontario, National City, Woodland hills, Rowland Heights, Tustin, Riverside
·  Colorado (2) Broomfield, Highlands Ranch
·  Connecticut (1) Danbury
·  Florida (2) Aventura, South Miami
·  Georgia (3) Lawrenceville, Atlanta, Morrow
·  Illinois (4) South Barrington, Chicago, Skokie, Lombard
·  Indiana (1) Indianapolis
·  Kansas (1) Leawood
·  Maryland (1) Gaithersburg
·  Massachusetts (3) Boston, Framingham, Methuen
·  Michigan (3) Sterling Heights, Auburn Hills, Livonia
·  Missouri (2) Creve Coeur, Independence
·  New Jersey (9) Cherry Hill, Clifton, Freehold Township, Paramus, Hamilton, Elizabeth, Eatontown, New Brunswick, Rockaway,
·  New York (5) Manhattan (Kips Bay and Lincoln Square), West Nyack, Westbury, Stony Brook
·  North Carolina (1) Concord
·  Pennsylvania (3) Philadelphia, Bensalem, Allentown
·  Texas (7) Humble, Sugar Land, Grapevine, Houston, Mesquite, Arlington, Frisco
·  Virginia (3) Alexandria, Woodbridge, McLean
·  Washington (2) Kent, Woodinville

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jessica Simpson debuts her daughter on People mag cover

Jessica Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson debuted their brand new daughter, Maxwell Drew, on the cover of People magazine and reportedly received $800,000 for granting the magazine the honor.
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10 tips for dealing with that sitter who steals from you

Barbara Hustus of Maine was charged in 2009 for stealing prescription drugs while babysitting

The feeling of violation and intrusion that comes with having something stolen from your home by someone that you’ve entrusted with the safety and well-being of your children is a difficult one to deal with; and then trying to find a way to handle the situation on top of that can be an overwhelming challenge in itself. These ten tips might make the situation easier to deal with in the unfortunate event of it arising.
  1.     Make Absolutely Sure They’re the Guilty Party – Before doing anything, it’s imperative to make sure that your babysitter is, without a shadow of doubt, the guilty party. Accusations of stealing can severely damage a childcare provider’s reputation, which is inexcusable if they’re innocent.
  2.     Have An Open, One-On-One Discussion – For those people who are comfortable having a potentially-tense conversation, a frank discussion about your suspicions might be the best possible first step. This could give your babysitter the chance to confess and offer an explanation; it can also afford them the much-deserved opportunity to defend their innocence, if necessary.
  3.     Opt to Avoid the Confrontation – Parents who are more reserved or shy may not be thrilled with the idea of a confrontation that has the potential to become explosive. If you do choose not to address the issue, you should keep your suspicions to yourself unless they’re absolutely proven. Making an accusation without affording the sitter a chance to explain simply isn’t fair.
  4.     Take Their Age Into Consideration – When you’re trying to decide the best course of action, it might help to take the sitter’s age into consideration. A teenage girl who impulsively took something of little value might simply need a strong talking-to, whereas an older sitter should have better impulse control; the age of the sitter should affect the severity of your actions.
  5.     Decide Whether You’re Pressing Charges – If the stolen object(s) are of great value, or have the potential to cause problems in the wrong hands, it’s probably best to file a police report. If enough evidence exists for an arrest, the police will know after an investigation. This can take the entire matter out of your hands, but might be overkill for something small and inconsequential.

Bump Watch: Sienna Miller at her London Baby Shower

Sienna Miller glowed while leaving her baby shower in London this Sunday, May 27 which was attended by her beau Tom Sturridge. I love the femininity of this flowing asymmetric dress and those super cute gladiator sandals.
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Pregnant woman shot & set on fire gives birth

A PREGNANT Michigan woman who was abducted, set on fire and shot in the back gave birth to a baby boy overnight, police said.

The unnamed 22-year-old had been due to give birth in three weeks but went into labor around 4.30pm local time Monday and gave birth about 12 hours later, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing Warren Police Deputy Commissioner Louis Galasso.

Hospital staff did not disclose the conditions of the mother and child.

"She has to be one of the most courageous women I have ever encountered," Mr Galasso told the paper yesterday, praising the woman for the quick thinking that saved her life.

The baby's father was detained on Sunday, and a second man - a boarder living at his Warren, Michigan, home -- was arrested on Monday over the incident. The unnamed suspects are being held on charges of attempted murder and are scheduled to appear in court today.

Mr Galasso said the motive behind the brutal attack appeared to be that the baby's father did not want to take responsibility for the child.

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Wow, brothers are often accused in the media and by their women of not wanting to take care of their children but this A-hole takes the friggin cake:
Scumbag Jamal Rogers, and another man were denied bail during a Tuesday court appearance in Warren.

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Bump Watch: Tori Spelling in a smoking hot mesh monokini

Wowza!! Talk about  MILF!! Tori Spelling stepped out in this super hot crocheted monokini while enjoying a family BBQ during the Memorial Day day holiday in Los Angeles, California! Um, there are millions of non-pregnant women who would die to look that fab in a bathing suit. Work it mama. We see you.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bump Watch: Tamera Mowry tweets updated bump photo

A very pregnant Tamera Mowry-Housley silenced all of those bugging her for a bump photo by tweeting a photo last night. Beautiful! Thanks ma, but you know that will only satiate the bump watchers but for so long, right? LOL! She and her sister have been making the press rounds promoting the launch of the second season of their Style Network show Tia and Tamera which debuts June 11. Tia has been also promoting her book Oh Baby! and is on the cover of Vibe Vixen.  

Check out this 16 minute video from JCTV from last November 2011 of Tamera explaining her feelings about doing a reality show in the first place and about being disappointed in reading so many negative and racist comments responding to her getting married to a white man.

Be forewarned, whoever edited the questions in between Tamera answering must have been on something as he or she spells the twins' names like 15 different ways in one 16 min video! LOL!

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8 pregnancy fads you might be sick of and want to end

Are you sick of seeing naked pregnancy photos, push gifts, people throwing fetus parties or giving their kids super weird names? So is It put together a post of the 8 "weirdest" pregnancy fads that it thinks need to end, writing:

We all know pregnancy is beautiful: new life, that pregnancy glow, all that other lovey dovey junk. But just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to do the crazy things all those other pregnant ladies are doing. Pregnancy is weird enough on its own (you’ve created a tiny person out of nothing!); you don’t have to add any of these weird trends to the mix. We don’t know if it’s the hormones or peer pressure that makes women give into strange fads, but we’re hoping these die off pretty soon.

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Bump Watch: Reese Witherspoon in elegant gown at "Mud" Cannes premiere

PacificCoast News
Reese Witherspoon looked radiant in a midnight blue floor length  empire waist gown with beaded accents and silver strappy heels with pearl drop earrings on the red carpet to the May 26th Cannes' Film Festival screening of her new film "Mud" with Matthew McConaughy, who cleaned up pretty well himself. The movie is about two teens who bump into and help an escape convict named Mud, played by McConaughy reunite with his lost love.

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Study: Fevers during pregnancy more than doubles autism risk in baby

A team of UC Davis researchers has found that mothers who had fevers during their pregnancies were more than twice as likely to have a child with autism or developmental delay than were mothers of typically developing children, and that taking medication to treat fever countered its effect.

"Our study provides strong evidence that controlling fevers while pregnant may be effective in modifying the risk of having a child with autism or developmental delay," said Ousseny Zerbo, lead author of the study, who was a Ph.D. candidate with UC Davis when the study was conducted and is now a postdoctoral researcher with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. "We recommend that pregnant women who develop fever take anti-pyretic medications and seek medical attention if their fever persists."

Published online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the study is believed to be the first to consider how fever from any cause, including the flu, and its treatment during pregnancy could affect the likelihood of having a child with autism or developmental delay.

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Bump Watch: Sarah Michelle Gellar and daughter, stylish duo

Check out how stylish little Charlotte is in her trendy asymmetric top and cropped pants while on a walk with her mom in Los Angeles Monday, May 28th. Too cute and mom Sarah Michelle Gellar too is rocking a fab look while pregnant in her open knit cropped sweater, jeans and brown boots. She and hubby Freddie Prinze Jr, who have been married for 10 years come this September 1, are expecting their 2nd child later this year.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

12 rules for caring for your introvert child & 13 rules for extroverts

Following up on our post from last week about how to care for your middle child, it was worthwhile to share this old article listing ways to care for your introverted child which I found a while ago. The sage old advice is quite worthwhile I think. Check it out:

From the Tumblr, The Daily Huff,  that posted the above came this post for Extroverts: 

  • Respect their need to share, to ‘talk it out.’ They get their energy from other people.
  • Just as with introverts, never embarrass them in public. If you do embarrass them in public, go along as much as is reasonable if they play it off like a joke.
  • Don’t be surprised if they dive into a new situation headfirst. Don’t freak out either if they flounder a little. They’ll find their way.
  • Extroverts blurt. It’s the nature of the beast. Most try to leaven it with charm, but try to be patient when they don’t.
  • Expect interruptions that may seem rude, to some. Most of the time, they mean well.
  • Build surprise into your lives together. Most extroverts love the thrill of not knowing what’s up - as long as it’s positive.
  • Be prepared for what looks like ADD. The organically outgoing among us feed off the environment around them. They are often the best multi-taskers around, so understand that they are often paying much more attention to you than you think they are.
  • A flashover temper goes with the extroverted personality. The bad thing is it can look like a much more severe storm than it is. The good thing is it’s over quickly.
  • Many extroverts live for the intuitive leap. They reach for it. If teaching an extrovert something new, have patience with them jumping ahead of you.
  • They will always have lots of friends. But most extroverts have a core of best friends, and their loyalty can be fierce and aggressive if they feel the need to defend those friends. As with so many aspects of the extroverted personality, you may have to be patient with this.
  • They love compliments, but can usually see right through insincere flattery. Well-timed encouragement, though, can help an extrovert soar.
  • Sometimes, it’s okay to just go along with the “show.” Consider it free entertainment.
  • Respect their extroversion. Don’t try to pin them to your board or cage them. And do them a favor, if you are not yourself outgoing, extroverted - gently but persistently remind them to read something like this as often as possible. They probably will need the reminders.

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