• Top of the Morning: Ara Mina Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

    Baby Mandy was born on November 17, plus what is the newest screening test for newborns?
  • 1. Ara Mina gives birth to baby girl

    Actress Ara Mina and partner Bulacan mayor Patrick Meneses welcomed their first child Amanda Gabrielle yesterday, December 17. Both parents posted photos of Baby Mandy on their Instagram accounts to share the news of their bundle of joy's arrival. Congratulations, Ara and Patrick! (pep.ph)


    2. New screening test for newborns
    The first test to screen for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) in newborns has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug administration. SCID is caused by genetic defects that affect infection-fighting immune cells, and babies who have it may seem normal at birth, but could develop deadly symptoms within a few months. The test uses only a few drops of blood from the baby’s heel, just like the newborn tests we already have. (usnews.com)


    3. Shiloh looks stunning in a suit

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Since mom Angelina Jolie couldn’t attend the premiere of Unbroken, her latest directorial project, husband Brad Pitt and children Maddox, Pax, and Shiloh filled in. Shiloh stole the spotlight as she showed up in a dapper suit, showing off her androgynous style. (yahoo.com)


    4. Breastfeeding moms stage protest
    A group of parents staged a “nurse-in” at an Oklahoma Kmart over the weekend to protest an employee telling another mom to stop breastfeeding her three-month-old daughter while she waited in line at the cashier. The moms nursed their own children inside the store peacefully to stand up for their rights. The group, which included husbands and kids, also reiterated that what breastfeeding moms need is support. The store has since apologized and promised to reinforce policies that support breastfeeding moms. (yahoo.com)


    5. The U.S. needs maternity pay
    The U.S. is one of the few countries whose government does not offer any maternity benefits for women. Recently, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that said maternity leave benefit isn’t just good for women; it’s also good for business. She cited it could reduce risks of postpartum depression, keep babies healthy, and encourage moms to stay in the workplace. (time.com

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