• Top of the Morning: Former Victoria's Secret Model Karolina Kurkova Welcomes Second Baby

    Plus, pregnancy-related deaths halved worldwide, Mariah Carey's new book, and more!
  • 1. Model Karolina Kurkova welcomes second baby

    The former Victoria's Secret angel Karolina Kurkova has welcomed her second child, a son, with husband Archie Dury. The two are already parents to their six-year-old son Tobin, who is "ecstatic over the family's addition," Karolina's rep confirms. She recently flaunted her baby bump when the family hit the beach just last week. Both she and her new "healthy, beautiful baby boy," whose name has not been announced yet, are doing well. Congratulations! (people.com)  


    2. Maternal deaths down by almost half all over the world
    According to the United Nations and The World Bank, a woman's risk of dying from pregnancy-related cause fell by 43 percent in the last 25 years. That's an estimated drop to 303,000 this year from 532,000 in 1990. East Asia's numbers had the largest improvement, from 90 to only 27 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. However, only nine countries have achieved the U.N. developmental goal of a 75-percent reduction to the number of women dying before, during, or after giving birth. These nine countries are Maldives, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cape Verde, East Timor, Iran, Laos, Mongolia and Rwanda. (huffingtonpost.com


    3. Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You book out now

    mariah Carey picture bookPhoto from Penguin Random House

    The Christmas classic song "All I want For Christmas is You" sang by the Mariah Carey is now a picture book for kids! “I am so proud of the song’s impact as it continues to create memories for fans each year. I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families with the picture book,” Mariah said when Penguin Random House announced the book last August. The words were written by Mariah while the illustrations were drawn by Colleen Madden. The book also includes a special Christmas letter from the diva singer and mom of twins. (buzzfeed.com)


    4. The Pope advocates "no tech on the dinner table"
    Last Wednesday, Pope Francis urged parents to remove smartphones from the dining table when eating with the family. "The sharing of a meal--and beyond the food, sharing affections, stories, and events--is a fundamental experience," he said. "A family that almost never eats together, or that, rather than talking at table watches television or looks at the smartphone, is 'not much of a family.' When the children are attached to the computer and the telephone at the table, and don't listen to one another, this isn't family," The Pope added. He also said that spending lavishly on meals takes away the focus on people during mealtime. (popsugar.com)  

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    5. Actor James Van der Beek expecting his fourth child

    The Dawson's Creek alum and his wife Kimberly are expecting their fourth child. James shared the good news via Instagram. He had always wanted a big family, saying "“The kids are the best home base you could possibly have. It tethers you to reality.” Kimberly captioned their couple photo pregnancy announcement, "So grateful to share with you today that we're pregnant with our fourth child! The two are already parents to Olivia, 5, Joshua, 3, and Annabel Leah, 21 months. Congratulations! (people.com)  

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