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  • Top of the Morning: Melissa Ricks Welcomes Baby Girl

    See the first photos of baby Keira, plus Pope Francis encourages moms to breastfeed in public
  • 1.   Melissa Ricks welcomes baby girl

    Actress Melissa Ricks gave birth to a baby girl named Keira on Monday, January 12, via normal delivery at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. She posted a photo of her newborn on Instagram with the caption "Our little blessing has arrived!!! At 3:53pm, Weighing in at 7.07lbs.. Kiera Kelly our angel". This is the first baby for Melissa Ricks and boyfriend Charles Togezaki. Congratulations! (pep.ph)

    2. Pope encourages public breastfeeding
    Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breastfeed their children during a baptism ceremony Sunday, January 11, at the Sistine Chapel. He told the mothers not to worry if they need to breastfeed in the church: “You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry.” (time.com)

    3. Cristine Reyes shares baby’s ultrasound photo


    Actress Cristine Reyes was emotional when she shared an ultrasound image of her baby girl on Instagram. She’s currently five months pregnant with her and boyfriend mixed marital arts fighter Ali Khatibi’s first child. She wrote on her caption that shares that she just can’t wait to see her little angel and a lengthy excerpt from the book 365 Daily Supplements for The Heart. (pep.ph)

    4. Woman gives birth an hour after learning she’s pregnant
    Katie Kropas, 23, gave birth to a whopping 10-pound baby girl on Tuesday, January 6, exactly 51 minutes after she found out she was pregnant. Boyfriend Dan Keefe rushed her to the E.R. as she’s complained of serious stabbing lower-back pains. It turns out she’s pregnant, and ready to give birth. She explains that she didn’t know she was expecting because she was on the pill and was having a fairly regular period albeit weak. She also thought she just gained weight during the holidays. Katie had an emergency C-section and her baby Ellie is perfectly healthy. (yahoo.com)

    5. Doctor draws cartoon to help deaf mom-to-be give birth
    A deaf and non-verbal mom-to-be’s anesthetist drew elaborate cartoons to comfort her as she’s about to give birth via C-section. No one in the hospital knew sign language, so the anesthetist Yao Xing drew cartoons so her patient would have a step-by-step explanation of what she’ll be experiencing, and how she could alert him to her needs. The doc took half an hour to draw the cartoons, and they really helped. (ryot.org)

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