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  • Top of the Morning: Jackie Forster Gives Birth to Fifth Child

    The baby's name means "God's gracious gift"
  • 1. Jackie Forster gives birth to fifth child

    Actress Jackie Forster gave birth to her fifth child last Friday, May 22. She announced the exciting news via her Instagram account: "Thank you so much for the prayers and heartfelt messages. Sending love from our family to yours! Now the exciting journey truly begins. #BabyNumber5." Jackie has four other kids: Andre and Kobe Paras, Jared, and Caleigh, who has leukemia. (pep.ph)

    2. 65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets
    Annegret Raunigk, the 65-year old German schoolteacher who made headlines when she announced that she was pregnant with quadruplets, has given birth. She had three boys, named Dries, Bence and Fjonn, and a girl named Neeta, born premature at 26 weeks. Doctors say the preemie quads have a good chance of surviving. The new mom of 17 set the record for being the oldest mom of quadruplets. (people.com)

    3. VBAC often safe, new study concludes
    A new study finds that those who deliver vaginally after a C-section have a relatively low rate of complications. According to the repost by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 70 percent of vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC) are successful. VBACs also had lower complications such as the need for blood transfusions, unplanned hysterectomies or admission to the intensive care unit, compared with those who scheduled a C-section, the researchers found. (livescience.com)

    4. Disaster preparedness to be taught in school?
    Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. has filed House Bill 5722, a bill that decrees mandatory and regular conduct of disaster risk reduction drills in schools all over the country. This proposed bill is in line with the renewed public interest in preparedness against calamities. He said, “By mandating the regular annual conduct of disaster risk drills and instruction in all educational institutions, we are recognizing every child’s right to survival and protection, as well as to education and protection." (gmanetwork.com)

    5. Women who had C-sections are more prone to complications
    According to a new large-scale U.S. federal study, women who have given birth via C-section are more likely to face medical complications, such as unplanned hysterectomies and the need for blood transfusions, as well as ruptured uteruses and intensive-care-unit admissions, said a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is further proof of why C-sections should only be performed in emergency situations. (nydailynews.com)  

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