A grieving mum has told how she found her 18-month toddler 'dead' in her cot. Bethany Grantham found her 'fit and well' daughter's lifeless body when she went to check up on her on July 16 last year. This was after little Evelyn Grantham had been breastfed and put to sleep in the bedroom she shared with her brother. Now, coroner Andrew Barkley has ruled that the toddler died of natural causes, reports StokeOnTrentLive. In a statement, Bethany said: "She was our youngest child and I had a normal pregnancy with no problems. The pregnancy went full term and she had no health problems or genetic conditions that we were aware of. "She slept in the same room as her brother. She was still breastfeeding and at 6.30pm I put her down in her cot and I went to bed at 9.30pm. "The next morning I couldn't hear anything which was normal as she'd normally sleep in until 9am. I went into the room and saw her lying on her front with her head to the side. "There was brown liquid around her mouth. I … [Read more...] about Mum’s anguish after finding 18-month daughter’s body in cot
How dads can help with breastfeeding
It was announced earlier this week that female TDs and senators can now breastfeed inside the Dáil and Seanad chambers. Various arrangements had now been put in place, or were soon being implemented, to help support women Oireachtas members who were new mothers, including maternity leave support, an on-campus crèche and adoptive leave. Dáil chairman Seán Ó Fearghaíl noted that every effort must be made to encourage greater involvement by women in Irish politics. It's a heartening encouragement, certainly, but the Government has a little running to do before they catch up with some of Ireland's most parent-friendly workplaces. It's long been a given that the tech giants have blazed a trail in terms of creating staff-friendly offices. Google's nap pods, Twitter's baristas, Airbnb's Irish pub and Microsoft's nail bars are already the stuff of legend. Yet it's often their sweeteners for parents, and indeed for anyone looking to redress their work-life … [Read more...] about How baby-friendly is your workplace?
Women shouldn’t be pressurised into breastfeeding — it’s sexist and illiberal to claim that anyone who bottle-feeds is a bad mother Ella Whelan Features 25/04/2019 Milk it: Formula was once a preferred method of feeding (Wellcome Library, London, CC BY 4.0) Having a baby is hard. From sleepless nights to dirty nappies, bringing up a child is tough — but full of joy. And while social changes over the last 40 years have encouraged fathers to take a more active role in parenting, it is still the case that mothers are centre-stage when it comes to rearing children. Sure, you might see dads with their babies in papooses walking through the park, or TV commercials with fathers waking up in the night to settle a grizzly toddler. But despite these welcome changes in gender equality, motherhood has become one of the most scrutinised parts of a … [Read more...] about Breast is not always best for mothers
When little Lexie Leech was just a week old she was diagnosed with Down's syndrome - leaving her parents going through 'every emotion possible'. And since then Lexie - who attends mainstream education - has overcome a number of health concerns having also being born with a hole in her heart. Now proud dad James Leech is running in tomorrow’s London Marathon for the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) after being inspired by his seven-year-old daughter. It was back when Lexie's mum Lindsay Leech had gone to a breastfeeding class when she was told by a nurse that her daughter was displaying symptoms of Down’s syndrome and she needed to see a doctor. One-week-old Lexie was then taken for tests which confirmed that she had Down’s syndrome. James, from Blurton, said: “The tests were done and at Royal Stoke University Hospital they confirmed Lexie had Down’s syndrome, it was the last thing we were expecting. “At that point you go through every … [Read more...] about Proud dad reveals how daughter, 7, copes with Down’s syndrome
A MIRACLE New Year’s Day baby has been named Bellatrix Daenerys Leia, in honour of her parents’ favourite fantasy film characters. The unusual moniker was chosen by mum Kay, 29, after she was told she wouldn’t be able to have any more children following an operation to remove pre-cancerous cells from her cervix. Just two weeks after being left devastated by the news, Kay and husband Glynn, 39, were delighted to find out they were pregnant with twins. The couple, who live in Runcorn, Cheshire, sadly lost one of the babies quite early on because one embryo absorbed the other, and revealed it was “touch and go” as to whether the other would survive. It wasn’t until halfway through the pregnancy that Kay Davies, who has four other children, decided she wanted to give her daughter needed a more ‘unique’ name. Up until that point the stay-at-home mum had been adamant she wanted to call the new addition Rosie. However, the die-hard movie fans … [Read more...] about Mum who has miracle baby after being told she’d never get pregnant again names her daughter after all her favourite characters from Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Star Wars