Win a baby! A radio station in Canada offered couples who were struggling with infertility the chance to win $35,000 worth of IVF treatments. More than 400 people entered the contest, a number that was eventually narrowed down to five. The station then let the public vote for the winning couple. Eventually, station officials decided they couldn't deny four of those couples the chance at conceiving a child and wound up giving all five couples the grand prize. The station said it held the contest as a way to publicize the fact that the province of Ontario doesn't cover IVF treatments for women, whereas nearby, Quebec does. The contest has received criticism, with people saying the phrase "Win a baby" is misleading, given the relatively low success rates for IVF. People have also said a radio station has no business determining who deserves the chance to become parents. Others think anyone offering couples the chance for one last try for a baby is A-OK.
Sometimes, divorce can bring all the skeletons out of the closet. One contentious Russian divorce led the father to refuse to pay alimony, saying his 12-year-old daughter wasn't his, that she didn't look anything like him. He was right, but not for the reason he likely suspected. Turns out the hospital switched his daughter and another baby at birth. When DNA tests proved his daughter wasn't biologically connected to either him or his ex-wife, police tracked down their daughter, who was living across town. Hospital workers accidentally gave the babies the wrong name tags and sent them home with the wrong parents. The families have all met, but at present, both girls want to stay with the parents who raised them.
When Steve Jobs died last week, the world mourned for an incredible innovator whose work impacted our daily lives. Tributes to Jobs immediately popped up all over the Internet. From iSad tweets to Facebook status updates displaying the iconic Apple logo, featuring Jobs's silhouette, people wanted to honor both his deeds and his words. One Jobs' quote on parenting, in particular, has been making the rounds. A former colleague quoted him as saying (about having kids), “It’s your heart running around outside your body.”However, some are pointing out that quote has a longer history, with versions of it being correctly attributed to Hillary Clinton and incorrectly attributed to the Octomom. It turns out the original quote is from Elizabeth Stone, a professor at Fordham University. Originally phrased, “Making the decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body,” the quote first appeared in the Village Voice. It later appeared in Readers' Digest and might have disappeared forever, were it not for the invention of Google, which helped the sentiment go viral.
Teen boys are suiting up and the teen pregnancy rate is going down. With 43 percent of teens admitting they've had sex at least once, the number of sexually active teens hasn't changed since 2002. But, what has changed, is their use of contraceptives. Now 80 percent of teen boys who've had sex say they used a condom the first time they had sex. The teen pregnancy rate, which had been on the rise, is once again on the decline as well. Hooray for responsible teens!
Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.