Have you read the latest parenting mag to hit the stands? It's filled with really useful tips and advice for new moms, such as "Photo Forcing Techniques," "As a Parent Myself: Perfecting the Self Righteous Tone," and my personal fave, "Other People's Babies: Pretend to Give a Shit."
While you're at it, here's another spoof that made us smile.
Any nuggets of truth or kernels of mommy wisdom you would add to this satirical cover?
Groundbreaking science is going down in Sweden, where nine women have successfully received womb transplants, giving new hope for those unable to carry their own babies.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, the women involved in the pioneering surgery were either born without a uterus (a condition known as MRKH) or had it removed following cervical cancer.
With organ transplants available for hearts, livers, and kidneys, it's not surprising that science is now opening the door to womb donors.
Though such transplants have been attempted before—in Turkey and Saudi Arabia—the women involved failed to impregnate. So far, the women in Sweden have been able to menstruate via the new uterus. A hopeful sign.
However, the uterus is not connected to the fallopian tubes, so intervention is still required for fertilization, and the women must take anti-rejection medication for the duration that the womb remains in the body.
It remains to be seen how and if any of the women can carry a baby to term once embryos are implanted.
The leading figure behind the controversial op is Dr. Mats Brannstrom, chair of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the University of Gothenburg, who plans to publish a report and run a workshop to instruct colleagues on the procedure.
Obviously, being able to carry your own baby without relying on a surrogate is extremely meaningful to women, yet it's not a matter of life and death. Already the procedure's ethics have come into question, partly because Mats used live donors.
Spill it. Do you think a womb transplant is ethical?
It's been seven years since Madeline McCann vanished while vacationing with her family in Portugal. Seven harrowing years. Since reopening the investigation three years ago, police are finally on the brink of making arrests in connection with the case.
According to an article in Yahoo, Madeleine—known in the press as Maddy—was nearly four when she disappeared in May, 2007, from the rented apartment while her parents ate at a nearby restaurant.
They were cleared as suspects, yet the case had no real leads. Until now. Burglars were apparently active in and around the apartment block. Three of whom are currently sought by Scotland Yard after a high number of calls were made the night of Maddy's disappearance.
The McCanns have campaigned long and hard to keep Maddy's face in the news. Incredibly, they have never given up hope of finding their daughter. And rightly so—because though rare, it does happen.
''There is no clear, definitive proof that Madeleine McCann is dead, so on that basis I still genuinely believe that there is a possibility that she is alive,'' said Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood.
Let's pray he's right.