Happy news for Tyra Banks as the Amercia's Next Top Model host welcomed a baby boy with partner, Erik Asla via a gestational surrogate.
After a long public struggle with IVF and infertility, Banks shared the miracle that is baby York with her fans on Instagram.
The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world.
"The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here," captioned Banks together with an image of York's baby hat.
She rhymed off the bits of him that are like her and the bits that are like daddy before graciously thanking the "angel of a woman" who carried the baby.
"The journey to now has not been an easy process, as I've shared before. But there was a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel for me and his father, Erik," said Banks in a statement.
For many couples, infertility is full of ups and downs, close calls, hopes and dreams dashed. Banks has openly described her struggle to conceive as "traumatic" at times.
There are so many routes to making a beautiful family. It just goes to show it doesn't matter how you get there, as long as you get there.
Congrats to them!
Health Canada has re-released its recall of Ace Bayou Corporation bean bag chairs. Chairs sold prior to July 2013 without a permanent zipper closure may allow children to ingest the beads inside the chair, causing a suffocation hazard.
Though Heath Canada has not received any reports related to the chairs, three incidents were reported in the U.S., where a 13-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl both died after inhaling the foam beads inside the chair.
Customers should remove the recalled chair immediately from children. If the exterior zipper can be opened, contact Ace Bayou Corporation to receive a free safety kit.
For further information, customers may contact Ace Bayou Corporation at 1-855-571-8151 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or via the company's website.
From January 2012 to July 2013, approximately 3,500 were sold in Canada.
It's all about mental health this week. Just as thousands open up about their personal struggles as part of the #BellLetsTalk awareness campaign, a U.S. task force recommends screening for depression for pregnant and new moms under Obamacare.
Under the screening, women would be asked to respond to statements like “I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things,” “I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping,” and “The thought of harming myself has occurred to me.” Such statements could prove vital in identifying a woman who needs help.
Even though as many as one in five women is thought to experience depression at some point during pregnancy, not everyone cheered about the screening news.
Every time I think the stigma around mental health has finally lifted, someone like Marianne Williamson comes along and causes my jaw to crash on the floor.
Bestselling author and spiritual guru, Williamson took the screening recommendations with a heavy dose of skepticism, claiming the task force is "on big pharma's payroll."
She further claimed that pregnancy-related depression is normal. Women should just suck it up and take the "eat, pray, love" approach.
Williamson dug a deeper hole by further suggesting that many moms are misdiagnosed as depressed simply because they are "heartbroken" at having to return to work too soon. Wait, what?
Williamson claims she has herself experienced depression, so it seems strange that she would trivialize a clinical illness.
Her words sadly perpetuate the idea that you can just buck up and beat depression if you only try hard enough. That beating depression is a matter of sheer mental willpower and fortitude.
Her words undermine the very real struggle faced by many people, who cannot heal simply by settling on the right mantra.
Of course Williamson is right that we shouldn't rush to the pharmacy every time we have a bad day. And frankly, I know of no depressive who takes the decision to medicate lightly. It is typically - and literally - a do-or-die decision.
Williamson's ignorant statement spawned a campaign in their own right. Katherine Stone and followers of the blog Postpartum Progress challenged Williamson's thinking with their own conversation at #meditateonthis.
So sadly, while people like Williamson continue to trivialize and undermine the realities of mental illness, we need to keep talking about it. We can't afford to stop talking about it.
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