Wednesday, December 26, 2012

'Panicky' new mums take kids to doctors 16 times in 1st year!

The typical new mother makes 16 trips to the doctors in their child's first year, a study has revealed.

According to researchers, millions of mothers have confessed that they "panicked" and took their child to the doctors' surgery during their first 12 months, only to be told that the kid was suffering from minor ailments, the Daily Express reported.

The study, carried out by Benenden Healthcare Society, found that one in three mothers took the baby to the doctors with what turned out to be a common cold.

One in 10 even dashed to the surgery thinking that their baby was unconscious - only to be told that the child was sleeping!

Results showed that it took a new mum six and half months on average to become familiar to her child's different cries.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ireland govt plans law to legalize abortion

Ireland has finally decided to allow termination of pregnancy in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. The Irish government said that it would bring legislation to allow abortions in hospitals when doctors determine that a mother’s life is at risk.

  The move comes seven weeks after the death of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant. She had a miscarriage and died of septicaemia three days after requesting an abortion at Galway hospital which she wasn’t allowed to undergo. 

 Abortion is banned in Ireland as per a papal diktat. It is one of two European Union countries — the other being Malta — where women cannot have an abortion even when their lives are in danger. 

Ireland’s cabinet made the announcement of legalizing abortion after intense public pressure came from secular elements following Halappanavar's death. The bill will be drafted in the New Year and debated by the Irish parliament’s health committee before it is voted upon in the house known as the Dail. 

As a doctor I welcome the decision to legalize abortion. People who still argue that a ban on abortion is pro-life, Savita’s case should have made it clear by now that it can often end up taking lives that could have been saved otherwise.

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