Day: February 7, 2021

Don’t put on weight and prepare food for your husband: South Korea’s advice to pregnant women

The Seoul city government has come under fire for a sexist advisory for pregnant women that included suggestions such as keeping their weight under control and preparing meals in advance so that husbands aren’t inconvenienced while wives are away, giving birth.

The guidelines were published on the “Seoul City Pregnancy and Childbirth Information Centre” website which was launched in June 2019 as an information hub about pregnancies and childbirth. They were taken down after a backlash.

According to the guidelines, women at early stages of pregnancy were advised to not put off “household chores such as cleaning or dishes,” as it could help her “manage her weight during pregnancy without an extra workout.” 

It also advised women to visibly hang the clothes they wore before their pregnancy to motivate themselves to keep their weight under control so they can go back to their pre-pregnancy body weight.  “If you are tempted

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Baby elephant born in North Sumatra’s Tangkahan CRU

Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) – A Sumatran elephant calf (Elephas maximus sumatranus) was born in the Tangkahan Conservation Response Unit (CRU) in Langkat District, North Sumatra, at around 4 a.m. Western Indonesian Time on February 1, 2021.

A 35-year-old elephant, named “Sari,” gave birth to this female calf, weighing 69 kilograms and 108 centimeters in height, the Mount Leuser National Park (TNGL) Agency head, Jefry Susyafrianto, stated.

Shortly after giving birth, Sari consumed its placenta to obtain postpartum benefits, Susyafrianto noted in a statement that ANTARA quoted here, Thursday.

The health of both mother and the baby remains stable, but the agency’s veterinarians have continued to monitor their condition, he stated, adding that the veterinarians had given vitamins and medicine to Sari.

The TNGL Agency would later name the newly born elephant, he stated.

Currently, the Tangkahan CRU takes care of nine captive wild elephants. The oldest one, aged about

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Quarantine babies born during COVID give moms hope in 2020

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Jenna and Jarrett Fletcher started the coronavirus pandemic with the news of a miscarriage in March. They were devastated.

“We went through a lot of grief from that right in the midst of COVID,” Jenna Fletcher said. “We had to be isolated from everyone, so it was a bit lonely and challenging, but we just had to trust God.”

A month later, as the world was going into lockdown, they conceived another baby. It was the end of April and they were elated.

Quarantine gave them ample opportunity to try again, the couple joked.

“We were so excited and felt so blessed, but also we were sort of anxious from the previous miscarriage,” Jenna said. “This whole process has been difficult, but also full of joy.”

The expecting parents thought COVID-19 might be over in a few weeks, but then the anxiety started to

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New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Creating an Eco-Friendly Child Care Environment

ATLANTA, GA, Feb. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce AMD116: Creating an Eco-Friendly Child Care Environment to the online child care training course catalog.

Research shows that the first years of a child’s life are critical to shaping their future health and development. The small changes a child care provider makes can have a big impact on the children in their care. From reducing toxins in the environment to reducing waste, caregivers can make simple changes that will benefit the health and well-being of the children and the planet.  Creating a healthy environment for children involves plenty of active play, positive encouragement and guidance, adequate rest, and healthy meals. But a healthy early care environment is also one that is healthful for children and embraces good

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