ADOPTING COUPLE'S NEW BABY DELIVERED BY MIRACLE STORK by Fintan Dunne, 30 July, 2105
In a world-first, a Minnesota couple are now celebrating the arrival of a new-born baby girl --which came via a miraculous delivery by stork!
The couple, Sarah and David Olson already had two children - but had been battling a harrowing secret ordeal. They always knew they wanted three children, but they lacked that third infant which would make their family "complete".
The Olsens had been trying in vain to conceive for what must have seemed an interminable eight long months before eventually deciding to adopt while aboard Sarah's birthday gift flight to New York.
That decision was partly inspired by Sarah's sister - who had already taken delivery of a child she had ordered online via Amazon.com in an inter-country adoption from China.
But Sarah and David could hardly believe what happened next. After months of waiting, one Tuesday their Christian adoption consultant phoned to advise …
Survivors of Ireland's Mother and Baby homes are distraught and angry following a news report that the judge leading a Commission of Investigation into 14 such homes has requested an additional year to issue her final report -currently due by mid-February 2019.
"This morning I woke to the news that the commission of investigation are looking for another year. Another Year! And I just bust into tears," says Rosemary Adie of Irish First Mothers -the largest group of natural mothers.
"I'm heartbroken and my mental state is shattered."
"I was so sick today," said Sheila O'Byrne who was in St. Partick's Home on the Navan Road, Dublin.
"It was shocking to read about a year delay in the paper without any prior warning from Minister Zappone."
"It was the lowest thing to do. It was despicable and demeaning to our survivors. The 15th of February, 2019 is the deadline and we expect that commitment to be met."
Guest Post | by Owen Felix O'Neill Between 5,000 and 7,000 healthy single mothers died in Irish unwed mothers institutions and we need an honest public discussion of that appalling toll. I was born in such an institution: St. Patrick’s on the Navan Road Dublin, the biggest in the country. I spent my first 4 years there. My mother, Norah, was 38 when she had me in 1954. It obviously wasn’t easy for her or the other women of these homes and although I never knew her, the following is based on my conversations over the years with other women who survived the homes.
RELIGIOUS BUTCHERY -NOT MEDICINE
In some London hospitals in the early 1940s, 50s and 60s, many of the midwives in training were Irish nuns. But once their training was completed and they returned home to Ireland and started to work at the nine main unmarried mothers homes they altered some of the surgical procedures they learnt in London to lethal effect.
An episiotomy, although no longer routine, is a fairly standard surgical…