Spinal Surgery on Unborn Baby

February 13, 2019

Bethan Simpson received the devastating news at 20 weeks into her pregnancy that her baby had Spina Bifida, a neural condition causing incomplete development of the spine, which can lead to degrees of paralysis and or brain damage.  

Determined not to terminate her pregnancy, having already felt flutters from her unborn baby Eloise, the couple decided to undergo pioneering spinal surgery to correct the split in Eloise's spine.  

The 4 hour surgery, which took place yesterday involved opening Bethan's womb and turning the baby in order to repair the gap in the lower part of the spine.  

Bethan is the 4th mother in the UK to have undergone this pioneering surgery.  Predominantly these procedures take place in Belgium and the US.  As of April 2019, this surgical procedure will become available on the NHS.  

 

There are 200 babies born with Spina Bifida in the UK every year and it occurs in about 4 out of 10,000 pregnancies.

The surgery is not a cure for Spina Bifida as there are varying degrees of the condition and this procedure will not necessarily be successful in all cases.  However, it will be another option for parents, who, until now, have had to accept the diagnosis or terminate the pregnancy.  

The exact cause of Spina Bifida is unknown but it is suggested for mothers to take Folic Acid in the first trimester of pregnancy, when the spinal development of the foetus is most active, and if possible, to take folic acid in the lead up to becoming pregnant.  

 

Folic acid is a water soluble B-Vitamin which helps to build healthy cells and therefore reduces the risk of Spina Bifida in early foetal development.  

Little Eloise is due in April and we wish them all the best for a safe and healthy delivery.  

Only 3 Months To Go

January 14, 2019

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex has today revealed to well wishers in Birkenhead that she is 6 months along in her pregnancy and is due at the end of April/early May 2019.  

With just 3 months left in her pregnancy, the count down is on, with much excitement around whether she will be having a boy or a girl.  

The couple do not know what they are having as they wish for the gender to be a surprise.  

This will be the couple's first baby and will be seventh in line to the throne.  

We Did It!

October 14, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, announce the news that they are going to become parents.  Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex is due to give birth in the Spring of 2019.  

This will be the couple's first child, following their wedding at Windsor Castle, earlier this year in May. 

The news comes just ahead of their 16 day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.  

For most, finding out you are going to become parents is one of the most magical pieces of news you will ever hear, and for Meghan and Harry it was clearly just that.  

 

We are so thrilled for them and wish them all the health and happiness for the start of their journey into parenthood.  

Louis Arthur Charles - the new royal baby name!

April 26, 2018

Four days after his birth, the much anticipated name of the new royal prince has been announced.  

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the last few days deciding on the name of their second son, who is fifth in line to the throne.  

 

Louis Arthur Charles, who will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge, was born on Monday 23rd April 2018 (St George's Day) in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London, weighing 8lb 7oz.  

 

Louis is one of the middle names of his Dad, the Duke of Cambridge, and of his elder brother, Prince George.  Louis was also the name of his great-great uncle, Lord Mountbatten, and the middle name of King George VI, the Queen's father.  

Welcome to the world Louis Arthur Charles, with love from The Bamboo Baby Company. 

It's A Boy! Royal Baby Arrival

April 22, 2018

London, the rest of the UK, and much of the world, is buzzing with excitement of the news of the arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child - and it's a boy!  

The royal couple remained traditional and chose not to find out the gender of the baby before the birth, as they have done with their previous two pregnancies.  

Having been admitted to the Lindo wing at St Mary’s hospital in the early hours of Monday 23rd April 2018, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy at 11.01 later that morning.  The new royal baby weighed a healthy 8lb 7oz.   

 

The new baby prince, who is fifth in line to the throne, behind his brother Prince George and sister Princess Charlotte is now the Queen’s sixth great grandchild.  

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are yet to choose a name for the new royal prince, but it is thought an announcement will be made within a couple of days.  

 

The warmest of congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their beautiful baby boy, with much love and best wishes from The Bamboo Baby Company. 

The following article, published on 5th October 2017, highlights concerns raised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. regarding the use of ‘sleep positioners’ – often called ‘nests’ or ‘anti-roll’ products. The article suggests that such products have, very sadly, been linked with a number of deaths caused by suffocation and have subsequently been banned by a number of U.K. retailers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4952052/Sleep-positioners-cause-babies-suffocate.html

 

See our latest blog from The Bamboo Baby Company for advice on "Putting Your Baby To Sleep Safely" and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDs)...

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