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Fluid-filled ‘Biobag’ Could Help Prematurely Born Babies:
Scientists have created an “artificial womb” in the hopes of someday using the device to save babies born extremely prematurely.
So far the device has only been tested on fetal lambs. A study involving eight animals found the device appears effective at enabling very premature fetuses to develop normally for about a month.
The device consists of a clear plastic bag filled with synthetic amniotic fluid. A machine outside the bag is attached to the umbilical cord to function like a placenta, providing nutrition and oxygen to the blood and removing carbon dioxide. The device in the fetal lamb experiment is kept in a dark, warm room where researchers can play the sounds of the mother’s heart for the lamb fetus and monitor the fetus with ultrasounds.
Previous research has shown that lamb fetuses are good models for human fetal development.

Herbs to avoid during pregnancy

 There’s a lot of reasons to use herbs. You want a more natural medicine to treat something. You enjoy the taste of fresh herbal teas. You practice some form of paganism and/or witchcraft and use herbs in your craft. You should always consult with your medical care provider before starting any herbal regimen. Be sure to look into any herbs and natural remedies you want to try too, to make sure they don’t negatively effect you because of any pre-existing medical conditions.

This particular section though, I’m going to be talking about herbs and pregnancy. Some plants contain substances that we know can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects and more. I know some people will use this list as a reference for natural contraceptives. That’s fine, but there is an important part to touch on with that.

When we think of contraceptives today, we think of hormonal contraceptives or barrier methods. Herbs are neither of those. Herbs that work as contraceptives are abortive. They don’t prevent you from becoming pregnant, they terminate a pregnancy very early on. It is important to note that if you’re using contraceptive herbs, and still become pregnant enough that you’re aware of it, you should either stop use immediately or look at your other options for terminating the pregnancy. I’m not promoting abortion, but you should be aware that using contraceptive herbs, and having them fail, can result in serious birth defects. If that’s not something you want to deal with, be aware that continuing to take the herbs may make it worse, not just get rid of the pregnancy.

If you’re looking at this for a list of herbs to avoid while you’re pregnant, so as not to risk hurting the fetus and ensuing baby, then you should be avoiding these herbs if you’re trying to become pregnant too. Studies show that 30% to 50% of all fertilized eggs are lost before a pregnancy is actually established, and the woman never even knows about it. Of known pregnancies, 10% to 20% end in miscarriage. So, it’s important if you’re trying to have a baby, to do everything possible not to contribute to those numbers.

So, with no further ado, these are the herbs to avoid if you are now, or are trying to become pregnant.

Saw Palmetto

Goldenseal

Donq Quai (used in combination with other herbs to induce miscarriage)

Ephedra

Yohimbe

Pay D'Arco

Passion Flower

Black Cohosh (used in combination with other herbs to induce miscarriage)

Blue Cohosh (used in combination with other herbs to induce miscarriage)

Chamomile (roman)

Pennyroyal

Ginseng

Evening Primrose

Feverfew

Kava Kava

Aloe

Valerian

Rosemary (in amounts greater than normally found in food)

Yarrow

Licorice

Angelica (used in combination with other herbs to induce miscarriage)

Lovage

Mistletoe

Myrrh

Sage

Thyme (in amounts greater than normally found in food )

Tumeric

Motherwort

Also, while you (hopefully) don’t ever ingest known poisonous herbs, I’d also advise not handling them while pregnant as some things can be absorbed through your skin. Not a lot, but better safe than sorry. These are herbs that are listed by the USDA as Unsafe or Potentially Unsafe for use during pregnancy.

Was sent home today because of the flu (it came in like a wrecking ball, I tell you) and when my teacher led me to the door – telling me “If I take my eyes of you, you would probably try to sneak back in” – one of my classmates said behind my back “Sick again? Geez, she’s so weak!”.

It’s not like she was very quiet, and a few others started laughing, so both my teacher and I heard her. I felt ready to keel over, but I still said, “No, it’s okay” when my teacher wanted to turn around and call her out on it.

It’s not like I don’t appreciate the fact that my teacher would stand up for me. It’s just that I literally don’t care if they say stuff like that. That’s because of something my brother told me long ago.

I’ve always been a bit sickly. Probably because of my premature birth – being born three months too early means that lots of things didn’t have a chance to fully grow. Apart from some other little things, my immune system is much weaker than average, Thus, when I was little, I literally spent half of my time in different therapies or with trips to the doctor.

Now, it’s not easy to explain to little children why their classmate has to go see the doctor so often. So when I was in kindergarten, my peers often laughed at me or asked question that I couldn’t answer.

“Why are you always sick? Why do you limp? Why does the teacher have to help you walk up stairs?”

And then, finally, when I was five or six and sent home again because of having a fever, one of the children concluded loudly, “Is she more often sick than us because she’s weaker than us?”

Somehow, that scared me. I was too young to understand why I was so different than other children, but I understood that I was. And the thought of being weak, being a burden to others because of that, really scared the hell out of me.

It’s no wonder I was crying when I arrived home – my parents were still at work, and I would have to ask my big brother to tell them I was sick yet again. And still I was so, so scared that I’m weak and a burden.

My brother almost dropped his plate of food when he saw me limping into the room, crying loudly and with cheeks red of fever. “Little sis! What happened?!”

“I’m sick again!” I managed somehow, hiccupping like crazy. Everything hurt, which made me cry even harder.

“Hey, hey, shhhh, it’s okay, everything is okay,” lifting me up, my brother placed me on the couch, tucked me in and went to get everything. By now, it was almost routine between us – lots of water to drink, a cold wet cloth against my fevered skin, and some movies to watch so I wouldn’t get bored.

But even then, I couldn’t stop crying.

“Does it hurt so much?” My brother was at a complete loss, dabbing my face with the wet cloth. “Should we go see the doctor?”

“N-No!” I cried even harder – now I had to go see the doctor again? That made me even weaker, right? “I d-don’t wanna be weak!”

The dabbing stopped, and my brother lifted me up gently, tugging me into his lap. He was frowning as he cradled my face in both hands and asked softly, “Baby girl, who said you’re weak?”

“I’m s-sick so often because I’m too weak, right? The others said so…”

“Well, the others are fucking stupid, then.”

That shut me up pretty quickly and I sniffled with wide eyes. We had been taught not to swear, and that was the first time my brother had ever looked angry.

“Now listen here,” my brother adjusted me so that he could hold me with one arm, the other hand taking up the cloth again to press it against my heated forehead. “You’re the opposite of weak, okay? You’re a fighter. In fact, baby girl – you’re fighting right now.”

“I… I am?”

“Sure you are! Did nobody ever tell you?” Looking around, my brother waved me closer, whispering quietly as if it was a secret “Being sick is actually being in a fight, you know?”

Really?” I was transfixed by that, but I would never have doubted my big brother. I had spent a long, long time believing that everything he said was true.

“It is! You know, the illness? That’s actually a tiny, tiny little army of viruses that’s attacking you. They’re so tiny, you can’t even see them!” He showed me how tiny by pressing forefinger and thump together, nodding all the while. “And you and your body, you have to fight this tiny army. And that’s why everything hurts so much – because you’re taking hits while fighting. But you fight back, and you win, and then you get better. Every time. You see, little sis, you’re like, a knight! A brave knight fighting many armies. The others? They’re not that strong. They couldn’t fight so many armies and still win. So don’t listen to them, alright?”

“Alright,” I agreed solemnly, eyes falling closed as sleep creeped up on me.

“That’s my brave girl. And now, the little knight goes to sleep, so that she can fight with new strength later.”

It was the last time that I thought of myself as weak for being sick so often. From then on, every time I felt bad – be it because of an average illness or depression – I thought of the whole thing as a battle that I have to fight and win.

The whole thing is not even that silly. Think about it – especially those who are somehow fighting their own battles right now. You’re fighting, now or then or in the future. Even though you’re probably feeling terrible, you don’t give up, but keep on going, keep on fighting back whatever makes you feel horrible. How is that supposed to be weak? That’s the opposite of weak! It takes strength and courage to fight. You’re not weak, everyone – you’re super strong and brave, and amazing in general.

Don’t let anybody tell you you’re weak when in reality, you’re a fighter.

f-van-lieshout  asked:

Hey Wayfaring! I wanted to ask, how come doctors earn so much money if healthcare is so cheap? It is like this where I live, not sure about the US but it mustn't be that different right? I'm just curious. Greetings from the Netherlands

I don’t know how the healthcare system in the Netherlands works AT ALL, but let’s get one thing straight about the US: healthcare is NOT cheap here. 

AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM 101:

  • Healthcare in the US is more expensive than anywhere else in the world
  • We believe the lie that we have the best healthcare in the world. Our rates of obesity, premature birth, maternal/fetal mortality, and life expectancy all point to the fact that we are way behind other developed nations. 
  • College and graduate medical education in the US is more expensive than anywhere else in the world.
  • Salaries are high because costs are high, but cost of education is rapidly rising and wages are not keeping up.
  • Physicians in the US have one of the best paying jobs in the country.
  • Only about 20% of the money spent on healthcare in the US goes toward physician salaries
  • We have way more specialists than we need and we have way less primary care doctors than we need.
  • We have approximately 2.5 doctors per 1000 people in this country, which is way under what we need. Numbers for nurses are similarly low.
  • Healthcare in the US is treated as a business rather than a service. Thus patients are seen as customers and healthcare is becoming more about patient satisfaction rather than delivering quality care. 
  • Doctors’ salaries are often based on how many patients they see or how many procedures they do. 
  • Though doctors do make a lot of money, remember that they also pay a ton out of that salary in taxes, student loan payments, professional fees, and licensing requirements. 
  • Doctors work hours unlike most other careers and are not paid on the basis of their time. Most other jobs have limited hours and lengths of shifts, whereas doctors routinely work 60-80+ hours a week (yes, even past residency).
  • Reimbursement for services is a very complicated system in the US. It’s based on how complex the care is that’s being given, and procedures are valued higher than chronic illness management. Doctors/hospitals can theoretically charge whatever they want for their services, but how much money they actually get is based on what the insurance companies and Medicaid and Medicare are willing to pay. 
Can herpes affect my ability to have a child?

Someone asked us:

Can herpes affect my ability to have a child?

Genital herpes shouldn’t affect your ability to get pregnant, and people with herpes who get pregnant have healthy pregnancies, births, and babies all the time. But there are extra precautions you can take to make sure you don’t pass herpes on to your baby.

If you already have herpes at the time you get pregnant, the risk to your baby is low. You and your doctor or nurse will keep an eye out for herpes outbreaks during pregnancy, and your doctor may recommend taking some medicine to reduce and prevent outbreaks.

If you have herpes sores on your genitals when you go into labor, it’s possible to spread it to your baby in childbirth. So your doctor may recommend a C-section to avoid that. When a newborn baby gets herpes it can cause certain eye problems or brain damage. So it’s important to tell your doctor or nurse if you have genital herpes or notice any herpes symptoms during pregnancy. Many people have no idea that they have herpes, so talk with your doctor about getting tested for herpes when you’re pregnant.

If you’re pregnant and you don’t have herpes but your partner does (or they think they might), it’s really important to use condoms and dental dams anytime you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex during your pregnancy. It’s also really important to talk with a doctor or nurse about it. They may recommend that you avoid sex during your third trimester. They may also have your partner take medicine to lower the chances of them spreading herpes to you throughout your pregnancy.

Taking serious precautions is important because getting herpes when you’re already pregnant can lead to premature birth or even miscarriage — and the risk of problems increases the later you are in your pregnancy. If you’re planning a pregnancy, it’s a good idea to talk with a doctor or nurse about STD testing and other pre-pregnancy health steps you can take. You can get testing and treatment for STDs, and other family planning help, at your nearest Planned Parenthood health center.

-Emily at Planned Parenthood

Air pollution is linked to premature births in America

A new study from NYU Langone Medical Center and the New York University School of Medicine claims that air pollution has given the U.S. an additional 16,000 premature births — accounting for about 3% of total premature births. Certain parts of the U.S. are affected more than others.

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Saved by scissors: Slip kept premature mite alive (By 'mite' they mean a baby born at 23 weeks)

When she was born six months ago at just 23 weeks she was so tiny docs did not know if they should try to save her.

But when they put her on the scales she weighed 1lb, the minimum weight for a baby to be considered viable — so they fought for her.

Only when she was safely on a ventilator did medics discover the scissors had been accidentally left on the scales and that 8in Maddalena in fact weighed only 382g.

Review - 13x21

Review Omelia 13x21

Hey guys, @jordan202 here, welcome back to another weekly review on Omeliasource. Stick with me because the ride is long but the news are good.

And what an amazing episode we had this week!

Originally posted by ellenpombaeo

Whoever randomly peeks at my Asks knows that for a while now I have been saying I had a feeling the four last episodes of the season would probably try to rescue some of that old school Grey’s feelings and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed at all! And the amazing Omelia development is only a part of what made this episode a great one, perhaps the best of s13B.

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Princess Maria Elimovna Meshcherskaya came from an old noble family and she grew up under Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna´s patronage. When she was eighteen Empress Maria Alexandrovna accepted her at court as freilina and soon afterwards the young brunette with soft and pleasant, if not particularly striking face, met Tsesarevich Alexander “Sasha” Alexandrovich. During summer 1865 her name started to appear frequently in his diary, as the young man slowly fell in love. Awkward and by many considered inferior to his much adored older brother, Sasha found Maria a wonderful company, with whom he could easily converse on various topics. Eventually small gifts of flowers exchanged hands as well. However Sasha could never be too discreet and in a short while the court was buzzing about his growing closeness to the Princess, making him annoyed to the point of trying to break the relationship before it even properly started. “We cannot be in those relations like we were until now,” he told her. “During the evening gatherings we can no longer sit together because it gives rise to various absurd rumours and which many already have told me about.” The possible affair was extremely undesirable since by that time Alexander was unofficially considered engaged to Princess Dagmar of Denmark, previously his late older brother´s bride. Sasha liked Dagmar, however she was far away and unknown, while ethreal, gentle Maria was very near. He did not wish to marry the Danish Princess, and eventually became so enamoured with Maria he seriously considered giving up his right to the throne just to be able to join his life to hers, all the more since the gossip grew wilder by each day and Maria was being refereed to as “that coquette”, suffering bad reputation because of it. “I love her not for joking around,” he wrote into his diary, “and if I was a free person then without fail I would marry and I am certain that she would totally agree.” The mutual affection never transpired into a physical affair. Eventually Alexander was half forced, half persuaded that he could not avoid his duty to the state, left for Denamrk to court Dagmar, married her and the two enjoyed a very happy, faithful marriage. 

Maria Elimovna herself was not as lucky in life. As an undesirable person she was soon removed from the court and married against her will to dashing but careless Prince Demidov. Mere year later, in 1868, her husband, as a result of a bad joke gone wrong, accidentally shot her, causing her to go into a premature labour. She gave birth to a baby boy, however her injury combined with difficult labour proved too much for her. She died the next day.

Popular Albanian beliefs

Moon - The moon, Alb. hënë, def. hëna, serves as a popular symbol and motif in Albanian folk art, on gravestones and tattooing. It was believed that crops should be sown when the moon was waning, otherwise the growth would be all in the stalks and leaves and there would be no seed. The northern tribes also believed that hair should be also be cut at the waning at the moon, not during the new moon, because it would otherwise turn white. Edith Durham (1863-1944) records the following anecdote about her Albanian guide: “Marko was very proud of the fact that his hair had whitened very slightly - all owning to his careful regard to the moon. When we meet younger men who were quite white he used to say, “Look at this silly fellow! Cut his hair the wrong side of the moon!” As in Romania, marriages in Albania were traditionally celebrated at the time of the full moon in order to ensure offspring. Thus, a premature birth was known in Elbasan as a ‘moonless birth.’ In northern Albania, children underage of one were not allowed to look at the moon because they would otherwise suffer from diarrhoea. It was also believed that an eclipse of the moon was caused by vampires trying to eat it up. For this reason the highland tribes were wont to shoot at the moon during eclipses.

Numbers - The numbers three, seven and nine occur frequently in Albanian popular belief and are often associated with magic powers. The numbers three can be encountered in: the three miras or fatias who visit a child three days after its birth, the three candles lit on the feast of Saint Nicholas, the three gourds of water in a Korça wedding, the three-fold raising and lowering of the bier before a funeral in the Malësia e Madhe and the family gatherings three days after a death in Tirana and Gjirokastra, the three locks taken during the first ceremonial hair cutting and the three holes in stones used for sacred oaths, as well in Albanian folk tales: the three brothers, three apples, the Earthly Beauty and her two sisters, etc. The number seven occurs in: the seven tongues of a kulshedra or a lubia, the seven graves Sari Salltëk, the seven days and nights during which a father lies in bed in Couvade and the Sancti Septenarii, i.e the so-called seven-numbered saints of southern Balkan Orthodoxy. The number nine occurs for instance in: the period of the nine years and nine days in the legend of Aga Ymer, the nine sons in the legend of Doruntina and the nine years during which Gjergj Elez Alia lay on his death bed. Other magic numbers are 40, 99 and 101.

Monday - Monday, like Thursday and Sunday, was considered a lucky day of the week. Monday was also the preferred wedding day for the northern Albanian catholics.

Owls - In the northern highlands, the owl, Alb kukuvajkë, def. kukuvajka was also known by the euphemism herëkeqja ‘always (bringing) evil,’ because it was often seen as a bearer of evil tidings. According to one legend, there was a farmer who had a brother John, Alb. Gjon, a shepherd. On the way to see his brother, the farmer went hunting and accidentally killed him. On realising what had happened, he cried and prayed to God to be turned into a bird and sent into the wilderness to spent his remaining years in mourning. This is why the owl always cried “John! John!” Alb. Gjon! Gjon! . There are many similarities and much confusion in Albanian popular beliefs between owls and cuckoos. 

Old Wife’s Days -  March 29, 30, and April 1 are known traditionally as the Old Wife’s Days, Alb. ditët e plakës, and are equivalent to the western European ice Saints, i.e the last cold days of winter, which in Albania usually fall in the middle or end of March.

(Taken from A Dictionary Of Albanian Religion, Mythology, And Folk Culture By Robert Elsie)

Small Hearts, Big Heartaches

Requested by @homicidalteenagedream Can you do an Opie & Reader where they are friends with benefits. She ends up leaving Charming, after having a huge fight, but before she could even get out of charming she is in a bad car wreck. The doctors don’t know if she will survive, it’s revealed that she’s been hiding that she’s 27 weeks pregnant. 

Trigger Warning: Language, premature birth, severe injury from car accident. ANGST! 


I ran my hands through my hair, my nerves a mess. “So, you don’t think we’ll be anything more then fuck buddies?”

Opie let out a frustrated growl. “I don’t see why you want to change things, we are fine just being friends with benefits.” He reached over trying to pull me on his lap.

“You know, I’m just a step up from a fucking croweater.” I could feel my emotions just at the edge of losing control. I had to hold on, I couldn’t let him see, how much he was affecting me.

“How can you say that, I treat you right….” He tried to pull me against him.

“The only difference is, I don’t have to sleep with your “brothers” too, and I get the luxury of getting fucked in my bed or yours.” I knew nothing would ever change, that I was nothing more then an another easy lay for him.  I was one that had been passed around among the club.

“What the hell is your problem? Why are you such a moody bitch suddenly? You agreed to this relationship, why do you want to change it now?”

“Because I thought after two years, you’d have some sort of feelings for me…I guess I was wrong.” I wiped the tears away from my eyes. “Bye Opie….it’s been real.”

XXX

I slammed out of his house, going to my packed jeep. Things didn’t go like I’d hoped, I rubbed my stomach gently. It was okay, I could take care of myself, and whoever else came along.  Pulling out of the drive, my plans were to leave  for Texas, I had family down there.

I had several last minute errands to run before I left town. Go to the bank, stop and tell Gemma bye, and get some road trip snacks. I finished at the bank, stopped at the store, filled my cooler with drinks and bought some snacks.

Now for the hard part, saying good-bye to Gemma, and convince her I was only leaving for a few weeks; instead of never coming back. That women was a human lie detector, maybe if I left my sunglasses on, I could hide it .

I slowed down to make my turn into the TM parking lot, for whatever reason, the car behind me didn’t see me stop. I was hit from behind, the back glass shattered.

I was shoved into oncoming traffic where I was hit head on, metal hitting metal echoed off the buildings. The sounds of horns blaring, and tires screeching could be heard, more glass shattering. 

I’m not even sure what sounds I heard first or last, they were all blurs. The sounds brought people out of their businesses, to investigate. Including everyone at TM. 

Gemma was the first to recognize the mangled jeep that belonged to (Y/N). She was on the phone calling 9-11, she was yelling for someone to call Opie, and to close the garage once they towed the mess off the street. 

XXX

Opie rushed into the doors of St. Thomas, to the ER, stopping at the nurses station. “I’m Opie Winston, I was called about (Y/F/N) (Y/L/N)!”

“Are you family Mr. Winston?” The secretary looked at him  waiting for an answer. Opie felt like the whole world was crashing in on him, they’s just had a fight about this not more then a hour ago.

He paused looking at the women. “I’m her fiancee….please tell me…”

“She’s been taken up stairs to the OB ICU.” He rushed up stairs, not really realizing what the women had said. When he burst through the doors, he found the rest of his family there waiting for him.

“What happened?” He went to Gemma, he knew she would have all the answers.

“A drunk driver slammed into the back of her, she was pulling into the lot.” Gemma exhaled. “Did you know she was leaving?”

He ran his hands through his hair, remembering her parting words. “We had a fight this morning…”

The doors opened and two doctors walked through. “(Y/N)(Y/L/N)!”

Opie stood up. “I’m her fiancee.”

“Can you come with us.” The looks on their faces were serious.

“This is her family. Whatever it is, can be discussed in front if them.”

“I’m Dr. Kiem, I’m a Neonatiolgist, and this is Dr. Paul the Obstetrician. Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Mitchell are the Neurologist and General Surgeon on the team, they’ll be out in a few seconds.”

The two other doctors joined the group, sitting down. Dr. Paul started the conversation. “There’s no easy way to say this, I’ve had Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Mitchell running tests, and they both concur, that they don’t think (Y/N) is going to survive her injuries.”

Gemma gasped somewhere in the room. Opie stared at the doctor, in shock. “Why are you consulting on the case?”

“Your fiancee is twenty-seven weeks pregnant, we can deliver your daughter by c-section. Dr. Kiem will be taking her case, the second she’s out. There’s no reason your daughter can’t survive this.”

Opie was in utter shock, why didn’t (Y/N) tell him she was pregnant. “How soon do you need to know?”

“The sooner the better.” Dr. O’Donnell replied. “As soon as the baby is out, and (Y/N) has some recovery time; we can better asses her condition. We didn’t want to stress the baby.”

“Just give me a few minutes.” He watched the doctors leave. He got up and started to pace. This was all his fault, he could loose his daughter, and he was probably going to loose (Y/N); because he was a giant ass!

He walked over to the doors the doctor’s had walked through, he couldn’t loose them both.

XXX

Kayleigh Rae Winston was born at two pm, she weighed in at almost three pounds and was fifteenth inches long. She was the most precious and beautiful creature Opie had ever seen.

Once she was settled in the NICU, Opie sat his giant frame next the incubator that held his tiny daughter. He gazed at her, with loving eyes. “Hey pretty girl, I just learned about you today. I hope you like your name, I don’t know if you and mommy already had something else picked out.” He wiped his tears away. “I chose the name Kayleigh because it means warrior, and Rae because it means grace. You’re going to have to fight pretty girl, know that mommy and I love you. You’ve got an older sister Ellie and an older brother Kenny, that will look out for you and love you. Not to mention a whole room full of uncles. I need to go check on mommy now, you hold on sweet girl. I love you.” He kissed his hand, and placed it on top of the incubator.

He got up to head down to  recovery. He stared at her battered and bruised body. The doctors weren’t being very promising for her recovery. He say down next to her raking her hand.

“When I lost Donna, I swore to myself I was never going to put myself in that situation again. Then I met you, we became friends, and then we took that up a level. That terrified me because I could feel myself falling for you.” He had to stop and rein himself in. 

“I love you, I think I have for a while, I was just too stupid and scared to admit it. (Y/N), you have to fight to come back to us. Our daughter is a little fighter, I named her Kayleigh Rae, she’s so beautiful.”

He had to stop again, he couldn’t take the thought of loosing her. “You have to give some sign, that your still with us. Prove those docs wrong!” He leaned over kissing her forehead.

He raised up, the vital alarms started to sound, nurses and doctors come running in. He was shoved out of the room, and a code blue was called for the room, his six foot four body slide to the floor.

Then there was a code blue called in the NICU, he rolled to his feet and took off running, Looking through the window, he let out a scream as they watched a team of doctors and nurses working on Kayleigh.

He was loosing his whole world all at once.

XXX

Opie put the one candle in the birthday cake, he picked it up carrying out to the back patio. Placing the cake on the table, he watched as his brothers and families played in the back yard, he let out a sigh, thinking about the last year. 

His eyes scanned the yard, finding Ellie and Kenny, walking over to them, he smiled as he approached the swing set. “Dada!” He heard the little giggle, and saw Kayleigh in the swing.

He picked her up, cradling her close to him, kissing her face. “Hey baby girl! Daddy loves you! Happy birthday!”

Mamamamamama!” He saw Kayleigh pointing over his shoulder, and giggling and waving.

Opie smiled. “That is mamma, you want to go see her.” He walked  towards the patio. Walking up to his wife, he wrapped his arm around (Y/N)’s waist. “I love you. Someone wanted to say hi!”

She reached up taking the little girl. “I love you too Ope. Happy birthday sweet girl.”

THE END 





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ceed  asked:

Pregnant omega handling alphas death?

I’m assuming you are asking for headcanons, lol. I’ll write some up bc I hate myself and love angst. <33333

  • - when the alpha dies, the omega will immediately feel the bond break and will either pass out or just become hysterical 
  • - omega will have to be rushed to the hospital when ^this happens. pup(s) and mother will be monitored. 
  • - if the alpha dies in the first trimester, omega might lose the pup(s) because of the stress of the bond break (probably like 75%). in the second they are somewhat safe, but can still miscarry or give birth prematurely (this is like a 45% chance of any of that happening). in the third trimester they can give birth prematurely and babies will need a lot of help, mothers can give birth at a reasonable time as well. 
  • - if mothers get to the hospital in time, doctors will put omegas in a medically induce coma so they can heal mentally and physically
  • - omegas immediately feeling the bond break and just break down, pup(s) will squirm in distress, because they know
  • - they can get sick, can die, after the death of the alpha because they need their alpha’s presences and scent in order to have an easy pregnancy 
  • - omega will become severely depressed
  • - they will try to use their alpha’s clothes sparingly to make up for the lack of scent of their alpha
  • - they will create a nest of their alpha’s things and the pup(s) clothing, they won’t leave this for days because they are weak and depressed
  • - omegas will more than likely not leave the house and hang around the areas their alpha tended to be around it 
  • - omegas will talk to their bellies about their father, wanting to desperately teach their child(ren) about their alpha 
  • - family of the alpha and omega will do their best to help the omega in their time of need
  • - ^ if the alpha had a brother they will try to help the omega out with the scenting 
  • - omegas will have more doctor’s appointments because doctors need to make sure that the babies are still alive and thriving 
  • - pup(s) will be less active than other pup(s) with the alpha
  • - omegas will nest a lot
  • - omegas are way more emotional than others 
  • - they will more than likely lose weight and become insomniac 
  • - omegas who lose their alpha will more than likely have postpartum depression
  • - when in labor, they will try to have a home birth, but they will be more than likely made to go to the hospital because the omega will become very distressed
  • - ^ they will more than likely go feral during labor as well
  • - omegas will try to nest with other omegas because of the natural sense of comfort 
  • - they can go feral at any given time because they are on high alert about everything

I’m tapped for this topic, lol. Maybe I’ll add more later on or something. I hope you guys like these ones, send me your own angsty hcs for this. <3 

As many of you know, I’ve been extremely sick. I didn’t talk about it because I was scared of this moment. I have a lot of medical problems that made getting pregnant impossible, but getting off all my medication, exercising and diet changes to stay off my medications, and pure happenstance led to an extremely high risk pregnancy. It’s a miracle that he happened, another that he and I made it through 23 weeks of pregnancy- let alone the delivery. Lucas is now in the hospital, he had a heart attack and had surgery two days ago. Even though I’ve been discharged both of my boys are sick. My sister and I are balancing taking care of Winnie and our jobs. I can’t bring myself to name the little guy without Luke and my heart breaks a little every time I look at him, too small and the odds against him. Any support is appreciated. I just thought it was time I updated you all on why I’ve been sick and a flake for the last few months with the added stress of it likely remaining that way for a while longer.

Word Count: 2,783

Warnings: Premature birth and associated complications. Additionally, complications due to human/Vulcan reproduction.

Author’s Note: Here is the second version of our Spock x Reader “Tears of an Angel” songfic. I really like how this turned out, considering I’ve never written about babies before. I really hope you enjoy; please refer to my warnings before proceeding as I know that some of the content in this piece will be upsetting for some readers.

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Light

Prompt: Jerza Week Day 1, ‘Light’

Rating: K

Genre: Fluff

Pairing: Jellal x Erza

Summary: Erza has always been his light, accomplishing incredible things and continuously amazing him every day, but Jellal thinks one of her greatest feats is when she brings another little light into the world.

Author’s Note: This is really late, but this is my submission for Jerza Week Day 1! I got a pretty late start, but I’ll try to do the rest of the prompts as well! Please forgive any errors- I don’t know too much about birth or birthing procedures, even though I have three younger sisters >-< Anyways,  please enjoy~


 It was a quiet, calm afternoon when it happened. She was standing in the kitchen, stirring a bowl of cake batter with a whisk, her frilly pink apron tied around her round belly and her scarlet hair caught up in a messy bun, humming a tune to herself as she read over the recipe. The soft sounds of the outdoors were carried in by a gentle breeze through the open window, and the house was peaceful and serene.

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Transient

A study of the relationship between Alec Ryder and the twins. (AO3)

Part One: The Beginning

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Notes:  This chapter is spoiler free! It takes place pre-Andromeda (roughly spanning 2158-2166). Special thanks to Astermix for beta-ing and talking me through this! 


You know it before she says a word. You read it in the slump of her shoulders, the shadows beneath her eyes, the quiver in her hands. Negative.

She breaks with a cough and a choke, tears streaming down her cheeks. You pull her tight to your chest, desperately wishing there was some way to shield her from this. Oh-so-gently, you pry the offending item from her fingertips, set it aside. A glance confirms what you already know: one line. Not pregnant. You squeeze her tighter.

You can feel her tears against your neck as she trembles, shaking apart in your arms, and it kills you. You’re not used to problems you can’t solve.

“We’ll keep trying, Ellen,” you whisper, voice low and soothing.

Maybe it was too much to hope that it would happen right away. Nothing’s ever that easy, but you’re still young; you have all the time in the world.

“We’re just getting started.”

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anonymous asked:

Hi would it be possible to find some fics where either Harry of Draco is sad/depressed/angsty etc and the other helps them. I love your blog so much but if you can't do it then don't worry

Yes sure! These are generally hurt/comfort, and while they involve one helping the other emotionally the tone of all these fics vary from pretty angsty to quite fluffy, so… hope that’s ok!

DRARRY + EMOTIONAL HURT / COMFORT

Vale Sanare (Rurounihime)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 23.2k, Summary: Draco’s world gains a new component just when he thought he’d sorted everything out.

The Way Down (lettered)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 65.5k, Summary: Harry is overwhelmed by his own power and fame and angst, so he’s become a hermit. Draco Malfoy is tired of the melodrama.

Picking Up Pieces (tessacrowley)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 22.1k, Summary: Fifteen years after the War, Draco is a social recluse and award winning author. Harry is an auror who works too hard, ensuring his old war wounds never heal. They meet at a masque ball, unaware of each other’s identities. In another situation, it would have been love at first sight. But for them, it would never be so simple.

When The Songbird Stopped Singing (nherizu)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 37.2k, Summary: Shortly after the war, Draco Malfoy wakes up with a new understanding, and Harry Potter needs firmer ground to walk on. Unfortunately, life is never easy, especially with the burdens of N.E.W.T.s looming closer. As Draco struggles to maintain his sanity, Harry is back to his old routine—stalking Draco.

Yours Is The Earth (Hold On, Hold On) (chickenlivesinpumpkin)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 127k, Summary: When they first meet after the end of the war, Draco doesn’t want anything to do with Harry. But as time goes by, Draco’s growing love may be the only thing that can save them both, because after a serious accident in the Forbidden Forest, Draco’s personality begins to undergo subtle changes.

Said And Unsaid (or, The Value Of Knowing When To Stop Talking) (bryoneybrynn)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 14.8k, Summary: When the Interrogator asked if he had anything to say on his own behalf, Draco shook his head, his lips pressed tight in a thin line. There was nothing to say that wouldn’t sound like an excuse.

Let’s Pretend The War Is Over (pir8fancier)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 7.9k, Summary: The war is over and Draco is alone, fighting demons of a different nature. This is obviously an AU by now. Written after “The Half-Blood Prince” came out.

On A Clear Day (Saras_Girl)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 41.5k, Summary: Draco Malfoy is waiting for his real life to begin, and it appears that he’s not the only one. Coffee, charity, and the wisdom of the elderly.

The Guise Of Forgiveness (sunseticmonster)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 24k, Summary: George’s new potion has caught the interest of the entire Auror Department, thanks to an article by the elusive Draco Malfoy. So, when Harry sees Malfoy in the middle of a panic attack, he attempts to make amends as a ploy to find out what’s really been going on.

Getting There (Rickey_A)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 20.7k, Summary: An attack on Malfoy Manor ends up being not what it first seemed, as Auror Harry Potter finds out. Hermione Granger-Weasley finds herself appointed as Draco’s Healer, designated to work with him, the survivor of a suicide attempt. Taking his first steps down the road of self-healing, Draco discovers that life is worth living, and there’s probably room for someone else to share his path.

Harry Potter Gives A Shit (talithan)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 58k, Summary: “Where are you headed?” “No place special,” Draco fumbled, and flushed further. But then: “I can change that,” said Harry Potter.

Cascade (taradiane)

Rating: PG, WC: 4.7k, Summary: I don’t know the boy in the cupboard. I’m not sure that I ever did. Those aren’t my memories, aren’t my feelings. They belong to someone else. Someone that I’m not sure even existed. It’s just a story. Something that people have told others just to make an average person seem more heroic at the end of the tale.

There’s A Grief That Can’t Be Spoken (oldenuf2nb)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 5.7k, Summary: Summary: For five years, Draco has watched the damage each successive anniversary of the battle of Hogwarts has done to the love of his life. He’s not sure he can do it anymore.

Marginal Notes (blamebrampton)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 9k, Summary: When you’re 18, and nothing is as it was meant to be, sometimes it can be hard to let the right people know what you are thinking.

Appallingly Wrong And Irreparably Broken (tessacrowley)

Rating: M, WC: 26.6k, Summary: Everything in Harry’s life is pretty terrible, all things considered. His ex-wife won’t stop sleeping around, the government is broken, and his life is an endless cycle of crippling self-hatred and bitter sarcasm. So when Draco Malfoy comes sauntering back into it, sharp as a tack and twice as fit as he has any right to be, the only comfort Harry can find is that he can’t possibly make it any worse. You know, probably.

Blind Faith (SunseticMonster)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 21k, Summary: Don’t think of it as losing your sight. Think of it as gaining an Animagus who never quite learned the meaning of the word ‘boundaries’.

Hope Springs Eternal (But Love Springs In The Forest, Unannounced) (lettered)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 12,394, Summary: Draco falls into a love spring. Harry saves him! And now they’re bonded for life. Draco is horrified. Harry thinks it’s kind of neat.

The Owl Who Came For Christmas (dracogotgame)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 17.7k, Summary: Draco has a debt to pay off, no matter what Potter thinks. And he has a Very Good Idea to go along with it. Things don’t go as planned.

On One’s Knees (pir8fancier)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 33.8k, Summary: The war is over and to the victors go the spoils.

Collect Your Courage (mervab)

Rating: M, WC: 44k, Summary: Potter needs control; Draco needs forgiveness. They shag; Lavender gives advice; they yell; Seamus makes muffins; they fight; and everyone else drinks far too much coffee for their own wellbeing.

He Was He And I Was Bunny (bryoneybrynn)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 37.3k, Summary: The war is over and “eighth year” is about to begin at Hogwarts. But for Harry and Draco, nothing is quite the same. Harry’s looking for an escape, Draco’s looking for a friend. Does a little black bunny hold the answers for both of our boys?

Strange Bedfellows (ravenclawsquill)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 30.6k, Summary: When Harry encounters a frail and fidgety Draco Malfoy at the Ministry, he just knows something is wrong and he’s determined to get to the bottom of it. A story about Deadly Nightshade, crippling insomnia, excellent wine… and finding what you need in the strangest of circumstances.

The Peacock Paladin And The King Of The Emerald Court (megyal)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 11.3k, Summary: Harry suffers from chronic headaches, and it affects his work and relationships. New pain-management techniques (and their provider) may just be the relief his life needs.

Here’s The Pencil, Make It Work (ignatiustrout)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 49.4k, Summary: Harry thinks “Why is Malfoy working in a coffee shop in muggle London?” is a much simpler question than, “Are you going to accept that auror offer and, if you don’t, what will you do?”

Sleeping Dragon (Omi_Ohmy)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 20,458, Summary: When Draco loses his memory, Harry struggles to recognise the man he loves. As they get to know each other again, can Harry overcome his sense of loss? And will Draco ever remember that he loves Harry?

Kiss Me (Under The Light Of A Thousand Stars) (Iwao, @sophiefrench77 )

Rating: NC-17, WC: 114.7k, Summary: Harry rescues Draco Malfoy from Azkaban, where he has been imprisoned for three years after the war. Draco is not as Harry remembers, as Azkaban leaves its mark on even the strongest of wizards. With no memory of who he was or how he came to be in Harry’s care, Draco needs Harry’s help if he is to have any hope of making a full recovery. But Harry has his own demons to fight and together with saving Draco, Harry must also discover a way to find himself.

Holly And Hawthorn, Thistle And Thyme (bryoneybrynn)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 31.5k, Summary: After the war, Harry can’t shake the feeling that something is very wrong with him and he has a terrible feeling he knows what that “something” might be. He has a terrible feeling Malfoy might know, too.

Scurrilous (Saras_Girl)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 25.1k, Summary: When Potter starts behaving more oddly than usual, Draco has no choice but to take an interest. After all, it’s his job. Sort of.

Praxis (dysonrules)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 21.1k, Summary: When Draco succumbs to a terrifying illness, he is taken to the only man who has a chance of saving him. With Draco’s arrival, Harry’s self-imposed isolation comes to an abrupt end.

Seizing Second Chances (momatu)

Rating: NC-17,  WC: 28.1k, Summary: Five years after Draco lost his infant son to complications following his premature birth, he sees a happy, healthy dark-haired child the same age his own little boy would have been playing on the swings in a Muggle play park. One year after the sudden loss of his wife, Harry sees Draco quietly watching children play in a Muggle play park. If they can put the past behind them, can they be each other’s second chance at happiness?

Trust In Hope (Omi_Ohmy)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 19.9k, Summary: It’s Eighth year, and Draco is broken, ostracised. One person prefers him the way he was, full of life – Draco just needs to learn to trust in hope.

Servile (calrissian18)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 68.5k, Summary: “I would love anything you gifted me, My Lord, but this,” silver eyes, the same shade as the dragon that marked Harry’s arm, glinted in his direction under the Death Eater’s hood, “is exquisite.”

A Piercing Comfort (talithan)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 44.6k, Summary: When Harry Potter hits the lowest point of his life so far, it is not his friends who keep him honest. With Draco Malfoy’s patience and guidance, Harry learns to stand on his own. The thing is, after the fact—he’s no longer sure he wants to.

The Business Of Saving Souls (RurouniHime)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 26k, Summary: Draco’s world is filled with ghosts, and not all of them are so easily banished.