Nova Scotia private members bill seeks solace after still birth miscarriage

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia woman who miscarried after contracting a serious infection and later lost a young child is urging the province to establish a day of awareness about miscarriage, still birth and infant death.Paula Harmon said families are often forced to suffer with the painful loss of a pregnancy or young child in silence and isolation.“This is a pivotal opportunity to improve awareness around the issues related to still birth, miscarriage and infant and early child loss,” she said of a private member’s bill introduced by Progressive Conservative MLA Tim Houston Wednesday seeking to proclaim Oct. 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.Harmon said the awareness day would honour grieving families and help break down the taboo of speaking about pregnancy loss and infant death — something she knows all too well.She was 17 weeks pregnant with twins when she got sick.She called her local hospital in rural Nova Scotia and said she might be miscarrying.“I was high-risk with twins and told them my symptoms,” she said. “The nurse told me that because I wasn’t yet 20 weeks, the pregnancy wasn’t viable … Their advice was that I should take a warm bath.”Instead, Harmon called the IWK Health Centre, and was told to go immediately to the women’s and children’s hospital in Halifax.“When I got there the weaker twin had already died,” she said. “It turned out I had the worst infection you can get when you’re pregnant, listeria.”Her daughter, Grace, was born at 26 weeks, and although she survived numerous complications, she later died of an infection at age 3.“The physician later told us that when we left the hospital that night, she felt like she was throwing us to the wolves,” Harmon said.She struggled to cope with the loss of her twins and to find information and resources. Over time, she learned that almost 3,000 babies are stillborn in Canada every year, 1,800 die before their first birthday, and one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage.“I also discovered the stigma that exists for parents who lose a child and how important it is to moms and dads to validate their child’s existence, to say their name and hear their name from others,” Harmon said.A similar bill was passed unanimously in Ontario in late 2015, proclaiming Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on Oct. 15 and promising better resources, support and research on the issue.The proposed bill has received widespread support across Nova Scotia, including 28 municipalities that have agreed to proclaim the day.Houston said it’s the third time he has introduced similar legislation in a bid to recognize families mourning a death.The bill falls short of promising new resources for bereaved families, but he said that his last two attempts to pass more sweeping bills failed.“This is a slightly different, kind of watered down version,” Houston said. “We’re just asking for the government to show some respect and some compassion.”Health Minister Randy Delorey said that for a decade the province has recognized Oct. 15 by passing a resolution in the legislature.“I think it is important for those individuals that have been through a situation like this, that they do know that the members of the legislature … do recognize that this important,” he said.Delorey wouldn’t commit, though, to supporting the Tory bill, saying he hasn’t seen it yet.Houston is hopeful the bill could help build momentum to provide bereaved families with better support to deal with such tragic experiences.Raylene MacPherson, who has suffered through two miscarriages, said there is a lack of adequate support for families coping with the loss of a pregnancy or infant.“The sad reality of losing a pregnancy is something many families experience,” she said. “These families go through many stages of grief and oftentimes they do so alone with minimal support. Instead of being sent home from the hospital with an empty heart and lots of questions, families could be guided to a place to help them heal.”— With files from Keith Doucettelast_img read more

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JUST FOR LAUGHS 2017 MONTREAL FESTIVAL – DAY 3 IN PHOTOS

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Here’s a recap of Day 3The highlight of the night … Jim Carrey, Trevor Noah and Craig Ferguson were among the acts honoured at the Just For Laughs awards show in Montreal last night.Movie director Judd Apatow gave Carrey his ‘Generation Award’, and recalled the times they worked together in the LA comedy clubs in the 1980s. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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Im really sorry for them… They saved our lives

first_imgAPTN National NewsLester Aqqiaruq is 17 years old, and glad to be alive after being stranded outside the Nunavut community of Igloolik.But it wasn’t all good news. One of the rescue workers sent from CFB Trenton died while attempting to save Aqqiaruq and his father.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll tells the story.last_img

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Bahamas GDP sees a significant increase

first_img Related Items:#GrossDomesticProduct, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 3, 2017 – Nassau – A whopping jump in The Bahamas’ GDP is drawing mixed reaction from the financially literate Bahamian public.   GDP now stands at 10.7b for the country, up from $8.4b.   The growth in the country’s GDP is attributed to more spending on capital works due to the hurricanes, a boom in imports and an increase in household consumption.The announcement came late last week that The Bahamas’ GDP surged by 27.6% from 2012 to now and was made by the National Accounts Section in the Department of Statistics.   Clarice Turnquest, Assistant Director said the way the country measures #GrossDomesticProduct is enhanced now with the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund Bank both involved.   Specifically, the new matrix tracks supply of goods and services available within The Bahamian economy and links that to consumption by businesses, government and households.Turnquest identified in her report during a press conference that the System of National Accounts or SNA of the UN uses a double deflation method and a new benchmark 2012 Supply and Use Table.    While some say this dramatically changes how one can look at the former administration and its claims of economic growth, which was clearly disbelieved by the voters in May – others say, the error in measuring the GDP exposes incompetence at the Central Bank and yet another cites that the more important question is if this big bump in country GDP also means that Bahamian households are earning more.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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BCB Board of Directors and Executives Pay Courtesy Call on the Governor

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 20, 2017 – Nassau – Members of the Board of Directors and Executives of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) paid a courtesy call on the Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre) at Government House, October 18, 2017 in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of ZNS Television, which is being celebrated this week.Pictured from left: Deputy Chairman Patric Walkes; Director Elaine Gomez; DGM/HR & Training Sandra Duncombe-Knowles; Chairman Mike Smith; Dame Marguerite; GM Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs; Financial Consultant Eugene Higgs; DGM Radio, Plant & Maintenance Stanley Pinder; and AGM Sales & Business Development Sean Adderley.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)last_img read more

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US interim coach says Italy will not have it easy

first_imgThe United States and the Azzurri will play in Belgium in their last friendly match of the year 2018Italy will host the United States tomorrow night, in their last friendly match of this year.And for U.S. interim manager Dave Sarachan, the Azzurri will have a difficult time playing against the Americans.“Over the course of 12 months, in all the matches we’ve played, we’ve made it somewhat hard on teams; whether it’s getting in on tackles or blocking passing lanes or making it difficult for teams to really create a lot of chances,” Sarachan said according to ESPN.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I thought in the England game we lost that element a little bit.”“We’ve addressed that, being a little more of a risk-taking team and being more aggressive, not in a way to foul but just making it hard on the opponent. I think that’s what we’re looking for [on Tuesday].”“We’re always looking for goal scorers, and I think Josh has a fairly bright future with the program,” Sarachan added.“We felt it was important for him to get a head start in gaining experience and being a part of these important games, and I think in the big picture that’s going to go a long way.”last_img read more

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Official New Porto player Pepe excited to return to former club

first_imgAfter turning down a move to Arsenal, former Real Madrid defender, Pepe has been signed by Porto.Pepe is excited to have returned to his former club, where he believes it is where he learned so much to compete with central defenders at Real Madrid.“For all the players who arrived at Real Madrid, for all the center-backs, it was a graveyard for center-backs,” he said in an interview with Porto’s media channels as quoted by Marca.“None of them made it.“But Porto prepared me for this and I was there for 10 years.“There were many great center-backs who came, with big names, but they couldn’t stick like I did.”The move back to Porto sees the player back on the same team as Iker Casillas.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I’m very happy,” he said of the reunion.“It might be that this had an influence on the decision.“When I got here I asked him if he speaks Portuguese, like when he asked me if I spoke Spanish when I arrived at Real Madrid.“He told me that he understands it, but that he’s still embarrassed.“I told him he’s better than I was [at Spanish].”last_img read more

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