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News: Sick girl’s donor plea video, five-star products and are partners helping out?

Mia - blood and bone marrow transplantSo what is making news in the world of parenting this week?

Watch the video that is hoping to raise awareness for blood and bone marrow donation. Which parenting products have received a five-star rating from Canstar Blue? Which hospital has just completed a $4 million upgrade to its maternity unit and how many of us are happy with the amount of parenting support we receive from our partners?

The results may surprise you … read for more info …

Clip promotes importance of blood and bone marrow donation

A nine-year-old girl named Mia has produced a video to encourage Australians to be blood and bone marrow donors.

Mia is having treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and has just received a bone marrow transplant.

She made the video with the help from family, friends and staff at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Watch Mia’s video – That Power – here:

Babies eat better than their parents

Aussie parents are feeding their babies a diet of superfoods and organic produce even when they don’t eat it themselves.

Research from Canstar Blue’s annual parent opinion survey, shows a third of parents feed their baby organic food but eat non-organic food themselves.

Almost half of all parents (46 per cent) say their baby enjoys better quality food than they eat, the figure rises to 59 per cent for Gen Y.

The research also shows that 18 per cent of parents use cloth nappies and 19 per cent have tried disposable bamboo nappies.

Canstar Blue has also announced the winners of its annual Parent’s Pick awards.

The following products were winners of Canstar Blue five-star ratings:

Baby wipes – Dymples

Baby food – Rafferty’s Garden & Only Organic

Nappies – Huggies

Baby bath wash – Ego QV

Baby cups – Philips Avent

Baby bottles – Philips Avent

Baby soothers (dummies) – Happy Baby

The full range of results can be seen at

St Vincent’s maternity upgrade complete

A $4 million upgrade of maternity facilities at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne is complete.

CEO Martin Day says the improved facilities include four new on-site obstetrician consulting suites, a new childbirth education facility and a number of refurbished maternity rooms.

The hospital has also recently invested more than $40,000 in High Flow Nasal Cannulae equipment, which will allow babies who require additional respiratory support to remain at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, with their parents, reducing demand on public NICUs.

Partners step up to the task of parenting

A recent Bub Hub poll shows that most of us are happy with the amount of parenting help we receive from our partners.

More than half (58 per cent) of respondents say they feel their partner helps enough with parenting responsibilities, with a lucky 35 per cent answering ‘always’ and 23 per cent saying ‘most of the time’.

A further 26 per cent say they feel like their partner only helps ‘occasionally’ and 11 per cent say they ‘never’ feel like their partner helps enough.


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