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Baby born at 24 weeks celebrates first birthday

A baby boy given a 5 percent chance of survival is celebrating his first birthday.

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Kaleb Arkell Graves was well-known even before he was born. His mother, Dana Griffin-Graves, shared a video of her husband, Arkell Graves, crying when he learned she was pregnant. She broke the news of her pregnancy to him by placing a pack of buns in the oven, earning baby Kaleb the nickname "Baby Buns."

Posted by Arkell & Dana's Baby Bun on Saturday, October 3, 2015

The couple had been trying to conceive for 17 years, suffering several miscarriages and a stillbirth. The pregnancy came as a big surprise, but they were thrilled to be welcoming a son.

On Oct. 20, 2015, baby Kaleb arrived 16 weeks early. Early photos show Kaleb resting in the palm of a nurse's hand.

After spending 356 days growing stronger in the neonatal ICU at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital, Kaleb was finally able to go home. Friends and family decorated the Graveses' home with balloons and banners to mark the momentous day.

"At this very moment, all of my men are asleep under the same roof," Dana wrote on Facebook the day after his homecoming. "Some days I really didn’t think that would happen."

Kaleb still requires medical care at home, but the family hopes it's only temporary.

Posted by Arkell & Dana's Baby Bun on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Can you feel the ❤️? #TeamKaleb #BabyBunsPosted by Arkell & Dana's Baby Bun on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cap and Gown! Because it's his 1st graduation!  #TeamKalebPosted by Arkell & Dana's Baby Bun on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hospital charges couple $39.35 to hold their newborn baby

A man who posted a photo of a hospital bill after his wife delivered their baby said they were charged to hold their newborn.

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Reddit user halfthrottle said he and his wife "got a chuckle" when they saw the $39.35 charge, which was billed as "skin to skin after c sec."

"During the C-section, the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. Which of course anyone would say yes to. We just noticed it in the bill today," he wrote. "The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife's neck/chest. Even borrowed my camera to take a few pictures for us. Everyone involved in the process was great, and we had a positive experience." 

Many Reddit users voiced outrage about the charge, but one user who claimed to be a nurse said there was a valid explanation for the fee.

"I didn't know that hospitals charged for it, but doing 'skin to skin' in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present just to watch the baby," user FiftySixer wrote. "We used to take all babies to the nursery once the NICU team made sure everything was OK. 'Skin to skin' in the OR is a relatively new thing and requires a second labor and delivery RN to come into the OR and make sure the baby is safe."

According to the La Leche League of Canada, skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby immediately after birth "helps regulate the baby's temperature, breathing, heart rate and sugar levels. It also calms the baby so he (or she) doesn't get stressed out or cry a lot."

"This is part of the operating procedure, where after the baby is removed, it is placed on the mother's chest and monitored while she is being stitched back up. It should be free, and it's ridiculous it's not," another Reddit user wrote.

I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.

Man livestreams son's birth, says it was an accident

Editor's note: Fakamalo Kihe Eiki has been referred to as Kali Kanongata'a in other reports.

Couple who lost all 3 children on flight MH17 welcome baby girl

Nearly two years after one family received tragic news, the couple is celebrating the birth of their fourth child, Violet May Maslin.

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Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris were devastated when they found out their three children had died aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014.

Mo, 13, Evie, 11, and Otis, 9 died alongside their 68-year-old grandfather, Mariet's father, on the plane headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The Dutch Safety Board later confirmed that the plane crashed after being hit by a Russian-made Buk missile over eastern Ukraine.

All 283 people aboard the plane died.   “Our family was torn apart when MH17 was blown out of the sky by the violent anger of a nationalist missile” the couple said in a statement to the Department of Foreign Affairs. “Our three innocent, beautiful and inspiring children were killed, alongside their grandfather, Nick Norris" Violet was born Tuesday. “We believe that Mo, whose 14th birthday was Saturday, Evie, 12 next week, Otis, 10 next month, and Granddad Nick have sent us an amazing gift," the couple said. "Violet’s birth is a testament to our belief that love is stronger than hate.” “We still live with pain, but Violet, and the knowledge that all four kids are with us always, brings light to our darkness," they said. “We will continue to love all four of our children equally. Violet brings some hope and joy for us. We hope she brings hope and joy for you too.” <script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); = id;  js.src = "//;version=v2.6";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> Wonderful news for Perth's Maslin family, torn apart by the MH17 tragedy."Violet May Maslin came in to the world on...Posted by 7 News Perth on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

70-year-old Indian woman gives birth to baby

A 70-year-old Indian woman gave birth to her first child after years of trying to conceive with her husband. 

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Daljinder Kaur gave birth to a baby boy, whom she named Armaan, on April 19. 

"God heard our prayers. My life feels complete now," Kaur told AFP. "I am looking after the baby all by myself. I feel so full of energy. My husband is also very caring and helps me as much as he can."

Kaur had been regularly visiting a fertility clinic with her husband of 46 years, Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, for two years.

During that time, Kaur attempted to conceive using in vitro fertilization.

"When we saw the (IVF) advert, we thought we should also give it a try, as I badly wanted to have a baby of my own," she said.

Doctors were unsure whether Kaur was a good candidate for childbearing, considering her age, but tests said otherwise.

"I first tried to avoid the case because she looked very frail. Then we made her undergo all the tests and once all the results were OK we went ahead," Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, told AFP.

Kaur's exact age was also unknown. In a country where birth certificates are uncommon, she guessed that her age was 70, but the clinic said in a statement that she was 72.

"People (ask) what will happen to the child once we die, but I have full faith in God," Gill said. "God is omnipotent and omnipresent. He will take care of everything."

Armaan weighed about 4.4 pounds at birth and is said to be "healthy and hearty," AFP reported.

Can't think of a baby name? You can pay someone for that

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A baby's name can have a big impact on the rest of their life, which is why some parents are paying hundreds to thousands of dollars to have someone else choose it for them. 

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Name-selecting services in the U.S. and Europe can help feuding parents decide on a name and avoid mishaps like inappropriate initials or their new little one sharing a name with a serial killer.

The services can cost from $500 to over $29,000. That will get you research on things like historic ties a name has or a family's cultural background and could take a few weeks. 

"Believe me, you don't want to name a child with an unattractive name and have them go through life and suffer the consequences," one UCLA psychology professor told Bloomberg.

According to the professor's research, names create positive or negative impressions, which can affect social and professional goals. 

And with a push for unique names -- especially from celebrities -- professional services may have just revamped the search. 

John Legend, Chrissy Teigen share first photos of newborn daughter

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Just days after her birth, Chrissy Teigen shared pictures of her brand new baby girl, Luna Simone Stephens.

She even revealed the baby’s nickname.

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“Hi my lulu!” the new mom captioned her first Instagram photo of the newborn.

The photo shows Teigen, 30, sitting outside, holding Luna in one hand and stroking her head with the other.

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Tiegen and her husband, John Legend, welcomed Luna Thursday.

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A photo posted by Teigen’s mother, Vilailuck Teigen, shows the proud grandmother holding tiny Lulu.

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John Legend posted a photo of Luna a day later. Most celebrities wait to post photos of their newborn babies after selling the first pictures to magazines and news outlets.

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John Legend, Chrissy Teigen welcome baby girl

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Singer John Legend and supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen welcomed a baby girl on Thursday. 

The couple didn't publicly announce the birth until Sunday. 

"Our new love is here," the 37-year-old singer wrote on Twitter Sunday morning. "Luna Simone Stephens, born on Thursday, the 14th. We couldn't be happier!"

Legend's birth name is John Roger Stephens.

Teigen later posted a photo on Instagram, with baby Luna's weight of 6 lbs 11 ounces.

She's here! Luna Simone Stephens, we are so in love with you! And sleepy. Very sleepy. A photo posted by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Apr 17, 2016 at 7:32am PDT

The couple, who have been very open about their struggle to conceive, first announced they were expecting a child in October.

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"John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant," Teigen wrote on Instagram. "As many of you know, we've been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn't been easy, but we kept trying because we can't wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family."

John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant :) As many of you know, we've been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn't been easy, but we kept trying because we can't wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We're so excited that it's finally happening. Thank you for all your love and well wishes. I look forward to all the belly touching! Xx A photo posted by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Oct 12, 2015 at 4:55pm PDT

Before Luna's birth, 30-year-old Teigen joked about how the baby girl would look.

"Chrissy says it's a lot of pressure because everybody says she's going to be so cute," Legend said in an interview on "Big Boy's Neighborhood" radio show on KRRL radio in February. "What if she's not that cute? Every baby is not that cute. Let's just hope that she's healthy and that's all we are focused on."

In an interview with E! News, Teigen said she hopes her daughter will enjoy jet-setting.

"I want to get her into traveling really young. As soon as someone even steps on the plane with a baby you're like, ‘Ughhh! I feel bad for them!' And that's going to be us now."

But Luna may be the first of many.

"I think I'll probably be pregnant all through my 30s," Teigen told Self magazine. "I've always pictured everyone around the table for the holidays and together once a week. It'll be heartbreaking if it doesn't end up happening, but hopefully it will. We've got some embryos on hold."

Shortly before Luna's birth, Teigen and Legend celebrated their baby with two baby showers -- one in Los Angeles and one in New York.

Many celebrities sent well wishes to Teigen and Legend on Twitter: 

Brothers welcome babies at same exact minute on same day

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Two brothers in North Carolina welcomed their children into the world at the same time on the same day. 

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Steve Thayer, 34, and Matthew Thayer, 31, introduced newborn cousins Cassidy Thayer and Benjamin Thayer shortly after they were born at different hospitals on March 20 at 6:53 p.m. 

"We thought we'd have them really close together, but we never thought the same day, let alone the same time," Matt told People Magazine. 

Matthew and his wife, Brooke, welcomed baby Cassidy at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina while Steve's wife, Fawn, was delivering baby Benjamin 80 miles away at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.

"It was a shock. I was absolutely amazed," Brooke said. "We were thinking they'd be born a couple days apart, and we had joked about them being born on the same day, but we never imagined this happening."

Brooke had planned to be induced on March 20, and Fawn's original due date was March 23. But during a family outing on March 20, Fawn unexpectedly began having strong contractions.

"I was having contractions for a couple days, but they started getting closer together, so I thought maybe this was it," Fawn said. "I went to the hospital and found out I was already five centimeters."

Fawn and Benjamin are doing great𾌵Posted by Steve Thayer on Sunday, March 20, 2016

Steve texted his parents, who were at the hospital with Matthew and Brooke, and the brothers continued to update each other via texts to their father until both babies were born that evening.

"My father-in-law asked the nurse what time our baby was born and she said 6:53, and then he texted Steve to ask for his baby's details -- height, weight, length and time of birth -- and when he texted back 6:53, he said, 'You will never guess what time their baby was born,'" Brooke said.

So what a wonderful day for the Thayers today. At exactly 6:53 pm two new Thayers came bounding into the world, twins...Posted by Steve Thayer on Sunday, March 20, 2016

Steve and Matthew have a close relationship and hope that their children will have a close relationship as well.

"We were joking that it was a brotherly competition and it ended in a tie,'' Matthew said. "It really is special."

"We think they're going to grow up being really close," Steve said. 

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); = id;  js.src = "//;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>So happy that our sons and their wives have blessed us with these two beautiful and handsome grand babies Benjamin Nelson and Cassidy Paige Thayer ❤️Posted by Julie Thayer on Friday, March 25, 2016

It never gets old hearing about our special little babies!Posted by Matthew Thayer on Thursday, March 31, 2016

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