2006 has certainly seen pregnancy and babies in the national spotlight. With countless celebrities either being pregnant and having babies in 2006 it seemed that every time I turned around this year there was a new round little face gracing the cover of one magazine or another. Not to mention national stories about breastfeeding in public. Here are just a few of the pregnancy and baby news stories we have seen in 2006.

Babytalk magazine found itself in the spot light for placing a baby suckling a breast on the cover of their magazine. People around the country were outraged, either by the cover itself or by people’s lack of acceptance of a breastfeeding mother. The debate over breastfeeding in public was again front and center.

Thanks to the celebrity baby boom maternity fashion continued to improve. Women can now found fashionable maternity clothing in all price ranges. You no longer have to suffer through those nine months of pregnancy where unflattering clothing that contains hideous bows and ridiculous pictures of bears.

Changes and advancing continued in the fields of genetic research and fertility. Couples are finding they have more and more options when it comes to solutions and alternatives for fertility issues. Genetic testing is becoming more and more common. Tailor made babies are no longer a thing of the sci-fi future, they are being created and born today.

Breastfeeding mothers were again thrust into the spot light for a second time late this year when a nursing mother was kicked off flight because the flight attendant was offended by the sight of her breastfeeding her child. Nursing mothers banded together this time and staged “nurse ins” at airports around the country to show their support.

And of course, who can forget the arrival of such big name celebrity babies as Suri Cruise and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt!!

This year saw babies and pregnancy in the headlines over and over again. 2006 quickly became the year of the baby. 2007 is sure to bring more changes and developments in the obstetric and pediatric fields and I am sure we have not seen the end of the celebrity baby boom.

Each year fosters in a chance for new beginnings and what makes a better new beginning than a baby. 2006 may have been the year of the baby in the national spotlight and in the celebrity world, but here’s hoping that 2007 is the year of the baby for me (or at least the year of the pregnancy!)

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