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Friday
Jul192013

What to Do When You Meet an Unattractive Baby

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- What do you do when you meet a baby you regard as funny-looking, or even “ugly”? You might lie and say the child is adorable, or you might simply smile and say nothing at all.

But what if you’re expected to give a glowing assessment? Or worse, what if your expression has already betrayed your true feelings?

Enter Mary Fischer, a writer for the website CafeMom who addressed the issue in her article “8 Things to Tell New Parents if You Think Their Baby Is Ugly.”

Among Fischer’s tips for handling such a sensitive situation? Say you’re speechless. That way, you won’t have to say anything negative. She also suggested people say “Oh, my God,” over and over again.

“Odds are good mom and dad will join in with, ‘I know. Isn’t he amazing?’ -- at which point you can just nod your head in agreement and call it a day,” she wrote.

Published Monday on CafeMom’s The Stir, the article stirred up strong reaction.

Fischer, 35, told ABNews.com in a Thursday interview that the post was meant to be lighthearted. She got the idea after reading a poll that found 20 percent of new parents thought their baby was ugly but wouldn’t admit it to anyone besides their partners, she said.

“And, you know, my first reaction was, ‘Oh, my gosh, you know, that’s horrible. Nobody’s baby is ugly,’ but then I sort of got what they were saying, because sometimes, you know, babies look a little awkward at first and they kind of take a little while to grow into their cuteness,” she said.

She added that she has seen a couple of babies’ pictures on Facebook and thought “eww. You know, just, kind of that initial reaction.”

She remembered a Seinfeld episode that dealt with the same subject, and said she thought it could be funny to think about some people’s unguarded reactions and how to “dig yourself out of them.”

Fisher, who has a 7-year-old son who she says was “adorable” as a child, offered other tips. She suggested that people hide their eyes, but insist they’re only trying to play peek-a-boo with the baby. Also, if someone cries uncontrollably, the baby’s parents will assume the tears were prompted by the baby’s beauty, she added.

Some of her readers weren’t amused.

“That’s so mean. I hope your babies are ugly and people laugh at you,” one commenter wrote, while another added “Never. I have never seen a baby who was ugly. God does not make mistakes in his artwork. There is always something wonderful about each child.”

But many others shared their own tips for dealing with a homely baby.

“I simply say congrats!!” one commenter wrote.

Another said she would confine her comments to one nice feature -- the baby’s hair, or chubby cheeks, for example. “Even the ugliest babies have at least one feature you can safely comment on,” she wrote.

Another added: “I simply sigh and say, precious. Regardless of looks, all babies are precious! :)”

Yet another offered this tip: “My aunt always uses breathtaking to describe an ugly baby. I always thought that was kind of funny.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Dec312012

Moms Push to Have First Babies of New Year

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Grillo was lying on an operating table last New Year's Eve as doctors prepared for her cesarean section when she heard people singing "Auld Lang Syne" down the hall.

"I thought, 'Oh my gosh, they could really be New Year's babies," she said, adding that her water had broken about five weeks before her twins were due.  "We weren't looking to be the first of the year."

Ten minutes later, baby Grace and her one-minute-younger brother, Luke, became Boston's first babies of 2012.

But in other cities, like Chicago, a 12:10 a.m. baby would probably be too late to be crowned first baby of the year, said Dr. Karen Deighan, the director of OB/GYN at Gottleib Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

"People will be, like, 12 midnight and two seconds," she said.

Since so many babies seem to be born seconds after midnight in Chicago, Deighan said she thinks it's probably "a little artificial."  A normal day will have eight deliveries over 24 hours in her hospital, though a day without births isn't unheard of.

Dr. Lauren Streicher, who was an OB/GYN for more than 20 years in Chicago, said she'd left a party to deliver a baby one New Year's Eve and realized it was close to midnight.  She told her patient she had a choice: She could either give one final push or wait five minutes.

At midnight, the mother gave one last push, but she was a few seconds too late, Streicher said.  Another baby made it out first because that mother was holding back, too.

"They were all doing it.  They were all panting, panting, panting," said Streicher, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school.  "Particularly if someone has had an epidural, they can hold back.  Many times, someone is trying not to deliver, waiting for the doctor to get there, waiting for the husband to get there.  In most times, there's more control than you think."

Although most years Streicher's patients aren't interested in having the first baby, she said she recalls one other patient who wanted to wait the 30 seconds before midnight to deliver.

"She wanted me to put a hand on the baby's head and hold it," Streicher said, adding that the patient was having a hard time controlling her pushing.  "It was 30 seconds.  The baby's heart rate was fine."

The odds of having a baby in the first minute of the year aren't far from the odds of getting struck by lightning, said Dr. Jennifer Austin, an OB/GYN at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. 

According to the National Weather Service, the odds of getting struck by lightning are 1 in 775,000.  Because there are 526,600 minutes in a year, the odds of giving birth at 12:01 on Jan. 1 are 1 in 526,600.

"Unless you're having a scheduled c-section, it's impossible to predict exactly when and where your baby will come," she said.  "And no doctor is going to do a scheduled c-section in the middle of the night.  It's not safe."

Births are rarely scheduled for New Year's Eve because hospitals have reduced holiday staffing, Streicher said.  More likely, they're scheduled for the last few days of the year so mommy and daddy can get a tax break.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Dec102012

10-Month-Old Twins Swim Length of Pool; Still Can’t Walk or Talk

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- They can’t walk, they can’t talk -- but these 10-month-old twins sure can swim.

Ellie and William Trykush can already swim the entire length of a 25-foot pool without the assistance of their mother, a swim instructor.
 
The family discovered this hidden talent, when the twins, both born six weeks premature by emergency cesarean section, when vacationing in Cyprus, according to Britain's Daily Mail.  The babies began swimming underwater without flotation aids or help from their parents, Victor and Charlotte.

When the family returned from their trip, Charlotte took the children to the local pool where they each swam the entire 25-foot length of the pool, working their way up from five meters. The twins' mother swam underneath them on her back for their safety.

At 10 months, the twins now attend swim lessons twice each weekend, and swim for additional practice on the weekend, the Daily Mail reports.

Their father said he has his eyes set on the 2028 Olympics for his aquatic overachievers.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec062012

Feds File Suit Against Nap Nanny Maker After Five Infant Deaths

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission is taking action against the makers of a portable baby recliner called the Nap Nanny after five infant deaths were linked to the product.

The commission filed a complaint on Wednesday to force the manufacturer, Baby Matters LLC, to pull its product off store shelves and offer full refunds to their customers.  In addition to the five deaths, the commission says there have been 70 complaints about children falling out of the Nap Nanny.

The commission says normally it can work things out with manufacturers to voluntarily recall a dangerous product, but for five months the makers of Nap Nanny have defiantly refused to pull its product or offer refunds.

"We believe it is a hazardous product and we are concerned about the safety of the children that are in there," Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman Alex Flip told ABC News.

Baby Matters LLC describes the Nap Nanny as an infant recliner designed to increase the baby's comfort.

"We had to take action because of the number of incidences, and that is why we have filed this complaint against the company.  They would not agree to a voluntary recall," Flip said.

The Nap Nanny was invented by Philadelphia sportscaster and mother Leslie Gudel.  She came up with the idea after learning her daughter would only fall asleep in the car seat.

In a statement posted on Nap Nanny's website, Gudel said she is heartbroken for the families who have lost a child, but said the victims' parents misused her product by either not strapping the baby in or placing the device on a table or in a crib.

Some of the cases involved recliners that were placed in a crib, which the company has urged parents not to do.

"We do not believe the complaint has merit and stand behind the safety of our product when used as instructed," Gudel wrote in the statement.  "The Nap Nanny should be placed on the floor with the harness secured."

Gudel said the ongoing battle with the CPSC has cost her company so much money that it was forced to close last month.

"Another small business is gone.  Twenty-two Americans are out of work between Nap Nanny and our supplier.  This doesn't take into account the financial impact our closure has had on our other U.S. suppliers," Gudel wrote.

The first infant death was reported in 2010, which caused Nap Nanny to recall the product that same year and raise the sides of the recliner.  The manufacturer also posted warnings and made an instructional video for parents.

According to the complaint, in April 2010, a six-month old died when she suffocated while using the Generation Two Nap Nanny.  The infant was not secured in the harness and the medical examiner ruled the cause of death was positional asphyxia.

In July 2010, a four-month old died when she suffocated between a Generation Two Nap Nanny and the bumper in her crib.  This time, the infant was secured in the harness but it failed to adequately restrain her in the recliner.

Still, the maker of the Nap Nanny stands by her product and says they have gone to "great lengths to make the safest product possible."

"No infant using the Nap Nanny properly has ever suffered an injury requiring medical attention," Gudel said in the statement.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct232012

Hospitals Offer First Class Deliveries to Those Who Can Afford It

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's special delivery and then there's extra-special delivery.  When pop star Beyonce gave birth to her daughter Blue Ivy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City earlier this year, news sources reported that she commandeered a $1,700 a night maternity suite complete with catered meals, a flat-screen TV and round-the-clock nursing care.

Offering luxury maternity rooms to women who can reach deeper into their pockets than the insurance co-pay demands seems to be a trend at large city hospitals.

At Mount Sinai Medical Center, also in New York, private maternity rooms run an extra $500-$850 per night depending on the size of the room and the view from the window.  Pampered new moms can order in-room gourmet meals, pedicures and luxury spa services.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles offers deluxe rooms for $2,673 a night that come with a personal care aide to attend to the needs of mom and baby.

Many of these rooms do their very best to impersonate a five-star hotel room.  The bathrooms in Mt. Sinai private rooms are described on their website as "spa-inspired" with "decidedly female private baths," featuring Italian glass tile, elegant sconces, and decorative mirrors.

New moms can even rent "Beyonce rooms" if they give birth outside of celebrity-magnet cities like New York and L.A.  Medical City Hospital in Dallas, for example, offers private rooms with a foldout guest bed and large screen TV for $250 a night over and above insurance coverage.

It's not as if giving birth isn't expensive enough already: The average hospital birth now costs around $10,000, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  For more complicated deliveries involving cesarean sections, the price tag can climb to over $20,000.  For some women, part of these costs will be covered by insurance.  But any added cost for special services and extra amenities are not.

Wealthier mothers are snapping up private maternity rooms as fast as they're being offered.  Often there are waiting lists.  But there is some grumbling that these posh postpartum services come at the expense of other newborns.

Kathleen Flynn, vice president of the New York Professional Nurses Union, which represents nurses employed at Lenox Hill, said that luxury suites were having a negative impact on the quality of care elsewhere on the hospital's maternity ward.

"The hospital wants to make money and we have no problem with that.  But we do have a problem when they pull staff off the regular ward to staff the executive suites," she said.

A group of anonymous Lenox Hill nurses recently told the New York Daily News that while affluent women and their bundles of joy enjoy nearly one-to-one attention, sometimes as many as 18 newborns in the regular maternity ward are monitored by a single nurse.  By contract, nurses are supposed to take care of no more than eight babies at once.

Flynn said the fancier rooms are only staffed when a patient purchases a luxury package.  Whenever that happens -- about 80 percent of the time according to the hospital -- she said a nurse must be taken off shift from the main maternity ward.  That's when nursing shortages arise.

Barbara Osborne, a media relations manager for Lenox Hill denies the allegations.

"At no point has our maternity unit been understaffed, as was reported," she said.  "As a matter of fact, in the last two years, we've hired about 240 new nurses, representing about 20 percent of the nursing staff.  We are dedicated to providing a single standard of high-quality medical care to all of our patients, regardless of accommodations."

But Flynn said the issue is so well known that some moms of means are passing up the chance for a pampered birthing experience for fear of being viewed as elitist.

"They don't want to be seen as taking away care from the other families," she noted.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep102012

Parents Can Let Sleepless Babies Cry It Out: Study

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly half of mothers with babies over six months of age report problems with their baby's sleep. This common problem not only leads to sleepless nights for parents, but it also doubles the risk that moms will suffer from feelings of depression.

Now, a new study released today in the journal Pediatrics suggests it is OK to let babies cry while trying to fall asleep -- a finding that may help settle a long-running debate among both parents and experts over whether allowing a baby to cry itself to sleep harms the child in the long run.

Australian researchers looked at 225 babies from seven months to 6 years of age to compare the difference between parents who were trained in sleep intervention techniques and those who were not. Specifically, researchers allowed parents in the sleep intervention group to choose one of two sleep training techniques to use with their baby. Parents who chose "controlled crying" responded to their infant's cry at increasing time intervals. Parents who chose "camping out," also called "adult fading," sat with their infant until they fell asleep, removing themselves earlier each night over three weeks.

Parents in the control group were not taught the sleep training techniques and instead provided their own routine care.

What the researchers found was that children and mothers in the sleep training group had improved sleep, and the mothers were less likely to experience depression and other emotional problems. These benefits lasted up to the time the babies turned 2.

Moreover, the study looked at various factors to determine whether harm was done to children in the sleep training group, including mental and behavioral health, sleep quality, stress, and relationship with their parents. They found no differences between children in the two groups, leading researchers to conclude that these sleep training techniques are safe to use.

"[P]arents can feel confident using, and health professionals can feel confident offering, behavioral techniques such as controlled comforting and camping out for managing infant sleep," the researchers write in the study.

Experts not involved with the study said the findings make sense.

"It's kind of like having the ability to get a rental car at the airport, but why would you get one if a limo shows up?" said Dr. Ari Brown, an Austin, Texas-based pediatrician and author of Baby 411. "The parent is the limo."

"While stressful for the infant, it almost certainly falls under the 'positive stress' heading," said Rahil D. Briggs, director of the Healthy Steps program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. "Positive stress creates growth in the child, in the form of coping skills and frustration tolerance that serve to be critically important throughout the life span."

But for parents, the message may be even more important.

"This study empowers parents to be active in shaping their infant's behavior to be consistent with appropriate developmental milestones," said Dr. John Walkup, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug292012

'WeeBot' Experimental Scooter Puts Babies in the Driver's Seat

Carole Dennis(NEW YORK) -- A makeshift scooter similar to a Segway has babies driving before they can crawl.

It's called the WeeBot, and it was built by researchers from a motorized base, a booster seat and a Nintendo Wii balance board.  It lets infants explore their environment by shifting their weight.

"They learn that when you lean, you make things happen," said Carole Dennis, an associate professor of occupational therapy at Ithaca College.  "The learning seems to be almost intuitive."

Dennis teamed up with physical therapist Hélène Larin and computer programmer Sharon Stansfield to develop and test the pint-size scooter, which moves slowly and uses sonar to prevent collisions.  They hoped giving infants more mobility would create new opportunities for learning.

"Learning doesn't seem to depend on age; it seems to depend on the ability to move freely in the environment," said Dennis, who uses toys to teach babies the WeeBot basics.  "We call it driver training.  They develop the expectation very early on that if they lean they're going to get a toy."

After five WeeBot training sessions, 5-to-8-month-old infants were able to make their way to the toy they wanted 88 percent of the time, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Physiotherapy.  Infants trained on a joystick-operated scooter, on the other hand, only made it to the toy 24 percent of the time.

"Using a joystick is a complex cognitive operation for children.  There's something between you and the movement that you've got to figure out," said Dennis.  "We're quite convinced that the WeeBot doesn't require a great deal of cognitive ability."

The group also tried training two babies with developmental disabilities on the WeeBot.  One of them, a 7-month-old boy with Down syndrome, showed little interest in the toy and got it only 9 percent of the time after six training sessions.  But the other, a 15-month-old boy with profound physical disabilities from cerebral palsy, was able to get the toy 85 percent of the time.

"He took to it right away," said Dennis, adding that the boy later used the WeeBot to explore his community daycare center.  And even when he didn't use the WeeBot, the boy's eagerness to explore seemed to stick.

"After the fifth training session, I got an email from his parents that said he'd just begun to drag himself on the floor using his elbows," said Dennis.  "He hadn't done that before.  We'd like to think the ability to explore his environment gave him the impetus to try to move."

Dennis said she's currently recruiting babies with disabilities for a WeeBot clinical trial, hoping to uncover whether the added mobility can help boost cognitive, perceptual or language development.

"Even babies that may some day walk may be missing critical opportunities in their early years," she said.  "We'd like a little more research behind us, but we think the WeeBot has a lot of potential."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug212012

Study: Antibiotics Too Soon May Set Babies Up for Obesity

altrendo images/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Giving your baby antibiotics too early may increase their chances of being overweight in childhood, new research suggests.

Specifically, infants exposed to antibiotics during the first six months of their lives are 22 percent more likely to be overweight between the ages of 10 months and 3 years -- though their weight tends to return to average by the time they are 7 -- according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity on Tuesday.

This effect on the child's body mass appears to be dependent upon the timing of the antibiotics.  The exposure to antibiotics later in childhood -- while the child is between 6 months and 3 years old -- is not associated with increased body mass.

Researchers say the reason for the weight gain could be that antibiotics at this tender age may change the delicate balance of bacteria in infants' digestive tracts.

"Unnecessary antibiotic use can disrupt healthy bacteria that live in our intestine," said Dr. Leonardo Trasande, primary study author and associate professor in pediatrics at New York University.  "If we have a disruption in the microbes in this gut, it can lead to over-absorption of calories and obesity."

The study sample included 11,532 children from the United Kingdom whose parents agreed to the study before the babies were born.  Researchers checked the height, weight and antibiotics use of these children at birth, and then after approximately 7 weeks, 10 months, 20 months, 38 months and 7 years.

The researchers also took into account other factors, such as the weight of a baby's parents, whether the mother smoked while pregnant, the parents' socioeconomic status and what the baby ate.  Even when they did this, though, the relationship between antibiotic use in these infants and their weight gain remained.

"This will affect our thinking about the obesity epidemic," Trasande said.  "This study suggests the need to shift the paradigm from thinking simply about diet and exercise to other environmental exposures."

Physicians were quick to note that this study does not mean that antibiotics should not be used in these infants when they are clearly needed.  However, doctors said that all too often, antibiotics are used inappropriately -- and this practice can have real consequences for babies' health.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug142012

Hot Car Hazard: Parent Forgetfulness Can Be Deadly

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One hot summer day, Brandi Koskie strapped her 2-week old daughter Paisley into her rear-facing car seat and drove off to run some errands. As her daughter slept peacefully, Koskie parked, got out of the car, locked the door and walked away.

Fortunately she remembered within a minute that she had left her baby behind.

"I ran back, unbuckled her and held her. I was sobbing and shaking for probably 10 minutes afterwards," said Koskie, who is from Wichita, Kansas. "I kept thinking about how the worst might have happened."

Most parents think they could never make the mistake of leaving their baby in the car in sweltering heat. Yet according to the advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide, Koskie was right to be upset. The outcome can be tragic.

In the first week of August alone, according to another group, Kids and Cars, eight children across the United States died from heatstroke in hot vehicles; nearly 40 children die this way each year.

Heatstroke, also known as hyperthermia, happens when the body's thermostat is overwhelmed with heat. Safe Kids USA says children are at the greatest risk because their bodies heat up 3 to 5 times more quickly than an adult’s.

What sort of parent could be so negligent? Although often portrayed as monsters in the media and sometimes even charged with manslaughter or child abuse, Jeff Brown, an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says they are often otherwise loving and attentive parents who feel hassled, distracted and confused.

"It can happen so easily if someone is overwhelmed and hyper-focused on what they have to do. When you're trying to multitask and do too many things, the brain goes on overload. The responsibility of caring for your child just slips from your mind," he says.

One San Francisco University report that recorded 424 heat related deaths of children in 12 years found that slightly more than half occurred because the parent simply forgot the child was in the car.

Jeanne Cosgrove, the Sunrise Children's Hospital coordinator for the Safe Kids Coalition in Las Vegas, adds that kids are also more likely to be left behind when there is a change in routine and the other parent has responsibility for the child. "They go about their normal day not realizing the baby is still in the back seat," she says.

Rear-facing car seats may also be a contributing factor in parent's forgetfulness. While experts agree that a rear-facing seat increases a child's safety during a collision, the website Parent Central says, "the last time experts pushed a new campaign to put more children in rear-facing seats - in the 1990s, to cut the chances of being killed by air bags - the number of children who died in hot cars spiked."

Brown says some tricks that can help spaced out parents: Leave your purse or briefcase in the back seat so you have to retrieve it before leaving the car, play children's music on the radio as a reminder that your bundle of joy is along for the ride, and set your phone alarm with reminders that it's your day to babysit.

In some cases, parents believe it's OK if they run a quick errand and hustle back to the car. They don't want the hassle of unbuckling a seat belt and wrestling with a squirming child. But they may not realize how quickly the inside of a car can become an oven. Cosgrove says a car can heat up at a rate of more than two degrees a minute. And opening the windows does little good because much of the heat radiates off seats and dashboards.

While being in a hurry is understandable, experts agree that it's no excuse for negligence.

Richard Gallagher, an associate professor at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center, says he believes the solutions for time-strapped parents are obvious -- either leave your children at home or get them out of the car and bring them with you, even if you only plan on being gone for a few minutes.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul312012

"Fifty Shades of Grey" Series Behind a Baby Boom?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s one of the hottest and best-selling book series of all time.  The erotic trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed, by British author E. L. James has sold 20 million copies in the last four months alone.

The books’ contents -- the relationship between protagonists Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and their very explicitly detailed sadomasochistic sexual encounters -- are said to have sparked a “mommy porn” revolution.  The revolution has been whispered about among friends and spilled out online on discussion boards like those of the popular pregnancy and parenting website BabyCenter.com.

Now, the revolution is coming to the delivery room, where a baby boom sparked by the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon is predicted.

“Reading Fifty Shades of Grey is acting like an aphrodisiac for women,” Linda Murray, Global Editor in Chief of BabyCenter.com, told ABC's Good Morning America.  “It’s putting them in the mood more frequently and they’re having more sex and they’re ultimately getting pregnant faster.”

While the Fifty Shades baby boom theory will only be proven months from now, GMA spoke with a trio of couples to see if a book really could start a new population burst.

Carly and Leroy Gibson of Spokane, Wash., said 14 months spent trying to have another baby had taken the sexy out of sex.

“I think the fun was taken out of it at that point in time because you’re like, ‘Okay, here it is.  Day 14.  We’ve got five days to go.  Go strong.  I don’t care if you’re tired…it’s time to go to work,’” Carly said.

After Carly began reading Fifty Shades, Leroy says he noticed a change in his wife.

“She just put down the book and she was all over me,” he told GMA.  “It was nice and enjoyable.”

For Scott and Danielle Olszewski of New York City, getting pregnant with a third child was proving difficult after they’d had their first two kids with relative ease.

“I’m blessed that I have two healthy kids but I wanted that one more and I was sad,” Danielle said.  “Then Christian Grey entered my life.”

A third couple, Michelle and Michael Burdick of Brockton, Mass., suffered a miscarriage and various health problems that made it difficult to add to their family of four.  Then, a girlfriend of Michelle’s recommended the Fifty Shades series.

“I started telling him [Michael] about it, bits and pieces, here and there,” Michelle said.  “Then I started taking pictures of the book and sending them to him.”

“I opened up the email and I go, ‘Okay, umm, are you suggesting something?,’” Michael said of his response.

The results for all three couples?

The Gibsons are due on Feb. 15; Michelle and Michael are due Feb. 20; and Scott and Danielle Olszewski are due Feb. 1.  February is nine months after the Fifty Shades trilogy saw its biggest spike in sales this past May.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio