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Where we're looking for Mumsnetters who'd fancy meeting Boris Johnson. London's floppiest-haired mayor is filming an MN videochat on Friday (9 July, from 12.30pm) and, if you'd like to quiz him on behalf of us all, please throw your name in the ring double-quick.
Up in the regular MN webchat hotseat next week, we've Club Penguin founder Lane Merrifield (Monday 5 July, 1.30-2.30pm; puffles at the ready, gals!) and then, on Tuesday (6 July, 1-2pm) property guru Sarah Beeny.
Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child has sent back all her As to your Qs (she loved them, btw) and, over in Gardening all this week, Royal Horticultural Society's Phil McCann will be popping in to sort out your thorniest (ha!) tilling-and-tending ishoos (tickets to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to be won, too).
Now for this week's parenting news...
'No evidence' for reducing Caesarean rate: The World Health Organization (WHO) has quietly dropped its recommendation that fewer births be carried out by Caesarean section, saying there's no evidence for a limit. The WHO had previously advised that no more than 10 to 15% of babies be delivered by section – a figure often cited by those concerned about rates in the UK, where one in four babies comes into the world in this way. But now the WHO states that "there is no empirical evidence for an optimum percentage" and stresses that "what matters most is that all women who need Caesarean sections receive them". (BBC News 30.06.10)
Home-birth risks under scrutiny: Women who have babies at home recover more rapidly from childbirth but home births carry with them double the risk of the baby dying, an international study suggests. US analysis of more than 500,000 births in North America and Europe found death rates for babies in planned home births were twice as high as those in planned hospital births – though still very low, at 0.2%. UK doctors say the study needs to be taken into account but the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) questioned the validity of its findings for the UK. "The study's authors are working with data collected differently in many countries," says the RCM's Mervi Jokinen. "Here, we have services delivered by midwives who are skilled and experienced at home births and resuscitating newborns. This is, perhaps, in contrast to many of the other countries this research covers." (BBC News 01.07.10)
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Quote of the week: lucysmum takes the MN approach to taking the 'class bear' home: "Our nursery bear went to Disneyland, Paris, Cornwall, a pottery café, horseriding (not all with the same person!) before he came to stay with us. I figured he was very tired, so he had tea, watched a bit of CBeebies and went to bed."
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Aitch's TV round-up: The IT Crowd, Fri 2 July, 10pm, Channel 4
What's this, you're thinking? The IT Crowd? Hasn't the new series has already started? Well, yes, but, to be truthful, it's the only great bit of telly on this week, so I am a bit stuck for choices. Dive looks good on the BBC but it starts on Thursday, so some of you will have missed it by the time you get this mail. Thank god we have Roy, Moss and Jen to rely on. Moss gets a stint on Countdown this week and uses his spectrummy powers to become the supreme champion, which garners him access to an exclusive club where milk is drunk and geek is god. Meanwhile, Roy has been mistaken for a window cleaner.
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: littlelapin's raspberry, prosciutto and asparagus salad
A perky little summer salad, layering yer regular mozzarella and posh ham with not-so-obvious-but-actually-delicious scatterings of seasonal asparagus, raspberries and peaches.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's it. We're off to root for Andy on Sunday/grumble about dire state of British sport (delete as appropriate)...
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