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8 moms who conceived during Hurricane Matthew pose for photos 8 months pregnant

Eight expectant mothers in Bluffton, South Carolina, are all eight months pregnant and it may be due in part to Hurricane Matthew, which hit the state in October 2016. 

People reported that for some of the mothers, the timing just happened to line up with the storm.

“I feel babies always come at a time when they are most needed. When he is born, I feel he will fill a hole in our lives we didn’t even know was missing. I’m so eager and excited to meet him,” one mother said.

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“After trying for a year and a half, it was our first month on fertility medication, and it worked,” another mother said.

Another expectant mother told People that she and her partner “decided to leave it in God’s hands if it was the right time for us or not (to get pregnant) and I guess he thought it was.”

For photographer Cassie Clayshulte, a surge of expectant mothers and newborns was no surprise.

“Nine months after a holiday, blackout or storm is always a very, very busy time for me,” she told “Today”.

Clayshulte used that knowledge to being a Facebook search for “hurricane mamas.” According to “Today,” Clayshulte put out a call on her business’ Facebook page March 6 for a photo shoot that shows “beautiful things always come from not so beautiful things!”

Mothers Danielle Lewis, Lindsey Binkley, Taylor Pait, Lindsey Gullett, Brittany Day, Kayla Sumler, Savanna Dorsey and Molly Spears all posed with their bumps in two photo shoots -- one at a nature preserve in town and another on a beach at Hilton Head Island.

“If it weren’t for Matthew, these eight couples wouldn’t be expecting these little miracles,”  Clayshulte told ABC News. “Some of these couples had trouble conceiving, experienced difficult previous pregnancies, and even had to undergo several rounds of fertility treatments to become pregnant. This storm destroyed trees and property and our area’s tourism industry took a big hit, but the storm helped these couples create something even more beautiful and these stunning mommies-to-be are living proof.”

A follow-up newborn shoot is planned for the babies -- seven girls and one boy -- who are due in June.

“I want to go back to the same beach and do the same setup, but with the moms holding their swaddled newborns,” Clayshulte said.

Mother asks Facebook community to help punish her daughter

An Arizona woman turned to Facebook to help teach her daughter a lesson after the 10-year-old was accused of vandalizing a school bathroom. 

Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School sent photographic evidence: wads of toilet paper stuck to the bathroom ceiling.  

"Even though it's minor, it's significant to me," Jeanene Lacasse, the girl’s mother, said. "We don't run that type of ship."  

Lacasse went to her community's Facebook page and volunteered her 10-year-old for work.

The post reads: "My sweet daughter decided to participate in vandalism on the last day of school... If anyone owns a business and needs/wants a 10 year old volunteer please let me know."

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People responded immediately.  

Lacasse’s daughter, Anni, now has days of cleaning up other messes ahead of her. Anni says her mother's mode of discipline might be unconventional, but not unexpected. 

"She's kind of, like, different sometimes," Anni said.  

Anni denied taking part in the vandalism, but said she was there when it happened. Her mother said there is still some guilt by association.

Photos: Queen Elizabeth visits Manchester attack victims at children's hospital

Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where she spoke to victims of the Manchester terrorist attack, as well as the doctors and nurses treating them.

Hardworking 11-year-old surprised with lawn mower, equipment to start his own business

An 11-year-old is thanking a local business for surprising him with a gift that will help him with his own business this summer.

Q’yaron Godson of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been hunting for a summer job.

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“I’m getting older, so I have to find something to do,” Q’yaron told WTVD. “I can’t just sit in the house and play all my life. I have to get outside and do something at least.”

He asked a local lawn care business if he could join their team but was turned down. But he refused to give up.

“If I can’t find a job, I’m going to make a job,” said Q’yaron.

He asked the business if they could help him find a used lawn mower, so he could mow lawns over the summer.

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A local repairman learned about Q’yaron and was inspired to help.

“I just admired him for trying,” said William Moss, owner of Moss Small Engine Repair. “Most kids nowadays don’t want to do things like that.”

Moss and his wife bought Q’yaron a brand new lawn mower, weed whacker and gas cans to help him launch his small business.

Q’yaron was shocked and grateful for the surprise.

“I just want them to know that I’m very thankful to have everything I have now, and God bless them all,” said Q’yaron.

Neighbors help 5-year-old with rare disease celebrate Halloween in May

Family and friends are helping a sick boy celebrate a special Halloween-themed birthday in May.

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Carter Sarkar of Castaic, California, outside Los Angeles, has Sanfilippo syndrome, a disorder that prevents the body from properly processing sugar. The disease will slowly cause Carter to lose his motor skills and brain function until his body eventually shuts down, likely during his teenage years, KTLA reports.

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On Sunday, Carter’s neighbors helped him celebrate his 5th birthday by allowing him to go door-to-door and trick-or-treat with his friends.

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“That’s why we go all-out for everything we do because you don’t know if he’s going to be here next year or if he’s going to be able to say ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad’ next year or his sisters, so you just have to live for today and hope for tomorrow with him,” said mom Jennifer Sarkar.

The family started a crowdfunding account to raise money in hopes of finding a cure for Sanfilippo syndrome. If you would like to donate, click here.

Here’s how much fruit juice children should drink, according to new guidelines

Next time you're grocery shopping for your kids, think twice before adding a carton of fruit juice to your basket. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines on all juices, advising parents to pull back on how much they serve their little ones.

» Related: What Atlanta dietitians feed their kids 

Previous recommendations said parents should wait to give their babies juice until after six months, but its latest update is suggesting that they wait one year. 

In fact, infants should only be fed breast milk or infant formula for the first six months. After six months, moms and dads can then introduce fruit to their diet, but not fruit juice. 

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“Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories,” said Melvin B. Heyman, MD, FAAP, co-author of the statement. “Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary for children under 1.”

» Related: Should we slap a tax on sugary drinks? 

Scientists laid out instructions for older children, too. Toddlers who are ages 1 to 4 should only have one cup of fruit a day. Four ounces of that can come from 100 percent fruit juice, but it should be pasteurized and not labeled “drink,” “beverage” or cocktail.” 

For children ages 4 to 6, fruit juice intake shouldn't exceed four to six ounces a day. 

The amount increases just slightly for children ages 7 to 18. They can have up to two and a half cups of fruit servings, but only eight ounces of it should be juice. 

Malnourished baby dies after health-conscious parents fed him strict diet

A 7-month-old baby died after his parents fed him only gluten-free and lactose-free foods, including quinoa milk, the New York Post reported.

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The child’s Belgian parents self-diagnosed him with an array of food allergies, but never sought a medical professional’s opinion before deciding on his diet, according to the newspaper.

“The parents determined their own diagnosis that their child was gluten intolerant and had a lactose allergy,” lawyers said in court during the trial for the child’s 2014 death, the Independent reported. “Not a single doctor had a dossier about Lucas and child protection services did not know about them.”

At the time of his death, baby Lucas weighed fewer than 10 pounds, which is only half the size of an average baby his age. An autopsy later found that his stomach was completely empty when he died, and his official cause of death was dehydration and malnutrition, according to the New York Post. 

 >> Related: Texas seventh-grader is facing the possibility of having to register as a sex offender for life

In court, the child’s parents said that they never took him to a doctor because they didn’t notice that anything was wrong with him. His mother said that sometimes Lucas would gain a little weight and then lose it, and that his parents thought such weight fluctuations were normal. They eventually took him to a homeopathic doctor, who insisted that they take him to a real hospital. By the time they did, it was too late. The hospital pronounced him dead on arrival.

In addition to quinoa milk, Lucas’ parents fed him oat milk, rice milk, buckwheat milk and semolina milk from the natural foods store they own, according to the Independent. While doctors warn that such a diet will not sustain an infant that age, the parents’ lawyer argued that wasn’t the case and that Lucas died for another reason.

“Lucas had an eating disorder. He got cramps when he was fed with a bottle, and his parents tried out alternatives,” the couple’s attorney, Karine Van Meirvenne, said, according to the Daily Mail.

The parents’ trial began this week. Each faces up to 18 months in prison for contributing to the infant’s death.

>> Related: Major cellphone carrier gets slammed with a lawsuit by a mother blaming them for her infant’s death

Girl choked on fidget spinner part, needed surgery, mom says

A Texas mother is warning others about fidget spinners, the latest toy craze, after her daughter choked on a piece of the toy. 

>> Fidget spinner safety: Doctor warns parents to monitor their child's usage

Kelly Rose Joniec of Houston said she and her 10-year-old daughter, Britton, were on their way home Saturday when Kelly heard Britton choking in the back seat. According to the post, Kelly pulled over and found Britton had swallowed one of the bearings from her fidget spinner. 

After an unsuccessful attempt to remove the small piece of metal with the Heimlich maneuver, Kelly took Britton to the nearest urgent care center, she wrote in the post. 

An X-ray revealed the round metal bearing was lodged in the girl’s esophagus and required immediate surgery. 

In a Facebook post, Joniec wrote, "Britton was taken to surgery to endoscopically locate and remove the object. Fortunately, we had a positive outcome, but it was pretty scary there for a while ... not only because of the initial ingestion, but then the concern about the composition and structure of the object, and finally, the risk with general anesthesia." 

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In a statement to CNN, the Joneic family said, "Our full attention and focus is on caring for our daughter and ensuring she continues to lead a healthy life." 

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CNN said efforts to reach the makers of the fidget spinner for comment were not successful. According to a CNN report, Learning Express Toys, which carries the gadgets online and in stores across the country, has a warning for consumers on its website. 

The warning states that their fidget spinners contain small parts that present a choking hazard, and are not for children under 3 years old.

Brantley Gilbert, wife Amber expecting baby in November

If babies were flowers, then we’d all be walking through a country music garden this year. And after several years of trying, we’ve just learned that Brantley Gilbert and wife Amber will be adding their own little blossom to the field.

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Brantley and Amber have not shied away from the subject of babies since they married just two years ago. In multiple interviews, the country star admitted that they were trying, but no announcement came. That is, until now.

In an interview with People, the country star said the delay in adding to their family was beyond their control. Brantley explains, “We’d been to see a fertility specialist, and two different folks that told me it would be close to a miracle if it happened without IVF. I’m not much of a quitter, but I was really, really frustrated.”

Still, the couple waited to start in vitro fertilization. Then in February, Amber had a surprise for her husband while they were on the road. “She handed me a box and there were three pregnancy tests in there and all of them were positive,” Brantley says. “I think I stared at it for at least two minutes without saying anything because I was literally in shock. We’d been told it was just not in the cards, and I’m staring at this answer to many, many, many prayers.”

Of course, they’re both excited, but the outlaw country star, who is actually a teddy bear, admits, “I’m not an emotional guy, but this has got me crying like a baby. I’m pretty good around other folks now, but when I’m by myself, if I look at one of the pictures from the doctor’s office, I lose a few tears.”

Brantley and Amber’s first baby is due in November and the couple is planning to learn the gender in the coming weeks.

Police officer donating kidney to sick boy she just met

A police officer is taking her oath to a whole new level, protecting and serving one of the young members of the community by donating her kidney.

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Officer Lindsey Bittorf of the Milton, Wisconsin, Police Department saw a plea on Facebook in December by Kristi Goll, who was desperate to find a kidney donor for her 8-year-old son, Jackson.

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Jackson was born with posterior urethral valves, family members told WISN.

Bittorf was tested and learned that she is a match for Jackson. Doctors were shocked to find such a strong match in someone who wasn’t a blood relative.

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Bittorf surprised the family with the good news at their home. The touching moment was captured on video.

“I took an oath to serve and protect our community,” Bittorf told Jackson, “and now my kidney’s going to serve and protect you.”

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