One of the best things about living in the United States is seeing the range of cultures, products and lifestyles that find a voice here. This week, we bring you the best of the US, with an international pop-up shop in NYC, a charter school dedicated to expectant teens in Rhode Island, and a major milestone in Texas. It's a home-grown edition of Weekly Links!
1. Fertility medicine just made a huge developmental leap this week. The first baby in the United States from a uterus transplant was just born (although his birthday is being kept confidential for now). Following another successful transplant birth in Sweden in 2014 and a year of trials in the US, this treatment could turn out to be a viable option for women who struggle with uterine factor infertility (as many as five percent of women in the US).
2. The adorable and super-practical baby brand 7AM ENFANT is having a sample sale! 7AM ENFANT is known for their 100% vegan, PETA-certified, cruelty-free products. The sample sale comes right in time for the cooler weather, featuring a range of car seat, stroller covers and other heavy-weather gear. Shop the sale here.
3. For the most discerning mamas and babies, Babyccino is the only way to shop. The online boutique features a carefully curated selection of the best independent children's and baby brands. You can also find them around the world at pop-up ShopUp events. Visit them in Brooklyn on December 10-11, and check out the featured brands here.
4. As the first installment of a go-local initiative, bloom has partnered with Brooklyn-based Winter Water Factory to bring bold and modern prints to their line of crib sheets. Available in three different patterns, the bloom x WWF bedding is made of GOTS certified organic cotton and is available for the Alma Mini, the Alma Papa and the change pad. Take a look at the line here.
5. Although teen pregnancy rates have been plummeting, young women that find themselves expecting while still in school can often expect to be pushed out of class. But not at the Nowell Leadership Academy charter school. The Rhode Island school has gone above and beyond to give students and their families a fighting chance. There, students have access to on-site childcare, home visits, flexible class schedules, and parenting classes that support them through a challenging educational curriculum.