Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday's Connections Abound

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Lost and Found is open to anyone in the
infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, pregnancy-and-parenting after infertility, assisted conception, living child-free after infertility or loss community (as well as anyone I inadvertently missed on that list). Please support the list as well as anyone posting announcements below.

Connections Abound

  • Lori has some really interesting blogging questions up right now. Go over and answer them and see what other people are saying too.
  • It seems as if the new trend of journalists is to post what they're looking for online and hope the subjects come to them. Sarah Ewing out of the UK is looking for two interview groups: one where mothers helped theirdaughters become a parent and one where she is looking for those who are trying after cancer as well as those with clotting disorders and RPL. I don't actually know Sarah's work, but some quick googling yielded this, this, and this. Maybe I'm over-wary of journalists, but it always pays to do some research on the writer before you agree to be interviewed. So I present the opportunity, but the research is up to you...
  • Dramalish is organizing a response as to the scope of the recent Oprah episode on DI. "If you are a mother or father of donor-conceived children, please write to Oprah. She has a link on her website where you can write your email right there. I particularly beg of hetero couples suffering from IF- please write Oprah and tell her your story [this group was not represented in the DI episode]. I believe it's vital that this overlooked faction of donor sperm users get their stories heard."
  • If you notice another loading slow down or receive error messages for Stirrup Queens or Lost and Found, please let me know. Now I'm nervous every time I add anything to the side bar!
NEW BLOGS (started in January or February 2008)
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES: Celebrate your birthday or blogoversary with the community. Send me dates for February/March right now and I'll post them on the correct day.
  • Samantha's first blogoversary was Sunday. Go wish her congratulations!
  • Ten Times Crazier's birthday is Wednesday. Go over early and sing her a little song because it also coincides with 14 dpo as well as the anniversary of a pregnancy loss.
  • It's Shelli's 13th anniversary today. Go over and wish her congratulations.
  • None Today.
MISCELLANEOUS SUPPORT AND CELEBRATIONS: Scary scans, anxious waits, OHSS, and a host of other reasons why these bloggers could use some additional support right now. Also, celebrations!
  • Erin at Just Off Magazine could use some support--and not just because it's post Mardi Gras. She just got a BFN to her second IVF attempt. Please go over and shower her with love. She could really really use some support.
  • Sarah is gearing up for her FET this week on Tuesday. Monday the lone embryo will be thawing. She is concerned since there is only one going through the thaw about the possibility of it not working. So go over and wish her luck today.
  • Calliope was still feeling pregnant after her loss. Now, weeks later, she took a pregnancy test and it's still positive. She is seeking advice as she has another beta drawn.
  • JP is going through a rough patch. She has a positive, but she's also bleeding. Please go over and give her support as she waits to see if her beta doubles.
  • Project Baby has been diagnosed with a subchorionic hemorrhage in her 12th week of pregnancy. The bleed will most likely resolve itself and the baby is fine. Go over and give her support.
  • Rebecca is going through a really shitty time with insurance throwing off the start to this cycle. She may need to sit out another month as she waits for insurance approval and she's really frustrated. She could use some kind words.
  • Denise over at Freezer Buns just got a negative beta on her FET#1. She definitely could use a hug.
  • Superovum's transfer is on Wednesday. Go wish her good luck.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Twins for Bleu!
  • Twins for Celeste!
  • Two lines for Lea Bea. Her first beta is today--go over and wish her good luck!
  • Great betas for Shelli!
  • Great beta for Alice too!
  • Simone is here! Alexa gave birth to Simone and Ames on February 8th. They are spending time with Ames right now to say goodbye. Simone is 1 pound 11 ounces of lady-like strength. Go over and wish them congratulations and give them support during their NICU stay.
  • Bumble (who is password protected) had her baby in early February. Sorry for the lack of details--wanted to leave an update for people who missed her without compromising the fact that she is password protected.

1 comment:

Sally said...


My name is Sally Whittle and I am the journalist in the UK who runs Getting Ink Requests, a site where journalists post requests for information and interviews.

I noticed you'd linked to us in relation to Sarah Ewing - I can vouch for Sarah, who is a well known expert on this topic in the UK and has written for many newspapers and magazines.

As journalists, many of our stories come from meeting new people and the internet is a fantastic research tool for meeting people with powerful stories to tell.

However, I would advise your readers to carefully check any journalists before conducting an interview, particularly on a sensitive topic. My advice would be:

- when contacting the journalist, ask for links to three previously published articles

- ask whether their current article is speculative or commissioned, ie has the editor of the paper or magazine specifically asked for this article to be written? Otherwise, you may spend a lot of time on interviews that are never used.

- It's usual for a journalist to provide what's called a "read back" where they will read back any quotes over the telephone before they are printed. Make sure this is agreed before you speak to the journalist.

Hope this helps!

Sally Whittle