Wednesday, October 7, 2009

465th Issue of the LFCA

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point to Lost and Found is to level the support playing field. When LFCA works correctly, the newest blogger with the smallest readership can receive the same level of support as the oldest blogger with the largest readership. Anyone can submit news to LFCA by clicking here.

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

  • Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day: Please vote for this one from Everyday Stranger. A breathtakingly gorgeous post on parenting after infertility, the bittersweet nature of having twins and watching them age. How do you vote? Simply by clicking on the words "this one" above and then clicking on the post's title. Why the Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day? Click on that link in the header navigation bar above for the story. And send me stuff!
  • Project: Shannon is starting a blogroll. If you'd like to be added, go over and contact her.
  • Publication: Still Life with Circles had her poem, "I am. Still." featured in a literary magazine. Go congratulate her and read her beautiful words.
  • Etsy: Here We Go Again started her own etsy shop and has a special offer for bloggers. Go support Jen, who has been such a huge supportive force in our community.
  • Giveaway: Parenthood for Me is holding a Push For PR- Giveaway. She writes: "I need more people to find out about PFM and help spread the word. We will be posting our grant applications for adoption and ART on in January. Our first grants will be awarded in June 2010. The more people who know about our charity, the more people we can help."
  • Support Request: Tigger writes: "My sister-in-law approached me this weekend with a request. A co-worker friend of hers had an 8-week miscarriage in December of last year, and a 12-week one earlier this year. She has two live children, but we all know that doesn't make it any easier. My SIL says she gave her my information as someone to talk to, but beyond a chem pregnancy 5 years ago I've never come close. I know we have a lot of women in the blogosphere who DO have experience with this, though, so I'd like to put out a call for information. My SIL says she doesn't think her friend is really ready to deal with it yet, but she'd like to have some information available. Where can I send this woman for support? Are there some forums, boards, blogs she should read? Books? Anything? I can envision her pain, but I'd really like to be able to direct her somewhere where I know she can get what she needs. People can either email me at tess_2k2 at or they leave a comment on the blog."
  • Radio Show: Tune in and participate in a radio show on Wed., Oct 7 called Creating A Family: Talk About Infertility and Adoption. The topic will be Living Childfree After Infertility. Coming2Terms' Pamela Tsigdinos, will be a guest along with Stephanie Baffone, a therapist who made the decision to live child free after years in infertility treatment and has counseled many others facing this decision.
  • Research: Trinity is a NICU social worker in search of feedback from parents who've lived the NICU experience. She is in the process of crafting a new program for NICU parents, and she'd be grateful for your insight. How did your NICU staff provide support to you? What did they do well or not so well? What do you wish you'd had but didn't? Warm thanks for all thoughts and suggestions.
  • Forums: If you are not a member of the forums, you will not have access to the LFCA on days when we are utilizing an open thread in the forums instead of posting on this site. Any blog reader or writer can become a member of the forums by clicking here and registering. On days when we don't have the LFCA, it also follows that I'll be slow on approving new members (that whole lack of Internet access thing) so please be patient.
NEW BLOGS (started in September or October 2009)
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES (celebrate your birthday or blogoversary with the community. Send me date at any point and I'll post them on the correct day)
  • Little Steps to Baby Steps is celebrating her anniversary today. Go wish them congratulations.
  • It was just Outlandish Notion's anniversary on Monday and she is also starting to go into labour. Go over and offer congratulations and good thoughts.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • It is the first anniversary of Isaac's short life on October 7th and Stacy could use some support.
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, celebratory retrievals, transfers, and other good news)
  • Hopefully Hoping has matched with an expectant mom, due this week!
  • Willow had an IUI today and goes in for another one tomorrow. Please stop by to wish her well!
  • Please give Tootertotz some support as she gets ready for her NT scan this coming week.
  • Mrs. Spock finally has a diagnosis in hand. Please go over and give her a hug.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Carrie of Tubeless in Seattle is back on bedrest. She had a positive fFN at her last appointment and her cervix is at 1cm. Please go and give her some support.
  • After a scary hospital visit at 24 weeks, Chelle is on modified bed rest. Her restrictions will increase as time goes on to try to avoid preeclampsia and keep her twin girls growing inside her as long as possible. The girls are doing great.
  • Fertile Journeys is on bedrest due to a bleed. Please go on over and keep her company.
  • Born Still But Still Born was put on bedrest until the end of her pregnancy. Please go keep her company.
  • None Today.
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