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FertilityIQ is kicking off a spontaneous fertility-focused grant giveaway this week – ten (10) – $1,000 grants in fact!

Here are the details:

  • FertilityIQ giving away TEN – $1,000 “mini” grants for people who write a review of their fertility doctor on FertilityIQ.
  • Everyone who writes a review during the grant time is eligible to win (through 2/13). Winners will be drawn on 2/14. 
  • 5 of the grants will be awarded solely to someone who has completely a new assessment during this grant time and 5 of them will be awarded to anyone who has ever completed an assessment.
  • If someone wins the grant but is done with treatment, they can gift it to someone they know.
  • People can write one per primary doctor they saw – more doctors seen + assessments written = more entries 
    FertilityIQ has helped over a million people and has the endorsements of major publications (NYT, WSJ) and medical department heads in the US (Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Harvard, just to name a few.)

    Just click on this link to get started:
     
    https://www.fertilityiq.com/ivf/grant
     
    #supportmultiplied

Convention 2019


What To Do and See In Alexandria

This summer, Alexandria, VA is the place to be!  Join us for Convention 2019 and check out all the fun things to explore while there.

Check out the video – Top Five things to Do/See in Alexandria, as all are within your reach.  Join us for number three as we tour Mt Vernon, the home of George Washington.  And explore the water front before hopping on the Thursday night cruise to see the DC monuments at twilight!  See you there!

FROM THE MEETING PLANNER: Happy New Year! And here we go…..the 2019 Hotel link to the 59th annual Multiples of America Convention is now open. 
$149.00 suites for attendees of this year’s convention. 
Watch for more exciting news to be posted soon. #MultiplesAlexandria2019 #supportmultiplied


Click here Convention Registration is open!

Click here to reserve your room!

The 2019 Hotel link to the 59th annual Multiples of America Convention is now open

Click here for the convention brochure 

Please Consider participating in this Global Initiative!

Please take a moment to read this information and participate in this Global Initiative!

In this world-first initiative, we are giving twins and multiples the opportunity to steer future twin and multiple-birth health research in the direction that matters to you.Help us to identify the top research priorities for twins and their families to enjoy optimal health and well being.

We are launching the Global Twins and Multiples Priority Setting Partnership with TAMBA UK, and St George’s University of London.  This initiative seeks to identify the top 5-10 priorities for research into twins’ and multiples’ health. Ultimately,our aims are to save lives and to improve long-term health outcomes for multiples.  

We believe there is insufficient attention given to the specific health needs of multiple-birth families even though the number of multiple births has increased overtime. 

It is important that decisions about future research priorities don’t rest with researchers or government funding bodies alone. Our partnership wishes to hear the voices of all stakeholders in multiple-birth care – twins, higher-order multiples, their parents and families, GPs, obstetricians, pediatricians, midwives, maternal health nurses and educators.  

Ensure your voice is heard by filling out an initial 15-minute online survey. You’ll be asked to nominate up to three important unanswered research questions on the health of multiples relating to issues such as pregnancy, birth, parenting, childhood development, diseases, emotional and mental well being etc.

You can complete the survey or find out more information by clicking on this linkThe survey closes soon so please take it ASAP!

We would also appreciate if you could share this survey with others in your circle e.g.  twin friends and families, multiple-birth clubs, your GP and specialists. It is open to everyone who supports twin lives and well being.

Let’s work together to identify the most pressing issues needing research, and to make sure research funding and resources are going where they are most needed. Generations of multiple-birth families – now and in the future – are counting on us.

Many thanks,

Monica Rankin

ICOMBO Chair

Twin to twin transfusion syndrome

Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a rare condition that occurs during a twin pregnancy when blood moves from one twin (the “donor twin”) to the other (the “recipient twin”) while in the womb. TTTS is a complication that specifically occurs in identical (monozygotic) twin pregnancies that share the same “egg” sac (monochorionic) that may or may not share the same amniotic sac (monoamniotic). TTTS usually develops between 15 and 26 weeks of pregnancy. The donor twin may be born smaller, with paleness, anemia, and dehydration. The recipient twin may be born larger, with redness, too much blood, and increased blood pressure, resulting in an increased risk for heart failure. Treatment may require repeated amniocentesis during pregnancy. Fetal laser surgery may be done to interrupt the flow of blood from one twin to the other. After birth, treatment depends on the infant’s specific symptoms. The donor twin may need a blood transfusion to treat anemia. The recipient twin may need to have the volume of body fluid reduced. This may involve an exchange transfusion. Medications may be given to treat heart failure in the recipient twin, per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health

Approximately 15% of Identical Twin pregnancies develop TTTS.

Sources: 

Happy Thanksgiving

Multiples of America wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving and we are thankful for the opportunity to provide support to all multiple birth families. #supportmultiplied

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