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FROM FERTILITYIQ

Maybe you’ve been there. You needed a fertility doctor and googled the closest one to you and, viola, found yourself sitting across from someone who was just NOT your type. Worse yet, you were paying $300 an hour to talk to Dr. Unempathetic and Distracted and you felt totally misunderstood and wondering if the clinic thought you were just another cookie cutter patient.

Hey, we’ve been there too.

My wife, Deb, and I made every mistake in the book when it came to finding the right doctor for us. In fact, we not only picked the wrong doctor once, but twice, and the second time, our new doctor made an error that sent my wife to the ER, saving her life just in the nick of time. I couldn’t believe I had to remind him that his job was to help us grow our family, not shrink it.

Deb and I, like many of you, entrusted our fertility doctors with our dreams, our hopes, our prayers, and oh yeah, our savings. Yet we knew nothing about them when we walked in the door and the end results were heartbreaking and expensive.

In 2015, we finally decided enough was enough and from our kitchen table in San Francisco, we started to build FertilityIQ. FertilityIQ gives fertility patients the platform to thoroughly and anonymously review their Reproductive Endocrinologist and the entire treatment team, sharing the details about what they loved (or didn’t) as they work(ed) through the goal to grow their family.

In return, hopeful parents read these reviews to help them make a more informed decision before making one of the most expensive and emotionally taxing decisions of their lives.

Today, we have helped over 1 million people in the U.S. and Deb and I are doing everything we can to earn the trust of those depending on us. We refuse to take any advertising dollars, or be lured by the partnerships of clinics, because we don’t want people to question the content objectivity. Yes, it’s that important to us.

We ask reviewers to provide us with a document, if they can, to show that they were indeed patients at the clinic they are reviewing so readers can trust the assessment and feedback.

The fertility community? Well, we have never quite seen a community as educated, knowledgeable, empathetic, motivated, and passionate about helping their own like fertility patients. FertilityIQ is an easy way to give back to the community and share your honest thoughts as you would with a friend over a cup of coffee. Too few of us know we can turn for unbiased insight and the consequences for being uneducated can have a devastating impact.

Going to the wrong doctors for three years didn’t only create heartache and sap the excitement out of marriage, but it cost us an expensive $75,000. The tragic news is we are the norm, not the exception. The average fertility patient will give up on their doctor and be forced to move on to a second, sometimes even a third doctor or clinic. Even worse, the average cost a couple will spend before finding success is $66,000. Yep, that’s more than the average household income for a year. It’s just not right.

So why is it so hard to find the right fertility doctor? For one, there are limited resources, online and off. Second, the decision is highly personal. You may want a warm and fuzzy doctor while your friend wants someone who is factual and to the point. Next, we know time is not on our side, so we have to make snap judgements and split decisions. You need to get in ASAP, your OBGYN gave you a number to the local clinic and you took the doctor who had the next opening. Will it be a good fit for you and your partner? Who knows, but you have an appointment next month.

The point is we settle, despite all that hangs on the line. We did it time and time again and learned the lesson the hard way.

Deb and I built FertilityIQ to reverse this and to give people a voice. We quit our jobs, decided to harness our compassion, and pool our wisdom so that we can effectively be smarter together as a community. Our goal is to help others have healthy and happy families and reach parenthood with our relationships, emotions, and bank accounts still in one piece.

Our goal is not only to gather reviews from fertility patients, but to provide others with as much easy-to-read and simple facts and data, so they can make the best decisions for them and their family. We have an array of courses to give you the insight & tools to make wise choices at every step and sift through mountains of data to give you actionable insight.

The road towards parenthood is lonely and isolating, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. With the right information at your fingertips, we hope you can make your dreams come true.


Your experience matters! If you have an insight on a fertility doctor or clinic, we’d love to hear from you (Namelessly of course!). You can click here at any time to start an assessment and if you don’t have the chance to finish it right now, we will email you a continuation link so you can pick up where you left off another day.

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

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 to reserve your room!

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

Partnerships

National Multiple Births Awareness Day – May 28, 2016
Building Support for the Road Ahead
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 2, 2016
May 28 is National Multiple Births Awareness Day and on this day, each year, Multiple Births Canada and its
affiliate chapters across Canada raise awareness about the realities of raising twins, triplets or more (multiple
births). On May 28, 1934, the world famous Dionne Quintuplets were born in Corbeil, Ontario. They were the
first known surviving Canadian quintuplets. For this reason, May 28 was selected as Canada’s National Multiple
Births Awareness Day.
This year Canada has seen two unique and rare sets of identical/monozygotic multiples in the news. Multiple
Births Canada is always here to provide information and insight into situations like these for both the families
and the media.
Having multiple births children is an exciting experience, but at the same time can come with unique challenges
and sometimes healthcare concerns, and for that reason there is a need for ongoing support from peers, family,
healthcare professionals, educators and the greater community.
National Multiple Births Awareness Day’s selected theme for 2016 is: “Building support for the road ahead”.
MBC strives to increase membership across Canada, welcome new affiliate chapters to our family, manage a
sustainable financial position, and increase knowledge and support for our internal support network of multiple
births families.
Multiple Births Canada realizes that while the general population may have a basic idea about what it might be
like to have twins or more – cute, fun, “double the trouble” – they do not always have a real picture of what it
is like to raise multiples until they themselves experience a multiple births pregnancy.
There are a number of risks to babies and even mothers when experiencing a multiple births pregnancy. There
is also potential long term healthcare, parenting or educational needs families with multiples may need to
navigate.
Facts
 Approximately 1 in 86 births is a twin birth and approximately 1 in 6,400 is a triplet birth.
 Of all twin’s births, approximately 56% result in preterm birth – arriving before 37 week’s gestation
 Couples experiencing a multiple birth are at greater risk for stress, isolation, financial difficulties, marital
stress and depression
Needless to say, families of multiple births benefit from having access to formal and informal supports through
Multiple Births Canada and its affiliate chapters, which strive to offer accurate information, outreach services,
peer support, workshops, and organized group programming. Families with multiple births children may
experience a range of unique experiences throughout childhood and into adulthood, and Multiple Births
Canada aims to build support for the road ahead.
There is no exact same experience of a multiple births pregnancy. Where one family may experience no
complications during the prenatal period, another will follow a different path and be monitored more closely
due to increased risk of complications. Another family may go on to experience a full term birth, while the next
goes through a preterm birth. Whatever fork in the road a family comes to, we are here to advise and support
families for the road ahead.
Like a family, Multiple Births Canada can only thrive with the support of the people within it and around it.
Multiple Births Canada reaches out to families and offers knowledge and advice from others who have already
travelled this road.
MEDIA CONTACT
Theresa Sanders, Office Manager
Multiple Births Canada – office@multiplebirthscanada.org
1-866-228-8824

Texas Children’s Hospital   http://www.texaschildrens.org/
Fetal Health Foundation    http://www.fetalhealthfoundation.org/
Twins Magazine            http://www.twinsmagazine.com/

 

“Welcome to the latest edition of the ICOMBO newsletter. By the time you receive this newsletter, I will be on my way to Budapest for our Congress and meetings. I am really looking forward to catching up with some of you there – renewing friendships and making new friends.

I have been busy planning our meetings and I think it will be a great program. I am hoping that we can work together to create an exciting year ahead for ICOMBO members.”

Read the rest of the International Council of Multiple Birth Organizations (ICOMBO) newsletter at the following link:

ICOMBO NewsletterMay2016

Safety with Special Needs Children

By Carly Mannava
Special Needs Coordinator
specialneeds@nomotc.org

Safety is one of the most important issues with raising multiples, but it becomes paramount if one of your children has special needs. Children who suffer from an array of disabilities, whether it is mentally, physically or emotionally, will suffer accidents at a higher rate. Your child’s disability will determine what types of issues to be aware of.

For example, if your child suffers from ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder) which is clinically defined as a neurological behavioral development disorder, here are some helpful tips to prevent accidents:
Beware of your surrounding environment: Young children should not be left alone in bath tubs and pools. Make sure your window screens are secure.
Make clear and concise rules: Post these rules throughout your house as a reminder. Make sure you share these rules with other people residing in your home.
Make visual cues: Poison or danger stickers are perfect reminders for kids. This is extremely important for those who suffer from ADHD who may have a tendency to be developmentally immature and may suffer from a poor memory.
Creative play: Role play and role reversal can give them an opportunity to address dangerous situations before they occur.
Arrange for supervision: Never pair ADHD kids with other ADHD kids. Inform the babysitter or caretaker of your child’s disabilities.

Safety around the house also presents challenges. If your child’s vision is impaired, there are several ways to help them move around their home safely.
Make and place large print and/or Braille signs throughout the house.
Placing magnifying glasses around the house will allow your child to feel more independent
Personal Reader is an expensive but viable solution. It is a computer-like monitor that magnifies the computer screen.
Talking aids is another way to create more freedom for your child

Children suffering from hearing loss or impaired hearing should have safety aids installed in their house.
Amplify by boosting the signal on the TV or telephone.
Electronic signaling through lamps is expensive but worthwhile.

Sometimes our special needs children may not handle certain situations appropriately in an emergency, such as a fire. There should be a house map with the exits marked. Children should know the Evacuation Plan and practice a fire alarm drill to make them become more comfortable in the event of a real fire.
Fire extinguishers should be placed on every level of the house.
Flashing or vibrating smoke alarms will help your child be aware of a fire.
Contact the closest fire house for your neighborhood to notify them in advance that you have a special needs child and what their disability is. The information provided will help the firemen in an event of an emergency.

Lastly, toys could also be hazardous if they are not used the way they were designed to be used. Find toys that are developmentally appropriate, sturdy and interesting. For example:
Visually impaired children’s toys should have different shape and textures, realistic sounds and large parts.
Hearing impaired children’s toys should have bold colors and amplified volumes with different sounds and vibrations.
Physically impaired children’s toys should be easy to maneuver, sturdy with large handles, and easy to operate.

For information on toy recalls, contact CPSC (The US Consumer Product Safety Commission) Their web address is www.cpsc.gov

In spite of your child’s special need, safety always comes first!

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