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National Infertility Awareness Week

Davis Orr

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It's National Infertility Awareness Week! Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. The time period is six months if the woman is over age 35. "Infertility" is also the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth.

  • 7.4 million women worldwide -- or 11.9% of all women -- have received some type of infertility services in their lifetime (2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, CDC).
  • 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy (2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, CDC).
  • Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner; one-third attributed to the male partner; and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or the source of the infertility is unexplained (www.asrm.org).
  • A couple between the ages of 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month (National Women’s Health Resource Center).
  • After six months of trying, 60% of couples will conceive without medical assistance (Infertility As A Covered Benefit, William M. Mercer, 1997).
  • Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth. (Infertility As A Covered Benefit, William M. Mercer, 1997)

Show Your Support of National Infertility Awareness Week

During National Infertility Awareness Week, if you would like to show your support of couples who are struggling with this issue, please consider wearing one of our infertility support ribbons.

Folic Acid Awareness Week

Davis Orr

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It's Folic Acid Awareness Week!

Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy, folic acid can prevent up to 70% of some serious birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects.

The CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service recommend that all women between the ages of 15 and 45 consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily to prevent two types of neural tube defects, spina bifida and anencephaly. Since these birth defects develop within the first few weeks of pregnancy, it is important to have enough folic acid in your body BEFORE becoming pregnant and to continue getting enough folic acid during early pregnancy. Women need folic acid even if they are not planning to become pregnant since almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.

Women who could possibly become pregnant can consume 400 mcg of folic acid every day.

In addition to getting 400 mcg of folic acid from supplements and fortified foods, it is important to eat a diet rich in folate. Folate is a form of the B vitamin folic acid. It is found naturally in some foods, such as leafy, dark green vegetables, citrus fruits and juices, and beans.

Hispanic babies are more likely than others in the U.S. to be born with a neural tube defect. The CDC reports that Latinas in the U.S. consume less folic acid and have the least knowledge about folic acid than non-Hispanic women.

(Content: nbdpn.org Image: livingwell.borgess.com)

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Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Davis Orr

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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month!

In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a robust toy safety system, by requiring testing by independent, third party testing laboratories around the world; enforcing stringent lead and phthalates limits for toys; imposing some of the most stringent toy standards in the world; and stopping violative and dangerous toys at the ports and in the marketplace before they reach children’s hands.

These combined efforts continue to foster the confidence of American families as they prepare to shop for toys this holiday season.

The CPSC provides free safety alerts, guides, posters, brochures, handbooks and other materials which you can use to help spread consumer product safety information in your community. Visit cpsc.gov for more information.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.

When it comes to toys and gifts, the excitement and desire to get your children their favorite toys may cause shoppers to forget about safety factors associated with them. Before you make these purchases, it is critical to remember to consider the safety and age range of the toys.

Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. The group encourages everyone to consider if the toys they wish to give suits the age and individual skills and abilities of the individual child who will receive it, especially for infants and children under age three.

(Content: healthtradition.com and child-familyservices.org Image: aboltofblue.net)

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

Davis Orr

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Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, also referred to as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is observed annually on October 15, during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.” One annual tradition is a worldwide Wave of Light. People are asked to light a candle at 7 p.m. in their own time zone. If someone in every time zone joins in, there is a wave of candle light for a 24-hour period on this special day.

If you know someone who has experienced the loss of a baby, use this day as a chance to reach out in a simple way to let them know that their child is not forgotten.

It can be hard to know what to say. Just let your friend know you are thinking of them through words or actions. A card, an email, a kind gesture might make a big difference.

So help make today meaningful. Light a candle, say a prayer, kiss your children, be grateful for your life and the lives of those you love. (Content: Molly Hickey Image: babble.com)

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International Youth Day!

Davis Orr

Happy International Youth Day!

In 1998, the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth recommended the annual celebration of International Youth Day. The following year, International Youth Day was endorsed by the UN Assembly and the commemorative day has been celebrated each year on August 12 ever since.

In keeping with the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this year the theme for International Youth Day is The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production, focusing on the leading role young people can play in this.

The UN mission statement for this year reads: "The development and promotion of individual choices and actions that increase the eco-efficiency of consumption of all and minimise waste and pollution is critical to achieving equitable socioeconomic development."

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