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This summer be a summer hero with Parkbridge Resorts. There’s a lot to love about summer. Longer days and better weather, plus so many long weekends. But what should you do if you haven’t started any of the planning for all those long weekends yet? Well don’t worry we are going to tell you just why you still have time and really should consider a gorgeous rental at Parkbridge Resorts as your summer backdrop to a lifetime of great memories.


The Lakes of Wasaga cabins are heated, safe, clean and family friendly. You can easily spend a week or two there as many have fully stocked kitchen areas. A family could easily sleep 5 to 6 in some of the cabins. At Lakes of Wasaga there are many nearby stores if you need to run out and grab some food to cook in the well equipped kitchen.

 Parkbridge has options to purchase a cabin as well. You can rent, or buy which makes this a really appealing way to manage a yearly family vacation or an entire season of glamping. There are options for people of all ages and each Parkbridge community is unique. Stay a week, a month, an entire summer or longer.

Part of the beauty of a Parkbridge vacation is knowing you can rest all summer long.

If you have ever contemplated cottage ownership but worried about upkeep, well here you have much less to worry about that way. At Parkbridge your home away from home is taken care of when you are away.

You can learn more about Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities this week at our Linked Moms twitter party April 26 at 8 p.m. EST. There are more than $1200 worth of prizes!! RSVP now for the possibility of winning a prize. The grand prize will be a three night stay at Lakes of Wasaga. There are 3 VISA gift cards as well.

Follow along right away with #ParkbridgeLife hashtag on Twitter.

Follow Parkbridge Resorts on Twitter too.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm EST
  • Hosts@ParkbridgeLife
  • Co-Hosts: @LinkedMoms Star  @Inkscrblr  Star   @DownshiftingPRO
  • Questions@LinkedMoms
  • Hashtag: #ParkbridgeLife
  • Prizing eligibility: Star Canada Only Star Over $1,200 in prizing
  • ONE 3 Night MINI STAY at Parkbridge’s Lakes of Wasaga Resort and 3 $50 Visa Gift Cards will be awarded.

We are working with Parkbridge Life again this year to share their great accommodation options with readers. As such we are compensated. Please join us for a great chat on Wednesday night!!

Spring is in full swing here and that always gets us thinking about summer travel plans. It’s time to get plotting out your summer schedule. Because summer is over in the blink of an eye and summer memories are precious. So, let the planning begin and grab hold of summer for all its worth this year!

As always we have some amazing prizes to giveaway during the party. One grand prize winner will leave the party with their own mini stay at Lakes of Wasaga (3 nights). Now trust us when we say that Lakes of Wasaga is the perfect Parkbridge Resort to make summer memories at. We love it year round and have visited in summer and winter months. Parkbridge gives new meaning to the word GLAMPING.

Don’t get caught this year without a summer plan! Parkbridge has amazing options for families and couples too. Summer is a sweet time to share memories and enjoy all the amazing activities offered at Parkbridge Resorts. Summer travel planning doesn’t have to be hard with Parkbridge Resorts.

Follow along right away with #ParkbridgeLife hashtag on Twitter.

Follow Parkbridge Resorts on Twitter too.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm EST
  • Hosts@ParkbridgeLife
  • Co-Hosts: @LinkedMoms Star  @Inkscrblr  Star   @DownshiftingPRO
  • Questions@LinkedMoms
  • Hashtag: #ParkbridgeLife
  • Prizing eligibility: Star Canada Only Star Over $1,200 in prizing
  • RSVP to follow soon!! This is your save the date notice only.

We are working with Parkbridge Life again this year to share their great accommodation options with readers, and as such we are compensated. Stay tuned for the RSVP page soon and more details!!


  The year we are once again partnering with World Vision Canada to discuss another important issue: Water.  Globally 663 million people do not have access to clean water.  We take for granted how easy it is to access water in our daily lives.  We go to the bathroom, the kitchen even out outdoor taps in the summer to access water quickly and easily.  That is not the case for millions of families around the world.   World Vision Canada has taken on a 5 year project to invest $400 million to help tackle the global water crisis.  The goal is to provide accessibility to clean water!

World Vision asked a few Canadian influencers to take the World Vision Water Challenge and see if their families could go with minimal use of water in one day… one day.  You can read more about how Merry Spooner Kuchle of Merry About Town did the one tap all day challenge with her family or how Tammy of In R Dream did the World Vision water challenge with her family of six! Read more about her experience here: Opening Our Eyes. A couple more will also have stories to share before the part

We all have the ability to make a change even in incremental ways.  We would love for you to join us to learn more about The World Vision Water Challenge May 3rd at 8 p.m. EST.

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Time:  8 pm ET

Hosts:  @inkscrblr @WorldVisionCan @linkedmoms and @DownshiftingPRO

Guests:   @Merry120 as well as @MOMEO and @INRDream.

Hashtag:  #worldvisionwater


A few more facts about World Vision Canada Clean Water gifts:

  • Clean Water gifts range from $25 to $50 a month and they make a dramatic impact.
  • Every minute a child under five dies from diarrhea related to contaminated water.
  • Children lead healthier lives and child death rates dramatically decrease due to a decline in diseases caused by unclean water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene
  • When children and families have access to clean water, it transforms every aspect of their lives. Together with improved sanitation and proper hygiene, clean water brings real change.
  • Sustainability is a goal for WVC projects.
  • World Vision provides more people with clean water than any other NGO.

We hope to see you there May 3rd at 8 p.m. EST. And please take a moment to visit http://www.worldvision.ca/

Please join us May 3rd for a #worldvisionwater @worldvisioncan twitter chat. 8 p.m. EST.

Remember the hashtag #worldvisionwater and stay tuned for more information about this important topic. Please consider how you can make an impact on someone else’s life with the gift of clean water.

Summer Cottage @ParkbridgeLife Lake Gallagher, BC

Gallagher Lake, South Okanagan, British Columbia

I’ve been dreaming of summer cottages these last few years.  I remember a while ago when my siblings toyed over the idea of getting a family cottage where all the kids could go and play during the summer.  Nothing big or fancy. Somewhere close and full of activities that would keep them occupied and us happy.  All you want in a summer property is to have maintenance free living with amenities that are easily accessible in popular areas.  Who wouldn’t want to have a place at Wasaga Beach, the Kawartha Lakes or even Muskoka.  In Ontario we are so familiar with these resort areas that we take it for granted that we can find a cottage rental fairly easily.  A couple of summers ago,  I was able to visit a Parkbridge Lifestyle Community at Lakes of Wasaga.

We had a great time with the kids and we never had to worry about a thing.  That is the best part! It was very safe and secure with gated access to the community, on-site management and maintenance.  We stayed at one of over 21 resorts in Ontario in the Parkbridges family of RV resorts and lifestyle communities throughout Canada.

You can find a summer cottage or community in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Check out the resorts  on their website and browse the map, or search resorts by name. Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. (“Parkbridge”) is Canada’s leading owner, operator and developer of residential land lease communities, recreational resorts and marinas.  Established in 1998, Parkbridge’s portfolio has grown significantly from two original properties with 650 sites. In early 2013, the company surpassed the milestone of 100 properties with over 27,500 operational and potential expansion sites.  With that kind of experience and depth of properties, you will have many to choose from.  You can select from adult-only retirement communities, marina locations situated on some of Canada’s most popular lakes, RV and mobile home or family lifestyle communities.  How can so many people own properties in Parkbridge community?  It becomes very affordable by having a land lease.

“ When you buy a home in one of our Family or Retirement Lifestyle residential communities, or in one of our Cottage & RV Resorts, you don’t have to buy the lot it’s on, so it becomes a lot less expensive to own.” ~ Parkbridge

Not having to buy the lot means that you get can own a property without having a large mortgage.  You can see in the picture below that these are not necessarily small properties or RV parks but year-round family communities.  They are developed to create a relaxing experience with pool facilities, lake access, community centers, parks and trails.

When we were in Lakes of Wasaga we stayed in a two bedroom bungalow with all the amenities: a full kitchen, bathroom, living room and spacious bedrooms.  We had a beautiful porch at the front and a screened in deck in the back with plenty of room for a patio table and chairs to enjoy the summer evening.  Our view was of a beautifully pond and gardens.  We enjoyed many of the activities that they had on-site.  There was a corn roast that I still think about because it was the best corn I’ve ever tasted in my life!

I’m hoping to return to a Parkbrige community this summer in British Columbia and introduce my in-laws more cottage life!

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Lakes of Wasaga, Georgian Bay, Ontario

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Melody Bay, Kawarthas, Ontario

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Domaine des Erables, Monteregie, Quebec

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Royal Papineau, Outaouais, Quebec

If you want to learn more about Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities please join LinkedMoms for a fun interactive and Prize filled Twitter Party.

Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities is giving away a three night stay at one of their resorts!

  Credit: Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities and Summer Cottages

Along with that, there will also be luxury BBQ sets, chairs, a cooler and multiple $50 VISA gift cards to win!  There are also three separate prizes with a summer camping theme:

$50 VISA Gift card with two camping chairs ($40) . – Total Value at $90

$50 VISA Gift with a camping cooler ($20) – total value of $70

$50 VISA Gift Card with a Gorgeous BBQ set (ARV $80) for a total prize value of $130

So make sure to RSVP and join us for the Party.

Follow all the Twitter handles below and follow the #ParkbridgeLife.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2015

Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm ET

Hosts: @ParkbridgeLife

Co-Hosts: @LinkedMoms Star @Inkscrblr Star @DownshiftingPRO

Questions: @LinkedMoms

Hashtag: #ParkbridgeLife

Prizing eligibility: Star Canada Only Star Over $1,200 in prizing

RSVP: Below (open until April 13, 2016 until 9 pm)

You must RSVP to be eligible for prizing.
Contest Rules and Regulations can be found HERE

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You know that old saying – April showers bring May flowers? Well this year we’ve had some early showers. We think that means summer is coming early too! SO, we intend to be prepared and we hope to get you in the mood for planning your summer vacation soon too with this Parkbridge Life twitter party.

Have you started the planning yet? Where will you go? What will you do? Are you a cottage person? Do you enjoy staying right on the water, near a marina? How will you build great summer vacation memories with your family?

Join us April 13th to discuss building great summer vacation memories. Our sponsor is Parkbridge Resorts and Lifestyle Communities

The hashtag is #ParkbridgeLife Our grand prize is a three night mini stay at one of Parkbridge Resorts properties. That’s worth about $1,000. We also have three $50 Visa gift cards to share too!!

We can’t wait to see you there.

Follow all the Twitter handles below and follow the hashtag #ParkbridgeLife the night of the party. Now start thinking about your summer vacation plans and your summer vacation style and we will see you in April!

RSVP below! Mark the date on your calendar now!

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm ET
Hosts: @ParkbridgeLife
Co-Hosts: @LinkedMoms @Inkscrblr @DownshiftingPRO
Questions: @LinkedMoms
Hashtag: #ParkbridgeLife
Prizing eligibility: Canada Only  – $1,200 in prizing
RULES posted on the Parkbridge website.




They are here, they are here.  I could not be more excited about my special gifts.  I have once again given my family Christmas gifts (#MeaningfulGifts) from World Vision Canada and I could not be any happier!  I wrote last week about deciding to making my donations count by working again with World Vision Canada. I love the idea that my donations will be matched by the Government of Canada and other partners to make them bigger gifts than what I just contributed.  So I wisely chose my gifts and donated money toward the Helping the Syrian Crisis, Textbooks for Children and Feed Children and Families for 30 days.  

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WorldVisionCanada Gift Catalogue_Textbooks  WorldVisionCanada Gift Catalogue_Feed Hungry Children and Families

Today I received the Christmas cards and the gift cards that I can put under the tree or mail off to my family to let them know that this is how I chose to gift them this year.  I love that each donations comes with a card that I can personalize as well as an explanation card that lets my recipient know what the donations is. 


The card lets me know that I have given the gift of knowledge, hope and so much more!  This gift impacts thousand upon thousands of children and families in over 50 countries.  You can make a lasting impact when you decided to give a meaningful gift.  Did you want to learn more about the work that World Vision Canada is doing?  You can join us for a Twitter Party where we will be discussing the different gifts and their impact on communities throughout Canada and the World.


Make sure to follow all the Twitter handles below and follow the #MeaningfulGifts hashtag!  See you in a few weeks.

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm EST

Doctor Consults A Young Couple

I am reminded yet again the beauty of being part of a family.  With the kids starting to get settled into their routines, I am reminded how much I love being a mom.  I am blessed to have three children that bring nothing but joy to my life.  I really cannot remember a time that I did not want to be a mom.  I never considered a life without children.  It perplexes me when people don’t want to have children and it saddens me when I meet people that do want to have children and cannot.  I have come to understand a few truths: dealing with infertility is not about ‘making the wrong choices’ or ‘delaying the decision’.  Often infertility is due to other causes like cancer treatment, PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) or endometriosis.  Couples don’t choose to go the long road. It still amazes me to know that 1 in 6 couples struggles with infertility and there are thousands of women and men who have been unable to access in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments they need due to inequitable of often prohibitive funding barriers.

As an supporter of those Canadians seeking help with IVF treatment, it’s important to see that some of the milestones in the progress to get public funding continue.  We, as a country, are new to the publicly funded formula of to help with infertility treatment. Acknowledging that infertility  is a legitimate health issue and medical condition, is a step in the right direction for publicly funded IVF solutions.  Infertility treatment In Canada is mostly privately funded with people having to pay between $10,000 –13,000 per round of treatment.  This can be taxing on any couple or young family so the need to have a publicly funded program continues to be a priority for both patients, doctors and clinicians. Currently, New Brunswick has some funding ($5,000 grant), Manitoba has a tax credit and Quebec still has a plan (although it is under review and likely to be dramatically altered). Over a year ago, the Government of Ontario had promised a program and we anxiously await the announcement of what that will look like in the near future.  As Canadians we need to ensure that there is a continued dialog to create funding for infertility treatment across the board.  If you want to further understand where we are in this landscape nationally, I encourage you to read this great post by Paula Schuck at Thriftymomma’s Tips.  She gives you a better perspective on where each province is in this mouse trap.

Continued advocacy from patient groups, like Conceivable Dreams gives us hope that the input that they were able to give during the building process of the Ontario Infertility program is time well spent.  It is not easy to put together a comprehensive programs that will be beneficial and equitable.  We do know that experience from around the world show that established IVF funding programs provide consistent health and safety standards, positively impact the mental and physical health of those affected by infertility  and significantly reduce the rate of higher multiple births. This leads to improved health for mom and babies and will also reduce the cost to the healthcare system.

Important Events in the next Two Weeks

  • In the next two weeks there are events bringing greater awareness in the infertility world.  The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) annual meeting/ conference takes place Oct. 1-4 .  The CFAS is the recognized Canadian multidisciplinary authority in reproductive science and medicine.  They will be discussing is the merits of public funding for IVF.
  • At the conference (in conjunction with IAAC) the Family Matters Challenge will take place.   For the last two years, IAAC supporters have been successful in raising their voices to say that family does matter.  You can join in as they are still looking for volunteers.


  • IAAC  is also launching a new web site (they are the national support for infertility patients.) They will now be called Fertility Matters.  You can follow them on twitter @FertilityMattrs.

It’s time to take stock of what’s happening for infertility patients in Canada.  Please join Conceivable Dreams, the Ontario Infertility Patient Advocacy Group,(@IVF4ON), Paula Schuck (@Inkscrblr), myself (@DownshiftingPRO) and our @LinkedMoms community for a Twitter Party on Wednesday, September 30 at 8 pm ET

Website: Conceivable Dreams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConceivableDreams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IVF4ON

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ohip4ivf/




8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)


@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @IVF4ON

LinkedMoms website



@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck

@DownshiftingPROMargarita Ibbott

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At LinkedMoms, we have been big advocates of facing fertility and infertility issues head on.  Being able to have frank and open conversations about fertility and infertility issues faced by Canadians is important to us.  We are happy to keep adding to the conversation with a new APP.  Trymester is an app that contains tools that will help you on the journey to becoming a parent.  It has an ovulation tracker, calendar, reproductive health facts and terms, a fertility journal and a clinic locator.

We are in 2015 and the ability to use and app to help you track important information that would help with you be a parent should not surprise you.  What may surprise you is the ease of use and intuitive functionality of this app.  When you make the decision to become a parent the road can be easy, challenging on hard but there is no question, having an app that keeps track of all those important elements that you need to keep track of, is important. 

We are all about sharing new and interesting tools to deal with infertility and we are happy to be hosting a Twitter Party for the #TrymesterAPP on Wednesday, September 2 at 8 pm ET. 

RSVP BELOW and then don’t forget to leave your handle for a chance to win an iPad mini to be given away after the party itself. Trymester App is one of the best fertility apps I have seen for Canadians.

So this coming September 2nd at 8 p.m. Join us for more information and for a great twitter party about Trymester APP and there might be a few fertility facts thrown in there too. You must be present and engaging during the party to win. You can’t win if you don’t participate. Follow the hosts twitter handles below, and don’t forget to follow the hashtag #TrymesterAPP to win on Sept. 2nd.

Download it here on your iPad which makes sense because you take your iPad with you when you visit the doctor, right? Most people have a smart phone or iPad with them at the doctor’s office. In the future Trymester will hopefully be available for Android or smartphone but for now it is on the iPad:  http://apple.co/1I7XBXG

In the mean time follow @Linkedmoms @downshiftingpro and @inkscrblr and our guest@TrymesterAPP.


You can RSVP here and now:

Blue Man Group #BBNYC Blogger Bash Event @DownshiftingPRO

I recently returned from New York City where I attended Blogger Bash.  This conference is a meeting place where influencers, bloggers, PR professionals and sponsors can meet, exchange business cards and network.  It is a showcase where toy, gaming and entertainment companies  like Disney Infinity, Care Bares and Peanuts the Movie gave us exclusives on upcoming toy and movie launches.  We were able to meet the cast of the upcoming Peanuts move (or the kids behind the voices).

Conferences like Blogger Bash, Blissdom Canada, Mom 2.0, Type A Parent and BlogHer bring bloggers together in a big, big way.  Beyond panels, workshops ad seminars at any given conference you will find there are ample opportunities to meet and network.  Be it at breakfast, lunch or dinner, vendor expos, experiential events, entertainment shows, movie previews and private invitations for a select few.


All of this takes place over a few days and can be a world-wind of meetings, handshakes, hugs (as you finally get to meet IRL – in real life).  It is also an opportunity to introduce yourself to potential sponsors or companies that may be looking for brand ambassadors, sponsored posts or content providers.

Networking is a fine balance between sponsors and PR agencies telling you about their company and product and you telling them about your blog, your audience and your digital reach or digital footprint in our on-line world.  We introduce you to our world and you introduce us to yours and we try to find how we can work together.  As a digital media influencer, networking in 2015, you need to be able to keep track of who you spoke to and what they mentioned about a product or service.  LinkedIn has a few features that can help you with building that relationship.

#BloggerBash in  NYC @DownshiftingPRO

After the initial introductions, we proceed to the exchange of business cards.  I, personally, find business cards archaic in the digital world but everyone still likes to use them.  So once I have passed mine over, I always ask a new contact if they can be found on LinkedIn. 


Because LinkedIn has the capacity to keep all your contacts in one place, you can access them whether you are on you computer or your smartphone.  More importantly, my new contact has all my contact information right there in front of them.  They can view my profile and see that not only am I a blogger, I am also a speaker (on a variety of topics) and twitter party host at LinkedMoms.  I also have a list of brands and companies that I have worked with in the past.

Yes, you can find that information out by reading my blog but you can also have all that information, at their fingertips.  Right away, they will know that what I am is a ‘professional’ blogger and business owner.  It is important that you use LinkedIn to connect with your new found business partners be they other bloggers, brands or PR professionals.  Here are my tips on how to use LinkedIn after attending a conference (blogging or otherwise).

LinkedMoms: Paula Schuck and Margarita Ibbott BBNYC Blue Man Group event

Seven Tips to using LinkedIn after attending a Conference
  1. Make sure that you have introduced yourself and your blog to a potential sponsor and get their contact information. Give them one key piece of information that they can then associate you with.
  2. Give them a heads up that you will be contacting them through LinkedIn.  This lets them be more open to accepting your invitation  for adding them to YOUR professional network.
  3. Keep profile pictures consistent.  Make sure that the person they talked to is the same person on all platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest).  Remember: do not use logos as a profile picture.  Networking is about meeting people and connecting with people.  Pictures provide visual cues for the next time you meet them IRL.
  4. Update your LinkedIn profile so it reflects your most recent posts.  If you have started to do more travel posts and less baby post, make sure that you have made it clear that you are opening new categories for a variety of content.
  5. Make sure to have the contact information easily accessible.  Be it an email address or phone number, make it easy for your new contact to get a hold of you.  You want to work with them, right?
  6. Make notes in the ‘relationship’ section of their profile.  This lets you record: (1)  notes about them – something that you talked about in your first meeting or something that they mentioned; (2) where you met them; (3) reminders for follow up.

    ABOVE: notes on what you spoke about or upcoming releases that you would be interested in.  Also topics that you might have in common.

    ABOVE: Where did we meet?  Was it an event, a conference, over dinner with a friend.  Maybe someone introduced you, add that reference to your comments.

    ABOVE: Set a reminder to follow up after the conference.  Maybe you are looking for Holiday Gift Guide content and they wanted you to remind them in September but you are currently in the heat of the summer.  Post a reminder to connect with them again.

  7. Make sure to update your status with mentions of the conference;  that you are planning to follow up or ;that you are hoping to reach out to your recent connections.  They will see that in their feed if they connected with you.  This way, you are keeping them informed and you will be ‘top of mind’.

I connected with quite a few of the people that I spoke to at Blogger Bash right away.  Some have already reached out to me to see how we could work together.  Some are probably just taking a week off from the craziness in New York.  Regardless, if you connect with these people on LinkedIn, you have the ability to keep your name and your blog on their radar. 
LinkedIn is where business people connect and network.  It’s THE social media platforms for professionals.  Use it wisely and you are opening yourself up to all sorts of new blogging (or business) opportunities.

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Spring has sprung. The flowers are in bloom. It’s a beautiful day to have a baby!  It seems that on my Facebook feed there is an ever present feed of baby announcements, baby sonogram pictures and baby arrivals.  Its is the time of year that we think of birth, re-creation and celebration.  It is the time of year that we look at life with the glass half full.  That is what so many of us see but for many, this particular time of year when we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, can be difficult if you are a couple waiting to conceive your bundle of joy.  You have been counting the days since that historic announcement.  The joy of celebrating is diminished by the fact that you have patiently been waiting for the Government of Ontario to roll out their plan for IVF treatment.  What is it going to look like? Who will be able to access the services? What do those services and treatments look like?

In 2014 budget the Government of Ontario committed $50 million dollars to patients seeking infertility treatment.  Promising patients access to one round of IVF with a single embryo transfer funded by OHIP. 

As we wait for the roll-out many are frustrated with the delay in program details and implementation.  Although there has been consultation with medical and patient groups, it is important that we get this funding model right.  There are lessons to be learned from other provincial programs that were not as successful.  As we review the Quebec government-funded IVF model, we can see the demise of the original program (and, currently, its almost unattainable requirements to qualify for treatment) are pitfalls that we need to avoid here in Ontario. 

We must ensure that the Ontario model is manageable and sustainable for all patients.  We do not want this to be a one-shot deal that cannot be renewed because the costs were too much over the long haul.  Consultation is necessary so that we can plan better and continue to keep IVF at the top of mind as a means to save tax-payers money. 

As you well know, if you read my blog and that of Paula Schuck (community manager for Conceivable Dreams), you are aware that proceeding with IVF treatment and dealing with the possibility of multiple births creates a greater strain on our healthcare system. Taking care of mom and multiple babies can be a high-risk affair not to mention the increased chance of pre-mature birth. All very costly. We need to continue to support IVF funding in Ontario BUT it needs to be rolled out correctly with proper consultation. 

We want to ensure that the patient groups are covered throughout the program and not just for short period time.  The future of the program depends on the success of families.  It’s important that we continue to share our stories of creating Ontario families with the help of IVF. 

How can we help?  We need to support the MPPs and let them know we appreciate the efforts that they put forward for the benefit of families in Ontario. The Ontario patient group continues to be really active and success based.  We need to continue to share the success of IVF treatment and not just the frustration with the roll out.   

We have to talk about what we should be looking for in the latter part of 2015 and then 2016.  We are hosting another Twitter Party to talk about the role for the patient group in Ontario.  How do we keep the group relevant.  Strategies on how to keep the role for infertility patients in 2016.   We can look to see how we can remain focused, positive and supportive.  We need to continue to be engaged while understanding that programs like these must be accessible to as many patients as possible. 

Join us this Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST when we discuss ways that we can support our patient groups during this waiting period.  All patients in Ontario need to be here for this special twitter party event.

  Please be sure and follow Conceivable Dreams on: Twitter and Facebook.  Join the conversation using the #OHIP4IVF hashtag.

Website: Conceivable Dreams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConceivableDreams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OHIP4IVF

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ohip4ivf/conceivablebooks/

Please join us for this very important hour on #OHIP4IVF:




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@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF

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@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr  on Facebook
@inkscrblr  on Instagram
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@DownshiftingPROMargarita Ibbott
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