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Help Advocate for Public Funding of IVF #ABHC4IVF #ABpoli–Join the Conversation on LinkedMoms Wed. Oct. 8 at 8 pm

In the last year, #Linkedmoms has been an active advocate on helping public funding for IVF be a part of the conversation in Canada.  One in six people is affected by Infertility in our country.  One of the most important messages that I made last year during the OHIP4IVF campaign is that YOU may not have been affected by infertility issues but infertility issues affects us all. A report by the University of Alberta (The Assisted Reproductive Technologies report)  found that the province of Alberta can save up to $97 million by coupling public funding with single embryo transfer for those who need IVF.

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Last spring we were happy to see that public funding for IVF was added to the Ontario provincial budget.  Ontario has joined Quebec and Manitoba in funding partial or providing a tax credits.  We are continuing to support the conversation of publicly supported infertility treatments and look to Alberta to be the next province that will join the movement to create healthy families in Canada.

Generations of Hope #ABHC4IVF #ABPOLI

On Wednesday, October 8th at 8 pm, Linkedmoms chat will focus on how you can become an advocate for public funding for IVF.  Hosted by Generations of Hope, during the chat, we will be illustrating ways that you can keep the conversation going.  We want to help you advocate and petition your MLA.  You can read Paula Schuck’s and Brooke Berry’s post on how you can take steps to advocate for Invitro Fertilization treatment in Alberta.

Join the conversation using the

#ABHC4IVF and #ABPOLI hashtags.

Website: Generations of Hope

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gensofhoope

Please join us for this very important hour on how to advocate for public funding of IVF in Alberta:

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014

HASHTAGS: #ABHC4IVF and #abpoli

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

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms and Generations of Hope @gensofhope

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

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Join @LinkedMoms Chat–What are your plans for the Summer?#SummerSlide- 8 pack books from @SimonSchusterCA– Wed. June 18, 8 pm ET

Its here… Its here… Its finally here. Summer is finally here…

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We are less then two weeks away from the start of summer holidays for our kids.  They get to relax, have fun and maybe get into a little bit of trouble (you know the fun kind, like having sundaes for dinner or sleeping in until noon).  The former be appeal to your little ones whereas the latter appeals to my teenagers.

With the days ticking away, we wanted to discuss what fun activities you had planned for your kids this summer.  Does it include day camp? Sleep over camp? Visit to the cottage? Do you have your summer already schedule: one week camp, one week off once week vacation, one week hitting the books (just to keep your kids sharp).

There are many ways to keep your kids entertained but what do you do to keep them sharp so they don’t lose all those things that they learned over the school year.  We want to know if you have any ‘education’ plans for your kids.  Maybe you want to keep their minds active and plan on a little ‘homeschooling’ this summer.  You want to avoid the summer slide don’t you?  So maybe a bit of math, maybe some writing?  Why not set a goal to read a book a week?

On #LinkedMoms chat this week we want to know what fun you have planned and we have a literacy expert Jen Watson to make some suggestions as to how you can keep those young minds sharp. 

We have some pretty cool prize packs for you in if you drop by: Simon and Schuster Canada has given us three – 8 pack – hardcover books to keep your kids entertained (and sharp) over the holidays. 

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Thanks to Simon Schuster Canada for providing these great prizes for our #LinkedMoms Chat.

HASTAGS: #LinkedMoms

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18th, 2014

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

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms

LinkedMoms website

PRIZES: 3 – 8 pack hardcover books from Simon Shuster Canada
@SimonSchusterCA

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

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Maternal Health #LinkedMoms Chat Wed. May 14 @ 8 pm ET–#ohip4ivf #onpoli

Today I had to get blood test and give a urine sample so that I could get insurance coverage.  This is not unusual in the process of acquiring proper coverage.  I have had blood tests many times in my life. Who hasn’t?

Living in Canada we have the privilege of going to our doctor, asking for diagnostic testing and follow up.  We do this to keep ourselves healthy and to make sure that we are not creating problems down the line.

As I go through this process, I have come to appreciate our health care system and what it offers us in return: reliable and universal healthcare.  There are many of us that need only access this system sporadically.  I have had to be hospitalized only a handful of times in my life: three to give birth and two to deal with miscarriages.  For a women, these will likely be the most important times in our lives.

I have to say that when we had our first child, we had a few complications that required her to be in the neo-natal intensive care unit.  It was not for long but it was lengthy enough for me to realize that I did not want to return there anytime soon.

Beside the incubator housing our daughter was a set of tiny twins that had been delivered pre-maturely.  They were so tiny compared to our bundle of joy.  They were so fragile.  One was successful in thriving and one, Robyn (I still remember that child’s name), did not.  It broke my heart to know these parents were suffering this loss. They were there before our daughter was in the NICU and they remained there long after we were sent home.

These are the times that you reflect on the importance of good maternal healthcare.  The importance of helping a couple to become a family and wanting to make sure that they are in the best possible care and circumstance to have that baby.

I have been working on the Conceivable Dreams campaign to get one round of IVF publically funded so that other families can have the experience we have had with our children.  One round, one child… no trip to the NICU.

Join us for our continued dialog on #Linkedmoms chat as we discuss Maternal Health and what that looks like with IVF.

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 and fact filled hour on #OHIP4IVF:

DATE:
MONDAY, MAY. 14th, 2014

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

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF

LinkedMoms website

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

We have provided some tweets that you can share with your followers to create greater awareness of why single embryo IVF is a good choice for Ontario.

Multiples are 17 times more likely to be born pre-term, require a C section and need expensive care at birth and throughout life #ohip4ivf #onpoli

On average, low birth weight twins will cost the health care system about $1M over their lifetime. #ohip4ivf #onpoli

Multiple births create significant health risks to mother and baby and are a major burden on the overall health system. #ohip4ivf #onpoli

Public funding 4 IVF will help deliver health, social and fiscal benefits well into the future. #ohip4ivf #onpoli


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#LinkedMoms Chat celebrating #WorldAutismAwarenessDay #WAAD2014 – Wed. Apr.2 at 8 pm ET–Join Us

April 2nd is a vey special day.  The United Nation has designated every April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day #WAAD2014.  It is a day to create awareness, educate, donate and celebrate.  I recently wrote a post on The Canadian Mother Resource blog about how it came about that we found out about our son being on the Autism Spectrum. We have been working successfully to ensure that he has a positive school experience and with the help ‘of many’ he is happy in his grade 7 class at a French-as-a-first language school. 

We know that as many as 1:68 children are on the Autism Spectrum.  In order to bring light to and education to ASD many organizations are celebrating #WAAD2014.  Here are just a few that you might want to know about. 

In Canada Autism Society Canada creates awareness by just wearing BLUE on April 2, 2014: 

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Another fantastic world initiative is Light It Up Blue where national landmarks are lit up in blue to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day #WAAD2014.  Here are just a few examples show on the AutismSpeaksCA website.  Follow the #LIUB hashtag and #WAAD2014 tomorrow

In the US April is National Autism Awareness Month:  National Autism Awareness Month 2014 Badge Web Ready

Both Paula and I have children with special needs but more importantly we have VERY SPECIAL CHILDREN.  We love them to bits and we know that although we have challenging days, we also have very memorable days with them.

Please join us on #LinkedMoms Chat as we discuss some of the trials and joys of having an ASD Child (in my case).  We welcome any blog posts, FB posts etc. that you would like to share with our #LinkedMoms Community.

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014

HASHTAG:  #LinkedMoms #WAAD2014

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

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms

LinkedMoms website

MODERATORS

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

Join us on @LinkedMoms Chat – Wed. March 26 at 8 pm ET for #LinkedInForBloggers–You need to be there!

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I have a passion for LinkedIn®.  Long before others understood the importance of networking on-line, I was preaching to the doubters.  LinkedIn® is a powerful networking platform.  So much so that every second two more people join LinkedIn®. With that kind of growing professional network it is no wonder that we find many brands and brand managers listed there.  Remember LinkedIn® has over 277 million global members.

Here is the thing, many bloggers have yet to discover the benefits of being on LinkedIn® feeling that it is not ‘social’ enough or that the platform does not welcome  mom or dad bloggers.  That is not true.  LinkedIn® helps expose you to potential clients (brands, PR firms/agencies or digital marketing types) that are looking for professionals.  So if you are a professional blogger that is always looking for opportunities, then you need to be on LinkedIn. 

If you are looking to connect and work with a particular brand, then you need to be on LinkedIn® just to be able to see if you are connected to someone that works in that company.  Working on the principal of six degrees of separation, you will be able to find someone that knows someone that works with someone that may be able to help you out.

Remember, as bloggers, we live in a very social world, but that does not mean that brand and marketing people are there.  They may be in a boardroom or office with little to connection to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  It also means that some owner and decision makers are to busy running their business and they just need to find you in a directory.  That is what LinkedIn® is: a worldwide professional directory.

If you want to know more about why blogger need to be on LinkedIn®, you can read my 5 Reasons Bloggers Need to be on LinkedIn post that I wrote for Type A Parent.  Please leave me a comment and let me know how you use LinkedIn®.

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Once again in an effort to help our Blogger Community grow, we will be hosting a #LinkedIn4Blogger Chat.  Join me as I give you tips on working with LinkedIn® on #LinkedMoms Chat

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

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

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms

LinkedMoms website

MODERATORS

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

Special Family Day @LinkedMoms Twitter Chat–with Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF–Monday Feb. 17 – 8 pm

I live in a world of privilege. I have my health, a great husband and three beautiful children.  I am lucky.

This weekend, I will be celebrating Family Day with my family.  I think one of the best public holidays ever invented was Family Day.  It’s the perfect time to re-connect and just have a bit of fun.

Creating a family was a dream I always had.  When my husband proposed to me, I asked that he promise to give me children before I said ‘yes’.  Without hesitation, he agreed, it was his dream too.

We are lucky.  However, this is not what some couples experience.  Their road is a tougher road to travel.

In the last 18 months my good friend and LinkedMoms colleague, Paula Schuck, has been working hard as the Community Manager for Conceivable Dreams to bring many of us an understanding that this does not happen easily for everyone.  Not all couples are blessed with being able to conceive as easily as we did.  Although, we too had our trials (I had two miscarriage) in the long run we were blessed with three happy, healthy children.

I have to admit that I had the best of care when I suffered those loses.  It was truly amazing. It made the whole traumatic ordeal survivable.  But these ordeals where nothing compared to the emotional roller coaster of infertility diagnosis and treatment.  Going through IVF (in-vitro fertilization) treatment can be very emotionally straining and the cost can be exuberant for couples.  What Conceivable Dreams is advocating for is for IVF treatment to be covered under OHIP. 

To help us understand what some of this entails, LinkedMoms is hosting a special twitter party for Conceivable Dreams on Monday, February 18th at 8 pm – Family Day!

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 and fact filled hour on #OHIP4IVF:

DATE:
MONDAY, FEB. 17th, 2014

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

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF

LinkedMoms website

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

 

Below is a small list of blog posts that you can read from various bloggers that are or have dealt with IVF problems.  Its is their view on why OHIP should cover a limited about of IVF treatments.

Great interview and posts by Paula Schuck @Inkscrblr

http://www.thriftymommastips.com/2012/12/a-holiday-story-of-hope-ohip4ivf-onpoli.html

http://www.thriftymommastips.com/2013/06/weve-been-trying-since-i-was-25.html

Funding around the world

http://www.thriftymommastips.com/2012/10/poland-next-in-line-to-fund-in-vitro.html

Great Infographics from Sheri @Kidsummers.

http://kidsumers.ca/2013/01/ohip-funding-of-ivf-its-a-win-win-ohip4ivf-onpoli/

A man’s perspective IVF spouse support from @UrbanDaddyBlog

http://urbandaddy.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/four-ways-men-can-support-their-spouses-during-in-vitro-fertilization/

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Join @LinkedMoms for our First 2014 Twitter Chat–What’s Your WORD?

January is GO Month… Get Organized and get going.  If there is one month when most people set goals, make resolutions and look at the glass half full, its January.

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Yesterday I was working chipping away at some proposals to companies that Paula and I would love to work with.  We want to continue to grow our #LinkedMoms community with more chats to inspire and motivate you to be better parents, better bloggers, healthier people, have more balanced lives, travel more, be happier and have more fun! Those are the goals for our LinkedMoms Community.

Personally, I was also very busy updating new social media training webinars for professional organizers & small business owners on LinkedLearning website, I also created a Blogger Planner which includes custom made printables and activity sheets. I put together a blogging binder to keep track of all the great posts I want to share with you. 

January is a month to get motivated and set some goals.  Define your 2014-self.

Recently, many people have strayed away from a number of resolutions and worked on a ‘theme’ for the year.  Paula recently wrote a great post about what her WORD for 2014 – GROWTH.  Last year her word was HEALTH.  Make sure to read both her posts to feel inspired. 

I haven’t come my word yet but I am toying with the word CELEBRATE.  I have still to ‘officially’ celebrate 20 years of marriage (that is still on the backburner). My oldest child will be going off to University in the fall – another milestone to celebrate.  More importantly, I have a milestone birthday to celebrate this year and so I think I am going to celebrate the great things that I have in my life: my husband, my children, my mother, my family, my friends, my health, my life.  We will see if that is the word I want to work with this year… but its looking good so far!

I bring this up because I want you to think of your word for 2014 and share it with us tomorrow night on #LinkedMoms chat.  Share your New Year’s resolutions, goals or dreams for this coming year.

Inspire us.

Motivate us.

Grow with us.

Celebrate with us.

DATE:
Wednesday,January 8th, 2014

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

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms

LinkedMoms website

MODERATORS

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

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