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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:

MONDAY, MAY. 14th, 2014

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

@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF

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@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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EEVA IVF BC – Twitter Event with Kobo Giveaway ~ #EEVA1STBC #LinkedMoms

EEVA in action

Did you know that one in six people of reproductive age struggle with infertility? Of that group, some will be advised medically that their only option to conceive is in vitro fertilization. So where do you go to have IVF done? In looking at clinics you will likely contemplate several things – geography, pregnancy success rates, advancements.  IVF is a personal and emotional event. You want the best.

If you live in British Columbia, you have some remarkable fertility clinics to choose from and some amazing talented award-winning doctors like Dr. Sonya Kashyap, medical director of @GenesisIVFBC. Kashyap was mentored by Celine Dion’s fertility doctor, Dr. Zev Rosenwaks during her competitive fellowship in reproductive medicine at Cornell. On Wednesday night we will be chatting with Dr. Kashyap all about Genesis Fertility Centre BC and their ground-breaking new technology called EEVA.

9d50e-681495006175Join us to learn more about the procedure itself. Also RSVP here. One Kobo Arc 7 will be given away to one participant at the party. But you can’t win if you don’t RSVP. Make note of a few key facts here. You may be asked to answer them during the Linked Moms twitter event at 10 p.m. EST, or 7 p.m. PT. Read my first #EEVA1stBC post here about the technology and why it is so ground-breaking.

This twitter party will be extremely relevant to anyone who is struggling with infertility.

EEVA’s (early embryo viability assessment) a test that helps verify which embryos have the highest development potential. EEVA takes video images of your embryos, which are then analyzed. EEVA, designed by Auxogyn Inc., can help improve IVF outcomes by providing information that helps doctors predict which embryo is most likely develop with a higher level of accuracy. In North America, Genesis Fertility Clinic BC, is the first commercial clinic in North America to offer EEVA. This smart technology may optimize chances for a successful pregnancy. Register now to attend this open house next week to learn more.


The Open House details:
Genesis Fertility Centre Open House
Time: Tuesday, February 25th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Address: 300 – 1367 West Broadway Ave., Vancouver, BC V6H 4A7 (close to Hemlock and West Broadway)
Phone: 604-879-3032

Registration Page: http://genesis-fertility.com/open-house/

Attend our LinkedMoms Twitter Party Event: Feb. 19th at 10 pm ET and 7 pm PT to learn more. RSVP below for a chance to win a Kobo Arc 7.

To participate please follow your hosts:

We will be learning more about EEVA from Dr. Sonya Kashyap.
and cohosts  Lori McGrath and Danielle Christopher.

Follow Genesis on Facebook and Genesis on Twitter.
Follow EEVA on Facebook and EEVA on Twitter.
Follow @auxogyn on Twitter too.

Follow Twitter Party on Twubs #EEVA1STBC

RSVP on Thrifty Momma’s Tips – The Rules for this event are such: you must have a Canadian mailing address to win. You must RSVP here. You must be present at the twitter party and make an attempt to answer each question. Winners have 15 minutes after the party to respond or the prize is forfeited.

LinkedMoms Anniversary


Happy Anniversary to our community of LinkedMoms!

Here I was (@inkscrblr) tinkering around today working out chat topics and doing routine blog maintenance when I spied that our welcome post here was written one year ago today. So, this is our anniversary and I felt it appropriate to take a quick trip down memory lane. Oh how far we’ve come since last year.

To be 100 % clear we started LinkedMoms concept well over one year ago, but our Linked Moms blog launched October 23, 2012! You can read our Linked Moms welcome post here. It gives you a glimpse of what we are about!

So much has happened in one year! We have some amazing fans and followers to thank for that!

Let’s recap shall we? We started with an idea – that Moms want to connect and share every week and we ran with it, every Wednesday. Some of our biggest, early supporters still chime in every week. We love each and every one of you for that. We are truly grateful. We have shared some deep topics – like special needs parenting. Margarita Ibbott and Paula Schuck are both parents to children with unique abilities and needs. So we get that. We always have and always will. We have talked about some simpler topics like conference planning, turkey recipes and fun ideas for summer day camps and travel options for families. We are always family friendly and will remain so forever. We have had some amazing weekly chats _ sometimes sponsored, sometimes just opportunities to connect and share. We have grown, given out prizes, built an audience, generated some campaigns and a few case studies along the way.@Inkscrblr and @DownshiftingPRO = @Linkedmoms

Several highlights jump out for LinkedMoms first year. We travelled together to sooo many conferences. We connected and enjoyed New York in 2012 and Chicago Blogher in 2013. We generated a gorgeous new photo above from Anna Epp Photography when she set up shop recently at Blissdom Canada in Toronto. We love it. What do you think?

We also hit a business high with several twitter parties. Two outstanding parties were Staples Canada in August 2013 and Kisko Freezies in May 2013. We have many more in the works. We did a quick blogger outreach program with StorageWorx London and we can’t ait to bring you more of these in the near future. So bloggers and brands get ready for a dynamite year two of blogging and connecting here on Linked Moms. Join us every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted) and we will talk, share strategies for business and life. We will continue to bring you more brands and prizes and more information to help you build a life that is meaningful, organized and sometimes even witty and poetic! As always please remember we are only as good as our audience and we very much look forward to hearing your thoughts about brands you love and ideas you want to explore.

For Brands: You can sponsor a chat, inquire about rates and training options. You can reach us easily here, or via either of our emails: inkscrblr@rogers.com or info@downshifting.ca Our reach is now over 8 million regularly.

LinkedMoms Business Partners and MODERATORS

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@Linkedmoms on Twitter

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

@DownshiftingPRO on YouTube

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

We launched in 2012 early spring and have covered many topics:

  • Office and hope organizing
  • Work/life balance for parents
  • Time Management & Planners
  • Homeschooling
  • Back-to-school
  • A Gluten-Free Lifestyle
  • Pinterest
  • Craft
  • Virtual Book Clubs
  • Seasonal (Summer vacation, Thanksgiving, Halloween)
  • Summer activities
  • Blogger Conferences
  • Twitter Parties 101

Linked Moms Welcomes @optimom for Anxiety Chat


One in five people have a mental health illness. Of that number, a very high percentage are diagnosed with various types of anxiety. Anxiety is a tricky mental health diagnosis with multiple different faces and many approaches. From children to adults, anxiety can target anyone. It can be paralyzing, or in healthy doses it can fuel a desire to excel at a sport, career, or presentation. So how do you know when anxiety is our of control? How do you know how and when to treat anxiety? Does anxiety run in families? You betcha. So how does an anxious parent help control a child’s anxiety when they can’t manage their own worry?


Simply put anxiety is the result when worry gets too big. Our own @inkscrblr Paula Schuck wrote a piece about anxiety last year for Today’s Parent and has personal experience in her family with managing and treating anxiety. But tonight we welcome Laurel Crossley-Byers, aka @optimom. Crossley-Byers is a Schuck family not so secret weapon! Opti-Mom is a bit of a social media rockstar. She tweets at Optimom. Her web site is here: http://www.opti-mom.ca/ and she has a strong presence on Facebook and other media too. She is a life coach, TV host and speaker. Fondly called Auntie Laurel by the kids she helps via Skype and in person, Laurel has a quirky humorous side and occasionally peppers her tweets with affectionate: Kittens and Tee Hees and Snorts. Laurel is a one woman dynamo who has helped many people of all ages tackle anxiety and stress. She instructs classes on meditation occasionally as well.

Laurel is a mom of two and she has an amazing insight into how to calm the anxieties of tweens and teens. She works often with gifted children and children who have a variety of special needs and talents. We can’t wait to learn more from Laurel tonight at 8 p.m. EST. Tee Hee!

Don’t forget to follow @downshiftingpro @inkscrblr @linkedmoms and @optimom to take part in this chat. Follow along on twitter with #linkedmoms hashtag. See you there 8 p.m. EST.

Laurel has year

Fitness Goals for the Season and a #giveaway

Well the temperatures have finally started to climb and the winter clothing is coming off. Wait a second, this is a family friendly blog! Don’t go getting too excited! What I mean to say is hurray for spring the time when you put the bulky winter sweaters and coats away, clean your closet and find what’s that? Nothing fits? Spring cleaning and fitness go together in my mind because there’s nothing quite like that seasonal wardrobe overhaul to realize the spring clothing doesn’t look quite the way it did last year. So, what’s a gal to do? Well, she turns to her friends and family on Twitter and Facebook and throws down a fitness challenge.

This week on Linked Moms we are talking all about fitness. So bring your ideas, best intentions and even your delayed resolutions and tell us what are you doing to get fit this season? At my house, my entire family is well versed in the active fit way of life. My girls Payton and Ainsley, are active. My husband is a fitness and nutrition snob, and has been for the last year. He tsk tsk’s when I buy potato chips or some other snack that he can’t resist. Anyways, my point is that we’ve all been active for a long time here at my house. But over the winter, I have found five pounds on my butt and my hips that I can’t quite shake. Fitness after 40, well that’s a whole other ball game as far as I am concerned. So, this is me renewing my commitment to fitness. The year has been epic busy here. No question, I am managing mutliple clients and the social media management business has never been better. But that also means I find a litle less time to get out the door and into the gym to hit the machines, or join the pilates class that was a very regular part of my routine. So for my fitness challenge this season I chose the squat challenge. Simply put it’s 30 days of squats. Each day gets progressively harder and by end of month (I am guessing that’s very liberal and really should probably be 2-3 months) my butt and thighs should be stronger and less jiggly let’s say. You can read more about it and see the graphic of how to do squats over on thriftymommastips.com.

Where can you learn more? Well, join the chat tonight at 8 p.m. EST on Twitter and tell us your goals. In the meantime also pop by my blog thriftymommastips to win a $100 gift card to Lululemon. Good luck. See you tonight! Follow the hashtag #linkedmoms

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