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40 Great Blogs for Breastfeeding Moms

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August 31st, 2010

If you’ve never breastfed before, the concept might seem simple, but for many women, nursing a child can often be a complicated issue with a need for medical, political, and social support. You can find much of this support online through information offered in breastfeeding blogs, and we have put together a list of 40 excellent blogs that can help you with your desire to successfully breastfeed.

General

Whether you’re looking for a general discussion on breastfeeding, an introduction, or advice, you can turn to these blogs.

  1. Mama is…: Mama is…features regular comics for breastfeeding moms.
  2. Nursing Freedom: Nursing Freedom writes to normalize breastfeeding.
  3. Lactation Narration: Lactation Narration offers a blog about breastfeeding.
  4. Breastfeeding Blog: This blog has everything you need to know about breastfeeding, pumping, and more.
  5. Hathor the Cow Goddess: Hathor makes breastfeeding look downright fun.
  6. Lactation Conversation: Melanie Kissell opens up the conversation about lactation.
  7. Breast Milk Tips: Feed a smart and healthy baby with the help of breast milk.
  8. Baby Blog: This blog from the American Pregnancy Association will guide you in breastfeeding and beyond.
  9. Mama Knows Breast: Andi Silverman writes this beginner’s guide to breastfeeding.
  10. Nursing Room Locator: This blog will help you find a quiet place to feed your baby if you prefer privacy while breastfeeding.
  11. Breastfeeding Ideas: Find and share ideas for breastfeeding on this blog.

Products

You’ve got all the equipment you need for breastfeeding already strapped to your chest, but these blogs discuss the products that can make a breastfeeding mom’s life easier.

  1. The Pump Station: The Pump Station & Nurtury blog offers products and advice for breastfeeding.
  2. Boob Tube: Check out the Boob Tube for breastfeeding news and reviews.
  3. La Dolce Mama: La Dolce Mama sells nursing bras and accessories, and offers great advice for breastfeeding.
  4. Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog: On top of discussions on Motherwear (and other) products, you’ll find posts about rights for nursing mothers, increasing supply, pumping, and more.
  5. Momzelle: Momzelle discusses breastfeeding clothing and more.

Moms

Read these blogs to learn about breastfeeding straight from other breastfeeding moms.

  1. Life as a Mommy, Wife, and Artist: Maca’s blog features discussions on breastfeeding, and even all of the things she can do while breastfeeding.
  2. Blacktating: Elita is a breastfeeding mom to a toddler boy, and has a passion for attachment parenting as well as natural living.
  3. Martha is a First-Time Mommy: Martha shares her experience as a breastfeeding first time mom.
  4. Suzette: Check out Suzette’s blog, which focuses on parenting and breastfeeding.
  5. Bowling Green Breastfeeder: This blogging mama shares her journey in breastfeeding.
  6. Mama Seoul: Mama Seoul writes about breastfeeding, babywearing, and elimination communication.
  7. Nursinmama’s Thoughts and Ponderings: Read what this mom has to say about nursing with four, soon to be five, kids.
  8. Hobo Mama: On Hobo Mama, you’ll find posts on breastfeeding, attachment parenting, babywearing, and more.
  9. Breastfeeding Moms Unite!: Melodie encourages her blog readers to think, act, and breastfeed.
  10. One Girl, Two Minds: This blogger is one girl with two boobs.
  11. Breastfeeding Momma: Alexandra’s blog will provide you with insight into breastfeeding and more.
  12. Maman A Droit: This mama loves breastfeeding and snuggling with her son.
  13. Musings of a Milk Maker: Read about breastfeeding, parenting, and other issues for moms on Musings of a Milk Maker.
  14. Custom-Made Milk: This mom writes to bring the public image of the breast back to what it should be.
  15. Milk Mustache: On Milk Mustache, you’ll find one mom’s breastfeeding journal.

Law & Advocacy

Check out these blogs that offer legal support and advocacy for breastfeeding moms.

  1. Baby Milk Action: Baby Milk Action shares its campaign to protect breastfeeding.
  2. Human Milk Patent Pending: Valerie discusses the commercialization of human milk.

Breastfeeding Professionals

These blogs offer insight into breastfeeding from doctors, lactation consultants, and other breastfeeding professionals.

  1. Breastfeeding4Health: The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute shares commentary and controversies in infant feeding.
  2. Breastmilk is Critical: Read Debbie Page’s blog to find support for breastfeeding your newborn.
  3. One Small Step for Breastfeeding…: Find bliss in breastfeeding with the help of this blog.
  4. Lactation Laura: Lactation Laura writes to make life better for moms, babies, and the whole family.
  5. KellyMom: KellyMom has support and information for breastfeeding and parenting.
  6. Ask the Lactation Consultant Blog: Check out this blog to get your breastfeeding questions answered.
  7. Peaceful Parenting: Dr. Momma shares resources for breastfeeding and more on this blog.

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10 TED Talks Every Parent Should Watch

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August 16th, 2010

By Kitty Holman

As a parent, you’re constantly trying to do what’s best for your kids, playing nurse, guidance counselor, teacher, motivational speaker all at once. No matter what you want for your child’s future, you can get inspired to make it bright from these great TED lectures. They touch on topics from personality to safety, to help you better understand your kids and better prepare and protect them for their lives ahead.

Education

Every parent worries about getting their child a good education. These talks touch on ways you can help your own child and others learn more.

  1. Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time: Whether it’s the poor in India or here at home, this lecture addresses some of the challenges of educating children and may make you feel pretty lucky to have the opportunities that you do.
  2. Once Upon a School: Dave Eggers’ TED Prize wish: Does your child love to write? Learn more about the amazing project author Dave Eggers undertook that won him a TED Prize in this lecture.
  3. Michelle Obama’s plea for education: Hear what the First Lady has to say to students about taking education seriously and get inspiration that just might help your own child as well.
  4. Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!: This talk promotes big changes in education, making learning a more personalized experience.
  5. Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover: Learn some ways that you can help your kids to better understand and remember math through this talk.
  6. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity: This lecture will show you how you child’s school may be stifling his or her creativity, and may motivate you to find ways you can engage them at home.

Parenting Experience

These talks share experiences and lessons from parenting.

  1. What Adults Can Learn from Kids: This lecture will show you all the wonderful things your children can teach you about life, loving and laughing.
  2. Julia Sweeney has “The Talk”: Do you dread telling your kids about the birds and the bees? Comedienne Julia Sweeney tells about her experience with it in this talk.
  3. Carmen Agra Deedy spins stories: In this talk, storyteller Deedy shares stories of the interactions of parents and kids, taken from her own experience.

Fun

Having kids can be a lot work but it can be a lot of fun too. These talks delve into games, play and fun.

  1. Hillel Cooperman: Legos for grownups: Learn how those little blocks your kids love so much aren’t just for kids and can be loads of fun for adults too.
  2. David Merrill demos Siftables: This amazing talk will show you the toys of the future that can help your kids learn while they play.
  3. Stuart Brown says play is more than fun: Check out this talk to learn why play is so important for your kids’ development and why you should still seek it out as an adult.
  4. Brenda Laurel on games for girls: Find out about the development of new video games that help girls learn and play in their own way.

Psychology and Sociology

Gain a better understanding of how your child’s mind works, how you can help it develop and how to manage learning disorders from these talks.

  1. Cameron Herald: Let’s Raise Kids to Be Entrepreneurs: Whether your kids go into business or not, this lecture can give you an idea on how to prime them for success as kids and as adults.
  2. Don’t Eat the Marshmallow Yet: If you gave your child a treat would he or she eat it right away or save it? This talk discusses how a willingness for delayed gratification can predict future success.
  3. Steven Pinker chalks it up to the blank slate: Ever wonder why kids end up a certain way despite our best attempts to teach them otherwise? As Pinker explains, it might just be who they are.
  4. Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds: Temple Grandin may be autistic, but her mind works in amazing ways, allowing her to make big changes in the world. Her lecture will inspire you to support and nurture your child, whatever his or her unique abilities might be.
  5. Aditi Shankardass: A second opinion on learning disorders: If you suspect your child may have a learning disorder, discover why this researcher says doctors should be looking at their brains, not their behavior.

Health and Safety

Learn more about keeping your kids safe and healthy from these talks.

  1. Ann Cooper Talks School Lunches: If you’ve ever worried about what your kids are eating at school, check out this talk on how school lunches are changing.
  2. Steven Levitt on child carseats: Think your child’s car seat will protect him? This startling talk will show that it may not be as safe as you think.
  3. Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food: Jamie Oliver shares his passion for teaching kids about eating healthy at home and at school in this talk, something every parent should see.

Letting Go

At some point, every parent has to let go and let kids learn to do things on their own. These lectures talk about ways you can let kids find their own way.

  1. Gever Tulley on 5 Dangerous Things: Think you should always protect your kids for everything dangerous? This talk disagrees, laying out five things that may be dangerous but can help kids to learn.
  2. Sugata Mitra Shows How Kids Teach Themselves: You might be older and wiser, but this lecture explains how much kids stand to gain from teaching each other.
  3. Kiran Bir Sethi Teaches Kids to Take Charge: Listen to this lecture to learn about a school in India that teaches kids to take charge of their lives and their education– something all parents and educators can learn from.
  4. Gever Tulley teaches life lessons through tinkering: Kids don’t just learn from books. In this talk, you’ll hear about how kids are learning how things work by doing things with their hands and minds.

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10 Famous People with Really Weird Phobias

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August 9th, 2010

No doubt your time in nursing school has introduced you to lots of weird conditions and diseases. But how many idiosyncrasies and phobias are you familiar with? Keep reading for 10 famous people who suffer from really weird phobias, and you may be able to more quickly diagnose some of your patients, or treat your own irrational fears.

  1. Christina Ricci: Little Christina Ricci was the cool chick from the ’90s, thanks to parts in The Addams Family, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Casper as a kid and teenager, and then she grew up to work on films like Prozac Nation and Penelope. We expect child stars to have issues, but Christina seems to have things mostly straightened out (barring an eating disorder she battled as a teenager). We were surprised, then, to learn about her botanophobia, or intense fear of houseplants. She thinks they’re dirty, and they “freak [her] out.”
  2. Pamela Anderson: She was discovered because of her outrageous hotness, but Pamela Anderson has eisoptrophobia, or a fear of mirrors. Anderson’s phobia is probably really a fear of seeing her own reflection of herself, since she can’t stand watching herself on TV, and even leaves the room if the channel isn’t changed. Maybe all that plastic surgery is just too much to handle?
  3. Kelly Osbourne: As a young reality TV star growing up with parents like Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, you know Kelly has some things she’d like to take up with her therapist, perhaps including her haphophobia. Haphophobia is the fear of being touched, and her brother Jack once said in an interview, “All you have to do is just touch her collarbone. It’s awesome, she starts dry-retching.”
  4. Billy Bob Thornton: We all know that Billy Bob Thornton is a pretty eccentric character who does what he wants. But he’s also plagued by numerous phobias, including two very weird ones: chromophobia and a fear of antique furniture. Thornton admitted that he’s “creeped out by old furniture,” and while it may not reduce him to a panic attack, he also has chromophobia, or the fear of bright colors. Maybe that’s why he and the monochromatic Angie stuck together for so long?
  5. David Beckham: David Beckham is a terrific athlete, a great dresser, and well, quite perfect-looking physically. Perhaps that can all be attributed to his ataxophobia, or fear of disorder. He’s said to line up soda cans a certain way in the refrigerator, and while we don’t wish him any obsessive compulsive anxiety, if that’s what’s behind his well-kempt appearance, it works for us.
  6. Madonna: Madonna’s always been a fearless femme fatale in our eyes, taking on everyone from the Catholic Church to Alex Rodriguez. But even kickboxing, leather corset-wearing megastars are afraid of thunderstorms: Madge is apparently a sufferer of brontophobia, the fear of thunder.
  7. Orlando Bloom: Orlando Bloom is just too cute for words, but the green-living British actor has a strange phobia: swinophobia. It’s the fear of pigs, and rumor has it that Orlando’s participation in the Animal Farm remake could be compromised because of it.
  8. Nicole Kidman: Lovely Nicole Kidman has admitted to suffering panic attacks when she steps out onto the red carpet, but she has another, ironic phobia: she’s afraid of butterflies. Who knew that something so delicate and ethereal could freak out, well, someone so delicate and ethereal?
  9. Matthew McConaughey: Come on, Matthew McConaughey isn’t afraid of anything, is he? Turns out, the outdoorsy guy is petrified of tunnels and revolving doors, saying that he gets anxious as soon as he sees the spinning doors.
  10. Kim Basinger: Actress Kim Basinger has put up with Alec Baldwin and Eminem, both of whom may have made her feel a little on the vulnerable side. Basinger has agoraphobia, which is the fear of open spaces, and, as People.com reports, “has twice confined her to home for six-month stints.” Side effects of agoraphobia include extreme shyness and a fierce need for privacy.

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University of St. Thomas to reopen nursing school

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November 24th, 2010

Texas-based University of St. Thomas (UST) has been awarded a $3.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) that will go toward the reopening of its nursing program, reports the Houston Business Journal.

In addition to the development of a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree program, the grant will support the institution’s goal of attracting more Hispanic and low-income students.

UST received the grant under the DOE’s Title V Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

The university’s nursing school closed in 1986. However, once re-established, students will have a new simulation center and the Nursing Success Center, which is a pilot academic program.

“As a faith-based institution, located only minutes from the Texas Medical Center and other hospitals and clinics, we can provide the highly educated and inspired nurses who are in such great demand,” says Robert Ivan, UST president.

Dr. Poldi Tschirch, the director of development of nursing program, will oversee a $25 million fundraising campaign to reopen the school. UST hopes to enroll students at the beginning of the fall of 2012, pending approval by the St. Thomas board of directors and the Texas Board of Nursing.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent, as employment is slated to grow by 22 percent over the next eight years. 

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Scholarship encourages registered nurses to pursue diploma

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November 24th, 2010

People who’re keen on pursuing a bachelor of science (BSN) in nursing diploma could also be keen on Chamberlain School of Nursing’s plans to supply a Nationwide Chief Steward Scholarship.

The scholarship, which is valued at $eight,000, is designed to learn registered nurses who maintain a diploma or affiliate’s diploma in nursing, and want to pursue a BSN.

To qualify, candidates should present distinctive tutorial efficiency, a dedication to neighborhood involvement and an curiosity in advancing their very own schooling to maintain up with the evolving healthcare area. As well as, candidates are required to be registered nurses with energetic licenses, submit a 300- to 500-word essay and have a minimal cumulative grade level common of three.zero, amongst different necessities.

By providing the scholarship, the Illinois-based faculty hopes to assist the tutorial development of nurses, and, in consequence, enhance the standard of healthcare.

Because the healthcare business expands to fulfill the wants of an growing old child boomer inhabitants, many nurses will likely be anticipated to pursue extra levels. In a latest report on the way forward for nursing by the Institute of Medication, the group stated it expects 80 p.c of the nation’s nurses to have a bachelor’s diploma inside a decade.
 

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Salvation Army partnership benefits nursing students

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November 23rd, 2010

Students who are enrolled in La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Viterbo University’s (VU) nursing program may be able to gain experience that will be beneficial to their careers through the school’s partnership with The Salvation Army, the LaCrosse Tribune reports.

This opportunity is the result of the CARING Inc. program, a partnership between VU, The Salvation Army and the La Crosse County Health Department.

Every one of the more than 600 VU students who has earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree in the last decade has participated in a type of health promotion, education or screening at The Salvation Army in their senior year.

Students from VU provide a variety of services at The Salvation Army two days a week, including talking about foot care, promoting smoking cessation, administering flu shots and checking cholesterol.

Following these health education sessions, it is not uncommon to see students conversing with people who are having lunch at The Salvation Army. To date, these representatives from VU have served more than 4,000 Salvation Army clients and made more than 1,000 referrals to other healthcare providers.

“We wanted our students to have the experience of working with the underserved, and really to challenge any preconceived stereotypes they might have,” says Judy Talbott, VU associate professor of nursing.

According to 2007/2008 service statistics on the organization’s website,The Salvation Army had assisted 29,104,361 people. 

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Rise in patients leads to nursing shortage

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November 22nd, 2010

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22 percent rise in employment of registered nurses by 2018. This trend is reflected in Lompoc, California, where the number of professionals with advanced nursing degrees cannot meet the demand for patients in need, the Lompoc Record reports.

Many facilities have to discharge patients earlier in the day to free up bed space for incoming individuals.

Both the Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) and the Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) have turned to staffing agencies, to which they are paying a premium in an effort to meet the growing demand for nurses.

However, certain medical services require a level of expertise that lesser-trained health clerks may not have. Jayne Scalise, nursing administrator at LVMC, says that the shortage is in specialty areas such as obstetrics and critical care, of which many recent college graduates have no expertise.

In addition, many school nurses traditionally teach health classes. As a solution to the shortage, LUSD has been hiring travelling nurses, who are expensive. Bob Altavilla, director of LUSD Auxiliary Services explains that students require nursing professionals who are familiar with insulin injections, gastrostomy tube feedings and catheterization.

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50 Excellent Blogs for Fertility Support

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November 21st, 2010

Infertility can be a hard thing for couples to cope with, especially when they’ve tried a variety of methods to improve fertility and become pregnant. With one in eight American couples experiencing infertility, you’re certainly not alone — even if it may feel like it. Many choose to struggle in silence, but others are willing to reach out, share their stories and offer support to others who are going through the same things. If you or someone you know is in need of fertility support, these blogs are an ideal place to find information, guidance, medical advice from doctors and nurses and much more.

News and Basic Information

These blogs share news and information about the latest fertility treatments, living with infertility and other topics that can help women and their partners learn more about fertility.

  1. Seedlings: Here you’ll find a great collection of news items from an IVF clinic in Pittsburgh.
  2. Conceive: This online magazine and blog is an excellent resource for everything fertility related, from what to eat to breaking medical news.
  3. Fertility Blog: This blog from About.com will teach you some of the basics of infertility, offering insights into treatments, increasing your fertility naturally and much more.
  4. Natural Fertility Info: From coping with the pain of a miscarriage to finding ways to naturally boost your fertility, this blog is a great source of information and support.
  5. Fertility Authority: This site offers up several different blog feeds, including everything from tips from a fertility specialist to news on celebrity infertility struggles.
  6. Fertility Fan: This blog addresses everything couples who are trying to conceive could possibly want to know about.
  7. Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility: If you’re looking for helpful posts, articles and information on fertility issues, this blog has plenty to offer both men and women.

Support

These blogs are essential reads for couples looking for support during their infertility struggles.

  1. Stirrup Queens: On this popular and comprehensive blog, you’ll get posts from Melissa, a mom who shares her struggles to conceive. Readers can find support in the online community there and off in her book on infertility and pregnancy loss.
  2. A Little Pregnant: On this site, you’ll read about Julie, a mom who conceived her son after four rounds of IVF, an ectopic pregnancy and a miscarriage.
  3. Fertility Stories: Get answers to questions, read news and share your experiences with infertility on this blog.
  4. Infertility-Fertility Over 40: Check out this blog if you’re over forty and trying to conceive. You’ll get the latest news and personal stories from blogger Sandy.
  5. This Cross I Embrace: If you’re a religious person, you’ll appreciate this faith-filled take on many of the issues surrounding infertility.
  6. Parenthood for Me: If you’re a couple trying to get through infertility, you’ll find an excellent resource in this organization that offers grants and support for families trying to have a child.
  7. Pregosaur: Find support from other women on this blog, as they share stories of trying to conceive, handling miscarriage and making it through pregnancy and childbirth.
  8. Path to Fertility: Blogger Lisa Rosenthal offers women support in their journey towards fertility through this blog, with posts on fertility specialists, ways women can feel empowered , and other infertility-related topics.
  9. In Due Time: This young woman has been sharing her infertility, family and personal stories on this blog since 2004.

Success Stories

Many of these bloggers have struggled with infertility for years and are now proud parents. Check out their sites for inspiration in your own journey and a reminder to hang in there when things get rough.

  1. Fertility Now!: This blogger and now mom lost five pregnancies before finally conceiving her son through IVF. Read about her struggles on this blog.
  2. Rantings and Ravings of an Infertile Turtle: Through this blog, you can share in the struggles on one woman to become a mother.
  3. Baby, Interrupted: This mom went through a lot to get pregnant, including years of infertility and multiple IVF treatments, but finally gave birth just this year.
  4. So Close: South African blogger Tertia Loebenberg shares her story of trying and being close to conceiving for so long, and finally having the child she very much desired on this blog.
  5. Stress Free Infertility: This mom advocates lowering your stress when you’re facing infertility, something she went through herself in her journey to have her three children.
  6. No Swimmers in the Tubes, No Bun in the Oven: This blog chronicles a long journey through infertility, including miscarriage, IVF and finally giving birth in 2009.

Dealing With Loss

For many couples out there, miscarriage is a sad and all-too-common phenomenon. You can get help with healing and coming to terms with your loss on these blogs.

  1. Naptime Confessional: If you’ve had a miscarriage, you’ll be able to relate to this mom’s pain after losing her daughter at 36 weeks.
  2. Accepting the Unexpected: Through this blog, you’ll be able to share in the pain and uncertainty that infertility and miscarriage bring into your life, with this blogger sharing her experiences.
  3. Semi-Fertile: Watching other mothers with children or who are pregnant can be extremely painful when you’ve lost your own, something this woman and blogger shares openly.
  4. One to Keep: On this blog, you’ll get support for the depression and pain that can follow miscarriage.
  5. My Life After Loss: This mom may have finally given birth to two healthy babies, but that doesn’t numb the pain of losing three others and having additional miscarriages.
  6. Waiting for Baby: Here, you’ll find a log of one woman’s journey through pregnancy, loss and infertility.
  7. My Words Fly Up: Sometimes, even when you think you’re over the pain of a lost child, it will sneak up on you. Share in this blogger’s pain and drive to become a mother in this blog.

Humor

These bloggers take a humorous approach to their fertility problems, making them a great read if you need a laugh.

  1. 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility: Take a humorous look at the sometimes painful realities that many couples struggling with infertility face.
  2. La Belette Rouge: This blogger is full of humor when sharing her stories about trying to have children, hating where she lives and working as a therapist.
  3. Womb for Improvement: You’ll find plenty of heartbreak on this blog from a woman who’s been trying to conceive for four years, but plenty to laugh at as well.
  4. Maybe If You Just Relax: Take your fertility with a dose of sarcasm with posts on this blog.

The Experts

Here you’ll find medical advice from doctors, clinics and fertility experts.

  1. Infertility Blog: Here, Dr. Licciardi, a New York based fertility doctor, shares news about the latest developments in fertility treatments, offers advice to patients and explains many aspects of fertility.
  2. Attain Fertility: This blog is an excellent place to find answers to your fertility questions from the doctors and experts most well-versed in it.
  3. Fertility File: A reproductive endocrinologist shares insights into his life and work on this blog– offering great information and hope for couples.
  4. Women’s Health and Fertility: Dr. Edward Ramirez posts to this blog about some of the latest advances in women’s infertility treatments.

IVF

Check out these blogs to read about bloggers who’ve gone through IVF, sometimes more than once, one of the most common and often most successful fertility treatments.

  1. Lifeslurper: If you can’t become pregnant even with repeated IVF treatments, read this blog by an Australian woman doing everything she can to have a baby.
  2. Wishing 4 One: This couple went through multiple IVF treatments, tubal pregnancies and fertility issues before finally having success in October of this year.
  3. Fertility Challenged In Florida: This couple spent years trying all kinds of treatments until four years later, after IVF, they finally have a son to call their own.
  4. Life and Love in the Petri Dish: Follow along as this couple tries to conceive, battling through miscarriage and multiple IVF treatments.
  5. Reproductive Jeans: On this blog, you’ll find posts dealing with male infertility, IVF, and finally giving birth after years of trying.
  6. Single Infertile Female: This woman is definitely a 21st century lady, skipping past finding a man and going through the babymaking process on her own– and having a little difficulty due to infertility.

Living With Infertility

On these blogs, you’ll find couples who’ve come to terms with their infertility and have chosen to either not have children or adopt.

  1. Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed: This blogger deals with many of the issues infertile women take on, like faith and womanhood, while herself choosing to pursue adoption in the face of infertility.
  2. A Fresh Start: Check out Pamela Jeanne’s blog. It’s full of great information on living with infertility and so is her book Silent Sorority.
  3. A Greater Yes: Blogger Jess shares her story of infertility from IUI to failed adoptions to finally having a child through embryo adoption on this blog.
  4. Upon Awakening: Infertility can take a hefty toll on a person and a marriage. Learn more about both in this blog.
  5. Apron Strings for Emily: For some women, infertility will end up in child-free living. If you think that’s the road you might want to take, check out this blog for some support and guidance.
  6. Tales From The Stirrups: This blogger dealt with infertility through adoption, sharing her passion and pain on this blog– a great resource for couples looking for alternative options.
  7. Just Being: When you’re facing infertility, you might wonder, “why me.” This blogger deals with those concerns and long-term struggles with trying to conceive.

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Wingate University may reinstate nursing program

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November 19th, 2010

In response to the projected healthcare personnel shortage, Wingate University (WU) plans to reinstate its bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program by 2012, The Charlotte Observer reports.

WU’s previous BSN, which catered to individuals who had previously obtained a two-year associate degree, was discontinued in the mid-1990s due to a lack of demand.

The new program will be geared toward high school graduates who have an interest in pursuing a four-year nursing degree. The school’s initial goal is to enroll 20 students per class at WU’s Union County campus.

Before it can be reinstated, WU’s BSN program must first be approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The institution is currently searching for a director of nursing to establish a curriculum and pursue accreditation.

According to The North Carolina Center for Nursing, the state’s shortage is expected to reach nearly 20,000 by 2015.

A number of factors are affecting the nationwide nursing shortage, including an aging baby boomer population, an increased need for healthcare and schools’ inability to expand enrollment levels, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
 

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Minnesota nursing schools focus on geriatric care

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According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, an aging baby boomer population will increase the need for healthcare workers across the country. This trend will also require nursing program graduates to have the knowledge and experience necessary to treat this demographic.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that regional nursing schools are placing more focus on geriatric care as the number of people 65 and older in the state will increase by 40 percent in the next 10 years. The baby boomer population is expected to strain healthcare resources for the next two decades.

To combat this approaching problem, 10 nursing schools in west central Minnesota are increasing curriculum focus on geriatric care.

“Every nurse has to be competent caring for older adults because that’s who they’re going to be caring for given the demographics,” says Christine Mueller, chair of the University of Minnesota adult and gerontological health cooperative.

Mueller adds that the need for healthcare professionals that are competent at caring for older adults is at a “crisis point.”

Experts say that attracting nursing degree seekers who have experience with geriatric care is not the only key to heading off this potential crisis. According to Jennifer Jacobson, a nursing instructor at Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Morehead, more instructors will also be needed.