Our Baby Maker

The two week wait is boring.  I don’t have a lot to report.  I did try something out while waiting though.

Anyone who wants to have a baby or is already pregnant wonders what their little one will look like.  I am not alone.  So I tried Our Baby Maker out.  It was kind of fun. You just upload a picture of mom and one of dad.  Then you can choose how much the baby will look like the other parent.

This first one is one that looks like us equally.

 

Pretty ugly.  I know.  If we’re going to have kids this ugly, I may have to rethink the whole trying to conceive thing.

 

This next one is supposed to look more like K.

I laughed out loud when I made this one.  I don’t think anyone could make a baby that hideous.

This one is supposed to look more like me.

This just proves that any baby I have is going to be adorable.  Yeah the eyes are kind of wonky and it looks slightly possessed. It is a far sight better than the previous two.  I just noticed that they all look like they have a lazy eye.

I don’t know if I reccomend this website.  It had me download a toolbar but they had an easy to find link to uninstall it.  I haven’t noticed anything weird with my computer but you never know with stuff like this.

It was okay for laughs.  I know any kid we actually have won’t look deformed like this.

I’m testing in two days.  Not to sure what to think.  At this point, it could go either way.  Keep you fingers crossed that this is our big fat positive.

 

 

I Want

One of my clients is a wonderful lady. Over the last year, I have gotten to know about her family through the stories she tells about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Today she was telling me about her granddaughter Patti,who has a store online and knits baby hats. I found her by doing a little search on Etsy. They are these funky little hats and I so want some if I ever have a baby for newborn photos.

Here’s a few of them.


I want one so bad. I’m thinking about buying one just in case.

Check out her store here.

Don’t forget to check out the story on her profile.

I hope this isn’t saying too much but she’s currently expecting and on bed rest so order a hat or two so she can stave off boredom. I’m really pulling for her and hope she has a very happy and healthy pregnancy.

Now get off here and check her out.

National Infertility Awareness Week

Since April 24-30 is NIAW, I thought I should do a little bit of education today. Yyyaaayyyy!!!!!

Fast Facts About Infertility

Infertility is a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system.  Both the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), World Health Organization (WHO) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recognize infertility as a disease.

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (six months if the woman is over age 35) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth.

Infertility affects 7.3 million people in the U.S. This figure represents 12% of women of childbearing age, or 1 in 8 couples. (2002 National Survey of Family Growth)

Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained. 

A couple ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month (National Women’s Health Resource Center). After six months of trying, 60% of couples will conceive without medical assistance. (Infertility As A Covered Benefit, William M. Mercer, 1997)

Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth. (Infertility As A Covered Benefit, William M. Mercer, 1997)

Approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. Fewer than 3% need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The most recently available statistics indicate the live birth rate per fresh non-donor embryo transfer is 28%. (Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rates, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005)

Fifteen states have passed laws requiring that insurance policies cover some level of infertility treatment: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia. (For more on this visit the insurance coverage section of resolve.org.)

Offering a comprehensive infertility treatment benefit with appropriate utilization controls may actually reduce costs and improve outcomes by eliminating the inappropriate use of costly covered procedures and allowing specialists to use the most effective, efficient treatment for a specific type of infertility. (Infertility As A Covered Benefit, William M. Mercer, 1997)

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (August 2002) found that the percentage of high-order pregnancies (those with three or more fetuses) was greater in states that did not require insurance coverage for IVF. The authors of the study noted that mandatory coverage is likely to yield better health outcomes for women and their infants since high-order births are associated with higher-risk pregnancies.

Let’s get this out in the public’s mind so insurance companies will see that having a child is not in the same category as boob jobs and liposuction.

Thanks so much to resolve.org for the information.