Thursday, October 28, 2010

Infertiity and H1N1

Please pass this along if you know anyone going through treatment...

Seeking Infertility Services? Experts Recommend Seeking H1N1 Immunization First

New research from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development confirms the need for H1N1 vaccines in women before undergoing infertility treatment.

Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a PubMed search, the number of infertility visits, H1N1 vaccination rate, H1N1 infection rate, the number of obstetric patients hospitalized with H1N1, and maternal death rate from H1N1 were estimated.

It was found that at the current immunization rate of about 24%, up to 17.5 maternal deaths could be prevented by H1N1 immunization. If all women receive the vaccination before infertility treatments, they researchers estimated 72 deaths would be prevented.

Last year, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the CDC issued a joint statement calling for women to be vaccinated for the H1N1 virus prior to undergoing infertility treatments.

Based on these findings, William Gibbons, MD, President of the ASRM, concluded, “We stand by our recommendation and urge all women to receive an H1N1 vaccine prior to undergoing infertility treatments.”

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Built in best friend

It just hit me last night how very lucky these girls are to have each other. I already know how lucky we are as parents. I watched the girls play "get you" for 1/2 hour straight and couldn't get enough of the giggles. Having a playmate allows us more time to get some things done while they occupy each other and how lucky are they to have their bestie by their side to play all the time :) It completely melts my heart when I see them grab each others hands or hear Emma say "Come on Mady, here's your baby." Emma has definitely taken on her role as big sis and ALWAYS looks out for Mady.

At almost 26 months, the girls are sleeping great for the most part. Mady hardly ever gets up, but Emma will end up waking up screaming my name about 1 day a week and usually ends up snuggling in bed with me. I love every minute of it... that is until she kicks ;) They go to bed at night like angels, thank god. However, naps as of late have been challenging. They basically haven't napped Fri-Sun for the last 2 weeks, which leads to cranky babies come 6-7pm. They sleep in to anywhere from 7am-8:30am. Usually around 7:30am.

Miss Mady is the temper tantrum queen. She will drop down to the ground regardless of where we are to show you just how very mad she is. This weekend we had to leave a restaurant as soon as we sat down because she just wouldn't stop. That being said, we have not and will not give up on going out. I think it's good for all of us! We usually take them out 1-2 times a week, usually one breakfast and one dinner. I know plenty of parents who just stop taking their kids out, BUT we hardly ever have date nights, so we need to get out of the house.

The girls are talking, talking, talking and singing. It's so entertaining to hear what will come out of their mouths next.

Pics to come of the costumes I've been slaving over making for Halloween and our trip to the Zoo Boo.