The Long Road from Graveyard Shift to Cradle

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Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I have been trying to have a baby for the past year. Both of us have been thoroughly checked out and neither of us has any physical conditions that could be causing problems. The doctor says it’s “unexplained infertility,” which isn’t helpful at all. My wife usually works late afternoons or night shifts (she’s a nurse) and is always tired. Could that be contributing to our difficulty conceiving?
A: “Unexplained infertility” has to be one of the most frustrating things a couple can hear. All it means is that even after spending thousands on diagnoses and fertility treatments, you’re not any closer to having a baby than you were before. But in your case, your wife’s work schedule may provide a clue.
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Nominations For Annual Pink Power Mom Program Now Accepted

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Connecting and Empowering Moms Across the Nation.

ATLANTA, GA (May 13, 2013) – The Pink Power Mom Program, now in its seventh year, proudly announces the call for this year’s nominations starting on Mother’s Day, May 12. Every year, Kids II® recognizes and rewards eight women for their fight against breast cancer and honors these incredible women as Pink Power Moms. The Pink Power Moms are selected due to the inspiration they give their families, friends and others battling breast cancer as well as because of their resilient spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Since 2006, the Pink Power Mom program has made a difference by supporting deserving moms who are breast cancer survivors and their charities throughout the U.S.  The program currently boasts a total of 48 women and over 55 charities throughout the nation; all of whom have inspired and empowered people in their communities. By thinking globally and acting locally, the program has created a compassionate network of resources for women and families affected by breast cancer.

The Pink Power Mom program was created to join the fight against breast cancer by honoring and supporting women who have overcome the disease and are helping others through charitable work in their neighborhoods.  Each of the eight women selected as Pink Power Mom receives $5,000 for the breast cancer charity of her choice as well as a weekend including an educational forum to bond and learn how to enhance their community efforts. Each mom also receives a legacy donation of $1,000 each year for the next four years.

Friends and families are invited to nominate a mom who has been an inspiration throughout her battle with cancer. The program is also open to self-nominations from those who believe they should be a Pink Power Mom. Submissions are now open and will be accepted through June 30, 2013. To nominate a mom or yourself, or to find out more about the program, go to www.pinkpowermom.com.

Kids II has a 40-year history of developing industry-changing innovations for families across the globe and has quickly becoming a world-leading baby and infant product company.  The brand portfolio strength runs deep with seven brands under the Kids II umbrella: Bright StartsTM, InGenuityTM, Comfort & HarmonyTM, DisneyTM, Baby EinsteinTM, OballTM and TaggiesTM. Through its brands, Kids II is a powerhouse of creativity, diversity and innovation, uniquely matching the individual needs of every parent and baby. Headquartered in Atlanta, Kids II spans globally with 13 global offices in six continents serving customers in more than 72 countries. For more information visit www.kidsii.com.

When Men Suffer from “Women’s Diseases”

Many people know that although breast cancer is generally considered something that affects women, men can—and sometimes do—develop breast cancer too. But breast cancer isn’t the only “women’s disease” that affects men. Here are two more that most people don’t know about. Eating disorders. Even though we think of eating disorders as affecting only girls, [...]

When it Comes to Puberty, Boys Are Catching Up to Girls (and That’s Not Necessarily Good News)

We’ve all (or at least those of us with daughters) heard about how girls growing up today are starting puberty younger than girls who came of age just a few generations ago. And we’ve all (whether we have boys or girls) heard about how boys are lagging behind girls in every measurable academic milestone, whether it’s grades, test scores, high-school graduation rates, college degrees, or professional degrees. But when it comes to puberty, it looks like boys may be closing the gap. And that may not be a good thing.

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Learning the Facts About Breast Cancer and Debunking the Myths

The phrase “breast cancer” can be plenty scary–to the person who receives the diagnosis as well as to the family. But thanks to incredibly awareness campaigns and advances in medical technology, quite often, breast cancer is treatable.  In this guest post, Jamie Pratt, sheds some much needed light on this disease.

For many of us, hearing the words breast cancer conjures up a dismal picture. Any form of cancer is a frightening thought, and breast cancer affects not only the stricken individual, but loved ones as well. Breast cancer awareness is designed to educate everyone, just as this unforgiving disease touches all walks of life. This awareness may be in the form of promotional items, educational websites and pamphlets, or simply word of mouth. Having access to the necessary tools, such as forums or cancer risk assessments, can make a difference. Annual mammograms, primarily for women past the age of 45, is essential in helping to detect breast cancer early on.

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No more lunch-time boob jobs in Ireland. Seriously.

In most places, people have a pretty wide selection of lunchtime options: sushi, pizza, sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, stay at your desk and check your email or send out resumes. But for the women of Ireland, there was one more option: a 45-minute breast enhancement procedure. Well, at least there was.

According to the  May 26, 2012 edition of the Belfast Telegraph, “clinics in the Republic of Ireland have been requested by the Medicine Board to stop offering women a ‘lunch-time’ boob job that could interfere with breast cancer detection.”

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