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NWW Photo Caption Contest No. 9

By Tracey Minella

February 29th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

 

It’s that time again, folks! Ready for another Nearly Wordless Wednesday? It’s our weekly photo caption contest where anyone anywhere can enter to win by submitting a clever caption for the photo of the week. And what infertile couple, or generally stressed out person, can’t use a fun distraction? Come on and play!

Each week, the winner gets a gift card. It’s our little thank you for playing our game.

This week’s contest winner will get a Starbucks gift card. Let’s play. What tempting, frothy hot or cold specialty is calling your name? Win this contest and the gift card is yours!

But first let’s announce last week’s winner: Casey88! Congrats!

Remember the motherly looking woman creeping in the limo window as the newlyweds were kissing? Well, Casey88 made us laugh with the caption: “When am I getting a grandchild? You’ve been married 20 minutes already!”  That’s nagging that we infertile folks sure relate to!

Casey, please email your address and the words “NWW Contest #8-Starbucks” to Lindsay at lmontello@liivf.com to claim your gift card.

Now, on to this week’s challenge.

I had to choose between doing the “Just for Guys” post I usually do on the last day of the month and the NWW contest. Sorry, guys. Forgive me? I picked a guy photo to caption if that helps…

Give this photo a caption either below on this blog or on our Facebook page. NOTE: Please enter on Facebook this week if you have problems entering on the blog.

Best entry winner gets Starbucks on us! It’s a fast, fun and free contest open to anyone, whether infertile or not, and whether a patient of our practice or not.

Bookmark our blog or like us on Facebook and check back next week to see if you won and we’ll mail you your gift card.

Plus, if you “LIKE” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/longislandivf , we may be able to send you the prize as an e-gift right through Facebook, depending on what this week’s prize is, so you could be enjoying your winnings as early as on the day we choose the winner! (And as much as we’d love you to “LIKE” us on Facebook, it is absolutely not required to either enter or win our contests!… But did I mention we’d love it if you did ;-)

Enter today! Or at least before next Tuesday!

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Why not bookmark us so you remember to check back often…at least every Wednesday…so you don’t miss our NWW contests. And we also run bigger contests, too. And feel free to suggest other fun places we could get gift cards from that you’d like to win as prizes for these fun contests or topics you’d like to see discussed on the blog. Now go enter the contest!

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Long Island IVF Doctors Make “Top Doc” List…Again!

By Tracey Minella

February 27th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

L-R: Dr. Brenner, Dr. Pena, Dr. Kenigsberg, Dr. Kreiner

Forget the Oscars! We’ve got the REAL winners here at Long Island IVF!!!

Looking for the best reproductive endocrinologists on Long Island?

Well, Long Island IVF is proud to announce that, not one, but two of our doctors made the US News 2012 Top Docs List. They join only 300 other Reproductive Endocrinologists in America who have received this distinction.

Significantly, doctors cannot buy a spot on the list, nor can they apply for consideration for one. The Top Docs are determined by the peer recommendations of other doctors and a physician-led research panel. They are the doctors most recommended by other doctors.

Castle Connolly, a New York-based company committed to providing consumers with physician information, has been compiling Top Docs lists annually for almost two decades, and partnered with US News to produce this year’s list. Check out the details at http://health.usnews.com/top-doctors/directory/best-reproductive-endocrinologists

LI-IVF’s Dr. Daniel Kenigsberg and Dr. Steven Brenner have not only made the 2012 US News list, they’ve both made the last 11 editions of Castle Connolly’s Top Docs in the New York Metro area, as well as appearing on Newsday’s Top Docs on Long Island List repeatedly since 2008. And both were listed in New York Magazine’s Top Doc list in 2002, according to Newsday.com as outlined in the links below.

For information on Dr. Brenner, see http://www.castleconnolly.com/doctors/full.cfm?source=newsday09&doctorID=81CC029252

For information on Dr. Kenigsberg, see http://www.castleconnolly.com/doctors/full.cfm?source=newsday09&doctorID=81CC009886

We are proud of all our LI-IVF physicians. They’re all top docs to their patients.

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If you have an LI-IVF doc you’d like to recommend or thank, please feel free to give him or her a “shout out” right here. And if you’re reading this on Facebook, feel free to post your miracle baby’s photo along with it! We love to see our handiwork!

 

 

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Surrogacy Attorney Theresa Erickson Sentenced

By Tracey Minella

February 24th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Disgraced surrogacy attorney, Theresa Erickson, who pled guilty last August to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, was sentenced today in Federal Court in San Diego for her part in what many have described as an international baby-selling ring.

According to ABC News, Erickson was sentenced to five months in jail, nine months of home confinement, and a $70,000 fine.  She faced a possible five years in prison. Read the full article: http://abcnews.go.com/US/san-diego-women-sentenced-baby-selling-case/story?id=15785854

We’ve followed this case since its inception. This case did for surrogacy what the octomom case did for IVF. It made the industry take a step backward in the public eye and gave politicians an excuse to butt in to reproductive rights issues.

So do you think justice was served?

Is five minutes months in jail and a nine month vacation in the backyard home confinement fair or woefully inadequate?

If you admittedly charged about a dozen desperate couples $100,000- $150,000 per baby, isn’t a $70,000 fine the equivalent of … oh, I don’t know… a slurpee? Even if that figure was your total profit, is it enough to simply return it without further penalty? Does that seem fair, or might further restitution be another way to go?

And what’s with the plea itself? Conspiracy to commit …wire fraud?  Well, that sure sounds better than baby-selling one could argue. Others may liken it to people getting a DWI ticket while doing 120 in a 30 zone … and pleading to a seatbelt.

Is the worst part that an attorney admittedly broke a law designed to protect surrogates, intended parents, and babies… or that she did so for a large financial gain? Would you be more forgiving if she hadn’t made a profit? Or is the trust she breached simply unforgiveable? Do you think her tears were genuine or a crock of … ? Does remorse even matter?

Should she have been barred from making a profit on her story either through a book or movie deal? If she does make a deal, would you then support her by buying the book or seeing the movie?

If you don’t agree with the sentence she received, and YOU were the judge… what sentence would you have imposed and why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Personhood Bills Threaten IVF

By David Kreiner MD, and Tracey Minella

February 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Almost exactly a year ago, the post below was written by Dr. Kreiner in response to the first modern day legislative attempt to give constitutional rights to embryos. It was Iowa’s HF 153. It was defeated. But other states have introduced similar “Personhood” bills in its wake.

 

Personhood bills threaten IVF, among other women’s rights. It’s scary that they are coming so close to passage. Please help spread the word and join the fight against such proposed bills. Last year it was Iowa. This year it is Virginia. Next up is Oklahoma. You can read more here: http://www.nbc12.com/story/17004134/personhood-bill-dies-in-senate

 

In light of today’s surprise defeat of a similar Personhood bill in Virginia’s Senate (which had passed in the House), I’ve reprinted Dr. Kreiner’s thoughtful insights on history, politics, and embryos in opposition to Personhood bills:

 

TheUnited States of Americais the most amazing nation in the world. It was the birthplace for modern political freedoms and democracy. We have been on the forefront of individual rights and have the Constitution and Bill of Rights to protect us. So, it should not be too surprising when groups of Americans who believe that life begins long before birth and immediately after conception attempt to impose these same rights on embryos.

 

An Iowa House Subcommittee has advanced a bill, HF 153, which would give constitutional rights to embryos. The bill is being presented to the Human Resources Committee, and then very likely to the full GOP-controlled House, where it stands a good chance of being approved.

Those of us who work with in vitro fertilization (IVF) have enormous respect for the special status of the human embryo. Like the acorn from the oak tree, a human embryo has the potential to become a human life some day. But, let us be clear. I am not speaking of a fetus that resembles an immature developing baby — I am referring to a group of cells, in some cases undifferentiated, prior to the initiation of organ development.

This bill not only threatens the reproductive rights of women, it prevents those who suffer from infertility to seek treatment for their disease. It would take away the rights of an infertile patient to make decisions about embryos created as part of IVF. Excess embryos that otherwise are developed to improve a patient’s chances of having a baby would either not be allowed or would accumulate in a clinic without limit. Embryos with abnormal chromosomes could not be discarded and would be forced to be transferred, giving potential to an abnormal fetus.

Embryos are created for the sole purpose of creating a much-desired human being for those otherwise unable to build a family without the help of assisted reproduction. However, it is a basic American right backed by the courts that the responsibility for determining what happens to an embryo belongs to the progenitors of the embryos. Since most fertilized eggs fail to implant in the uterus, it is unreasonable to assume that an embryo will develop into a person — and, therefore, it is inappropriate to offer it the same constitutional rights as a live human being.

Passage of this bill would result in a ruling that all embryos either be transferred back into a woman’s uterus, which would result in many tragic, unhealthy multiple pregnancies, or that they be kept frozen forever.

This would truly be un-American.

What are your thoughts on this issue? How would passage of this bill affect your infertility treatment plans? If you are against this proposed legislation and its affect on your right to determine the disposition of your embryos, please write to your elected representatives.

Photo credit: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=4074&picture=under-the-flag

 

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday Photo Caption Contest No. 8

By Tracey Minella

February 22nd, 2012 at 1:15 am

Ready for another Nearly Wordless Wednesday? It’s our weekly photo caption contest where anyone anywhere can enter to win by submitting a clever caption for the photo of the week. And what infertile couple, or generally stressed out person, can’t use a fun distraction? Come on and play!

Each week, the winner gets a gift card. It’s our little thank you for playing our game.

This week’s contest winner will get a Starbucks gift card. Come on now. Your favorite vente something or other is within your grasp. Win this contest and the gift card is yours!

But first let’s announce last week’s winner: Maureen! Congrats! Wow, I never realized so many people hate clowns!

Who could forget that little girl hysterically crying in the arms of a freaky-looking clown? Well, Maureen cracked us up with the caption: “Her parents misunderstood. She said she wanted a CROWN for her birthday!” (My caption would have been “After the costly adoption, the Smith’s unfortunately settled for the bargain birthday package”)

Maureen, please email your address and the words “NWW Contest #7-Dunkin Donuts” to Lindsay at lmontello@liivf.com to claim your gift card.

Now, on to this week’s challenge.

Tell us what the woman outside the window is saying/thinking.

Give this photo a caption either below on this blog or on our Facebook page. NOTE: Please enter on Facebook this week if you have problems entering on the blog.

Best entry winner gets Starbucks on us! It’s a fast, fun and free contest open to anyone, whether infertile or not, and whether a patient of our practice or not.

Bookmark our blog or like us on Facebook and check back next week to see if you won and we’ll mail you your gift card.

Plus, if you “LIKE” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/longislandivf , we may be able to send you the prize as an e-gift right through Facebook, depending on what this week’s prize is, so you could be enjoying your winnings as early as on the day we choose the winner! (And as much as we’d love you to “LIKE” us on Facebook, it is absolutely not required to either enter or win our contests!… But did I mention we’d love it if you did ;-)

Enter today! Or at least before next Tuesday!

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Why not bookmark us so you remember to check back often…at least every Wednesday…so you don’t miss our NWW contests. And we also run bigger contests, too. And feel free to suggest other fun places we could get gift cards from that you’d like to win as prizes for these fun contests or topics you’d like to see discussed on the blog. Now go enter the contest!

Photo credit: http://www.chilloutpoint.com/funny/wedding-photos-that-will-never-be-in-your-wedding-album.html

 

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What is YOUR Mom’s Role in Your Infertility Journey?

By Tracey Minella

February 21st, 2012 at 4:19 pm

What role, if any, does your mother play in your infertility journey?

I ask that because I lost my own mom 18 years ago today. She never got to be a grandmother. She was here for the beginning of my journey, but passed right after my first IVF failed. I went through the next six IVFs without her.

I didn’t tell Mom about my infertility initially. I wanted to resolve it myself, without worrying her. I was also embarrassed on some level…far from the person I now am. The technical side of IVF would have been beyond her understanding anyway, but maybe over time she’d have grasped it.

Losing her during the infertile years added a level of guilt and desperation to my journey. How could I let her die without becoming a grandmother? Why did I wait to start trying? And being an only child (and losing Dad shortly thereafter), I desperately wanted that tie to another. The only way to come close to replacing what I lost…the mother-daughter bond…would be to have a child of my own.

While all will never be completely right with my world, it certainly came close when my daughter came along…looking like my mom. And my son followed…looking like my dad. Hard not to think they had something to do with that!

So, I’m wondering: Does YOUR Mom have a part in your journey, or have your kept it all private, or has she passed on already?

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Please share your story to help others struggling with the decision to share the news of their infertility.

Photo credit: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=10947&picture=angel-statue

 

 

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Black History Month Tribute to Embryologist E.E.Just

By Tracey Minella and Sharlene Gumbs, T.s.

February 20th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

In honor of Black History Month, we’re sharing this essay from Long Island IVF Embryologist, Sharlene Gumbs. It’s a fascinating read about an African-American pioneer in embryology from the early 1900’s. Read on about how Sharlene became the master of her domain:

 

Through the Eyes of an Embryologist

“When were you introduced to the word ‘embryologist’”?   This question was posed to me at a recent dinner meeting with my colleagues and other health care professionals.

 

At the time that I was asked, my mind was preoccupied with the triple chocolate mousse on the dessert menu. Thus, a very generic reply was given.  “School,” I said. On my way home that evening, the question popped in mind and I remembered that my introduction to the word “embryologist” began with aU.S.postage stamp.

 

In my junior year of college, I received an endearing letter from a fellow classmate. The letter was posted with a stamp of Ernest E. Just.  I knew little about the man on the postage except that he was African- American, a biologist, and worthy of a commemorative stamp.

 

After doing some library research, I discovered that E.E. Just, PhD was biologist in the early-mid 1900’s who studied the process of egg fertilization and embryo development in marine invertebrates.  Just is credited with being the first biologist or embryologist to observe and document a cortical change that sweeps over the egg at the point of sperm entry. This change or shift in egg cell membrane potential was defined by Just as the “wave of negativity” that prevents fertilization by more than one sperm (i.e., polyspermy).

 

Today, this wave is referred by scientists as the “fast block”.  Just was also the first to infer that the second block to polyspermy known as the “slow block” occurs as a result of the formation of a protective membrane around the fertilized egg.

 

In addition to being a pioneer in his field, Just was a humble and unassuming man who did not flinch at challenging the theories of leading biologists of his time. In one of the 70+ scientific papers published by Just, he criticized the theory of geneticist and noble laureate, T. H. Morgan.  Morgan, a former embryologist, theorized that genes on chromosomes within the nucleus controlled inheritance and embryo development. 

 

Just, however, believed otherwise.  He was a traditional embryologist who postulated that the factors for inheritance were located in the egg cytoplasm and consequently the cytoplasm played a dominant role in embryo development.  Although Just’s cytoplasm- centered theory was ultimately erroneous, his explanation contained traces of truth.  Through scientific research, we know today that embryo development is a multi-faceted process that combines genetics, cytology, and embryology.

 

E. E. Just, PhD had a notable career in academia and in experimental embryology that spanned 50 years and two continents but he was not oblivious to the feelings of discomfort towards people of African diaspora.  Over the years, his tolerance for racial inequity in early 20th centuryAmerica waned and he relocated to theMediterranean.

 

InItaly, aside from room temperature vino rosso, Just discovered a relationship between blastomere adhesiveness in a cleavage embryo and embryo development.  Although his experiments were conducted on non-human subjects, a similar relationship can be observed when we, the clinical embryologists, assess IVF embryos.

 

With the onset of fascism in Italy, Just decided it was best to move his family to France.  It was in Francethat he completed his magnum opus The Biology of the Cell Surface, in which he writes “The cell is the biologist crucial unit of observation and the egg cell is the special domain of the embryologist”.

Sharlene Gumbs, T.S. (ABB)

 

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Any questions about embryology? Ask them right here.

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IVF When Single

By David Kreiner MD

February 17th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

No knight in shining armor? No Mr. Right? Biological clock pounding in your ear?

Long Island IVF’s Dr. Kreiner helps the single ladies out there TTC who’ve found themselves at a “reproductive crossroads”:

Last week a patient presented to my office with a question that made me feel like I was responding to a Dear Abby letter requesting help to make some crucial life decisions that were related to her reproductive health.  As I pondered her query that I had heard so many times before I wondered how terribly nerve racking it must feel like for this woman.

Dear Fertility Doc,

“I am 39 years old, single and I enjoy my career.  However, I always dreamed I would have children.  Unfortunately, I have not yet met a man that I would feel comfortable with to marry and with whom to have a baby.  What should I do?”

Signed,

At Reproductive Crossroads

The issues that this woman brings up are universal in my practice.  She basically has to weigh her desire to have children now rather than delay, using her own eggs or potentially with an egg donor or to adopt.   She needs to consider the ramifications of taking time off from her career as well as creating a child with donor sperm.  She expressed concern to me that if she were to meet Mister Right how will he respond to this child?  Are there any tests that I can perform that can help this woman make a decision?

First of all, it is imperative in cases like this to do a full fertility screen so that we understand from a fertility perspective how much time she has left and how urgent this patient needs to make a decision. 

To assess her fertility I do a Day 3 serum Estradiol and FSH, an AntiMullerian Hormone and a sonographic antral follicle count.  The FSH is regulated by negative feedback from serum Estradiol and inhibin both of which are produced by the granulosa cells of the ovarian follicles.  With diminishing ovarian activity there are fewer follicles, less estradiol and inhibin so with less feedback, the FSH level is high.  Occasionally, in patients with low ovarian activity, often called reserve, a patient may have an ovarian cyst that produces estradiol.  This will lower the FSH level to otherwise normal activity levels even when there is minimal ovarian activity and inhibin.  One would misinterpret the low normal FSH in the presence of higher estradiol which is why this must be measured concurrent with FSH.

AntiMullerian Hormone is also produced by the granulosa cells and low levels therefore indicate depleted ovaries.  Likewise, few antral follicles seen on ultrasound typically performed during the early follicular phase of the cycle will indicate low ovarian reserve.

Once we know a patient’s relative fertility through this screen we need to decide whether she is prepared to delay her career for pregnancy and motherhood or should she do IVF and freeze her embryos thereby freezing her fertility potential at the current state.

Since she is single without a participating partner we would be using the sperm from an anonymous donor.  The specimens are obtained from sperm banks that are certified byNew YorkStateby virtue of their screening and testing for infectious and hereditary diseases.  Patients may review what is available from the sperm banks.  They can review on the internet the donor’s demographic information, physical attributes, educational and occupational histories, etc for the offered specimens.

If a woman does not have any infertility issues I would attempt donor insemination.  However, due to her advanced age, I would progress to more aggressive therapies if we were not successful after a few cycles.

A common concern for women in this circumstance is that they may meet their soul mate in the future and he may not be comfortable with a child produced with someone else’s sperm.  This is an issue that is very individual and I can only offer to support the patients as they decide what is best for them.

As she prolongs the decision her fertility is diminishing, and thereby risks not being able to have a child using her own eggs.  If conceiving with one’s own eggs is crucial then she must weigh the downside of conceiving a child from an anonymous donor and if she does so, the potential problems associated with finding a man in the future who she may want to have a family with.

It is enormously stressful making these decisions at these reproductive crossroads.

I discuss these issues with my patients and help them arrive at the decision that is right for them.

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Do you go forward with single motherhood, figuring the true Mr. Right would accept this child from your egg and donor sperm? Or do you wait, remain childless, and hope to find Mr. Right only to give up your ability to use your own eggs, having to use donor eggs and his sperm? What would you do?

 

Photo credit: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=2084&picture=pretty-girls

 

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Over 40, High FSH, and Infertile

By admin

February 16th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Time flies when you’re having fun. Time also flies when you’re not really “having fun”, but are just busy plodding through life’s challenges. And then one day you turn around and ask yourself “Where did the time go?”…especially when you’re TTC.

Long Island IVF’s Dr. Kreiner offers the following advice:

You have that dreaded infertility diagnosis, “Over 40 with High FSH Levels.” And there’s no cure or magic herb that will turn back the hands of time. You’re desperate so you are willing to try it all anyway, including acupuncture and some internet recommendations such as DHEA (dehydroepiendosterone).

You hear that you can lower your FSH with DHEA or estrogen. The fact is, however, elevated FSH levels do not cause a problem with conceiving. They are merely a marker of diminishing ovarian reserve, a depletion of ovarian follicles and eggs that, combined with increasing age, mean you have very few genetically normal eggs available in your ovaries to achieve a healthy child.

Reproductive endocrinologists typically counsel “Over 40 with High FSH Levels” patients that their chance of successfully achieving a live birth using their own eggs is small and that by using a donated egg from a young, fertile woman they can increase their odds of giving birth to greater than 70 percent per donation. Unfortunately, this comes as a shocking disappointment to most women. It’s often a reason for them to drop out of a doctor’s practice or even quit trying to conceive.

So what do you do when faced with this situation? Your answer needs to be individualized, based on your emotional and financial resources, your motivation and your comfort with using a donated egg.

At our clinic, we try to come up with a strategy with our patients that includes counseling to begin the discussion about donor eggs, as opposed to trying with less chance for a successful outcome using a patient’s own eggs, or stopping therapy completely and adopting or living child-free.

Perhaps you will choose a low tech option such as insemination with or without hormonal therapy. Sometimes, the plan will be to blast ahead with the big guns using IVF with full stimulation or with less medication and cost using Micro IVF or Minimal Stimulation IVF. Some patients respond better to different stimulations such as sensitizing with estrace or even DHEA prior to stimulation, using a lupron flare or even using clomid in combination with gonadotropins. Unfortunately, it is hard to predict what will be the optimal stimulation for you until we give it a shot.

The bottom line? There’s no right or wrong choice for you. Remember, a family can look many different ways and still be a healthy, loving unit. Your physician, nurses and counselors are available to assist you and support you with whatever decision you make.

Photo credit: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=19718&picture=woman-with-glasses

 

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NWW Photo Caption Contest No. 7

By Tracey Minella

February 15th, 2012 at 12:41 pm


Glad to see last week’s photo didn’t scare anyone away! But this week’s may!

Time for Nearly Wordless Wednesday! It’s our weekly photo caption contest where anyone anywhere can enter to win by submitting a clever caption for the photo of the week. Try it and you’ll soon be addicted to the fun. And what infertile couple, or generally stressed out person, can’t use a fun distraction? Come on and play!

Each week, the winner gets a gift card. It’s our little thank you for playing our game.

This week’s contest winner will get a Dunkin Donuts gift card. What breakfast or lunch combo is calling your name? (Make mine a jelly donut and coffee, please!) Win this contest and the gift card is yours!

But first let’s announce last week’s winner: Curtis! Congrats! Boy was there stiff competition last week. Lots of great entries. So please keep trying!

Who could forget that stud in the bathroom with the hearts shaved into his ample chest hair and that smoky look [shudder]. Well, Curtis cracked us up with his poetic caption: “Roses are red, Violets are blue, In case you are wondering… I shaved down there too!” (My caption would have been “Roses are red, Violets are blue, I’m not just your Valentine, I’m a sperm donor, too!”) Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Curtis, please email your address and the words “NWW Contest #6-McDonalds” to Lindsay at lmontello@liivf.com to claim your gift card.

Now, on to this week’s challenge.

Give this photo a caption either below on this blog or on our Facebook page. NOTE: Please enter on Facebook this week if you have problems entering on the blog as we are changing blog platforms tomorrow.

Best entry winner gets Dunkin Donuts on us! It’s a fast, fun and free contest open to anyone, whether infertile or not, and whether a patient of our practice or not.

Bookmark our blog or like us on Facebook and check back next week to see if you won and we’ll mail you your gift card.

Plus, if you “LIKE” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/longislandivf , we may be able to send you the prize as an e-gift right through Facebook, depending on what this week’s prize is, so you could be enjoying your winnings as early as on the day we choose the winner! (And as much as we’d love you to “LIKE” us on Facebook, it is absolutely not required to either enter or win our contests!… But did I mention we’d love it if you did ;-)

Enter today! Or at least before next Tuesday!

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Why not bookmark us so you remember to check back often…at least every Wednesday…so you don’t miss our NWW contests. And we also run bigger contests, too. And feel free to suggest other fun places we could get gift cards from that you’d like to win as prizes for these fun contests or topics you’d like to see discussed on the blog. Now go enter the contest!

Photo credit: http://www.killmydaynow.com/2011/03/funny-pictures-of-bad-parenting-part-3-58-pics.html/

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