Gather round my friends and check out what’s caught my attention lately on the wonderful world wide web in the areas of adoption and infertility. Share your favorite finds in the comment section.
- What music do you put on when you need to get motivated, uplifted, or just plain want to feel better. I loved this blog by The Womb Warrior with the music video for Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out”. The song makes me want to go climb a mountain, tackle a hard project, or at the very least dance. Do yourself a favor and listen to the music and read what WW says: “After four and a half years of trying to have a baby, failed IUIs, IVFs, and miscarriages, with diagnoses of both male and female factor infertility, I feel like I need to ‘Shake It Out’.”
- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new blog I found—”Statistically Impossible: A birthfather in an open adoption who stuck around. This is my voice.” One of my personal goals is to expand openness and understanding within all members of the adoption community. (I sound like I’m giving an acceptance speech at an award ceremony, don’t I?) The voice of birth dads is one we seldom here. This guy is one heck of a writer. I mean it, you must add this to the list of blogs you read.
- I’ve just started playing around on this website, Health Tap, where you can ask a health question and get an answer by a doctor. So far the information seems good and the process to sign up fairly painless. It looks like a great resource for accurate health info on infertility, women’s health, and childhood medical issues.
- Sad, frustrating, scary are just a few of the adjectives to describe this story…oh, and I should add “not uncommon”. Family adopted a newborn domestically and later found out she had been exposed to drugs and alcohol in utero. This article outlines what they did to try to help their daughter, but ultimately when she was 7, they decided to send the child to a therapeutic foster home to live. They continue to support her financially and remain involved in her life. After the article came out, they were vilified in the comments to this article. Gives new meaning to the wisdom of not judging unless you’ve walked in their shoes.
What caught your attention this week?
Image credit: Steve Rhode