Denise Aymond, quintuplet mom, on finding MOST

Some words from Denise, a mom of quintuplets, about MOST. Thanks Denise, we appreciate the kinds words.

At the time it was a life saver. I was stumbling around in unfamiliar territory Continue reading Denise Aymond, quintuplet mom, on finding MOST

Gift Giving for Twins, Triplets or More

Our friend, Dr. Maryellen Smith, recently published this on Yahoo! Voices. Do you have tips to share? What works and what does not work for your family?

When the Children Are All the Same Age, There Are Some Things You Should Think About

Do you have a friend who has twins, triplets or more? Is it time for a gift? My Triplets are now all graduated from high school. I have some tips that I would like to share. Some of them are relatively self-explanatory. Others may need a little back story. Continue reading Gift Giving for Twins, Triplets or More

MOST eNews December 2013

Is Silence Golden in the NICU?

In the NICU was it quiet or noisy? Were your babies in private rooms or not? Keep reading to see what research is showing about the amount of noise beneficial.  Does this apply at home also?

In the NICU, maybe not all silence is golden. Continue reading Is Silence Golden in the NICU?

Talking to Nurses One-on-One Lowers Stress for Preemie Moms

If you had a premature infant in the NICU did you talk with anyone about your experiences while in the NICU?  This study found mothers had  lower anxiety  and depression after speaking with NICU nurses. Could this have helped you? Continue reading Talking to Nurses One-on-One Lowers Stress for Preemie Mothers

MOST eNews November 2013 A Month of Thanks

Triplets Raise Money and Spirits at Hospital

These teens are supporting their birth hospital.  Way to go Alex, Sela, and Ari! Continue reading Triplets Raise Money and Spirits at Hospital

Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Five Babies in a Tub

Thanks Rachelle Wilkinson for sharing this cute blog post. Orginally published on Wilkinson Quints + 2.  Ah, memories…..

With my mother-in-law here this week, we decided to be adventurous and give the babies their first bath in the big tub. It was quite a workout getting everyone undressed, weighed, bathed and dressed again—all while trying to prevent drowning and other life-threatening activities. The babies had a blast, and in the end, so did we!

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National Teen Driver Safety Week October 20-26, 2013

Courtesy of AAA.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Teen drivers are involved in more crashes per mile driven than drivers of any other age group.

Parents play the biggest role in keeping their teens safe behind the wheel.  Risky driving, traffic violations and crashes are lower among teens whose parents set limits on their driving privileges.

What better time than during Teen Driver Safety Week to establish a parent-teen driving agreement ─having rules and restrictions written down in advance establishes a driving as a privilege.  Click here to download the AAA parent-teen agreement.

We encourage you to visit our teen website, Keys2Drive, for a full range of tools to help you and your teen throughout the learning-to-drive process. Get the information you need on driver education, GDL, insurance, risks and responsibilities, all in ONE place, TeenDriving.AAA.com.

MOST eNews October 2013

  • National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • Fire Prevention Month – How to be safe
  • Atlanta MOST Mom Gathering- Thanks for the Donations
  • Adopt A Family – starting soon!
  • Stories from the Heart blog

3 dressed pumpkins

More Halloween photos at flickr

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Meet the MOST Board - Lisa Share, PhD

 Please welcome MOST”s newest board member, Lisa Share PhD. We are fortunate to have her on our Board of Directors.

Lisa Share, PhD, has worked in the early childhood and elementary education fields for eighteen years. She taught public school for ten years before becoming an administrator. During her spare time, she was an adjunct faculty at the university level.

After having triplets, Lisa took some time off to spend with her family. She currently is the Specialization Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education programs at Walden University. Lisa lives in Georgia with her family.

Thank you Lisa for volunteering with MOST. 

 

Is the Fertility Crisis a Myth?

According to a new study, the percentage of adults of childbearing age getting fertility treatments hasn’t changed since 2002. “Infertility rates have come down a little bit,” says Dr. Anjani Chandra, researcher at the NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “That surprises people because they think it is going up. In fact, it really hasn’t been the case.” Continue reading Is the Fertility Crisis a Myth?

MOST eNews September 2013


Back to School Continue reading MOST eNews September 2013

Breastfeeding: The Importance of Preparing Mothers of Preemies Prior to Discharge

 

Maureen Doolan Boyle  explains why preparing mothers of preemies to breastfeed is important.  Published by National Premature Infant Health Coalition

 While pregnant with my first baby; like most other expectant parents, I read everything I could about pregnancy and newborn care. With all of my heart I wanted to give my precious baby the best possible start in life and believed that breastfeeding would be an important part of my baby’s early life. Continue reading Breastfeeding: The Importance of Preparing Mothers of Preemies Prior to Discharge

Babies Conceived in May Have Higher Risk of Premature Birth

A new study from Princeton University finds that children conceived during the month of May face a 10 percent increase in risk of being born prematurely compared to babies conceived at other times of the year. The reason? Flu viruses.

Expectant mothers have increased exposure to the seasonal flu during January and February, exactly when a baby conceived in May would be nearing term.

“We were surprised that the relationship between potential flu exposure and premature birth appears to be so evident in the data,” said study author Janet Currie, director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. “There has been some recent work suggesting that flu can induce premature labor in women late in pregnancy, and our results appear to corroborate this.”

Currie, who conducted the study with researcher Hannes Schwandt, added that if pregnant women got flu shots, they might not be at risk of premature labor due to flu infection.

Another interesting finding: babies conceived during the summer months tended to weigh slightly more at birth than babies conceived at other times of the year.

“The birth weight results suggest that infants conceived during the summer have higher birth weight in part because mothers tend to gain more weight during pregnancy when they conceive in summer,” Currie said. “It seems likely that this is because they have a better diet, though we cannot directly observe that in our data.

“We cannot rule out other factors that might also be important for pregnancy outcomes,” she said. “But we think the message of our paper is that parents should take steps to guard against known problems,” suggesting that the most practical thing pregnant women can do is simply eat well and get a seasonal flu shot. “That would probably be a more sensible approach then trying to time conception to avoid May.”

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