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PAILS of Hope

Welcome to StorkNet's PAILS of Hope Cubby!
PAILS is an acronym for Pregnancy/parenting After Infertility and/or Loss Support. StorkNet recognizes the tender feelings associated with pregnancy and parenting after a loss and/or infertility since it's a rollercoaster ride like no other. Our PAILS of Hope cubby and forum are designed to provide the special support parents in this situation need.

What's New
     º Prenatal Testing in Pregnancy After Infertility Research Study
If you have a history of infertility and are now pregnant, you are invited to participate in a research study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University. The purpose of the study is to learn about how women who are pregnant after infertility think about prenatal testing. For more information about the study, click here.
     º Pregnancy Journals! We have some PAILS journals:
   • Elizabeth's Pregnancy After Loss Journal
   • Kaye's Pregnancy After Loss Journal
   • Katie's Pregnancy After Infertility and Loss Journal
   • Kat's Pregnancy After Loss Journal
   • Shauna's Pregnancy After Adoption Journal
   • Paula's Pregnancy After Infertility Journal

Hot Topic Thread
     º Naming New Baby ~ How do you feel about naming a subsequent baby after a baby who has died, either using the first or middle name as a first or middle name, or the entire name? Share your thoughts with us.
     º Family & Friends - What's Helpful & What's Not ~ Tired of hearing things like "statistics are in your favor; it won't happen again" and "think positive and everything will be fine"? Help us put together a list of what to say and what not to say for our families and friends.
     º Happy endings scary? ~ Is it normal to fear another pregnancy after finally being successful? Share your thoughts with our PAILS of Hope members.

Featured Article
     º It Happened Once - Will it Happen Again? Assessing Genetic Recurrence Risks by Helga V. Toriello, Ph. D.
While every expectant couple hopes their child will be healthy, approximately 3-4% of couples will have a a child with a serious birth defect or combination of birth defects, called a syndrome. If you've lost a baby to birth defects, are you at an increased risk in a subsequent pregnancy? Geneticist Helga Toriello explains the risks and odds.

     º Frequently Asked Questions ~ a great place to start in our PAILS of Hope cubby
     º If you have had a successful pregnancy after loss or infertility, please share your story with us!
     º StorkNet Interview with author Ann Douglas ~ Ann Douglas is the author of Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss. She answered questions asked by StorkNet members. Very informative!
     º Meet our cubby moderator Maribeth Doerr. Feel free to email Maribeth with your suggestions.

Maribeth Doerr

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