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What's a Second Parent Adoption?

How I hate that term - second parent - all parents should be equal.

Unfortunately, under the law, that's not the case until after the adoption finalization process.

During this process, the court finalization grants the "second" parent the same rights as the "first" parent, who is either a biological ("natural parent") or an adoptive parent, without the...

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Infertility, Breast Cancer and Perceptions

Two friends of mine were diagnosed with breast cancer last week. Neither had any family history of cancer and both ended up with double mastectomies. Upon hearing the news, each one’s friends and family rallied around them, offering any help that was needed. I was struck by the universal reaction of love, empathy, and unconditional support that surrounded and u...

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When Losing Weight is More Than a New Year’s Resolution

As predictable as the sun rising and setting, the minute the calendar flips to a new year, we can count on the barrage of ads and information for weight loss programs. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, the number one New Year’s resolution is losing weight. Unfortunately, as reported in Forbes on January 1, 2013, “University of Scranton research suggests tha...

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Words Matter: Effective Communication Principles for People Dealing with Infertility

Infertility is not for the faint of heart. In addition to coping with monthly cycles of hope, disappointment and hope renewed, you have to deal with any number of other challenges. For many, a big challenge comes in figuring out if, when and how to talk with others about the infertility experience. After countless conversations with those at all stages...

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