~*~*~Welcome Message for Newbies~*~* - m

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Registered: 03-19-2003
~*~*~Welcome Message for Newbies~*~* - m
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:21am
Welcome to the In Pursuit of Fertility (IPOF) Board.

The following is some information for new members that may answer some of your immediate questions, and also give you an idea about how the board functions. Lauren (cl-mlswalker) and Anita (cl-stillsmilinfl) are your community leaders. We've decided to post this message because we want new members to feel welcome and we hope that by providing this information, you will feel more comfortable about joining in our conversations.

PURPOSE OF THIS BOARD

The purpose of this board is to lend support and provide information to each other throughout our individual journeys to parenthood. We ask that all of our members do their best to be caring, courteous and supportive in their posts to other members at all times. Our main goal is to provide a safe place where we all feel comfortable sharing our honest feelings. Personal attacks, sarcastic remarks and offensive posts will NOT be tolerated.

DEFINITION OF 'INFERTILITY'

'Infertility' means that you and your partner have been actively Trying To Conceive (TTC) a baby for more than one year without successfully achieving that goal. It may also mean that you and/or your partner have actually been diagnosed with this condition by your doctor before you ever considered Trying To Conceive. Anyone who falls into this category is more than welcome to post here. We usually encourage women who have only been TTC for a short time, or who have already successfully had a baby, to check out the TTC, TTC 6+months or the Secondary Infertility boards. There are other helpful boards you may wish to explore as well, at ; (Please understand that this doesn't mean you can't participate here if you are TTC. We simply wish to direct people to the place we think they will find the best information for their individual situation.) Remember, if you are just beginning this journey or have already been blessed with child(ren), you are still *very* welcome here; we just ask that you use your best judgment when posting and try to remember board netiquette at all times http://pages.ivillage.com/mlswalker/infertility-lw/id11.html.

ABBREVIATIONS

For a list of common used words, please refer to http://pages.ivillage.com/mlswalker/infertility-lw/id10.html

Please also check out our IPOF Homepage with information about infertility, a page with Member Stories, and our Secret Pal Program. You can find this at the top of the board, or you can just click here .

This board is full of loving and supportive women. We are a close Community and are always looking to grow. We welcome you and look forward to getting to know you better on your journey to parenthood!

If you would like to talk to your a Community Leaders you can email them at:

Email Lauren at: Shawnie0620@aol.com

Email Anita at: bertnanita@earthlink.net

With Love, Your Community Leaders: Lauren & Anita

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