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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, Feb. 6, 2012

The Duggers, the Arkansas family that stars in 19 Kids and Counting, recently miscarried their 20th child. They came under fire, more than usual, when they took photos of the 4oz, 6cm baby prior to a memorial service. It begs the question, when does one become a parent? At birth? At conception? Somewhere in between? When is it appropriate to take photos and have memorial services? Only after a live birth or a full term still birth? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2011/12/photo-of-duggars-stillborn-baby-released/

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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, Nov. 8, 2011

This new marketing campaign, “Birds and Bees Can’t Always Make Babies,” is an entertaining look at the frustrations 1 out of 8 couples experience after they decide to try to become parents. http://www.increaseyourchances.org/

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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, Nov. 8, 2011

A potential new law in Mississippi could impact a lot of decisions surrounding becoming a parent. Here’s the story from the Nightly News: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#VpFlash

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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, Nov. 7, 2011

Good friends of mine have chosen to become parents by adopting twins from Ethiopia. Adopting was a part of their family plan since before they got married. Their journey has been fascinating. Read about it here: http://stefanichsteppingstones.blogspot.com/2011/11/love-at-first-sight-day-1.html?spref=fb

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  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Nov. 7, 2011
    What's also amazing to me is that their decision to adopt was NOT based on having exhausted all other options.
  • Megan McCausland Megan McCausland Nov. 8, 2011
    I know! It is amazing. There are sooo many ways to become a family!

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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, Sept. 19, 2011

How much should career goals, dreams, ambitions, and loves factor into the decision how/when/whether or not to become a parent?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYwQ7Vt7hLY
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  • Camilla Pashar Camilla Pashar Sept. 20, 2011
    For me an important factor in deciding if to become a parent is if I can afford it financially. I would never want to become a mother if I know that I would not be able to afford to buy everything my baby needs.

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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, July 11, 2011

This couple wanted God to decide when they should become parents. They even wrote a book about Natural Family Planning…now, they are having second thoughts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/us/09beliefs.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto
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  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Sept. 17, 2011
    My favorite bit of insight from the article: “I am out of the business of trying to tell people what they should do…” If only more of us could do that!

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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, May 12, 2011

Married co-founders of babble.com share four taboos of parenting.

http://youtu.be/12OAr0lt4bk
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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, May 12, 2011

This study suggests that waiting until spring to conceive might reduce a child’s chances of having autism…

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/allergy-and-asthma/articles/2011/05/09/winter-conception-tied-to-raised-risk-for-autism
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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Megan McCausland, May 10, 2011

Here’s a really interesting article in which the author takes on the Catholic Church’s stand on IVF. The twist? His wife recently gave birth to a child that belonged to neither of them because of a mix-up at an IVF clinic. Still, they believe strongly in the morality of IVF and believe it should be an option supported by the Church.

Carolyn and I would have been happy to save thousands of dollars and a decade of emotional ups and downs by conceiving the “old-fashioned way,” but that wasn’t possible. We turn to medicine for a litany of medical maladies and impairments, but infertile Catholics are supposed to avoid treating a medical condition which prevents them from building or expanding their family?”

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/10/my-take-catholic-church-should-reverse-ivf-opposition/?hpt=C2
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Discussions Discussion Deciding How and When to Become a Parent
Emily Nelsen, May 2, 2011

Here is an interesting post that addresses the modern issue of money and becoming a parent- very relevant in the U.S. today.

http://www.babycenter.com/0_is-parenthood-for-you_7169.bc
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