I belong to a lot of support groups....mostly for surrogates and IPs and some professional only groups. I am sorry to say that I just can't believe how potential surrogates and experienced surrogates treat each other on these groups and message boards. I have always believed that these FB groups have been started for support and education...even sharing experiences but what I have read in the past few days is just women tearing down other women! And for what? I just don't get it. I would like to think that these people wouldn't act this way in person but I'm afraid I would be wrong. It's shameful in the name of US surrogacy. And I would like to add that the groups that are moderated by agencies are NEVER allowed to become this insane...it always seems to be a supportive atmosphere with advice and answers to questions without the worry of being ridiculed. Please STOP this madness.
Owners and Moderators of a support page or a group: Please reprimand the bullies! That is your J.O.B. Just like you toss (ban or delete) people out who post those stupid sunglasses and handbag advertisements, these women who "just speak their own mind and tell it like it is" while walking all over someone's feelings or with the attitude that they "just give my opinion and if you don't like it you can leave" need to be reminded why they are on that particular page or in that support group. One warning, and on the next infraction, out they should go. It's hard. I know. I have "owned" several support and educational groups. Moderators are there to protect the area from all sorts of invaders like advertisers, trolls, creeps, and bullies. Be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.
Here is a clue that your group has a bully(s) in it--when a person posts a question or comment and ends it with "no bashing please". What this means is that they know that some people in this group will start bashing, that the topic might be sensitive, that the group is not moderated but the poster still wants input and support regarding her question.
For those that just can't seem to control themselves when sitting behind a keyboard and monitor screen, if you can't be nice then just don't type...let it go...if you can't be supportive then just skip the post. If you want to be supportive but don't know what to say then just leave a smile or a heart...or a hug. If you have something to contribute then please leave your judgments at the door and just state the facts ma'am. We are ALL better then this...YOU are better then this!
I am attending the ASRM conference in Hawaii in October however I know of a lot of people who are not attending this year because it is a costly trip! Below is a list of the upcoming ASRM meetings that you can plan to attend in the states! It's good to start budgeting early especially if you want to exhibit!
ASRM 2015 Description: 71st Annual Meeting of the ASRM Dates: October 17-21, 2015 Place: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, USA For More Information: ASRM, Tel: 205-978-5000, Fax: 205-978-5018, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
ASRM 2016 Description: 72nd Annual Meeting of the ASRM Dates: October 16-20, 2016 Place: Salt Lake City, UT, USA For More Information: ASRM, Tel: 205-978-5000, Fax: 205-978-5018, Email:email@example.com
ASRM 2017 Description: 73rd Annual Meeting of the ASRM Dates: October 28-November 1, 2017 Place: San Antonio, TX, USA For More Information: ASRM, Tel: 205-978-5000, Fax: 205-978-5018, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASRM 2018 Description: 74th Annual Meeting of the ASRM Dates: October 6-10, 2018 Place: Denver, CO, USA For More Information: ASRM, Tel: 205-978-5000, Fax: 205-978-5018, Email: email@example.com
ASRM 2019 Description: 75th Annual Meeting of the ASRM Dates: October 12-16, 2019 Place: Philadelphia, PA, USA For More Information: ASRM, Tel: 205-978-5000, Fax: 205-978-5018, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASRM 2020 Description: 76th Annual Meeting of the ASRM Dates: October 17-21, 2020 Place: Portland, OR, USA For More Information: ASRM, Tel: 205-978-5000, Fax: 205-978-5018, Email: email@example.com
ASRM 2021 Description: 77th Annual Meeting of the ASRM Dates: October 16-20, 2021 Place: Baltimore, MD, USA For More Information: ASRM, Tel: 205-978-5000, Fax: 205-978-5018, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASRM 2022 Description: 78th Annual Meeting of the ASRM Dates: October 22-26, 2022 Place: Anaheim, CA USA For More Information: ASRM, Tel: 205-978-5000, Fax: 205-978-5018, Email: email@example.com
ASRM 2023 Description: 79th Annual Meeting of the ASRM Dates: October 14-18, 2023 Place: New Orleans, LA USA
For More Information: ASRM, Tel: 205-978-5000, Fax: 205-978-5018, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to have you join my group of friends! I post mostly links that have to do with what is going on in the news regarding Third Party Family Planning and occasionally some marketing tips and quotes! Below are just a few of my followers!!
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It's amazing what technology has allowed us to accomplish right from our own homes! Just think of how limited we were 10-15 years ago when researching medical conditions, comparing resources, finding the right doctor, clinic or consultant meant a bunch of phone calls and maybe a series of office visits and possibly some hand written inquiries! Now there are an infinite number of website's that you can access right from your desk top, lap top, notebook, PDA or cell phone and access all the information needed on any subject that you could ever think of!
Remember going to the local drug store to have your film developed? Remember waiting a week to pick up your prints and having to buy extras for the grandparents and aunts and friends? Now we have digital cameras that take countless photos (and never a bad one is printed because you can delete that eye blink mere seconds after it was taken). You can slip out the memory card and insert it into your computer and viola! your photos are ready to share via e-mail or printed on your home printer/copier/scanner or invite your friends over to see a slide show (set to music) on your TV. You can even use your cell phone to take and send photos instantly.
How about those games?! Remember when a "game" meant a board game like Life or Monopoly? or a baseball or football game? Not any more! We have the Wii, XBox 360, Nintendo DS to play anything from cards to Mahjong, game shows, sports and action games.
Maps are even becoming a thing of the past when you have the newest routes and a sexy voice telling us to turn left on our own portable GPS Navigation system. We don't need to hear commercials on our car radios with a new CD playing or a satellite radio system. Why drive to the cinema to see the latest movies when you can buy or rent a DVD and watch it from the comfort of your own sofa on your own Home Theater System.
Technology is growing by leaps and bounds and is available to almost anyone....library's and schools have computers for students to learn, explore and teach others. I am so grateful that even I, sitting at my very own home computer system, can reach out to all of you and share my own (and others) experiences, news, information and random thoughts by just clicking a button and typing on my key board!!