Perfectionism and the Helping Professional: Are You Too Good for your Own Good?


Those of us in the helping professions often feel that we are expected to be perfect but realistically we know from experience that it is not possible. If we have an inborn tendency to be perfectionists on top of that, we may struggle with trying to be the best at everything we do. After all, there is a great deal at stake when others are counting on us to help them.

Perfectionism is a trait that gives us a preference for order, organization, timeliness, people pleasing, success and yes, perfection. When a perfectionist is stressed out, they will do more and take on more in the hope that the feeling of relief will follow once the goal is accomplished or the project finished. The problem is that it is never enough. Once we finish something we see the flaws in it or look to something else that needs to be done.

Ever Considered Being an Egg Donor? Hear Lisa’s Story

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Many women struggle with various infertility issues and treatments. Some of these women use donor eggs, fertilized and implanted through IVF, to help carry successful pregnancies to term. Donor eggs are growing in popularity, but very little is said about the women who contribute these donations. Like My Egg Bank, most egg donation companies keep donors anonymous, meaning we rarely hear egg donor stories straight from the women who make it a possibility.

How to Prevent Birth Injuries


According to recent reports, more than two million birth injuries are known to have taken place in the last few years alone. This figure is definitely appalling knowing that medical science continues to grow and has is now better than ever. In such a scenario, it’s not surprising to have so many parents and parents-to-be confused about the the type of preventive measures that they should be taking to avoid birth injuries. The following article outlines a few effective tips to ensure a safe birth, minus any injuries.

Exploring the Benefits of Mother-Baby Maternity Nursing Units


I had never really questioned this method of caring for mothers and newborns until the I learned about units where all the care was combined. However, there is an increasing trend in changing this model to a mother-baby setting, in which the baby stays with the mother. The only time the baby would leave the bedside is during the assessment, procedure, or if they were sick and required special medical and nursing attention. This would increase the amount of time the infant spent with the mother while she was still in the hospital.

Indian Surrogacy: Is it OK to Outsource Pregnancy?


There has been a recent rise in Indian surrogacy. Many celebrity parents decide to use surrogates for various fertility and personal reasons. For example Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have children born of a surrogate along with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.

Some argue that there are many benefits to surrogacy. For many the cost is comparable to that of an adoption. But there is also the added benefit of having a biological child and sharing a deeper genetic bond. However, there are many that would argue that there are many children in need of good parents and adoption is a better choice.

Breast Cancer Hurts: Why Helping Women Facing it Now is Important

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Every year in October, the world seems a little pinker. Breast cancer becomes the center of attention and everyone is just a little more aware of a cancer that touches so many lives. But breast cancer is confined to the month of October. And just because there aren’t pretty pink ribbons everywhere doesn’t mean that there needs to be any less attention given to the devastating disease and the men and women who are facing it right now.

Breast cancer is devastating for a number of reason. One of the primary reasons that it hurts so many is because it is one of the most common forms of cancer. Breast cancer is the 2nd most common form of cancer. It is surpassed only by lung cancer. And even though women are 100 times more likely, both men and women face the same survival rates. The Breast Cancer Society has more breast cancer facts.

Survey Says: Women Win on Social Media [Infographic]


Women like to be social. And when it comes to social media networks, women tend to dominate.

According to a recent survey, over 146.6 million Americans use at least one social networking site.My money is on facebook if they are only using one. Social media is changing the way we interact with each other and redefining the term “social.” A term that was once defined to the actual physical interactions between people is not allocated to fleeting communications occurring on the internet.

6 Summer Health Tips for Moms


1. Stop eating sugar and simple carbs. Aside from the obvious threats that eating sugar pose, such as weight gain and diabetes, every time you eat some sugar, it cripples your immune system for a few hours after you ingest it. Therefore, to keep your immune system strong, eliminate it from your diet.

Nurses Listen Up: Sleep or Die [Infographic]

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What I found particularly interesting is that less that 5 hours of sleep can actually increase your risk of diabetes by as much as 2 1/2 times. It can also lead to increase in heart attack by 45%. In general it increases your risk of death by 12%. A 12% boost in death likelihood over a few hours of sleep every night. Pretty impactful.

Lack of sleep can also make you gain weight and feel lethargic. Your body goes into fight or flight mode and does not process food properly causing it to store excess fat. Over time the results of this can be noticeable and life impacting.

As you can see, the above infographic gives an excellent visual of how lack of sleep can contribute for various comorbidities that can certainly contribute to your early demise.