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Archive for the ‘Fertility/Adoption’ Category

Savannah Women’s Infertility Support Group Meeting

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

A women’s support group for infertility and adoption support will meet on Thursday, April 24 2014 @ 6:30 PM. For more information contact Kelly Wiggins @ 912.596.0852 or

The goal is to provide support and resources for women in the Savannah area struggling with infertility or pursuing/or have been through adoption. Newcomers to the group are welcome to attend.

Kelly Wiggins of Savannah started the group. Read Kelly’s story by clicking here.

Bright Life Chiropractic in Savannah specializes in pregnancy, infants, pediatrics & family care

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Bright Life Chiropractic specializes in Pregnancy, Infants, Pediatrics, and Family Care In SavannahThe team at Bright Life Chiropractic is on a mission to help create one of the healthiest communities in the world right here in Savannah. Come learn how they can help with health concerns such as asthma, allergies, ADHD, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, colic, chronic fatigue, ear infections, fibromyalgia, hypertension, migraines, infertility, thyroid imbalances, neurosensory integration disorders and more.

Bright Life Chiropractic in Savannah specializes in pregnancy, infants, pediatrics and family care.

Dr. Samantha Hornick and Dr. Jared Brown at Bright Life Chiropractic are Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

At Bright Life Chiropractic, Dr. Jared Brown and Dr. Samantha Hornick assist people in gaining victory in their health by offering cutting-edge chiropractic corrective care in Savannah’s most state-of-the-art chiropractic health care facility. Dr. Jared and Dr. Samantha focus on setting people free from their current conditions so they may live their lives to their fullest potential.

Dr. Jared Brown and Dr. Samantha Hornick provide specific, scientific neurologically based chiropractic care for you and you family!

Bright Life Chiropractic, 2 Park of Commerce Blvd. Suite D, Savannah 31405, 912.777.3717, ,

Savannah Women’s Infertility Support Group Meeting

Monday, March 18th, 2013

A women’s support group for infertility and adoption support will meet on Thursday, March 28 2013 @ 6:30 PM. For more information contact Kelly Wiggins @ 912.596.0852 or

The goal is to provide support and resources for women in the Savannah area struggling with infertility or pursuing/or have been through adoption. Newcomers to the group are welcome to attend.

Kelly Wiggins of Savannah started the group. Read Kelly’s story by clicking here.


Savannah Women’s Infertility Support Group Meeting

Monday, March 18th, 2013

A women’s support group for infertility and adoption support will meet on Thursday, March 28 2013 @ 6:30 PM.  For more information contact Kelly Wiggins @ 912.596.0852 or

The goal is to provide support and resources for women in the Savannah area struggling with infertility or pursuing/or have been through adoption. Newcomers to the group are welcome to attend.

Kelly Wiggins of Savannah started the group. Read Kelly’s story by clicking here.

Charity Art Show & Silent Auction, Feb. 28, to benefit adoption services, specialized foster care & more

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSGA) is hosting a charity art show and silent auction on February 28, 2013 at 5:30. The art show will take place at 6555 Abercorn St/, Suite 217, and will feature local artists as well as some of the children and adults LSGA serves.

If you or someone you know would like to donate a piece of art for our show:
•The maximum canvas size for judging is 5×7 (all other sizes are accepted for donation, however).
•All mediums are accepted.
•Submissions are due to Katherine McKenzie at 6555 Abercorn Street, Suite 200 by February 7th.
For more information about submission or the event, please contact Katherine at (912) 353-8875.

LSGA is a non-profit organization that provides a multitude of services to the community. These services include: Refugee Services, Disaster Response, Family Intervention Services, Adoption Services, and Specialized Foster Care for at risk children and children and adults with special needs.

What everyone should know about children with Down syndrome

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

In anticipation of the Seventh Annual Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk & Family Festival in Forsyth Park on Oct. 6, we asked local parents of children with Down syndrome what the general public needs to know about the condition.

You can read many of their responses in my Savannah Morning News column by clicking here. Unfortunately, not all the helpful responses made it into the article. So below are some additional responses from two strong Savannah advocates for children with Down syndrome.

Pediatrician Ben Spitalnick of Pediatric Associates of Savannah

Dr. Ben Spitalnick of Pediatric Associates of Savannah is the pediatrician for many local children with Down syndrome. Dr. Ben is also a Board Member of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society. He shared the following tips for what everyone should know about children with Down syndrome:

1) Virtually all of a child’s medical complications from Down syndrome can be handled by the medical community right here in Savannah

2) Children with Down syndrome do better when included in mainstream situations such as classrooms, not when isolated with only special needs children

3) Most children with Down syndrome have talents and skills people don’t expect, so consider the term “differently-abled” (I like diff-abled) instead of “disabled”.

4) Down syndrome can occur in any family, regardless of health and age of the parent. There are more children with Down syndrome born to younger parents than older parents.

5) Virtually all of the care your baby will need the first year, is routine newborn baby care. Concentrate on being a parent and family with a new baby, not on the features of Down syndrome.

Candy Bogardus, President of Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Candy Bogardus has three children with her husband, John, including their daughter, Lainey, 7, who has Down syndrome. Candy shared the following tips for what everyone should know about children with Down syndrome:

1. Embrace the adventure that comes with having a child with Down syndrome. There is never a dull moment, and they will always teach you something!!

2. Early Intervention is key. Lainey was in Speech Therapy through Babies Can’t Wait at 8 weeks of age. Those early visits made a phenomenal difference in her oral motor development.

3. Enjoy each and every milestone to the fullest–no matter when they reach it!! Don’t rush it!

4. Remember that ALL children have special needs!!

5. The parents of children with Down syndrome don’t place limits on them so why should anyone else! The sky’s the limit! Just let them be like everybody else and they will surprise you!!

6. Inclusion in all aspects of school, community, and life is very important. They will make a difference in every life they touch!

7. Even though you feel like all you do is go to therapy, the short term and long term benefits are well worth it!

8. Never be afraid to ask questions! Join a family support group- it’s a great way for you to learn from other parents and for your child to learn from other children!

9. Every child is fearfully and wonderfully made by God for His purpose!! God does not make mistakes!

2012 Buddy Walk
Saturday, October 6, 2012, in Forsyth Park
Savannah’s Paula Deen will be the Grand Marshal leading walk participants in the 1-mile fundraising event. The Buddy Walk Program welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. Bring your carriage, strollers, wheelchairs, little red wagons and pets.
Contact: 912-728-8505 (John or Candy Bogardus)
Register online here or the day of the walk.
Registration on Buddy Walk day begins at 8:30 AM
Opening Ceremonies begin at 10 AM
Walk begins at 10:30 AM
Free Family Festival in Forsyth Park from 11 AM – 2 PM

Pooler families open arms to children with special needs

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Meet the Holloway and Knofczynski families of Pooler. Stacey and Greg Knofczynski and Brandi and Trent Holloway could not ignore what they see as a worldwide epidemic — the huge number of orphans who have special needs and, therefore, slim chance of adoption.

Both families felt so blessed with their healthy, happy biological children and close-knit families, they wanted to share that with children with special needs who didn’t have parents, homes or anyone to love them other than the staff at the institutions where they lived.

Read more about these amazing families and how you can help them in my local newspaper column here.

Chatham County’s Faith to Foster program encourages families to take in hurting children

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Chances are you’ve considered, however briefly, becoming a foster family as a way to help allieviate Georgia’s foster children crisis and improve the lives of children.

And chances are you’ve thought of all kinds of reasons not to do so. But what if becoming a foster family came with huge amounts of support, a whole churchload of support to be exact? Would that make you more likely to consider taking in a foster child?

If so, then check out a local network called Faith to Foster, a coalition of Chatham County churches that serve families and children in foster care. The goal of Faith to Foster is to make foster parenting less challenging and more appealing to local families.

You’re invited to a Faith to Foster informational meeting, 6-7:30 PM May 7 at Southside Baptist Church, 5502 Skidaway Road, Savannah 31406. Child care will be provided if you call ahead to ministry director, 912-355-9555.

For more info on Faith to Foster including how you can help volunteer to aid local foster families or bring the program to your church, click here or email Faith to Foster ministry director Jenn Menn at or call 912.925.5074.

Read more about Faith to Foster and the foster mom behind it – who along with her husband have fostered a total of 17 children (not all at once) since 2007 –  in my Savannah Morning News column this week here.

Adoption forum, infertility support at Savannah Christian Church

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

ryan-josh-and-mary-leeIn my newspaper column this week entitled “How baby Mary met her parents”, I write about how the recession is impacting adoption.

Some couples who can’t afford private adoptions – like Ryan and Josh Lee of Savannah (pictured here with their adorable daughter Mary) – are opting for the less expensive option of independent adoptions.

Read about the Lee’s story of struggling with infertility and finding peace through adoption here.

Find out more about all types of adoption and get information from local resources and organizations who want to help place children in loving homes at an Adoption Forum at Savannah Christian Church
6:30-9 PM Thurs. Oct. 15. The forum will be at The Link at Savannah Christian Church’s Henderson Campus, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. For more info: 912-629-4721 or email

Savannah Christian Church also has an infertility support group for couples struggling with infertility meets every second Saturday of the month at 6:15 PM in Room 250 at Savannah Christian Church.

Girls Night Out for Savannah Infertility Support Group

Friday, August 21st, 2009

A new infertility support group at Savannah Christian Church will have a Girls’ Night Out at 6:30 PM Thurs., Aug. 27. Meetings are held every month.

The goal is to provide support and resources for women in the Savannah area struggling with infertility or pursuing/or have been through adoption.

Kelly Wiggins of Savannah started the group. Read Kelly’s story by clicking here. Email her at to find out more.

For parents considering open adoption

Sunday, August 16th, 2009
Shelby, 23, Cooper, 14, Hanna, 10

Shelby, 23, Cooper, 14, Hanna, 10

It’s among the most divisive questions in the realm of adoption: Should adoptees have access to their birth parents, and, as a result, be able to establish relationships with them and have questions answered about their backgrounds and medical histories?

Meet a Richmond Hill family who’s an example of the benefits of open adoption.  The Suddaths – parents Matt and Mary – their biological child, Shelby, 23, and two adopted children Hanna, 10, and Cooper, 14, (pictured here) believe open adoption is the most child-friendly option.  Read their story in my newspaper column this week. Click here to read.  

Hanna and Cooper, who are biracial, say being biracial children in a white family has challenges, but neither Hanna nor Cooper consider being racially different from their parents much of an issue.

You can find out more about open adoption at a “De-mystifying adoption” seminar, 2-4 pm Sun. Aug. 23 @ St. Anne Church, 10550 Ford Ave., Richmond Hill.  “Exploring the World of Adoption” is sponsored by St. Anne Church and the Parish Council of Catholic Women.

Free and open to the public. Featuring short talks by Birney Bull, adoption attorney; Mary Suddath, adoptive parent; a birth mother; and an adoption consultant as well as a Q&A session. Refreshments and a nursery are included. Participants can speak privately with speakers and adoptive parents representing various types of adoption. No reservations required.

Information: 912.756.3343.

Infertility support group at Savannah Christian Church

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

scc-logoHelp is available for Savannah-area women struggling with infertility.

A new infertility support group is starting this month at Savannah Christian Church. The first meeting will be 6:30 PM Aug. 8. Meetings will be every month.

The goal is to provide support and resources for women in the Savannah area struggling with infertility or pursuing/or have been through adoption.

Savannah infertility support group

Monday, May 11th, 2009

michell-laing-family-photosMother’s Day is tough for women experiencing infertility.

Just ask Michell Laing of Savannah, who celebrated her first Mother’s Day this year after years of struggling with infertility. She, her husband David and their newly adopted daughter (all pictured here) were the focus of my Mother’s Day column this past Sunday. Read the column here.

Michell and David were generous enough to be extremely open about such an extremely personal and painful experience as infertility.

Michell is involved in a Savannah support group for couples dealing with infertility and adoption issues. The group meets regularly. Find out more by emailing The group’s listed on Facebook as Savannah Support for Women.

Please share the Laings’ story with anyone you know dealing with questions about infertility and adoption.

Infertility support group

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

childs-drawing.jpgAn increasing number of couples long to become parents, but struggle with infertility.

It can be an extremely difficult and lonely time. And sometimes it’s nice to hear “Me, too.” An infertility and adoption support group meets the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at Panera Bread on Abercorn Street. The next meeting is next week, March 26.

This support group is for infertility (primary and secondary), pursuing adoption & adoption after infertility.

Email Kelly Wiggins at or 912.596.0852 to find out more.

Kelly and her husband Tony Wiggins decided to adopt a child after years of trying to have a biological child. Now they are wonderful parents to a sweet 2-year-old. Read their story here.

Please share the info about this support group with anyone you know who desires a child but are having difficulty.

The true meaning of love

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

heather-sebastian-jack-peralta.JPGImagine planning to adopt a healthy child, only to find out after the adoption that child has serious health problems.

That’s what happened to a Savannah family I write about in my column today “You don’t give back your imperfect child” in the Savannah Morning News Accent section. Read it here.

I am so thankful to the Peraltas, pictured here with their 20-month-old son Jack, for sharing their painful story with the public. Their journey shows the true definition of love and that all parenthood, adoptive and biological, involves risk.

As Savannah adoption attorney Birney Bull writes on his Web site “Remember that ALL parenthood involves unexpected risks. All we can do is prepare for them. Plan for the best, prepare for the worst and expect the unexpected. ” Bull says the Peraltas would certainly have to be Exhibit A on that one.

Another moving article is a firsthand account of adopting a special needs child, “My first lesson in motherhood,” written by a mother and reporter. Read it here.

Please share these stories with any parents of special needs children you know. Or just any parents. Thanks.

Face to face with infertility on Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

wiggins-family-photo.jpgHappy Mother’s Day, SouthernMamas!

Let’s hope you are really busy today being celebrated and honored! But if you get a minute, please check out my Sunday column in the Accent section of the Savannah Morning News. You can read it by clicking here.

I write about women who long to become mothers, but struggle with infertility. The amazing couple spotlighted in my column, Kelly and Tony Wiggins, decided to adopt a child after years of trying to have a biological child. They are such wonderful parents to Canon, now 19 months. This is a picture of the whole family.

Please share the Wiggins’ story with any couples you know who desire a child but are having difficulty.

Kelly Wiggins has an infertility and adoption support group that meets the fourth Thursday of the month. Email her at to find out more.

Building families through adoption

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

alliance-for-children.jpgInterested in international adoption or know someone who is?

Make plans to attend a “lunch and learn” to find out more about international adoption. Alliance for Children Inc. and Families First are hosting the lunch 11:30-1:30 pm Fri. April 18 @ Candler Hospital’s Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St. Savannah.

Alliance for Children has placed thousands of children from around the world in permanent adoptive homes. The non-profit international adoption agency assists needy children both through the location of adoptive families, and through financial contributions and donations of new clothing, supplies and medicines.

To RSVP and get directions, call Christina Bennett, Families First, at 912.441.9346.

Coastal Parents of Multiples Reunion

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

three-peas-pod.jpgAs the auntie to 4-year-old triplet boys, I truly don’t understand how parents of multiples handle all the different stresses. Emotional. Financial. Physical.

It’s so important that support groups like Coastal Parents of Multiples are around. The group offers a social network of support to moms of multiples from pregnancy on through each stage of development of their children.

two-peas-pod.jpgCoastal Parents of Multiples is hosting a 2008 reunion, 7 pm Tues. May 6 @ the Mercer Auditorium @ the Hoskins Center, Memorial Health University Medical Center. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. A Mother’s Day basket will be raffled off. Parents are asked to bring an old and new picture of their family for a multiples families picture display. Click here for more info. RSVP to

Moms interested in attending the group’s regular meetings can do so for free. Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month, 7 pm @ Memorial Health University Hospital’s Conference Rm 1323. Even moms expecting multiples are encouraged to attend.

The group offers guest speakers who provide professional expertise in areas of particular interest to members; many events and activities for moms, children and families; various fund-raisers throughout the year which support the organization.

Special labor-inducing meal delivers

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

toucan-cafe.jpgWe know some of you smartypants guffawed at a post on SouthernMamas last year about a local restaurant that serves a labor-inducing entrée.

You thought “How ridiculous!” to say that the Thai shrimp (or chicken)and eggplant at The Toucan Cafe, a SouthernMamas favorite, would make an expectant mom go into labor.

Well, laugh no more, ladies. An expectant SouthernMama took our advice and ordered the magic meal (remember, it’s not on the regular menu so you have to call ahead and order it before coming to the restaurant @ 531 Stephenson Ave. 912.352.2233)

Anita H. reports she dined on the special dish Wednesday night March 19. Braxton Hicks contractions started that night and lasted throughout the night. She and hubby went to the hospital Saturday afternoon and, after three hours of pushing, Anita had a 9-pound baby boy Easter Morning.

So tell all your about-to-burst expectant friends to check out the Toucan Method of Induction.
Thank you Toucan Café and congrats Anita!

A couple’s story of suffering, joy and faith

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Happy Easter.

Of course, it’s a busy day. But when you get a chance, please check out sean-grant-and-stefanie-reeder.JPGmy column today in the Savannah Morning News about a remarkable Savannah couple’s story “When a miscarriage is prevented.”

Anyone who has suffered a miscarriage knows you’re usually told that, chances are, the loss was your body’s way of ending an unhealthy pregnancy. But not all miscarriages are the result of fetal chromosome abnormalities.

The story of Sean and Stefanie Reeder and their very healthy 22-month old son, Grant (pictured here) is proof that some miscarriages can and should be prevented. Thank you Sean and Stefanie for sharing such a personal, emotional story.

To see the Lori Grice photo of Sean and Stefanie – the one which captures their “I’m pregnant!” moment and is mentioned in the column – click here.

Learn more about adopting

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

wiggins.jpgHere’s an issue we should all learn more about: adopting and fostering children. Have you ever considering possibly adopting a child? Next week you can get your questions answered by talking with other adoptive parents, parents like Savannah couple Tony and Kelly Wiggins who adopted adorable Canon. The lucky threesome is pictured here.

Our area has a critical shortage of adoptive parents and foster parents who will welcome a child into their family. All the more reason to check out the “Adoption and Foster Parenting Information Night” 7-8:30 pm Thurs. Feb. 28 @ Saint James Church on Whitfield Avenue and Montgomery Cross Roads. The Wiggins will share their story at the event and be available for questions.

The goal of the event is to inform the public about the adoption option and the crucial need for adults to fulfill parenting roles.

The FREE info session is sponsored by the St. James Council of Catholic Women. No reservations required. For more info, call 912.355.1523.

How to decrease your risk of miscarriage

Monday, January 21st, 2008

latte.jpg You’ve probably already heard about study results released today that found consuming more than 200 mg of caffeine a day can double a pregnant woman’s chances of miscarriage. That means cut it back to only one Starbucks grande (16 oz) latte a day, moms-to-be, because the drink has 150 mg of caffeine.
How much caffeine is in your other favorite drinks and eats? Here’s a look:
Coffee & Energy Drinks
Starbucks Latte, 16 oz.: 150 mg
Coffee, brewed, 8 oz.: 95 mg
Red Bull, 8.3 oz.: 76 mg
Espresso, 1 oz.: 64 mg
Instant coffee, 8 oz.: 64 mg
Coffee, decaf, brewed, 8 oz.: 2 mg

Black tea, 8 oz.: 47 mg
Green tea, 8 oz.: 30-50 mg
Herbal tea, 8 oz.: 0 mg

Soft Drinks
Mountain Dew, 12 oz.: 54 mg
Diet Coke, 12 oz.: 47 mg
Dr Pepper, 12 oz.: 41 mg
Coca-Cola Classic, 12 oz.: 35 mg
Barq’s Root Beer, 12 oz.: 23
7Up/Sprite, 12 oz.: 0 mg

Excedrin, Extra Strength, 2 tablets: 130 mg
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, 1.55 oz.: 9 mg
Hot cocoa, 8 oz.: 8 mg
Chocolate milk, 8 oz.: 6 mg


How effective is The Fertility Diet?

Sunday, December 30th, 2007


What if you could alter your diet to boost your fertility? Maybe start popping folic acid, drinking whole fat milk and banning trans fats from the house, all in order to get pregnant? The Harvard hot-shots behind the new book “The Fertility Diet” are hoping you will.

The book provides dietary suggestions to increase your fertility including:
• Avoiding trans fats
• Eating more beans, nuts, and other fertility-boosting plant protein
• Embracing whole grains such as oatmeal and barley
• Ordering that latte with whole milk or having another full-fat dairy product every day (Hello Ben & Jerry’s!))
• Staying away from sugared sodas

But critics say the Fertility Diet is risky because the book’s findings don’t apply to a vast majority of people with infertility problems. Instead, they are based on women with ovulatory infertility, a condition caused by irregular ovulation that affects fewer than a third of infertile women.

In other words, not every infertility problem can benefit from diet improvements.

So women might waste precious years focusing on the fertility diet and postpone seeing a doctor to find out the real infertility cause. Eating better – and weeding out all those sneaky trans fats – certainly can’t hurt. But be sure to see an infertility specialist before putting all your hope on a big bowl of Haagen Dazs.

Read more about the science behind fertility foods in this New York Times article and this Boston Globe article. Buy The Fertility Diet by clicking here.

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

einstein_baby.jpgBaby videos delay language” (Washington Post)

“Skipping baby steps: the case for going straight to IVF” (Slate)

“Babies can tell friend from foe” (U.S. News & World Report)

“Losing baby weight linked to sleep” (Reuters)

“Bakers rush to fill need for allergy-free foods” (Boston Globe)

“Beware of Dr. Google” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Autism: Finding Amanda” (CNN)

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

bumbo-seats.jpgBumbo baby seats recalled because of head injuries” (Reuters)

“Five Ways To Cope With Your Child’s Food Allergies” (MSNBC)

“Freezing Eggs: A Delicate Way to Turn Back the Clock” (Star Tribune)

“Umbilical Cord Donation Helps Stem Cell Research” (Atlanta Journal & Constitution)

“Jacket Lets Parents Keep Track of Kids” (Associated Press)

“‘Choice’ explores reproductive decisions and their ramifications” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Friday, September 21st, 2007

mother-child.jpg“Why some expectant moms are worried about tattoos” (WSJ)

“FDA warns about pediatric sanitizer ad claims” (Reuters)

“McCarthy suspects MMR shot caused autism” (Chicago Tribune)

“Sperm ban means some in short supply” (Associated Press)

“U.S. sex offender laws do more harm than good” (Reuters)

“FDA OKs nasal spray flu vaccine for toddlers (WebMD)

Putting motherhood on ice

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

fertilehopephoto.jpg>Tell any cancer patients you know to click here. Fertile Hope is a national nonprofit group that’s helping cancer patients access information to preserve their fertility.

Too often even oncologists aren’t aware of all the advances in fertility preservation for patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. Knowing the available options, including freezing eggs or sperm, could mean the difference between cancer survivors having kids or not.

More medical advancements are still needed. But at least there are cancer survivors sharing stories about how they were able to have children after treatments.