Pride Angel at the Alternative Parenting Show 2014

September 22, 2014 19:30 by PrideAngelAdmin
Pride Angel The Alternative Parenting Show had another successful exhibition at the weekend. It provided a one-stop shop, which gave valuable information to same-sex and heterosexual couples and single men and women on how to make the dream of having a family a reality. In today's society families are made up of all different combinations, however this brings the need for fresh information.

The show included advice from leading experts in their field on how to navigate through the minefield of having a child. Top areas included legal provisions, surrogacy, fertility, co-parenting, fostering and adoption. The one day event provided people with the opportunity to chat in an informal atmosphere to the experts who could give the answers needed.

Pride Angel were delighted to have exhibited and enjoyed being able to answer the many questions asked about starting a family with the help of a known sperm or egg donor.

The show was run by event and publishing specialist Square Peg Media.

Article: 22nd September 2014 www.prideangel.com

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'The law in Ireland does not recognise that I am Edie's parent'

September 16, 2014 20:18 by PrideAngelAdmin
Edie is the one-year-old daughter Clodagh has with her partner of eight years, Moninne Griffith.

Although it was Moninne who carried Edie for nine months and although Clodagh does not have any biological relationship to Edie, she feels a bond as deep and powerful as that of any mother.

"She has brought such joy into our worlds," she says. "I can't imagine life without her."

But Clodagh's joy is tinged with anxiety.

"Right now, legally, I have no connection to Edie whatsoever. The law does not recognise that I am her parent. What if something happened to Moninne? I'd have no rights whatsoever."

Her pain is shared by Moninne, who is co-director of the Marriage Equality advocacy organisation.

"The law, as it stands today, is discriminatory towards families like ours," she says. "Our families, friends and neighbours all fully accept that Clodagh and I are Edie's parents, but the State doesn't."

Dubliner Moninne hopes that the proposed Children and Family Relationships Bill will become legislation by the end of the year. "It will provide greater security for all of us, especially Edie."

Moninne says she always wanted to be a mother and loved being pregnant: "It was such a happy time. I know some women have tough pregnancies, but I was lucky."

Clodagh was by her side at the Coombe Maternity Hospital when Moninne gave birth. It was the end of a journey that began several years earlier in an IVF clinic when, invariably, they were the only gay couple in the waiting room.

The couple came out as gay at different stages of their lives. Clodagh was in her mid-20s. "I'd had boyfriends before," she says. "I'd been afraid of homophobia, worried that I wouldn't be accepted. But when I told people, the response was really positive. I got great support."

Moninne came out in her 30s. She had been married to a man for several years and it was after that relationship had ended that she had "the great fortune" to meet Clodagh. "I don't like labels," she says, "but I would identify as a lesbian now. I'm not trying to erase my past - I had relationships with men. When I was younger, coming out seemed to mean that it would be so much harder to become a mother, but that's certainly not the case now."

Both women have been greatly heartened by the warmth and support they have received from strangers, including older neighbours in their apartment complex in Dalkey, Co Dublin.

"We've been really touched by how lovely they've been," Moninne says. "It's a sign about how accepting Ireland has become and how much its changed in a matter of decades, although I do think it is easier for society to accept two mammies rather than two daddies."

Obstacles remain, however. "I am lucky in that I teach in an Educate Together school where the management, staff and parents are very accepting," Clodagh says. "But that's not the case for many lesbian and gay teachers in Ireland who have to pretend they're something they're not in order to keep their jobs.

"The INTO have an LGBT group that is trying to have Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act dropped. This discriminates against gay teachers and people in the medical world and other jobs. It shouldn't be in place in 2014 and it's a reminder that for all the progress that has been made in Ireland, there are still reminders that full equality does not exist."

Moninne is quietly confident that the referendum on same-sex marriage will be carried next spring, The polls suggest a huge margin in favour of gay marriage, but she is unwilling to jump the gun just yet. "We need people who favour marriage equality to go out and vote and not sit and home and think, 'I don't need to vote because the polls say it will happen'".

Should the referendum be carried, Clodagh and Moninne will start planning a special wedding day. "I would hope that it would be as important and meaningful for my family as my brothers' wedding days were."

Clodagh was raised in the Church of Ireland tradition and both she and Moninne had Edie christened at St Patrick's Church, Dalkey. "It was such a lovely ceremony," Clodagh says. "So welcoming and inviting and so lovely to have loved ones around us and our baby."

Moninne is hopeful that the Ireland that Edie grows up in will be even more tolerant of gay relationships than it is now. "Of course, there are some conservatives who are opposed to gay marriage and the idea of gay parents. But if those people could see how loved children like Edie are, they might find it harder to maintain such views."

Article:31st August 2014 www.independent.ie

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Mila Kunis takes Yoga classes in final months of pregnancy

September 11, 2014 21:14 by PrideAngelAdmin
Careful doing Downward Dog! In approximately her final month of pregnancy, Mila Kunis is still out and about, taking a yoga class in Studio City, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The glowing mom-to-be, 31, was photographed leaving the class in a fitted black tank top and matching leggings. Though Ashton Kutcher’s fiancee has yet to reveal her exact due date, she is definitely nearing the end of her pregnancy.

The Jupiter Ascending actress recently told Marie Claire that she’s embracing her body’s changes, especially her expanding chest size.

"They're amazing!" Kunis told the mag of her boobs. "They've tripled in size. I was a 34A; now I'm a 36C. I’m so excited! I'm telling everyone I know, 'Go ahead, touch them!'"

Article: 7th Setember 2014 www.usmagazine.com

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second baby

September 8, 2014 21:40 by PrideAngelAdmin
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child, it has been confirmed.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child," tweeted Clarence House.

A statement from Kensington Palace said that the Queen and members of the royal family are "delighted with the news".

As with her pregnancy with Prince George, the Duchess is suffering from acute morning sickness - hyperemesis gravidarum. She is being treated inside Kensington Palace this time, rather than a private hospital where press had previously waited outside for updates.

"We're immensely thrilled, it's great news, early days but I'm hoping that things settle down, she feels a bit better," said Prince William today during an official visit to open the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building. His wife pulled out of the engagement due her sickness. The Duke of Cambridge meets a young fan during an official visit to Oxford today 8 September

"She's feeling ok," he continued. "It's been a tricky few days, week or so. I'm going to go back and look after her now."

Kensington Palace said the Duchess's attendance at forthcoming events would be decided on a "case-by-case" basis.

She is scheduled to make her first official solo overseas tour to Malta from 20 September for two days.

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child," read the statement.

"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

"As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace."

Article: 8th September 2014 www.independent.co.uk

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Gwen Stefani says her eldest son's Prayers led to her Pregnancy at age 44

September 5, 2014 20:26 by PrideAngelAdmin
Kingston Rossdale didn’t need a show to put his talent to the test: His voice was heard loud and clear.

During a Wednesday appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Gwen Stefani admitted she thought her family of four with husband Gavin Rossdale — including Kingston, 8, and Zuma, 6 — was complete.

“[Kingston] asked me, ‘Mom, are you going to have a baby? I want you to have a baby,’ ” The Voice judge recalls.

“I was like, ‘It’s over. We’re not having any more. This is our family.’ “

But Kingston used the power of prayer to bring his parents’ newest blessing — Apollo Bowie Flynn, now 6 months — into the world.

“Kingston … has a direct link to God, basically,” Stefani, 44, said. “[He started to pray,] ‘Dear God, please let my mom have a baby. Please, God! Please let my mom have a baby.'”

Ask and you shall receive: Before long Stefani and Rossdale discovered another baby was on the way. “I swear to you, he prayed every single night, and four weeks later, I was pregnant,” she explained.

“I brought out a cake after we found out it was really going to happen and it said, ‘We’re having a baby!’ I made him read it … and he goes, ‘Ahh! I prayed for that!'”

Now that Kingston has witnessed the power of prayer, Stefani jokes there’s no stopping him! “He prays for everything. He’s like, ‘Please, God! Please let me have another cupcake. He really believes,” she says.

Article: 4th September 2014 www.celebritybabies.people.com

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Pride Angel Journey - Swordfish and a Scan

September 1, 2014 20:14 by PrideAngelAdmin
pregnancy test The good news outweighed the bad news, but it didn't stop us feeling awkward. We'd called at Sainsbury's for a pregnancy test on the way to my brother's house. Perched on the edge of the bathroom we whispered in our excitement as we watched that word appear: Pregnant.

The bad news was that my brother and his partner had spent a fortune on swordfish for dinner. We googled it. No, as we thought - no swordfish for pregnant Sal, only a very small amount of swordfish for me; I was still breastfeeding Luna. At the table we awkwardly shifted bits of fish around our plates; the next day, feeling a bit guilty and a bit excitable we told them the news: four weeks pregnant.

Ten days later Sal woke me to say she'd had some bleeding. "There was a small clot - I'm afraid I think that was it." She wiped away her tears and we consulted the books. And there we found some hope because she wasn't in pain. She took her first sick day in ten years and, settled herself in bed for a day of worried wondering.

The following day at the hospital, while Luna entertained herself with the cubicle curtains, we watched as a tiny heartbeat pulsed contentedly. The heartbeat of a little five-and-a-half-week-old, not-yet-baby-shaped blob, bouncing around in its very spacious-looking uterine home.

Article: by Lindsey, West Yorkshire 1st Setember 2014

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Reading Pride Announce Festival Line-Up - 30th August 2014

August 29, 2014 21:00 by PrideAngelAdmin
Reading Pride have announced the full programme and stage line-up for the 2014 Pride Parade & Festival on Saturday 30th August inspired by this year’s theme of ‘Musicals’.

The day starts with the traditional parade through Reading Town Centre leaving the Civic Centre at 11.30am passing through Broad Street and Forbury Gardens before arriving at King’s Meadow for the opening of the Pride Festival by the Mayor of Reading at 12 noon.

Headline acts on the main stage include Sam Callahan of X-Factor Fame, Amanda Wilson of the Freemasons and local favourite Nicolette Street, all hosted by The Joes. There will be a full line-up on the main stage throughout day starting with local jazz and swing band Funk Lab and including Cabaret favourties Misty Lee, Topping and Butch, Lola Lasagna and Sandra London as well as Reading’s own Wilma Fingadoo who will be hosting throughout the afternoon. There will also be upcoming local talent featured including Luke Upton [winner of Has Reading Got Talent? 2013], the ever-popular Feryl [previously known as Benji] and Markie.

Other attractions at the Festival include a ‘Village Green’ youth and family zone including Disco Dome and other attractions, an extensive Marketplace, food and drink outlets, karaoke stage and funfair as well as a VIP area and Trans picnic area.

This year’s VIP Area has received a make-over in line with the Musicals theme with red carpet and glitz to be expected with dedicated bar service and food outlet. VIP wristbands are available on the day priced £12 each or in advance priced £10 from www.readingpride.co.uk

Chair of Reading Pride Andrew Adams said ‘This year has seen significant progress in rights for LGBT+ people in the UK but there is more to be done to build a truly equal society, while in many parts of the world we see people continuing to be persecuted for their sexuality. This year’s Reading Pride will be a great day out for the whole community while showing solidarity for those who are still prevented from expressing their love for one another, wherever they may be’.

The festival runs until 7.00pm. Entry is free and the entire community is welcome. For further information visit www.readingpride.co.uk

Article: 29th August 2014 www.readingpride.co.uk For all media enquiries contact chair@readingpride.co.uk or call 0844 3570124 / 07738 699522.

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Pride Angel at Manchester Pride 2014

August 25, 2014 23:07 by PrideAngelAdmin
Manchester's annual Pride Big Weekend and Parade has had another successful year with tens of thousands of people attending.

The four-day festival, now in its 23rd year, celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

This year's theme celebrated same sex couples being able to marry, after the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was introduced in March.

The Lifestyle Expo was a huge success and one of the community's favourite places to be during the Big Weekend!

There were over 40 stalls representing LGBT organisations and supporters, to include LGBT parenting website Pride Angel, who were delighted to be pictured with a beautiful ‘Pride Angel Baby’ and her proud mums.

Also pictured: Scottish girls enjoying parade.






Article: 25th August 2014 www.prideangel.com

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Pride Angel at Manchester Pride Expo

August 22, 2014 21:58 by PrideAngelAdmin
Manchester Pride Expo Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th August.

The Expo is one of the community's favourite places to be during the Big Weekend! Find out about joining a sports group, getting advice about health and wellbeing or enter some competitions with our partners.

There are over 40 stalls representing LGBT organisations and supporters right in the heart of the site.

Visit Pride Angel at the Expo

Thinking about becoming a parent? Looking for a donor or co-parent? Or want to help others by donating sperm or eggs? Come along and talk to Pride Angel, at the Manchester Expo, where they will be happy to talk through your options.

Pride Angel is a leading connection website and fertility portal, bringing together donors and recipients throughout UK and worldwide. Members can register for free, create their own personal profile and contact users through our internal messaging system.

We have over 35,000 members registered , to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual.

Members are able to search donors, co-parents or recipients by criteria such as hair colour, eye colour, sexuality, the amount of contact if any they wish to have with a child, and whether they wish to be a legal parent or not legally responsible.

Fortunately the law has improved within recent years to make legal parenthood much clearer, meaning that a donor can donate to a married or lesbian couple without the worry of being legally or financially responsible. So why not give the gift of life and make someone’s dream of a family become a reality.

Creating families with Pride.

Article: 22nd August 2014 www.prideangel.com

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Tips for reducing your chance of miscarriage

August 19, 2014 21:27 by PrideAngelAdmin
1. Prepare for Conception
The first step is to prepare your body with fertility cleansing. Fertility cleansing helps to support the liver in cleansing the body of old toxins and excess hormones while encouraging the uterus to cleanse itself of ‘old’ contents, increasing uterine circulation and tone.

2. Eat a Nutrient Dense Fertility Diet
The next step is to nourish and build up your body to be a healthy, baby-friendly body. This can easily be done through eating a nutrient dense Fertility Diet. What you eat has an impact on:

•The health of your eggs
•Your hormonal balance
•Creates a healthy placenta
•Decreases chances of a miscarriage
•Builds nutrient storage for baby
•Creates healthy reproductive system

You will want to make sure you are eating a fertility diet consistently for at least 90 days before you begin trying to conceive for your best chances of creating a healthy pregnancy. You can learn how to eat a nutrient dense fertility diet here.

3. Build a Healthy Foundation
One of the major foundational steps to increasing your changes of having a healthy pregnancy is to take some basic vitamins, minerals, and EFA’s. There are specific vitamins and minerals that are necessary for a healthy reproductive system, hormonal balance, and ovulation.

Building a healthy foundation is a two punch step. You will want to be taking a multivitamin and omega 3 supplements. But the key here is not to just take any multivitamin. The best multivitamin to take for fertility and pregnancy is a prenatal multivitamin. But be careful when you are choosing which one to take. NOT ALL SUPPLEMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL. Make sure you are taking a whole food prenatal multivitamin. You also need to make sure your prenatal vitamin contains B6, B12 and folic acid (folate). This combination has been shown to help prevent miscarriages due to high homocysteine levels.

Essential fatty acids are also extremely important for miscarriage prevention through creating a healthy body. EFA’s, specifically omega 3’s, are responsible for many fertility actions. But specifically for aiding in possibly preventing miscarriage – they help to reduce inflammation, aiding in hormone production and hormone balance.

4. Apply Fertility or Abdominal Massage
Another important element of promoting a healthy conception is to increase the circulation to the uterus. From our daily lifestyles of not exercising enough and sitting at a desk all day an decrease the circulation to the uterus. The left leg and the uterus share the same major artery with most of the blood going to the legs, especially when we live in a stressful state of fight or flight (our bodies sends all the blood to the muscles and brain in preparation for running away or fighting), the circulation to the uterus will be compromised.

There are three options for massage when it comes to supporting reproductive circulation. You can find a massage therapist who specializes in abdominal massage (or better yet a fertility massage therapist, you can book a consultation with a Mayan Abdominal Practitioner, or you can learn how to apply Self Fertility Massage™ at home.

Through applying a simple massage method called Self Fertility Massage you are able to increase the circulation to the uterus, clear adhesions, clear congestion (if you have endometriosis, PCOS, clotty and dark periods, and heavy cramps during your period, I am talking to you). You will want to add this technique to your program.

5. Herb & Supplement Program for Recurrent Miscarriage
Vitex
Vitex (Chaste Tree berry) Has been traditionally used by midwives and herbalist to prevent miscarriage associated with low progesterone. It can be used in conjunction with progesterone creams.

Maca
Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding both the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) Maca has the ability to affect key hormones in both women and men without containing hormones itself.

Read more ...

Article: 19th August 2014 natural-fertility-info.com/preventing-miscarriage

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