Please vaccinate your kid — to keep mine (and many others) safe. https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/please-vaccinate-your-kid-to-keep-mine-safe-110819555042.html

Please vaccinate your kid -- to keep mine (and many others) safe. https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/please-vaccinate-your-kid-to-keep-mine-safe-110819555042.html

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The story of Violet’s heart. #CHDAwarenessWeek

The story of Violet's heart. #CHDAwarenessWeek

I’ve written about writing this piece before, so I won’t go into all that back story again. But I wanted to share the essay once again, since it’s the last day of Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week. Already, since I first published this piece last August, several more states have passed laws requiring the pulse oximetry screening — which is truly terrific news. But it’s still not required in all 50 states. And even states that have the law on the books may be slow to enforce it — as was the case for us. So if you’re a new or expecting parent, it’s worth asking (and then double-checking) to be sure this life-saving test is performed.

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A Truth Hard to Swallow #feedingtubeawarenessweek

A Truth Hard to Swallow #feedingtubeawarenessweek

Feeding struggles are about so much more than tubes — and unfortunately, these issues all too often go misdiagnosed. Or worse, get classified as “picky eating” and are blamed on bad parenting. Feeding Matters is a great organization that offers a lot of support and resources for families. If you’re concerned about your child’s eating, their Infant & Child Feeding Questionnaire is a great place to start.

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Feeding tubes by the numbers. #feedingtubeawarenessweek

Feeding tubes by the numbers. #feedingtubeawarenessweek

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Would you eat lunch in here? #tubefeedsaremealtimestoo

Would you eat lunch in here? #tubefeedsaremealtimestoo

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Why I accost every pregnant woman I meet. #pulseox #screeningsavelives #CHDAwarenessWeek

Why I accost every pregnant woman I meet. #pulseox #screeningsavelives #CHDAwarenessWeek

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We often heard “no baby will starve herself!” But it’s not that simple. #FeedingTubeAwarenessWeek

We often heard "no baby will starve herself!" But it's not that simple. #FeedingTubeAwarenessWeek

In fact, some babies and young children will starve themselves — because eating is too difficult, painful, or traumatizing. And too often, parents face judgment instead of support. For a full list of conditions that can necessitate tube-feeding, check out the Feeding Tube Awareness Association’s list. (So many other good resources there!)

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Folks, in a strange kismet of scheduling, this week is #FeedingTubeAwarenessWeek AND #CHDAwarenessWeek. So I'll be taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to raise awareness about the two children's health issues that have transformed our family – and thousands just like us. Stay tuned. #mightyviolet #teamviolet

Folks, in a strange kismet of scheduling, this week is #FeedingTubeAwarenessWeek AND #CHDAwarenessWeek. So I'll be taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to raise awareness about the two children's health issues that have transformed our family - and thousands just like us. Stay tuned. #mightyviolet #teamviolet

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Loretta Ross ran the country's first rape crisis hotline. (Legacy of Campus Rape, More Magazine.)

Loretta Ross ran the country's first rape crisis hotline. (Legacy of Campus Rape, More Magazine.)

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Katie Koestner now runs Take Back The Night. (Legacy of Campus Rape, More Magazine)

Katie Koestner now runs Take Back The Night. (Legacy of Campus Rape, More Magazine)

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