Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Music Minute - Billie Jo Jones: Some Girls Don't Gry

Country music newcomer Billie Jo Jones is taking the music world by storm with her latest single distributed by Bob Frank Distribution (BFD), “Some Girls Don’t Cry,” which is climbing multiple charts including the Texas Country Chart, Music Row, and CDX Nashville’s True Indie chart, reaching #3 currently, resulting in over 89,000+ monthly listeners on Spotify.


This song encompasses a breakup situation and how some girls will not let it get them down. With lyrics including “I packed a suitcase for the weekend, you won’t find me around” and “I’ve got champagne, cheers to no more pain, I’m going dancing tonight!” pretty well sums up Billie Jo Jones’ take on heartbreak. Also the title track for her upcoming album, “Some Girls Don’t Cry” may be Billie Jo Jones’ latest single, but will not be her last!


Pre-order/pre-save ‘Some Girls Don’t Cry’: orcd.co/billiejojonessgdcalbum


"There's a fire behind those unshed tears in my current single out to radio now 'Some Girls Don't Cry,' and it's setting the charts ablaze,” shares Jones. It seems so surreal to have a new album coming out on August 23 and to be touring the country playing my music. Stay tuned for what's next y’all and I hope to see you at a show soon!"


Billie Jo continues to become one of Texas country music’s most beloved artists. She has shared the stage with notable performers such as Deana Carter, Gene Watson, Linda Davis, Barbara Fairchild, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio, Justin Moore, Wade Bowen, Pat Green, Stoney LaRue, Roger Creager, Sam Riggs, Bryan White, Jerrod Niemann, Josh Abbott, Wade Hayes, Adam Hood, Jason Eady, Courtney Patton, Jamie Lin Wilson, Bryan Martin, and many others. A personal highlight for her was opening for Ray Price, one of her biggest inspirations and a favorite she enjoyed listening to with her grandparents over the years.


Billie Jo Jones On Tour:
JUL 24 - The Happy Hour Bar / Stroudsburg, Pa.
JUL 27 - Private Event / Falls City, Neb.
JUL 31 - Texas Red Hot Radio Show at Hells Half Acre Saloon / Fort Worth, Texas
AUG 02 - Private Event / Nashville, Tenn.
AUG 07 - Summer Songwriter Series at Free Roam Brewing Co. / Boerne, Texas
AUG 09 - Love & War / Plano, Texas
AUG 16 - Corsicana Cowboy Church / Corsicana, Texas
AUG 17 - Cedar Hollow Winery / Farmersville, Texas
AUG 20 - North Texas Fair & Rodeo / Denton, Texas
AUG 22 - Private Event / Lexington, Ky.
AUG 23 - Rhinestone Saloon / Fort Worth, Texas
SEP 14 - Southern Junction Live / Royse City, Texas


To keep up with everything Billie Jo Jones, visit HERE and follow the socials linked below.


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More About Billie Jo Jones:

Born in Dallas, TX, this proud native was destined for stardom from a very early age. Billie Jo shares, “I was putting on private concerts for my grandparents who raised me in their living room when I was 4-5 years old! They would sit and watch me for hours and clap for me after every song. I would perform a variety of songs from Shania Twain to the Dixie Chicks to Patsy Cline to Ray Price to Loretta Lynn. I have always loved old country.”


Earlier this year, her single, "Right Now Kinda Girl," topped the Texas Regional Radio Chart. With a growing popularity and a natural buzz about this dynamic, blonde Texan who is reviving her favorite style of country music with hard-hitting, honest lyrics, clever hooks, and unforgettable melodies. Her new single, "Some Girls Don’t Cry," is the title track of her debut full-length country album and is now available for immediate airplay on radio stations everywhere. Catch Billie Jo on tour as she promotes this record throughout the rest of 2024.


Bob Frank Distribution (BFD) was formed in 2012 as a boutique independent music distributor with a global sub-distribution arrangement with The Orchard. BFD currently represents over fifty labels and artists with thousands of masters including earMUSIC, MPS, Charly, Absolute, Righteous Babe, Astor Place Recordings, Cleveland International Records, Peak Records, SGM Records, Woodward Avenue Records, The Atlantic Screen Group (Filmtrax), REMT, Bad Dog/PRA Records, UFO, as well as artist owned labels and catalogs including Charlie Daniels’ Blue Hat Records, Crystal Gayle, Dale Watson, Dave Davies, Anthony Gomes and many others.  2024 will be BFD’s biggest year yet, with new releases from Alice Cooper, Duff McKagan, Kool & The Gang, The Isley Brothers, Colbie Caillat, and Extreme, as well as the first releases from the Judy Garland catalog via her estate. Visit bobfrankent.com for more information.

Book Nook - Friends with Secrets

Friends with Secretsthe debut novel by Christine Gunderson, has been selected as a July title in the Amazon First Reads program. Amazon First Reads is a program that offers customers early access to new books across popular genres. 

 I had a chance to review an e-copy of the book, which explores the myth of the perfect mother, the bonds of female friendship, and the haunting impact of secrets. It also proves that what we see isn't always what we get.


In the book, the "perfect" mom runs into someone from her past and threatens to expose a secret she's ashamed to share. In order to protect those she cares about, she needs to trust with the mom who, on the surface, seems to be her opposite.

 

When a dangerous figure from Ainsley’s past surfaces as a coach at her children’s school, her worst fears are realized. Desperate, she confides in Nikki, revealing every detail of her former life. Together, they concoct a plan to expose the coach and protect their children. But as they navigate this treacherous path, they must also safeguard their own lives—and the newfound friendship that sustains them.


The book tackled a lot of themes - trust, relationships, jealousy, career, growth, and more. It was a fast read for me - I couldn't put it down until I finished it!

 

I had a chance to learn more in this interview (note, the interview questions are intentionally vague to avoid spoilers).


Why did you write this book?

I started writing parts of this book after my first child was born. I’d quit working full time and was struggling with a colicky baby, a travelling spouse, and the absence of a job that had given me a lot of confidence and affirmation, not to mention fun co-workers and a paycheck. 

 

I’d always written in one form or another, writing news stories as a television reporter, and speeches and press releases as a press secretary on Capitol Hill. So for me, writing was a natural outlet as I struggled in my new role as a stay-at-home mom. 

 

That colicky baby is now heading off to college in the fall, and some of the passages I wrote after he was born turned into Friends with Secrets, the novel chosen as an Amazon First Reads pick for the month of July and which comes out on August 1.

 

How can this book inspire mothers to form relationships with each other?

For economic reasons, lots of us end up raising our children far from the families and communities where we grew up. But raising children is the most exhausting, stressful, challenging, and wonderful thing any human being can do, and it's impossible to do it alone. 

 

If we recognize that, and ask for help when we need it, I think we find that the people most equipped to support us are other mothers, because we're all in the same Lego-and-chicken-nugget encrusted boat together. I think we form relationships by saying, "I'm not perfect. I need help." And I think we form relationships by offering help, not judgement, when we see another mother struggling.

 

How can mothers give each other grace, even if they can't always understand each other's choices?

I think every mother loves her children and wants what's best for them. We might differ on the details of what that looks like, Barbies or no Barbies, organic food or frozen pizza, but we all love our children and want them to be happy, healthy, and strong.

 

If we start with that universal fact, we can find common ground, and I believe that grace is found when we focus on what we have in common, not on what makes us different. 

 

I mean, have you ever been on an airplane and exchanged a sympathetic glance with a mother holding a screaming baby? One of those, "I'm-so-sorry-your-baby-is-screaming-and-this-isn't-your-fault-and-we've-all-been-there-and-don't-worry-you-are-an-awesome-mom kind of looks? That's what I'm talking about. Mothers are a stabilizing, civilizing, loving force for good in the world, and if we focus on that, we can always find common ground.


Christine Gunderson is a former television anchor and reporter and former Capitol Hill aide.  She wrote her debut novel, Friends with Secrets, in her minivan in the school pick-up line, at piano lessons, during drama rehearsals, at basketball practice, and in lots of other unglamorous and uncomfortable places where only a parent who writes would write.  She grew up on a fourth-generation family farm in rural North Dakota where she read Laura Ingalls Wilder books in her very own little house on the prairie. She currently lives in the Washington D.C. suburbs with her three children, Star the Wonder Dog, and a very patient husband. When not writing, she's sailing Chesapeake Bay with her family, playing Star Wars monopoly, re-reading Jane Austen novels in the school pick up line or unloading the dishwasher.  You can learn more about her at www.ChristineGunderson.com.


Book Nook - Baby Garbage Truck Makes Friends

 I've known lots of kids (my own included) who loved garbage trucks. There's a cute book available from Clever Publishing that capitalizes on this interest - Baby Garbage Truck Makes Friends. Like many other books for kids, it anthropomorphizes vehicles in a fun way, giving them personality and making the story come to life.

The garbage truck sees all kinds of different trucks at work in the city, from transporting goods to working on infrastructure. It's a fun way to point out the trucks that kids might see as they're traveling around, and help talk about what they do and why we need so many different kinds of vehicles. 

Healthy Habits - What Your Doctor's Body Language Reveals About Your Health

Posture as a Diagnostic Tool

Doctors and care providers usually display subtle, unconscious body language that may hold clues to the health concerns of their patients that remain undiagnosed. This goes beyond the use of the time-honored stethoscope and blood pressure cuff into the realm of nonverbal communication—a mighty, yet underutilized tool in the world of medicine.

Observing the Signs

It becomes a recorded fact when a primary care provider leans forward while listening, maintains eye contact, or furrows his brow while scribbling down some notes, and this could be saying much more than one realizes.

1. Leaning In:

  • Indication: A doctor leaning forward may convey concern or an effort to hear the nuances of a patient's description.
  • Action Step: Patients should be able to give as much detail as possible about their symptoms for complete understanding and diagnosis.

2. Furrowed Brows and Note-taking:

  • Indication: Intense focus on note-taking with furrowed brows may mean that the doctor is piecing together complex symptoms that do not have a direct diagnosis.
  • Action Step: Never be afraid to ask the provider what they are writing down for clearance of thought process and possible diagnosis.

3. Shifting or Uncomfortable Postures:

  • Indication: Moving around on the chair or not making eye contact may indicate a level of discomfort or confusion about a possible diagnosis.
  • Action Step: Clarify openly what they are thinking, so that nothing is missed or misunderstood.

The Insights of Curtis Anderson

Laila Ighani, Medical Editor at Nursa, underscores the importance of body language in patient interaction. “Healthcare providers are highly trained in verbal communication, but we often miss out on the non-verbal signals. These signals can provide invaluable insights into the state of a patient's health and should be meticulously observed and interpreted.”

Proactive Steps Patients Can Take

1. Prepare for Your Visit:

  • Write down each of your symptoms, however insignificant they may seem.
  • Maintain a symptom diary a week or two before visiting.

2. Participate Actively:

  • Don't be afraid to ask your provider to share what he or she sees and thinks.
  • Listen to their body language as well as their ears.

3. Open Dialogue:

  • If a provider's body language appears incongruous with his or her words, mention it. Open dialogue often can clear up misunderstandings or underline problems that will require further discussion.

Potential Health Indicators

A primary care provider's posture can reflect patent undiagnosed health issues. This could include minor to serious problems.

1. Serious Illnesses:

  • An increase in the level of seriousness in demeanor may indicate that the professional feels they have a case of serious illness and would like to use tests to rule this out.

2. Mental Health Concerns:

  • A lot of attention and subdued activity may be an indication that mental health is of concern from the provider to the patient.

3. Lifestyle-related Conditions:

  • If the provider takes a more relaxed stance, it could indicate that the condition is a result of lifestyle factors, and behavior change will be needed rather than severe medical intervention.


Knowing your primary care provider's body posture can add one more layer to your health care experience. These subtle cues, viewed together with proactive dialogue in the doctor-patient relationship, can help arrive at an accurate understanding of your health. Good results from health care usually come from strong, communicative patient-provider relationships.

As Laila Ighani wisely advises, “Utilize every tool at your disposal—both verbal and non-verbal—to collaborate with your healthcare provider. Your health is a joint venture, and every piece of communication is a step toward achieving the best possible outcome.”

Post courtesy: https://nursa.com/.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Going Green - Pearl's Premium Lawn Seed

 Garden equipment engines produce up to 5% of the nation’s air pollution and lawns are depleting our groundwater supplies. Each weekend, tens of millions of Americans mow their lawns, using some 800 million gallons of gas per year and producing tons of air pollutants. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2020, one hour operating a new gasoline lawn mower that doesn’t have a catalytic converter emits the same amount of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide as driving a new car 45 miles.[1] What’s more, lawn care chemicals and pesticides get carried indoors on shoes, paws and air currents, resulting in increased health risks for all - especially children, the elderly and pets.

 

Fortunately, there is a breakthrough chemical-free and eco-friendly solution called “Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed” mixture (www.pearlspremium.com) that requires a full 75% less water and needs mowing only once a month instead of weekly. Sustainable, non-GMO, all-natural Pearl’s Premium – named in honor of inventor Jackson Madnick’s mom - doesn’t just save time, money and water while protecting our health and the health of the environment, it also generates stunningly beautiful dark green and barefoot soft grass ideally suited to residential, commercial, municipal, university and cemetery lawns.

Requiring mowing only once a month, Pearl’s Premium’s breakthrough formula:

 

  • Sequesters 12 x the carbon of ordinary grass to help lessen climate change and extreme weather 
  • Needs 75% less water and mowing only once a month rather than weekly 
  • Outcompetes most weeds without chemicals to be safer for all living things and migrating birds
  • Has been specified as the only grass that can be used at Columbia University’s “Campus Of The Future” in New York because it is the only grass that gets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Credits under the US Green Building Council, the world's most widely used green building rating system
  • Grows in all soils and regions and at all altitudes (and is easy to install!)
  • Yields deep roots that hold more water and go under the frost line to never go brown as a result of either summer heat or winter cold
  • Never requires chemical fertilizer and pesticides that are a leading toxin in our environment, making lawns safer for children, the elderly, and animals while preventing added pollution in our drinking water
  • Stands up to heat (sunny mix); grows in deep shade (shady mix), while creating a lush beautiful organic lawn that stays green all year long
  • Is being utilized in over 600,000 lawns worldwide (Pearl’s Premium grows well in all climates and soils)
  • Has won three international and two national innovation awards including the International "MassChallenge for Innovation Prize” (after looking at 446 great inventions coming from 26 countries)
  • Is used both for more sustainable lawns and green roofs. More specifically, Pearl’s Premium can be used on the north side of most solar roofs or any roof at 1/3 the cost and 1/5 the wet weight of other green roofs with grass (shading a roof with Pearl’s Premium grass also helps the roof last three times longer, provides added insulation and stops water run-off)  
  • Doesn’t show yellow dog urine spots if you keep your dog off the grass for the first month while it’s still getting established - a key reason Pearl’s Premium is used in many homes with pets and in dog parks
  • Pearl’s Premium is both a for-profit company and a 501 (c) (3) educational non-profit giving grass seed to child, animal and environmental causes as well as to Habitat for Humanity for Wounded Warriors
I had a chance to learn more in this interview with Jackson Madnick.

 

Why is it important to have a more eco-friendly grass option?

The standard high maintenance shallow root grass most people have is using or wasting up to 50 % of our limited clean drinking waters. Pearl’s Premium grass with 6 to 8 foot roots (rather than ordinary grass with only 3 to 8 inch roots) needs 75% less water after the short establishment period. Standard grass has lots of weeds and Pearl’s Premium 6 to 8 foot deep roots outcompetes most weeds without the need for lawn chemicals. As such, Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Seed grass is safer for children, animals, the elderly, our drinking waters and our earth. In addition, standard shallow root grass  does not sequester much carbon whereas Pearl’s sequesters 12 times the carbon to help lessen climate change and the impact of extreme weather.

 

 

How are new grass varieties developed?

Through perseverance and luck! We performed over 10,000 trials of different grass seed mixes and different percentages to discover our breakthrough innovation of a grass that grows so slow above the soil, it needs mowing only once every month. The other interaction that our seed mixture does is that it puts all its energy into the roots rather than the blades, thus requiring less water and enabling your grass to stay green year round in spite of heat of summer or cold of winter. It also outcompetes most weeds without chemicals and does not show yellow spots from dog urine. Pearl’s Premium is now covered under two U.SS Patents and is used in over 600,000 lawns.

 

 

What makes fall a great time to plant grass seed?

There are no new weeds to compete with the new grass since weeds only grow in late Spring and Summer not Fall. Grass likes warm days and cool moist nights to get established.  It frequently rains in the fall, helping to save on establishment watering. Lastly, Fall planting gives the grass 6 to 8 months to grow deep roots before summer heat becomes a factor.



Inventor Jackson Madnick Honors His Mom By Seeding The Future of Lawn Care

The vast majority of homeowners and property developers consider healthy, attractive lawns an important feature but may not realize that watering, mowing and nurturing these lawns puts both their pocketbooks and their health at risk. As such, it’s no wonder that Pearl’s Premium inventor and CEO Jackson Madnick has become a notable figure among home buyers, facility managers and sustainability advocates alike – including being honored in the past by two different White Houses, the UN, the National League of Cities and Senator John Glenn, among others.

 

According to Jackson, “My mother, Pearl, sparked my life-long commitment to protect our Planet Earth. I realized that we love our lawns but are addicted to high maintenance lawn care. With input from independent grass seed scientists, we conducted over 10,000 trials of seed mixes to create a U.S. patented solution. Today, Pearl’s Premium rarely, or never, needs watering, grows very slowly and thrives without chemicals. The secret: roots that grow very deep, tapping into naturally occurring moisture and nutrients to produce a healthy, barefoot soft lawn. I encourage you to take the Pearl’s Premium pledge to protect your health while helping to save time, money, water and our planet.”

 

About Pearl’s Premium

Named after his beloved mother Pearl, the Massachusetts-based Pearl’s Premium was invented by Jackson Madnick, a longtime environmentalist and water resources and sustainability expert who served as the Chairperson of the Wayland (MA) Surface Water Quality Committee. Pearl’s Premium grass, once considered too good to be true before winning countless awards and winning over hundreds of thousands of homeowners, landscape designers, and facility managers around the world, is a game-changing U.S. patented organic grass seed that saves money, time and labor while protecting humans and animals from exposure to toxic lawn care chemicals.

 

Pearl’s Premium sequesters 12 x the carbon of ordinary grass to help mitigate climate change, requires 75% less water than traditional lawn care products, enables monthly rather than weekly mowing, creates lush, beautiful lawns that stay green all year long and out-competes most weeds without chemicals to be safer for all living things and the environment. Pearl’s Premium products can be purchased on the www.pearlspremium.com site or at a store near you (https://www.pearlspremium.com/find-a-store/location-search).

 


Book Nook - Too Tired to Fight: 13 Essential Conflicts Parents Must Have to Keep Their Relationship Strong

 Parenting changes a couple’s relationship in fundamental ways, but most parents are too exhausted from the demands of life, work, and engaging their kids to prioritize their relationship. This can lead to repeated conflict and an overwhelming sense of anxiety, anger, hurt, and loneliness…just when you need your partner’s support the most. The good news: conflict is actually a sign that you are trying to connect with your partner—you’re just stuck in an old pattern of communication.

In TOO TIRED TO FIGHT, Erin and Stephen Mitchell use their 20-plus years of counseling experience to walk couples through the 13 conflicts that are not just normal but necessary to keep a partnership strong once kids enter the picture, including:

·   The “Your Parenting Is Wrong” Conflict

·   The “I’m More Tired Than You” Conflict

·   The “Stop Choosing Your Family Over Ours” Conflict

·   The “Sex Life? What Sex Life?” Conflict

 

Whether married, unmarried, gay or straight, and regardless of race or religion, couples face similar stresses, similar triggers, and the same need for repair and forgiveness. Pragmatic and accessible, TOO TIRED TO FIGHT spotlights every type of family and helps couples better navigate family dynamics.

 

 Learn more in these videos:

·        Me saying I bear the mental load of parenting is not me saying, “which means your life is a breeze”

·        If you have a toxic grandparent (relative) in your life, you might need to keep this in mind

Healthy Habits - 10 Questions to Ask a Fertility Doctor at Your First IVF Appointment

By Barry R. Witt, MD, Illume Fertility


For new patients, stepping into a fertility clinic is like entering a whole new world. There is a lot to learn. Patients considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) likely have a long list of questions to ask a reproductive endocrinologist, and limited time to get answers.


In order to make the most of the first fertility consultation, patients should take time to prepare beforehand. Here are 10 of the most important questions about IVF to ask at a first appointment:

1. Is there a specific diet you recommend for fertility?

Many believe that a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, fish, and whole grains — the so-called "Mediterranean" diet — is most beneficial and would be considered a “fertility diet.” Speaking with a fertility-savvy nutritionist can help guide the best diet when trying to conceive.

2. What can I expect from a typical IVF cycle?

Ask your doctor to break down the basics of IVF. While specific fertility clinic protocols may vary, the general treatment process usually remains the same: ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, fertilization, embryo development, embryo transfer, and bloodwork to confirm whether or not the IVF cycle has been successful. 

3. What is your clinic's IVF success rate?

Some fertility clinics prominently feature their success rate data, while others require a little more prodding to find. While you might already have a sense of a clinic's stats before your first appointment, it's a great time to ask the doctor about success rates in relation to your age and diagnosis. 

4. Is IVF the right treatment pathway for me?

IVF can be used to overcome a variety of fertility issues, including blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, male factor infertility, ovulation disorders and unexplained infertility, among others. It can also be used by LGBTQ+ couples or single individuals wishing to have a child.

Despite its wide application, IVF does not guarantee a successful pregnancy. Rates vary depending on factors such as age, cause of infertility, and clinic protocols.


Not all people who struggle to conceive require the help of IVF. Your doctor should want to perform a comprehensive evaluation to rule out certain issues before recommending IVF as the only treatment option. You might also want to ask:

  • What are some potential scenarios where IVF would not be recommended?

  • What other fertility treatment options does your practice offer?

  • Does your practice have genetic counselors on staff?

5. How many IVF cycles should I do?

The answer depends on many factors, including how your IVF cycles have been going, the prognosis for success in subsequent cycles, and how many children you wish to have. There is no absolute limit, but additional IVF cycles might be beneficial if your prognosis for getting healthy embryos is still good, but pregnancy hasn’t happened yet. Patients planning on having more than one child might consider doing more than one IVF cycle to store additional embryos for future use.

6. What fertility tests are necessary to determine IVF suitability?

Before beginning any kind of fertility treatment, conduct a series of diagnostic tests to assess current ovarian reserves, the health of fallopian tubes and uterus, hormone levels, and other factors that might impact fertility. Common fertility tests include:

7. What lifestyle changes are recommended before starting IVF?

Making certain diet and lifestyle changes before beginning treatment can improve your chances of success. These adjustments aim to enhance overall health, optimize fertility, and ensure your body is in the best possible condition for an IVF cycle. Both partners (if applicable) should consider these changes, as they can impact egg and sperm quality, as well as the ability to carry a pregnancy to term:

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Eat a balanced diet

  • Limit or exclude alcohol

  • Stop smoking or vaping

  • Exercise regularly

  • Manage your stress levels

  • Review medications and supplements

  • Examine relevant environmental factors

8. What vitamins or supplements can I take to increase my success with IVF?

prenatal vitamin with folic acid is the most important supplement to take, since it prevents certain birth defects. Other supplements might be helpful, especially antioxidants. Speak with a doctor, nurse, or nutritionist about their recommendations.

9. If I want twins, will you transfer two embryos?

It is recommended to transfer back a single embryo in most cases, especially in patients under age 38 or those who are transferring embryos that have undergone testing and been found to be normal. Twin pregnancies are much higher-risk, and are often complicated by premature delivery. This can leave children with significant impairments, including lifelong challenges such as cerebral palsy or autism. It can also cause higher-risk pregnancies with a greater chance of hypertensive disorders and gestational diabetes. It is safest to have children one at a time.  


IVF used to cause a high amount of twin pregnancies, but this is no longer true. As a result of a concerted effort to reduce multiple pregnancies with IVF by transferring a single embryo at a time, the twin rate has become very low — less than 6% nationally in 2021.

10. Should I have my embryos genetically tested?

If the genetic parents of the embryos are carriers for a heritable disease, then you should absolutely consider testing the embryos to avoid having a baby with a serious or life-threatening condition. If you simply want to screen your embryos for chromosomal abnormalities, the benefits of PGT increase with the age of the woman providing the egg. Chromosomal testing is most often recommended for women over 35 because it can help reduce the risk of miscarriages that result from reproductive aging.


A detailed discussion about this testing with your doctor, and possibly with a genetic counselor, can help you make this decision.

It's no secret that the fertility treatment process can be overwhelming. Never be afraid to ask your doctor and team detailed questions and ask for support and resources. Being an informed participant on your IVF journey will help you feel more empowered, prepared, and confident as you take these next steps.


Dr. Barry Witt is double board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology, with over 30 years of experience helping families grow in Connecticut and New York. He currently practices medicine at Illume Fertility.