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December 2012


In my opinion, 2012 was a year of awakening for many.  We came to realize that government meets half our needs, people treat each other with indifference and financially “we” are on the verge of bankruptcy.  In 2012 opportunities were lost when we occupied, worked to rule, or went on strike, while corporations accepted massive loans from government and still gave out multi-million dollar bonuses to the executives who cried poor …Read More

When Christmas Means Heartache

This Christmas Eve thriftymommastips.com post is for all those who wait. For those waiting to adopt. For those waiting to conceive. For those waiting to go through IVF, in vitro fertilization. For those trying desperately to save the money to be able to afford IVF. For the kids too in foster homes waiting for families. Waiting is the hardest state. Read More

All I Want for Christmas…

While I’m singing this song and thinking of the son I lost, so many other women are singing it about the baby they are aching to have. While one of us is a mother and one is a “mother” in her heart, the one thing that we have in common is the aching to hold a child in our arms. Read More

A Holiday Story of Hope

This holiday season the Cristianos have something to celebrate. After several years of trying to conceive, surgery, emotional distress and a devastating miscarriage just last December, Amedeo and his wife, Mayra, are about to become parents. Read More

Public Funding for In Vitro Fertilization Is the Only Choice

Former first lady of Canada, Maureen McTeer recently stood in a private Women of Influence Award gathering and reminded the audience that in vitro fertilization (IVF), and assisted reproductive technologies are a modern day reality and should be funded in Ontario as a health care treatment. IVF is a medical treatment that is sometimes prescribed as the only way a couple can conceive a child. Read More


In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a medical procedure where a woman’s eggs are removed from her ovaries and fertilized in a lab with sperm from her husband, partner or a selected donor.  The embryos created from the fertilization are returned to her uterus, or the uterus of a surrogate mother, in hopes of creating a pregnancy.  The success rate for this procedure for a woman of 35-years-old is between 30-35% …Read More

Infertility Emotions Over the Holidays

With the holidays quickly approaching, it is time to reflect on what the year has brought us. My children bring a level of joy to my life that I never really knew before and cannot imagine living without. We all know how difficult raising a child can be; the demands on your time; the demands on your finances; the demands on your emotions, but wouldn’t have it any other way, as …Read More