Turkey becomes a destination for people seeking fertility treatments


Turkey has become the preferred destination for couples from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and even the United States who seek in vitro fertilization so they can have babies.

The secret of success: a cutting-edge technology comparable to that of the best European and American clinics at prices up to five times cheaper…and a welcoming atmosphere.

“Five years ago my husband and I wanted to have kids, and though we’re both fertile, I could only get pregnant through assisted fertilization, a treatment that in the United States costs some $16,000 for having it done just once,” Sarah Flores Sievers, director of a public health program in Santa Fe, New Mexico, told Efe.

“We faced a dilemma: do we pay our mortgage and our bills or do we have a baby?” Sievers said.

Even something as simple as a vaginal sperm injection, according to her husband, Fletcher Sievers, costs between $2,500 and $3,000 in the United States.

For that price a patient in Turkey can get the most advanced in vitro fertilization technology with a 40 to 55 percent rate of success, Bulent Tiras, head doctor of the fertility treatment unit at Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul, said.

Most of his patients are Turks, but Tiras estimates that from 10 to 15 percent come from abroad, mostly from Eastern Europe and the Balkans where the technology is less developed, as well as from Arab countries and Central Asia. EFE


Who Was Your Favorite President?

In honor of yesterday I want to dedicate this blog entry to my favorite president .


Benjamin Franklin 

  • NAME: Benjamin Franklin
  • OCCUPATION: Inventor, Political Leader, Scientist, Writer
  • BIRTH DATE: January 17, 1706
  • DEATH DATE: April 17, 1790
  • EDUCATION: Boston Latin School
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Boston, Massachusetts
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • AKA: Ben Franklin
  • AKA: Benjamin Franklin


Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin organized the United States’ first lending library and volunteer fire department. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution, and negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which marked the end of the Revolutionary War.


Early Life


Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston in what was then known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His father, Josiah Franklin, a soap and candle maker, had 17 children, seven with first wife, Anne Child, and 10 with second wife Abiah Folger. Benjamin was his 15th child and the last son.

Despite his success at the Boston Latin School, Ben was removed at 10 to work with his father at candle making, but dipping wax and cutting wicks didn’t fire his imagination. Perhaps to dissuade him from going to sea as one of his brothers had done, Josiah apprenticed Ben at 12 to his brother James at his print shop. Ben took to this like a duck to water, despite his brother’s hard treatment. When James refused to publish any of his brother’s writing, Ben adopted the pseudonym Mrs. Silence Dogood, and “her” 14 imaginative and witty letters were published in his brother’s newspaper, The New England Courant, to the delight of the readership. But James was angry when it was discovered the letters were his brother’s, and Ben abandoned his apprenticeship shortly afterward, escaping to New York, but settling in Philadelphia, which was his home base for the rest of his life.

Franklin furthered his education in the printing trade in Philadelphia, lodging at the home of John Read in 1723, where he met and courted Read’s daughter Deborah. Nevertheless, the following year, Franklin left for London under the auspices of Pennsylvania Governor William Keith, but felt duped when letters of introduction never arrived and he was forced to find work at print shops there. Once employed, though, he was able to take full advantage of the city’s pleasures, attending theater, mingling with the populace in coffee houses and continuing his lifelong passion for reading. He also managed to publish his first pamphlet, “A Dissertation upon Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain.”

Franklin returned to Philadelphia in 1726 to find that Deborah Read had married. In the next few years he held varied jobs such as bookkeeper, shopkeeper and currency cutter. He also fathered a son, William, out of wedlock during this time. In late 1727, Franklin formed the “Junto,” a social and self-improvement study group for young men, and early the next year was able to establish his own print shop with a partner.



After publishing another pamphlet, “The Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency,” Franklin was able to purchase The Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper from a former boss, and was elected the official printer of Pennsylvania.


He was also able to take Deborah Read as his common-law wife in 1730, after her husband disappeared after stealing a slave. Their first son, Francis, was born in 1732 (although he died four years later of smallpox).

Franklin’s prominence and success grew during the 1730s, especially with the publication of Poor Richard’s Almanack at the end of 1732. Franklin amassed real estate and businesses, organized the Union Fire Company to counteract dangerous fire hazards,

established a lending library so others could share his passion for reading, and was elected Grand Master of the Pennsylvania Masons, clerk of the state assembly and postmaster of Philadelphia.

The 1740s saw Franklin expanding into entrepreneurship with invention of the Franklin stove, and also into scientific pursuits. His pamphlet “A Proposal for Promoting Useful Knowledge” underscored his interests. His beloved daughter Sarah was born in 1743. He became a soldier in the Pennsylvania militia at the age of 42, but his abiding interest in electricity was ignited at this time, too. He conducted the famous kite-and-key experiment in 1752 after some of his theories on electricity were published in England the previous year.

Public Service

Franklin was tapped as a foreign diplomat and represented the Pennsylvania Assembly, and subsequently Massachusetts, Georgia and New Jersey, in England, but he continued to work toward colonial union and in 1766 supported the repeal of the Stamp Act.

In 1775, Franklin was elected to the Second Continental Congress and as postmaster general for the colonies, having mapped the postal routes in 1762. And in 1776, he was one of five men to draft the Declaration of Independence. Franklin was also one of the 13 men who drafted the Articles of Confederation.

Later Years

Much has been made of Franklin’s life in Paris as essentially the first U.S. ambassador to France, chiefly his romantic life. Deborah, his wife of 44 years, died in 1774, two years before he accepted the post, and Franklin had a rich romantic life in his nine years abroad. He even proposed marriage, to a widow named Madame Helvetius, at the age of 74, but she rejected him.

Franklin was embraced in France as much, if not more, for his intellectual standing in the scientific community and for his wit, as for his status as a political appointee from a fledging country. His reputation facilitated respect and entrees into closed communities, including that of King Louis XVI. And it was his adept diplomacy that led to the peace treaty with England in 1783 and other foreign alliances and trade treaties.

After almost a decade in France, Franklin returned to America in 1785. He was elected to represent Pennsylvania at the Constitutional Convention, which drafted and ratified the new U.S Constitution, and participated in electing George Washington as the country’s first president, inaugurated in April 1789.

He also served as president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, wrote many tracts urging the abolition of slavery and petitioned the U.S Congress for it in 1790.

Successes and Failures

With so many of America’s early heroes, successes take the spotlight, while failures are rarely mentioned. But with any great entrepreneur the failures are just paving stones to the triumphs. Franklin himself said, “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”

He took his own advice. Franklin mapped the Gulf Stream, invented swim fins, the lightning rod and musical instruments, established colleges,

and amassed scores of other accomplishments. His self-education earned him honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Oxford University in England, and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

But he also began a magazine that failed, devised a new “scheme” for the alphabet that proposed to eliminate the letters C, J, Q, W, X and Y as redundant, and made disastrous political decisions that involved the leaking of letters, called the “Hutchinson Affair.” He also made an ill-advised recommendation for Pennsylvania’s stamp distribution that caused the public to misconstrue where he stood on American support. His own son William, whom he helped to achieve the governorship of New Jersey, opposed him on the unification of the colonies, which stung Franklin to the point where he mentioned it in his will almost 25 years later.

Franklin’s voracious capacity for knowledge, investigation and finding practical solutions to problems was his primary focus, as was his commitment to “doing good,” which led to the concept of paying it forward.

Death and Legacy

Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the home of his daughter, Sarah Bache. He was 84, suffered from gout and had complained of ailments for some time, completing the final codicil to his will a little more than a year and a half prior to his death. Franklin had actually written his epitaph when he was 22: The body of B. Franklin, Printer (Like the Cover of an Old Book Its Contents torn Out And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding) Lies Here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be Lost; For it will (as he Believ’d) Appear once More In a New and More Elegant Edition Revised and Corrected By the Author. In the end, however, the stone on the grave he shared with his wife read simply, “Benjamin and Deborah Franklin 1790.”

The image of Benjamin Franklin that has come down through history, along with the image on the $100 bill, is something of a caricature—a bald man in a frock coat holding a kite string with a key attached. But the scope of things he applied himself to was so broad it seems a shame. Founding universities and libraries, the post office, shaping the foreign policy of the fledgling United States, drafting the Declaration of Independence, publishing newspapers, warming us with the Franklin stove, pioneering advances in science, letting us see with bifocals and, yes, lighting our way with electricity—all from a man who never finished school but shaped his life through abundant reading and experience, a strong moral compass and an unflagging commitment to civic duty, and an overall wit, good humor and integrity. Franklin illumined corners of American life that still have the lingering glow of his attention. He was a true polymath and entrepreneur, which is no doubt why he is often called the First American. Perhaps it is a fitting image after all.






















I am a little late , but like most of you I stay busy. Plus packing boxes, cleaning, cooking AND taking care of my beautiful daughter can take a lot out of a person! Yah feel me? I hope all of you had a wonderful & SAFE 4th of July. Comment below & share what you did for the 4th of July. Even if you don’t have hundreds of dollars to shoot fireworks, remember that it isn’t the only thing you should be doing. For 4th of July remember to thank :


Samuel Huntington
Roger Sherman
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott


Thomas McKean
George Read
Caesar Rodney


Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton


Charles Carroll
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone


John Adams
Samuel Adams
John Hancock
Elbridge Gerry
Robert Treat Paine

New Hampshire

Josiah Bartlett
Matthew Thornton
William Whipple

New Jersey

Abraham Clark
John Hart
Francis Hopkinson
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon

New York

William Floyd
Francis Lewis
Philip Livingston
Lewis Morris

North Carolina

Joseph Hewes
William Hooper
John Penn


George Clymer
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Morris
John Morton
George Ross
Benjamin Rush
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson

Rhode Island

William Ellery
Stephen Hopkins

South Carolina

Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
Edward Rutledge


Carter Braxton
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Jefferson
Richard Henry Lee
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
George Wythe

“I Pray You All Had An Amazing 4th Of July ! & A Great Day Today!”




Things They Don’t Tell You Post-Partum

Inlisted in this blog is a few of the many things that the doctors DON’T tell you postpartum. These things have not only happened to me but many other mother’s also. Solutions are provided and hopefully can be helpful! Enjoy.

*Feel free to leave comments about things that have happened to you and I will add them to the list!*

1. Your gonna bruise. Ever since I had Sophia I have noticed that I bruise easier than a banana! Bruises can hurt of course. But more than anything there just annoying imperfections on our body.

Solution : I have read that certain vitamins may help to reduce and/or get rid of bruises. Arnica cream not only prevents bruises but also can ease the pain of bruises and heal it quickly. DO NOT use it on broken skin. It is poisonous internally, but okay external. Apply cream several times daily to area. Bromelain supplements in tablet or capsule form also may help. Take 250-500 In between meals. Hydrotherapy also works in fighting bruises. Get two cloths, soak one in hot water and soak the other one in very cold water. Put the hot cloth on first for 3 minutes, remove the hot cloth, and apply the cold cloth for 30 seconds. Repeat this four times but keep soaking the cloths to keep them hot and cold.

2. Your gonna have mood swings. Your baby want be the only person crying around the house. Most women experience baby blues, Post-patrum depression and just stress crying . Trust me I know from experience that non of the above is fun!

Solution : Try to create a stress-free environment! Get someone to watch the baby while you take a relaxing bath, Read a book, or go for a walk in the park. Find your peaceful place.

3. Your peeing schedule will be off. I it sounds super funny but it’s true. Your body has to adjust to going to the bathroom regularly again.

Solutions : My doctor recommended to try and go every 2 to 3 hours until your body is healed. If you notice you don’t feel the urge to try drinking a tall glass of water every other hour to help things go along.

4. Your shoes aren’t gonna fit. (most likely) Most women don’t notice that not only do your feet become swollen they also get longer or wider than they used to be. Just think of it like this all that extra weight is pushed agaist the soles of your feet. Your feet can widen pr become longer to adjust.

Solution : Buy bigger shoes?

5. Your taste buds can change. Remember that pickle and onion sanwich with peanut butter ? Uhmmm, yeah that might not taste so good since your not pregnant any more.

Solution : If you haven’t ate a certain type of food since pregnancy try not to make a big batch just yet. What you liked then, You may not like today.

6. You may be to tired to dress up. After having a baby things can get very energy draining. Just remember to do whats comfertable for you. If pj’s and a sports bra is the most comfertable for you than go for it ! You just had a baby. Trust me you will have other times where you can dress up. But for now just relax.

Solution : Be comfertable. Just wear blush and mascara instead of eyeliner, foundation, and lip stick wich can rub off and get every where if you fall asleep.

7. You may be to tired to take a bath. Not to mention not enough time either!

Solution : Try leaning your head over the tub and washing your hair in the mornings. That way at night all you have to do is jump in and wash off.

8. You might loose your hair. This never happened to me, But quite the opposite. Don’t freak though! it’s completely normal and just try not to damage your hair as much by putting 1,000 different hair product in your hair.

Solution : A) Keep Taking your vitamins. They really are sooo good for you. If you feel weird taking prenatal vitamins when your not pregnant try finding a daily vitamin. B) Don’t brush your hair wet. C) Wear your hair down. D) Don’t avoid getting your hair cut. And E) Wash your hair daily.

9. You will have a really heavy period. No matter how you give birth you will have postpartum bleeding. This discharge is called lochia. It last about 2 to 3 weeks. Some women bleed te whole 6 weeks.

Solution : Wear bigger pads, and try not to get up to fast.

10. Breastfeeding might be difficult. If you choose to breastfeed your baby, be prepared for a little bit of work. I tried for days AFTER coming home to breastfeed Sophia and I just couln’t get her to latch on in the hospital.

Solution : Talk to your local lactation consultant. They can give you advice and some will even come to your home.

11. Your boobs may get hard. If your breastfeeding it can get even harder.

Solution : Try laying a warm wash cloth on your chest. Or wearing a bigger bra.

12. Hemmheroids. They suck. Seriously ! Some women even say that it’s worse than childbirth itself. I want lie… They can make you want to cry! Not sure how long they last because it depends on the persons body. Any where between 2 weeks – and 9 months. YIKES!

Solution : Preparation H, Suppositories or a HOT bath. (not burning hot) If all else fails try laying on your stomach. It takes the pressure off.


13. Your heads gonna hurt .
One of the side effects of a epidural and child birth itself is headaches .
Solution :
I take Tylenol or ibuprofen . Using a cold wash cloth can also help when your eyes begin to hurt!

14. Your nails can look horrible . This doesn’t happen to every women post partum but it CAN ! I know after I had Sophia my nails chipped, broke and every thing in between !
Solution : keep up your nails. Whether that means a manicure of simply buffing and clipping them.



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Cradle Cap

Sophia Has had cradle cap since day one and i can say it is one of the most annoying things ever! I have o.c.d (obessive compulsive disorder) So i constantly find myself trying to brush it out 4 to 5 times a week. Not to mention when it does come out it gets every where! Ughhhh . hopefully hers will go away after i use some of the remedies that i found on babycenter.com . i hope you enjoy !


It looks like my baby has dandruff. Is it cradle cap?

If your baby’s scalp has flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or thick, oily, yellowish or brown scaling or crusting patches, it’s probably cradle cap. Doctors call it infantile seborrheic dermatitis, and it’s very common. 

Cradle cap isn’t cute, but it’s harmless. It shows up most often in the first few months of life and  usually clears up on its own in about six to 12 months – although some children have it for longer.

You might notice the same condition around your baby’s ears or eyebrows, on his eyelids, or even in his armpits and other creases.

What causes cradle cap?

The cause is unknown. But we do know that cradle cap is not caused by poor hygiene or allergies.

Some experts believe that the hormones a baby receives from his mother at the end of pregnancy overstimulate the baby’s oil-producing (seborrheic) glands, resulting in cradle cap. Irritation from a yeast that grows in the sebum (the substance produced by the glands) is also thought to be a possible culprit. But there’s no consensus on the cause.

Cradle cap isn’t contagious. And it probably doesn’t bother your baby at all, although if it gets severe it might itch.

How should I treat my baby’s flaky scalp?

You don’t really need to do anything, but if it bothers you, here are some things to try:

  • Gently massage your baby’s scalp with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales.
  • Shampoo more frequently (up to once a day), but be sure to rinse out all the soap or shampoo. After shampooing, gently brush your baby’s scalp with a soft brush or a terrycloth towel.
  • Some parents have had success using baby shampoos developed especially for cradle cap.

If your baby has a stubborn case of cradle cap, you may want to try an oil remedy to help loosen dry flakes:

Rub a small amount of a pure, natural oil – such as almond or olive oil – on your baby’s scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then gently comb out the flakes with a fine-tooth comb or brush them out with a soft brush.

Be sure to follow up by washing your baby’s scalp with a gentle baby shampoo. The last thing you want to do is leave oil on his head, which could clog the pores and cause the flakes to stick. You might try leaving the shampoo on for a few minutes before rinsing, to help cut the oil.

Should I take my baby to the doctor?

Talk with your baby’s doctor if the cradle cap is severe, if there is any bleeding, or if it spreads beyond your baby’s scalp.

The doctor may suggest an over-the-counter or prescription dandruff shampoo or, if the scalp is inflamed, a cortisone cream. Less commonly, if a yeast infection could be to blame, the doctor will recommend a topical antifungal medication.

Sources : http://www.babycenter.com/0_cradle-cap_80.bc




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Childcare v.s Daycare . Hmmm Homeschooling?

Decide if day care is more your child's speed than preschool.

Decide if day care is more your child’s speed than preschool.

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Your little learner is turning 2 years old, you have decided to go back to work and that leaves you trying to navigate the world of early childhood education. While investigating different options, you may hear words such as “day care” and “preschool” used to describe different programs and care environments. If you are wondering if these two educational avenues are the same or actually differ, you aren’t alone.


If you are working full-time and need someone to watch your child from early in the morning until late in the afternoon, preschool probably isn’t for you. Most preschools follow a shorter day schedule that includes partial school days similar to those found in an a.m./p.m. kindergarten program. Day cares usually differ from the traditional preschool in their hours of operation. With a primary focus on providing child care when the parent is away, day cares have a longer day that accommodates the working mom’s schedule, such as 7 a.m. through 6 p.m.


If you look at the actual words “day care” and “preschool” you will notice that the first centers on the “care,” while the later includes “school”. That said, the typical day care program focuses on offering care or a caregiver in lieu of the parent. Preschool programs, on the other hand, are more school-like in nature and tend to focus on the overall learning aspect. This isn’t to say that your child won’t learn during his day care day. Many day cares provide a rich curriculum that includes lessons and activities as well as comfort and care.


There are a wide variety of locations that house both day cares and preschools. That said, preschools tend to exist either independently or in elementary schools. Some preschool programs are actually part of the area’s school district. Although day cares often have private buildings, similar to day care locations, they aren’t always typical for school districts. Additionally, day cares may include family child care providers that are located in the owner’s home. Family day cares, unlike formal preschool programs, offer a home environment when it comes to care-giving.

Age Range

Technically a “pre” “school” means that the educational institution is teaching children under school age. Although this could include any child under the kindergarten age, most formal preschools focus on kids ages 3 through 5. Unlike preschools with a limited age range, day cares are broad early childhood environments that may take on infants as young as 6 weeks old. Some preschools may allow children younger than 3 to start classes. This typically involves a separation of younger and older children, with the little ones entering into a less-structured pre-preschool program.


Teach your strong willed child with hands-on activities.

Teach your strong willed child with hands-on activities.

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Does your child seem like she has a will of steel? Homeschooling a strong willed child may feel overwhelming at times, but you can do it. It just takes a lot of pre-planning, a whole lot of determination and a huge amount of patience. Once you find the right way to get through to your child, that strong will is destined to lead her to success in life.

Lots of Hands-On

Sometimes a strong willed child does not want to take direction because she thinks you will make her sit at a table and write in a workbook for hours. This could indicate that your child has a precocious mind that craves hands-on and interactive instruction. Try to bring hands-on activities into the day as much as possible. For example, instead of talking about or reading about cells, show your strong willed child how to use a real microscope to look at cells on a slide. The more your child can take an active role in her learning, the more she will feel understood and will take your lead.


Utilizing Nature

Active minds need a lot of stimulation. Without proper stimulation, your child may seem frustrated, sassy and obstinate. It can become easy to misinterpret this for just being strong willed. One way to provide more stimulation for your child is to utilize nature. Take your child for regular nature walks and hikes so that she can experience the wonders of the natural world. When your little one becomes surrounded by chirping birds, colorful leaves, croaking frogs and flying insects, she will not have time to act sassy.

Allowing Children to Choose

Your strong willed child might feel less likely to combat you if she feels like she has somewhat of a say in what she learns about. This child-led method works especially well for gifted children and kids with more focused interests. Allow your child to choose a topic to learn about, then work all of the other materials around the topic. For example, if your child picks out frogs as her topic, create math problems related to frogs, check out books on frogs at the library and take your child to see frogs at your local nature park or zoo.

Maintaining Routine

Children without a structured routine can sometimes feel nervous because they do not know what to expect. This can often result in a fussy, cranky and defiant child. Keeping a regular schedule can become especially important when you homeschool because you do not have anyone else telling you when to get up, when to teach, when to eat meals or when to go outside. Plan out your schedule ahead of time and share it with your child, which will make her feel more relaxed and will help her know what to expect.



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