monique

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Monique is a native New Englander; she lived in Northern New Hampshire all her life until moving to Saint Albans in 2005. She has two daughters: Audrey, born in 2007, and Cloe born in 2011. She graduated from the VTC nursing program in 2010 and has found her calling as a Gestational Surrogate Coordinator at Vermont Surrogacy Network. Monique was formerly the third-party reproduction coordinator at Northeastern Reproductive Medicine. She speaks French, English, and sarcasm fluently, and loves reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Third Party Reproduction: An Infertility Nurse’s Perspectives

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Recommendations provided here are not intended to replace conversations with your own medical care provider.  Sometimes, it doesn’t just take a village to raise a child. It takes a village to make one, too. That's...

Perspectives of An Infertility Nurse: Fertility Preservation

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Recommendations provided here are not intended to replace conversations with your own medical care provider. Some people dream of having children but aren’t quite in the right place to do so. Work, health concerns,...

An Infertility Nurse’s Perspective: Infertility Treatment Options, Part 2

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Recommendations provided here are not intended to replace conversations with your own medical care provider.  Once you have tried simpler, less expensive options to be able to conceive, you may need to look into some...

An Infertility Nurse’s Perspective: Fertility Treatment Options, Part 1

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Recommendations provided here are not intended to replace conversations with your own medical care provider.  Should you need help, there are so many options for fertility treatments. Once you’ve completed your fertility and general health...
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An Infertility Nurse’s Perspective: What to Expect From Your Infertility Doctor

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Recommendations provided here are not intended to replace conversations with your own medical care provider. You want to get pregnant. You have all the necessary male and female reproductive parts needed to support a pregnancy....

An Infertility Nurse’s Perspective: Infertility Stigma and Finding Support

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Recommendations provided here are not intended to replace conversations with your own medical care provider.  A nurse's perspective on any medical concern is always welcome. It is particularly appreciated during a common but fraught issue...
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Vermont Surrogacy Network: Helping Dreams of Family Come True

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We all know that it takes a village to raise a child. But in some cases, it can take a village to even conceive a child. There are so many people who would love...

So You Got Your Child A Cell Phone. What Do You Do Next?

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You got your child a cell phone. Congratulations! You’ve made a momentous decision that will impact multiple lives including those of individuals who you have never met. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy choice to...

Consent to Post: Asking Kids Permission to Share Information Online

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I recently wrote a post about a pretty sensitive subject involving one of my kids. It occurred to me as I was writing it that the subject of my writing might feel a bit...
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Mothering in Puberty: Making the Transition to Parenting a Young Woman

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I am officially the mother of a young woman. She’s twelve, and we’ve been navigating the minefield of tweendom for a few years now. The last nine months, though, have been especially treacherous. My baby...

Social Media Hiatus: What I Learned During My Break

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I recently took a social media hiatus from all of my accounts. Goodbye Facebook. Goodbye Instagram. Goodbye Pinterest.  The break wasn’t completely intentional, and the reason for it wasn’t entirely in my hands. I didn’t...

Poms and Ponytails: A Reluctant Cheer Mom Reflects

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Yep. I’m a cheer mom. My vocabulary is now dominated by cheer moves. I walk in eight counts. My Pinterest feed is littered with cheer bows, inspirational photos, and YouTube videos of routines. I can...
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Bullying: One Mom’s Perspective on Helping Your Kids Cope

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. As many as 28% of all kids from 6th through 12th grade report having been bullied. This particular subject hits very close to home. My daughter coped with being...
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Social Media: Don’t Assume You Know Me by What I Post

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I have a confession to make: my actual life looks nothing like my social media posts. I’m pretty sure yours doesn’t either. I’ve posted plenty of pictures of my daughters hugging and looking like...