Birth Board, Host, & Site Information (updated Sept 2011)

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Birth Board, Host, & Site Information (updated Sept 2011)

Hello everyone and welcome to your new birth board!

Thank you for choosing to share your journey with us here at We want to wish all of you a very safe and positive journey throughout your pregnancy and beyond!

For those brand new to our site, we hope that you will find this a place to relax; that inspires and encourages; to share ideas; and make new friends.

For those that have been members for a while, we're thrilled to have you embark on this new phase in your parenting adventure with us! Together you all (new & old alike!) are what makes this community so very special - one with that hometown appeal!

General Site Help

For our new members or our longtime ones with general questions regarding the site, please visit our Welcome/Help Centre board. There you can find a list of our FAQ, which includes a list of commonly used acronyms, how to use our private messaging system, how to make changes to your profile, and much more. There is also information regarding General Internet Safety, as well as what to do if you are Having Login Issues? If you have any questions regarding the site, please feel free to ask and someone would be happy to try and help!

Board Hosts

Hosts will be assigned to the board after your group has entered the second trimester. If you are interested in taking on this position, or if you have a recommendation for another member that you feel will make a great host for your group, please drop a note to MissyJ ([][/EMAIL]) after you have entered your second trimester of pregnancy.

Unfortunately, due to the large number of boards we maintain, as well as the volume of email received, we will not be able to keep track of those received prior to this point. To help expedite things (as well as to help me keep track!) please put "Your Birth Board Name Host" as your subject line (such as "May 2013 Host") and include your username within the body of the email (or that of your suggestion for host!)

Until hosts are appointed, if you have a post that you would like to have stay at the top of your board (known as a "sticky"), please put "Sticky" within the title, copy the link and send it via private message to either LauraT, Princess&ThePea (Marla), or girlisrad (Joee), our Site Assistants, and they will be more than happy to take care of that for you. Please note: We do try to limit it to no more than 5 stickies per board in order to prevent the forum from becoming overrun with stickies vs. allowing more discussions to take place! Remember - your more active threads will remain at/near the top anyway. Smile


Our signature size limits are set at 500x500 pixels. This calculation includes virtually any graphic/image that you code into your signature via your "User CP" link located at the top left of your board page. These graphics may include photos, tickers, glitter tags, smilies/emoticons, etc. It does *not* include text/text links as those are counted as character limits. There is a 510 character limit but the system won't allow you to go over that even if you try!

Our Signature Guidelines, as well as instructions for checking the size and how to fix it if it says you're over the character limit but you're not, can be found here. Please note that the content of all signatures (along with any posts, tags, etc.) are governed by our Community Guidelines. If you have any questions regarding whether something is allowed, need help with resizing or calculating instructions, drop by our Welcome/Help Centre and our Volunteer Community Moderators will be more than willing to assist you.

Removing Signatures on Loss Threads

We truly regret that any of our members may suffer the physical and emotion pain of a loss at any time during their pregnancy. Unfortunately, it does occur for some. Out of respect for your fellow members and to serve as a small gesture of support, we do ask that you please remember to turn OFF your signatures on any pregnancy/infant loss thread. When creating a post using "quick reply" you can *uncheck* the "show your signature" box below where you write your message. If using "Go Advanced" (or when you may have forgotten and wish to go back and edit), you will find you can uncheck the "show your signature" box directly below where your message appears under "Miscellaneous Options".

Please do be aware that hosts and/or Admin may edit to remove signatures from loss threads if needed as we recognize that this is something that can be easily overlooked.

For anyone that does experience a loss - please know you have our heartfelt thoughts and prayers. We have been dealt that blow in our own parenting journey as well and know how vital support can be as a part of finding a healing path. While we hope that no one here ever does have a need, we are grateful for the understanding and resources you will find on our Pregnancy and Infant Loss board. Know it is there and the doors will be open if you need it.

Some Fun and Positives to Look Forward To!

Each group tends to develop its own "personality" -- and with all the creativity and ideas that you each bring to share, I'm more than certain you will have some awesome plans in store in the months (and years!) to come.

A few ideas from other boards that you may wish to consider:

  • Expected Due Date list (some add in their guesses on what they're having!)
  • Board Naming (once all members have reached their second trimester)
  • Baby shower/gift exchanges, "Birth Buddies", "Secret Sisters", and more! (please see the note below for further information)
  • "Spaces" thread (containing all-in-one posts where each of you can keep track of your own journey -- editing it to add your HPT pic, appointment updates, belly pics, feelings, etc.)
  • Recipe thread (a place to share yummy family, or even baby food, recipes with your fellow board members

A Note Regarding Board Naming and Exchanges

Board Naming:

As mentioned, this is done once all members have reached the second trimester and usually done by way of a poll (or a number of polls depending on how many creative suggestions have been submitted). We do strongly recommend that you choose the option of making it a public poll. You are then able to see who has voted and can easily discount any votes by lurkers who are not due that month and/or are not active on the board.

Exchanges (Including Birth Buddies, Secret Sisters, etc.):

While we want all exchanges to be fun and enjoyable for all, for the security and protection of our members and to help safeguard all private contact information shared, we do have some rules in place which we must ask be followed. This includes baby showers, birthday, holidays, cards, *secret sisters*, birth buddies... in other words, anything that involves the collecting and/or giving out of any of the member's personal contact information, whether it be full names; mailing addresses; phone numbers (for calls or texts); emails; etc.

These rules include the following (as well as additional guidelines which will be outlined by the hosts at the time of the exchange):

  • Eligibility for participation in ANY type of exchange (i.e. birth buddy, baby shower, birthday/holiday, etc.) is set at a minimum of 3 months membership and a minimum of 300 posts. For newer boards (2 years or younger), 100 posts are to be on the board organizing the exchange.
  • ALL exchanges must be organized by a board host (preferably two). If hosts have not yet been appointed to your board, then we do request that a board member who is a host of another board be in charge of organizing/collecting information/etc.

Don't Forget to Check Out the Rest of the Site!

Be sure to venture out to see all that we have to offer you onsite! If you haven't yet, go to your homepage profile and "choose your path". You will then find the page customizes based upon your particular journey. You can create and save your own Pregnancy Calendar and peek at what's happening with your baby via our Fetal Development area!

Looking for Pregnancy Videos? Browse through our library! For those wanting to involve their partner or help *both* of you have a better understanding of one another -- you absolutely won't want to miss our Pregnancy Partners: Blokes, Babies, & You! These guys present useful advice with humor and down to earth delivery.

Want to share even more details about your journey? You can create your own "Pregnancy Blog" to keep track of your pregnancy (and beyond!) and share (or keep private) as you choose!

Looking for some expert advice from a midwife, doula, lactation consultant, or even about work and family, pets, or fitness? Be sure to check out our Ask the Experts section where we have a panel of experts ready to offer advice to your questions and concerns.

We have a wealth of articles, experts, and more! Just use the links to navigate at the top of your page. And be sure to keep an eye on the Announcements that appear at the top of the board pages to keep up-to-date on the latest site happenings -- including our monthly live chat events with our midwife, Parenting Solutions, Family Ideas expert, and others.

Can't find what you are looking for? Still have questions, comments, or suggestions? Please don't hesitate to drop us a note via email or private message at anytime. We'd love to hear from you!

Thank you again for being with us at! We wish you all the best for this adventure that lies ahead!

Your Admin Team:
MissyJ, Community Director (
Jules, Senior Editor (
LauraT, Volunteer Community Moderator (
Marla/Princess&ThePea, Volunteer Community Moderator (
Joee/girlisrad, Volunteer Community Moderator (

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Signature & Picture Guidelines & Help

Please note that we have specific guidelines for these privileges. Please see the section below. 1. Image dimensions and File Size Limitations: These shall be limited to 500x500 pixels maximum, with a file size limit of 250kb maximum. 2. Slideshows: Must adhere to the dimension and file size limitations above. Also, please limit to no more than 5 rotating images for the benefit of other users. At this time we are not allowing slideshows with music/audio effects that auto-start. 3. Content: Please be aware that all signatures should adhere to the same rules as listed within the Community Guidelines. Again, please refrain from including profanity, violence, obscenity, lewd, or sexually explicit content or that intended to purposefully mock/bash/demean within either area in deference to (or as a courtesy to) your fellow members and their families. 4. Use of multiple (stacked) images: We are aware that you may wish to include one or many worthy causes/remembrances within your signature. However, due to space constraints and loading difficulties for our users, you are still asked to contain all of your signature within the limits provided above. This does include blinkies, tickers, and other graphics. One suggestion is to create a couple of signatures and alternate. 5. Courtesy in use: We are pleased to offer you this opportunity to share your families, your beliefs, and your points of interest within your signature. Please, however, be courteous to one another and recognize that you do not have to include your signature with each and every post you make. This particularly applies to those within the same thread. Once is enough. 6. Centering: Please do not use the centering code on your signature. While we know that it looks nice for some, for others it forces members to scroll back and forth simply to read any thread you post your signature on. 7. Posting Pictures: To post pictures, either in your signature or within a post, you will need to set up an album on an offsite image hosting website, such as Photobucket, Flickr, Snapfish, or Shutterfly. Once you have uploaded your pictures to one of these sites, you can then copy/paste the image code (denoted by ) into your signature or post. Please understand those choosing to ignore these guidelines will risk the loss of theses privilege(s) and a possible disablement of account for repeated offenses. FAQ: Why are these limitations necessary?
  • Our web space is limited. We wish to offer the greatest perks possible, but feel these are reasonable limitations. The outcome is a faster and better site!
  • Our users, including each of you, benefit! Faster load times, less hang ups, and less space taken up on your personal (cache) computer files... not to mention that we are able to enjoy what you've chosen to share!

Why can't I post attachments?

  • Due to our extremely large membership base and the large drain on our bandwidth and limited server space, we don't allow anyone, not even hosts, to post attachments. Instead, we request that you use one of the free offsite image hosting websites alternatives available, such as Photobucket, Flickr, Snapfish, or Shutterfly.
  • Also, unfortunately spammers will try to post malware and viruses via attachment. By not allowing ANY attachments, this is one way to try to protect our members and eliminate threats to you computer.

When does this policy become effective? It is effective immediately. How can I resize? You can either use a photo image program on your home computer (the one that you designed with) or if you still need help please contact one of our Volunteer Community Moderators, Princess&ThePea or girlisrad. A signature? How and where do I get one? To create a signature, simply click on User CP, then select Edit Signature under Settings & Options in Your Control Panel and insert the codes/text and save! Still have questions or need additional help? You can post your question on the Welcome/Help Centre board or pm Princess&ThePea or girlisrad at anytime and we would be happy to help you out. PLEASE NOTE: The signature size of 500x500 pixels includes any photos, tickers, blinkies, or other images. This does NOT include text. There is, however, a 510 character allowable limit for all signatures and occasionally when you go to save your signature you will get a message telling you you are over this character limit. How to Fix Things When You Reach the Character Limit Every time you put in coding for font/size/colour/bolding/etc., it repeats these codes at the beginning and end of each line, even if you only entered them at the beginning and end of your text. For example,[INDENT]You type: [*b]Mommy to my little angels[*/b] (without the * of course) The signature editor inserts the coding on each line, like so: [*b]Mommy[*/b] [*b]to[*/b] [*b]my little angels[*/b] [/INDENT]
Simply deleting your text/images/etc. using the backspace on your keyboard in the regular edit screen will not always remove all the extra coding. In order to "fix" this and allow yourself more character space, you will need to remove each of the "extra" codes individually. To do this you will need to do the following (please see the screenshot example below):

  • Click on the Switch Editor Mode icon (indicated by A/A and circled in pink on the below example) on the upper right corner of you Edit Signature screen. This will show you all the codes and you're edit screen should look similar to this:

  • As you can see in this example, the italic and font codes are being repeated on every line, even though they are only needed at the beginning and end of the signature... the extra codes are underlined... these can be removed and your signature saved. This will reduce the number of characters and allow for more room in your signature. Please note, however, that this step will likely be required each time you edit your signature.

How to Check Your Signature Size Checking to see that your signature fits into the 500x500 pixel guidelines is fairly simple. This can be done directly from any of your posts containing your signature. Remember, this does NOT include any text.

  • Right click on each image (picture/blinkie/ticker/etc.)
  • Go to Properties and under Dimensions you will see ### x ### pixels... this is the image size
  • The first number is the width of the image. To determine the total width, simply use your longest graphic or add the widths of your longest row of images.
  • The second number is the height. To determine the total height of your signature, simply add together the heights of all your stacked images. Do NOT include images beside each other (ie, if you have two blinkies of the same height next to each other, you will only add the height of a single blinkie).

Example #1: Quote: [TABLE=width: 100%]

[TD=class: alt2] [LEFT]The ticker is the widest image in this signature at 420 pixels. We then add together the heights of the image, the ticker, and the three emoticons and that gives us 302 pixels.. Therefore, this signature is 420 x 302 pixels in size. (Remember, typed text does not count when measuring the size of your signature) [/LEFT]

Example #2 Quote: [LEFT]The two pictures beside each other form the widest image(s) in this example. If we add together the width of each, we find that the total width is 341 pixels. Because both images are of the same height, we only need to add the height of ONE of them to the height of both tickers to find that the total height is 380 pixels. Therefore, this signature is 341 x 380 pixels. [/LEFT]

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