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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 Pregnancy.org. 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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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
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.
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 Pregnancy.org 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 Pregnancy.org! We wish you all the best for this adventure that lies ahead!
Your Admin Team:
MissyJ, Community Director (email@example.com)
Jules, Senior Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LauraT, Volunteer Community Moderator (email@example.com)
Marla/Princess&ThePea, Volunteer Community Moderator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joee/girlisrad, Volunteer Community Moderator (email@example.com)