Iyanla Vanzant Covers February Issue of Essence Magazine

BY: - 3 Jan '13 | On the Web

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“Be willing to share all of who you are. So many of us want a partner, but we’re not willing to show all of us. That’s why we have a weave, we’re wearing Spanx and everything is ‘fine.’ If you’re not willing to let your partner see your cellulite or know your biggest fears, then you aren’t really ready to share yourself…”–Iyanla Vanzant, ESSENCE

In an age when table toppling and drink throwing have almost become a standard on television, life coach and television phenom Iyanla Vanzant entertains through empowerment and enlightens with love on her hit series, Iyanla, Fix My Life, on OWN. The Brooklyn-born former single mother of three on welfare, who once had dreams of becoming a nurse, has now become a spiritual adviser, counselor and healer to women and men around the world with her soothing balm of life lessons and no-nonsense knowledge. Here, she shares with ESSENCE readers her ten secrets to finding real and lasting happiness—and tells us why she will always have a reason to smile. The February issue of ESSENCE hits stands on 1/11. For more on this issue, visit  ESSENCE.com.

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  1. Superwife

    I am glad they selected Iyanla for the February (love) issue instead of the same cast of characters that usually grace the cover. Good for Essence (this time).

  2. Blue Dove

    REALLY nice to see someone of substance, and not the same rotation of actresses and singers (how many times you gonna put Mary J on the cover Essence?) on the cover. I’d love it if they even went back to just lovely models of all different shades like they did in the 70’s and 80’s.

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You’re Invited! Ultrasound Parties a Rising Trend in New Motherhood

BY: - 4 Jan '13 | On the Web

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes ultrasound parties? To add to the list of memorable events that come with building a family, new mothers are now sharing their ultrasound experience at home with guests looking on.

What would usually be an event taking place in a chilly doctor’s office with limited space is now at the forefront of pregnancy trends with moms bringing the experience to their livingrooms. With the help of new technology, 29-year-old Kimberly Enderle of Rodgers, Ark. and her husband, Jonathon, were able to invite their loved ones over to share their joy in watching and listening to their unborn baby boy in the comfort of their own home.

“Gender reveal is probably the bulk of our work,” Teena Gold, co-owner of Babyface & More said, referring to parties where parents and guests find out the gender of the unborn baby together in real time. “It’s more of an experience and less of an in-and-out procedure,” she added, pointing out that medical ultrasound often does not allow parents to savor the wonder of the life growing inside them.

Companies like Peek a View and Miracles Imagining are helping expectant parents across the nation turn their scheduled procedure into a social gathering. However, not everyone feels the concept is a good one. OB/GYN of Bentonville, Ark., Dr. Amber Sills, points out the risk of sharing the very first ultrasound with friends and something being wrong with the baby. She recommends parents go through the procedure with a doctor first before scheduling such events.

“If the ultrasonographer at the party sees something irregular during the scan, they will likely not say anything due to the potential legal implications,” she said. “It’s kind of a liability nightmare.”

For these reasons, doctors often prefer to perform the procedure after they have confirmed that everything is going smoothly with the pregnancy.

Read the complete article on NBC’s Today site.

BMWK– What are your thoughts on ultrasound parties? Would you be interested in hosting one or do you think it’s doing too much?

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