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Fresno Family Law Attorney to Speak on Collaborative Divorce at the February Fresno Women’s Network Luncheon

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) February 5, 2008

Family law litigator and founding partner of Childs & Childs, PLC, Erin Childs, will be giving a short presentation on Collaborative Divorce during the February 12th Fresno Women’s Network monthly luncheon. Erin invites you to attend so that you can gain useful information for yourself, your friends, family or anyone who needs those services for that matter.

Where and When:

Where: Love and Garlic at 5351 N. Diana Court

Fresno, CA 93710

When: February 12, 2008 at 11:30 a.m.

at the Fresno Women’s Network monthly luncheon


If you would like to attend, but are not a member of the Fresno Women’s Network, contact Anna VanderPoel of our office and we can arrange to have you admitted.

What is Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative Divorce is an innovative approach where a couple agrees in writing to dissolve their marriage with respect, dignity and honesty. These divorces often resolve more quickly than traditional divorce litigation and for a fraction of the cost. Couples also benefit from the use of trained professionals such as attorneys, financial and child specialists and therapists to reach the best settlement that meets the needs of all involved.

Besides the time and financial benefit of collaborative divorce, the primary benefit is that participants avoid the trauma, character assassination and humiliation that take place during most traditionally-litigated divorces. The collaborative process seeks to preserve relationships. This is done with the idea that most divorces involve children and couples must co-parent for many years after a divorce is done.

This method of divorce was started by a family law litigator, Stu Webb, about a decade ago. Mr. Webb was tired of seeing how families were destroyed and resources depleted after “scorched earth” litigation. Back then, divorcing couples only had two options, doing it themselves or do it through litigation, which inevitably led to years of fighting, court appearances, stress, trauma and financial devastation.

Since then, collaborative divorce has spread like wildfire and more and more, couples are choosing collaborative divorce. These couples are spending a fraction of the money they normally would on a traditional litigation as well as a fraction of the time. They are saving time and money, but most importantly, through the help of trained professionals and divorce coaches, they are preserving relationships for the years after a divorce enabling them to effectively co-parent. They are also protecting their children from the bloodbath that is family litigation while having the protection, and advice of their own attorney.

It is estimated that internationally over 20,000 professionals have received training in collaborative divorce. Erin states, “This is definitely not a flash in the pan type of divorce. It is here to stay and hopefully grow and grow. Locally, we are training ourselves every chance we get and have been trained by one of the best, Pauline Tesler, a leader in the international collaborative movement. We are very excited about this, and want to see less emotional destruction and more peace. Hopefully, this can help many people in our local area and internationally.”

If you are anticipating a divorce, or if you know someone who is, please let him or her know this is a new option in the Central Valley and invite that person to attend the February 12th luncheon. This is an alternative that many couples would choose if they knew it was an option. We just need your help to get the word out!

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like more information or would like to speak to an attorney who can help you, contact Childs & Childs at your earliest convenience. We would be more than happy to sit down and discuss your options with you.

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UN Foundation Commits $400 Million to the Secretary-Generals Global Strategy for Womens and Childrens Health

Washington, DC (Vocus) September 20, 2010

As part of a growing global consensus that improving women’s and children’s health is the best way to help achieve all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN Foundation is committing $ 400 million, together with its partners, to make motherhood safer, educate and empower more adolescent girls, and protect children from preventable diseases. The commitment, made today at the start of the United Nations Summit in New York, will support the UN Secretary-Generals Global Strategy on Womens and Childrens Health, which will be unveiled in New York on September 22, 2010.

Investing in womens and childrens health is one of the best ways to advance all of the Millennium Development Goals and has always been a priority for the Foundation, said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation. It is unacceptable that more than 350,000 women die every year as a result of complications during pregnancy. The world can stop this from happening. We all have the tools and the resources to make a difference and we must accelerate our collective efforts.

This commitment will be delivered as part of the UN Foundation’s work with UN agencies and partners already underway to address global health priorities and those that will be launched over the next five years. The Foundation is bringing together partners and resources to help the UN address key global health priorities, including childhood immunizations, malaria prevention, improved health for adolescent girls, access to reproductive health supplies and services, clean cooking solutions, and up-to-date mobile technologies for improved health care. This includes:

New UNFPA Report Links Peace, Security and Development to Womens Rights and Empowerment

London (Vocus) October 20, 2010

When women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societies, according to The State of World Population 2010, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The reports release coincides with the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Councils landmark resolution 1325, which aimed to put a stop to sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict and to encourage greater participation by women in peacebuilding initiatives.

When women and girls suffer deep discrimination, they are more vulnerable to the worst effects of disaster or war, including rape, and less likely to contribute to peacebuilding, which threatens long-term recovery, said UNFPAs Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid at the launch of the report.

Through the stories of individuals affected by conflict or catastrophe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Liberia, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Timor-Leste and Uganda, the report shows how communities and civil society are healing old wounds and moving forward. However, more still needs to be done to ensure that women have access to services and have a voice in peace deals or reconstruction plans.

Security Council resolutions guide the international communitys response to conflict and establish the framework for actions to protect women and assure their participation in peacebuilding and reconciliation, but they are not a substitute for grass-roots efforts to empower women and to build long-term resilience to crises of any sort, Ms. Obaid wrote in the foreword to the report.

Governments need to seize opportunities arising out of post-conflict recovery or emerging from natural disasters to increase the chances that countries are not just rebuilt, but built back better and renewed, with women and men on equal footing, with rights and opportunities for all and a foundation for development and security in the long run, the report argues.

While conflict and disaster can worsen inequalities between men and women, Ms. Obaid said, recovery from conflict and disaster also presents a unique opportunityan opportunity to rectify inequalities, ensure equal protection under the law, and create space for positive change.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Kollodge, tel. +1 212 297 4992

Omar Gharzeddine, tel. +1 212 297 5028



United Nations: Son Preference Perpetuates Discrimination and Violations of Womens Rights It Must and Can End

Geneva, Switzerland (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

Gender-biased sex selection reflects and fuels a culture of discrimination and violence, and must be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society as a matter of womens human rights, five UN agencies have stressed.

A statement issued today by OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the WHO* reviews the evidence behind the causes, consequences and lessons learned regarding son preference or sex selection favouring boys in many parts of South, East and Central Asia, where ratios as high as 130 boys for every 100 girls have been observed.

Sex selection in favour of boys is a symptom of pervasive social, cultural, political and economic injustices against women, and a manifest violation of womens human rights, the statement notes, citing one mans testimony that the birth of a son enhances my status, while that of a girl lowers my head.

There is huge pressure on women to produce sonswhich not only directly affects womens reproductive decisions, with implications for their health and survival, but also puts women in a position where they must perpetuate the lower status of girls through son preference,” according to the statement.

“It is also women who have to bear the consequences of giving birth to an unwanted girl child. These consequences can include violence, abandonment, divorce or even death, the statement adds.

Against the backdrop of such intense pressure, women seek to discover the sex of a foetus through ultrasound. The discovery of a female foetus can then lead to its abortion. Sex selection can also take place before a pregnancy is established, or after the birth of a girl, through child neglect or infanticide. Over decades, the practice has caused a sex-ratio imbalance in many countries, particularly in South Asia, East Asia and Central Asia.

There is also the possibility of an increase in violence against women resulting from such an imbalance. For instance, the lack of women available for marriage in some areas may lead to the trafficking of women for forced marriages from other regions or the sharing of brides among brothers.

In some countries, pre-natal sex determination and disclosure are illegal, while others have laws banning abortion for sex selection. But such restrictions are also bypassed by the use of clandestine procedures, which may put womens health in jeopardy.

States have an obligation to ensure that these injustices are addressed without exposing women to the risk of death or serious injury by denying them access to needed services such as safe abortion to the full extent of the law, and other health care services, experts from the UN agencies warned.

Renewed and concerted efforts are needed by governments and civil society to address the deeply rooted gender discrimination which lies at the heart of sex selection, the experts noted, recommending a multi-pronged approach to resolving the problem.

The statement proposes concrete steps to tackle the problem, including the collection of more reliable data on the extent of the problem and the factors driving it; guidelines on the use of technology for health professionals; supportive measures for girls and women, such as incentives for families with only daughters; and other legal and awareness-raising actions.

States should develop and promotepolicies in areas such as inheritance laws, dowries and financial and other social protection in old age…that reflect a commitment to human rights and gender equality, the statement suggests. States should support advocacy and awareness-raising activities that stimulate discussion and debatearound the concept of the equal value of boys and girls.

The statement cites the Republic of Korea as one country where the preference for sons has largely been overcome through a combination of strategies, including attention to gender equality in laws and policies, advocacy, media campaigns and economic growth.

The experts reaffirmed the commitment of UN agencies to support efforts by governments and Non-Government Organizations to redress the situation.

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

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Women’s Health Specialists Urge Pregnant Women to Prepare Now for Hurricane Irene

Jensen Beach, FL (PRWEB) August 25, 2011

With hurricane Irene posing a threat to the Carolinas and the Northeastern United States, Womens Health Specialists says now is the time pregnant women and their significant others should take steps to be prepared for a hurricane and related dangers.

According to Dr. Megan Gray, MD, an ob-gyn at Womens Health Specialists, hurricane season can be a stressful time for everyone, but especially for a pregnant woman. The more prepared you are the more comfortable and safe you will be should a hurricane or tropical storm threaten you now or in the future.

The professionals at Womens Health Specialists have posted a link on their website http://www.whsfl.com/news to a list of hurricane and disaster tips for pregnant women. Among the tips:


Prepare a current list of all prescriptions and prenatal vitamins you are taking. Put this list in sealable plastic bag then in a secure place among the belongings you plan to take with you if you leave your home.
Bring at least a two week supply of all medications with you if you choose to relocate or go to a shelter during a storm.
When possible, always bring medications in their original prescription bottle. In an emergency, an emergency decree allowing pharmacies to refill medications may be made, but you must have the original bottle.
Place your medications in a sealable plastic bag to keep them dry and protect the information on the label in case you need to obtain refills.

Call your Physician

Communicate with your health care providers office to let them know where you will be; if you plan to leave town bring a copy of your medical records including prenatal record, immunizations, and current medications with you.
Make sure that your health care provider has a current telephone number of where you will be staying.
If you had or are having complications in your pregnancy, check with your health care provider to discuss whether it is safe for you to leave prior to the storm or if it would be better for

Dr. Gray recommends pregnant women in the path of Hurricane Irene visit the Womens Health Specialists website for a complete list of tips and precautions. One of the most critical times is after a hurricane or tropical storm has passed. Pregnant women should take extra precautions while clean up and storm recovery is underway. If you have any concerns over your health or that of your unborn child, you should contact your physician right away.

For more than 35 years, Womens Health Specialists highly regarded and modern OB/GYN practice has provided a full range of healthcare services to women through all stages of their lives, through puberty, child-bearing ages, menopause and beyond. The Womens Health Specialists professional team consists of obstetricians and gynecologists, certified nurse-midwives, nurses and support staff. Services include wellness exams, prenatal care, menopause management, cancer screening and prevention provided in a personalized and comfortable environment from headquarters located in Jensen Beach, Florida. Womens Health Specialists also operates the JeuneNu Aesthetic Beauty and Laser Center which features worldwide sales of custom cosmeceuticals and products designed specifically for pregnant women through its website http://www.JeuneNu.com.

Womens Health Specialists, a name known and trusted by thousands, is located at 3498 N.W. Federal Highway, Jensen Beach, Florida; (772) 219-1080. You may also visit their website at http://www.whsfl.com.


Modern Day HeroesDetroit Mother Maryanne Godboldo & Attorney Allison Folmar, CCHR Applauds Women’s Campaign Against Coerced Drugging of Children

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) April 24, 2013

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) announces the latest article written by investigative journalist Kelly Patricia O’Meara.

O’Meara states, “It has been said that, ‘heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.’ Maryanne Godboldo and Allison Folmar are extraordinary women. Their names may not elicit immediate recognition by the masses but it is because of their belief in the right of parentsnot the stateto decide whether to medicate a child, that their struggle could lead to the protection of thousands of children who otherwise would have become victims of coerced psychiatric drugging.

“It’s been two years since Detroit mother, Maryanne Godboldo, withstood an armed assault by a tank, assault weapons and helicopter, accouterments worthy of a Die Hard film. The alleged crime? Godboldo refused to give Ariana a drug she considered harmfulthe antipsychotic drug Risperdal.” [Case No. 11057748-01, 36 District Court, Detroit, Michigan, filed 03/27/2011]

O’Meara details key events of the Godboldo story: