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And the winner is….

Whew! What a weekend. How about the weather today?! 50 degrees!

Happy Valentine’s Day all! We hope you have a day filled with love and kindness.

We are so excited for Thursday’s event at Ready Set Sew! There are still a few spot left if you are looking for a fun night out. Feel free to register here.

Thank you for your patience with our exciting giveaway:

The winners are…..

Allison

“I love the idea of Ready Set Sew, I will be there! Crafts are always a great idea. Also, how about a scrapbook nite? It will finally give us a chance to start the baby book with all the momentos we have been collecting. Or, how about a portrait photography class? And be sure to include tips for organizing and storing all those baby photos.”

Beth

MoCo movie night! Documentaries about birth, breastfeeding and natural parenting like Babies and The Business of Being Born.

A group trip to the Worcester Art Museum for Third Thursdays.

Paint-your-own pottery.

A baby food making class/recipe exchange using the Beaba Babycook.

Knitting/crocheting/crafting circle.

I’m not especially crafty so events that are open to beginners are good. I’m glad MoCo is putting more events together. Most of my friends don’t have children so it’s nice to have a place to meet other moms.”

( To Claim your prize please email holly(@)mothersandcompany(dot)com

THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your awesome suggestions. We look forward to scheduling another night out in March!

Hope to see you Thursday!

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Thanks to the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition for notifying us of this great news!  Now we just need to work on insurance companies!

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US Congress:  Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 10, 2011

CONTACT:  Mike Westling (Merkley) – 202-224-7871
Justine Sessions (Harkin) – 202-224-7977

Josh Drobnyk (Levin) – 202-225-4961
Jon Houston (Maloney) – 202-225-7944

IRS Decision a Victory for Nursing Mothers Everywhere

Breastfeeding Equipment to be Allowed as Medical Tax Deduction and Reimbursed by Flexible Health Spending Accounts

Washington, D.C. – In response to a request from Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Representatives Sander Levin (D-MI) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced they will reverse a ruling that denies equipment used to help women breast feed from being covered as a health care expense.  The previous ruling excluded breast pumps from coverage under flexible health spending accounts and made them non-deductible on tax returns.

Merkley, Harkin, Levin, and Maloney wrote to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in November to call for the decision to be reversed.  Senators Merkley and Harkin were joined by 9 other Senators; 32 other House members joined Reps. Levin and Maloney.

In response to today’s decision, Senators Merkley and Harkin and Reps. Levin and Maloney released the following statement:

“Today’s decision is a huge victory for nursing mothers everywhere.  Modern medicine has documented numerous health benefits linked to breastfeeding, including a reduced risk of illness in infants and a reduced risk of cancer in mothers.  And because breastfeeding is so effective in preventing disease, it also happens to save billions in health care costs.  We thank the IRS for their careful consideration and quick response.”

A PDF of the complete House members’ letter to Commissioner Shulman can be found here; the Senate version is here. (They are identical.)

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Additional Background

A tax ruling by the IRS last year disallowed breast pumps and other breastfeeding supplies as medical deductions, thus also excluding them as permissible expenses under flexible health spending accounts.

Rep. Maloney and Sen. Merkley secured a provision in health care reforms passed earlier this year that employers of hourly workers are be required to provide breastfeeding employees with “reasonable break time” and a private, non-bathroom place to express breast milk during the workday, up until the child’s first birthday.

Breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization for all children under six months.

Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have laws related to breastfeeding in the workplace; fully 43 states and the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws which allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location.

View the list and more at the National Conference of State Legislatures:  http://www.ncsl.org/IssuesResearch/Health/BreastfeedingLaws/tabid/14389/Default.aspx

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As we are well on our way in 2011 one of our goals is to bring our community here at MoCo closer. We are hard at work on scheduling new classes, groups, lectures and events to bring everyone together ( especially in the winter!) We are working on bringing back MoCo Mama’s Night Out in an effort to get the mamas together for some social time.

We are very excited to announce a first ever ‘Sew Mama Sew’ event with Ready Set Sew in Grafton!

Do you love the handmade items you see on Etsy and at MoCo and wish that you could make something unique for your baby or toddler? Ready Set Sew and Mothers & Company have teamed up to offer a creative MoCo Mama’s Night Out where you can choose from an array of projects to sew! Think you can’t sew, would love to learn more, or perhaps you’re a budding seamstress? Ready Set Sew provides a fun and supportive environment where anyone can learn the art of sewing or even refresh their skills!

Thursday, February 17th

7-9:30PM

Ready Set Sew

40 North Main Street/Rte. 140

North Grafton, Massachusetts

$15 per person/light snacks included

*price does not include materials ( see project descriptions for items needed)

**We ask that you register in advance online with Mothers & Company here OR feel free to call the shop (508)835-6666

A minimum number of participants is required for this event ***

Fun Projects Avalaible:

EASY – Receiving Blanket.  Perfect for the beginner.

Materials  Needed for Project: 1 1/2 yards of two coordinating cotton flannel fabrics.  Thread available for purchase at the event.

INTERMEDIATE – Diaper/wipe holder.  Some previous sewing experience required.

Materials Needed for Project: 1/2 yard of two coordinating fabrics (inside fabric can be a lightweight solid cotton while outside can be either a lightweight cotton, or home dec weight fabric).  Batting, velcro, snaps or magnetic closures available for purchase at the event.

ADVANCED – Baby Kimono Jacket.  Jacket made to size for babies thru toddler.

Materials Needed for Project : 1 yard of main jacket fabric and 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric for bias binding.  Flannel or cotton quilting fabrics are recommended.

GIVEAWAY!

We are very excited about this event and are looking forward to planning more BUT we need your help!

Please answer the following and leave a comment on our blog:

What types of MoCo Mama’s Night Out would you like to see?

Do you like things crafty? Cooking classes? Winemaking?

The TWO winners of this giveaway will  each receive a beautiful ERGO full coverage bib ! These bibs are unique in that they are a combination placemat-bib/towel in one to fill the need for a ‘catch all’ to keep food from falling on the floor.

Winners will be announced on Saturday 2/12!

Good Luck!

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