Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility and Adoption
Should you become a single mother? What are your options? How do you raise healthy happy kids as a single parent? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Lee Varon, a clinical social worker, single adoptive mom of two, and author of two books for single people interested in adopting: Adopting On Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting As A Single Parent and Single Adoptive Parents: Our Stories; Dr. Michelle Ottey, the Laboratory Director for Fairfax Cryobank; and Mikki Morrissette, founder of ChoiceMoms.org, single mom of two by donor sperm, and author of the award-winning Choosing Single Motherhood. Highlights from this show.
The adoption tax credit is a great way to help fund your adoption, though it is often underutilized. Host Dawn Davenport interviewed two of the leading experts on this confusing tax credit: Donald Cofsky, President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and Josh Kroll, with the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Highlights from this show.
Have you ever considered international adoption? Can you adopt from China, Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong? What are the requirements and how much does it cost? Our guests are Dana Woods, China Program Director at A Helping Hand Adoption Agency, located in Lexington, KY, an affiliate of Nightlight Christian Adoptions; Kimberly Alls, Director of Adoption and the Waiting Child Coordinator for Dillon International; and Emily Mathews, Missouri Director of All Blessings International Adoption Agency. Highlights from this show.
What happens inside an embryology lab at an infertility clinic? How important is the laboratory to the success of IVF? How do labs differ? Host Dawn Davenport talked with embryologist Scott Kratka, senior embryologist at the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey and Board Certified by the American College of Embryology. Highlights from this show.
Should you have only one child? Is it fair to your child? Is it fair to you? Host Dawn Davenport talked with Lauren Sandler, author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One. Highlights from this show.
Should you adopt a child with cleft lip or cleft palate. What is involved with this special need? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed four medical specialists working with children with cleft lip/palate: Dr. Andrea Smith a dentist specializing in dental and facial Prosthetics, in fact she is one of only 350 Maxillofacial Prosthodontists worldwide. She is also Clinical Director at Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic in Lancaster Penn. We also have Dr. Thomas Samson Pediatric Plastic Surgeon at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Hi is co-director of the Penn State Hershey Craniofacial Clinic and the Penn State Hershey Vascular Anomalies Clinic. Abbie Ellis is a feeding specialist at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. And of course no show on cleft impairment would be complete without a speech therapist. We are pleased to have Maureen Rostolsky, she has her Masters in Speech Pathology and specializes in working with children with cleft lip and palate at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. Highlights from this show.
How can Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) be used to treat infertility. Can acupunture and TCM be used with western infertility medicine and in vitro fertilization (IVF)? Will the fertility medications you are taking interfere with the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr Angela C. Wu, author of Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome Infertility to get some of the answers. Enjoy this reairing of a classic show. Highlights from this show.
Raising a child with Attention Deficit Disorder is hard on kids and hard on parents. How to parent a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to avoid frustration for both parent and child. Host Dawn Davenport interviewed the ADHD guru, Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of numerous books on ADD, including SuperParenting for ADD and Driven to Distraction. This is a reairing of a popular show, in which we talked about parenting techniques that work with children with ADHD. Highlights from this show.
Adoptive parents wanting to adopt a baby in the US must prepare an adoptive parent portfolio, also known as an adoptive parent profile. To learn more about how to prepare an adoptive parent profile, host Dawn Davenport interviewed Madeleine Melcher, an adoptee, mother of three through adoption, the owner of Our Journey to You (an adoption portfolio design company), and author of the new book How to Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio: Easy Steps to Help You Produce the Best Adoption Profile and Prospective Birthparent Letter; and Aki Parker, the National Marketing and Design Associate at the North Carolina branch of the Independent Adoption Center. In addition to marketing/designing nationally, she has also worked with adoptive families providing consultation on their letters and online profiles. Highlights from this show.
Infertility patients worry about the wrong embryos being transferred; their egg, sperm or embryos being mislabled; the wrong sperm being used to fertilize the egg, etc. Mistakes are rare, but infertility patients need to be prepared. What should you know to protect yourself? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr Jacob F Mayer, Embryologist at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Elizabeth Ginsburg, Past-President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard, and director of the IVF program at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and Jessica Berg, Professor of Law and Biomedical Ethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Associate Director of the Law-Medicine Center. This is a reairing of a popular show, originally broadcast in 2009. Highlights from this show.
How does your weight or Body Mass Index (BMI) affect your fertility? Does it alter your chances of success with infertility treatment? How does Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affect fertility and infertility treatment? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Allison Styne, a reproductive endocrinologist with RMA New York. Highlights from this show.
One of the hardest things many adoptive parents have to do is to decide if the risks or special needs of a particular birth mother match or referral are too great for them to handle. What are the likely effects of prenatal exposures to drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes? What if their is a history of mental illness in the birth parents family? What if the child has been in an orphanage for years? In this reairing of a 2009 show, host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Dana Johnson, Director of the International Adoption Clinic at the University of Minnesota and Professor of Neonatology, about what factor are red flags, what questions to ask, and how to interpret the scant medical history provided Highlights from this show.
Adoptive parents are often asked to be present at the hospital in open adoptions. This emotional time is complex for both adoptive and birth parents to navigate, and hospital staff often do not help. Host Dawn Davenport spoke with Dr. Jennifer Bliss, the National Associate Counseling Director at the Independent Adoption Center, a non-profit domestic infant adoption agency; and Rebecca Vahle, Adoption Program Coordinator and founder of the Family to Family Adoption Support Program at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado- just southeast of Denver. Highlights from this show.
How much of our personality traits, temperament, talents, health conditions, mental illness, and intelligence are controlled by our genes and how much by our environment? Which trumps in parenting: Nature vs. Nurture? What relevance does this have to us as parents? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Matt McGue, a behavioral and quantitative geneticist and director of the Minnesota Twin Study; and Dr. Kerry Jang, a Professor with the UBC Department of Psychiatry. This classic episode originally aired in 2009. Highlights from this show.
Sometimes our adopted kids come to us from a history in their birth families or drug abuse, rape, incest, abuse, or prison. Should adoptive parents share this information with the adopted child? If so, how? Host Dawn Davenport talked with Beth O'Malley, author of many books about preparing lifebooks for adopted and foster children, including Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child; and Angela Magnuson, a licensed professional counselor with Bethany Christian Services with specialized adoption training through Rutger’s Certificate Program in Adoption, and seven years experience working with foster, kinship and pre and post adoptive families. Highlights from this show.
Is infertility experienced differently by the fertile partner in a relationship? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Andrea Braverman, a Clinical Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of OB/Gyn and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Since 1985, Dr. Braverman has worked as a health psychologist with a specialty in infertility counseling, third party reproduction and medical health management issues. Highlights from this show.
IVF and other infertility treatments are expensive and often not covered by health insurance. Host Dawn Davenport talks with two pioneers in the field of fertility medicine about way and options to lower the cost of fertility treatments, including IVF. Dr. Joe Massey, a reproductive endocrinologist at Servy Massey Fertility Institute. He was involved with the first ICSI pregnancy in the US, the first US egg freezing in the US, and the world’s first successful assisted hatching procedures. Dr. Fran Yelian, a MD, PhD reproductive endocrinologist with Life IVF Center in Irvine, California. He specializes in minimal stimulation IVF and natural cycle IVF, as well as traditional infertility treatments. Recently, Dr. Yelian took a sabbatical leave to work at Kato Ladies Clinic in Japan where he mastered the new techniques and skills of Natural Cycle IVF and Minimal Stimulation IVF. Highlights from this show.
Raising children who have been abused or neglected is different from raising children who have not experienced trauma. Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child and Director of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, about how abuse, neglect and institutionalization affects children in the short term and long term, and what parenting techniques work for these children from hard places. Highlights from this show.
Children adopted from foster care or from an orphanage abroad have likely experienced some level of trauma from abuse, neglect, or malnutrition. What can adoptive parents do to help? Host Dawn Davenport will interview Dr. Bruce Perry, child psychiatrist and founder of Child Trauma Academy, and author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. Dr. Perry has been consulted on how to help children involved with the following high profile incidents involving traumatized children such as the Branch Davidian siege in Waco (1993), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), the Columbine school shootings (1999), the September 11th terrorist attacks (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), the FLDS polygamist sect (2008), the earthquake in Haiti (2010), the tsunami in Tohoku Japan (2011) and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings (2012). Highlights from this show.
Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation's leading researchers studying the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child. Highlights from this show.
Fertility declines with age, but what can women do to increase the odds of getting pregnant over the age of 40 with or without using infertility treatment? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education organization, interviewed Dr. Marcy Maquire, board certified reproductive endocrinologist with RMA of New Jersey, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Highlights from this show.
How in the world does an average family pay for an infant domestic adoption or international adoption? What options are available for financing adoptions? What grants and loans are available? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed the following panel: Natalie De Prat, with American Christian Credit Union; Cherri Walrod, with Resources 4 Adoption; and Kelly Ellison, with Your Adoption Finance Coach. Highlights from this show.
What is transgender? Does it differ from gender non-conforming, gender dysphoria, sexual orientation, or gender variant? What are the causes and how can parents best raise a child that is transgender? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed: Dr. Jo Olson, an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of transgender youth and gender variant children, and the director of the largest clinic in the United States for transgender youth at Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Kim Pearson, co-founder and Training Director for TransYouth Family Allies, and proud mother of a happy, healthy, transgender son; and "Anne", mother of an 8 year old transgender child whose assigned gender at birth was male. Highlights from this show.
Most parents that conceive children with in vitro fertilization wonder about the short-term and long-term impact of this treatment on the children conceived. Are children conceived through infertility treatment more at risk for: congenital defects; physical growth delays; neurological, cognitive, behavioral, and mental health issues; metabolic disease, or at an increased risk for cancer? What does a review of the latest research show? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Seetha Shankaran, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and author of comprehensive analysis of the literature on childhood and young adult outcome following assisted reproductive therapies. Highlights from this show.
What is the safest, fastest, and cheapest way to get pregnant in fertility treatment? How long should you continue to try Clomid or Letrozole and/or artificial insemination (IUI) with our without injectables before moving to IVF? In this show, originally broadcast in 2012, host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Alison Zimon, a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF, and Dr. Samantha Pfeifer, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Highlights from this show.
More children are being conceived with donor egg, sperm, and embryo through third party reproduction and IVF. We can learn from the generation that went before- who were conceived through donors in the past. What was their experience growing up? Did their parents tell them of their donor conception. Does their donor conception affect how they feel about their family? Join our panel of four adult who were conceived with the help of a donor. Highlights from this show.
Children adopted internationally need to be prepared in advance for what adoption means, and how their life will change. How can adoption professionals and parents help to prepare these kids? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed two of the leading experts on orphans care and adoption. Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician specializing in adoption medicine and is the CEO and President of Worldwide Orphans. She has been providing direct service to orphans for 20 years. Ms. Jayne Schooler is the author/co-author of seven books in the adoption field, including her newest, Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents. She has worked in orphanages in Kyrgyzstan, Poland and Ukraine. Highlights from this show.
What do you need to know about the genetics of a potential egg donor or sperm donor? What type of genetic testing is available both pre and post conception? Host Dawn Davenport talked with: Dr. Harvey Stern, Director of Genetics and the Fetal Diagnostic Center at Genetics & IVF Institute, and Medical Director of Fairfax Cryobank and of GIVF’s Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) program. He also supervises genetic screening for GIVF’s egg donors and for Fairfax Cryobank’s sperm donors. Dr. Lee Silver, a molecular biology professor at Princeton; author of over 200 research articles on genetics and computational modeling, as well as two of the leading academic genetic textbooks; and he is the founder and Chief Science Advisor at Genepeeks. Stephanie Andriole, who is a gentics counselor at Comprehensive Genetics with a masters in Human Genetics where she advised both prenatal and preconception patients. Highlights from this show.
How do chemical, hormones, and pesticides in our food and environment affect fertilty, pregnancy, and health of our families? Host Dawn Davenport interviewd Dr. Tracey Woodruff, Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at the University of California San Francisco about common environmental chemicals and exposures affect on getting pregnant and miscarriage. This show aired for the first time in 2012. Highlights from this show.
The Universal Accreditation Act is now reality. How will it change international adoptions? If you have already applied to adopt, how will it affect you? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed: Robin Sizemore, Founder and Executive Director of Hopscotch Adoptionsan international adoption agency in North Carolina and New York; and Nicole Skellenger, an Adoption Attorney and Chief Operating Officer at MLJ Adoptions, an international adoption agency based in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights from this show.
Do you think your child has ADHD? Could it be caused by diet, food allergies, low blood sugar, or lack of sleep? How to best diagnosis and treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Vincent Monastra, a clinical psychologist specializing in ADHD and author of Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lesson that Medicine Cannot Teach, published by the American Psychological Association. Highlights from this show.
Adoption and fertility treatment are expensive. Not everyone has the money just sitting around in their savings to spend. How does Dave Ramsey and the Financial Peace Program suggest raising the money needed for paying for IVF, donor egg or surrogacy or for adopting a child? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Chris Hogan, from Dave Ramsey's organization about the techniques discussed in Total Money Makeover and the Financial Peace University. Highlights from this show.
What are the latest developments that can help prevent IVF from faililng? What can infertility patients do to help their infertility treatment succeed? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Sonia Elguero, board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist with Boston IVF. Highlights from this show.
Polycyctis Ovarian Syndrome affects a woman's health and her fertility. Diagnosing PCOS is often difficult and treatment can be complicated. With proper treatment for PCOS and often with fertility treatment, many women are able to get pregnant. Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Jeanne O’Brien to discuss the latest research in diagnosing and treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and especially how to get pregnant with PCOS. Dr. O'Brien is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and practices at Shady Grove Fertiltiy Center in Maryland. This classic Creating a Family episode originally aired in 2012. Highlights from this show.
Internationally adopted children most often do not speak any English when they are adopted. How do they acquire English once home and what can parents do to help. Host Dawn Davenport, Exec. Director of Creating a Family, the national adoption & infertility education and support organization, interviewed Dr. Sharon Glennen, Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Audiology, Speech Language Pathology and Deaf Studies at Towson University in Maryland. Dr. Glennen researches how children adopted from abroad acquire English after adoption. The is a reairing of a 2012 show. Highlights from this show.
Concern has been expressed on how children conceived via third party reproduction, including sperm donation, egg donation, surrogacy, and embryo donation are faring. Is attachment as strong in these families? What is the nature of the parent child relationships? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed renowned researcher Dr. Susan Golombok, Director of the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge and Dr. Martha Rueter, Associate Professor of Family Social Science at University of Minnesota. Highlights from this show.
What are the medical advances in in vitro fertilization in the last several years? Are your chances of getting pregnant with fertility treatment improving? What have we learned about helping people conceive? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Eric Forman, Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at RMA New Jersey, and co-author of the cover story in July 2014 issue of Contemporary OB/GYN Magazine: “The New IVF Paradigm”. Highlights from this show.
What do you need to know when you first start thinking about adoption. Where do you begin? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed: Jim Thompson, a South Carolina attorney, with offices in Spartanburg and Charleston. He has worked in the field of adoption and assisted reproductive law for 25 years. Leanne Carnes, Chief Operating Officer at Children's Connection Inc., an adoption and child welfare agency with offices throughout Texas. Kara Eusebio, Associate Director of Outreach with Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children in New York City. Highlights from this show.
How can adoptive parents talk with their children about their birth parents? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Jennifer Bliss, the National Associate Counseling Director at the Independent Adoption Center, a non-profit domestic infant adoption agency; and Danielle Goodman, Lead Social Worker in the Delaware office of Adoptions from the Heart, a nonprofit domestic infant adoption agency. Highlights from this show.
Are grants available to help pay for fertility treatment? How do you apply, and what are the granting organizations looking for? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Lisa Duran, Director of Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation, a non profit organization that assists couples in paying for fertility treatments not covered by health insurance; and Dr. Camille Hammond, Director of the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, which provides grants to assist needy infertile families.Highlights from this show.
Should you become a first time mom over 40? Over 45? Over 50? What are the unique issues older mothers face? What are the challenges and reward of older parenthood? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed a panel of women who became mothers through fertility treatment or adoption over the age of 40. Highlights from this show.
Is it possible to be happy when you are suffering from infertility and going through fertility treatment? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Ali Domar, international leader in the field of mind/body medicine and women’s health, founder of The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, and author of numerous books including Conquering Infertility and Being Happy Without Being Perfect. This is a reairing of a classic Creating a Family radio show from 2011. Highlights from this show.