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2014 Radio Shows

Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility and Adoption


Jan. 8: Considering Becoming a Single Mom

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.

Jan. 15: Adoption Tax Credit 2013

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.

Jan . 22: Adopting From Asia

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.

Jan. 29: What Happens in an Infertility Lab

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.

Feb. 5: Dispelling Myths about Only Children

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.

Feb. 12: Adopting a Child with Cleft Lip/Palate

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.

Feb. 19: Classic Episode: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility Treatment

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. Highlights from this show.

Feb. 26: Classic Episode: Parenting Tips for Raising a Child with ADHD

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. We'll talk about parenting techniques that work with children with ADHD. Highlights from this show.

Mar. 5: How to Prepare an Adoptive Parent Portfolio

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.

Mar. 12: Classic Episode: Avoiding IVF Mix-Ups and Mistakes

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. Highlights from this show.

Mar. 19: How Weight Affects Fertility and Infertility Treatment

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.

Mar. 26: Classic Episode: Evaluating Risks in Domestic or International Adoption

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? 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.

Apr. 2: Making a Hospital Plan in Open Adoption

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.

Apr. 9: Classic Episode: Genetics vs. Environment: Which Affects Us Most

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. Highlights from this show.

Apr. 16: Talking about the Difficult Parts of Your Adopted Child's History

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.

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So I would like to introduce to you....Z. V.. She is now 11 weeks old. She came from a lovely perfect little frozen embryo, from our 4th round of IVF (2 fresh cycles and 2 FET)...more  ~A. Houston

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