Choice Chat for Choice Moms
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In this conversation with GenePeeks co-founder Anne Morriss, we talk about the rare genetic issue that led her to create the company... what new technology enables geneticists to do -- and not do... walk through the nature of recessive genes... and learn how GenePeeks weeds out about 15 percent of sperm donors whose particular combination with a woman's genetic make-up might be best to avoid. Though this service is not for everyone, it is new technology for those who are seeking to minimize certain unanticipated risks.

Thanks to European Sperm Bank of the USA for sponsoring this Choice Chat podcast on behalf of the Choice Mom community.

Direct download: AnneMorriss.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:11 PM

At the Choice Mom networking event in Boston, one of the women we heard from was Holly, who told us in honest detail about her pathway to motherhood through foster adoption. The heartache, the joy, the stress. And, mostly, how a Type A personality as she is has learned to transform and change her pace through the gift of her special needs daughter.

Thanks to European Sperm Bank of the USA for providing the resources so I could bring Holly's story (16:30) to the Choice Mom community through this podcast. -- Mikki

Direct download: Holly.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:49 PM

At the Choice Mom Networking Event in Boston (Fall 2013) we had an opportunity to talk with noted fertllity specialist Dr. Vasiliki Moragianni, of Fertility Solutions. In this discussion we hear from her about:

  • the hands-on patient-oriented approach of Fertility Solutions
  • age-related fertility factors
  • the difference between seeing a reproductive endocrinologist and an ob/gyn
  • the infertility statute of insurance (applicable in Massachusetts and in many other health plans)
  • recommended fertility testing
  • how -- at a basic level -- do our eggs work, and when do they start to decline?
  • explaining the timing and impact of menopause
  • why is IVF successful only some of the time?
  • the value of checking SART.org before you select your clinic
  • do single women have the same odds as married couples coming to a clinic with infertility issues?

Please forgive the sometimes lacking audio quality. I did not have my trusty sound engineer on hand.

Special thanks to Seattle Sperm Bank (aka European Sperm Bank of USA) for enabling me the time to create this podcast episode.

Direct download: DrMoragianniFertility.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:11 AM

Thanks to the generous support of the Seattle-based European Sperm Bank of the USA (with its parent company in Denmark), I am able to spend time again to create new episodes of the Choice Chat podcast -- interviews and conversation specifically for single women who are choosing to build a family on their own.

In this first returning episode, I sat down with Eric Kendall, Clinic Liaison of ESBUSA, to talk about sperm bank policies on open-identity donors, family limits, quality and return policies.

ESBUSA is a small, lesser-known bank with a large number of open-identity donors. This conversation can serve as an opening for women who are in the process of deciding on a sperm bank to understand what kinds of policies they might want to consider as they make their choice of a bank.

-- Mikki Morrissette

Direct download: ESB1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00 PM

When faced with the prospect of building a family as a single woman, it can be overwhelming the choices we actually have. What do we really want? This is the process Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, author of “In Her Own Sweet Time,” is currently in, as she decides — as a woman turning 40 — what the right choice for her is. Keep looking for a partner? Use her frozen eggs? Inseminate now? We also talk to Christy Jones, founder of Extend Fertility, about the egg-freezing process.

This is a former "Choosing Single Motherhood" online radio show hosted by Mikki Morrissette in August 2009.

Direct download: week0934.mp3
Category:radio show -- posted at: 1:51 PM

This conversation with Lee Varon, author of “Adopting On Your Own” helps to make the adoption process less overwhelming for the single woman. We talk about the options, the process, the practical issues, and how to pick the right adoption agency.

We also answer specific questions from Choice Moms — and celebrate the fact that “choice mom” was contender for 2009 word of the year by New Oxford American dictionary publishers.

Direct download: week0948.mp3
Category:radio show -- posted at: 9:09 PM

Private domestic adoption is an underestimated choice for many single women, largely because we tend to assume it’s too expensive, the wait time is too long, and that a birth parent in an open adoption (which is much more common these days) is more likely to pick a married couple with money.

We hear from women who are considering adoption, and address their concerns with adoption attorney Micah Salb and Independent Adoption Center agent Jennifer Bliss.

We also discuss the fact that attempting to conceive can take as long, and cost as much, as the adoption process.

 

Direct download: week0935.mp3
Category:radio show -- posted at: 8:54 PM

It’s amazing what we don’t understand when we’re actually TRYING to get pregnant. Three notable fertility doctors — Dr. Rani Abassi (Columbia Ferility Associates, D.C.), Dr. Isabel Ryan (Pacific Fertility Center, SF) and Dr. Debra Wachs (Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area) walk us through everything we need to know about our own fertility, including a lengthy discussion about how to detect our ovulation window.

 

Direct download: week0933.mp3
Category:radio show -- posted at: 4:06 PM

[this episode originally aired as a radio show in December 2009] 

Holiday time can be difficult, especially if you are jealous of sibling families, or being judged by your own. We talk about how to cope. And we meet psychologist Andrea Braverman, who talks about her process of helping women build their families in non-traditional ways. Q&A: how does weight affect fertility? Tip: what we should know about genetic counseling.

Direct download: Choosing_Single_Motherhood__Jealousy_and_Judgment.mp3
Category:radio show -- posted at: 5:09 PM

How do you pick a birth coach, and what can they offer pre- and post-delivery? We hear the wonderful story of four Choice Moms who delivered two babies in 24 hours. We meet Claudia Booker, a D.C.-based doula, who tells an amazing heartfelt story of her own Choice Mom journey through adoption. And I talk tips with Stefanie Antunes, Toronto-based doula and founder of Discover Birth.

 

Direct download: week0937.mp3
Category:radio show -- posted at: 5:57 PM