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The podcast for single women who proactively choose motherhood. Hosted by: Mikki Morrissette, choicemoms.org

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Egg Freezing: When is it a good idea, when is it not?

New York City psychologist Joann Paley Galst has counseled hundreds of women over the years about dealing with fertility challenges. In her partnership with Choice Moms, she helps educate single women about their options to become mothers -- the realities -- the hopes -- the fears.

In this Choice Chat episode, Joann and I talk about the life span of our eggs. How many eggs need to be frozen for a potential viable pregnancy down the road? At what age are you more likely, and less likely, to produce those healthy eggs? When it is too late, how does she counsel women through their grief? And how does a woman decide between hope and scientific data when discussing treatment options with her doctor?

Thanks to European Sperm Bank of the USA for sponsoring this Choice Chat podcast in 2014.

Visit ChoiceMoms.org for the Choice Mom E-guide: About Eggs.

 

Direct download: GalstonEggs.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26pm CDT

Genetic testing of sperm donors

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: 3:11pm CDT

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: 1:49pm CDT

Dr. Moragianni (Boston): The basics you need to know about fertility

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: 8:11pm CDT

Thanks to the generous support of the Seattle Sperm Bank (formerly European Sperm Bank of USA), I am able to continue hosting the Choice Chat podcast -- interviews and conversation specifically for single women who are choosing to build a family on their own.

I sat down with Eric Kendall, Clinic Liaison of the Seattle Sperm Bank, to talk about its policies on open-identity donors, family limits, quality and return policies.

The somewhat smaller size of Seattle Sperm Bank enables it to maintain strong policies toward family limits and background checks -- and offers a large number of open-identity donors. 

 

Direct download: ESB1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT

When fertility stress has you down

At a Choice Mom networking event in San Francisco, Maia Midwifery's Kristin Kali talked with women about how to balance the love they started with on this journey with the stress they feel from secretly fitting in doctor inseminations -- and cycles of 2ww and no smiley faces on the pregnancy tests -- with the rest of their work and personal life.

This 9-minute conversation is part of ChoiceMom.org's Focus on Fertility (http://www.choicemoms.org/fertility/) package.

Thanks to Sepal Reproductive Devices (http://www.totalconception.com) and California Cryobank (http://www.cryobank.com) for their continuing support of these Choice Chat podcasts.

Direct download: kristinKalistress.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:02am CDT

Lori Gottlieb: Marry Him

When Choice Mom Lori Gottlieb wrote in Atlantic Monthly that perhaps settling for Mr. Good Enough might have been the smart choice, it created a firestorm of debate in the community. Now that she's interviewed marriage and dating experts, neurologists, and married and single men and women -- and applied what she's learned into her own dating life -- she's back with the full report in her book "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough." We talk in this interview about, among other things, the penchant many Choice Moms might have for the "alpha maie" pre-motherhood, and how much things change in time. She talks about the platonic friend she wishes she'd married. And the "hot date" material she's glad she didn't meet until she was 10 years wiser.

Sponsored by Sepal Reproductive Devices and California Cryobank.

Learn more on ChoiceMoms.org.

Direct download: LoriGottliebMarryHim.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:35pm CDT

Ryan Kramer: Finding half-siblings and donors In this powerful show, we talk with with Ryan Kramer, the extremely eloquent teenager who co-founded Donor Sibling Registry with his mother Wendy. We discuss 1) his curiosity about his roots from the age of two, 2) his own search for his donor, 3) what it is -- and is not -- that he is looking for in that search, 4) how the Donor Sibling Registry was born and the more than 6,000 matches that have been made since.

He talks openly about the disappointment he felt when he learned of several half-siblings whose parents didn't want them to know each other. He also discusses the relationship he has since developed with a half-sister. We talked about whether being an only child has an impact on the curiosity. He offers tips for families making contact with half-siblings and donors, and he explains in articulate detail how he hopes the industry will change in the coming years -- which requires the participation of the Choice Mom community as one of the largest numbers of consumers.

This show was sponsored by the Donor Sibling Registry.
Direct download: RyanDSR_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:06pm CDT

My life as an anonymous sperm donor In this unique, detailed show, we hear directly from a formerly anonymous sperm donor (now running this service for donor families), who contributed for 15 years, about the contact he has now had with a few of his offspring. We talk about how the industry has changed since he provided fresh sperm to infertile couples. He honestly discusses his motivations at the time, the responsibility he now feels for the 200-plus offspring he estimates he now has, and what his experience tells him about the interest donor-conceived offspring have about their donor. After he made contact with offspring via the Donor Sibling Registry, he admits to confusion about the best way to proceed and talks openly about the issues it has brought to his own family life. He also talks about the value he believes donated gametes have in enabling people to build their own family, despite the complications it can bring.

This show was sponsored by California Cryobank.





Direct download: kirk2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:35pm CDT

Tracking pregnancies:  why it’s important A majority of families using donor conception do not report births after the fact. This has a tremendous impact on the industry -- for example, the numbers of offspring born to a sperm donor, and even to egg donors, are generally vastly underreported, and if there is a genetic abnormality that surfaces in later years, families cannot be notified.

In this show, American Fertility Association board member Patricia Mendell, who is also a New York-based fertility counselor, talks about regulations in the fertility industry today. What do we need to do differently? Why are changes coming so slowly? What can Choice Moms do, as a sizeable share of the fertility industry market, to make a difference? In light of the aftermath of the octuplets birth in California to a woman who already had six children, how should regulations, ethics and counseling play a role?
She also shares resources to help women become more educated consumers.

This show was sponsored by Fertility Cryobank.

Direct download: FertilityRegs_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14am CDT