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The doctor is in! On this week's episode of "ABCs of Surrogacy," we are pleased to have Dr. Said Daneshmand, a Reproductive Endocrinologist and the Practice Director with Fertility Center of Las Vegas. Dr. Daneshmand will be discussing the various components of surrogacy from a medical perspective, including what makes a good surrogacy mother, preserving one's fertility, understanding the causes of infertility and other fertility-related issues. Dr. Daneshmand joined FCLV in 1999, and was instrumental in developing the region's first egg freezing program. As practice director, his special interest lies in developing protocols for patients undergoing IVF, especially those patients with previous unsuccessful cycles. Some of the questions which will be asked during this episode were written by fans of the show's Facebook page. Don't miss this very exciting show!
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I decided to keep the raw audio and I only edited to split the show into segments, but I kept all of the conversation in there as it happened.
The beginning had to be tweeked a bit because I made an error, but it's cool now.
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Of all the critical components involved in a surrogacy journey, the role of the Reproductive endocrinologist is surely on one of the most important. The RE is the physician who oversees all medical aspects related to fertility -- egg retrievals, prescribing the necessary medications for egg donor and surrogate mother, overseeing the creation of embryos using sperm and egg, and the ultimate transfer of an embryo into the surrogate mother. This week, our guest is Dr. Collin Smikle, the RE of Laurel Fertility, located in San Francisco, CA.
Dr. Smikle will be discussing the role a RE plays in a surrogacy journey, as well as provide an extensive overview of the various components of IVF, including egg donation and the medical process involved with creating an embryo. Dr. Smikle will also give his opinion on what qualities makes an ideal surrogate mother.
Words don't mean what they used to. Are you finding yourself confused by what people say they believe and what they are actually doing? This discussion is about what it truly means to be prolife and Christian and where people have hijacked the terminology to be something completely different from the origin of these words. Other words that have been hijacked are "prochoice" and "reproductive rights."
Originally started during Summer 2013 with Thomas Witt, executive director, Equality Kansas the largest premier statewide organization for the LGBT communities. KKFI fm 90.5 Kansas City’s community FCC radio station broadcasts “This Way Out” every Saturday 2pm (Central). It is live streamed at their website for out of range listeners.
Segment Summary: 1st Hour - “This Way Out” the international gay and lesbian radio magazine. (30 min.) Pro-equality humor heralds historic U.S. Supreme Court hearings; activist David Mixner recalls the "Don't Ask" double cross; rights trump religion in Kenya's top court, a trans rights bill passes India's upper house, a well-known Japanese lesbian duo defiantly weds, U.S. Republicans still swim against the marriage equality tide, Dallas does "Hooters" the gay way, and more LGBT news from around the world!
Then Amanda Marcotte’s outstanding “RH Reality Cast” from the vital news web site RH Reality Check.
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We build in the week ahead to the Full Moon in Scorpio and something coming through, wrapping up, ending, or achieved when it comes to our sex life, reproductive needs, divorce, triangles we navigate, mortality issues, a birth, or any of the major financial matters that affect us. Mercury has moved into Gemini so we have a new field to host our talks, thoughts, offers, agreements, sales, writing, interviews, and decisions starting this week. It is also the last week of Venus in the same sign, so we have lots to talk about for your sign and what is to come up ahead
Endo Warriors is a face to face and online support organization founded by Jill Fuersich, Jordan Davidson, and Nicole Malachi; who were all diagnosed via laparoscopic surgery in 2007, 2004, and 2007, respectively. After failing to find a support group in the New York area, Jill, Nicole, and Jordan combined forces to create a safe haven for women to tell their stories, vent, and receive support from other women going through similar circumstances. Since forming in 2012, Endo Warriors has launched support groups in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.
Endo Warriors has about 5,000 online members. They provide online support, educational resources, and support group meetings.
To learn more:
MendoWarriors - A closed group for the Fathers, husbands, boyfriends, or brothers of someone living with Endometriosis
JORDAN DAVIDSON is an award-winning health journalist and co-founder of Endo Warriors. Her writing interests include reproductive health, digestive health, and psychology. She received a BS in psychology from Fordham University.
JILL FUERSICH is a teacher and co-founder of Endo Warriors, where she manages patient outreach. She received a BS in elementary education from Indiana University and a MS in teaching literacy.
Originally started during Summer 2013 with Thomas Witt, executive director, Equality Kansas the largest premier statewide organization for the LGBT communities.
KKFI fm 90.5 Kansas City’s community FCC radio station broadcasts “This Way Out” every Saturday 2pm (Central). It is live streamed at their website for out of range listeners.
Program Summary: 1st Hour - “This Way Out” the international gay and lesbian radio magazine. (30 min.) Then Amanda Marcotte’s outstanding “RH Reality Cast” from the vital news web site RH Reality Check. (30 min. ca.)
2nd Hour: Radio Ecoshock - This week I'm going to cover five of those big stories, with the help of one of the world's best risk watchers. He's author Robert Marston Fanney, and his launching pad is called Robert Scribbler's Blog. At the end, we'll squeeze in a few words about the new oil poverty creeping into our lives, with a recent talk by former financial advisor and Oil Drum editor Nate Hagens.
What should every fertility patient know about embryology labs before going through treatment. Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support organization, interviews two of the leading embryologist to find out what patients should know and what advances are on the horizon to improve success rates. Dr. Marie D. Werner, a fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Rutgers, Reproductive Medicine Associates of NJ where she has completed an intensive 6 month embryology training program. Dr. Werner is one of the lead investigators of the SuMMIT study. Dr. Michael Tucker has worked in the field of reproductive medicine/embryology for over 26 years. Dr. Tucker has received world-wide recognition for his pioneering work in the IVF technologies that have helped to revolutionize the treatment of infertility. In 1992, he helped to advance the ICSI technique and was responsible for the first “ICSI baby” born in the US. In 1997, he led the team that was successful in achieving the first pregnancy and birth using cryopreserved eggs. He is the Director of Embryology at Shady Grove Fertility and at Georgia Reproductive Specialists.
Creating a Family has thousands of free resources related to this topic on our website.
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Blog summary of the show
National Infertility Awareness Week runs April 19-25. The week is sponsored by RESOLVE, a reproductive health advocacy organization. Visit their website to find a list of events nationwide.
Although 7.3 million women and couples experience some form of challenge conceiving in this country (or 1 in 8), infertility can leave one feeling extremely isolated
I spoke with Rev. Dr. Stacey Edwards-Dunn, founder of Fertility for Colored Girls, to talk more about resources available to all couples and some of the events her organization provides this week and beyond.
For links to all details discussed today, visit www.debtfreedivas.org.
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Join us for this episode where we discuss The Business of Marketing and Publicity. My special guest are Paula Gwynn Grant a Marketing/Media Professional and Desireé McCarthy-Keith, MD a Infertility Expert. We will discuss;
•How To Tell Your Story – Paula Gwynn Grant
•The Story Of Infertility – Dr. Desiree McCarthy-Keith
•Advice For Entrepreneurs
Paula Gwynn Grant is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and marketing/media professional who has been featured on NBC's "Today Show," NPR (National Public Radio), and PBS Television. Paula is also a former Miss Black America.
Paula currently works as a show host for DeKalb County Television and is also regulary seen on GPB- Georgia Public Broadcasting - PBS television for the state of Georgia.
With her own company, Exuperance Enterprises!, Pala counsels businesses and nonprofits on usefl marketing and publicity plans that show real results. www.paulagwynngrant.com
Dr. McCarthy-Keith is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She is honored to also serve as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine. She was recognized by Who's Who in Black Atlanta in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Her website: www.ivf.com
Regardless of gender, sexual orientation or whether or not you plan on giving birth to a child of your own, you need to know about childbirth. It doesn't matter who you are, you were born and YOU need to understand how birth works and why it matters. And if you are ever planning to have children either as a mother or a partner, you need to educate yourself about the process and the way birth is managed under our current medical model. Every mother and her partner who decide to conceive a child should enter pregnancy informed of their choices. It's been said that knowledge is power. It is knowledge that will help us to move past the culture of fear around birth so we can begin our journey as parents in joy and confidence.
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