• 00:30

    Exploring International Surrogacy Options

    in Health

    With multiple options available for recipient parents considering a surrogacy journey, deciding which country is best for one's unique circumstances is often challenging. On today's ABCs Of Surrogacy, Eloise Drane, of Family Inceptions International, will be discussing the international surrogacy option available to recipient parents. International surrogacy has a much more reasonable overall cost than domestic surrogacy, and that factor has compelled many recipient parents to embark on their surrogacy journey in another country. Eloise will be discussing the numerous advantages of an international surrogacy journey. Don't miss this very informative episode of ABCs of Surrogacy!

  • 00:30

    Families Through Surrogacy

    in Health

    "Families Through Surrogacy" sponsors conferences in a variety of international locations which focus on how recipient parents from around the world can embark on their own surrogacy journey. The organization's next seminar takes place on March 15 in San Francisco. On this week, we are pleased to have San Everingham, Family Through Surrogacy's Director of Events & Content, and Jason Howe, who is responsible for the organization's Marketing & Sponsorship. Sam and Jason will be discussing their upcoming conference in San Francisco, which features a lineup of experts in the subjects of surrogacy, infertility, egg donation, and assisted reproduction. This program, which is open to the general public, is designed to educate intended parents about the various facets of surrogacy at one forum. Don't miss this very timely episode on this special Monday edition of the "ABCs of Surrogacy." 

  • 01:00

    Breastfeeding the Child Through Adoption or Surrogacy

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    Can you breastfeed your adopted baby or baby born through surrogacyor gestational carrier? Yes you can! Join our guests Dr. Lenore Goldfarb, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Founder of the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic at the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Canada, President of the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation, and co-Author of Newman-Goldfarb Protocols for Induced Lactation. She is also a mom through surrogacy and successfully breastfed her two sons. We also have two moms through adoption who successfully breastfed. One who adopted domestically at birth, and one who adopted internationally and her son was 7 months old at adoption.

  • 00:31

    "Our 'Journey': One Couple's Guide to U.S. Surrogacy" - Author Richard Westoby

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    Richard Westoby and his partner, Steven, chose to build their family using surrogacy in the United States. That entire journey forms the basis for his book, "Our Journey: One Couple's Guide to U.S. Surrogacy", which chronicles their quest to parenthood via gestational surrogacy from the recipient parent perspective. They had a twin birth via surrogacy here in the United States. The book focuses on the multiple components of surrogacy, and provides an in-depth look at the behind the scenes aspects such as IVF, escrow accounts, choosing an agency, and how to plan for each stage of the surrogacy. Although written for an international recipeint parent, each chapter ends with a list of appropriate and timely questions a recipient parent should ask during each phase of the surrogacy. On this episode of "The ABCs of Surrogacy," Richard will be discussing his book, and his journey to parenthood as an international recipient who chose to build his family using surrogacy in the United States. Don't miss what is sure to be a very enlightening episode!

  • 00:25

    Surrogacy and Chinese Recipient Parents

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    Surrogacy is a quickly gaining popularity as a means to build a family in many countries around the world. One country which has recently gained media attention for its recipient parents embarking on surrogacy journeys out of its jurisdictional boundaries is China. Dawn was recently quoted in an article by the Global Times, a Chinese-based news publication. An ever-increasing number of Chinese recipients are traveling to the United States to have their surrogacy journeys, and in this episode, Dawn will be discussing  this phenomenon. She specifically addresses several important issues, including the media's claims that the Chinese are doing U.S.-based surrogacy as a self-serving mechanism to gain United States citizenship rights. Don't miss this very topical episode on this week's "The ABCs of Surrogacy."

  • 00:29

    Surrogacy From A Husband's Prospective

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    What's it like being the significant other of a surrogate mother? In this episode, Dawn welcomes her partner, Todd, who was an integral component to supporting Dawn during each of her four surrogacies. He will be reflecting on each of the surrogacy journeys Dawn embarked upon, and discussing how he felt while Dawn was going through the surrogacy journey with each unique recipient parent.
     
     

  • 00:30

    The Role of a Birth Doula in Surrogacy

    in Health

    A birth doula can play an essential role in assisting one's surrogate mother prior to and during a natural childbirth. Not only is she trained to offer specialized support during labor to provide guidance and help the surrrogate mother remain calm and focused during childbirth, she can also be instrumental in bridging communication gaps between the recipient parent and surrogate mother both prior to and during childbirth. Doula's are trained as experts in the childbirth process, and can provide the surrogate with specific techniques to ensure that the surrogate mother is as relaxed as possible during childbirth, and also foster the creation of a birth plan prior to childbirth which can be generated with input from the recipient parents as well. On this episode, our guest is S. Renea Capozzi, a birth doula who owns Lil' Seeds of Life Birth Wellness Center in southern California, who will discuss the doula's role in a surrogacy birth, as well as offer insights on natural childbirth. 

  • 00:31

    Michelle Keeyes, Esq. - Common Legal Questions and Concerns Regarding Surrogacy

    in Health

    Having a successful surrogacy journey requires making sure you have been properly advised on your legal obligations and responsibilities, and that your contract protects both recipient parent and surrogate mother alike. On this episode of "ABCS of Surrogacy," we are joined by Michelle Keeyes, Esq., a reproductive attorney from Reproductive Law Center in San Diego, CA. She will be discussing how to have a (relatively) seamless surrogacy journey from a legal perspective, and will offer advice regarding the pros and cons between using a surrogacy agency versus going independent, how to pick a surrogate mother, and how to protect the funds you have set aside for a surrogacy journey. Don't miss this very informative episode!

  • 00:27

    Breeders: A Subclass Of Women A Documentary Which Knows Nothing About Surrogacy

    in Health

    A new documentary was just released  by the Center for Bioethics and Culture called "Breeders: A Subclass of Women?" In this season premiere of ABCS of Surrogacy, Dawn critiques this dramatic account detailing the journey of three independent surrogate mothers and someone who opted to co-parent a baby with someone else. Dawn explains very specifically why this documentary is an outstanding example demonstrating why independent surrogacy without any oversight is a recipe for failure. She emphasizes why recipient parents and surrogate mothers should rely upon the expertise of professionals such as lawyers and psychologists as well as surrogacy agencies prior to embarking on a surrogacy journey. In fact, in each of the surrogacy journeys exposed, each failed to utilize these experts in any capacity, resulting in the predictable catastrophe in one form or another with each recipient parent or surrogate mother.

  • 01:03

    Why Consider Open Adoption & How to Do it Well

    in Parents

    Open adoption is the norm in for domestic infant adoptions in the US and becoming more common in foster care adoption and international adoption. Host Dawn Davenport will interview Dr. Hal Grotevant and Dr. Ruth McRoy, long time researchers on the impact of openness on all members of the adoption triad, and lead researchers of the Minnesota / Texas Adoption Research Project (MTARP). They literally wrote the book on open adoption and how we currently practice adoption. 


     


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    More Creating a Family resources on open adoption can be found here.

  • 00:30

    Legal Aspects of Surrogacy - Attorney Michelle Keeyes

    in Health

    One of the most critical components in a surrogacy journey is the legal advice both recipient parents and surrogate mothers receive prior to signing contracts with each other. There are a number of reproductive attorneys who specialize in this niche area, and on today's show, we are pleased to have Michelle Keeyes, an attorney from the Reproductive Law Center in La Mesa, CA as our guest. Michelle will be discussing why it is absolutely esssential to have an attorney advise all parties involved, the process for obtaining a pre-birth order in states (liike California) which takes place while your surrogate mother is preganant and provides the legal framework required for placing the recipient parents' name on the baby's birth certificate. Please be sure to listen to this very important epsidoe explaining the legal aspects of surrogacy.

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