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    Families Through Surrogacy

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    "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." 

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

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    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.

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    Dads Raising Surrogacy-Born Daughters - Guest: Michael Latz

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    Welcome to "Men Having Babies" week on "The ABCs of Surrogacy" radio show, and on our website http://www.abcsofsurrogacy.com. Today, we will be talking with Rabbi Michael Latz about his decision to become a single parent through surrogacy.  Michael has two daughters, both of whom were born through two different traditional surrogate mothers,  
    Michael and I will also talk about what his life is like now raising his two daughters with his new husband, Michael. Michael and his husband were one of the many couples who were able to legally become married recently after  their home state of Minnesota formally recognized gay marriage. 
     

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    Expanding Reproductive Health Options For HIV-Affected Individuals: It's Time"

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    More than 1.1 million people are infected with HIV, and there are about 50,000 new cases each year annually in the United States, according to the CDC. In this episode of "ABCs of Surrogacy," we are pleased to have several experts discussing options now available for HIV-Affected individuals. Shannon Weber, MSW, the coordinator of the Bay Area Perinatal Aids Center (BPAC) at the University of California, San Francisco Division of HIV/AIDS, Department of Medicine and Director of the National Perinatal HIV Hoteline, and Dr. Pat Garcia, MD/MPH, Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology-Maternal Field Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and whose interest is in HIV and AIDS, will be joined by two HIV+ patients, who will be discussing the barriers they encountered during their quest for fertility services and parenthood. Due to revolutionary technology family building options, parenting is now a viable option for everyone, including those who are HIV+, without any transmission to either baby or carrier of the pregnancy. Don't miss this very informative 1-hour episode on this week's "ABCs of Surrogacy!"

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    How To Talk To Your Kids About Being A Surrogate Mother

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    On today's episode of "The ABCs of Surrogacy," we are going to discuss how to talk to your children about your decision to become a surrogate mother. We will cover such topics as when the appropriate time is to discuss this with one's children, whether it is better to discuss it prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, or after the birth of the surrogacy baby, and how to approach this subject with friends of your children and their respective families.
    Dawn will be joined by her 11-year old-daughter, Kura, and 7-year-old son, Tobias, to talk about how Dawn's time as a surrogate mother affected them and their thoughts about their mom being a multiple-time surrogate mother. 
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Kristen Magnacca - Author of "Love and Infertility"-Tips For Infertile Partners

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    On this week's episode, we are pleased to welcome Kristen Magnacca, author of "Love and Infertility". Kristen will be giving us her insight and expertise on infertility, and how couples can overcome the hardships and obstacles associated with it. Her book won the inauguarl award for the category "Best Book, Coping" from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. The book contains strategies on advice on bringing couples together, taking care of the self or property communicating with friends and loved ones. Kristen will be guide listeners on practical approaches to help ease the stress of being infertile, and to ultimately bring partners even closer together. Don't miss this fascinating discussion on this week's episode of the "ABCs of Surrogacy!"

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    Dr. Said Daneshmand - Reproductive Endocrinologist with Fertility of Las Vegas

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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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    Surviving Becoming A New Parent with Guest Parent Educator Danielle Brooks

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    Becoming a new parent can be extraordinarily overwhelming. Between the sudden shift of lifestyle which includes sleepless nights, a crying baby, and learning the cues to ascertain when baby is hungry or needs a diaper change, the impact to one's normal and usual routine is typically abrupt. We are pleased to welcome Danielle Brooks, a Los Angeles-based parent educator, who will be providing invaluable insight on how to make this transition a bit easier and less stressful.  She will be discussing survival tips on becoming a first time parent, and will give listeners some priceless advice regarding parenthood. Don't miss this very informative discussion on this week's "ABCs of Surrogacy."

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    Candace and Chris: Bloggers of "Our Misconception"

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    This week, we are pleased to have return guests Candace and Chris Wohl, whose popular "Our Misconception" blog is now focusing on their current surrogacy journey with their gestational carrier. On this episode, they will be sharing the latest chapter of their journey to achieve parenthood. After enduring countless unsuccessful IVF procedures, they turned to surrogacy, and now have a gestational surrogate now pregnant with their baby girl! Her due date is in June, so both are excited that their dream of becoming parents will soon be true. Candace and Chris were featured on MTV's "True Life - I'm Desparate To Have A Baby," and their ongoing quest to become parents is the focus of their blog, "Our Misconception." Don't miss this very exciting episode on this week's "ABCs of Surrogacy."

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    The Role of a Birth Doula in Surrogacy

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    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. 

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    Amy Demma - Reproductive Law Attorney - Discusses Egg Donation and Surrogacy

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    This week, we are pleased to have Amy Demma, Esq., a reproductive law attorney with her own firm, the Law Offices of Amy Demma. She will be discussing the complex and challenging legal issues which can often arise in egg donation, surrogacy, and infertility. She will bring her expertise in reproductive law and will address critical issues such as what happens if the parties in a surrogacy fail to have a a fully-binding comprehensive legal agreement in place. Please join us to learn some critical information about how to ensure your surrogacy journey avoids common legal pitfalls.