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Join experienced gestational surrogate, surrogacy industry veteran and award-winning former surrogacy agency owner Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of SurrogacyMentor.com, as she aims to normalize surrogacy. Joined by her co-host, 3 time gestational surrogate Marielle Schuberth, they aim to spread awareness by educating and sharing personal stories about gestational surrogacy from experienced surrogates, medical and legal professionals, parents via surrogacy and others whose lives have b ...
 
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The Family Circle

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The Family Circle

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation

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The journey to parenthood is different for everyone. This podcast shares the stories of all those involved in modern day family building. Together, we make parenthood possible at Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation. A surrogacy and egg donation podcast for everyone!
 
If you’re uncomfortable with TMI and talking about the birds and the bees…this is NOT the podcast for you. Sister duo, Jennifer White and Ellen Trachman explore topics from sperm and eggs to babies and everything in between. You’ll learn about artificial insemination, gestational surrogacy, egg retrieval, egg donation, and more. I Want To Put A Baby In You will have you laughing and crying with informative and touching stories on surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology. Tune In!
 
Preconceived: Five Stories of IVF and Surrogacy is a collection of conversations with women who had very different experiences going through in vitro fertilization for that one outcome: a baby. Laura went through an IVF journey because of her PCOS diagnosis and a series of miscarriages. Kate went through IVF for a reason not commonly talked about. You'll also hear three surrogacy stories: Heidi was a gestational carrier* twice, working through an agency. Her story demonstrates the unpredicta ...
 
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SART Fertility Experts

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SART Fertility Experts

Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology

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An educational project of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, this series is designed to provide up to date information about a variety of topics related to fertility testing and treatment such as IVF. The ”Experts” include accomplished professionals: reproductive endocrinologists, reproductive urologists, genetic counselors and mental health professionals who share their knowledge and advice in an informal interview. Are you ready to take the next step towards building your fa ...
 
This is the Real Birth Podcast: a safe, welcoming platform to share birth stories. I'm Lucy Hill, a doula, mother, wife and total birth nerd living in Frome, Somerset in the UK. When I was pregnant, one of my favourite things to do was to listen to birth stories. During this time I read and listened to literally hundreds and hundreds of birth experiences shared by all kinds of parents, having all kinds of births. I quickly became obsessed with the narrative of birth and the power of storytel ...
 
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Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with special guest Kim Surratt, attorney and owner of Surratt Law, as they discuss how Nevada changed the game when it comes to discrimination in health insurance for surrogates and why this is important, including: Why do most health insurance plans discriminate against surrogat…
 
Hello and welcome to The Real Birth Podcast! This week I'm joined by Alice, who talks about the births of her two daughters, both of which were impacted by her diagnosis of borderline gestational diabetes, and high BMI - but which Alice tackled very differently in her second daughter's pregnancy to her first. Alice also shares her story of grief an…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with Marielle Schuberth, Intake Coordinator for Surrogacy Mentor and 3 time surrogate, as they discuss the importance of commitment as a surrogate, starting with the very first surrogacy application. Let's normalize surrogacy through education and open discussion! Follow Surrogac…
 
Hello and welcome to The Real Birth Podcast! This week my guest is Sabina, who had her baby by caesarean under general anaesthetic, after a long and difficult labour. Sabina's story is important to acknowledge - as after growing up in a family where natural, unmedicated birth was the norm, she felt huge amounts of grief and anger at her caesarean e…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with Marielle Schuberth, Intake Coordinator for Surrogacy Mentor and 3 time surrogate, as they share their personal experiences as surrogates and 5 Awesome Reasons to Become a Surrogate. Let's normalize surrogacy through education and open discussion! Follow Surrogacy Mentor on I…
 
Hello and welcome to The Real Birth Podcast! This week Cassie shares her story of becoming a mother via surrogacy, after her cancer treatment left her unable to conceive naturally. I am genuinely SO excited to be sharing this episode with you. When she was just 27, Cassie was diagnosed with cervical cancer - the treatment for which meant she would …
 
Hello and welcome to The Real Birth Podcast! This week my guest is Catherine, who shares her two birth stories. Catherine was induced with her first baby after several episodes of reduced movement. Although she required very little intervention in the end, Catherine’s experience left her struggling physically and mentally. The birth of her second s…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with parents via surrogacy, Danielle and Evan, as they discuss: Coming to the decision to pursue surrogacy after a cancer diagnosis What is the surrogacy process like for intended parents? How did you choose your surrogacy agency, IARC Surrogacy? How did Covid effect your surroga…
 
Hello and welcome back to The Real Birth Podcast! This week to start the New Year right, my guest is Stefanie, a mother of three from Canada. Stefanie has been a Lamaze® Educator and doula since 2002. After the birth of her second son, Stefanie saw just how valuable it is to be prepared for birth and to have good support around you. Stefanie traine…
 
Today’s episode of The Family Circle is a special one, with guest host Jen Rachman, who’s a Parent Outreach Associate at Circle, a social worker, and a parent through surrogacy. She’s here to host a discussion of the types of support that can be helpful during a surrogacy journey, whether you’re an intended parent or a surrogate. Jen opens the epis…
 
If you struggled with your weight this year or your appearance changed drastically or you’re just having some challenges around your relationship with food, this episode is for you. And, you are not alone. As we enter a new year, we are bombarded with “diet and wellness culture” messages that emphasize a focus on the need to “fix your body”. Develo…
 
Adrienne Black is passionate about surrogacy and helping grow families in a heart-based, ethical, and exceptional way. Adrienne has been involved in surrogacy for over 20 years. Besides her original profession as a midwife, she has also been a surrogate (four times for three families, resulting in six babies!), a legal assistant in a surrogacy law …
 
Hello and welcome back to The Real Birth Podcast! This week our birth story comes from Hannah, who discovered during her first pregnancy that she has coeliac’s disease. Hannah’s condition presented with almost no symptoms but the implications of having coeliac disease during pregnancy are far more serious than I knew. As well as managing a brand ne…
 
Marna Gatlin is an egg donation and embryo donation industry professional, and a patient advocate with a specialty in open egg donation and open embryo donation. She works to educate, support, and empower individuals in forming or adding to their family. With over 20 years as an infertility and donation professional, many refer to her as the “go to…
 
Hello and welcome back to The Real Birth Podcast! This week my guest is Laura, who shares the birth story of her son after two heartbreaking miscarriages. Just so you know, Laura and I talk about these losses in depth at the start of the episode, so you can skip a little ahead if you’re not feeling in the right place to listen just now. Laura was e…
 
This week I interview Maha Al Musa, a childbirth educator, mother and birth activist living in Australia. Maha is the founder of EMBODYBIRTH and has been sharing her wisdom surrounding the physiology of birth for almost three decades. Maha shares her three birth stories - including a home birth with midwives at the age of 46. We also talk about cul…
 
This month’s episode of The Family Circle is hosted by Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation Marketing Director, Kristin Marsoli! Kristin hosts Kate, a mother through egg donation, and they discuss everything from IVF, deciding to use an egg donor, building a relationship with a donor, and advice for anyone going through infertility struggles. Interested…
 
Welcome back to series 3 of The Real Birth Podcast! Kicking off the series is an interview with my good friend Emma, who gave birth to her son in 2016. Emma is a teacher and a single mum to her son Wren. She and her partner at the time struggled with unexplained infertility, but eventually did fall pregnant after trying for several years. Emma has …
 
It's Diabetes Month! Today, I am diving into the topic of gestational diabetes with our special guest Ryann, also known as "prenatal nutritionist" on IG. Every year, 2% to 10% of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy in women who don’t alre…
 
Millions of women take birth control for a number of reasons! From preventing pregnancy to managing certain medical conditions. There are known benefits of taking birth control, but there are also some downsides to know about (especially if you've been on the pill for a long period of time) which include possible vitamin absorption issues and nutri…
 
This month Kristin hosts Ali Prato! Ali is a journalist and mom of two, living in North Jersey. She's an infertility warrior and advocate, the founder and host of the Infertile AF podcast, and the co-founder of Fertility Rally, a community that offers 24/7 support, curated content and events for anyone going through infertility and family building …
 
What do you know about the surrogacy and donor egg process?! At our women’s summit, we did our very first live podcast recording and it was incredible! It’s finally here and today, I am replaying the conversation I had with Debbie Villafana and Perla Piekutowski on our stage. With advances in medical technology, I think it’s important for women to …
 
Marna Gatlin is an egg donation and embryo donation industry professional, and a patient advocate with a specialty in open egg donation and open embryo donation. She works to educate, support, and empower individuals in forming or adding to their family. With over 20 years as an infertility and donation professional, many refer to her as the “go to…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with special guest, experienced gestational surrogate, Nasharra Matthews, as they discuss: What first interested Nasharra in gestational surrogacy? How did her partner and family feel about her becoming a surrogate? Why she feels working with an agency is crucial for a successful…
 
Seriously, when was the last time you got your vitamin D level checked?! This is the ultimate key nutrient for women and today, I am sharing 5 reasons why you should prioritize your vitamin D. Majority of women are deficient, especially women of color. Lately, health professionals, scientists, and experts are bringing more awareness to the importan…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with special guest Stephanie Levich, Founder and President of Family Match Consulting, as they discuss: Stephanie's personal origin story as an adoptee and how her parents shared her story with her (and how she later connected with her biological family). Why it's so important to…
 
This month Kristin and Lauren go back to the basics and hosted a Surrogacy 101 episode. This episode outlines the basics of surrogacy that you've always wanted to know. They discuss third party reproduction acronyms, why women pursue surrogacy and egg donation, what it means to be an intended parent, and so much more. If you're new to surrogacy, th…
 
Lila Newberry Bradley is a partner in the law firm of Claiborne|Fox|Bradley|Goldman, which focuses its practice on family building through adoption and assisted reproduction. Lila is a Fellow in American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers. Lila attended the University of Georgia for both undergraduate and law …
 
Egg-freezing...so, is it really worth it?! Is it worth the cost? Is there a guarantee of having a successful pregnancy later down the line? Is it safe?! Young adult women of today are having babies much later in life for a number of reasons. As a result, there is an increasing number of people choosing to freeze their eggs in order to preserve fert…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with Marielle Schuberth, Intake Coordinator for Surrogacy Mentor and 3 time surrogate, as they discuss: How surrogates are compensated in the USA The stigma surrounding surrogate compensation The difference between base compensation and a compensation package How to not be fooled…
 
This month's episode of The Family Circle is a special panel episode featuring three experienced egg donors through Circle Egg Donation. Marketing Director, Kristin Marsoli, hosts Jordan, Tia, and Liv as they discuss why they became egg donors, why they choose the type of donation they did, why they wanted to work with an agency, and they each prov…
 
Eric Mobley, 28, is donor conceived. He resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his husband,Jeremy, and 1 year old Yorkie, Ellie. Eric did not discover he was donor conceived until he was26 years old and received a 23&Me kit for Christmas. Eric works in higher education admissionsand loves anything Disney related.Listen to Eric as he discusses with El…
 
Hey girl! Do you have PCOS? "PCOS" or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a very common hormonal condition that affects about 5 million child-bearing aged women in the US. While there isn't really a "PCOS diet" out there that will work for everyone, research has found that certain nutrients you get from food or supplements can have a direct impact on ho…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with special guest Amira Hasenbush, attorney and owner of All Family Legal, as they discuss: What are the legal steps LGBTQ+ people needs to take when forming their families? Do certain states have different rules about LGBTQ+ family formation? Is same-sex marriage at risk of bei…
 
Mark Mellinger handles all marketing and public relations functions for the NEDC and is also in charge of development efforts. His background consists of almost three decades in broadcast journalism. From 2011 to 2018, Mark served as a contributor to The Gospel Coalition, one of the world’s largest Christian websites, where he helped start TGC’s po…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with parents via surrogacy, Ciprian and Paul from France, as they discuss: What is the surrogacy process like for intended parents? What were your preconceived ideas about surrogacy? How did you choose your surrogacy agency, IARC Surrogacy? How did Covid effect your surrogacy pro…
 
Sasha became a mom at the age of 19 and a single mother at age 23 after leaving a toxic situation. She met the love of her life in 2018 and is now happily married. Sasha and her husband have been struggling to grow their family for a few years and her daughter is impatient, asking for a sibling. Their family of three humans and two dogs enjoy trave…
 
"When are you having kids?" is actually one of the most triggering emotionally loaded questions you can ask. Many pregnancies are unplanned and many are planned; however, no woman should feel constant outside pressure to get pregnant. Plus, let's not forget that fertility challenges exist - in fact, millions of women struggle to get pregnant each y…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with special guest, experienced gestational surrogate Shadina Blunt of Surrogacy Miracles and Consulting, as they discuss: What first interested Shadina in gestational surrogacy? What was it like carrying as a surrogate for a celebrity couple? How is carrying for a celebrity diff…
 
Born and raised in Texas, Nikki Wehmeir now lives in California -- though is very eager to move back closer to her family at some point! Nikki is an incredibly proud mother of two (an almost 22 year old daughter, Hayli, and a 13 year old son, Kaden). Nikki is completely obsessed with animals -- especially dogs. Her career has been built around the …
 
In our seventh episode, Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation Director of Marketing, Kristin Marsoli, sits down with Lissa Kline, SVP, Provider and Member Services at Progyny! They discuss the services that Progyny provides, the importance of fertility benefits, why folks choose surrogacy & egg donation, and how to address infertility with your employer.…
 
This episode is the final episode of season 2! Thank you to everyone who has listened and supported me this series, it's been an incredible time and the stories I've been able to share have been amazing. To mark the season finale, I'm thrilled to have interviewed Cat Strawbridge, who you may know if you're on instagram in the TTC/IVF/pregnancy afte…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with special guest, Carole LieberWilkins, MFT, as they discuss: The dynamics of egg donors, sperm donors and anonymity in surrogacy The difference between privacy vs. secrets How are all parties in a surrogacy supported by mental health professionals? The importance of empathy on…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with special guest Joni Franklin, attorney and owner of Franklin Law, as they discuss: How has the overturning of Roe v. Wade changed surrogacy? What are the reasons a surrogacy pregnancy might need to be terminated? What is the role of attorneys and agencies in preparing surroga…
 
This week my guest is Oona, who shares two very different birth stories. Oona planned home births for both her babies, but was transferred to hospital with her first daughter for suspected meconium (that's baby poo!) in her waters, and with her second daughter Oona was admitted to the birth centre for having a rare antibody show up in her blood tes…
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with special guests, Virginia Hart and Sarah Paige of ART Risk Solutions, as they discuss: What types of insurance are needed for a surrogacy journey? How do you know if your insurance is "surrogacy friendly" What happens when insurance isn't properly evaluated How the experience…
 
This week's guest is Andrea, whose son Bodhi was stillborn at 30 weeks. Andrea suffers from endometriosis, and after two failed rounds of IVF, Andrea and her husband Sam found themselves unexpectedly pregnant naturally. At just over 29 weeks, Andrea noticed Bodhi had stopped moving, and immediately knew something wasn't right. It is every parent's …
 
Join Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and CEO of Surrogacy Mentor , along with special guest, experienced surrogate Arianna Shelter of International Surrogacy Center, as they discuss Arianna's long and medically complicated surrogacy journey. Just like any pregnancy, surrogacy pregnancies can become medically complicated. We believe it is important to …
 
This week I interview Tara, who had her daughter after two pregnancy losses. Tara and her partners had actually stopped trying to conceive when she found herself pregnant unexpectedly - much to their delight! Tara's baby measured big throughout her pregnancy and she was offered additional growth scans to track her size. She was placed under consult…
 
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