Building a Family
The annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine
In 2019, I presented my research at the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. One of my findings was that 98% of the same sex male patients I surveyed desired a child from each of their genetics. That’s an overwhelming percentage! The same sex female couples with whom I met did not…Read More
2 important donor conception issues
For many people using donor conception to have a child, but particularly for those who have struggled with infertility, using donor conception to build a family can feel upsetting in many ways. Two of the main issues faced by many people are #1, the emotional difficulty of not being genetically linked to one’s child and…Read More
What does Sara Blakely have to do with donor conception?
If you don’t know Sara Blakely, she is the inventor of Spanx. She created a company, now valued at 1.2 billion dollars, with five thousand dollars and determination inspired by an audio tape (yes back in the day) of Wayne Dyer declaring that anyone can be a “no limit person”. Sara regularly posts her ideas…Read More
Why Pride is important for you 🏳️🌈 ✌️
According to a Johns Hopkins study, people who had a family history of heart disease and also had a positive outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack (or another cardiovascular event) within five to twenty-five years than those with a more negative outlook. Does this mean you need to be chipper all…Read More
Is family building making you small?
A wise guru named Sadhguru teaches us that we can either think in survival mode in order to try to limit the problems that may come our way, or think in expansion mode and try to stretch ourselves to be more joyful and make our lives fuller. When you are building your family, thinking in…Read More
Are you spending more time in your future or in your past?
This question is an easy one for most of us. When were upset about something, we often spend more time in the past. We relive something that hurt us or try to fix it in our minds. And yet it has passed. Our feelings don’t always make sense and yet we may find ourselves repeating…Read More
Don’t betray your heart
I believe that if you want to have a family, you are meant to have a family, and not having that family is a betrayal of your heart. If you get caught up in the struggle to have a family, and ascribe negative meaning to that struggle, it can take you down the wrong path.…Read More
Happy Valentine’s Day
Loving being a parent starts early, and moves from the imagination to the mind to the heart to one’s child. If you are someone who always wanted children, your interest probably started early. Maybe it was playing with dolls, or imagining yourself as a parent at an early age. Many women feel this interest strongly…Read More
Why fear of not focusing (FONF) is a problem
It’s been said, what you focus on you get more of, but when you focus too intensely for too long you can become more frustrated and not necessarily achieve better results. When you are working on building a family, or solving a problem within your family, it’s natural to put intense focus into the particular…Read More
Take a snapshot of difficulties in 2019 so you can move on to 2020 less fearful
As 2020 approaches, all of us here at the Center for Family Building have been reflecting on the wonderful experiences we had in 2019. We shepherded many individuals through their journey to have a child, ran our TIP TOP program to help children who came to their families with the assistance of donor eggs or…Read More