Deciding on Adoption After Infertility

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Infertility treatment is grueling, both physically and mentally, and many patients will decide at some point to consider other options for family building. However, the transition from treatment to adoption can be rough if patients are not prepared. Our guests to help with this preparation are Stella Gilgur-Cook, LCSW and assistant director of outreach Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children; and Pat Irwin Johnson, author of Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • How do you know when to move from infertility treatment to adoption is harder now because of the increasing options with treatment?
  • How do you know when to stop?
  • What are the advantages of a psychological pregnancy for adoptive parents?
  • How adoptive parenting differs from parenting by birth?
  • Is there a difference between Plan B and settling for second best?
  • Why should adoptive parents have to prove themselves by being studies/evaluated when biological parents do not?
  • What are the losses associated with infertility.
  • How do you come to terms with these losses?
  • How the losses of infertility can affect parenting.
  • Why are the losses of infertility hard for others to understand?
  • Are adopted children more prone to problems?
  • Should you continue in fertility treatment at the same time you apply to adopt?
  • What should you consider before going back into fertility treatment for a second child after having adopted your first child?

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