Many patients at some point decide that it is time to consider other options other than IVF, donor sperm or donor egg, or surrogacy. Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Pat Irwin Johnson, speaker and author of Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families; and Stella Gilgur-Cook, LCSW and assistant director of outreach Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children.

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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Show originally aired in 2012.