Licensed therapist Ashley Baldwin talks about how to handle people's questions about your family building, how to find a good therapist, and how a therapist can help you and your partner process your emotions while trying to get pregnant. Ashley believes in a relaxing therapeutic environment that allows for a sense of humor while also instilling hope, promoting her clients to work towards their treatment goals.
Erin McCollough from CNY Fertility and creator of Fertile Hope Yoga talks with September Burton from the Colorado Fertility Conference about how yoga changes your physiology to help you get pregnant. She reminds us of the importance of leaving space for miracles on your journey.
Jessi Shuraleff shares her journey of failed IUI's, cancelled cycles, frozen embryo transfer, a positive pregnancy test, and now being a mother of two. She talks about the community and support available to those who are still on their fertility journey and about how her fertility journey made her a more empathetic woman and mother. Listen to this episode of the Colorado Fertility Conference Podcast, hosted by September Burton.
Kate Leblanc from Resolve New England and September Burton from the Colorado Fertility Conference talk about the latest legislation in getting fertility covered by insurance. They also discuss how you can get involved and become an advocate in your state.
This interview with Amy Beckley from Proov Fertility teaches why progesterone is so important for your fertility, how to test your progesterone levels at home, and what progesterone does for you as a woman.
About Kate Potvin
Kate Potvin is a certified health coach that combines her training in health coaching, positive psychology, and yoga to offer holistic fertility coaching sessions, group workshops, and online programs. Her focus is on the mind-body connection and using that connection to create healthy body. As her site emphasizes, fertility is about more than just getting pregnant.
Treating Infertility with a Combination of Physical Therapy and AcupunctureIn this episode of Colorado Fertility Conference, September talks with Jan Mead, a physical therapist, an acupuncturist, and the owner of Sacred Pathways Integrated Health. Jan...
Listen as Dr. Chris Eddy from CJ Chiropractic talks fertility, nutrition, and hormone balance in the world of chiropractic. Even if you've been to a chiropractor you're sure to learn something new in this episode!
ELLEN TRACHMANOn this episode, September hosts Ellen Trachman and Jen White who co-own Colorado Surrogacy, Surrogacy agency in Colorado.The two women narrate how their agency started and how it works. They explain the process of getting a surrogate,...
EMBRYO ADOPTION SUMMARY In this episode September hosts Kimberly Tyson from Nightlight Embryo Adoption. She is the director of an embryo adoption program called Snowflakes embryo adoption program. Kimberly talks about embryo adoption, what it is and how it is done. She talks about how through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption program she is able to get embryos from couples who have extra embryos and place them with families who would like embryo adoption. She talks of the advantages of embryo adoption over the traditional adoption. She also narrates success stories of children born that have been made possible through her program. Kimberly breaks down the costs of adopting embryos and talks about the benefits of using her program for both the donor and the parties adopting. Lastly she lists her contacts and she is going to be attending the Colorado Springs Fertility Conference. SHOWNOTES 00:49 – Kimberly jokes that she thinks someone didn’t want her and September to talk that morning because they had problems with communications in the morning. 1:04 – Kimberly is the director of the Snowflakes embryo adoption program. 1:13 – Embryo adoption is when couples who have gone through in vitro fertilization to have a baby and they have had as many babies as they would like to but they still have embryos remaining in frozen storage donate them to another family for reproduction 2:18 - Snowflakes embryo adoption program helps that family with remaining embryos to select a family to gift those embryos to. 2:42 – Kimberly says that frozen embryo transfer cycle is not the same thing as an IVF cycle. 4:22 – Kimberly says that many of the families that are inquiring about the snowflakes embryo adoption program are actually families who have gone through in vitro fertilization themselves already but without success. 5:42 – The program is successful since they just celebrated the birth of the 640th baby through the program. 5:46 – Other families that go to Kimberly’s program are those that have their own biological problem but have had secondary infertility or those who have always wanted to adopt. 7:23 - The adopting families in the Snowflakes program need to complete an adoption home study, they build a family profile that the placing family is going to review. 9:08 – After the families match, they enter the contracts phase. The placing family is relinquishing all of their parental rights and responsibilities to the adopting family. 9:33 - The great thing about embryo adoption over a domestic adoption model is that you get to carry your baby, you experience pregnancy and childbirth. In every state in the United States, the woman who gives birth to the baby is the legal Mother of that baby, and her name will go on the birth certificate of the baby as well as the name of the man she is married to. 10:19 – Another fascinating thing about this kind of adoption is that since the adopting mother experiences pregnancy, her hormones naturally make breast milk and she is able to breastfeed her child. 11:52 – Kimberly says that at Snowflakes they get the embryos for adoption by attracting families who have remaining embryos to their program often through their fertility clinic. Perhaps their fertility clinic doesn't have an internal embryo donation program or if it does the family doesn’t like the anonymity of that program. 17:19 – Kimberly tells a story about a couple who had 3 biological children but chose to have their fourth child through Snowflakes embryo adoption program. The girl (embryo) of the couple had been frozen for ten years and unlike what people believe the babies suffer no defects from being frozen. 17:57 – It costs Snowflakes $2000 to bring in a family with embryos and they charge a fee of $8000 for the adoption program. The $8,000 includes the cost of shipping and coordination. It includes all of the human hands on process for matching. The $8,000 fee includes a lot of things in one of the best practices of adoption
In this episode, September talks with Dr. Paul C. Magarelli, a reproductive endocrinologist who had an unusual start in the fertility field. September and Dr. Magarelli talked about his organization, his unique philosophy and approach to treating infertility.
Ø Why only 1% of patients who need care actually get it
Ø How education decreases costs and increases quality in fertility care
Ø What led to Dr. Magarelli’s decision to use frozen vs live embryos in his treatment
Ø The reasoning behind Dr. Magarelli’s goal to help couples get “One Healthy Baby”
Key Questions Discussed in the Episode:
[0:40] How did Dr. Magarelli get into reproductive endocrinology?
[5:31] Why is Dr. Magarelli able to charger lower rates than the average for fertility treatments?
[9:35] Besides cost, what is another reason that many interested fertility patients don’t get the care they want?
[14:20} What about the side effects of the medicine women take while undergoing IVF?
[17:05} Why do you focus so much on education?
[21:26] What led to your decision to use frozen embryos for IVF?
[25:40] Why do you advise patients to deeply consider if they should have twins?
About Our Guest
Starting off in marine biology, Dr. Magarelli began his career with a dream of working with Jacque Cousteau. He ended up working for his son but realized that he wanted a career that would make a bigger impact than watching shrimp mate. He is a reproductive endocrinologist and the medical director of both High Quality Affordable Fertility campuses (Colorado Springs and Denver) and the co-creator of the CMAP Acupuncture protocol, which combines acupuncture with fertility treatments.
Links of Interest
High Quality Affordable Fertility Center
US Military Family Fertility Services
Don’t forget to check us out at the Colorado Springs Fertility Conference website for event tickets, additional resources, and inspiration!
In this episode, September talks with Lauren Hanna, 25-year experienced yoga instructor and creator of Sacred Fertility Yoga. Lauren shares why and how she developed the comprehensive yoga program and how yoga can be very beneficial to every aspect of...