This is Infertility is a bi-weekly podcast where we fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through a family building journey. Each episode dives into the emotional, physical, and financial burdens carried by those who experience infertility on their path to parenthood. Be it IVF, IUI, egg freezing, surrogacy, adoption, etc., the path is never the same and it can be long, painful, and lonely. It’s our mission to give those struggling a platform to be heard, a community connection, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the 1 in 8 who, for many reasons, struggle with infertility.

Episode 58: There’s More Than One Way to Create a Family

In today’s episode, we hear from Dawn Davenport, a leading expert in adoption, fostering, and infertility. Aside from being the Executive Director of Creating a Family, a national non-profit organization that educates and supports individuals trying to expand their family, Dawn is also the host of the top-rated radio show on adoption and infertility in the U.S. — Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility, Adoption, & Foster Care.

When Dawn began researching options for growing her family, she had a difficult time finding accurate, unbiased information online about the adoption process. Recognizing the need for a reliable source for learning about family expansion options, her online website eventually transformed into what Creating a Family is today, one of the leading providers of infertility and adoption education.

Dawn’s organization uses an unbiased approach and provides information that is both medically and emotionally accurate, so that individuals can make the decision that’s best for them, whether that means adopting, fostering or continuing their fertility journey. Their mission is to support people who are struggling to create a family, regardless of the circumstances. In this episode, we’ll learn about various types of adoption, embryo donation, and the different resources available to individuals and families.

Guest: Dawn Davenport, Executive Director at Creating a Family 

HostBrandi Guthrie, National Account Manager at Progyny 

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Host

Brandi Guthrie, National Account Manager at Progyny

As a National Account Manager, Brandi helps employers bring new life to their fertility benefits. Prior to this, she was a Provider Account Manager where she spent years working with the nation’s leading fertility doctors and clinics in the Progyny network. Her expansive background gives Brandi the perspective, experience, and understanding that she needs to help employers and their employees reach their goals of family.

Guests

Dawn Davenport, Executive Director at Creating a Family

Dawn is a leading expert in adoption, fostering, and infertility, and the host of the top-rated radio show on adoption and infertility in the US — Creating a Family: Talk about Adoption and Infertility. She is also the Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support organization.

Creating a Family has won awards for excellence from both the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. The radio show won the International Infertility in the Media award, which involved a trip to Rome to receive the award.

Dawn is the author of The Complete Book of International Adoption (Random House) and has published in national and regional publications, including Conceive Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today.

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Alpha Hydrae
Track: Keratine rust and a clear soul
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Track: Friends and Apples
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Artist: Monplaisir
Track: Stage 1 Level 24
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Track: I am the Coyote
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Track: Brotherhood
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Artist: Soft and Furious
Track: Melancholic Ending
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Artist: Yan Terrien
Track: Fuzzy Lines
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Artist: Mise Darling
Track: No One
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Artist: Cellophane Sam
Track: Run Hound
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