This is Infertility

There is nothing more fundamental to life than the urge to continue it. But while it may be the most natural thing in the world, childbirth is far from the easiest and no two fertility journeys are the same. For that reason, we are breaking from the typical podcast form. Each episode is hosted by a different voice who brings their own unique point of view to the complex and ever-changing world of infertility. Our hosts are licensed clinical social workers, patient care advocates, clinical psychiatrists, reproductive endocrinologists, real fertility patients, and others who are, in one way or another, experts in the world of fertility. We fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through this journey.

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.


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.


Dawn Davenport, Executive Director at Creating a Family

She’s 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 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

Track: Friends and Apples

Artist: Monplaisir
Track: Stage 1 Level 24

Track: I am the Coyote

Track: Brotherhood

Artist: Soft and Furious
Track: Melancholic Ending

Artist: Yan Terrien
Track: Fuzzy Lines

Artist: Mise Darling
Track: No One

Artist: Cellophane Sam
Track: Run Hound