74 episodes

A podcast about fertility, family and genetics hosted by Jana Rupnow, LPC, a fertility, donor conception and adoption psychotherapist.

Three Makes Baby Podcast Jana M Rupnow, LPC

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

A podcast about fertility, family and genetics hosted by Jana Rupnow, LPC, a fertility, donor conception and adoption psychotherapist.

    Known Sperm Donation Program is Finally Available

    Known Sperm Donation Program is Finally Available

    The future of donor conception is here! This episode features my special guest Danielle of The Seed Scout. She shares her and her wife's path to parenthood, including the challenges they faced with sperm banks.

    Danielle and her wife's path to parenthood took them through the maze of sperm banks, encountering impersonal processes that left them feeling disconnected. Fueled by this experience, they opted for a known donor, taking control of their process and creating a better way for others. We explore their challenges, shedding light on the significance of openness in genetic origins and the importance of updated medical histories for donor-conceived individuals and their families.
    With a deep understanding of LGBTQ+ needs, Danielle shares invaluable insights into the legal complexities of parental rights in donor conception. She addresses potential parents' concerns about privacy. Sharing how known donors can enrich your family's story without intruding on your personal life. 
    The Seed Scout leverages their expertise to guide clients through every step of the process, ensuring a smooth and informed journey.  Connect with them on social media @theeseedscout

    • 50 min
    A Donor Conception Musical

    A Donor Conception Musical

    In this episode of Three Makes Baby, Jana Rupnow is joined by Erin Maya to explore the world of donor conception through the lens of Erin’s groundbreaking musical, The Complete Picture. Together, they delve into the complexities of donor conception, debunking myths and discussing its impact on identity.

    • 1 hr
    Overcoming Secrets

    Overcoming Secrets

    April 27, 2023 is International Donor Conception Awareness Day.
    Link to IDCAD2023: https://donorconceptionawarenessday.com/
    Link to educational courses for parents and CEUs for professionals
    CEUS: https://three-makes-baby-preparation-and-parenting.teachable.com/p/home
    Fertility challenges can cause intense feelings that make you want to withdraw and hide. It’s important to understand the difference between secrecy and privacy and how the shame of infertility may live on.
    Secrecy is when you actively withhold information from others, often out of fear or shame. This can be detrimental to your mental health and relationships as it creates a sense of isolation and can lead to feelings of guilt and shame. It takes a lot of effort and energy to maintain a secret, and the longer you keep it, the more it can weigh you down.
    On the other hand, privacy is when you choose to keep certain information to yourself or within a trusted circle. This can be a healthy way to protect your personal boundaries and maintain control over your own life. It’s important to remember that you have the right to privacy, and it’s okay to set boundaries around what you share with others.
    If you’re struggling with fertility challenges, it’s important to find a support system that you trust and feel comfortable opening up to. This could be a therapist, support group, or trusted friends and family members. By sharing your experiences and feelings with others, you can find a sense of community and support that can help you navigate this difficult time.
    While it’s important to protect your privacy, it’s also important to recognize when secrecy is doing more harm than good. By opening up and sharing your struggles with others, you can find the support and understanding you need to overcome fertility challenges and move forward with your life.
    #IDCAD2020 #movingtips secrecy #privacy #fertilitychallenges #mentalhealth #relationships #isolation #guilt #shame #personalboundaries #supportsystem #therapist

    • 10 min
    Anonymous Egg Donor Wants to Be Known

    Anonymous Egg Donor Wants to Be Known

    "Alot of times, donors are just viewed as genetic material." Melissa, an egg donor for two years, shares her experience with anonymous donation. Now that she has children she wonders what happened with her donations. She wonders if the kids are alright. She expresses her willingness to be open and connect with the recipient parents and children, while also respecting boundaries.
    If you'd like to learn more about how to prepare to connect, I've got some resources for you! Making Contact is a how-to guide to prepare for contact whether you are a donor, donor conceived person or recipient parent. Link for more: https://three-makes-baby-preparation-and-parenting1.teachable.com/p/making-contact

    • 43 min
    Recipient Parent and Her ”Unknown” Sperm Donor Meet

    Recipient Parent and Her ”Unknown” Sperm Donor Meet

    Ever wondered what it would be like to meet the donor you used to conceive? A recipient parent, Romi, and her previously unknown sperm donor, meet and share their experience with Jana Rupnow on this episode of Three Makes Baby.

    • 38 min
    Dave Berry: Re-making Identity after Discovering Hard Truths about your Biological Origins

    Dave Berry: Re-making Identity after Discovering Hard Truths about your Biological Origins

    Dave Berry, featured on Good Morning America and the New York Times, bravely shares a difficult discovery about his biological origins. His biological father was his mom's fertility doctor, who used his sperm without her consent to conceive him.

    There are some even darker details in this episode, as well as moments of once in a lifetime happiness. If you think it's rare for biological siblings in different families to bump into each other, you may be shocked by the story he tells about his sisters.

    Dave's resiliency and compassion to help others is truly inspiring. He is speaking out to create a safe space for fertility patients in all 50 states. Listen to this episode of @threemakesbaby on Apple podcasts or use the link in my bio. Watch for Dave's story to be featured in a future Dateline episode.


    #donorconceivedperson #dcp #dcpvoice

    #fertilityfraud #daveberry

    #BiologicalFather #Doctor #fertilitydoctor

    #Siblings #DNATest

    #DNADiscovery #LateDiscovery


    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

lowAMHjourney ,

Love this podcast

I love this podcast so much. It came at the perfect time for us, just as we were considering egg donor IVF as our route to parenthood. I really enjoy the variety of guests, from those experiencing infertility to those that have had success as well as experts and those who are donor conceived. Jana is an excellent host - sensitive to her guests and knowledgable about the subject area.

squiggletthepigglet ,

Great and much needed podcast

I highly recommend this series. Jana is knowledgable and gentle in her approach and opening up the world of donor conception with sensitivity and tact x

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