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Who knew making a baby could be so hard?! Luckily, the fertility journey isn’t meant to be traveled alone. So grab a seat and let’s talk fertility and alternative family building with leading industry expert Eloise Drane here at Fertility Café!

Fertility Café is here to support, encourage, and educate, anyone seeking to start or complete their family and the selfless women willing to help . This weekly podcast discusses all aspects of the fertility journey experience, emphasizing alternative family forming methods. Explore modern family building through IVF, surrogacy, and egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation . Whether you’re a straight couple, LGBTQIA+, single individual or anything in between, considering egg donation, thinking of becoming a surrogate, or dealing with infertility, you'll receive insider information.

Each week, join in-depth conversations that explore these methods from medical, legal, and financial standpoints. Learn how to empower yourselves when dealing with infertility and the unknowns of how to complete your family building. Gain understanding on how to become a surrogate or an egg donor and what you need to consider when you make your decision.

In addition to finding the best third-party providers and appropriate fertility solutions for you, learn about fertility awareness, the questions to ask and what steps you need to take to make the right decisions for you. There is so much information out there. How do you know what is fertility fact versus fiction. You’ll receive advice and tips on how to navigate the world of fertility options.

Listen to fertility experts and medical practitioners as they impart valuable wisdom about all kinds of issues related to your fertility to include unexplained infertility, fertility preservation, PCOS, and fibroids to name a few. Their professional guidance is your best bet in increasing the likelihood of getting pregnant without fearing for your health or breaking the bank.

This show is also for fertility professionals who want to widen their knowledge and expertise. By listening to fellow experts, discover brand-new information to share with your patients and improve your practice.

Host Eloise has helped hundreds of people build (and grow) their families over the last 20 years. She always speaks candidly about the processes involved in making the dream of a baby a reality right now. Eloise helps individuals become surrogates and egg donors through Family Inceptions, an agency she founded in 2008. She highlights the importance of ethical and transparent practices.

Above all, Eloise makes sure that young women who donate eggs or become surrogates are properly educated and empowered. Her reputation makes Eloise a top speaker and guest in many assisted reproduction technology events and shows. Her story and agency were even featured by OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Eloise is not only a guide to surrogates and donors; she has been an egg donor six times and a gestational surrogate three times. She is a happily married mother of five who spends most of her free time with family.

Failing to get pregnant should never lead to a life of regret, self-pity, and hopelessness. With egg donation, surrogacy, and medical advancements focused on fertility, your fight is far from over. You are not a lost cause. What you need is proper information, practical tips, and valuable insights on addressing your reproductive issues. Explore all this and more on the Fertility Café.

Listen to the podcast right now at https://familyinceptions.com/fertility-cafe

Fertility Cafe Eloise Drane

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Who knew making a baby could be so hard?! Luckily, the fertility journey isn’t meant to be traveled alone. So grab a seat and let’s talk fertility and alternative family building with leading industry expert Eloise Drane here at Fertility Café!

Fertility Café is here to support, encourage, and educate, anyone seeking to start or complete their family and the selfless women willing to help . This weekly podcast discusses all aspects of the fertility journey experience, emphasizing alternative family forming methods. Explore modern family building through IVF, surrogacy, and egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation . Whether you’re a straight couple, LGBTQIA+, single individual or anything in between, considering egg donation, thinking of becoming a surrogate, or dealing with infertility, you'll receive insider information.

Each week, join in-depth conversations that explore these methods from medical, legal, and financial standpoints. Learn how to empower yourselves when dealing with infertility and the unknowns of how to complete your family building. Gain understanding on how to become a surrogate or an egg donor and what you need to consider when you make your decision.

In addition to finding the best third-party providers and appropriate fertility solutions for you, learn about fertility awareness, the questions to ask and what steps you need to take to make the right decisions for you. There is so much information out there. How do you know what is fertility fact versus fiction. You’ll receive advice and tips on how to navigate the world of fertility options.

Listen to fertility experts and medical practitioners as they impart valuable wisdom about all kinds of issues related to your fertility to include unexplained infertility, fertility preservation, PCOS, and fibroids to name a few. Their professional guidance is your best bet in increasing the likelihood of getting pregnant without fearing for your health or breaking the bank.

This show is also for fertility professionals who want to widen their knowledge and expertise. By listening to fellow experts, discover brand-new information to share with your patients and improve your practice.

Host Eloise has helped hundreds of people build (and grow) their families over the last 20 years. She always speaks candidly about the processes involved in making the dream of a baby a reality right now. Eloise helps individuals become surrogates and egg donors through Family Inceptions, an agency she founded in 2008. She highlights the importance of ethical and transparent practices.

Above all, Eloise makes sure that young women who donate eggs or become surrogates are properly educated and empowered. Her reputation makes Eloise a top speaker and guest in many assisted reproduction technology events and shows. Her story and agency were even featured by OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Eloise is not only a guide to surrogates and donors; she has been an egg donor six times and a gestational surrogate three times. She is a happily married mother of five who spends most of her free time with family.

Failing to get pregnant should never lead to a life of regret, self-pity, and hopelessness. With egg donation, surrogacy, and medical advancements focused on fertility, your fight is far from over. You are not a lost cause. What you need is proper information, practical tips, and valuable insights on addressing your reproductive issues. Explore all this and more on the Fertility Café.

Listen to the podcast right now at https://familyinceptions.com/fertility-cafe

    Ep. 59 | Advocacy Groups: Highlighting Important Organizations

    Ep. 59 | Advocacy Groups: Highlighting Important Organizations

    Ep. 59 | Advocacy Groups: Highlighting Important Organizations
     
    There are so many charitable organizations out there, it can be hard to know which ones to turn to in times of need, or in times of abundance when you are looking to share your generosity. On today’s episode, Eloise highlights 12 non-profit organizations that are changing lives in the infertility, reproductive health, and trying-to-conceive community.
    From large-scale national organizations to more localized support groups and specialized advocacy groups, Eloise has firsthand knowledge and experience working with founders, members, beneficiaries, and other participants of each highlighted organization.
     
    Learn about the important work being done by:
    Fertility Within Reach, a national advocacy and education organization dedicated to making fertility treatments and care more accessible and affordable The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, a nonprofit that has helped more than 120 families with financial assistance for IVF, fertility care, adoption, and surrogacy expenses Support and advocacy groups specifically for Black woman and women of color facing infertility and/or reproductive health challenges. Highlighted organizations include the Broken Brown Egg, Endo Black, and Fertility for Colored Girls Groups like the Black Women’s Health Imperative and Black Mamas Matter Alliance who are leading the charge for equity in reproductive healthcare and effecting change at a legislative level Organizations for the LGBTQ+ community such as Family Equality Condition-specific support groups for women who suffer from uterine fibroids, PCOS, and endometriosis Organizations such as Sisters in Loss and Daughters of Hannah that help women, particularly women of color, cope with and heal from pregnancy and infant loss Resources Links to the organizations highlighted on todays episode:
    Fertility Within Reach: https://www.fertilitywithinreach.org/
    Tinina Q. Cade Foundation: https://cadefoundation.org/
    EM*Power Donation: https://empowerdonation.com
    The Broken Brown Egg: https://thebrokenbrownegg.org/
    The White Dress Project: https://www.thewhitedressproject.org/
    PCOS Challenge: https://www.pcoschallenge.org/
    Endo Black: https://www.endoblack.org/
    Black Women’s Health Initiative: https://bwhi.org/
    Fertility for Colored Girls: https://www.fertilityforcoloredgirls.org/
    Black Mamas Matter Alliance: https://blackmamasmatter.org/
    Family Equality: https://www.familyequality.org
    Sisters in Loss Foundation: https://sistersinloss.com/
    Our Miracle Child: https://ourmiraclechild.com/
    Daughters of Hannah: https://www.facebook.com/daughtersofhannah/
     
    Learn more about our podcast: Fertility Cafe
    Learn more about our surrogacy and egg donation agency: Family Inceptions
     
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    • 31 min
    Ep. 58 | Embryo Donation: From the Donor Perspective with Anna Flores Locke

    Ep. 58 | Embryo Donation: From the Donor Perspective with Anna Flores Locke

    Episode Summary 
    On this episode of Fertility Café, Eloise gets to talk to Anna Flores Locke about her experience with embryo donation and her journey of infertility as a Latina woman. Anna struggled for years with infertility in isolation and heartbreak, not knowing where to turn.
    Since her experience, thankfully, many changes have been made to provide women with counseling and support to assist them in the process of fertility treatment and embryo donation in particular. 
    We hope this conversation provides education, emotional support, and a sense of community for the women who are walking in her shoes and are feeling alone on their fertility journey.
     
    In this episode, Eloise and Anna talk about: 
    What it was like to experience infertility as a Latina woman and how her community responded to her story The grieving process that can happen during embryo donation Why proper education and counseling is so crucial to those going through an infertility journey The biggest takeaway Anna wants others who are experiencing infertility to know Resources
    Anna on Facebook
    Anna on Instagram
    Anna’s book Body Betrayal: Understanding and Living with Infertility is available on her website and on Amazon. https://www.charlandra.com/shop
    Learn more about our podcast: Fertility Cafe
    Learn more about our surrogacy and egg donation agency: Family Inceptions
    Learn more about independent surrogacy: Surrogacy Roadmap
    On the blog: Us Surrogacy Map
    On the blog: A Beginner’s Guide to Fertility Acronyms
      
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    Podcast Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 
    “Beautiful and heartfelt conversations around family building. Can’t wait to hear more!”

    • 50 min
    Ep. 57 | Unique Populations of Intended Parents: Single, LGBTQIA+, over 50, HIV+ parents

    Ep. 57 | Unique Populations of Intended Parents: Single, LGBTQIA+, over 50, HIV+ parents

    Ep. 57| Unique Populations of Intended Parents
     
    Families come in all shapes and sizes these days. The notion of a “traditional” family makeup with a mom, dad, and 2.2 children is becoming the exception rather than the rule. In today’s episode, host Eloise Drane takes a look at what it takes to navigate fertility when you don’t quite fit the mold of what society thinks a traditional family should look like.
    How can third-party reproduction help single intended parents? LGBTQ+ intended parents? Intended parents who are of an advanced age, 50 or older? HIV+ people who wish to become parents? Viable pathways exist for each of these unique populations, and today we’ll talk about the ins and outs of each. 
    Eloise covers topics such as: 
    Why more and more people are choosing single parenthood, and how donor eggs and sperm + third-party reproduction makes it possible Fertility and health insurance coverage discrimination - how the current system is stacked against single and LGTBQ+ people What to expect as an LGBTQ+ intended parent - from donor selection to surrogacy and beyond What fertility looks like for an intended parent age 50 or older - the biases and challenges they may encounter and how to overcome The unique challenges faced by intended parents living with HIV - a look into the incredible medical advances that exist today, allowing safe and healthy fertility journeys to occur Resources Learn more about our podcast: Fertility Cafe
    Learn more about our surrogacy and egg donation agency: Family Inceptions
    On the blog: Reciprocal IVF: Creating Families For LGBTQ Couples 
    On the blog: Egg Donors & Surrogates For LGBTQ Couples | Family Inceptions 
    Financial Resources: Fertility and Family Building Grants and Financial Assistance Programs 
    Advocacy Resources: 
    Men Having Babies Family Equality Gays With Kids Single Mothers by Choice Solo Parent Society RESOLVE   Rate, Review, and Subscribe!  We would be honored if you took the time to rate and review our podcast! And of course, don’t forget to hit that Subscribe button to have new episodes delivered straight to your feed!
     
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    • 41 min
    Ep. 54 | Disparities in Fertility Care for Minority Populations with Dr. Tia Jackson-Bey

    Ep. 54 | Disparities in Fertility Care for Minority Populations with Dr. Tia Jackson-Bey

    Ep. 54 | Disparities in Fertility Care for Minority Populations with Dr. Tia Jackson-Bey
     
    Episode Summary 
    In this episode of Fertility Café, Eloise gets to talk with Dr. Tia Jackson-Bey to discuss disparities in fertility care in minority populations. 
    There are particular barriers to caring for and noticeably poor treatment outcomes for black and brown women. We're highlighting health disparities that prevent family building through fertility, diagnostics, gynecological surgery, fertility preservation, egg, sperm, and embryo freezing, and infertility treatments like Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) for minorities. They'll be discussing the importance of reproductive justice and increasing access to fertility care for all.
     
    Guest Bio
    Dr. Tia Jackson-Bey is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who cares for patients at RMA of New York's Brooklyn office. Her professional interests include physician-patient education, IVF outcome improvement, global public health, and mentoring unrepresented college and medical students on careers in medicine. 
    Dr. Jackson-Bey is passionate about reproductive justice and increasing access to fertility care for all. She was recently appointed a member of the newly formed ASRM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force which will enhance opportunities and reproductive medicine for underrepresented minority populations and reduce health disparities in access to care. She is a talented surgeon and dedicated fertility expert who was focused on fertility preservation, IVF success, and great outcomes for her patients.
     
    In this episode, Eloise and Tia talk about: 
    The biggest barriers that certain communities face in regards to fertility care The importance of getting help and asking questions even early in your fertility journey How the US deals with health disparities compared to other countries Being able to find the right providers who will help you reach your goals


    Resources
    Follow Tia on Instagram
    Learn more about our podcast: Fertility Cafe
    Learn more about our surrogacy and egg donation agency: Family Inceptions
    Learn more about independent surrogacy: Surrogacy Roadmap
    On the blog: Us Surrogacy Map
    On the blog: A Beginner’s Guide to Fertility Acronyms
    On the podcast: Ep 35 | Infertility Epidemic

    • 37 min
    Ep. 53 | Aftermath of Infertility (PTSD)

    Ep. 53 | Aftermath of Infertility (PTSD)

    Ep.  53 | Aftermath of Infertility (PTSD)
     
    Episode Summary 
    In this episode of Fertility Café, Eloise focuses on infertility, pregnancy loss, and mental health issues like PTSD, anxiety, and postpartum depression. If you feel that any of these topics would contribute to negative feelings or upset, go ahead and skip this one. I know it’s a heavy topic right around the holidays, but I also feel strongly that through education and open discussion about these difficult topics, we can help provide comfort and support to those who need it.
     
    In this episode, Eloise talks about: 
    The phenomenon of “decision fatigue” and how it applies to the fertility journey How educating ourselves can help improve empathy towards others Why grieving is so common throughout a fertility journey The importance of destigmatizing being able to ask for help when you need it   
    Resources
    Learn more about our podcast: Fertility Cafe
    Learn more about our surrogacy and egg donation agency: Family Inceptions
    Learn more about independent surrogacy: Surrogacy Roadmap
    On the blog: Us Surrogacy Map
    On the blog: A Beginner’s Guide to Fertility Acronyms
    On the podcast: Ep 35 | Infertility Epidemic
     
     Rate, Review, and Subscribe! 
    We would be honored if you took the time to rate and review our podcast on iTunes! And of course, don’t forget to hit that Subscribe button to have new episodes delivered straight to your feed!
     
    Podcast Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 
    “Beautiful and heartfelt conversations around family building. Can’t wait to hear more!”

    • 42 min
    Ep. 52 | Fertility Journeys for Women with Demanding Careers with Dr Hala Sabry

    Ep. 52 | Fertility Journeys for Women with Demanding Careers with Dr Hala Sabry

    Ep.  52 | Fertility Journeys for Women with Demanding Careers with Dr. Hala Sabry
     Episode Summary 
    In this episode of Fertility Café, we get to talk about a topic with a very special guest: fertility journeys for women with demanding careers. Every fertility journey is a process of getting to know ourselves. A process where new fears, doubts, and unknowns pop up that we didn't know we had until now. The stress of wanting to grow a family while maintaining a career can add to the difficulty. That desire to build our family is there no matter our job, our gender identity, our economic status, or our fertility status. Our guest today has shared her IVF journey with the world in the hopes that others will see it as normal and know that they are not alone in this.
    Eloise talks with Hala Sabry who reminds us of that and to help us navigate the process as well as life, career, caring for small children during what is likely the most emotional time in our life. 
     
    Guest Bio
    Dr. Hala Sabry is a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine physician, the founder of Physician Moms Group (PMG), IVF patient and a super mom of five—with two sets of twins!
    Being a mother of five has given Hala a unique expertise and skill set to help other parents in the medical field. After years of infertility, she found that balancing motherhood and a career in medicine was challenging.
    She frequently fought through fear, negative self-talk, and a recurring desire to quit her job in medicine, and she knew other mothers and physicians must have experienced the same struggles. She attributes having a solid support system (PMG) and life coaching in helping her manage her thoughts and reaffirm her “why.”
     
    In this episode, Eloise and Hala talk about: 
    What it was like to secretly go through multiple rounds of IVF while balancing a demanding career Bosses, coworkers and patients passing judgement through her pregnancies Why we can’t take it personally when certain relationships end while we’re on this journey The importance of understanding and building a lasting legacy for yourself  
    Resources
    Learn more about Hala on her site: halasabry.com
    Learn more about our podcast: Fertility Cafe
    Learn more about our surrogacy and egg donation agency: Family Inceptions
    Learn more about independent surrogacy: Surrogacy Roadmap
    On the blog: Us Surrogacy Map
    On the blog: A Beginner’s Guide to Fertility Acronyms
    On the podcast: Ep 35 | Infertility Epidemic
      
    Rate, Review, and Subscribe! 
    We would be honored if you took the time to rate and review our podcast on iTunes! And of course, don’t forget to hit that Subscribe button to have new episodes delivered straight to your feed!
    Podcast Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 
    “Beautiful and heartfelt conversations around family building. Can’t wait to hear more!”

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Seli 2011 ,

So informative

Straight information and great perspective from all angles. Excellent podcast for everyone in the fertility world. Well done Eloise!

Rayray1182 ,

So informative!!

As a past surrogate, it’s wonderful listening to something that is so needed right now! So many people struggle with infertility and so many others want to help, but it’s incredibly difficult to find the information needed to move forward on either front. Eloise does such a beautiful job laying all the information out and providing resources to people on both sides of fertility issues- those struggling and those that want to help.

JesusMusicLover1 ,

Beautiful and much needed Podcast!

Thank you for shedding light on this topic of fertility Eloise and The Fertility Cafe team! You are a much needed advocate for Beautiful and heartfelt conversations around family building! Can’t wait to hear more.

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