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Who knew it could take more than two people to have a baby?! In a world where infertility is no longer a taboo topic this podcast will take you through all the different aspects of surrogacy and egg donation through the lens of many who walk this journey in different ways. It is our goal to help guide and support you as you learn about what it takes to be a part of this journey as well as hear inspiring and beautiful stories of how this path has changed lives forever! We can't wait for you to hear about just one more way happy families are created every day.

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Me, You, & Who?! Creating happy families via egg donation and surrogacy Egg Donor & Surrogate Solutions

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

Who knew it could take more than two people to have a baby?! In a world where infertility is no longer a taboo topic this podcast will take you through all the different aspects of surrogacy and egg donation through the lens of many who walk this journey in different ways. It is our goal to help guide and support you as you learn about what it takes to be a part of this journey as well as hear inspiring and beautiful stories of how this path has changed lives forever! We can't wait for you to hear about just one more way happy families are created every day.

Please click -->  Egg Donor & Surrogate Solutions [https://createahappyfamily.com/] to find out more!

    S2E14 - Who? Parents via Egg Donation

    S2E14 - Who? Parents via Egg Donation

    On today's episode, we get to hear the journeys of Liz and Brian, as well as of Brandon and Jake, as each couple navigated the path of egg donation to grow their families. They open up about their decision to pursue egg donation, sharing the emotional highs and lows they faced along the way. They each reflect on some of those pivotal moments, like the support they received throughout the process from their fertility clinic, from Egg Donor & Surrogate Solutions, and from their friends and family, as well as the process of choosing their perfect egg donor. Their stories are ones of resilience, love, and celebrating each success along the way.  

    Takeaways 

    -The decision to pursue egg donation can be a complex and emotional journey, requiring a blend of emotions and pragmatism.
    -Choosing an agency and an egg donor involves personal preferences and a sense of connection.
    -Having a supportive network, including the agency and other professionals, can provide guidance and advocacy throughout the process.
    -Clear communication and a supportive coordinator can help navigate setbacks and delays.
    -Investing in high-quality resources can greatly enhance the journey.
    -The egg donation process can bring couples closer and strengthen their relationship.
    -Connecting with a community of others going through similar experiences can provide valuable support.
    -Embracing different paths to parenthood and taking one step at a time can alleviate concerns and uncertainties.  

    Links 

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/createahappyfamily/
    TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@createahappyfamily  
    Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FXoqUgC2ao5jEr0lBnXRQ
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SurrogateSolutions/   
    Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/user83704977   
    Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/me-you-who-creating-happy-families-via-egg-donation/id1655017371   
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2qHPZay3shiMvbGb0EwBuO   
    Yelp - https://www.yelp.com/biz/egg-donor-and-surrogate-solutions-frisco-3   
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    • 45 min
    Who? Two Amazing Dads via Egg Donation & Surrogacy

    Who? Two Amazing Dads via Egg Donation & Surrogacy

    Join us in today's heartwarming episode as we sit down with dads Mike and Harold, who share their incredible journey of growing their family through surrogacy and egg donation. As a same-sex couple, they open up about the complexities they navigated, from medical challenges to the emotional and practical considerations they faced along the way.

    Mike and Harold highlight the invaluable support from Egg Donor & Surrogate Solutions, whose guidance was crucial throughout their journey. Despite numerous obstacles, their unwavering determination to become parents shines through. They talk about the importance of open communication, a strong support system, and carefully considering the long-term implications of their decisions regarding genetic material.

    Reflecting on their decade-long journey, Mike and Harold provide a wealth of insights for anyone embarking on a similar path. This episode is filled with resilience, humor, and above all, love. Don't miss this touching conversation with two incredible individuals who navigated the surrogacy process with grace and joy.

    Takeaways

    * Having a supportive agency can provide guidance and help navigate the complexities of the process.
    * The journey to parenthood may involve challenges and setbacks, but determination and support can keep you going.
    * Humorous and heartwarming moments make the journey worthwhile. Open and honest communication is crucial throughout the surrogacy journey.
    * Having a strong support system can help navigate the challenges and emotional rollercoaster of surrogacy.
    * Decisions regarding genetic material should be carefully considered and discussed between intended parents.

    Links

    Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/createahappyfamily/]

    Tiktok [https://www.tiktok.com/@createahappyfamily]

    Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/SurrogateSolutions/]

    YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FXoqUgC2ao5jEr0lBnXRQ]

    Vimeo [https://vimeo.com/user83704977]

    Apple Podcast [https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/me-you-who-creating-happy-families-via-egg-donation/id1655017371]

    Spotify

    Yelp [https://www.yelp.com/biz/egg-donor-and-surrogate-solutions-frisco-3]

    Pinterest [https://www.pinterest.com/eggdonorandsurrogatesolutions/]

    Google [https://g.page/r/CYj7Ap5NC5RKEB0/review]

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Who? The Dads via Egg Donation

    Who? The Dads via Egg Donation

    Father's Day is a special occasion, and to celebrate, we're shining a light on dads who became fathers through egg donation. In this episode, Brent and Scott share their heartfelt stories, highlighting the joys and challenges they faced along the way.

    Scott and his wife always knew egg donation would be part of their story, but even with that knowledge the journey was filled with emotional ups and downs. Brent and his wife turned to egg donation after many years of struggle. Hear from the perspective of Brent and Scott and how they navigated their unique paths, reflecting on the emotional highs and lows. Brent and Scott discuss the crucial support from their spouses and the importance of finding a community of people on similar journeys. Ultimately, they share the profound joy of finally growing their families.

    Join us in celebrating these inspiring fathers and their incredible journeys. Happy Father's Day to all you dads and future dads!



    Takeaways

    * The decision to pursue egg donation can be emotionally overwhelming, and it is important to have support from partners and loved ones.
    * Talking to children conceived through egg donation about their conception will be an ongoing conversation.
    * Navigating the process of egg donation involves making numerous decisions and dealing with a large amount of information, but having a clear plan and support can help alleviate some of the overwhelm.
    * Each individual's experience with egg donation is unique, and it is important to find a path that feels right for you and your family. Support is crucial throughout the egg donation process, both for the intended mother and the intended father.
    * It's important to prioritize what is truly important and not get caught up in minor details.
    * Educate yourself about the process and seek advice from others who have been through it.
    * The journey may have its challenges, but the joy of finally starting a family makes it all worth it.

    Links

    Instagram  [https://www.instagram.com/createahappyfamily/]

    TikTok [https://www.tiktok.com/@createahappyfamily]

    Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/SurrogateSolutions/]

    YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FXoqUgC2ao5jEr0lBnXRQ]

    Vimeo [https://vimeo.com/user83704977]

    Yelp [https://www.yelp.com/biz/egg-donor-and-surrogate-solutions-frisco-3]

    Pinterest [https://www.pinterest.com/eggdonorandsurrogatesolutions/]

    Google [https://g.page/r/CYj7Ap5NC5RKEB0/review]

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Who? A Reproductive Endocrinologist, Author & Founder of GayParentsToBe, Dr. Mark Leondires

    Who? A Reproductive Endocrinologist, Author & Founder of GayParentsToBe, Dr. Mark Leondires

    On today's episode, I had the privilege and honor to speak with Dr. Mark Leondires, the founder, medical director, and partner in reproductive endocrinology at Illume Fertility, with locations in Connecticut and New York. Dr. Leondires is an esteemed member of RESOLVE's Physician Council and ASRM's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force. In 2012, he founded GayParentsToBe.com, a resource advocating for the LGBTQIA+ family-building community, inspired by his own experience as a gay dad through egg donation and surrogacy.

    Dr. Leondires lives in Connecticut with his husband Greg, whom he married in 2010, and their two sons. His personal journey led him to create valuable resources and support for others. He co-authored the book "Building Your Family: The Complete Guide to Donor Conception" with Lisa Schuman, LCSW, highlighting his passion for all aspects of family building, beyond just the medical side.

    In our conversation, Dr. Leondires' dedication to representation, kindness, and humanity shines through. We discussed his extensive work and advocacy, making this episode a must-listen whether you are building your family through a third party or supporting someone who is. At Egg Donor & Surrogate Solutions, we stand by these values and are grateful to partner with voices like Dr. Mark Leondires. Please enjoy!

    Takeaways

    * LGBTQ+ family building has seen significant improvements, with more reproductive endocrinologists and surrogacy providers offering inclusive services.
    * Ways that Fertility clinics can prioritize LGBTQ+ competency and create an inclusive environment for patients.
    * The process of donor conception can be overwhelming, but breaking it down into manageable steps and seeking mental health support throughout the process can help navigate the journey.
    * Open and honest communication with children about their donor conception is essential for their future well-being. One way to navigate the emotional aspects of donor conception is by practicing age-appropriate storytelling and being open to discussing the donor with your child.
    * Seek reliable resources such as RESOLVE and reputable surrogacy and egg donor websites like Egg Donor & Surrogate Solutions for information and support is vital when trying to educate yourself.
    * Find a healthcare provider who offers personalized care and makes you feel valued and supported throughout the fertility journey.
    * Recognize the importance of kindness and gratitude in the fertility community.

    Links: 

    RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association [https://resolve.org/]

    Building Your Family: The Complete Guide to Donor Conception [https://www.amazon.com/Building-Your-Family-Complete-Conception-ebook/dp/B0BQGG4JY4]

    Gay Parents To Be [https://www.gayparentstobe.com/]

    Illume Fertility [https://www.illumefertility.com/]

    Instagram  [https://www.instagram.com/createahappyfamily/]

    TikTok [https://www.tiktok.com/@createahappyfamily]

    Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/SurrogateSolutions/]

    YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FXoqUgC2ao5jEr0lBnXRQ]

    Vimeo [https://vimeo.com/user83704977]

    Yelp [https://www.yelp.com/biz/egg-donor-and-surrogate-solutions-frisco-3]

    Pinterest [https://www.pinterest.com/eggdonorandsurrogatesolutions/]

    Google [https://g.page/r/CYj7Ap5NC5RKEB0/review]

    • 59 min
    Who? Third Party Reproductive Nurse, Lauren Brown, RN, BSN

    Who? Third Party Reproductive Nurse, Lauren Brown, RN, BSN

    May marks Nurse Appreciation Week, a special time to celebrate the incredible contributions of nurses. Our agency works with so many amazing nurses but in this episode, we are shining a spotlight on one extraordinary nurse: Lauren Brown, the Lead Third Party Coordinator at CCRM Houston.

    Lauren takes us through a typical day in her life as a third-party coordinator, detailing the steps involved in the process, discussing timelines, and offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the CCRM clinic which you can watch on YouTube channel. Her dedication to helping people build their families with the aid of amazing science and the generosity of others is truly inspiring.

    We are immensely grateful for Lauren and the third-party team at CCRM Houston, whose expertise and kindness profoundly impact many lives. Join us in celebrating Lauren and all the amazing nurses who make such a significant difference!

    Links:

    CCRM Fertility [https://www.ccrmivf.com/telehealth/?gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwu8uyBhC6ARIsAKwBGpRHRriFlYgcMkNqH4Fj0voDadNu-ZX8ydIWkceeMIhqxf-8N2B9wToaAjlZEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds]

    Instagram  [https://www.instagram.com/createahappyfamily/]

    TikTok [https://www.tiktok.com/@createahappyfamily]

    Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/SurrogateSolutions/]

    YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FXoqUgC2ao5jEr0lBnXRQ]

    Vimeo [https://vimeo.com/user83704977]

    Yelp [https://www.yelp.com/biz/egg-donor-and-surrogate-solutions-frisco-3]

    Pinterest [https://www.pinterest.com/eggdonorandsurrogatesolutions/]

    Google [https://g.page/r/CYj7Ap5NC5RKEB0/review]

    • 40 min
    Who?- An Intended Mother via Surrogacy and Everly's mama

    Who?- An Intended Mother via Surrogacy and Everly's mama

    It is the season of Mother's Day which is time of celebration, but can also be a hard day for many. To celebrate where ever you find yourself during this time we want to share some stories of hope and today's episode you will get to hear form Crystal, who's inspiring journey to motherhood is one of hope, resilience and pure joy! She candidly shares her poignant experiences with the loss of her daughter Everly and in the midst of that grief, her courageous decision to pursue surrogacy. Through heartfelt narratives, Crystal reveals the invaluable emotional support she received from therapists, support groups, and online communities and shares her journey with surrogacy and the numerous challenges they faced along the way. Despite encountering several setbacks, their perseverance led to a successful outcome, culminating in the joyous arrival of their baby girl and life long friendship. Reflecting on their extraordinary journey, the parents share invaluable advice for others who have gone through loss, are considering surrogacy, and offer a beacon of hope and guidance for those on similar paths.

    Takeaways

    · Grief support is crucial for navigating the loss of a child and the journey to motherhood. Therapy and support groups can provide comfort and guidance during difficult times.

    · The surrogacy process can be challenging and may involve multiple setbacks, but perseverance can lead to success.

    · Celebrating and honoring the lost child can bring healing and create meaningful traditions. The journey to a successful pregnancy can be filled with losses and setbacks, but it's important to remain hopeful and celebrate each milestone along the way.

    · Building a close relationship with the surrogate and her family can be a healing experience and create lifelong connections.

    · The delivery day can be filled with surprises and emotions, but having a supportive team and being prepared can make the experience more enjoyable.

    · Bonding with a baby born through surrogacy is just as strong

    · Reflecting on the journey and offering advice to others can help provide support and guidance to those considering surrogacy.

    Links

    The Morning [https://www.themorning.com/]

    Who? A 6X Egg Donor & Blake's Mom [https://open.spotify.com/episode/1vwaBiGBby7WE0AozKZASH?si=eda7066221fc4f5b]

     Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/createahappyfamily/]

    TikTok [https://www.tiktok.com/@createahappyfamily]

    Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/SurrogateSolutions/]

    YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FXoqUgC2ao5jEr0lBnXRQ]

    Vimeo [https://vimeo.com/user83704977]

    Yelp [https://www.yelp.com/biz/egg-donor-and-surrogate-solutions-frisco-3]

    Pinterest [https://www.pinterest.com/eggdonorandsurrogatesolutions/]

    Google [https://g.page/r/CYj7Ap5NC5RKEB0/review]

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

shanbarnes25 ,

Heartfelt and educational

I absolutely love this podcast, it’s so full of information and deep emotions, while maintaining levity and heartfelt stories. Whitney is a delight to listen to. My only complaint is that sometimes the audio from the guest speaker is quite garbled and I’m unable to understand some of what they’re saying

Kallie W. ,

Download now!

Whitney, the host, is so engaging and brings each story to life! All the episodes are extremely educational and unique. They go far beyond just Egg Donation and Surrogacy to get remarkable perspectives, take on “hot topics,” and provide supports for all aspects of family building. Check it out!

McFly Boos ,

Me, You, who?

This has been a fabulous tool to share with friends asking!! Don’t just take my word for it, come and listen here from the professionals!!

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