We are a strong team of women working together to address bioethical issues that most profoundly affect our humanity. We exist to educate the public about these issues to protect our human future.
We will be welcoming back some of our most influential surrogates and donor conceived persons to share their first-hand experiences as not only donors but the result of someone’s choice to donate.
Our goal is as ever – to create conversation, facilitate discussion and encourage you to think beyond the masses.
Podcast #042 (S03): Joyce Harper
Today on Venus Rising I sit down with reproductive science research expert, author, academic and educator Joyce Harper, BSc, PhD. Currently Dr. Harper is Professor of Reproductive Science at University College London in the Institute for Women’s Health where she is Head of the Reproductive Science and Society Group. She is a Director of the Embryology and PGD Academy and founder of Global Women Connected. Dr. Harper has over 33 years of experience in the fields of fertility, genetics and reproductive science. In fact, she was finishing her PhD just nine years after Louise Brown was born! She has written over 200 scientific papers and published three books, her latest titled Your Fertile Years, What you need to know to make informed choices. Dr. Harper started her career as an embryologist, then moved into reproductive science and genetics, now she is researching fertility education, FemTech, and the social aspects of infertility treatment including donation and IVF add-ons. This is truly an episode you won’t want to miss! It’s not every day that you get to hear from a woman as passionate and knowledgeable as Dr. Harper on topics like women’s fertility, women’s health education, IVF and the marketing of IVF add-ons such as preimplantation genetic testing. Find out more about Dr. Joyce Harper at www.joyceharper.comFollow her on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @ProfJoyceHarperRead more about Global Women Connected: www.globalwomenconnected.comWatch this weeks episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/eqpoq6dB2zg
Podcast #041 (S03): Jennifer Block
Welcome back! Today I am thrilled to host award winning independent journalist and author, Jennifer Block. I have the opportunity to talk with Jennifer about women's health, gender, the conflict of interest found in medicine, and her newest book Everything Below The Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution (St. Martin's Press). You might have read her other publications in The BMJ, New York Times, Romper, Washington Post Magazine, The Baffler, and in many other outlets. Her first book, Pushed, led a wave of attention to the national crisis in maternity care and was named a "Best Book of 2007" by Kirkus Reviews. A reporter with Type Investigations, Block won several awards for her investigative reporting on the permanent contraceptive implant Essure, which has since been discontinued. You can find Jennifer and her work at Jenniferblock.com or on Twitter @wrtitingblock.
Podcast #040 (S03): Donovan Cleckley
Welcome back to another interesting episode of Venus Rising. This week I have the pleasure of chatting with a young freelance writer and literary scholar, Donovan Cleckley. Donovan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Montevallo and a Master of Arts in English from Tulane University. His research focuses on the relationship between women’s rights and gay rights, literature and sexual politics, and the social and political implications of transgenderism as an ideology, an industry, and an institution. Today, I talk with Donovan about the crossroads of his research and passion and the debate concerning the medical transitioning of children, which we also explore in our recent documentary Trans Mission: What's the Rush to Reassign Gender?You can learn more about his work at https://donovancleckley.com or join him in discussion by following him on Twitter.
Podcast #039 (S03): Jasmine Esmay
Today’s guest is Jasmine Esmay, a Registered Nurse Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics with over 20 years of frontline healthcare experience. Jasmine is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Jasmine believes that lifelong health and strong family relationships start with pregnancy and birth. Families today face almost insurmountable struggles when it comes to navigating the healthcare system, juggling the demands of a new baby with no paid parental leave, and the lack of postpartum and breastfeeding support. These struggles show in maternal and infant mortality rates, infant feeding outcomes, and increasing rates of postpartum depression. All things we discuss on today’s episode.Jasmine currently works to change birth culture by offering continuing education to healthcare providers through her consulting business “Tongass Lactation Consulting, LLC” and serving on the United States Lactation Association Advisory Board. She is the current President of The Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition. Join us as Kallie chats with Jasmine about the current state of maternal fetal healthcare and what can be done to help women and families succeed in a time where we clearly are failing women. Find Jasmine at www.tongasslactation.com. Find more about Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, whose work is referenced in the podcast, at https://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.comThis week’s episode is also available for viewing on our YouTube channel.
Podcast #038 (S03): Toni Bare
On today's episode of Venus Rising, I sit down with the fearless advocate, Toni Bare.In 2016 Toni agreed to be a gestational surrogate for a couple with hopes that she would make enough money to pay for her own fertility treatment. Toni’s experience as a surrogate mother was so horrific and harmful she has committed to publicly speaking out against surrogacy. Toni’s story is complex and painful, full of abuse, injustice, and personal trauma and I admire her strength as she shares it with me today. You can read more about Toni's story here:https://www.legalizesurrogacywhynot.com/toni-barre-story Join Toni by signing the Stop Surrogacy Now Petition: http://www.stopsurrogacynow.com/#sthash.MiyOBpDk.dpbs
Podcast #037 (S03): Update from Alyssia Wood
Hello and welcome back to Venus Rising Season THREE! I have so many wonderful guests lined up for this season, but before introducing someone new I decided to kick-off season three with someone you met last season, Alyssia Wood. I spoke with Alyssia about her experience as a surrogate mother in season 2, but only touched the tip of the iceberg. Today I talks more in-depth about Alyssia's experience as a surrogate mother and really focuses on her last pregnancy as a surrogate mother and what has transpired since the birth of that child and our last time speaking with Alyssia. Thank you for joining me!
Definitely worth a listen!
Kallie does a great job connecting with her guests and translating complicated issues
Really enjoy listening to the stories of other women in the space of infertility.
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I have learned so much from key speakers ( men and women who have suffered) about the abuse and use of women’s bodies for profit. I am shocked more Americans are not aware of Big Fertility in the US and the enormous profit made from egg donation, surrogacy, etc. All are PROFIT driven!!
Thank you for this podcast and getting the WORD OUT!!!!