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Considering adoption as a family-building option

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in adoption, Blog, infertility, kerry christifano | 0 comments

The ongoing advancement of medical technology in the field of reproductive medicine offers you many options to consider when deciding how to fulfill your dream of expanding your family.  For those of you that decide to seek medical treatment, there are many factors to consider before taking action.  There is a plethora of information available to you so it is important that you have a fertility plan in place to help you in your decision-making process. Adoption may or may not be an option you are currently considering to build your family.   Whether you are currently considering adoption,...

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Words of wisdom from fertility nurse Brandi Oude Alink, part 2

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Blog, emotions, fertility, infertility | 0 comments

The following is the second of a two-part post from guest blogger Brandi Oude Alink, WHNP (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner).  Brandi is a nurse practitioner at Women’s Healthcare Specialists in Kansas City, MO and has worked with patients suffering from infertility for over 10 years.  Click here to read the first post if you missed it! ********* Have you ever wondered what the hardest part of my job is?  The hardest part of my job is not knowing the exact right thing to say at the exact right time. That’s it!  Straight from the source.  I walk a constant tightrope having...

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Words of wisdom from fertility nurse Brandi Oude Alink, part 1

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Blog, infertility | 0 comments

The following is the first of a two-part post from guest blogger Brandi Oude Alink, WHNP (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner).  Brandi is a nurse practitioner at Women’s Healthcare Specialists in Kansas City, MO and has worked with patients suffering from infertility for over 10 years. *********** First, let me say that I’ve been where you are. I’ve been through the years of trying, financial worries, marital headaches, torturous miscarriages, shots, procedures, and lots and lots and lots of tears. So maybe my perspective is not the same as every fertility nurse’s perspective,...

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The Reluctant Spouse/Partner

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Blog, couples, fertility, infertility | 0 comments

Several months ago, I wrote a post about the benefits of having a fertility plan for those that have been diagnosed with infertility.  In counseling sessions with my clients, the benefits are evident as I see how a fertility plan helps couples navigate through the difficult decision-making process of treatment and family-building options. In reflecting back to the post, and in recalling many past sessions with clients, there is one variable I have witnessed that can really make developing a fertility plan challenging for a couple.  It is reluctance on the part of one person to consider...

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Getting through the holidays

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Blog, couples, infertilty | 0 comments

The holidays are stressful for everyone, not just for individuals and couples that have been diagnosed with infertility and may be going through treatment for infertility.  However, the holiday season is a time frame that can be a land mine of opportunity for ramping up the already painful emotions that are part of the journey to build your family.  If you are reading this now, it is possible that what got you through last Thanksgiving and Christmas or Chanukah was the vision of a baby to celebrate the season with next year.  And here you are again…. First of all, my sympathies are with...

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Support From Family & Friends During Infertility Treatment

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

One of the many challenges people like you face when making decisions about family building options, or going through treatment is the type of “support” they receive from family and friends that know they are trying to have a baby.   Often, those that are closest unknowingly say and do things that are insensitive and hurtful.  They ask inappropriate questions, and often times give advice that is not wanted or helpful. There are many ways to respond to friends and loved ones when you feel hurt, sad, or angry because of something they have said or done.  You may avoid phone calls or...

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