Infertility Part 2 – A Professional Overview

by Kathy Crissey, MS, LMHC Some common issues in working with infertility include but are not limited to the following: Isolation – everyone around you seems to be pregnant or has a baby. When you are struggling with infertility, it seems that all you notice are pregnant women and babies. Everyone seems to be able to become pregnant so easily – why not me? My siblings were all able to have children and being an aunt was wonderful, but watching family members become parents when I could not was less than easy. Resentment – why does it seem so easy for other people to become parents? What did I do

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Infertility – A Personal and Professional Overview Part 1

by Kathy Crissey, MS, LMHC In part 1 of a 2 part blog post, Kathy speaks to her own infertility journey and how it led her to the family she has now. Having been raised in a large family, I never expected anything less than to become a mother. Life, however, has a way of taking us down roads that are totally unexpected. My personal journey through infertility is unique in many ways, but the emotional toll of infertility is a shared experience. The one thing that kept me going throughout it all was my strong desire to parent a child as well as the stubborn side of my personality

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Russia Adoption

Historical Context of Russia Adoption Russia’s population of 142.9 million (2006) is in decline. Lower birth rates and higher death rates have reduced Russia’s population at a nearly 0.5% annual rate since the early 1990s. Russia is one of few countries with a declining population (although birth rates in many developed countries have dropped below the long-term population replacement). Population decline is particularly drastic in Russia due to higher death rates, especially among working-age males. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, traffic injuries, suicide, alcohol poisoning, and violence are major causes of death. In a June 2006 speech to the Russian National Security Council, President Putin declared that Russia is facing a demographic

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Making the Transition from Infertility to Adoption

by Joni S. Mantell, LCSW There are both emotional and practical aspects to deciding whether adoption is for you. As a psychotherapist with a specialty in infertility and adoption since 1993, I have found that for most people making the emotional decision to adopt is the hardest part of this journey. Once the emotional decision is made, you can learn the practical aspects of adoption more easily! Most people find that making the decision to adopt is a multi-layered experience and knowing when you are ready to begin isn’t always clear. Many people report a mixture of feelings like: Confusion – Considering adoption as a ‘second choice’ family building option

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Considering Adoption

Why adopt? To parent a child who needs a home brings much joy and meaning to everyone involved; it is one of the most important, far-reaching decisions an individual or couple will ever make. Some parents immediately know that they were meant to form a family via adoption, while other parents are more comfortable weighing options and gathering information before committing to the process. Adoption research makes for fully informed parents, and adoption preparation helps parents form realistic expectations. All parenting is a leap of faith, however, and at some point of readiness prospective parents simply open their hearts and take the plunge… Dealing with Infertility A large number of

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