Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Superior success rates for the past decade. Have a baby from IVF or egg donation- or get your money back.
Advanced Reproductive Care Inc. (ARC) Making treatment affordable since 1998. Call 1-888-990-2727 - ask about ARC Refund Guarantee Program™ - get money back if no live birth occurs.
New England Fertility
20 Years of Fertility Expertise.
Large Egg Donor Registry and Bank. Internationally recognized IVF Program.
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Pens That Communicate
Now supplying IVF Clinics in the USAwith a Custom Color Liquid Sperm Pensfor IVF Marketing.
Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
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Every month in Connect, The AFA will feature a different list of supporters, professional members, and donors. This month, we'd like to thank the following:
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Fertility Physicians of Northern California
IVF Florida Reproductive Associates
Long Island IVF
Reproductive Biology Associates
Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte
Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York
Shady Grove Fertility Centers
The Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine of Weill Cornell Medical College
Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine
Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine
Fertility Specialists of Houston
Genetics & IVF Institute
Georgia Reproductive Specialists
IVF New Jersey
Law Offices of Julie M. Tavoso, LLC
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut
Advanced Fertility Care
Bethesda Fertility Center
Cardone Reproductive Medicine & Infertility
Center for Reproductive Health & Gynecology
CHA Fertility Center
Children's Home Society & Family Services
Conceptions Center for Ovum Donation
Cynthia Fruchtman, Esq.
Fertility & Surgical Associates of California
Fertility Treatment Center
Hawaii Surrogacy Center
IVF New Jersey
Jennifer Fairfax, Esq.
La Jolla IVF
Law Office of Catherine Tucker
Law Offices of Victoria T. Ferrara, PC
Nancy Boughey, M.S.W.
New York Fertility Services
Northwest Fertility Connection
Pacific Egg Donors, Inc.
Pacific Fertility Center
Pacific In Vitro Fertilization Institute
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Pennsylvania
Reproductive Resource Center of Greater Kansas City, P.A.
San Diego Fertility Center
Sperm Bank of California
Success Meds, LLC
The Center for Reproductive Medicine
The Surrogacy Center
Tiny Treasures Agency, LLC
Zavos Junker Law Group, PLLC
Hey Beach Bums!
I'm sitting here, listening to the rain outside my window. I have always loved summer rain. I remember one summer when I was a kid, savoring every indoor, rainy moment during a particularly hot August, spending all of my time holed up reading The Exorcist and losing myself in every page. But back to the present! This has been one of the hottest summers on record and I've spent more days at the beach than in many years past. I've fallen in love with my glare-free Kindle and take it with me whenever I go. I love the privacy of the Kindle experience; no one can tell if you're reading Harry Potter for the seventh time or a how-to book about infertility treatment.
No matter what your download, one thing's for sure. Indoors or out, nothing can amuse, educate or inform better than a book. And for people who are trying to build their families, books afford comprehensive, in-depth information as well as varying points of view on paths they might not have considered.
So make friends with your beach chair or curl up on the window seat with a cat in your lap. This issue of Connect is devoted to some of our favorite reads, reviewed with you in mind Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite beach bum read is too, we always love to hear from you.
Happy August everybody! And needless to say, happy reading. - The AFA Editor
Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate and Inspire
Author: Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW
Popular AFA blogger Iris Waichler has written a from-the heart, award winning book about coping with the infertility experience. What we love about this read is its guide book format, and optimistic tone. Detailed and comprehensive, Iris highlights the early day's whirlwind of diagnosis and treatment, the emotional aspects of moving onto third party reproduction and the heady experience of getting pregnant. Adoption, and raising children with or without siblings is given equal attention, as is the experience of being a menopausal mom. For people raising an only child, this is a must read. Click here to download.
Growing Up Black in White
Author: Kevin D. Hofmann
We dare you to put this one down. Adult adoptee Kevin Hofmann's searing account of his early life is simultaneously poignant, powerful and raw. Peppered with humor, Kevin's memoir tells the story of his adoption by and life with a white minister and his wife, who were already parents to three biological children. Hofmann, whose birth mother was white and birth father black, grew up in the racially-charged atmosphere of the 1960s in Detroit, Michigan. A natural-born story teller, he takes his readers through an intricately woven story about identity, abandonment, and love. For all individuals but especially those considering becoming a transracial family, Hofmann's words will enlighten, entertain, and educate. It's not yet available on kindle, but you can grab the book here.
the infertility workbook: A Mind-Body Program to Enhance Fertility, Reduce Stress, and Maintain Emotional Balance
Author: Barbara Blitzer, LCSW-C, MEd
More experience than book, the infertility workbook guides the user through mind-body exercises geared towards self-awareness, stress reduction, and communication with both self and partner. With a strong emphasis on strengthening relationships, Blitzer gently supports infertilitly patients to take charge of their health and fertility. Practical coping strategies plus information about the infertility journey are a plus. Click here to download.
Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big?
Author: Carolina Nadel
Beautifully illustrated Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big? is a must-have for parents interested in explaining the donor egg experience to their children. A charming tale about a family of elephants and a lady elephant who brings a special gift, the book is simultaneously emotional and lighthearted. Written in easy to understand language, Nadel's book is perfect for very young children, and is also available in a donor sperm version. You'll want this in hard copy, to read to your child over and over. Grab it here.
The AFA's Event Calendar
There are events taking place across the country to help educate and support you on your family building journey. Please take a look through our calendar to find classes, discussion groups, workshops and emotional support groups on infertility, adoption, third party reproduction and LGBT family building.
To learn about all of The AFA's support groups, including those for Mind/Body and Over 40 issues,click here.
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