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Ep 17 Part 2 | Broken Brown Egg at the Fertility Cafe: Personal Stories of Infertility in the African-American Community

Black women experience infertility at almost 2x the rate of our counterparts and yet we are least likely to seek treatment. In addition, many conditions that directly impact fertility, such as fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, and others disproportionately affect black women as well. The harmful stereotypical belief that black women are somehow more fertile, or that we don’t participate in foster care, adoption, or fertility treatments is yet another factor. Newsflash: We aren’t, and we do.

Together, Regina Townsend – founder of The Broken Brown Egg – and Eloise Drane are partnering to encourage other Black women to begin this very important dialogue of reproductive health and fertility.

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Ep 17 Part 1 | Broken Brown Egg at the Fertility Cafe: Personal Stories of Infertility in the African-American Community

Black women experience infertility at almost 2x the rate of our counterparts and yet we are least likely to seek treatment. In addition, many conditions that directly impact fertility, such as fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, and others disproportionately affect black women as well. The harmful stereotypical belief that black women are somehow more fertile, or that we don’t participate in foster care, adoption, or fertility treatments is yet another factor. Newsflash: We aren’t, and we do.

Together, Regina Townsend – founder of The Broken Brown Egg – and Eloise Drane are partnering to encourage other Black women to begin this very important dialogue of reproductive health and fertility.

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Ep 16 | Gaining Fertility Benefits and Insurance Coverage with Advocate Davina Fankhauser

Eloise talks fertility benefits and how to secure insurance coverage for your family building efforts with infertility advocate Davina Fankhauser of Fertility Within Reach.

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Ep 15 | Becoming an Egg Donor: Do You REALLY Understand the Donation Process?

This episode will inspire you and inform you so that you can move through this journey with confidence and make your egg donation journey a fulfilling one. Listen in as Eloise addresses some of the more commonly asked questions potential egg donors have and some of the less obvious ones which are equally as important, such as: What is your ‘why’ for becoming an egg donor? Are you ready for the psychological and emotional impact of egg donation? What are the potential pitfalls of egg donation? Will my future fertility be affected? How do you feel about the concept of limited anonymity in the age of rapid DNA testing?

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You CAN Do This! A Five-Time Gestational Surrogate Tells Her Story

You’ve been thinking about becoming a gestational surrogate for a while now. For months, maybe even years, you’ve thought about what it would be like to give someone the precious gift of motherhood or fatherhood. So what’s stopping you from pursing your calling? In this week’s episode, Eloise talks with 5-time surrogate Rebekah Hills about the highs and not-so-highs of surrogacy.

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Episode 13. Becoming a Surrogate: Do You REALLY Understand the Process?

Why is your BMI is so important when becoming a surrogate? Can I be a surrogate if I take an anti-depressant? Will I be disqualified because I receive food stamps or medicaid? In this episode, we focus on the more complicated and emotionally charged surrogacy topics specifically relevant to your journey to become a surrogate.

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