infertility Articles
A cautionary tale of two treatments--the roles of emotion and the scientific perspective in infertility treatment
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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Being a clinical psychologist, I am naturally drawn to thinking about emotions. They are the currency of my work; it almost always seems to me like it's a good idea to discuss them, understand them, and draw them out. And yet, when it comes to infertility treatment, both my profe... Read more
Putting Food By (aka~Nesting on Steroids)
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 by ddavanport
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Im not sure exactly what it is about canning, dehydrating, freezing or otherwise stocking the larder with a year round supply of food from our garden or the Farmers Market that is so enticing. It is a heck of a lot of work. It is incredibly messy and time consuming. It is, quite ... Read more
When she's pregnant and you're not: infertility, envy, and acceptance
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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One significant psychological challenge for those encountering infertility is dealing with the constant stream of pregnancies in the lives around them. Whether it is at work, with friends or family, or just walking down the street or through the mall, pregnancy is everywhere. Whe... Read more
Life’s Guarantees (Or Lack Thereof)
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 by ddavanport
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At the end of last weeks show on Raising a Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD, we received an email from someone who said she was considering adoption and was terrified of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FAS and that the information presented on the show had scared her even ... Read more
The negatives of positive thinking--denial, optimism, and pragmatism in infertility treatment
Thursday, September 16th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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One question I am frequently asked by clients in the process of infertility treatment is what sort of attitudes and expectations they should maintain about the outcome of their treatment. In my experience, it can be common for some infertility patients to maintain a very optimist... Read more
Anatomy of an Adoption Crisis
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 by ddavanport
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The journal Foreign Policy published an article on the closing of international adoptions from Vietnam Anatomy of an Adoption Crisis by E.J. Graff . In 2008, Graff wrote another article highly critical of international adoption titled The Lie We Love, also for Foreign Policy. Ana... Read more
The Problem with Parenting
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 by ddavanport
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The longer I parent, the less I know. I dont mean in the eyes of my teens, although that is certainly also true. My all knowing son helpfully advised me this week that Id be happier if I worried less. The alliterative irony that the sage was also the subject of my worry was appar... Read more
When you and your body are on the "outs": negative body feelings and infertility
Thursday, September 9th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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Infertility is, at its base, a medical condition. Whatever the cause, there is some part or parts of your body that aren't functioning as intended. Not only is this difficult from a pragmatic perspective, it is also difficult from a psychological one. Suddenly, you and your body ... Read more
Off and Running
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 by ddavanport
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The PBS show Point of View is showcasing three adoption themed documentaries for the first three Mondays in September. Last night they aired Off and Running by Nicole Opper. WOWwhat a film I loved it. The film follows Avery Klein-Cloud through her last years of high school. Avery... Read more
When your problems have problems--experiencing setbacks in infertility treatment
Friday, September 3rd, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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Experiencing setbacks, disappointments, and other obstacles is very common when undergoing infertility treatment. In an emotionally charged environment, such occurrences can cause a great deal of distress. Many times I have seen clients, who are already upset about their situatio... Read more
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