Exploring Paths of Hope: 33rd Annual Infertility & Adoption Family Building Summit

Saturday, November 18, 2017
7:45AM – 5:15PM
Bloomington, MN

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Schedule of Events:

7:45AM – 8:30AM Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors
8:30AM – 9:30AM Welcoming Words & Keynote Speaker
9:45AM-4:30PM “The Professional Is In” – Various specialists provide consultations at 15-minute intervals. Must sign up day of conference – on a first come, first served basis.
9:45AM-11:00AM Breakout Session 1
11:15AM-12:30PM Breakout Session 2
12:30PM-1:15PM Lunch with Table-Talk Discussions
1:30PM-3:00PM Breakout Session 3
3:00PM Afternoon Snack
3:15PM-4:30PM Breakout Session 4
4:45PM-5:15PM Closing Remarks & Giveaway (must be present to win)

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Workshop Sessions and Speakers

We have an incredible line up of family-building professionals and people who have been there! Sessions are led by various experts in the family-building field including reproductive endocrinologists, mental health practitioners, attorneys, complementary medicine practitioners, adoption professionals and by individuals and couples who have built their family with the help of medical treatments, through adoption, or have chosen to live child-free.

You will be able to choose any combination of 4 workshops per person. Please note that all sessions, times, and speakers are subject to change.

1st Breakout Session (9:45AM-11:00AM)

Topic: Description: Session Speakers:
Infertility 101 Make sure you’ve covered all the possible bases. Female and male fertility work-up and how to be your own advocate. What to expect emotionally. This session is perfect for newly diagnosed patients and supporters of all patients.
  • Dr. David Clay, OB-GYN, Clinic Sofia
  • Dr. Meg Hopeman, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Center for Reproductive Medicine
  • Dr. Aaron Milbank, Urologist, Minnesota Urology
  • Dr. Jeanette Truchsess, PhD,
    Jeanette Truchsess PhD and Associates, Counseling and Consulting Services
Donor Egg/Donor Sperm Have you considered using donor egg, donor sperm as a resolution to your infertility? Explore these third-party options with experts and people who have built their family with donor egg or donor sperm. This session covers finding a donor, costs, the relevant laws, mental health considerations and more.
  • Debbie Fischer, MA, LAMFT, Partners in Healing of Minneapolis
  • DeNae Marquardt, RN, Center for Reproductive Medicine
  • Steve Snyder, Snyder Law Firm and International Assisted Reproduction Center
  • Individuals and/or couples who built their families using donor egg and/or donor sperm

 

Adoption Stories: Domestic Infant, MN Waiting Child, and International Hear real stories from those who’ve been there. This session provides info and insight from adoptive parents on domestic infant adoption, adoption from the MN Waiting Child program, and international adoption.
  • Adoptive parents who adopted domestically, through foster care, and/or internationally
Bonding and Attachment in Adoption Gain an understanding of how bonding and attachment happen in adoptive families, the similarities and differences with parenting by birth and by adoption, and the common fears about loving a child who was adopted.
  • Laura Jean, Adoption Medicine Clinic (AMC) at the University of Minnesota
  • Hal Kaufman, My Adoption Advisor
  • People who adopted will share their experience with bond and attachment
Taking Control of Your Path: Intentional Decision Making about Medical Treatment, Adoption, and Ending Treatment Are you at a fork in the road? When faced with infertility, you have three paths: build your family via medical treatment or adoption or end your quest to become parents. This session will help you pause and be intentional about which path or paths to take.
  • Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT, Partners in Healing of Minneapolis
  • Individuals/couples will share their journeys

 

2nd Breakout Session (11:15AM – 12:30PM)

Topic: Description: Session Speakers:
Guy Talk Going through infertility and/or considering adoption can feel very different for men versus women. This session is led by men who have been there. A safe place for guys to go and talk about anything!
  • Men who built their families via medical help and/or adoption.
IVF Overview: From Start to Finish Walk through an IVF cycle from the nurse’s and the patient’s perspective, learning how to plan your life around it, including both the typical process and how to manage the unexpected.
  • Sue Hemme, Center for Reproductive Medicine
  • Individuals and/or couples who have built their family via IVF
Domestic Adoption 101 Come hear about the full adoption process, things to consider, and the legal aspects from adoption professionals.
  • Gary Debele, Messerli & Kramer
  • Michelle Chalmers, Ampersand Families
  • Lynn Ricchio, Adoption Minnesota
Depression, Anxiety & Infertility: How Do I Get Through This? Are you afraid you will never be happy again? You’re not alone. This session will offer you hope and help through your journey.
  • Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT, Partners in Healing of Minneapolis
Single Parenting by Choice Panel Are you considering becoming a single parent by choice? Hear real stories from people who have been there. Panelists will share their journeys to becoming a parent via adoption and medical treatment.
  • Single women who built their family via medical treatment and/or adoption.
LGBTQ Family Building Panelists will share their expertise and personal stories of their family building via adoption and/or medical treatment using gestational carriers, donor egg, and/or donor sperm. They will share the unique challenges and joys of family building that affect the LGBTQ community.
  • Janine Stiles
  • Trisha Falvey
  • LGBTQ individuals and/or couples who built their family via medical treatment and/or adoption.

3rd Breakout Session (1:30PM – 3:00PM)

Topic: Description: Session Speakers:
ART/Cutting Edge Technology New infertility methods and technologies are constantly improving pregnancy rates where there is an initial infertility diagnosis. This session provides information about what’s new, how it works and what its effects are.
  • Dr. April Batcheller, Reproductive Endocrinologist, CCRM Minneapolis – Topic: TBA
  • Dr. Joshua Bodie, Urologist, University of Minnesota – Topic: Advanced Sperm Retrieval Options and Sperm Analysis Adjunct Tests
  • Dr. Randle Corfman, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Midwest Center for  Reproductive Health – Topic: A Critique of Cutting Edge ART Technologies…How Much Do You Need
  • Dr. Mark Damario, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Center for Reproductive Medicine – Topic: Update in Oocyte (Egg) Donation
  • Dr. Jani Jensen, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Reproductive Medicine & Infertility Associates – Topic: From egg to embryo – What happens in the lab during an IVF cycle
  • Dr. Chandra Shenoy, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Mayo Clinic – Topic: Embryo Mosaicism
Surrogacy and Gestational Carriers What is it like to have another person carry your child? What is it like for the gestational carrier? How do people make the decision to go this route? Hear from people who have been there. This session also covers finding a donor/carrier, working with agencies, costs, the relevant laws and more. Agency professionals, a mental health practitioner, parents and gestational carriers will share their expertise and personal stories in this session.
  • Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT, Partners in Healing of Minneapolis
  • Steve Snyder, Snyder Law Firm and International Assisted Reproductive Center
  • Delia Winter, The Surrogacy Center
  • Individual and/or couple who built their family using a gestational carrier
  • A woman who has helped others build their families as a gestational carrier
Keys to a Faster Domestic Adoption Come learn how to safely get a lot more exposure to potential birth parentsthrough personal outreach and working with multiple agencies and/or attorneys both inside and outside your state.
  • Nicole Witt, The Adoption Consultancy
  • Hal Kaufman, My Adoption Advisor
  • Adoptive parents with experience in personal outreach
International Adoption 101 This session provides an overview of the international adoption process from adoption professionals, as well as real-life stories from adopting parents who adopted internationally.
  • Deb Harder, Adoption Information Coordinator, Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
  • Adopting parents who built their family via international adoption
Working Well as a Couple Through Infertility/Family Building Gain insight into the dynamics and complexity of couple decision-making, learning how to weigh each other’s preferences and how to arrive at a decision that works for both partners.
  • Debbie Fischer, MA, LAMFT, Partners in Healing of Minneapolis
  • A couple who will share their struggles and successes

4th Breakout Session (3:15PM – 4:30PM)

Topic: Description: Session Speakers:
Letting Go of The Biological Dream: Moving on to New Dreams How to let go of the dream of a biological child and move on to resolve your infertility through adoption, third-party reproduction or choosing to live without parenting.
  • Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT, Partners in Healing of Minneapolis
  • Individual and/or couple who has ended their parent quest and is living child-free
  • Individual and/or couple who has build their family via adoption and/or donor options
Ask the Reproductive Endocrinologists Come and get answers from several reproductive endocrinologists.
  • Dr. April Batcheller, Reproductive Endocrinologist, CCRM Minneapolis
  • Dr. Colleen Casey, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Center for Reproductive Medicine
  • Dr. Phoebe Leonard, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Reproductive Medicine & Infertility Associates
  • Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Mayo Clinic
Embryo Donation Come hear from families who have used donor embryos to become parents. They will share their stories and will be open for questions. Experts in the field will offer guidance on issues to consider and best practices.
  • Steve Snyder, Snyder Law Firm and International Assisted Reproductive Center
  • Dr. Jeanette Truchsess, PhD, Jeanette Truchsess, PhD and Associates, Counseling and Consulting Services
  • Individuals and/or couples who built their family via donor options
  • Individuals and/or couples who donated their embryos
Birth Parents & Adoptive Parents: Open Adoption Panel This session is a must if you are considering domestic adoption. Listen to both birth parents and adoptive parents as they share their stories about the initial meeting, discussions about ongoing contact, what the hospital time was like, and how relationships continue to evolve.
  • Adopting parents who built families via domestic adoption
  • Birth parent(s) who made an adoption plan for their child
Holistic Options: Try Them Out! This session allows you to actually experience a few holistic options in a casual, supportive environment. Try out a few yoga poses, feel acupuncture through acupoints, participate in a needle demonstration, and experience techniques to help you cope.
  • Jennifer Colletti, Jennifer Colletti Yoga & Wellness
  • Nicole Lange, LicAc MAOM, Life Healing Life Acupuncture for Women’s Health & Fertility
  • Julie McCormick, L.Ac., Dipl O.M. (FABORM), Selby Acupuncture