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Krigel & Krigel, P.C.
Karen S. Rosenberg
4520 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Adoption and Beyond
16236 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66085
Kevin Kenney, PA
7301 Mission Rd,
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Reproductive Family Law Center
Christina Miller, Licensed Attorney in KS & MO
1222 W 70th Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
The University of Kansas Physicians Women’s Health Specialty Center – Overland ParkKU Advanced Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Courtney Marsh
Dr. Kristin Holoch
Dr. Michael Lydic
10777 Nall Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66211
Reproductive Resource Center – Overland Park
Dr. Celeste Brabec
Dr. William Phipps
12200 West 106th Street
Overland Park, KS 66215
Midwest Reproductive Center
Dr. Dan Gehlbach
20375 W. 151st St., Ste 403
Doctors Building 1
Olathe, Kansas 66061
The University of Kansas Physicians – Evaluates and Treats Male Fertility Issues
Dr. Ajay Nangia
2000 Olathe Blvd
Kansas City KS, 66160
Blue Sky Fertility
Dr. Ryan Riggs
6675 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64131
Krigel & Krigel, P.C.
Kevin Kenney, PA
Kevin W. Kenny
Adoption Option, Inc.
Adoption & Counseling Services For Families Inc
Kris Probasco | Adoption & Fertility Resources
Kris Probasco – Assisted Reproductive Technology & Adoption
Adoption & Beyond
Pathways To Parenthood
Kerry Christifano – M.A. LCPC
Tips from Liz Levy:
- Join a support group early. It’s so helpful to have other people to talk to that are going through the same (or similar) things and understand how you are feeling. They are also great people to bounce questions off of because most of them have been in your shoes already.
- If you don’t feel like going to your friend’s baby shower or baby’s first birthday party, it’s ok to not go. Your friends will understand that those types of events are going to be hard for you when you’re undergoing infertility treatments.
- Be careful who you tell the details of your infertility journey. Make sure you are ok with sharing both the positives and negatives. They also will probably want to be updated on what’s going on a lot and that can be exhausting after a while, especially if things aren’t going well. If you’re very open, consider making a Caring Bridge page or Facebook page for people to keep up with your journey so you don’t have to tell everyone the same thing all the time. Otherwise, just tell a select few people so you aren’t overwhelmed by questions and updates.
- Know what type of personality you need from your doctor and interview several before deciding on one. I really liked how my doctor was a little more gentle when it came to suggesting treatments and she would hold my hand and say “we’ll get through this together” whereas other people like a doctor that will lay everything out on the table and be very straight forward. Everyone is different.
- Ask LOTS of questions, even if you feel like you’re being annoying. It’s your right to know everything about your treatments, the possible effects of those treatments and what your other options might be. Write down questions you have before you meet with your doctor so you don’t forget anything.
- Make sure you feel comfortable with your treatment plan before starting anything. This is your body and your family and you have to do what is going to work for you, not your doctor.
- Infertility treatments are expensive. It’s ok to ask for help. There are also some great discount programs for medications- ask your pharmacy about them.
- As hard as it may be, try to keep a positive outlook. When I would get bad news, I would give myself one day to be upset and mope and then the next day I tried to think of what the next steps would be so we had something to look forward to again. Optimism goes a long way.
- Treatments are uncomfortable (some more so than others) so be prepared to not feel in control of your feelings, symptoms and your body in general. Be gentle with yourself- you’re doing the best you can!
- Communicate with your partner every step of the way. It’s really important that you are on the same page with your treatment plan. Also, it’s very important that your partner knows how you’re feeling so he/she can best support you.
Tips from a Priya Adoption Family:
- When they say it could be anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 years to be matched with a baby, it really could be anywhere on that time frame spectrum. It was really quick for us and we didn’t have 9 months to prepare.
- Adoption and the Jewish Family: Contemporary Perspectives by Shelley K. Rosenberg