Day One: Saturday - January 12th, 2013
Beginner's Guide to Infertility:
What To Do When You Want To Get Pregnant but Can't
(Location: Olympic Room)
Are you trying to get pregnant and finding it more difficult than you thought? Are you considering going to see a fertility specialist to get an opinion? What should you expect and how can you come prepared? This session addresses the first steps to take, what you can expect and how you can get prepared when considering the maze of options and resources available to help you conceive. Holly Gregg, winner of the 2012 RESOLVE Hope Award for Blog of the Year, talks with leading fertility specialist Dr. Richard Marrs of California Fertility Partners, acupuncturist Denise Wiesner of Natural Healing and Acupuncture, and Dr. Liyun Li of Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, to help you make sense of the choices you have when starting out with the process of ART (assisted reproductive technology). This session is sponsored by Fertility Authority.
While flying solo into parenthood may not have been your first choice, is it the best choice in front of you right now? Fertility Planit Founder/CEO Karin Thayer moderates this session on the struggles, joys and shifting attitudes around single parenthood by choice, and looks at the practicalities of creating a child with a donor. She is joined by licensed psychotherapist and New York Times best-selling author Sarah Brokaw, cancer survivor and fellow single mother by choice Lisa Hochberg, and Scott Brown, Director of Client Experience and Communications at California Cryobank. This session is sponsored by Seattle Sperm Bank.
Fertility Preservation and Egg Freezing:
How Does It Work and Should I Do It?
(Location: Olympic Room)
Are you certain you want to a parent, just not right now? Or are you waiting to meet the right person to start your family with, or have a different reason to want to preserve and protect your current fertility level? Then you’ll want to hear this information-rich session lead by Eggsurance Founder/CEO Brigitte Adams. She is joined by Dr. Li Meng of California Fertility Partners, Fertile Action Founder/CEO Alice Crisci, Author and Life Coach Mei Mei Fox, and Dr. Philip Chenette of Pacific Fertility Center. This session is sponsored by Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco.
Adoption and Creating an Adoptive Family
(Location: Westside Room)
No matter how you create your family, it all leads to parenting. These three highly accomplished artists are all writers, thought leaders and personal friends who have chosen to become parents via adoption, rather than to have biological children. Dan Bucatinsky, Star of ABC’s Scandal and Author of Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? leads this conversation with acclaimed TV producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice) and leading LGBT activist, author and TV personality Dan Savage. This session is sponsored by Family Equality Council.