Podcast Episode 25: The Secret World of Infertility

Podcast Episode 25: The Secret World of Infertility

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 25 of The New Family Podcast!

This episode’s guest shines some light into a world that we don’t hear that much about—the world of infertility and the industry that has sprung up around it. Therapist Erica Berman does fertility counselling for people who are seeking to become parents, as well as for the gestational carriers (often referred to as surrogates) who help their families come to be. In talking to Erica I’ve come to understand that Canada has become a medical tourism destination for would-be parents who come here from countries where all all forms of surrogacy are illegal.

Erica also shares about how her own difficult infertility journey led her to choose this area of therapy. Today she helps families of all kinds, including couples struggling with infertility, same-sex couples and single women embarking on parenthood with the help of a sperm donor. She explains some of the ignorant attitudes and crazy assumptions intended parents encounter on their journeys to start a family, and provides insight into what motivates women to give complete strangers such a tremendous gift by acting as gestational carriers.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Erica.

Erica’s 1,000 Families story

Erica’s website

Erica’s Fertility Counselling

Erica’s Work for Huffington Post

Online support group for people struggling with fertility issues

Erica’s Favourite Parenting Advice:
“Family form is not what determines a child’s emotional health and well-being. There’s still so much stigma for same-sex couples who want to have children and for single parents and for blended families—anything that doesn’t fit the ‘traditional family’ that we still think of. The reality is that none of that matters. It doesn’t matter who is raising a child. It doesn’t matter what their gender, what their sexual orientation. It doesn’t matter whether there’s a biological connection, whether the child was conceived with donors, adopted, none of that is relevant. What is relevant and most important to raising a child who’s emotionally healthy, is the quality of the relationships between the caregivers and the children.”

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by