Today’s bonus episode guest is Sarah Kowalski, who told her personal infertility story in Episode 123. In addition to being a single mother by choice, she is the founder and author of Motherhood Reimagined.
Sarah and Heather discuss navigating fertility treatments as a single woman:
- Before we get into today’s topic, can you give listeners an overview of your journey to motherhood?
NAVIGATING FERTILITY TREATMENTS
- It seems that being a single woman who wants to use a sperm donor to get pregnant ends up having to involve doctors a lot more quickly than someone who at least begins by trying to get pregnant the old-fashioned way. Can you explain what that’s like? Give us a mental and emotional picture.
- Do you recommend single listeners start with their OB/GYN or a RE, and why? What are the pros and cons of each?
- What should listeners take into consideration when it comes to choosing a sperm donor, and why?
- Do you think it was harder to make the choice to use an egg donor, since you were already needing to use a sperm donor because of a lack of a partner?
- When might other options like adoption come into the picture? What should listeners take into consideration when determining which path is right for them?
- Because you couldn’t conceive with your own eggs and were already planning to use a sperm donor because of a lack of a partner, did you consider any of these other options?
- Did you personally get any pushback about using both egg and sperm donors? And is this something listeners should prepare themselves for as a possibility?
- How can women who are facing fertility issues take care of themselves when they are going through treatments without a partner?
- What made you decide to start working with single women who are on the journey to single motherhood?
- What services do you provide to help single women facing fertility issues, and can you give us an idea of how much they cost?
- What words of hope would you offer to the single woman listening right now who’s either been thinking about pursuing motherhood on her own or has just started down that path?