Jana Rupnow comes on the podcast to discuss her experiences with adoption and what lead her to a career in donor conception counseling. Jana, along with her twin brother, were adopted shortly after birth in the 1970s. Jana discusses how she always saw her adoption as a positive experience, and did not process the deeper emotions surrounding her adoption until she experienced secondary infertility, and the adoption of her daughter from China. We uncover her journey from adoptee to adoptive parent, and how experiencing her daughters grief lead to her processing her own grief surrounding adoption. Jana is a licensed therapist and through her work, saw a need for counseling with those considering donor conception. I encourage those who are interested in this topic to truly hear out what Jana has to say, and listen to our discussion on this issue. We do not discuss whether donor conception should be allowed, but the ethical issues that surround it. Many people today are turning to donor conception as a way to start a family, and at the same time, very little guidance is being given about what that could mean for their child. Jana tells us about the need to educate those taking this route, since the better educated people are, the better they are able to parent their donor conceived child. Donor conception is here, whether we agree with it or not, and educating those who wish to take that path is the best way to ensure it is being done in the most ethical way possible.
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