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Happy Valentine’s Day

Loving being a parent starts early, and moves from the imagination to the mind to the heart to one's child. ...
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Why fear of not focusing (FONF) is a problem

It's been said, what you focus on you get more of, but when you focus too intensely for too long ...
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Take a snapshot of difficulties in 2019 so you can move on to 2020 less fearful

As 2020 approaches, all of us here at the Center for Family Building have been reflecting on the wonderful experiences ...
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Where are you in the 5 stages of change?

As the winter approaches, it is natural to be reminded of the changes in season, and in life. The cooler ...
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getting on the same page with your partner

What to do when you and your partner are not on the same page

Partner A: I want to be hopeful. Partner B: I am afraid to be hopeful. Both points of view are ...
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Coming out with your struggle, no matter what it is

Carrie Underwood recently joined Gwyneth Paltrow, Andy Cohen, Pink, Courtney Cox, Jenna Wolfe, and other celebrities in bringing fertility treatment ...
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Making the Most out of the End of Summer

Many therapists and self-help gurus agree that taking steps to change your mood can help you feel more empowered and ...
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Family on a stroll in the woods.

Plan ahead: How to talk to friends and family about your journey

Families who have non-genetically related children regularly confront many issues. One of these issues concerns the curiosity that many people ...
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Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling…

When you are trying to build a family or care for your family, it’s likely that you have moments when ...
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Rework Your Resolution

Hello! The Center for Family Building wants to help you achieve your New Years Resolutions! Please watch this video to ...
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Why #LGBTQFamiliesDay Means So Very Much

For many years now, I have been advocating, supporting, educating and assisting LGBTQ couples and individuals to build the family ...
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Family Stories

Last weekend I had the privilege of running a program called “Family Stories” at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ...
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Discussing Weight vs Health with your Patients

A diagnosis of PCOS can cause a patient to accumulate unwanted pounds and not be in an ideal state to ...
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Getting Unplugged and Family Building

There is so much discussion in the media these days about excessive attachment to the internet and the importance of ...
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A Little Valentine’s Day Advice For People Waiting for Their Baby

Energy flows where your attention goes. But not in the way you may think. When you have a problem, your ...
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A weekly skype call may be good for you and your gestational carrier.

A weekly skype call may be good for you and your gestational carrier. I have been working in the field ...
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Emotions of Choosing an Egg Donor

FAIRFAX EGGBANK, December 20, 2017 Written by Lisa Schuman, LCSW, a seasoned mental health professional who leads The Center for ...
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Give the gift of time

Give the gift of time and your children are more likely to give you the gift of willingness. Time is ...
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The Holiday Season’s Biggest Grinch: Infertility

The holidays can be the happiest time of the year… or the saddest. According to the National Institutes of Health, ...
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Negotiate with your partner for a better family life

When you have children there are so many decisions to be made.  Do you feed on demand or on schedule, ...
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Having a guide can make the journey so much better.

This summer I took a hike with a guide in the Grand Canyon. I wanted to go on a guided ...
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Being Your Child’s Advocate: When “Just Try Harder” Doesn’t Work.

Despite the ever-widening public understanding and acceptance of emotional or learning differences, it is still difficult for parents to accept ...
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Choosing Non Genetic Parenthood

So, you want to find a donor or birthparent who possesses qualities you see in yourself, or perhaps even better? ...
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Egg freezing and mental health with psychotherapist Lisa Schuman

There’s good news about egg freezing. There has been a steady rise in the acceptance and excitement around using egg ...
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