For many couples who experience fertility challenges, adoption is often an option that's considered the next step. But is it right for everyone? And is it only an option if you fail to get pregnant with fertility treatment?
The answer to both is no.
On this episode I speak with Emylee Williams who shares her journey to motherhood through adoption, how they chose the route they did and whether they would do it again.
Emylee shares that her journey to parenthood began with not wanting children at first
How she discovered she had fertility challenges
Why Emylee saw a fertility specialist much later than most couples would
Why Emylee and her husband decided to forego fertility treatment including donor eggs, donor sperm and donor embryos
The question Emylee and her husband had to ask themselves before they agreed to pursue adoption
What scared them off when they tried adopting through the Department of Human Services
How she and her husband gained true clarity about whether (and how) they wanted to build a family
The difference between adoption through a private agency versus a nonprofit (and how Emylee and her husband made that choice)
What are "maybe babies" and how does it affect the adoption process?
Why "just adopt" is horrible advice because of how tumultuous the adoption journey is
The stories of repeated heartbreak while Emylee and her husband waited to be matched with their child
The moment Emylee met her daughter and the moment when her daughter really felt like Emylee's
Emylee's top 3 tips for couples who are choosing to adopt
You always have choices when it comes to growing your family. The path you’re on may not be the one you thought you’d be on, but it can still lead you to the family of your dreams.
Resources from the show...
What every couple needs to know about paternal age and fertility (Listen now)
The truth about fertility specialists and how they can help (Listen now)
Stress relief and decision-making support as you try to grow your family (Learn more)
Get your copy of Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy (Read Now)
You are going to get a child! (Tweet that!)
About the Guest
Emylee Williams is a creative entrepreneur, artist and adoptive mama. As the co-founder of Think Creative Collective she works exclusively with female creative entrepreneurs from all over the world helping them turn their hobbies into freaking profitable businesses. When she's not kicking butt online you can find her elbow deep in paints, cuddling her puppies or having dance parties with her baby girl.
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