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The Single Greatest Choice is a podcast about singleness, fertility, motherhood, and choice. This is a show for women who are grappling with what to do when life doesn't follow the love-marriage-baby carriage trajectory. It's about exploring the options when things don't seem to be turning out as we'd always planned. Most of all, is a place for women give and receive support as they grapple with these big topics - because what we decide to do with these years could be the single greatest cho ...
 
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In this episode, I mention a few courses I am working through in my final weeks of pregnancy. Here are links in case you are interested: The Real Deal Childbirth Education (local to Austin, but currently online via Zoom) The Positive Birth Company Hypnobirthing Digital Pack Better Birth Stories Online Hypnobirthing Course Austin Born Infant CPR + C…
 
Talitha is a successful, single woman in her 30s who has always known she wanted to be a mom. She took proactive steps in her early thirties to preserve her fertility, but now that she’s into her mid-thirties, she’s questioning what’s next. Should she freeze more eggs? Maybe embryos? Keep searching for that partner and a more traditional route to m…
 
Lindsay shares her story of choosing to pursue solo motherhood through the foster-to-adopt system in the Los Angeles area. Listen as she shares the ins and outs of the process, as well as her own thoughts and feelings about marriage, dating, solo parenting and more. Lindsay shares great tips and advice for anyone considering solo parenthood, whethe…
 
This week’s guest is Whitney Bischoff Angel, and egg freezing nurse specialist at Ova Egg Freezing in Chicago. Fertility preservation is her career path, but it is also quite personal. Whitney chose to freeze her own eggs back in 2013, and she used her experience on the reality TV series The Bachelor as a platform to bring awareness to issues of wo…
 
This week I had the opportunity to talk with Maggie, who learned she has a gene mutation that put her at significantly higher risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. So on top of dealing with the ticking of the biological clock that we all hear to a certain extent, Maggie had even more pressing biological matters to address on her path to motherho…
 
Heather is a single mom by chance to a preteen boy and a single mom by choice to a baby girl. In this episode, she shares the differences in those two experiences, as well as the joys and struggles of parenting solo. Heather is positive and real about her unconventional path to motherhood. You can find her on Instagram @momversuswild, and watch out…
 
Today I am doing something I've never done before and sharing an episode of another podcast with you. Kristy Katzmann, host of The Life Unscripted Podcast, generously invited me to be a guest on her new show. Together, we recap my journey to solo motherhood including going on over 50 first dates in order to meet my partner before deciding to embark…
 
Nora DeBora is a Preconception Health Coach, Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor who helps women prepare their bodies for pregnancy and have a healthy baby after age 30. Nora’s connection to the topics we discuss on the show is both personal and professional. While her signature coaching program, Holistic Pregnancy Prep, teaches women to natu…
 
Dr. Traci is a black, immigrant, queer single mother by choice, who came to the decision to parent alone after surviving an infertility diagnosis and pregnancy loss. She was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, where most of her family still lives. After moving to the United States for college and later, grad school, she’s made a life here as a ps…
 
Molly Hawkey is an actor, writer, comedian and host of the podcast SpermCast. In this episode, Katie and Molly talk about the decision to become single mothers by choice, our processes to become pregnant, and what it's been like to go through this experience publicly as podcast hosts. Molly is hilarious and open and has taught the SMC community so …
 
Kristy Katzmann is most recently the star of Fox's new reality show, Labor of Love, which highlights the journey of a woman who "has it all," except one thing... a family of her own. At 40 and single, Kristy began actively researching and planning to pursue motherhood on her own when the opportunity to be cast on a show (that was quite literally he…
 
In this episode, you'll hear about: how Mecca was blindsided by premature diminished ovarian reserve at age 36 choosing to create embryos with donor sperm for fertility preservation the importance of talking with a reproductive psychologist as part of your fertility treatment what to consider when choosing a donor how race considerations can impact…
 
In this episode, Katie referenced: The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo The Work of Byron Katie Christine Hassler Self Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff To learn more about working with me as your coach, visit www.singlegreatestchoice.com/coaching. I'd love to work with you!Katie Bryan
 
After the unexpected death of her husband, Shelle became a life and grief coach to support other women through loss. She also became a solo mom via donor conception. Join us as we talk about grief, donor selection, pregnancy, coaching, and much more. You can learn more about Shelle's coaching at www.shellelynncoaching.com and find her on Instagram …
 
Jess & Lauren and two friends living in South Florida. After years of navigating the dating world and concluding that "all the men were shit", the two friends decided to go to a sperm bank and create babies on the own. Now the friends each have a daughter and they are building houses next door to each other...sounds like a dream come true! You can …
 
In this episode, you will learn about: the importance of “building your village" how to create your “4th trimester” postpartum nesting plan preparing for the “5th trimester” as you reenter work and social life Kallista’s connection to the Single Greatest Choice community as an egg donor Katie and Kallista “rebrand” SMCs as “single mothers by intent…
 
In this episode, you will hear about: Alisha’s marriage and fertility journey in her early thirties the loss of Alisha’s first baby, Jeremy rebuilding life after loss considerations of donor conception Alisha’s experience with two rounds of IVF the hidden blessings of giving birth during a pandemic Alisha’s birth story post-partum tips for SMCs and…
 
In this episode, you’ll hear about: overcoming the “shame” of becoming an SMC how fertility preservation eventually led to conception of two daughters via IVF connecting with the choice mom community how Summer finally got clear on “pulling the trigger” to become an SMC the joys of motherhood the importance of building community and creating your t…
 
Instagram accounts to follow: Alishia McCullough @blackandembodied Ericka Hart @ihartericka Gloria Atanmo @glographics Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, FAE @fertilityfriday Myisha T. Hill @ckyourprivilege Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle Rachel Ricketts @iamrachelricketts Organizations that support Black women, mothers, and birth workers: Birth Workers of Color …
 
In this episode, you will hear about: how cervical cancer acted as a fertility wake-up call for Ravid what it's like to try to conceive via IVF in a new relationship how Ravid used data and mindset to find success after 5 rounds of IVF Ravid's experience of going through a breakup in the midst of fertility treatment pregnancy as an SMC fertility tr…
 
In this episode, you will hear: knowing when it's time to "pull the trigger" and become an SMC moving into confidence and empowerment benefits of single motherhood by choice benefits of PGS testing preparing your body for IVF mindset and single motherhood pregnancy and preparing for motherhood during a pandemic letting go of blaming our past, ourse…
 
In this episode, you will hear: considering single motherhood by choice discovering platonic coparenting and modamily.com how Sarah "dated" her coparent and decided to take the plunge the process of getting pregnant with a platonic coparent pregnancy and living arrangements for coparenting the pros and cons of platonic coparenting why you should po…
 
In this episode, you will hear: why Emma feels comfortable with and actually prefers the idea of single motherhood over a more "traditional" family structure family structure and the idea of "chosen family" trusting divine timing and being in the right energy to conceive are there ethical concerns with bringing a child into the world right now? car…
 
In this episode, you'll hear: how Michelle'e experience with acupuncture in her twenties led to her eventual career pivot combining acupuncture and hypnosis to treat both the body and the mind how to start paying attention to signals your body is giving about your own fertility, including tracking basal body temperature and other signs of ovulation…
 
In this episode, you'll hear about: how Brenda had to make a now-or-never choice about motherhood at age 37 the importance of having an SMC community why you should consider egg freezing why statistics don't always matter...and then we talk about a bunch of unverified statistics! using donor embryos adoption vs. pregnancy parenting donor conceived …
 
In this episode, you'll hear about: how Gloria decided she was ready to become a mom how connecting with other women through social media makes considering single motherhood easier how loss impacts the desire for motherhood how COVID-19 is affecting Gloria's TTC plans the process of choosing a donor thoughts about choosing a donor outside of your o…
 
In this episode, you'll hear about: deciding to become a single mother by choice the importance of creating strong community the process of choosing a donor how the corona virus has interrupted plans to TTC what Chelsea has learned that she wishes she'd known earlier the frustration of spending large amounts of money to get pregnant , while couples…
 
You'll hear Katie reference her fantastic reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Natalie Crawford. Dr. Crawford has a podcast and YouTube channel that provide incredible information for any woman, whether you are trying to conceive or not. Check out her website HERE. Learn more at www.singlegreatestchoice.com and @single_greatest_choice on Instagram.…
 
Referenced in this episode: EverlyWell At Home Ovarian Reserve Test (this is the one Katie used) EverlyWell Women's Fertility Test The Modern Fertility Test (this company also provides a TON of great research!) Learn more at www.singlegreatestchoice.com and @single_greatest_choice on Instagram.Katie Bryan
 
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