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Content Tagged: parenthood

Deadlocked: I’m ready for kids … and she’s not

My name is Eric and my wife’s name is Polly. We’ve been together 7 years, and tied the knot 5 years ago. We had the kid conversation early in our relationship. Polly said she absolutely wanted to have kids some day. I was certain that I wanted them too. Around our first year anniversary, I […]

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Triplets born after vasectomy reversal

Chad Doss had a vasectomy after having his children with his first wife. However, the marriage ended and when he met his second wife, Amanda, he realized that he wanted to have a baby with her to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother. Chad consulted his urologist, Dr. Samuel Thompson, who said that having […]

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I’m a 34 year old woman who was diagnosed 10 years ago with schizophrenia. I manage my mental illness with daily medication and therapy. Most days I generally feel fine. I am in a relationship with a wonderful and supportive man. We both want to have children but are concerned about how my illness might affect a child. Would I need to go off my medications if I’m pregnant? Would my meds affect the baby? Would my mental illness be transmitted to my child?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Beth Taylor, co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia.   Thank you for your question – it’s a good one!  Mental illness is not caused entirely by genes but having a family history does increase one’s risk of developing schizophrenia.  While 1% of people have schizophrenia, those who […]

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I just found out that I’m pregnant. I want to share the good news with my family and friends but I’m not sure how to tell my twin sister because she and her husband are desperate to have a baby, but haven’t been successful in getting pregnant after three IVF cycles. My sister and I had always dreamed that we’d have our children at the same time. How do I tell her that I’m pregnant?

Written by our mental health expert, Emily Koert, Ph.D. Candidate and Registered Clinical Counsellor.  Congratulations on your pregnancy! I can imagine that you want to celebrate this exciting news. But it sounds like that your joy is a little bittersweet, given your twin sister’s fertility struggles and your sadness that you won’t be able to […]

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