Conception and Pregnancy





Fostering and Adoption

Adoption Knowledge Affiliates – for the Greater Austin-Area

Are you a birth parent, prospective or current adoptive parent or adoptive person looking for a place to share your fears and triumphs with others like you? If you answered yes, check out a not-for-profit organization called Adoption Knowledge Affiliates (AKA). It is a supportive network, as diverse as it is unique, that works to break barriers associated with adoption by providing its members with the most up-to-date information available. This is done through a selection of educational resources, on-going programming and emotional support.

This organization serves people touched by adoption and strives to foster a better understanding of the process by encouraging participation from birth families, adoptive parents and adopted children through shared experiences. It champions the work of professionals who are dedicated to educating and empowering its members with accurate information about their choices and the consequences attached to them. AKA also prides itself on supporting practices that promote honesty and correctly inform prospective and current members about issues and concerns surrounding adoption.








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Book Reviews


Review by Sharon Munroe, Co-founder of The Advanced Maternal Age Project

Robbie Davis-Floyd has a unique voice as a cultural anthropologist, midwife, educator, author and mother. Birth as an American Rite of Passage highlights the trends that continue: pregnant women are often considered patients and medical interventions in prenatal and maternity care is pervasive. Frequently obstetricians are trained with technocratic and not humanistic models. Many of us have witnessed this first hand, particularly if we were of Advanced Maternal Age, the sisterhood of women age 35 or better. We were labeled high risk following our pregnancy test and before understanding our complete personal health histories. (I write about my experience with this on our website.) For women of all ages, Ms. Davis-Floyd’s examples of electronic fetal monitoring in labor and laboring in a supine position, which are the hospital standards across much of the world, are truly impediments for the best birth for many women. She reminds us that caregivers’ attitudes and ideologies about childbirth have a direct outcome on the women they work with. Ms. Davis-Floyd adds important perspectives on how women are cared for in other countries, including throughout Latin America and Europe and the practice of midwives. Her book is compelling and should be required reading for caregivers and the women who seek to become mothers with their support.

  • Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster by Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW

    Review by Sharon Munroe, Co-founder of The Advanced Maternal Age Project

    What a rich resource! I discovered Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster two years after my experience with secondary infertility and am amazed at both the depth and quality of information that Iris Waicher shares with her audience. With over 30 years of clinical experience plus her personal experience of trying to conceive at age 45, she speaks to the top concerns that couples are facing and shares others’ stories and solutions. Chapter 12 of the book focuses on Building a Support Network, which is one of the biggest challenges we face when we have a fertility challenge since the topic is so sensitive and personal. Family and friends may or may not offer the kind of help we need. Support, encouragement and information are the keys to maintaining courage and achieving success. Iris’ expert voice and those of other experienced and compassionate professionals are vital to couples striving to bring a child into their families. I hope that others will find Iris’ book to be a valuable tool in their journey.


    Review by Sharon Munroe, Co-founder of The Advanced Maternal Age Project
    I found this 2001 book still very relevant in 2012. Written by one of the authors of the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves (one of the original books on women’s health that I read as a teenager coming of age), I found comfort in Nancy London’s content. Some of the topics covered such as honoring our choices to work full-time, part-time or to be full-time mothers, the fatigue of a daily schedule with young children, and our choices in becoming mothers on our own, through the help of a fertility specialist or through adoption are the same choices we still contemplate today. The Journey Book sections and ideas for support group discussions are inspiring and thoughtful. Thank you for being a pioneer again, Ms. London!