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What Courses Offer

Exercises to help you emotionally prepare you to parent a child conceived through egg, sperm, or embryo donation.

Exercises to help overcome your fears so you can confidently communicate about donor conception with your child.

Word tracks and phrases on how to talk about donor conception with your child depending on their age.

Suggestions on how to talk about donor conception with family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers.

PDF of Three Makes Baby Workbook ($12.99 value)

Courses Cover These Common Topics

Fostering open dialogue

Learning your future child's perspective

Healing yourself to allow space for your child's emotions

Course Curriculum

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  Module 1: Determine Your Stage of Readiness
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  Module 2: Identify Your Concerns
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  Module 3: Child's Feelings
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  Module 4: Parent Legitimacy
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  Module 5: Social Differences
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  Module 6: Family Cultural Differences
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  Module 7: How to Talk about Donor Conception
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I’m Jana Rupnow.

Licensed Professional Counselor, Consultant and Author of Three Makes Baby.

After seeing countless in my office who have made the decision to use a donor and are searching for more information on donor conception, I knew more structure was need to prepare them. I developed concepts, teaching tool and exercises based on decades of professional observation.

This course offers strategies and exercises to help you build confidence as a future parent or parent of a donor conceived child. From feeling worried about connecting or wondering how being genetically different from your child will feel, this course will address it.

I designed this course in accordance with the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines.

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Three Makes Baby Book

DO YOU KNOW—Most Common Concerns Intended Parents Have about Donor Conception?

Millions of people dream of having a baby but struggle for years with infertility or seek other unconventional ways to build a family. In an era of new options in reproductive medicine, many couples are using a third person’s egg, sperm, or embryo to conceive. Having a child with another person’s genetics is complex. Couples have concerns about how donor conception will affect their future family life, especially their child. Confusion and fear can leave parents feeling unequipped on this path to parenthood. Shame and unresolved grief about infertility create silence around a controversial topic that needs a voice. Secrets can hurt a family.

A fertility counselor addresses your urgent questions:

Why should we tell our child we’re not genetically related?

How do we tell our child about donor conception?

And when is the best time?

What if my child is upset?

What if I don’t feel like the real parent?

Will others treat our family differently?

Should we keep the donor a secret?

You can learn to overcome fears that make you want to keep a secret—yet maintain your family’s privacy. This book offers education and awareness so parents can guide their donor-conceived children through various stages of development with age-appropriate conversations.

Three Makes Baby Workbook

Prepare to Use a Donor Three Makes Baby Workbook is the companion workbook to Three Makes Baby-How to Parent Your Donor-Conceived Child.

This workbook is designed to help readers work through Rupnow’s “Five Common Fears About Donor Conception”. Drawing on a more than a decade of professional experience with couples, Rupnow created twenty simple exercises to offer readers a way to identify their current attitudes, thoughts and feelings as they contemplate donor conception.

In this accessible workbook, self-tests, pointed questions, and journaling will help readers learn to apply the concepts outlined in Three Makes Baby-How to Parent Your Donor-Conceived Child. Brand new to this working edition is an illustration of the Carlile Grief Model (New Dream/Old Dream) and Thirty Questions to Ask Your Donor Program to be a more informed participant in the donation process. A bonus exercise written for the kids, uses game analogies to teach children how to respond to challenging questions from their peers.

Whether worried about your child’s feelings, being the legitimate parent, or coping with social differences, this book offers a practical way to cope with the confusing thoughts and emotions that arise on the path to growing your family in a non-traditional way. The twenty exercises were written to give the reader clarity and help couples communicate about their specific concerns, feeling more empowered to make the best decisions for their family.

Fertility psychotherapist, Jana Rupnow, interviews parents, donor conceived individuals and professionals about the challenges and dilemmas of assisted reproductive technology baby-making and the expect-able tensions between positive and negative feelings that come along the way when, instead of baby makes three; three makes baby.

Upon Completion You Will:

Meet your doctor's education requirements.

Receive a certificate of course completion to provide your doctor's office.

Professional CEU upon completion