Adoptive Families Blog

“Haven’t You Figured Out How to DO IT yet?” - My Infertility Story

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on November 3, 2016

As the eldest of five children, I grew up with three brothers and one sister. Starting when I was young, I loved to help my mom out in caring for them. Watching children felt natural to me, and I knew that when I grew up, I wanted to be a mom. I enjoyed collecting baby clothes and blankets, and kept them stored away for the child I would have one day.

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Topics: Infant adoption, Mardie Caldwell, Infertility, infertility to adoption,, adoption expert, fertility treatments, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell, failed fertility treatments

This Father’s Day, Remember the Fathers-to-Be

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 16, 2016

As with all family planning, it's common that the hopeful mom-to-be stands as the focus. Loved ones may be sensitive to women waiting for a child. Doctors assisting couples through pregnancy or infertility may focus on the mother-to-be. In adoption, there may be a tendency to direct materials and questions to the prospective adoptive mom. Even a birth mother may prefer to engage more with the adoptive mom, than with the adoptive father. When hoping, planning, and waiting for a child, it seems it's a woman's world.

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Topics: Infertility, Waiting to Adopt, Adopting a Baby, adoptive dads, Father's Day, adoptive fathers

Turning to Adoption

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on April 28, 2016

Knowing When to Move on from Fertility Treatments

Every year, National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is recognized in April. This year, the week is April 24-30. NIAW is a movement that was founded in 1989. The objective of NIAW is to increase awareness about infertility, and encourage the people to learn more about reproductive health.

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Topics: Mardie Caldwell, Infertility, infertility to adoption,

Dealing With Infertility Grief Before Adopting

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 12, 2016

Many times, adoptive parents have gone through multiple miscarriages before turning to adoption. Coming to terms with infertility is something that's very important for you to do before you bring your baby home through adoption.

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Topics: Infertility, infertility to adoption,

Adoption Webinar: Embracing Adoption After Infertility

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 22, 2015

Lifetime Adoption recently hosted an adoption webinar about how couples can effectively turn to adoption to start their family after a hard journey of infertility.

Hopeful adoptive parents will be encouraged and motivated hearing adoption expert and adoptive mom Mardie Caldwell share her testimony through miscarriage, infertility, and adoption.

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Mardie Caldwell, Infertility, adoption wait, infertility to adoption,

Lifetime Webinar: Embracing Adoption After Infertility

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 16, 2015

Please mark your calendars to join us this Wednesday for an adoption webinar that will cover a specific part of many adoptive couple's adoption journeys: infertility.

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Topics: Mardie Caldwell, Infertility, infertility to adoption,

Infertility to Adoption: Knowing When to Move Forward

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on October 15, 2015

When is the time right to move from infertility treatments to adoption? When will you feel ready emotionally? If infertility treatments just aren’t working, you must move forward with other ways of creating your forever family.

Through my personal experience and over 30 years of working with couples nationwide, I’ve made it my life's work to bless children needing forever adoptive parents. Here’s a question I often get asked:

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Topics: Infant adoption, Infertility, I want to adopt a baby, infertility to adoption,, adopt a baby

Resolving Fertility Issues

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on July 21, 2015

Sometimes I see people rush into adoption without taking the time to grieve the loss of the biological child they did not have. They risk sabotaging an adoption or, worse, treating the child they adopt as second best to the son or daughter they might have had biologically.

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Topics: Infertility, infertility to adoption,

MRKH Syndrome and Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 27, 2014

Did you watch Survivor this season?  If you did, you saw Jaclyn Schulz in the final three.  What you may not know is that she competed and won the title of Miss Michigan in 2013 and used the platform to educate the public about MRKH Syndrome, or Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome.

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Topics: Infertility

Adoption Q&A: Infertility to Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 15, 2014

This adoption question and answer was excerpted from Lifetime Adoption founder Mardie Caldwell’s book Called to Adoption. Mardie is both an adoption expert and an adoptive mother herself.

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Topics: Adoption, Infertility