Their Work in Their Own Words
Welcome to the stories of the professionals who make their living working with people/couples who want to start or grow their families.
These professionals also identify as being members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community themselves thus making it possible for them to have a first-hand awareness of the questions and the needs of the community.
It is our expectation that all of this will make this them and their work feel somewhat more relatable for you.
Azura Goodman - RN & IBCLC
Azura has worked in the realm of Public Health for the majority of her career to this point. Using the wisdom gleaned in that role she has expanded her work to include specializing in infant feeding and postpartum mood disorders so that her clients receive balanced care from her.
Laine Halpern Zisman - Queer Fertility Doula
The number of professional roles Laine works at on a daily basis is too long of a list to note. The foundation of all of the work that she does is to support and educate those looking to start and grow their respective families.
Lara Stewart Panko - Registered Social Worker & Hypnobirthing Childbirth Ed.
A Registered Social Worker and Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator in her professional roles, Lara shares about the birth work she does and the way that they have evolved to be the practitioner they are.
Nici Shipman - Surrogate
Parent of two children she birthed herself, Nici now co-operates a surrogacy company with the focus of helping to create families for those looking to become parents. Her knowledge about the process and the legal implications internationally is broad and insightful.
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Christina Alicea - Lead Medical Assistant/Third Party Egg Donor Coordinator
For many members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, having a baby without having a uterus means starting at the very beginning. Christina celebrates being able to work with IPs who need to start with an egg to fertilize so that a surrogate can carry.
18 - new in November
Morgan Sheridan - Financial Planner
Morgan has the experience of navigating the world of surrogacy to be able to become the proud father of twin girls so he is aware of the costs associated with family planning as a 2SLGBTQIA+ identifying person. This makes him an invaluable resource about how to save money for people wanting to start or grow their families.
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Finn Schubert - Writer, Speaker &
Public Health Researcher
Finn is passionate about helping 2SLGBTQIA+ families claim their personal narrative, knowledge, and authority throughout the family-building journey. In our conversation he weaves his lived personal experience through fertility and pregnancy with his acquired professional knowledge.