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LaShaundra Seale is passionate about fertility issues, women's issues and adoption. She battled infertility for 12 years and went through several failed fertility treatments before adopting her son. This has given her some insight into reproductive technology options and the lack of health care insurance for infertility treatments.

LaShaundra loves to write. Her second book, Circle of Empty Arms, was published in 2009. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and a Masters in Public Administration.

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a blog by LaShaundra Seale, June 25, 2014

As technology progresses, it's supposed to make our lives easier and better. FaceTime gives us face-to-face contact with loved ones miles away. Paypal allows us to send money from our smartphone in a nanosecond. IVF and surrogacy make it possible for infertile or same sex couples to parent. Of course as time goes on, bigger, faster and better inventions are being created. So why do some people insist on keeping society in the dark ages? I mention this because some groups want to ban the use of surrogates.

A blog by LaShaundra Seale, May 1, 2014

In an age when we can choose to have someone clean our house, assist in raising our children, and do any task we don't care to do; is it going too far to hire a surrogate to carry a child, “just because” you can?

a blog by lashaundra, October 18, 2012

On a recent episode of CNBC’s show Til Debt Do Us Part,with Gail Vaz-Oxlade, a couple had two dilemmas. The first dilemma was they had a considerable amount of debt. The second dilemma was, they desperately wanted a baby, and were going to have to undergo IVF to try to have a child. Ms. Vaz-Oxlade is the host of the show, and she does a wonderful job of getting people to realize where they've gone wrong in creating a mountain of debt. Vaz-Oxlade uses a hard-nose approach to getting the participants on a budget and out of debt. I've watched several episodes. This is one of the few episodes, I adamantly disagreed with the host. The host failed to realize, undergoing IVF to have a child, was not in the same category as other debt related expenses. Paying for IVF is not like purchasing a boat, vacation, or other "wants". The yearning for a child is primal, a yearning that can't be denied. One where the potential parents will do anything within their power to have a baby.

a blog by lashaundra, September 20, 2012

Adoption is a wonderful journey many have chose to take. Adoptive parents are overjoyed to have the honor of adopting a child. Like most parents, adoptive parents are protective of their children. While open adoption is a wonderful aspect of adoption, all adoptions are not open. Some are semi-open, meaning there is limited contact between the birth family and adoptive families. While some adoptions in 2012 are closed. Where there is no contact or exchange of information between the birth family and adoptive family. It's a personal choice. Adoptive parents also have the concern of waiting until the time is right to share their child's birth story with their child. Some adoptive children always know they are adopted. Some adoptive parents may wait until the child is older and have "the talk" with them. While others may learn in different ways. There is no right and wrong way. It's whatever is best for the child and their family. Once the child is familiar with their birth story, it is up to him or her whether or not they share their story with friends, classmates, and acquaintances. It's just that, "their story," to cherish privately, or share with others.

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a blog by lashaundra, May 5, 2011

Like many Americans, I was glued to the TV as Prince William married Katherine Middleton. I was really happy for both of them.

A couple of days later I was reading a headline regarding the couple having children. I thought, "Can't they wait for the ink on the marriage certificate to dry first?!"