Venus Rising

Kallie Fell

Venus Rising builds on the work of the Center for Bioethics and Culture in the space of fertility, infertility, high-tech baby making and women's reproductive health.

We sit down and chat with experts, authors, medical professionals, egg and sperm donors, as well as surrogates, and of course, women themselves, with their personal and often heart wrenching stories. Our guests include a wide-range of voices, even those we often have major disagreements with in the spirit of public conversation, robust discussion, education, and always, trying to challenge us all to think beyond the masses.

Episode 52: Podcast #052 (S03): JaidaEpisode 51: Podcast #051 (S03): RachelEpisode 50: Podcast #050 (S03): Kathleen StockEpisode 49: Podcast #049 (S03): Edward SauligEpisode 48: Podcast #048 (S03): Katy FranciscoEpisode 47: Podcast #047 (S03): Libby EmmonsEpisode 46: Podcast #046 (E03): LexiEpisode 45: Podcast #045 (S03): KimberlyEpisode 44: Podcast #044 (S03): Theresa MorrisEpisode 43: Podcast #043 (S03): Kara DanskyEpisode 42:  Podcast #042 (S03): Joyce Harper
Today on Venus Rising I sit down with reproductive science research expert, author, academic and educator Joyce Harper, BSc, PhD. Currently Dr. Harper is Professor of Reproductive Science at University College London in the Institute for Women’s Health where she is Head of the Reproductive Science and Society Group. She is a Director of the Embryology and PGD Academy and founder of Global Women Connected.  Dr. Harper has over 33 years of experience in the fields of fertility, genetics and reproductive science. In fact, she was finishing her PhD just nine years after Louise Brown was born! She has written over 200 scientific papers and published three books, her latest titled Your Fertile Years, What you need to know to make informed choices. Dr. Harper started her career as an embryologist, then moved into reproductive science and genetics, now she is researching fertility education, FemTech, and the social aspects of infertility treatment including donation and IVF add-ons. This is truly an episode you won’t want to miss! It’s not every day that you get to hear from a woman as passionate and knowledgeable as Dr. Harper on topics like women’s fertility, women’s health education, IVF and the marketing of IVF add-ons such as preimplantation genetic testing.   Find out more about Dr. Joyce Harper at www.joyceharper.comFollow her on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @ProfJoyceHarperRead more about Global Women Connected: www.globalwomenconnected.comWatch this weeks episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/eqpoq6dB2zg
Nov 16 2021
43 mins
Episode 41: Podcast #041 (S03): Jennifer BlockEpisode 40: Podcast #040 (S03): Donovan CleckleyEpisode 39: Podcast #039 (S03): Jasmine Esmay
Today’s guest is Jasmine Esmay, a Registered Nurse Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics with over 20 years of frontline healthcare experience. Jasmine is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Jasmine believes that lifelong health and strong family relationships start with pregnancy and birth. Families today face almost insurmountable struggles when it comes to navigating the healthcare system, juggling the demands of a new baby with no paid parental leave, and the lack of postpartum and breastfeeding support. These struggles show in maternal and infant mortality rates, infant feeding outcomes, and increasing rates of postpartum depression. All things we discuss on today’s episode.Jasmine currently works to change birth culture by offering continuing education to healthcare providers through her consulting business “Tongass Lactation Consulting, LLC” and serving on the United States Lactation Association Advisory Board. She is the current President of The Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition. Join us as Kallie chats with Jasmine about the current state of maternal fetal healthcare and what can be done to help women and families succeed in a time where we clearly are failing women. Find Jasmine at www.tongasslactation.com. Find more about Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, whose work is referenced in the podcast, at https://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.comThis week’s episode is also available for viewing on our YouTube channel.
Oct 6 2021
41 mins
Episode 38: Podcast #038 (S03): Toni BareEpisode 37: Podcast #037 (S03): Update from Alyssia WoodEpisode 36: Podcast #036: Brynne
Welcome back to this season’s final episode of Venus Rising. Today Kallie has a candid and informative talk with Brynne, one of the brave mothers featured in our newly released documentary “Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender”.At age 13, Brynne's daughter began suffering from "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria” (ROGD), a poorly understood phenomena currently affecting hundreds of thousands of girls worldwide. ROGD is characterized by a sudden and severe rejection of a person’s biological sex and corresponding body parts in favor of an identity aligning with the opposite sex.Brynne realized early on that the “experts” proposed solutions to her daughter’s dysphoria all seemed to lead down a pathway of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones with potentially irreversible consequences, and she worried her daughter might later regret these changes. She was surprised to discover that any questioning of this medical pathway is routinely met with hostility and aggression, so she stands bravely in the gap for parents and their children, insisting on asking important questions that are often forbidden discourse.Brynne advocates for radical self-acceptance of peoples’ whole healthy bodies, diverse personality expressions, and the elimination of harmful gender stereotypes. She works with nonprofits that seek to raise funds for public education in regards to the harms and abuse trans-identifying people and their families suffer in the medical and mental health community.Watch Trans Mission: What's the Rush to Reassign Gender on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rUeqEoARKOANeed to contact Brynne or join a Facebook support group? Email her at gendercriticalhumans@gmail.com
Jun 22 2021
55 mins
Episode 35: Podcast #035: Alyssia WoodEpisode 34: Podcast #034: Kelly Wilson, RNEpisode 33: Podcast #033: Dr. Susan Caldwell