The Creation of Us (S2:E5) – Anatomy and Adoption

Becoming pregnant and giving birth are the two most celebrated moments for a couple starting a family. But what happens in between, especially for an LGBTQ couple? In this episode of The Creation Of Us, Heather and Christen take us on two important expert visits – one at the hospital for a full body scan of the baby and one to an attorney to review all of the legal requirements and protections that will allow them to become the family they want to be.


They start at Winthrop Hospital near their home in Westbury, Long Island. It's Week 21 of the pregnancy and time for the scheduled Anatomy Scan to verify that the baby is developing normally. "What I'm most excited for today is that we haven't seen the baby in about eight weeks," Christen noted. "I'm excited to hear the heartbeat again and to just be able to see how it's growing. I can't wait to be able to see it moving around and know that everything is all OK."

At this stage, an expert's eye can tell what the sex of the baby is. After the exam, the hospital team put their findings in a sealed envelope and gave it to them and now Heather and Christen have to battle their curiosity and not peek. They have a special moment planned for revealing this secret and it's going to be very hard not to sneak a look.

Their next stop is with an adoption attorney to make sure they understand all of the procedures and paperwork for Heather to adopt the baby and become a legally approved parent. They want to learn and understand their rights as an LGBTQ couple and avoid any issues that would to slow down the process or prevent them from achieving their goals.

"My fears on this entire adoption process are … is this going to work? … will this be approved? ," Heather admitted. "I know obviously that this is legal, but I'm just nervous for any bumps in the road." Christen wants to make sure they are clear about all of the protections recently passed laws provide as well as any possible hurdles that are not clear so that they can figure out how to get over them, together.

With the baby due in the fall, this may be the toughest part of their journey so far. See how Heather and Christen lean of each other as they navigate through the medical and legal realities of becoming parents in these complicated times.

Follow Heather on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/hlfazz/

Follow Christen on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/chrisssiee_/

To see more OnlyGood TV FAMILY videos, visit us at: http://bit.ly/OnlyGoodTVYTFAMILY


Welcome to OnlyGood.tv! (Formerly HooplaHa - Only Good News) - It's a Positivity Movement.

We at OnlyGood TV believe that positivity will change lives for the better. We strive to be the hopeful voice that recognizes people are good & out there doing good things for their communities and society at large. We tell the stories of the individuals and organizations that inspire and motivate us, and fuel the Positivity Movement.

Watch an exclusive collection of stories featuring PETS, FAMILY, WELLNESS, and COMMUNITY, including unique series and Live Specials that shine a spotlight on everyday people, making the world a better place. #OGTV

Visit us at: https://www.onlygood.tv/

Like us on OGTV's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/onlygood.tv

Like us on Hooplaha's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hooplaha/

Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onlygood.tv/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/onlygoodtv

Paralyzed Beauty CEO Still Fearless at 40 - Fearless Like Me (E2)

Very few of us are born fearless, but some ascend to that state from a seminal moment in their lives. In this episode of "Fearless Like Me", Francesco Clark recalls when he faced that moment, lying paralyzed in a hospital bed after a pool accident. "I was told by my surgeon that I would never talk, breath on my own, or move my arms ever again," he recalled. "I learned to become fearless at that moment when I felt my life had been robbed of who I was."

Keep reading... Show less

81-Year-Old Priest Revives Tough Boston Neighborhood

For the past 10 years Father Richard Conway has been a fixture on the streets of Dorchester, a tough neighborhood south of Boston which has seen its share of gang violence and upheaval. He doesn't wear a bulletproof vest or carry a weapon, but what he does have is much more powerful and meaningful to his community – a warmth and charisma that is building bridges between the residents, local government and the police to bring positive change to his troubled district.

Keep reading... Show less

Helping the “Unhoused” One Shower At A Time

What is universally despised in large, modern, metropolitan areas more than its public transportation, and in particular, the city bus? Slow, crowded, unpleasant – it mostly reminds us of lean times of struggle. However, a creative group of folks from San Francisco have come up with a brilliant idea that repurposes this inner city workhorse, converting it from a people mover to a mobile oasis where unhoused neighbors can seek comfort.

Keep reading... Show less

Brow Guru Beats Adversity Time and Again – The Ramy Gafni Story

Ramy Gafni did not start out with a burning desire to be in the beauty industry. While growing up in Queens, New York, his parents always encouraged him to choose his own path and find the thing that made him happy. Ramy thought that law school was where he would thrive but after a year he had doubts that this was his calling. On an impulse, he traveled to Australia to attend Beauty School and after the first day, he knew what his future would be.

Keep reading... Show less

A Sanctuary For Rescued Chimps

Some scientists spend their lifetimes in medical research in order to cure the world's most dangerous diseases. While we regularly celebrate their tireless work that saves thousands of lives around the world, we often forget about the animal subjects essential to this research, many of whom were bred for this role and spent their entire lifetime in lab cages. In 2014, an organization was founded by animal welfare advocates to address at least one aspect of this issue. Project Chimps was born with the mission to end the use of chimpanzees in medical research and to provide lifelong care to former research animals at its 236-acre forested sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.

Keep reading... Show less

Using Music and Art to Build Friendships on the Border

In a small, brightly decorated building only a stone's throw from the border wall between Mexico and the USA, 50 to 100 children a week come to do hands-on art projects, learn a musical instrument, or just socialize with others. In this special place, Director Gretchen Baer's mission is to show kids that anything is possible if you think creatively, no matter who you are or where you came from.

Nonprofit Studio Mariposa is a free transformative art center for kids in Naco, Mexico, along the Arizona border. For the past three years, kids come to the small studio once a week where Gretchen and her volunteers set up art projects and music lessons. The art projects include painting, making bracelets, mosaics and weaving on a loom.

Keep reading... Show less

Sharing Books and Building Communities Through Little Free Libraries

** To celebrate National Book Lovers Day (AUG 9), OGTV is re-sharing this story about an idea that has sparked the love of books for millions readers around the world. **

When Todd Bol's mother died in 2009, he wanted to honor her in a special way. She was a dedicated teacher and an avid reader, so Todd built a small model of a one room schoolhouse, filled it with books and put it in the front yard of his home in Hudson, Wisconsin. His neighbors loved what he'd done, so he kept doing it.

When Todd saw how much of a positive impact this had on his community, he decided to keep it going. Advocates in other towns picked up on the idea and Little Free Libraries began to expand across the country. There are now over 75,000 of them, in all 50 states, and even in 85 countries across the world.

Keep reading... Show less

Asperger Actor Finds His Audience! (With A Little Help From Mom)

Jodi Murphy is a marketing specialist, lifestyle journalist and out-of-the-box thinker who works daily to promote self-acceptance and understanding for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. She is also Mom to son Jonathan Murphy, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 13, but has gone on to become a Bay Area actor, a voice over artist, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter