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About Jana Rupnow, Founder of Three Makes Baby and International Donor Conception Awareness Day

Three Makes Baby AuthorJana M. Rupnow, LPC is a internationally recognized fertility mental health expert and author of the best selling book Three Makes Baby How to Parent Your Donor-Conceived Child and the Three Makes Baby Workbook.

Rupnow’s work, includes Three Makes Baby Podcast which encourages communication between donor conceived parents and donor conceived adults to raise awareness of the inherent challenges donor conceived families may face across the lifespan. You can listen to over 70 episodes of interviews with donor conceived adults, recipient parents, parents on the journey to use a donor and experts on your favorite podcast platform or here.

Jana Rupnow is a licensed counselor and consultant available via Zoom. Request an appointment with Jana

Professional and Education

Jana is a licensed professional counselor and consultant and has helped thousands of people facing the psychological and social challenges of infertility as well as those preparing for third-party family building and adoption.She received a bachelor of science from Texas A&M University and a master of arts, in professional counseling from Amber University. She specializes in fertility and family building with an emphasis on non-traditional family building.

Jana's best-selling book, Three Makes Baby-How to Parent Your Donor-Conceived Child, introduced the field to the “five common fears” that parents-to-be face as they contemplate having a non-biological child. Thousands of readers around the world have trusted her work because Jana knows what it’s like to be in a non-biological family, as an adoptee and adoptive mom.

Jana also knows what it's like to experience infertility. She and her husband had secondary infertility and adopted their daughter from China. Since then Jana has helped thousands of people during their path to pregnancy, especially those preparing to grow their family in non-traditional ways. Working as an independent, Rupnow has fostered relationships with endocrinologists, agencies and fertility specialists across the United States.

For consultation, counseling, training for professionals, or a speaking engagement, email [email protected] or request an appointment online. Follow JanaRupnowLPC on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for up-to-date content and the latest news. Jana also has developed various parenting resources for non-traditional families.

Parent resources include Jana's digital courses.

Level 1: Preparing to Tell
Level 2: Parenting with Confidence

A Note from Jana about Third Party Reproduction Counseling

"Third-party reproduction counseling is a vital step in the process, and many fertility doctors throughout the country refer their patients to me. Your doctor prepares you for the medical process, and I help you with your family’s psychological, emotional and social needs across the lifespan. Donor conception is a decision that impacts the rest of your life, and you will just scrape the surface in the doctor’s office. I have seen countless people in my office who are contemplating or preparing to use a donor and are searching for more information on this complex issue. I wrote and published, Three Makes Baby, as a guide for intended parents to emotionally prepare for the process. The second half of the book is dedicated to talking to your child at different stages of development."

Rupnow's theraputic techniques: cognitive behavioral techniques, NLP, dialectical behavioral therapy, person-centered, solution-focused therapy, crisis intervention, mindfulness, relaxation methods, psycho-educational, didactic work, Gestalt, psychoanalytic therapy, EFT and emotional REMAP.

Rupnow's Additional Publications: (2001) Leap for Life Book Leap for Life: A Guide to Heart Disease Prevention and Maintenance. Acorn Press, Lancaster, Pa., (April 2001). Leap for Life: innovative patient education to optimize outcomes among patients with cardiovascular disease. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent).; 14(2):179-82; discussion 182., 2003 Mar-Apr), Creating an outcomes-based tool for learning barrier assessment in an outpatient education program. J Contin Educ Nurs; 34(2):78-85.PMID: 12675327