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Infertility isn’t small talk

Infertility isn’t small talk

June 10, 2021

“When will you have kids? When will you make me a grandmother? You’re not getting any younger!” 

The pressure to start a family can be overwhelming for many couples, especially at family get-togethers like Father’s Day and Fourth of July. 

About one in eight couples struggle with infertility.

This week on the Mindful Headlines podcast, Dr. Lora Shahine, a Seattle-based fertility doctor with Pacific NW Fertility, explains why infertility isn’t small talk. She gives helpful advice on how to navigate uncomfortable situations, explains why stress and infertility often go hand-in-hand and offers tips on how to deal with the financial difficulties of paying for infertility treatments.


Read the KING 5 article on this podcast.


Additional resources

Fertility Out Loud

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Dr. Shahine’s website and blog

Pacific NW Fertility


Infertility funding resources

Baby Quest Foundation: A nonprofit organization providing grants twice a year. More than 100 babies have been born through this organization to date. Shahine has been on the board of Baby Quest since 2015 and witnessed firsthand how hard founder Pamela Hirsch and her team work tirelessly to help recipients meet as much of the cost of the cycle as possible.

Apply for a grant with Baby Quest.

Tinina Q Cade Foundation (Cade Foundation): A nonprofit organization that was started in 2005 to provide information support and financial assistance to help needy infertile families overcome infertility.

The Hope For Fertility grants: This group established their national grant to help couples overcome the financial difficulties that come with infertility treatments. The frequency and amount of grants is based on the availability of funds raised throughout the year. Typically grants are awarded twice a year but may be more or less frequent. Grant amounts typically range from $250 to $5,000. A $50 application fee is required and is considered a donation, which may be tax deductible.

Learn more about applying for a grant with The Hope for Fertility Foundation.

Parental Hope grants: Their mission is to raise infertility awareness and provide emotional and financial support to hopeful couples battling infertility. They have grants for different types of treatment.

Apply for a grant with Parental Hope.

Aneden Gives: A nonprofit organization that believes fertility treatment should be accessible to all and that they are helping one family at a time.

Why studying new cultures can stop hate | AAPI Heritage Month

Why studying new cultures can stop hate | AAPI Heritage Month

May 27, 2021

There has been a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in Washington state and across the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.


In this episode, KING 5 anchor Jessica Janner Castro has a conversation with Rahul Gupta, education and tours director at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. The museum is located in the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.


Gupta shared how the museum creates educational content for schools and how its mission is to change the minds of its visitors: to make them more open, interested and willing to learn.


Read the article about this story on king5.com.



Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Digital Wing Luke

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Chinese Garden

Bainbridge Island Japanese Community

Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Washington’s youth mental health crisis

Washington’s youth mental health crisis

May 13, 2021

Washington ranks 43rd for youth mental health access in our country, and it can take six months or more to see a therapist. The global pandemic only further exhausted a system that was already strained.



In this pilot episode of the "Mindful Headlines" podcast, KING 5 anchor Jessica Janner Castro has a conversation with Dr. Neeru Bakshi about the youth mental health crisis happening in Washington state and across the country. Bakshi is the medical director at the Eating Recovery Center of Washington and an expert in the field of adolescent psychiatry. She also does work with the University of Washington and is a parent herself.


Read the article about this story on king5.com.



Eating Recovery Center of Washington

Pathlight Mood & Anxiety

Information for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics 

The American Medical Association

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

"Psychology Today" magazine and online resource hub

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information on adolescent and school health

Washington State Department of Health resources for teens and young adults

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Washington State Teenline: A confidential 24-hour crisis intervention service for teens: 1-800-562-1240

National Youth Crisis Hotline: A 24-hour crisis line for any crisis from pregnancy to drugs to depression: 1-800-448-4663

‘Mindful Headlines’ trailer

‘Mindful Headlines’ trailer

May 10, 2021

Welcome to the "Mindful Headlines" podcast where we explore how our psychology impacts current events.

The show is produced and hosted by Jessica Janner Castro, a journalist at KING 5 News, the NBC affiliate in Seattle.

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