Rank #1: Episode 12: Doree Shafrir on Infertility, Marriage, Self-Care + Learning to be Kind to Ourselves
In this episode, I am talking with Doree Shafrir. Doree is a writer and podcaster. Her first novel, Startup, was published by Little, Brown in 2017, and she co-hosts Matt and Doree's Eggcellent Adventure podcast, with her husband Matt, a podcast all about their experience with infertility, IVF and the ups and downs they encounter along the way. Doree is also the co-host of Forever35 podcast, a podcast all about the things we do to take care of ourselves.
We discuss Doree's experience with infertility and IVF, the ways infertility impacts relationships, the importance of self-care and we both vent about our frustrations with the shitty advice well meaning people have given us both.
Doree is witty, intelligent, and best of all isn't afraid to keep it real. I think you are really going to love this conversation.
Jul 24 2018
Rank #2: Episode 6: Jessica Murnane on Endometriosis, Open Adoption and Making Radical Change
In this episode, I am talking with Jessica Murnane. Jessica is the creator of the One Part Plant movement & author of the One Part Cookbook (an initiative to get everyone on this planet to start eating one plant-based meal each day), host of the One Part Podcast (where she brings tough questions to inspiring people), and founder of Know Your Endo (an endometriosis education and awareness platform).
Jessica has contributed to and appeared in magazines and websites that include Bon Appétit, Goop, Shape Magazine, The Kitchn, Mind Body Green, The Coveteur, Food52, and PopSugar. And has spoken at Apple, Taste Talks, Seed Food + Wine, Good Fest, and Wanderlust.
This episode is so full of valuable stuff. Jessica shares what it has been like living with endometriosis, how this disease impacted her life physically and emotionally, how a single email from a friend changed her life and saved her from having a complete hysterectomy.
We discussed Jessica’s experience of wanting to parent but never wanting to be pregnant, how she was able to expand her family through open adoption and the complex issues that Jessica and her husband navigated in their journey to adopting their son Sid.
Jessica is very special to me and this podcast. I am a die-hard listener of One Part Pod, and last year she was gracious enough to coach me in creating The Fertile Nest. So basically this podcast exists thanks in large part to her support. Thanks. Jess.
This is a longer episode, but worth your time. Jess has a lot of great information to share and i think you are going to love it!
May 22 2018
Rank #3: Episode 9: Angelique Panagos on Eating Disorders, PCOS, Miscarriage and Nourishing Our Body
In this episode, I am talking with Angelique Panagos. Angelique is a writer, total foodie and health crusader with an immense passion for the healing power of food. She is a nutritional therapist, with her own successful practice in London where she specializes in female health, stress and digestion. Angelique is also the author of The Balance Plan, which is a nutrition and lifestyle approach to balancing hormones.
Angelique shares her personal struggle with her body that included multiple eating disorders, PCOS and Hashimoto's disease. We discuss the challenges Angelique encountered when she wanted to become pregnant including multiple pregnancy losses, and how she was able to heal herself through food, and through the nourishment of her mind and soul.
We talk about our frustration with the stigma of discussing miscarriage openly, how food and self-care play a vital role in feeling well balanced and nourished as women and why Angelique and I have decided to reclaim and de-shame selfishness.
At the start of the episode, I also share a special email from a listener about a topic that needs more attention in the fertility community. What are your thoughts about her concern? What are you struggling with? Let me know HERE.
Jun 12 2018
Rank #4: Episode 3: Katie Stickles-Wynen on Transracial Adoption, Queer Parenting and Why Race Matters
In this episode, I am talking with Katie Stickles-Wynen. Katie is a Pre-Placement Adoption Specialist, LGBTQ Advocate, and transracial/international adoptee (adopted from Colombia by white parents) who has worked with the adoption community (specifically with adoptees and pre-adoptive/adoptive parents). With adoptive parents, Katie creates space for them to share their joys and fears while also guiding them to understand the complexities of adoption and what the experience means for their children, now and in the future. One-on-one and in group settings, Katie has worked with adoptees ranging from age 5-65 and draws on her own experience as an adoptee to connect with them and create a safe space to share, connect, and explore feelings around adoption and race. Katie has experience working with both transracial (parents adopting across racial lines) and same-race (parents who share their adopted children's racial identity) families. Katie and I talk about her experience as a transracial adoptee both as a child and now as an adult, what we need to consider regarding race, adoption and trauma, and the way Katie and her wife define and are continuing to build their modern family.
May 01 2018
Rank #5: Episode 8: My Break-Up and How to Reclaim the Life Infertility Has Stolen
Today I am talking one on one with YOU. I explain how a fancy bath made me realize I had to end a relationship, what I am choosing to spend my time and energy on now that the relationship is over, and I share the important questions you can ask yourself today if you want to reclaim the life infertility stole from you.
I would love to hear more from you after you listen to today's episode. Send me an email or message on social media when you do!
Jun 05 2018
Rank #6: Episode 4: Kate and Karyne Levy on Reciprocal IVF, Donor Sperm and Finding Your Community
In this episode, I am chatting with Kate and Karyne Levy creators and hosts of the Gayest Show on Birth podcast. Kate and Karyne met on OkCupid in 2014 married in 2016, and shortly thereafter began their adventure to build their family through reciprocal IVF. Kate is the Partnerships Marketing Manager at Babylist, a universal baby registry. Karyne is the Editorial News Manager for book subscription site Scribd. They live in the Bay Area with their two cats, two dogs, and a lemon tree that just won't grow. Oh, and a spoon collection.
Kate and Karyne share what exactly reciprocal IVF is, why they decided to choose an anonymous sperm donor, how they handled questions and comments from friends and family, addressing issues with diversity, privilege and language use in the fertility and reproductive community and their advice for anyone going through this process. Kate and Karyne also tell us why they created their podcast and what going through IVF in real time on the show is like.
May 08 2018
Rank #7: Episode 7: Natascha Dea on Infertility, Waiting and Caring for Our Parents
In this episode, I am talking with Natascha Dea. Natascha is an American photographer, artist, writer, publisher, producer and author of the book Waiting, a monograph she created during her recent IVF treatments.
Her photographic work can be found hanging in private collections in four countries, and has been published internationally. She is a member of the woman-based arts collaborative, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and established the Neshama Collective, a year-long creative workshop and gathering space for women-identified artists battling infertility and/or going through infertility treatments while trying to maintain creative practice.
She is a vocal advocate for equality, reproductive rights, and justice, and better access to reproductive and infertility healthcare for all and is frequently a guest speaker and media contributor on these important topics.
Natascha is currently preparing for her ninth round of fertility treatments while caring for her cross-generational family in Chicago, that includes her husband Todd and her mother-in-law Lois.
We discuss Natascha’s five year long battle with infertility, that has included eight rounds of infertility treatments with five doctors in two different states. How she and her husband Todd are making their way through infertility while caring for Todd’s mother Lois, and how the three of them are learning to live life with the painful disease of Dementia. Natascha shares what infertility and caring for her mother-in-law have taught her about grief, hope, patience, and finding beauty in even the darkest places. And she shares how a conversation with her doctor encouraged her to create the gorgeous, soon to be published book, Waiting.
Natasha is a truly amazing soul and you are not going to want to miss a moment of my conversation with her.
May 29 2018
Rank #8: Episode 5: Giving Yourself Permission to Get What You Need
Today I am chatting with---YOU. I share with you why this past week has kind of sucked, how one text message from a friend helped me help myself out of my funk and why it is so important to get quiet, ask ourselves what we need and then actually give ourselves permission to have it...whatever "it" might be.
May 16 2018
Rank #9: Episode 11: Your Emails on Male Factor Infertility, Race, Economic Privilege, Donor Conception and Building a Life After Infertility
This week I am sharing your emails. You have been so generous in sharing your experience, thoughts and questions with me and today we are having conversations about the things that matter most to you. We discuss the inequality between men and women in regards to infertility, the silence around male factor infertility, the importance of continuing the discussion around race and economic privilege when building a family, the complex issues of disclosure and donor conception and how to create a life you love after infertility.
Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts and questions.
What thoughts, experiences and questions do you have to share? Send them my way by heading HERE.
Jun 26 2018
Rank #10: Episode 13: What Do You Need?
Navigating day-to-day life and infertility is a challenge. Trying to balance your physical and emotional needs with relationships and day to day obligations can be overwhelming. But it is really important to get what you NEED, especially when you are struggling to get the thing you most want.
This season I am sharing a special series called "What Do You Need". In the WDYN series, you will learn how to identify exactly what you need in the key areas of your life (physically, emotionally, relationships and the workplace) and learn the skills and strategies that will help you to get the things you need to take care of yourself while going through infertility.
On this week's episode I discuss why it is so hard to know what you need, the importance of figuring it out and how giving yourself what you need (especially during infertility) can make a big impact on your experience. You will learn the small steps you can take that right now that can help you finally answer the question: "What do you need?".
Jul 31 2018