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July 23, 2019 @ 12:43 am

71: We Were On A Break!

Sarah & Kaela are talking about taking a break from trying to conceive.  They share their own experiences when it comes to taking a break, and how they spent their time - good, bad, and ugly.  And, they share comments from listeners about when and why they took a break and how it helped (or not)!

 

They also discuss whether they’re team Ross or team Rachel on the “We were on a break!” FRIENDS topic!  And, they ponder things like mushrooms for men and their favorite wedding moments. Finally, stay tuned to the end of the episode - they have some big news, and need your help! 

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July 9, 2019 @ 1:00 am

70: Advocacy In The Mafia

Kaela & Sarah are talking about ways to have a positive impact in the infertility community, including ways to get involved whether through support groups, social media, or active advocacy for continued and expanded rights for people seeking fertility treatments. 

 

They also revisit the topic of IVF tourism and share some of the highlights from their recent live show and RESOLVE: Chicagoland Walk of Hope. And finally, they expound on some of their favorite Would You Rather Questions!

Get involved! resolve.org

 

 

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June 18, 2019 @ 1:27 am

69: LIVE at the Abbott Mansion - Chicago, IL!

Sarah & Kaela have FINALLY met - and they're talking about it, live in Chicago, with lots of infertile friends and healthcare professionals.  Enjoy this episode full of inspiration from these amazing special guests!

Christine McDonough, the artist behind Infertility Illustrated, is such a talent! We instantly bonded after meeting her over a year ago.  She shares some of the inspirations for a few of her favorite illustrations (and wins the award for the best giveaway item!). Kaela & Sarah are so glad to call her a friend and so proud of the amazing support she gives the infertility community. ⁣ She also gives them a really exciting life update!!! You can find her here:

Instagram: @infertilityillustrated

Website: infertilityillustrated.com

 

Dr. Lauren Schneider, DC is a wonderful resource and advocate for the infertility community with years of experience working alongside fertility specialists. She also personally understands the struggle of infertility and gives an update on her gestational carrier (sorta)!  She also wins the award for worst “Would You Rather?” question, but her husband’s outburst from the audience wins the award for best response!  You can find her here:

Instagram: @drlaurenschneider

Website: conceptionconsultant.com

 

Dr. Lora Shahine MD,FACOG is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist practicing at Pacific Northwest Fertility in Seattle, Washington where she specializes in recurrent pregnancy loss.  She has been incredibly supportive of The Infertile Mafia and is actively sharing such a positive and inspiring message to the infertility community. And, she does it with such kindness and humility (and humor)!  In this interview with her she talks about the negative effects of toxins on our fertility and practical ways to mitigate the damage!⁣  You can find her here:

Instagram:@drlorashahine

Website: lorashahine.com

 

Dr. Roohi Jeelani MD, FACOG is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist practicing at Vios Fertility Institute in Chicago, IL.  She had everyone in tears sharing her personal story about her experience with IVF and how she's doing her part to erase the shame and stigma around infertility. ⁣ And, she’s an incredibly kind and wonderfully intelligent physician educating the infertility community - and doing it with style!  You can find her here:

Instagram: @roohijeelanimd

 

Dr. Natalie Crawford MD, FACOG is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist practicing at Aspire IVF in Austin, TX.  She is also the host of the popular podcast As A Woman and an incredible FORCE for good - for all women! What an inspirational and empowering voice. Kaela & Sarah are so thankful she speaks so passionately on behalf of women and so honored that she joined them for this live show. ⁣ Hear her talk about the importance of the presence of medical professionals on social media. You can find her here:

Instagram: @nataliecrawfordmd

Website: nataliecrawfordmd.com

 

 

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May 21, 2019 @ 1:09 am

68: Everyone Needs Puppy Therapy

TRIGGER WARNING: Sarah & Kaela are discussing new abortion laws and the government making decisions that could affect your access to fertility treatments (you can skip this portion from 12:00 to 27:30).  They answer some of your questions about secondary infertility, PGS tested embryos, and their favorite types of wine!  They also give you some updates on Facebook happenings, and finally, they discuss the importance of puppy therapy.

 

Don't forget to get your tickets to the Infertile Mafia Podcast LIVE SHOW happening June 8th!  Event details and tickets can be found at www.infertilemafia.com

 

Join the Infertile Mafia Podcast team for the RESOLVE: Chicagoland Walk of Hope and donate to help us reach our fundraising goal!

Chicagoland Walk of Hope

Resolve.org

 

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May 14, 2019 @ 1:15 am

67: The Mafia Joins Infertile AF Summit

Kaela & Sarah are unpacking their recent time at the Infertile AF Summit!  Hear live clips from the cocktail hour where Kaela talks to women, and men, from all walks of infertility including adoption, secondary infertility, miscarriage, child-free not by choice, and others about their empowering experience at the summit. They also share some exciting news about what’s next for the Infertile AF Community!

 

Sarah & Kaela also share some big news about their upcoming LIVE SHOW in Chicago, IL. Join the Infertile Mafia Podcast at The Abbott Mansion, a historic Chicago landmark, for an interactive LIVE show on Saturday, June 8th!

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks are included in your ticket purchase, along with fun giveaway items and exclusive merch from the Infertile Mafia Podcast and local partners such as Integrative Fertility (IG: @integrative_fertility) and Infertility Illustrated (IG: @infertilityillustrated).

Tickets and event details can be found at infertilemafia.com! Each ticket purchase also includes a $5 donation to the RESOLVE Chicagoland Walk of Hope. Space is limited, and sales close in two weeks on Tuesday, May 28th. Hurry - get your tickets now!

 

Infertile AF:

Website: infertileaf.org

Instagram: @infertileafcommunity

 

 

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May 7, 2019 @ 1:00 am

66: A Mafia Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is Sunday and Sarah & Kaela know this day can really blow when you're infertile.  In this episode, they share listener comments about some fun and unique ways they're planning to spend the day that might make you feel, think, laugh, or take up gardening. 

They also discuss the trending 90's fashions, a cactus mishap, and they get raw and real about how they deal with difficult emotions.

Finally, JOIN US in Chicago on June 8th, for the RESOLVE: Chicagoland Walk of Hope (9am) and a fun evening of dinner, drinks, and swag with the Mafia!  Check our social media in the coming weeks for more details. 

Here's some stuff they talked about in this episode:

RESOLVE: Chicagoland Walk of Hope

Beyond Mother's Day

The Waiting Line: What To Do (And Not Do) When Someone You Love is Struggling with Infertility

 

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April 27, 2019 @ 3:04 am

Bonus: NIAW - Wa*king & Infertility

It's the last day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered."

As the week comes to a close, Sarah & Kaela talk about that awkward thing that no one talks about...except Kaela.  Just in time for her birthday, this episode is all about the jerk off room.  Over the course of the podcast, many listeners have shared their often hilarious mishaps from the other side of that infamous door - and now they're all in one place for your listening...pleasure. 

They also give an update on on Steph Kelly (Episode 59: Mafia Meet Steph - Endometriosis Awareness Month) about her recent radical surgery to correct her severe Endometriosis and her third FET with donor eggs and a gestational carrier.  She's been busy! Find Steph on Instagram: @kerseyknowsbest

 

Clips were taken from the following episodes: 

Episode 5: Adventures in the Jerk Off Room

Episode 14: It's Time To Evict My Eggs

Episode 24: Your Wait Time Is Now...

Episode 31: Let's Hear It For The Boy

Episode 55: The Keto Diet (Part 1)

Never hesitate to share a jerk off room story with the mafia. 

 

This week, use the hashtag #infertilityuncovered to spread awareness!  And also, visit resolve.org if you would like additional information and support.

 

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April 26, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Bonus: NIAW - Money & Infertility

It's the sixth day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered."

Today, Sarah & Kaela share an exciting update from Kassie Moon, the popular YouTuber and Instagrammer behind the popular Instagram account @kassiemoon They revisit the episode where she talks about crowd sourcing and how she raised money for IVF after years of trying and failed fertility treatments.  

Kaela & Sarah also share resources about finding companies that offer infertility insurance coverage, offer some creative ways to raise money and find “free” meds.  And finally, they close with a cringe-worthy game of "Would You Rather?" that might make you squirm!

Clips in this episode are from Episode 27: Mafia Meet Kassie Moon -  Crowd Funding for IVF

This week, use the hashtag #infertilityuncovered to spread awareness!  And also, visit resolve.org if you would like additional information and support.

 

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April 25, 2019 @ 12:58 am

Bonus: NIAW - Family & Infertility

It's the fifth day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered."

Today, Sarah & Kaela are revisiting the topic of infertility and family.  This episode is all about the perspective of someone who isn't infertile, but still wants to be caring and supportive to those who are. 

They share clips from Episode 47: "You Might Be Infertile If..." when Kaela sits down and talks to her (fertile) sister.  Lara openly and candidly talks about ways she fields inappropriate fertility comments, discusses her dislike for pregnancy complaints and gender disappointment, and offers a heartfelt apology on behalf of all the well meaning people who keep asking you, "When are you going to have kids?"

Kaela also plays a game with her sister that reveals whether or not she knows some of the insider lingo among the infertility community - and some of her answers might surprise you!

This week, use the hashtag #infertilityuncovered to spread awareness!  And also, visit resolve.org if you would like additional information and support.

 

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April 24, 2019 @ 1:23 am

Bonus: NIAW - Art & Infertility

It's the fourth day of National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme this year is "Infertility Uncovered."

Today, Sarah & Kaela share a big update from Christine McDonough, the popular illustrator behind the hugely popular Instagram account @infertilityillustrated They also revisit the episode where she shares the motivation for her Instagram account and talks about how art helped her cope with infertility.  

Christine explains her process as an artist and tells Sarah and Kaela the inspiration behind some of their favorite illustrations.  She also shares her own experience with infertility and has some great answers for our out of the box segment! 

Finally, Christine will be joining Kaela as a guest co-host for a live podcast on Saturday, April 27th, in Chicago at the Infertile AF Summit.  If you're attending, please stop by and say hello!  Details can be found here:

infertileaf.org

Clips in this episode are from Episode 36: Mafia Meet Christine - Infertility Illustrated and find Christine on Instagram and her website infertilityillustrated.com

This week, use the hashtag #infertilityuncovered to spread awareness!  And also, visit resolve.org if you would like additional information and support.

 

Email questions, comments, and other mafia matters to infertilemafia@gmail.com

Join the closed Facebook group(s):

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The Infertile Mafia - Bosses & Babies

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