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September 22, 2021 @ 1:01 am

Secrets Secrets are No Fun…

Kaela & Sarah are discussing harmful situations plaguing the infertility community.  They discuss a fertility nurse who stole fentanyl, replacing it with saline, leaving patients undergoing egg retrieval surgery in excruciating pain.  They comment on her sentencing, how she was treated, and how her victims were portrayed.  They also discuss the dilemma of misrepresentation in social media.  If you know someone isn't being truthful, should you say something?

 

Lisa Ransome joins the podcast again to talk about self-care and what it means to proactively take care of our mental and physical health. 

Instagram: seeds_for_hope

 

Fertility Center Nurse Swaps Fentanyl for Saline

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September 15, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Mafia Meet Katie & Alex - Childfree After Infertility

Sarah interviews Katie & Alex about their experience with fertility treatments and eventual decision to remain child free. Katie's shares her experience with PCOS, endometriosis, and eventual need for hysterectomy and oophorectomy. This loving and supportive couple is thriving and their story will warm your heart!

 

Find Katie on Instagram:

@mkaties1

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May 26, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Infertility is Biblical - The Handmaids Tale

Kaela is joined by her fertile sister and brother-in-law (this already feels biblical) to discuss infertility throughout history - especially in the advent of Christianity- and its affect on modern day stigmas around women and fertility.

 

They also discuss the hit Hulu series, The Handmaids Tale, and talk about how infertility is portrayed in this modern day drama and what the show gets right and what it gets very wrong!

 

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May 5, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Mafia Meet Dr. Mary Samplaski - Reproductive Urologist

Kaela interviews board certified urologist, Dr. Mary Samplaski, who specializes in male factor infertility. Dr. Samplaski answers listener questions on a number of topics including - who should see a reproductive urologist, what’s the deal with morphology, what is a varicocele and when should it be repaired, sperm DNA fragmentation, frequency of ejaculation, environmental effects on male fertility, general tips for success, and so much more.

 

Sarah and Kaela also discuss their experience with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and reflect on Sarah’s viral Instagram post!

 

Find Dr. Mary Samplaski here:

Instagram: @drmarysamplaski

https://www.maleinfertilitydoc.com/

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April 21, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Very Superstitious: TTC Myths - Fact or Fiction?

Sarah & Kaela are discussing TTC superstitions including: McDonald's french fries, pomegranate juice, brazil nuts, pineapple core, warm socks, and even Mucinex!  Are these based in any factual evidence?  Listen to find out! 

They also discuss a surrogacy row scandal, and defend some unpopular opinions!

Lisa Ransome joins the podcast again to talk about how to regulate our feelings.
Lisa Ransome: @seeds_for_hope

5 IVF Superstitions 

Surrogacy Row

 

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April 7, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Mafia Meet Regina - The Broken Brown Egg

Kaela interviews Regina Townsend, founder of The Broken Brown Egg. She shares her perspective on what it means to be a person of color in the infertility community.  Regina also shares her personal experience of missed diagnoses and being dismissed by doctors, the significance of self advocacy and compassionate medical care, and the importance of mental health during infertility, pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. 

 

Follow Regina here:
https://thebrokenbrownegg.org/

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March 31, 2021 @ 1:01 pm

Infertile Families and a Three Person Baby

In today's episode Sarah interviews OG mafia member, Becca, and her sister-in-law, Kylie, about their experiences with being married to brothers who both share the same type of male factor infertility. Kaela and Sarah also discuss three person baby making. 

Three Person Baby Article

 

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March 24, 2021 @ 2:00 am

Meghan Markle & Chrissy Teigen - They’re One of Us

Kaela & Sarah discuss the recent Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and discuss an open letter Meghan wrote for the New York Times about a recent miscarriage.  They also talk about Chrissy Teigen’s vulnerability after sharing intimate details of having a stillbirth son.  They discuss the importance of sharing our struggles and how validating and healing it can be for people who aren’t able to share or may be suffering in silence.  Always be kind - you never know what someone is going through.

 

Sarah also shares a questionable incident at an eye clinic, and starts a feud with a beloved Reproductive Endocrinologist! ;-)

 

Meghan Markle Miscarriage - New York Times

Chrissy Teigen Stillbirth

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March 17, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Injecting Balls, Heartbeat Bills, and Clinic Bells & Whistles

Sarah & Kaela discuss a new treatment for male factor infertility, a new heartbeat bill in South Carolina, and a fertility doctor in Australia that is breaking all the molds on what it means to have a successful fertility clinic.

Lisa Ransome, registered psychologist, joins again to give tips on sensory grounding and the benefits of staying grounded in the present moment.  Find Lisa on Instagram @seeds_for_hope

 

Articles cited in this episode:

Injecting protein into testes

South Carolina Heartbeat Bill

Dr. Lynn Burmeister

 

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March 10, 2021 @ 12:44 am

The Vaccine, THC, & Your Fertility

Kaela & Sarah are talking about the internet rumor that the Covid-19 vaccine causes miscarriage.  They also discuss THC and pros and cons of marijuana and fertility treatments.  And, for the Out of the Box segment, Botox is the topic; but it’s not what you think.

 

Lisa Ransome, a registered psychologist in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, shares a moment for your mental health on mindfulness. 

Find Lisa on Instagram and Facebook @seeds_for_hope

 

Articles cited in this episode:

The Covid-19 Vaccine Does Not Cause Infertility

Miscarriage Reports Are Not Proof of Covid-19 Vaccine Danger to Pregnancy

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