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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.

 

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April 23, 2019 @ 1:00 am

65: Mafia Meet Andrea - Founder, Editor in Chief of Pregnantish

On this third day of National Infertility Awareness Week, Kaela talks all about relationships with Founder and Editor in Chief of Pregnantish, Andrea Syrtash.  Pregnantish is an online lifestyle magazine helping people of all walks of life - singles, couples, LGBTQ, people of color, navigate fertility treatments and infertility.  

 

Andrea is also a relationship expert and has authored books such as “It’s Okay to Sleep With Him on the First Date - And Every Other Rule of Dating Debunked”,  “He’s Just Not Your Type - And That’s a Good Thing” and “Cheat on Your Husband - With Your Husband.”

 

She’s appeared in the media countless times including ABC's The View, Good Morning America, NBC's Today Show, CBS This Morning, Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, The Wendy Williams Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, CNN, HLN, Discovery ID, VH1, NPR's Marketplace, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest (to name a few).

 

Andrea shares her unique path to parenthood via surrogacy (after LOTS of failed treatments), and an amazing story about her gestational carrier and their Jewish heritage.  She also talks about her inspiration and on-going motivation for the incredible content on pregnantish.com. And finally, she uses her expertise to answer your questions about relationship struggles and infertility!

 

Find Andrea and Pregnantish here:

Pregnantish.com

AndreaSyrtash.com

Instagram: @pregnantish

Instagram: @andreainny

Twitter: @pregnantishmag

 

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April 22, 2019 @ 1:44 am

Bonus: NIAW - Humor & Infertility

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

Today Sarah & Kaela are revisiting a topic near and dear to their hearts - humor.  They believe it's absolutely essential to survive infertility!  In this episode, you hear from Karen.  She's the author, Spanish teacher, Instagram influencer, wife, and mother behind the wildly popular @hilariously_infertile on Instagram. 

Karen shares clips from her book, and talks about her motivation for writing and self publishing on the topic of humor and infertility.  It's good stuff!

Finally, we share details about her upcoming parlay into stand-up comedy!  She's got a show in a few weeks and you should be there!  Details can be found here:

www.hilariouslyinfertile.com

Clips in this episode are from Episode 32: Mafia Meet Karen - Hilariously Infertile"

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 21, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Bonus: NIAW - Men & Infertility

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

To kick off the first day, Sarah & Kaela are talking about men and infertility.  In this episode, you hear Kaela talk to her husband Bill, you learn about the scandalous way sperm was discovered, and you get to hear Sarah and Kaela role play!

Clips in this episode are from Episode 31: Let's Hear It For The Boy."

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 16, 2019 @ 12:08 am

64: Mafia Meet Gabby & Emma - Big Fat Negative Podcast

Kaela & Sarah are teaming up with British co-hosts Gabby & Emma of the Big Fat Negative Podcast for a podcast swap!  They’ve asked burning questions like, “What’s the worst part of infertility?” and also questions like, “When it comes to the Royal Family, are you ‘Team William’ or ‘Team Harry?’”

 

Gabby & Emma talk candidly about their infertility “journey’s” (spoken in the best valley girl accent you can muster) and give some insight into how the healthcare system treats infertility in England.  They also talk about their husband’s - affectionately referred to as “Mr. Gabby” and “Mr. Emma” - and share some things you may not know about the UK!

 

Finally, Sarah & Kaela respond to some of their questions and try their hand at a British accent.  They share some of their favorite British things and Kaela finds out she and Emma have the same sentiment about the Beatles!

 

Tune into the Big Fat Negative Podcast to hear Kaela & Sarah answer questions from Emma & Gabby!

 

Big Fat Negative Podcast:

Instagram: @bigfatnegative

Website: www.bigfatnegative.com

 

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April 9, 2019 @ 1:38 am

63: Mafia Meet Brittney - BellBelleBella

Sarah & Kaela talk to the popular beauty vlogger/blogger Brittney of BellBelleBella about her rare experience with a molar pregnancy.  She also shares her perspective on infertility as a woman of color including discussing some common myths and stereotypes surrounding women of color and their fertility.  

 

She talks about her family’s response to her “coming out” as an infertile person, shares an interesting frozen embryo transfer protocol that included vaginal viagra (what?!), and gives some encouragement to all women about their infertility experience - no matter the outcome!

 

Finally, she talks about the “big chop,” some of her favorite beauty products, and why she loves old and historic things!

 

Find Brittney here:

Instagram: @BellBelleBella

YouTube: BellBelleBella

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April 2, 2019 @ 1:00 am

62: Surrogacy - Debunking the Myths with Dr. Lauren Schneider, DC

Kaela is joined by chiropractic doctor, certified acupuncturist, and fertility expert Dr. Lauren Schneider. Dr. Lauren to talk all about surrogacy.  Dr. Lauren debunks myths about surrogacy, explains what it means to be a surrogate vs. a gestational carrier, and gives a list of “must have’s” if you’re considering surrogacy.  

She also speaks candidly about her own personal experience with surrogacy, the steps she took to reach the decision to use a gestational carrier, and her thoughts on pregnancy and childbirth after the decision to partner with a surrogate.

Finally, Kaela and Lauren discuss the most famous TV mafia, The Sopranos, and speculate on how the Infertile Mafia can improve their game.

Find Dr. Lauren Schneider in these places:

Instagram: @integrative_fertility

Website: conceptionconsultant.com

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