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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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March 26, 2019 @ 1:00 am

61: Mafia Meet Dr. Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG - Part 2

Kaela & Sarah are joined again by board certified reproductive endocrinologist and recurrent miscarriage specialist, Dr. Lora Shahine!  In part two of this interview, Dr. Shahine is answering more listener questions about miscarriage with PGS tested embryos, efficacy of reproductive immunology, advice for an unexplained infertility diagnosis, and the one vs. two debate on embryo transfers.  She also gives some advice for men going through infertility and how they can be supportive partners (and even gives a few jerk off room tips).

 

We learn that Dr. Shahine struggled with infertility herself and she sheds some light on why so many doctors in reproductive medicine also do fertility treatments.  She talks about the thrill seeking hobby she picked up in her forties.  And finally, she tells us the real truth about whether on not doctors care if fertility patients shave their...ummm...legs! ;-)

 

Find Dr. Lora Shahine here:

Twitter: @drlorashahine

Instagram: @drlorashahine

Website: lorashahine.com

Website: www.pnwfertility.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/drlorashahine

 

 

Find her books here:

Planting the Seeds of Pregnancy: An Integrative Approach to Fertility Care

 

Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

 

Not Broken Illustrated: A Gift for Those Who Have Suffered Pregnancy Loss

 

 

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March 19, 2019 @ 1:00 am

60: Mafia Meet Dr. Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG - Part 1

Sarah & Kaela are joined by board certified reproductive endocrinologist and recurrent pregnancy loss specialist, Dr. Lora Shahine!  She currently practices at Pacific Northwest Fertility & IVF Specialists in Seattle, Washington. She’s also authored books on the topic of fertility and pregnancy loss (linked below) and is an all around awesome person!  

 

In part one of this two part episode, Dr. Shahine covers many topics including; the importance of a good IVF lab and embryologists, egg freezing for fertility preservation, recurrent pregnancy loss and miscarriage, the truth about Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), and all the pros and cons of social media for both patients and doctors.  She also speaks candidly about the highs and lows of being a reproductive endocrinologist and her dedication to being a supportive caregiver. Kaela sheds a few tears in this episode, and I’m guessing you might too!

 

Find Dr. Lora Shahine here:

Twitter: @drlorashahine

Instagram: @drlorashahine

Website: lorashahine.com

Website: www.pnwfertility.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/drlorashahine

 

 

Find her books here:

Planting the Seeds of Pregnancy: An Integrative Approach to Fertility Care

 

Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

 

Not Broken Illustrated: A Gift for Those Who Have Suffered Pregnancy Loss

 

 

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March 5, 2019 @ 4:28 am

59: Mafia Meet Steph - Endometriosis Awareness Month

It’s officially March which means it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month!  Kaela and Sarah are talking to Steph Kelly about her experience with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis.  She's experienced years of pain and misdiagnosis, and was eventually diagnosed with stage four Endometriosis and “frozen pelvis” (or terminal Endometriosis).

 

She shares how Endometriosis is often misunderstood and how important it is for women to educate themselves and be their best advocate when seeking medical treatment.  She also opens up about how she copes on the hard days and how important a support system has been for her.

 

Finally, she tells us about her upcoming surgery to correct her Endometriosis and her hopeful path to parenthood via donor eggs and surrogacy.  Enjoy this hilarious, witty, and inspiring woman!

 

Find Steph in these places -

Instagram: @kerseyknowsbest

YouTube: I’m Ready Already

 

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Take the Pregnantish Survey here to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a bonus treat from Sarah & Kaela!

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February 26, 2019 @ 10:44 am

58: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Sarah & Kaela are talking about changing doctors/clinics and the many factors that go into such a big decision!  They share listener comments and experiences about why/when they decided they needed to make a switch. Are you feeling like a change will do you good?  Infertility is hard enough, feeling like you have a competent and supportive doctor is an important part of the equation!

 

On the topic of change, they’re also asking you to participate in a survey from their friends at Pregnantish.com and one lucky listener will win a $50 Amazon gift card from Pregnantish and a little bonus gift from Sarah & Kaela! 

 

“At Pregnantish, our mission is 'Real Talk About Fertility' and we are committed to breaking the taboo of infertility. Our goal is to empower patients and healthcare providers to have a better experience and relationship during the fertility treatment process. Because too many readers have expressed their concerns, we've created this short survey to invite 'real talk' from you on your experiences.  Your answers will help us share important feedback with healthcare providers (fertility doctors, OB/GYNs, and clinics), which could ultimately improve the patient experience. Please note that your personal information (name, age, email) will not be revealed or shared publicly. This survey should take approximately 5 minutes.”

 

Take the Pregnantish survey here!

 

And last but not least, with Spring Break right around the corner, they talk about - swimsuit shopping.  Dun, dun, duuuuuuuun!

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February 19, 2019 @ 3:25 am

57: Oh Holy Sh*t Syndrome

Kaela & Sarah cover OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome) and talk about what it is, symptoms to look for, and ways to mitigate it!  Kaela shares her own experience, and even shares a throwback clip from her YT channel. They’re also joined by Christine (@infertilityillustrated) to discuss her personal experience with OHSS - twice!  

 

And finally, they share one man’s theory on how climate change is causing infertility, they debate whether or not Baby Center is a safe place to do “research,” and they talk about the pros and cons of dry shampoo!

 

Find Christine (Infertility Illustrated) in these places:

Instagram: @infertilityillustrated

Website: www.infertilityillustrated.com

 

Here’s a link to Kaela’s YT video about OHSS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxu0RSE3rI&t=7s

 

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February 12, 2019 @ 2:14 am

56: The Keto Diet (Part 2) - My Nutritionist Says Don’t Do It!

Sarah & Kaela continue exploring the Keto diet in part two of this two part episode.  This time, they talk about the downside of Keto including health risks, long-term side effects, and even some not so pleasant short-term ones (like Keto breath and Keto flu...ew).  They also share insight from Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Melissa Groves who answers listener questions and shares her professional opinion on this popular fertility diet - hint: she’s not a big fan!  Finally, Kaela shares an embarrassing confession and Sarah talks about her unfortunate dilemma when she’s not the only “Sarah” in the waiting room at the fertility clinic.

 

Find Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Melissa in these places:

Instagram: @the.hormone.dietitian

Website: www.avocadogrovenutrition.com

 

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