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Episode 28: Breaking the Mold on Postpartum Care With Sonal Patel

Sonal Patel is a pediatrician and a neonatologist who left the traditional hospital/clinic setting to start a specialized practice providing in-home newborn care. Listen as Sonal talks about: • Her time as a NICU doctor and experiencing birth and postpartum newborn care as a patient. • Seeing the holes in postpartum care provided to parents in our country, sparking her passion to start her practice, NayaCare. • The services NayaCare offers, including the 2-3 day newborn exam, 2 week baby...


Episode 27: Fighting For Her Life and For Motherhood With Emily Sandusky

Emily had leukemia four(!) times after first being diagnosed when she was 5 years old. She had an amazing journey of becoming a mother. Listen as Emily talks about: • Balancing her chemo treatments, school and soccer when she was younger. • The last time she was diagnosed at 19 (as a freshmen in college) and how she finished college while doing chemo for 2 years. • How she managed to get through being diagnosed and relapsing with leukemia 3 times, all while keeping up her spirits. • How...


Episode 26: The Long, LONG Road To Growing A Family with Melissa Dias

Melissa Dias went through an unbelievable journey to grow her family and never gave up on her dreams of having children. She now is an active advocate for ethical surrogacy in hopes of inspiring and assisting others who are going through the same or similar journeys. Listen as Melissa talks about: • Her struggle with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) diagnosis in her early 20s which began her infertility journey. • Her many rounds of clomid, IUIs, and IVF. • The tragic decision she was...


Episode 25: It’s Not Just The Hormones! Mental Health Is Key To ART with Carole LieberWilkins

Carole LieberWilkins is a renowned Marriage and Family Therapist in the West Los Angeles area. She’s been working in family building, infertility, reproductive medicine, adoption, egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy for the past 30 years. Listen as Carole talks about: • The devastating news she received about her own infertility at the agof 30. • The adoption experience with her first son (before egg donation was even available!). • Her experience being one of the first people in the...


Episode 24: From Rock Starts To Babies with Geina Horton

Geina Horton has been an acupuncturist in Denver for 20 years. She holds the honor of being the first licensed acupuncturist to become credentialed to perform acupuncture in the State of Colorado in the Operating Room at the University of Colorado Hospital. She specializes in infertility. Listen as Geina talks about: • What made her change her career from being a disc jockey to touring with rock stars to helping make babies! • How she takes Western medical conditions and symptoms and...


Episode 23: Groundbreaking Fertility Work With Dr. D

Dr. Said Daneshmand is an internationally recognized fertility specialist with extensive experience providing third-party reproductive services. Listen as Dr. Daneshmand talks about: • His experience with HIV and AIDS patients in his early medical years. • How he was inspired to go into fertility as his medical specialty. • His groundbreaking published work in fertility to improve IVF rates, increasing safety and generally eliminating the risk of ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome. •...


Episode 22: The Battle For A Family After The Military - Crystal and Tyler Wilson

Crystal is an adaptive sports therapist. Tyler is a US Army Veteran, medically retired at the age of 23. Together they are tremendous advocates for accessible fertility treatment, especially for those who have served our country. Hear Crystal and Tyler discuss: • How Tyler was paralyzed in Afghanistan in May of 2005 and his incredible story of survival against the odds. • How Tyler’s life-changing decision to start hand cycling ultimately led him to find love. • Their struggle with...


Episode 21: The Adventures of Surrogacy Down Under with Stephen and Mitchell Page

Mitchell and Stephen are fun to listen to -- and not just because they have adorable Australian accents. They are also a power couple fighting to improve the lives of individuals and families in Australia. Mitchell has been a social worker for 10 years, specializing in children, mental illness and domestic violence. Stephen is a renowned lawyer focusing on family law. He handled his first surrogacy case in 1998! Hear Stephen and Mitchell discuss: • Their love story — from meeting to...


Episode 20: Dealing with Infertility While in the Spotlight with Andrea Syrtash

Andrea Syrtash is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of pregnantishTM, the first online lifestyle magazine dedicated to helping people navigate their fertility. She’s been on Oprah and The View. She’s also a renowned author and dating and relationship expert. Hear Andrea’s amazing story as she discusses: • Her 10 year fertility journey while juggling a very public career. • Her major surgery, miscarriages, and intense fertility procedures before turning to another option. • How she had to...


Episode 18: Supporting Hope (and RESOLVE) — Jessica Fields

Jessica is the Chair of the Walk of Hope in Colorado, a fundraiser for the national organization RESOLVE, which raises awareness and provides support for those experiencing infertility. Jessica has also walked that long road of infertility. Hear as Jessica discusses: • Her husband and their high school love story beginnings. They started off not liking each other! • Their infertility journey — starting with an ectopic pregnancy and emergency surgery. And learning firsthand the importance...


Episode 17: Legally Recognizing ART-Formed Families — Eric Wrubel

Eric, a preeminent New York matrimonial and family law attorney, has been on the frontlines of the fight for legal recognition of non-traditional families. Hear Eric discuss: • The hoops he and his husband had to jump through to adopt their two children. • His most exciting case and how it has changed the way New York courts now recognize parents. • A messy (I mean, really messy!) case with a UK same sex couple involving multiple countries, a surrogacy, a divorce, a new boyfriend, a...


Episode 16: One More Shot — Maya and Noah

Maya and Noah are the stars (or “subjects” as they like to say) of a documentary providing a very personal and in-depth look at infertility. One More Shot (check it out on Netflix!) gives you a front row seat into their four year journey to have a baby. We get the behind-the-scenes scoop. Hear from Maya and Noah as they share: • How they met and fell in love (despite their opposite personalities). • Their initial idea of shooting a short 5 minute clip about their IVF procedure and how it...


Episode 15: Escrow — It’s Not Just For Houses! — Dominique Side

Dominque Side is the Founder and Director of Surrogacy Escrow Account Management. They specialize in escrow management for surrogacy and egg donation arrangements. Hear from Dominique as she shares: • Her personal connection to this field and how she got involved in assisted reproductive technology. • Her experience as first an egg donor and then a gestational surrogate (not just once)! • What escrow is and what the purpose of it is (it’s not just for buying and selling real estate!). • A...


Episode 14: An Egg and An Act of Sisterly Love — Lanie Wolff

Lanie Wolff is a clinical physicians liaison for Conceptions Reproductive Associations of Colorado. She has a wonderful personal story to share about how her sister Tessa helped her start her family. Hear from Lanie and Tessa as they share their story: • How they went from instant family (including an incident of classic sibling blackmail) to long-distance pen pals.. • Lanie and her husband confronting an only 5% chance of IVF working with her eggs and her husband’s sperm. • Tessa’s blunt...


Episode 13: Super Lawyer and Awesome Mom. Doing It All In Surprising Ways. — Danielle Kitson

Danielle Kitson is an attorney and partner at an international law firm. She is also a mother (proving that you can have it all!), but took a long and unique road to get there. Hear from Danielle Kitson as she shares her story: • Her plan in her twenties to throw an artificial insemination party if she didn’t find Mr. Right. • How her ex-husband helped her pick out her sperm donor?! • Failed IUIs, surgery, and IVF cycles (oh my!). • The challenges of being a single mother and being in a...


Episode 12: Solving The Fertility Puzzle — Dr. Althea O’Shaughnessy

Dr. Althea O’Shaughnessy is a Reproductive Endocrinologist at Concep-tions Reproductive Associates of Colorado, one of the top clinics in Colo-rado. Dr. O’Shaughnessy won the Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award for 7 of the last 8 years. She’s originally from New York City and has recently moved to Colorado. While she had dreams of being a professional tap dancer, she put those dreams on hold to pursue her medical dreams (thankfully for those whom she’s helped get pregnant!). Hear from Dr....


Episode 11: All About Sperm. Storing Your Super Swimmers — Betsy Cairo

Betsy Cairo has her PhD in Human Reproduction and is the Founder and Director of CryoGam Colorado, Colorado’s only commercial sperm bank. She’s a college professor, Executive Director of a non-profit helping vulnerable communities, and a featured TED talk presenter. Girl has done it all. Hear from Betsy as she discusses: • How long sperm can be stored and still be viable – including the incredible story of a man who fought cancer at 18 years old and, with a little pre-planning, preserved...


Episode 10: A Lifetime of Surrogacy (Being One, Running an Agency, Changing Laws) — Sharon LaMothe

Sharon LaMothe is the Owner of LaMothe Surrogacy Consulting and LaMothe Services, LLC. She’s also been a gestational surrogate two times, both times with twins! She has a wealth of knowledge in the assisted reproductive technology field. Listen to this podcast and find out about: • How it all began - her own infertility issues and her tales of clomid turning her into the wicked witch of the west • Finding out on vacation about her surprise second pregnancy after her long span of...


Episode 9: Death, Turkey Basters and Insurance — Sarah Paige

Sarah Paige has been working with ART Risk Financial Insurance Solutions for 7 years. They specialize in insurance for the assisted reproductive technology field to help minimize the risk for Intended Parents, Surrogates, Donors and others throughout their journeys. Tune in to find out: • How many states offer infertility insurance coverage • How often the gestational carrier’s insurance covers medical bills from the surrogacy (it’s more common now than it used to be!) • All about...


Episode 8: Meet Bison Baby IVF1 (An Exploration in Non-human IVF) — Jennifer Barfield

Jennifer Barfield is a Professor from Colorado State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She specializes in reproductive physiology and assisted reproductive technologies in a variety of species. Tune in to find out: • Unique aspects of reproductive in different non-human species - naked mole rats, anyone? • Which species are born with their eyes open and their teeth out and start fighting immediately. Oh and the females give birth through a...