Meet 5x Egg Donor, 5x Surrogate & Fertility Therapist, Ariel Taylor
Ariel Taylor had her first pregnancy and child in her early 20s and realized soon after that that she not only loved being pregnant, but that she loved being a mother and couldn't bear the thought that some people who wanted to become parents wouldn't be able to either because of their infertility, or because they didn't have the anatomy to create or deliver a baby themselves.So in 2015, Ariel decided to become a gestational surrogate for the first time, helping a couple in her area who were going through secondary infertility. Since then, she's been a surrogate four times, and recently announced her next surrogacy journey with a friend who lost her ability to carry a pregnancy because of cancer treatment. Ariel has also been an egg donor five times, and recently started an infertility therapy practice.This episode explores why Ariel wants to work with people on all sides of this journey, including intended parents and egg donors/surrogates, why she advocates for change and better access to fertility treatments, and what she wants the infertility community and the general public to know about Third-Party Reproduction.This episode was sponsored by EMD Serono, a leader in the fertility space for more than 20 years. They have a legacy of helping couples throughout their fertility journey by offering resources, medications and support. Learn more by visiting fertility.com
Welcome to the Future of Fertility
Ever since the first IVF baby was born, just over 40 years ago, the fertility field has grown steadily and rapidly. What does the future hold?On this episode, which is divided into three parts, Andrea invites experts in the field to explore what we can expect moving forward with the advancements in the field, how to best protect ourselves and our specimens over time, and why we need better access to treatment and advocacy for people who are building their families 'with help'.This episode delves into:The start of IVF, with the first American 'test tube baby', advocate Elizabeth Jordan Carr, and what she's witnessed in ART in her lifetimeThe future of fertility, with members of the TMRW Life Sciences Team, Tara Comonte and Cynthia Hudson, who speak about transparency and scalability as more eggs and embryos are frozen.The ethics and law around fertility preservation and accountability, with Family and Fertility Lawyer, Alexis CirelWhile it's never a good time to be infertile or need assistance to have a baby, this conversation shows that the future of fertility looks bright.This episode is sponsored by TMRW Life Sciences, whose mission is to safeguard life's most precious cells. They have created a technology so your frozen eggs or embryos are digitally identified and tracked, linking them to you forever, and giving traceability and transparency that hasn’t existed in this way prior. Learn more by visiting tmrw.org.
Why Golnesa from Shahs of Sunset is Proud of Her Child's Donor Conception Story
*This episode is part of the pregnantish 'Reality of Infertility' series featuring reality stars and public personalities who have undergone fertility treatments to build their families and are sharing their fertility journeys in honor of awareness, education, and advocacy.Those who watch reality TV and Bravo, in particular, know that Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi from “Shahs of Sunset” has never been shy to use her voice to challenge and support people she loves and that she's not scared to go after what she wants; but what people may not know is how much this has extended to the way Golnesa became a mom. Golnesa has been vocal about her path to parenthood with sperm donation, which also includes a devastating ectopic pregnancy that could have literally killed her. This experience led to the removal of both of her fallopian tubes. Determined to try again, Golnesa pursued IVF months later and got pregnant with her baby boy Elijah, the love of her life, who is now a toddler.In this episode, Andrea and Golnesa discuss the many extraordinary ways families are created today, why Golnesa pursued single motherhood, and why she feels her fertility and family story was always meant to be.Thisepisodeis sponsored by Donor Concierge,a leading fertility service helping intended parents navigate the challenging process of finding an egg donor, sperm donor or surrogate. For more or for a free consultation, visit donorconcierge.com/contact
Why These Reality Stars Are Having "Real Talk" About Fertility and Egg Freezing
In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, this "Reality of Infertility" episode featuring reality stars Kendall Long and Caroline Lunny from Bachelor Nation, and Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi from Shahs of Sunset, is a candid talk about egg freezing, IVF, navigating fertility treatments without a partner, miscarriage, how to pick a sperm donor and more.Taped live in front of an audience at the 'reality show restaurant', Sur in West Hollywood, these popular TV personalities share what they wish they knew before pursuing egg retrievalsand fertility treatments, and why they are passionate about using their voices to educate young women about their fertility today.This episode is sponsored by Extend Fertility, the nation's largest egg freezing clinic which was founded on the premise thatdemocratizing egg freezing could ultimately deliver better results for both patients and providers.If you're thinking about preserving your fertility through egg freezing or IVF, and for a free egg freezing consultation, contact them atextendfertility.com
Reality of Infertility: Jaclyn Misch from Survivor
For fans of the hit CBS show Survivor, Season 29 runner-up Jaclyn Misch is the definition of bravery. She competed and dominated challenges that would make many of us bow out or buckle.In some ways Jaclyn's "Survivor" journey mirrored her journey with her husband, fellow survivor contestant Jon Misch, as they tried to conceive over the years.Born with MRKH Syndrome, a condition in which a woman's reproductive system is not fully developed. Jaclyn knew she'd need help to bring a baby into the world, but she didn't expect the tough twists and turns that she and her husband would have along the way.This episode is a candid look at surrogacy, why Jaclyn has used her voice to spread awareness of MRKH, miscarriage and infertility, and how she's managed to keep hope and resilience alive on and off camera.Thanks to episode sponsor, CSP, The Center for Surrogate Parenting, part of Ovation Fertility and the most experienced and longest standing surrogacy agency in the world. For over 40 years, they have successfully matched thousands of intended parents and surrogates to ensure a healthy journey and a happy outcome for all. For more, visit https://www.creatingfamilies.com
Life After Death with IVF
If you sawLaurenMcGregor walking down the street, you’d see a woman glowing with pride that she’s in her third trimester, pregnant with a baby she only dreamed about.What you wouldn’t see is everything behind this pregnancy - the fact thatLaurenis carrying the love of her life Chris’s baby, and that he will never be earthside to raise his son with her. You wouldn’t see how devastating the year 2020 was forLaurenafter Chris passed away. And you wouldn’t know that despite these circumstances,Laurenstill feels really lucky.Laurenand her late partner, Chris, decided to freeze his sperm after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.She now shares her story in the hopes that it can help others consider preserving their fertility when faced with a terminal illness, to ensure that people fill out the necessary paperwork that she’s grateful to have completed before her partner’s death, and to support others who look to build a family and life after death, despiteheartbreaking circumstances.Thanks to today'sepisodesponsor,EMDSerono,a leader in the fertility space for more than 20 years. They have a legacy of helping couples throughout their fertility journey by offering resources, medications and support. Learn more by visitingfertility.com
The Reality of Infertility: With a Former Bachelor + Bachelor in Paradise Star
If you've ever watched the reality show “The Bachelor” you may remember Holly, who was on the 12th season of the popular series and the winner of Season Two of the reality show spin off, The Bachelor Pad. Holly actually met her husband, Blake Julian, on the show, and they're one of the few couples in “Bachelor Nation” who are still together today. Millions watched as a pair fell in love and followed their story when they got married in 2012. But, what fans didn't know about the pair was that they were struggling behind the scenes to get and stay pregnant. Diagnosed with Stage Four Endometriosis in 2014, Holly had surgery to try to treat it, believing it would lead to a successful healthy pregnancy. She never imagined all the years and all the tears that her journey to parenthood would take. As she processed multiple failures and losses, she and Blake largely kept quiet, at least to their fans.But when her daughter Poppy arrived through adoption in 2019, Holly came out in a vulnerable and "real talk" Instagram post, which was titled, “My Seven Year Secret.” On this episode, Andrea talks to Holly about why she's now “out loud” with her fertility story, how she and Blake navigated miscarrying, and the challenging experiences they faced in their marriage while trying to build their family, and why she now says that Poppy was worth the wait -- even if she had to wait another seven years to be her mom.Today's episode is brought to you by Fertility Out Loud, a platform and social media community which provides resources and tools to help you along your fertility journey, and support from a community of women and couples who have been where you are. Visit fertilityoutloud.com for more.
How this Matchmaker Chose Her Sperm Donor
Meet Matchmaker Rachel Russo, a solo parent who believes that having a baby on her own is one of the single best decisions she'smade forher love life.At 30 years old, Rachel had a client who was also a top fertility doctor and offered her the opportunity to freeze her eggs for free. Rachel declined, thinking marriage and babies would soon come. Little did she know then that six years later, as she faced a tough fertility journey, she would look back on the doctor's offer with some regrets.Rachel says that with "a ticking clock" and a strong desire for motherhood, she decided to pursue having a baby without a partner in her mid 30s, thinking that not only can love come later, but that this step may actually improve her love life.In this interview, Andrea and Rachel discuss why the term 'single mom by choice' doesn't resonate with Rachel, how picking a sperm donor is the same and different from the love matches she picks for her clients, and why she wants to share her story publicly and inspire other singles to consider this step.This episode is supported byCaliforniaCryobank, the #1 sperm bank recommended by physicians, which maintains the highest qualitystandards to give clients the best possible opportunity for a safe and successful pregnancy.To learn more, visitwww.cryobank.com
IVF Turns 40: A Conversation with the First US 'Test Tube Baby', Elizabeth Carr
This month, December 2021, IVF turns 40. Or, more specifically, Elizabeth Carr, the first US IVF baby, turns 40.Making headline news in 1981, Elizabeth was known as a “test tube” baby. The Washington Post coverage at the time said that the test tube baby, "is the first successful product of a 21 month old in-vitro fertilization program that literally fertilizes human eggs in plastic dishes at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Both the baby and our mother Judith Carr, a 28 year old Westminster Mass school teacher leader were pronounced perfectly healthy. 'The baby cried right away. And that was very reassuring', said Dr. Mason Andrews who performed the cesarean. 'It was a relief to know this was a “normal” baby'."Elizabeth was, in fact, healthy and “normal”; but nothing about the attention she received as an early "science baby" was normal.On this episode, Andrea sits down with Elizabeth to talk about what it was like to grow up knowing she was created in a lab, what she has seen change in the world of reproduction during her lifetime, and what she hopes the future holds not only for her, but for the future of fertility.This episode is brought to you by First Response™, America’s most trusted Pregnancy Test Brand.* First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test can tell you 6 days sooner than your missed period.***Voted 'most trusted Pregnancy Test brand" by American shoppers based on the 2020 BrandSpark® American Trust Study.**In laboratory testing, the Early Result Pregnancy Test detected pregnancy hormone levels in 76% of pregnant women 5 days before their expected period. See package for details about early testing.