Being infertile sucks. Co-hosts Sarah and Kaela are your friends who get it. This is a podcast by real women sharing truths about the hardships and hilarity of infertility, IVF, and trying to conceive.
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!
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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
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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.
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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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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
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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So real and relatable
I absolutely love this podcast. I am going through IVF and I feel like this podcast is like hanging out with my best friends — and they GET it. I actually grin / smile / laugh the entire time I listen to these podcasts because these women are so real and relatable and say it like it is!
When I listen to this podcast I mostly laugh and smile over something that usually brings me sadness. I find it so refreshing and fun but yet sensitive to the emotional struggles of infertility. I do feel like I am just hanging out with Sarah and Kaela.l and appreciate that they are real and vulnerable about what the experience can be like. Can’t wait for more episodes.
Such a great find!
I stumbled upon this podcast while searching for some support. I was feeling very alone in my infertility, and the Mafia has helped me feel less so. It’s so nice to listen to women who understand what I’m going through, vocalize many of the things I’m feeling, and do so in a humorous way. Highly recommend the Infertile Mafia for anyone who feels like they need more information, or just someone to listen to who “gets it.”