10 episodes

If you’re planning to have kids, either now or in the future, your journey might involve adoption, IVF, egg freezing, or a struggle with infertility. Regardless of the process, trying to make a family can be surprising, beautiful, painful, and enlightening. Host Marie McCoy-Thompson will share some of these stories on Baby Steps, a podcast about fertility and the many diverse paths people take in pursuit of parenthood. Brought to you by Carrot, the leading global fertility benefits company.

Baby Steps Carrot Fertility

    • Health & Fitness

If you’re planning to have kids, either now or in the future, your journey might involve adoption, IVF, egg freezing, or a struggle with infertility. Regardless of the process, trying to make a family can be surprising, beautiful, painful, and enlightening. Host Marie McCoy-Thompson will share some of these stories on Baby Steps, a podcast about fertility and the many diverse paths people take in pursuit of parenthood. Brought to you by Carrot, the leading global fertility benefits company.

    Fertility Language & Culture

    Fertility Language & Culture

    If you wondered why we said “gestational carrier” rather than “surrogate” on this podcast, this episode is for you. While this show typically features personal stories from people who have gone through their own fertility journeys, today we have an interview with Carrot’s Riley Steinmetz and Dr. Sheryl Vanderpoel. Carrot has a global perspective on the language of fertility, and why finding the right words to talk about fertility care is so important.

    • 24 min
    Cancer & Fertility Preservation

    Cancer & Fertility Preservation

    Everyone’s fertility journey is different. Dionne’s began when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctor told her that cancer treatment would drastically impact her fertility, so if she thought she might want biological children in the future, she’d need to undergo oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) immediately. In preparing for chemotherapy and the brutal battle with cancer, Dionne also now had to consider her fertility. In this episode, she shares how she managed it all.

    • 27 min
    Twiblings via Gestational Carrier

    Twiblings via Gestational Carrier

    Having a child via gestational carrier, a process commonly referred to as surrogacy, can be complex for one pregnancy. But George and his husband were hoping to have two babies at the same time—“twiblings.” Between finding an egg donor, a reputable clinic, two gestational carriers, and managing everything there is to do when preparing for two new additions to a family, George and his husband had a lot on their hands. Here’s how they did it.

    • 31 min
    Adoption

    Adoption

    Omair and his wife had known that they’d want to adopt a child from the time they were in high school. The adoption of their son, therefore, was essentially 17 years in the making. But how long did the adoption process actually take from start to finish? What was it like when a social worker visited their home to see if they’d be “fit to parent”? And how much did everything cost? Omair answers all of these questions and more as he talks through the story of how he and his wife adopted their son.

    • 34 min
    Infertility

    Infertility

    This podcast is about the pursuit of parenthood, but pursuing something does not mean a promise of any particular result. When it comes to fertility, there are no guarantees. That’s something Lauren knows all too well. She has PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), one of the symptoms of which is that ovaries fail to regularly release eggs. Her struggle with infertility has changed her perspective on the world and the way she thinks about motherhood. Today, she’s sharing her story. 

    • 38 min
    Trans and Pregnant

    Trans and Pregnant

    For a long time, Trystan had been led to believe that he could never have biological children. He is transgender, and doctors had told him that when he transitioned, he would not be able to get pregnant. But fast forward a few years, and Trystan and his partner, Biff, have three children—two they adopted, and one biological son. Today, Trystan shares the story of how he built his family and talks about what his pregnancy was like. 

    • 31 min

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