183 episodes

In this unfiltered podcast about infertility, Brooklyn-based journalist and mom-of-two Ali Prato, who went through secondary infertility and IVF herself, talks to women—and some men—about the messy, frustrating, painful, heartbreaking, absurd and sometimes hilarious journey to have a baby. Or in some cases, to not have a baby. Each episode tells a different story about family building, getting real about miscarriages, egg freezing, sperm and egg donation, IUIs, endometriosis, male factor infertility, adoption, surrogacy, genetic testing, single parenting by choice, LGBTQ+ fertility, living childless not by choice, depression, relationship issues, money issues, jealousy, PTSD, and so much more. Ali covers all of the outcomes in this safe, non-judgement zone: the happy endings, the soul-crushingly sad ones, and the ones still in limbo.

Infertile AF Alison Prato

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

In this unfiltered podcast about infertility, Brooklyn-based journalist and mom-of-two Ali Prato, who went through secondary infertility and IVF herself, talks to women—and some men—about the messy, frustrating, painful, heartbreaking, absurd and sometimes hilarious journey to have a baby. Or in some cases, to not have a baby. Each episode tells a different story about family building, getting real about miscarriages, egg freezing, sperm and egg donation, IUIs, endometriosis, male factor infertility, adoption, surrogacy, genetic testing, single parenting by choice, LGBTQ+ fertility, living childless not by choice, depression, relationship issues, money issues, jealousy, PTSD, and so much more. Ali covers all of the outcomes in this safe, non-judgement zone: the happy endings, the soul-crushingly sad ones, and the ones still in limbo.

    Allison M.

    Allison M.

    Today, Ali is talking to Allison, whose story begins with a diagnosis of leukemia at the age of three years old. Allison talks about her diagnosis, going through chemo and radiation, and getting a life-saving bone marrow transplant from her sister, who was just one year old at the time. Now a childhood cancer survivor, she talks about how her treatment came into play when it came time to try to have babies. She describes having heavy bleeding and cysts on her ovaries, deciding to freeze her eggs, and going through two unsuccessful rounds of IVF, because "there weren't any eggs to extract at that point." She talks about having a hysterectomy, using an egg donor and a surrogate to have her baby girl, and how today, she is the manager of the egg donor program at Conceiveabilities, helping others navigate egg donation and more. 

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Leukemia; childhood cancer; infertility; ovarian cysts; IVF; egg freezing; failed cycles; hysterectomy; egg donation; surrogacy.

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    INCIRCLE FERTILITY @incirclefertility
    Abbe Feder founded InCircle fertility after her own 6 year struggle with infertility. InCircle provides a holistic approach – from guidance on planning and decision making, to patient advocacy and day-to-day emotional support. All of this from someone who’s BEEN THERE.
    InCircle is giving Infertile AF listeners a free 30 minute support session - check out https://www.incirclefertility.com/aliaf Again, use code ALIAF for a free 30 min session. I really can’t recommend her enough.

    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at fertilityrally.com. We offer support groups, private Facebook groups, curated events, and an entire community of more than 400 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey. Doors open the 1st of every month! Join at link in bio on IG @fertilityrally or at fertilityrally.com

    BELI @beli.baby
    Beli is formulated with the right nutrients to help boost your fertility, increase egg quality and support IVF to increase your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy. To get started with Beli, go to belibaby.com and use code ALI15 for 15% off your first month of either Beli Women or Beli Men.

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    • 42 min
    Cheyna

    Cheyna

    Cheyna Roth is a Senior producer at Slate, where she produces podcasts for a living. Ali first heard about her and her story when she talked about her own infertility struggles on a podcast that she frequently co-hosts, called "The Waves." 
    Today, she shares that story with us, talking about endometriosis, the random places she's injected meds in her ass, retrievals, transfers, IUIs, miscarriage, pregnancy after loss, secondary infertility and so much more. 

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Infertility; endometriosis; IUI; IVf; egg retrievals; embryo transfers; secondary infertility; pregnancy after loss; grief; guilt. 

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    INCIRCLE FERTILITY @incirclefertility
    Abbe Feder founded InCircle fertility after her own 6 year struggle with infertility. InCircle provides a holistic approach – from guidance on planning and decision making, to patient advocacy and day-to-day emotional support. All of this from someone who’s BEEN THERE. 
    InCircle is giving Infertile AF listeners a free 30 minute support session - check out https://www.incirclefertility.com/aliaf Again, use code ALIAF for a free 30 min session. I really can’t recommend her enough. 

    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at fertilityrally.com. We offer support groups, private Facebook groups, curated events, and an entire community of more than 400 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey. Doors open the 1st of every month! Join at link in bio on IG @fertilityrally or at fertilityrally.com

    BELI @beli.baby
    Beli is formulated with the right nutrients to help boost your fertility, increase egg quality and support IVF to increase your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy. To get started with Beli, go to belibaby.com and use code ALI15 for 15% off your first month of either Beli Women or Beli Men.

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    • 50 min
    Michelle V.

    Michelle V.

    Michelle V. is the proud mom of her angel baby Sweet Pea, who she lost due to miscarriage, her angel daughter Colette Louise who she lost at nine days old, and her only living child, her rainbow baby, Elliott Miguel. Today she tells Ali all about her journey, including infertility, miscarriage, giving birth to her daughter at just 24 weeks, their nine-day stay in the NICU, the devastating loss of Colette, and so much more. She's also going to tell us about how she and her husband founded The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation, whose mission is to improve outcomes of pregnancy, childbirth, prematurity, and infancy, as well as aid in the grieving process through financial assistance, education, and advocacy. 

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Infertility; IVF; miscarriage; IUIs; NICU; infant loss; grief; advocacy. 

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at fertilityrally.com. We offer support groups, private Facebook groups, curated events, and an entire community of more than 400 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey. Doors open the 1st of every month! Join at link in bio on IG @fertilityrally or at fertilityrally.com

    BELI @beli.baby
    Beli is formulated with the right nutrients to help boost your fertility, increase egg quality and support IVF to increase your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy. To get started with Beli, go to belibaby.com and use code ALI15 for 15% off your first month of either Beli Women or Beli Men.

    Support this podcast at:
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Chauncey Ellis

    Chauncey Ellis

    Today, Ali is talking to Miscarriage Awareness advocate Chauncey Ellis about her two very different losses. Chauncey talks about growing up as part of the LDS church, how she was one of eight children in her family, and having her first daughter at a young age. She also talks about trying again seven years later, the two miscarriages she experienced, the grief she deals with to this day, and later, having another daughter, named Indigo. Today, Chauncey is a huge cheerleader for others in the #TTCcommunity, sharing education, advice and her own experiences. Follow her @chaunceyellis 

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Miscarriage; multiple miscarriages; meditation; grief; pregnancy after loss. 

    EPISODE SPONSOR:

    THE CLASS. 
    The Class is a fun and challenging workout that combines strength-training, cardio, and mindfulness to help you feel better. Check out The Class’ recent Fertility Series, backed by CCRM. Whether you’re curious about conceiving or actively trying to have a child, The Fertility Series strengthens your mind-body connection so you can maintain your wellbeing wherever you are on the fertility journey. This series includes conversations, meditations, and no-impact workouts that emotionally and mentally support you where medicine, society, and well-meaning loved ones fall short.
    The best part? Infertile AF listeners can get an exclusive, 30-day free trial by going to theclass.com/infertileaf

    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at www.fertilityrally.com. We offer support groups, private Facebook groups, curated events, and an entire of more than 325 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey. Doors open the 1st of every month. See more on our IG @fertilityrally

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    • 57 min
    Peta Murgatroyd of Dancing with the Stars

    Peta Murgatroyd of Dancing with the Stars

    Today, Ali is talking to Dancing With the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd about the secondary infertility journey she is currently experiencing, after she and her husband, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, another DWTS pro, had their son, Shai, who is now five years old. Peta talks about her three miscarriages, dealing with loss in the middle of her Dancing with the Stars season, why she felt embarrassed and ashamed by having miscarriages, why she feels it's so important to talk about it now, how she and Maks have dealt with it together, and what happened when she started IVF this past June. She also talks about balancing work with raising a family (and the regrets she has in that area), wondering how and why miscarriage could happen to her, listening to her gut, why she thought IVF was "a broken woman-type of thing" and how her body and mind have responded so far during her IVF journey. 

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Infertility; secondary infertility; miscarriage; multiple miscarriages; IVF; egg retrievals; relationship issues; advocating for oneself; shame and embarrassment. 

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    PROOV
    Today’s episode is sponsored by Proov, a women’s health company dedicated to providing information and solutions on key fertility hormones so they can reach their goals faster. The best part is that they’re giving Infertile AF listeners a special discount code. Go to proovtest.com, enter the code ALI25, and you’ll get 25% off your first Proov order of $25 or more.

    EXTEND FERTILITY
    Extend Fertility--co-founded by Ali's brilliant doctor, Joshua U. Klein, believes in being personal and data driven. They’re passionate about delivering fertility care in a more compassionate and transparent way. To help proactively explore your fertility options, Extend Fertility has an exclusive offer for all Infertile AF listeners. If you schedule a consultation and mention that you are a Infertile AF listener, you will receive $500 off your first IVF or egg freezing cycle. Visit extendfertility.com and mention Infertile AF.

    RECEPTIVA DX
    The ReceptivaDX test can help couples struggling with unexplained infertility. It can help identify endometriosis before an embryo transfer, and has the potential to save women the stress, anxiety, and cost of multiple failed IVF attempts. Learn more at receptivadx.com or download the ReceptivaDX app. Use code INFERTILEAF for $75 off.

    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at www.fertilityrally.com. We offer support groups, private Facebook groups, curated events, and an entire of more than 325 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey. Doors open the 1st of every month. See more on our IG @fertilityrally

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    • 29 min
    Ashley Gildin Spitzer

    Ashley Gildin Spitzer

    On this episode, Ali talks to Ashley Gildin Spitzer about her four-year-long infertility journey, which ended with she calls her "twiblings," two babies born four months apart. Ashley starts with her diagnosis of hypothalamic amenorrhea (loss of her period), then talks about her IUI which ended in a blighted ovum. She then talks about her IVF journey, which included several retrievals, several transfers, and several devastating losses. She talks about seeing an immunologist, going gluten and dairy-free, and what happened when they pivoted to looking for a surrogate. She then explains how, in a wild twist, she became pregnant, and so did her surrogate--and how the two babies were born four months apart. 

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Infertility; hypothalamic amenorrhea; IUIs; IVF; accupuncture; surrogacy; miscarriage; immunology; ReceptivaDX; blighted ovum; chemical pregnancy; ectopic pregnancy; twiblings; NICU babies. 

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at fertilityrally.com. We offer support groups, private Facebook groups, curated events, and an entire of more than 325 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey. Doors open the 1st of every month! Join at link in bio on IG @fertilityrally or at fertilityrally.com

    KINDBODY
    Kindbody is so forward-thinking, they've recently merged with our good friends at Vios Fertility Institute - some of the best in the business in my opinion. From now until September 5, Kindbody is offering priority access to fertility treatment during your summer break with an exclusive $1500 discount on egg freezing or IVF plus $100 off your first appointment.
    Educators work tirelessly to take care of others all year and this is one way Kindbody can say "thanks".

    Visit Kindbody.com/teacher-promo for details and exclusions, and to get your discount code for $1500 off egg freezing or IVF plus $100 off your first appointment.

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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

emilydam ,

A must for anyone going through infertility or just curious

I have listened to every single episode since going through my own infertility experience. I have laughed, cried, and , grieved alongside these men and women. Love this show so much.

WimbledonWench ,

Love everything about this podcast

Relatable, down to earth and a comfort to listen to on those “why me” days. Thank you Ali! PS how does this podcast not have more reviews?!? X

valsolo ,

Inspiring

I have been listening to this podcast for a long time, I find the stories so inspiring and brave. The community for those seeking to be mothers is such a personal story for every woman. I love the listening to people talk about their experiences on such a candid way. What a great sisterhood 😃

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