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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.

The Infertile Mafia: Real talk about infertility, IVF, and trying to conceive. Sarah Bruna & Kaela McDougall

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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.

    Infertility Is Still Scary

    Infertility Is Still Scary

    TRIGGER WARNING: Just in time for Halloween, Sarah & Kaela are serving up another episode of creepy, spooky, horrifying stories related to fertility!  Included in this episode is an unbelievable story about syphilis and the US government experimenting on African-American men. They also talk about the devastating, sadistic, and demented ways the Nazis caused infertility for their own citizens and how they treated victims of the Holocaust.  
     
    They share the story about the 74-year-old woman from India who gave birth to IVF twins.  They discuss if it’s an ethical choice and also share a crazy plot twist on the father of the twins!  Read about it here.
     
    To balance out the horror, they end the episode with some hilarious facts about animals and their fertility and mating rituals.  A lot of animals have it worse than humans, and they definitely have the drive to procreate just as much as people! 
     
    CALL THE CONSIGLIERE: The guest spot this week goes to Dr. Sasha Mikhael, MD.  Dr. Mikhael is a Reproductive Immunologist practicing in Michigan and talks about weight and infertility treatments.  What’s the real reason some doctors will not treat patients over a certain weight or BMI?  And finally, in keeping with the episode, she shares a really creepy story about an artificial insemination...yikes, it’s a doozy!
     
    Find Dr. Mikhael on Instagram: @sashamikhaelmd
     
    Website: infertilemafia.com
    Email: infertilemafia@gmail.com
    Facebook group(s): The Infertile Mafia Podcast & The Infertile Mafia - Bosses & Babies
    Instagram: @infertilemafiapodcast

    • 1 u. 3 min.
    Bosses Book Club

    Bosses Book Club

    Kaela & Sarah are talking about infertility related books!  This includes fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, children’s books, stories that will make you laugh and some that will make you cry - something for everyone!
     
    Joining the show is Tess Kossow, author of I’m Very Ferris a children’s book about In Vitro Fertilization.  Tess shares her inspiration behind writing a children’s book about such a complicated (and sometimes confusing) topic and shares what an impact infertility has had on her own family. 
    Find Tess here:
    www.tesskossow.com
    Instagram: @tesskossow
     
    CALL THE CONSIGLIERE: The guest spot this week goes to Meg Keyes, author of The Waiting Line: What To Do (And Not Do) When Someone You Love is Struggling With Infertility. She recaps some of the most common missteps people take when trying to care for those with infertility, and helps redirect them toward a more productive approach!
    Find Meg here:
    www.thewaitinglinebook.com
    Instagram: @thewaitinglinebook
     
    Other books featured on the show can be found at the following links:
    It Starts With the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF by Rebecca Fett
    Fueling Male Fertility: Nutrition and Lifestyle Guide for Men Trying to Conceive by Lauren Manaker MS, RD
    Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss by Lora Shahine, MD FACOG
    Hilariously Infertile: One Woman's Inappropriate Quest to Help Women Laugh Through Infertility by Karen Jeffries
    Your Fertility. Your Family: The Many Roads to Conception by William Schoolcraft, MD
    The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
    Little Dream by Celeste Rankine
     
    Website: infertilemafia.com
    Email: infertilemafia@gmail.com
    Facebook group(s): The Infertile Mafia Podcast & The Infertile Mafia - Bosses & Babies
    Instagram: @infertilemafiapodcast

    • 1 u. 9 min.
    You Are Not Broken (Re-Air)

    You Are Not Broken (Re-Air)

    October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month.  1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage and millions of women have lost infants during pregnancy or after birth.   Unfortunately, many of them suffer in silence. In this episode, Kaela is joined by Christine McDonough, of Infertility Illustrated, and together they are breaking the silence by sharing stories from listeners about how they have honored their losses and what has given them closure and comfort.  
     
    October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and the International Wave of Light.  Light a candle at 7pm in your respective time zone in honor of all the little lives lost too soon.
     
    Special thanks to Dr. Lora Shahine of Pacific Northwest Fertility for joining the podcast to tell us about her incredible #NOTBROKEN campaign.  
     
    Instagram: @drlorashahine
    Website: lorashahine.com
     
     
     
    Featured song: “Rizpah” by Families 

    Website: infertilemafia.com
    Email: infertilemafia@gmail.com
    Facebook group(s): The Infertile Mafia Podcast & The Infertile Mafia - Bosses & Babies
    Instagram: @infertilemafiapodcast
     

    • 55 min.
    Probably Can't Ovulate...S#!T

    Probably Can't Ovulate...S#!T

    PCOS is the topic for this episode!  After a podcast break during PCOS Awareness Month, Sarah & Kaela are offering some new information about PCOS - signs, symptoms, treatments and even discuss an article about what your poop says about you (and PCOS)! 
     
    They cover the New York Times article "When You're Told You're Too Fat To Get Pregnant" and share their own opinions around weight and fertility treatments.  And finally, they get real talking about taking control of habits and coping skills to ensure healthy lifestyle choices. 
     
    CALL THE CONSIGLIERE: The guest spot this week goes to Melissa Groves of Avocado Grove Nutrition & Wellness.  Melissa shares practical tips around nutrition for women with PCOS, foods to avoid (hint: avoidance isn’t part of her philosophy) and foods that may help a PCOS diagnosis. Follow her on Instagram: @the.hormone.dietitian

    Website: infertilemafia.com
    Email: infertilemafia@gmail.com
    Facebook group(s): The Infertile Mafia Podcast & The Infertile Mafia - Bosses & Babies
    Instagram: @infertilemafiapodcast

    • 44 min.
    Since We've Been Gone

    Since We've Been Gone

    Kaela & Sarah are baaaaack!  In this episode they talk about the biggest news in fertility from this past summer - the couple that had the WRONG embryos transferred, gave birth to twins, only to discover that they belonged to two different families!  They also share some podcasts they binged over the summer and respond to a crazy Mom rant that went viral about Disney World and “childless women.” 
     
    They introduce a new segment to the show - CALL THE CONSIGLIERE: The guest spot this week goes to the Mafia’s own Nurse Mandy who gives us an exciting update on her life!  Follow her on Instagram: @courageouslyinfertile_rn

    Finally, they share some new changes with the podcast, including exclusive merch designed specifically for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month!
     
    TRIGGER WARNING: Starting at minute 1:01 Sarah and Kaela talk candidly about mental health and infertility, being a new Mom, and their own experiences with postpartum depression.

    Website: infertilemafia.com
    Email: infertilemafia@gmail.com
    Facebook group(s): The Infertile Mafia Podcast & The Infertile Mafia - Bosses & Babies
    Instagram: @infertilemafiapodcast

    • 1 u. 8 min.
    We Were On A Break!

    We Were On A Break!

    Sarah & Kaela are talking about taking a break from trying to conceive.  They share their own experiences when it comes to taking a break, and how they spent their time - good, bad, and ugly.  And, they share comments from listeners about when and why they took a break and how it helped (or not)!
     
    They also discuss whether they’re team Ross or team Rachel on the “We were on a break!” FRIENDS topic!  And, they ponder things like mushrooms for men and their favorite wedding moments. Finally, stay tuned to the end of the episode - they have some big news, and need your help! 

    Website: infertilemafia.com
    Email: infertilemafia@gmail.com
    Facebook group(s): The Infertile Mafia Podcast & The Infertile Mafia - Bosses & Babies
    Instagram: @infertilemafiapodcast

    • 59 min.

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