52 episodes

There's no one way to be pregnant – just ask Andrea Syrtash. After nearly two dozen fertility treatments, a handful of surrogates and almost a decade of trying to get and stay pregnant, Andrea is now a proud mother. Pregnantish is a place for those that had unconventional paths to parenthood to tell their stories. Each episode, we'll hear from fertility experts and real people on their own nontraditional journey to being a parent.
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Pregnantish Andrea Syrtash

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 36 Ratings

There's no one way to be pregnant – just ask Andrea Syrtash. After nearly two dozen fertility treatments, a handful of surrogates and almost a decade of trying to get and stay pregnant, Andrea is now a proud mother. Pregnantish is a place for those that had unconventional paths to parenthood to tell their stories. Each episode, we'll hear from fertility experts and real people on their own nontraditional journey to being a parent.
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    Accelerating What's Possible: NIAW Interview with Dr Vrunda B. Desai & Sydney Sharon from CooperSurgical

    Accelerating What's Possible: NIAW Interview with Dr Vrunda B. Desai & Sydney Sharon from CooperSurgical

    If you’re navigating or considering undergoing fertility treatments like IVF, and are confused by all the tests and information out there, you are not alone. Sometimes in this process, we feel like we are given too much information and not enough information at the same time! 
    This podcast episode, in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) 2024, is a spotlight on why we should advocate for our reproductive health and know our options.
    Dr. Vrunda B. Desai, FACOG, the VP of Medical and Clinical Affairs at CooperSurgical, joins Andrea in studio to share how CooperSurgical is accelerating what’s possible to help people build their families sooner, and how tests like PGT-A, PGT-M, and PGTai can revolutionize the embryo selection process. She is a Physician, Researcher, Educator and Medical Affairs leader at CooperSurgical and is a Board-Certified Ob/Gyn with fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery. Dr. Desai is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine. She’s seen first hand how many options current fertility treatment patients have when trying to build or expand their families.
    This episode also features back Sydney Sharon, Social Media and Community Manager at California Cryobank by CooperSurgical, who shares how she and her wife Brit chose their sperm donor and why representation matters when we talk about infertility and modern family building. 
    Thanks to episode sponsor CooperSurgical – a fertility and women’s health company, that puts time on the side of women, babies and families at the moments that matter most – for supporting this conversation. For more, visit coopersurgical.com 


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    • 30 min
    Endometriosis + Surrogacy Awareness Month with Figure Skating Champion, Tara Lipinski

    Endometriosis + Surrogacy Awareness Month with Figure Skating Champion, Tara Lipinski

    World figure skating champion and sports commentator, Tara Lipinski, is known for breaking records and winning awards throughout her competitive skating career, including being the youngest athlete to win a gold medal at just 15 years old at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan. 
    But, in the last year since Tara achieved another big dream and became a mom via gestational surrogacy, after five years of struggling to conceive, failed IVF cycles and devastating miscarriages, more have heard Tara’s voice as a passionate advocate in the infertility community with a goal of spreading awareness and education. 
    In honor of Surrogacy Awareness Month and Endometriosis Awareness Month, both of which touched Tara and pregnantish podcast host Andrea's lives, this episode is about persevering in the face of challenges, the truth about resilience and endurance on the rink and in life, and why fertility education is so important.
    This conversation is supported by All Families Surrogacy, a premier surrogacy agency that supports all families by providing unwavering guidance to all surrogates and hopeful parents, regardless of their cultural identity, location or financial status. Whether you're interested in pursuing surrogacy or being a potential surrogate yourself, find out more at https://allfamiliessurrogacy.com



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    • 42 min
    Breaking Taboos With Former MTV Asia VJ Denise Keller + Miss Universe Japan Juri Watanabe

    Breaking Taboos With Former MTV Asia VJ Denise Keller + Miss Universe Japan Juri Watanabe

    Former MTV Asia VJ and Television Presenter/Producer, Denise Keller, and Miss Universe Japan 2021, Juri Watanabe, are the definition of beauty, smarts and grace to their audiences who have followed them as celebrated major pageant winners and popular on-air talent. But, what they their fans may not know is the desire and drive both of these women have when it comes to breaking down taboos in Asian culture, and beyond, around issues like infertility, pregnancy loss and mental health. 
    Denise, who resides in Singapore and is of Chinese and German ancestry, and Juri, who now lives in Los Angeles and who is of Japanese and Korean descent, strive to elevate the conversation on their public platforms so that others who are struggling, feel less isolated as they once did. 
    This episode’s midroll includes a conversation with Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Janelle Luk, Co-Founder and Medical Director of Generation Next Fertility, who says that one reason she has a passion for women’s health is because of her experience as a young girl growing up in Hong Kong and learning that her mother was given away at birth. Dr. Luk also shares how certain conditions that impact fertility, like Diminished Ovarian Reserve and PCOS, show up in higher numbers and/or display differently in people of Asian descent than their white counterparts. 
    The subject of “Asian Infertility” is a highly under-researched and under-covered topic. As a result, some people may not access the care they need. This dynamic conversation with newsmakers and thought leaders, which is also in honor of the Chinese New Year, and “The Year of the Dragon” (known to see an uptick in fertility!), strives to continue and expand the conversation so that people get the help they need and know that they are not alone.
    This episode is supported by Generation Next Fertility in New York City, whose mission is to provide individualized patient centric quality care and innovative technologies to help patients become parents. For more, visit generationnextfertility.com


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    • 56 min
    America's "Most Organized Man", Andrew Mellen, on How To Get Organized During Tough Life Chapters

    America's "Most Organized Man", Andrew Mellen, on How To Get Organized During Tough Life Chapters

    Professional organizer and Author of “Unstuff your Life” and “Calling Bullsh*t On Busy”, Andrew Mellen, has been called “The most organized man in America”, and has spent his career helping people not only declutter their homes and schedules, but also their minds, their hearts and their lives. 
    Andrew knows that during some of life's hardest chapters, like infertility and loss, it can seem overwhelming or even insurmountable to manage all the moving pieces - but he's determined to show that it's not only possible to lessen load, but that when we do we can alleviate stress, find new sources of productivity, and access more life-balance and success.
    This episode is presented by pregnantish, the first media and patient advocacy platform dedicated to providing high quality content, community, reproductive education, and support for all the people who need “help” to build their families. Pregnantish is also the home to Pregnantish Insights, dedicated to providing insights to benefit the entire fertility care spectrum and improve the future of patient care. For more, visit pregnantish.com and/or by following @pregnantish 


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    • 32 min
    Eboni K. Williams on Pursuing Single Motherhood with the Help of a Black Sperm Donor

    Eboni K. Williams on Pursuing Single Motherhood with the Help of a Black Sperm Donor

    American lawyer and bestselling author of “Bet on Black”, Eboni K. Williams, has been known to her audience on her daytime TV show,  “Equal Justice with Judge Eboni K. Williams”, and during her time as the first Black cast member on The Real Housewives of NY, as an independent, outspoken and multi-talented woman. What some of her fans may not know is that in addition to all of these jobs, Eboni wants to add another important role to her work: mom. 
    As a single woman, Eboni is hoping to start a family with the help of sperm donation and IVF and is well aware not only of the shortage of Black sperm donors available, but also the stigma of being “another Black single mom in America.”
    In this episode, taped in front of a live audience in New York City at the "Diversity of Infertility" pregnantish event, Eboni shares why she’s pursuing single parenthood at this stage of her life, what she wishes others knew about the process, including why 'open donation' was important to her, and why we need to elevate the conversation about the need for more diverse sperm donor options.  

    This episode is presented by California Cryobank, a top sperm bank in the U.S., shipping to all 50 states and to over 40 countries. With one of the largest and most diverse selection of sperm donors, California Cryobank is proud to have helped more than 75,000 people create their families for over 45 years. Visit cryobank.com for more information, and use promo code SPERMISH for a FREE Level 2 Subscription for access to their portfolio of donors. 
     


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    • 33 min
    Survivor Stars Jaclyn & Jon Misch Share Their Surrogacy Story and Surviving Stillbirth

    Survivor Stars Jaclyn & Jon Misch Share Their Surrogacy Story and Surviving Stillbirth

    Former Miss Michigan and Michigan State Football player Jaclyn and Jon Misch are best known for their time together on CBS’s “Survivor”, where Jaclyn won the title of first runner-up in Season 29 and where the couple had to navigate incredible challenges together on the island.
    One challenge that the couple knew they'd have to overcome together back at home was starting a family, as Jaclyn was born with MRKH - a condition that rendered her infertile and born without a uterus. In fact, Jaclyn was one of the first public people to bring more awareness to the disorder, which impacts approximately 1 out of every 5000 women.
    While Jaclyn and Jon knew that she wouldn’t be able to carry a pregnancy, they never imagined all the twists and turns they'd experience on the way to parenthood -  including a devastating 20-week stillbirth with a gestational surrogate who was carrying their little girl, Harper. 
    Through faith, science and the generosity of Jon’s first cousin, their gestational surrogate, Jaclyn and Jon are now the parents of a healthy little boy named Logan. And, while they now recognize that the experience strengthened their bond, they will never forget how infertility changed their marriage and their lives.
    This episode, which explores love, loss, resilience, and the realities of surrogacy, also features Staci Swiderski, Founder/CEO/Owner of Family Source Consultants, who supported this episode. Family Source Consultants is a leading authority in third party reproduction that matches and facilitates Gestational Surrogacy and Egg Donation arrangements for individuals and couples of all backgrounds in the US and Internationally. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, visit familysourceconsultants.com


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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Natty (no longer) in the city ,

Real talk about all things in/fertility

Andrea Syrtash asks thought provoking questions and speaks candidly with guests about all things infertility and what the path to parenthood really looks like for the 1 out of 6 people trying to conceive/battling infertility. If you are looking for real stories about in/fertility and modern family building, this is definitely for you!

Rivers aaaaa ,

Wonderful and fascinating

Such a beautiful set of stories and always such a great listen!! I love this podcast!

Dinarebecca1 ,

Great podcast and host!

Andrea is a great resource for people with "various" forms of prengnancy and pregnancy issues - and a wonderful, experiened host. Brava!

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