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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

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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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    Meet 5x Egg Donor, 5x Surrogate & Fertility Therapist, Ariel Taylor

    Meet 5x Egg Donor, 5x Surrogate & Fertility Therapist, Ariel Taylor

    Ariel Taylor had her first pregnancy and child in her early 20s and realized soon after that that she not only loved being pregnant, but that she loved being a mother and couldn't bear the thought that some people who wanted to become parents wouldn't be able to either because of their infertility, or because they didn't have the anatomy to create or deliver a baby themselves. 
    So in 2015, Ariel decided to become a gestational surrogate for the first time, helping a couple in her area who were going through secondary infertility. Since then, she's been a surrogate four times, and recently announced her next surrogacy journey with a friend who lost her ability to carry a pregnancy because of cancer treatment. Ariel has also been an egg donor five times, and recently started an infertility therapy practice. 
    This episode explores why Ariel wants to work with people on all sides of this journey, including intended parents and egg donors/surrogates, why she advocates for change and better access to fertility treatments, and what she wants the infertility community and the general public to know about Third-Party Reproduction. 
    This episode was sponsored by EMD Serono, a leader in the fertility space for more than 20 years. They have a legacy of helping couples throughout their fertility journey by offering resources, medications and support. Learn more by visiting fertility.com


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    • 48 min
    Welcome to the Future of Fertility

    Welcome to the Future of Fertility

    Ever since the first IVF baby was born, just over 40 years ago, the fertility field has grown steadily and rapidly.  What does the future hold?
    On this episode, which is divided into three parts, Andrea invites experts in the field to explore what we can expect moving forward with the advancements in the field, how to best protect ourselves and our specimens over time, and why we need better access to treatment and advocacy for people who are building their families 'with help'.
    This episode delves into: 

    The start of IVF, with the first American 'test tube baby', advocate Elizabeth Jordan Carr, and what she's witnessed in ART in her lifetimeThe future of fertility, with members of the TMRW Life Sciences Team, Tara Comonte and Cynthia Hudson, who speak about transparency and scalability as more eggs and embryos are frozen.The ethics and law around fertility preservation and accountability, with Family and Fertility Lawyer, Alexis Cirel
    While it's never a good time to be infertile or need assistance to have a baby, this conversation shows that the future of fertility looks bright.
    This episode is sponsored by TMRW Life Sciences, whose mission is to safeguard life's most precious cells.  They have created a technology so your frozen eggs or embryos are digitally identified and tracked, linking them to you forever, and giving traceability and transparency that hasn’t existed in this way prior. Learn more by visiting tmrw.org.


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    • 56 min
    Why Golnesa from Shahs of Sunset is Proud of Her Child's Donor Conception Story

    Why Golnesa from Shahs of Sunset is Proud of Her Child's Donor Conception Story

    *This episode is part of the pregnantish 'Reality of Infertility' series featuring reality stars and public personalities who have undergone fertility treatments to build their families and are sharing their fertility journeys in honor of awareness, education, and advocacy.
    Those who watch reality TV and Bravo, in particular, know that Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi from “Shahs of Sunset” has never been shy to use her voice to challenge and support people she loves and that she's not scared to go after what she wants; but what people may not know is how much this has extended to the way Golnesa became a mom.
    Golnesa has been vocal about her path to parenthood with sperm donation, which also includes a devastating ectopic pregnancy that could have literally killed her. This experience led to the removal of both of her fallopian tubes. Determined to try again, Golnesa pursued IVF months later and got pregnant with her baby boy Elijah, the love of her life, who is now a toddler.
    In this episode, Andrea and Golnesa discuss the many extraordinary ways families are created today, why Golnesa pursued single motherhood, and why she feels her fertility and family story was always meant to be.
    This episode is sponsored by Donor Concierge, a leading fertility service helping intended parents navigate the challenging process of finding an egg donor, sperm donor or surrogate. For more or for a free consultation, visit donorconcierge.com/contact 


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    • 34 min
    Why These Reality Stars Are Having "Real Talk" About Fertility and Egg Freezing

    Why These Reality Stars Are Having "Real Talk" About Fertility and Egg Freezing

    In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, this "Reality of Infertility" episode featuring reality stars Kendall Long and Caroline Lunny from Bachelor Nation, and Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi from Shahs of Sunset, is a candid talk about egg freezing, IVF, navigating fertility treatments without a partner, miscarriage, how to pick a sperm donor and more. 
    Taped live in front of an audience at the 'reality show restaurant', Sur in West Hollywood, these popular TV personalities share what they wish they knew before pursuing egg retrievals and fertility treatments, and why they are passionate about using their voices to educate young women about their fertility today. 
    This episode is sponsored by Extend Fertility, the nation's largest egg freezing clinic which was founded on the premise that democratizing egg freezing could ultimately deliver better results for both patients and providers. If you're thinking about preserving your fertility through egg freezing or IVF, and for a free egg freezing consultation, contact them at extendfertility.com
     

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    • 29 min
    Reality of Infertility: Jaclyn Misch from Survivor

    Reality of Infertility: Jaclyn Misch from Survivor

    For fans of the hit CBS show Survivor, Season 29 runner-up Jaclyn Misch is the definition of bravery. She competed and dominated challenges that would make many of us bow out or buckle. In some ways Jaclyn's "Survivor" journey mirrored her journey with her husband, fellow survivor contestant Jon Misch, as they tried to conceive over the years.
    Born with MRKH Syndrome, a condition in which a woman's reproductive system is not fully developed. Jaclyn knew she'd need help to bring a baby into the world, but she didn't expect the tough twists and turns that she and her husband would have along the way. 
    This episode is a candid look at surrogacy, why Jaclyn has used her voice to spread awareness of MRKH, miscarriage and infertility, and how she's managed to keep hope and resilience alive on and off camera.
    Thanks to episode sponsor, CSP, The Center for Surrogate Parenting, part of Ovation Fertility and the most experienced and longest standing surrogacy agency in the world. For over 40 years, they have successfully matched thousands of intended parents and surrogates to ensure a healthy journey and a happy outcome for all. For more, visit https://www.creatingfamilies.com

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    • 34 min
    Life After Death with IVF

    Life After Death with IVF

    If you saw Lauren McGregor walking down the street, you’d see a woman glowing with pride that she’s in her third trimester, pregnant with a baby she only dreamed about. What you wouldn’t see is everything behind this pregnancy - the fact that Lauren is carrying the love of her life Chris’s baby, and that he will never be earthside to raise his son with her. You wouldn’t see how devastating the year 2020 was for Lauren after Chris passed away. And you wouldn’t know that despite these circumstances, Lauren still feels really lucky.
    Lauren and her late partner, Chris, decided to freeze his sperm after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. 
    She now shares her story in the hopes that it can help others consider preserving their fertility when faced with a terminal illness, to ensure that people fill out the necessary paperwork that she’s grateful to have completed before her partner’s death, and to support others who look to build a family and life after death, despite heartbreaking circumstances.
     
    Thanks to today's episode sponsor, EMD Serono, a leader in the fertility space for more than 20 years. They have a legacy of helping couples throughout their fertility journey by offering resources, medications and support. Learn more by visiting fertility.com 

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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!

night-lionZ ,

Amazing podcast by an amazing woman

I’m a huge fan of Andrea and now a huge fan of this podcast!

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