This is Infertility is a bi-weekly podcast where we fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through a family building journey. Each episode dives into the emotional, physical, and financial burdens carried by those who experience infertility on their path to parenthood. Be it IVF, IUI, egg freezing, surrogacy, adoption, etc., the path is never the same and it can be long, painful, and lonely. It’s our mission to give those struggling a platform to be heard, a community connection, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the 1 in 6 who, for many reasons, struggle with infertility.
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Episode 181: #NIAW: A Path to Parenthood Turned into a Path to Purpose

Today’s guest embodies the purpose of National Infertility Awareness Week. Each year the infertility community, led by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, takes this week to amplify and educate the public about reproductive health and issues that make building a family difficult for many.

Danielle Faith has dedicated herself to advocacy and awareness through her St. Louis based organization, Making a Miracle. The isolation Danielle felt along her path to parenthood with endometriosis, lack of coverage, and pregnancy loss, inspired her to build a community that supports others along their family building journeys.

Tune in for how Danielle made her miracle.

Guest: Danielle Faith, founder of Making a Miracle

Host: Emma Gallagher, Progyny

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An endometriosis diagnosis

03:13 – 03:39

Emma Gallagher: The laparoscopy confirmed the endometriosis, and some tissue was removed, which would hopefully help ease a lot of the pain that Danielle had experienced. And as part of the evaluation, the doctor mentioned that if Danielle and her husband wanted to try to get pregnant, it would be a good idea to start trying sooner rather than later, as after six months or so it’s possible that more endometrioses could spread, and potentially disrupt a pregnancy.

Treatment options without coverage

06:06 – 09:30

Danielle Faith: We did not have infertility insurance at the time. So, this was not something that we were aware of. And we couldn’t afford anything. So, we started with timed intercourse, and we could afford the little $300 trigger shot, you know, it was it was a step. But I still knew in my head like this was not going to work. We did three rounds of timed intercourse. And then after that, we decided to jump into IUI insemination because nothing was working. You know, I have hope but I don’t feel it.

We ended up getting insurance through my husband’s job, he had gotten a new job. And it felt really awesome to have something. They did not cover PGT testing, though. So that was another thing that, you know, maybe my journey would have been a little bit shorter if they did.

IVF and loss

10:08 – 17:50

Danielle Faith: We did the retrieval, we ended up with four embryos. We took a test together. And it was positive. I was pregnant, it was a dream come true. Christmas was the week after. So, we decided to surprise my grandma and his mother with this pregnancy announcement, and I will never forget their faces. It was the day after we got home from the holidays that I felt weird. Like I felt different. It was just kind of like we’re losing this baby. And that was hard. One of the hardest things was just telling people that we weren’t pregnant anymore.

I had two other embryos, which each resulted in failed transfers. Now, because we didn’t do the PGT testing, we don’t know. But once we got through those, we decided to go ahead and do another round of IVF. I did end up getting three embryos out of that round. I developed OHS, which is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, I ended up with a hospital stay. And we ended up getting pregnant again, with our first transfer November of 2020 and lost it a chemical pregnancy. But this time, of course, we didn’t tell anybody.

This was my last chance this year before my deductible started over. So, you know, in my head, I’m like, one, I just had OHS I’m honestly over it. Like, I don’t even know if I can continue this. I don’t know if I even have it in me to do another round of IVF and my deductible is going to start over. So like, this has to happen now. We went through with that transfer on December 19th of 2020. And that transfer resulted in my now two-year-old daughter. So, it was a very, very hard pregnancy after loss. But it’s kind of amazing that when I felt like giving up, it just happened, you know.

Support, advocacy, and awareness

18:49 – 22:58

Danielle Faith: A lot of benefits offer PGT testing because of reoccurring loss, they don’t want you to have to continue to pay for something that you know is just going to fail. So that’s one of the downfalls to that benefit that we had. I’m actually, you know, very blessed with Progyny — I’ve never heard of a benefit to have surrogacy. And that’s not something that I ever had to think about in my journey until now.

And so, the only option that we really have to look at aside from, you know, adoption or, you know, fostering is surrogacy, if we decide to continue and move forward. Now, right now, I don’t know where we are on our journey. It’s complicated. But Progyny offers that. And that’s huge, you know. Even the events that I have with my nonprofit, like Progyny is just there, you know, I feel like they would be such a big support, even aside from just the benefit financially. Telling my story is really therapeutic for me. Because I feel like the more that we tell our stories, the more awareness is around, and people don’t feel like there’s a stigma to infertility. And they feel less alone.

Making a Miracle is a nonprofit organization in the St. Louis area that caters to the infertility community. And their mental health through support, advocacy, awareness, and so much more. It’s an organization that gives resources, emotional support, and we’re working on financial support now. But it’s just an organization that is like no other in the area that brings this community together. And makes you feel like there’s somebody there, you know. So, I founded that last year. We’ve actually hit a year now, which is pretty awesome.

Emma Gallagher


Emma Gallager
Marketing Associate, Progyny

Emma has been with Progyny for the past two years supporting marketing efforts to assist Progyny members and clients learn more about their benefit. In addition to supporting Progyny members during their open enrollment periods, Emma also works to organize educational webinars around fertility related topics. She is excited to continue learning more about the fertility space and help others throughout their journey.

Danielle Zoll


Danielle Zoll
Founder, Making a Miracle

Danielle Faith is an advocate for reproductive health and infertility. She is an Infertility Warrior who struggled with infertility for over 6 years; being diagnosed with Endometriosis, PCOS, and ovulatory dysfunction. Now she is mother to her amazing miracle baby, Makayla, and continues to uplift other women who are going through their own journey of Infertility. She understands the struggle of wanting to conceive and also feeling like giving up. Her coloring books, journals and other IVF themed books are meant to give others the hope and strength to feel like they are not alone in their battle towards motherhood. She has founded a non-profit called “Making a Miracle” that encourages, supports, gives resources, and continues to give hope to those struggling with infertility no matter what part of their journey they are in.

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Doctor Turtle
Track: The Ants Built a City on His Chest

Artist: Lee Rosevere
Track: Easy Life
Track: Sad Marimba Planet

Artist: Kai Engel
Track: Seeker

Artist: Jahzzar
Track: Fabonacci

Artist: Rest you sleeping giant
Track: Jazzmasters_and_Delay_Pedals