Episode 36: #InfertilityUncovered: When Limited Fertility Benefits Fall Short
National Infertility Awareness Week falls on April 21 – April 27 and this year’s theme from RESOLVE is #InfertilityUncovered. In honor of this week, we’re doing a four-part series on what it’s like to truly uncover the world of infertility.
If a fertility benefit is offered, but there are no providers who accept it, is it really a benefit at all? In the second episode of our four-part series, we hear from Wajmah Yaqubi, an Emmy-nominated Photo Director who found herself asking that very question when she researched her employer’s fertility benefit.
Although Wajmah’s employer provided fertility benefits, they were extremely limited and restrictive in what was covered. For starters, there was only one in-network doctor in all of Manhattan who accepted her company’s insurance. On top of this, insurance policies required that individuals go through six rounds of IUI before even being able to receive coverage.
Wajmah is still trying to conceive, and she’s doing it with very little financial support. In this episode, she shares how she’s been navigating infertility with little to no coverage, how she has learned to be her own advocate throughout the process, and how her partner supports her along the way.
Guest: Wajmah Yaqubi
Host: Brandi Guthrie, Provider Account Manager at Progyny
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Brandi manages the East Coast of Progyny’s Provider Network, where she recruits new fertility clinics to be a part of Progyny’s exclusive provider network. She takes pride in establishing and fostering positive relationships with Progyny’s in-network clinics. Brandi’s concentration in the healthcare industry began prior to joining Progyny four years ago and has developed into a true passion for helping support all individuals achieve their dreams of parenthood.
Wajmah has worked at notable companies such as Getty Images, US News & World Report, AOL, and ABC News. Wajmah joined Buzzfeed in May of 2015 to establish and direct global photo operations. She recently moved into a new role as the company’s Director of Rights & Clearances.
Music From This Episode:
Artist: Philipp Weigl
Title: Western Shores
Title: Good Night
Artist: Lee Rosevere
Title: All the Answers
Title: I Thought of Pills
Title: Dawn II
Artist: Kai Engel
Artist: Rest You Sleeping Giant
Title: End of Winter
Artist: Mise Darling
Title: No One