Episode 55: Infertility in the Military: From Active Duty to Motherhood
November 11th is Veteran’s Day, and in honor of this, we are rolling out three episodes to spread light on an issue that is often overlooked, dealing with infertility in the military. We will hear from those who had their own personal battles with building a family, learn how different treatment can be, but also how similar some of those struggles and challenges are.
In the first episode of our three-part series, we hear from Rebecca Lipe, who served as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Air Force and served in Iraq. After deployment, she started her family building journey and decided to go through IVF, but things didn’t go as expected. In this episode, Rebecca shares her story of navigating fertility treatment while under military care, suffering from physically and emotionally painful pregnancy losses, and eventually giving birth to her beautiful daughter Genevieve. We’ll also learn about the importance of staying connected and finding a community while dealing with infertility, as Rebecca emphasizes, “Women in the military are the best resource for other women in the military.”
Guest: Rebecca Lipe, Attorney at a private law firm
Host: Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny
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Dan has been in the healthcare industry for the last six years as a multimedia content producer. Better known as ‘Video Dan’ he as interviewed numerous doctors, patients and other experts in the world of fertility. He’s also the producer for this podcast, This is Infertility. On a personal note Dan’s parents started fostering kids when he was four years old, and he considers himself a proud older brother to over 100 foster children.
Rebecca served seven years as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force. In 2011, she was deployed to Iraq when she began experiencing debilitating pain. She was subsequently medically evacuated and began a year of misdiagnosis and unnecessary medical treatment at the hands of military providers before a civilian physician diagnosed her with herniation from the deployment gear. This treatment also caused Rebecca’s infertility. Five years, six rounds of IVF, and three pregnancy losses later, Rebecca and her husband Doug welcomed their beautiful daughter Genevieve into the world.
Music From This Episode:
Artist: Dave Keifer
Track: Wait Riot
Track: What Was That Spectacular Sound Productions
Artist: Soft and Furious
Track: Melancholic Ending
Artist: Kai Engel
Artist: Philipp Weigl
Track: Western Shores
Artist: Rest You Sleeping Giant
Track: End of Winter
Track: The Sighful Branches
Track: Dawn II