This is Infertility

There is nothing more fundamental to life than the urge to continue it. But while it may be the most natural thing in the world, childbirth is far from the easiest and no two fertility journeys are the same. For that reason, we are breaking from the typical podcast form. Each episode is hosted by a different voice who brings their own unique point of view to the complex and ever-changing world of infertility. Our hosts are licensed clinical social workers, patient care advocates, clinical psychiatrists, reproductive endocrinologists, real fertility patients, and others who are, in one way or another, experts in the world of fertility. We fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through this journey.

Episode 1: National Infertility Awareness Week

For National Infertility Awareness Week, we examine what it’s really like to be infertile in America and we uncover how people can encourage companies, policy makers and health insurance companies to cover fertility treatment. Today’s host is Lissa Kline, Director of Member Services at Progyny.

Guests include: Barbara Collura, President & CEO at Resolve, Dr. Marcy Maguire, a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Dr. Tanmoy Mukherjee, co-director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York and Mary Pharris, Director of Business Development and Partnerships at Fairygodboss.

For more information, visit Progyny’s National Infertility Awareness Week webpage and visit:

Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com

Host

Lissa Kline, LCSW, Director of Member Services at Progyny, oversees the Patient Care Advocates. She worked at Columbia University Medical Center for several years in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Involved in Patient Services and the Donor Egg Program, she loved working with patients while they underwent fertility treatment. Lissa graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.

Guests

Barbara Collura, President and CEO of RESOLVE. She joined RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association in September 2004 as the Director, Chapter & Constituent Services. In April 2007, Barbara was named Chief Staff Officer of RESOLVE. As President/CEO, she represents RESOLVE at a number of national conferences, committees and organizations including the National Committee on the Oversight of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (NCOART), the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and she recently served 4 years as a Board member of the National Health Council. As the official spokesperson for RESOLVE, Barbara is frequently interviewed by the media and is a featured speaker on a variety of topics related to infertility. Barbara is passionate about RESOLVE’s mission as the organization was a source of support and information during her own battle with infertility. She can be reached directly at bcollura@resolve.org.

Dr. Marcy Maguire is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, at RMA of NJ. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She earned her medical degree from Medical College in Virginia, performed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Tufts Medical Center, and completed her Reproductive Endocrinology fellowship at National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Tanmoy Mukherjee, co-director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. He’s a board-certified Gynecologist and Reproductive Endocrinologist, is Associate Director of the Mount Sinai Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. He completed his residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he received the Leo M. Davidoff Society Award as well as the Schulman Award, and completed his fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. The author of numerous journal articles and textbook chapters, Dr. Mukherjee is also the recipient of the prestigious Society of Reproductive Surgeons Award for his extensive research in ovum donation and medical therapy for the treatment of infertility.

Mary Pharris, Director of Business Development and Partnerships at Fairygodboss She works to improve the workplace for women every day. Prior to joining Fairygodboss, she spent nearly 10 years working in politics and nonprofits as a fundraiser and managed her own firm for two years. She earned her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and holds degrees in journalism and political science from the University of North Texas.