Dealing with infertility can often be extremely physically and emotionally demanding. Sometimes, it may even feel like you’re living two different lives at once. One in public, pretending to be okay and going about life as you know it, and one behind the scenes, waiting, worrying, and wondering when your dream of having a family will finally come true.
Our guest came up with the perfect term that encapsulates this life in limbo: Pregnantish. Andrea Syrtash is a relationship expert, founder, and editor-in-chief of pregnantish.com, an online magazine dedicated to helping individuals navigate the emotional, personal, and practical realities of dealing with infertility and fertility treatments.
In this episode, Andrea recounts her journey of undergoing both IUI and IVF, dealing with multiple devastating pregnancy losses and exploring gestational surrogacy. She shares her story of how she stopped focusing on getting pregnant and started focusing on becoming a parent, to build the family she always wanted.
Guest: Andrea Syrtash, Founder at Pregnantish.com
Expert: Dr. Brad Kolb, HRC Fertility
Host: Dr. Georgia Witkin, Head of Patient Services Development at Progyny
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Dr. Witkin is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Sciences at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and Director of Psychological Services for RMA of NY. She is the author of 12 acclaimed books, including The Female Stress Survival Guide, The Male Stress Survival Guide, and Stress Relief for Disasters Great and Small, and is a prolific writer of research articles about women, stress, and reproductive medicine. She has been honored by the AIA, AFA, Resolve, and City of Hope. She has also served as a health reporter/host for CNBC, WNBC, and the Fox News Channel, and has been featured as a guest expert on 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and CNN.
Andrea is a Relationship Expert and the Founder of pregnantish.com, the first media site exclusively dedicated to helping singles, couples & LGBT navigate fertility treatments and infertility. A regular on-air personality, Andrea’s hosted television shows for Oprah’s OWN and Fox; and regularly appears as a guest expert on TV and radio shows across the country. She’s the author of popular books including, He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s a Good Thing) and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband). Andrea frequently speaks about how to improve relationships, most recently at the TEDx ‘Makers’ Conference. She is committed to breaking the taboo of infertility, and elevating the conversation about what it takes to start a family for millions of people today. Follow her @andreainny, www.andreasyrtash.com and find more @pregnantish.
Dr. Kolb is internationally known for his expertise in complex reproductive matters and is one of the largest providers of egg donation and surrogacy in the United States with patients traveling from around the world to HRC Fertility Pasadena to see him. His practice is known for helping to develop and implementing cutting edge technologies in the genetic screening of embryos, the development of new laboratory technologies and the development of highly efficient treatment.
Music From This Episode:
Artist: Jason Shaw
Track: Acoustic Meditation
Artist: Doctor Turtle
Track: The Ants Built A City On His Chest
Artist: Lee Rosevere
Artist: Kai Engel
Track: Dawn II
Artist: Rest You Sleeping Giant
Track: Leaving for Chicago