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 8 who, for many reasons, struggle with infertility.

Episode 116: Egg Donation from the Egg Donor’s Point of View

Sometimes trying to have a child using your own eggs can be dangerous or impossible – this is where an egg donor comes in. We hear a lot about egg donation from the clinical perspective or from the intended parents, but what is the process like for the egg donor? 

Holly Smith has donated her eggs to six different families. In today’s episode, she shares the physical and emotional aspects of her journey, recounts her own fertility experience, and stresses the importance and beauty in providing joy for others trying to conceive. 

Guest: Holly Smith, Progyny Patient Care Advocate 

Host: Dan Bulger 

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Host

Dan Bulger, Producer at Progyny

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. 

Guests

Holly Smith, Progyny Patient Care Advocate 

Holly Smith is 28-year-old woman from St. Louis, MO.  She is a mother, wife, and veteran egg donor, and is currently a Patient Care Advocate at Progyny. She got into the field of fertility 5 years ago when she first started donating her eggs.  After her 4th donation cycle, she was hired to work with a 3rd party agency helping to run egg donors through cycles with their matched intended parents and educating women on the egg donation process. She has donated a total of 6 times herself and can confidently say it was one of the most rewarding experiences her life. She is now blessed to continue helping families grow through their own fertility journey’s here at Progyny!  

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Philipp Weigl
Track: Western Shores
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Track: Not the Streets you used to walk
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Artist: Meydan
Track: Underwater
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