October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. It is estimated that almost 1 in 4 pregnancies result in miscarriage. Despite the high prevalence, the condition remains a topic that is still not talked about enough. In honor of this month, we are dedicating two episodes to spread awareness and shed light on a condition called Recurrent Pregnancy Loss.
In the second and final episode of the two-part series, we hear from Dr. Zev Williams, Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Columbia University Fertility Center. He dedicated his life to helping individuals and couples who are suffering from pregnancy loss, both on a clinical as well as research level.
When Dr. Williams first started his career, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss wasn’t understood very well. He shares how the condition came to be more researched in the field of reproductive medicine, and what we know about it today. In this episode, Dr. Williams takes us on a deep dive into the causes, treatments, and even the future of this devastating condition.
Expert: Dr. Zev Williams, Columbia University Fertility Center
Host: Taylor Burbach, Patient Care Supervisor at Progyny
In case you missed it, listen to Karin Ajmani’s story on recurrent pregnancy loss: Episode 2: The Toll of Multiple Miscarriages and Learning to Cope with the Physical, Emotional, and Mental Side Effects.
If you’ve recently had a miscarriage or know someone who has, check out our Expert Interview Series: Emotional Recovery from Loss – How to Move Forward.
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Taylor is a Patient Care Supervisor at Progyny, Inc, where she helps to oversee a team of dedicated patient care advocates. She is also recognized as a reproductive health advocate in her community as a Clue Ambassador. Prior to joining Progyny she organized two Darwin Day Colloquiums in 2014 and 2015 and helped organize the inaugural meeting of the Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives Society.
Dr. Zev Williams is a nationally-recognized clinician and researcher in the area of recurrent pregnancy loss and infertility. Dr. Williams completed his MD and PhD training in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine before continuing to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital for his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
After completing his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Weill-Cornell, Dr. Williams also did a post-doctoral fellowship on RNA biology in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Tuschl at Rockefeller University. Dr. Williams sees patients and leads the team at the Columbia University Fertility Center, which is located in Columbus Circle in New York City.
Music From This Episode:
Track: Wants To Know
Artist: John Bartmann
Artist: Jason Shaw
Track: NICE AND EASY
Track: There is no place like Home