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 27: Becoming a Single Parent by Choice

What do you do when you feel ready to have a baby, but your circumstances might not agree? You might not have found the person yet, or you are in a relationship, but your partner isn’t on the same page when it comes to family building. So, what do you do?  

In today’s episode, we hear from Tania, who always wanted to be a mother, but found herself in her 30’s, single, and realizing she was running out of time. Tania decided she was done holding onto the traditional expectations she had for her life and made the choice to be a single parentShe discusses the challenges she faced in her love life, and how she eventually shifted her focus from dating to family building.  

Like Tania, Jennifer Cruz found herself dating for the wrong reasons, trying to find a father for her child rather than someone she genuinely felt a connection withJennifer decided to follow her dream of becoming a mother and decided to pursue IUI, which successfully got her pregnant with her son 

Through their journeysboth Tania and Jennifer discovered a community of like-minded women called Single Mothers by ChoiceIn this episode, we learn about the journey of becoming a single parent by choicethe importance of having a community, and what it takes to run one.  

Guests: Tania and Jennifer Cruzmembers of Single Mothers by Choice 

HostMelissa Maldonado, Implementation Manager at Progyny 

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Single Mothers by Choice. 

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

Host

Melissa Maldonado, Implementation Manager at Progyny

Melissa has a passion for healthcare and the focus on high quality care. She began her career at Progyny as a Patient Care Advocate (PCA) where she worked with many members to achieve their family building goals. She later was promoted to Patient Care Supervisor where she oversaw the Patient Care Advocate team. Today, Melissa is committed to working with Progyny’s employers to seamlessly implement the Progyny benefit for their employees.

Guests

Tania, Member of Single Mothers by Choice

After 38 years looking for Prince Charming, Tania decided to go it alone and make her dream of being a Mother come true. The process was overwhelming, heartbreaking, financially terrifying but eventually successful! Her son is now 2 years old. Tania works in the service industry and also mentors other women who are thinking about or trying to become single mothers by choice. You can learn more about her journey, here.

Jennifer Cruz, Member of Single Mothers by Choice

Jennifer was 29 years old when she realized that she had to separate the ideas of finding a man she wanted to marry and having a child. It was clear that she had all her life to find love, but not to be a mother. So she embarked on the journey to become a Single Mother by Choice. As an early childhood special education teacher, she knew that kids were her life and that she was destined to be a mother.

In April 2015 her dream finally came true as she welcomed her beautiful son. He became the love of her life. Shortly after he was born the SMC NYC chapter was endangered of disappearing as there was no longer a chairperson. Knowing how much attending these meetings had helped support her SMC journey, she decided to step up and continue the meetings. This would allow her to give back the same support she felt throughout her process. Going with her son would show others that being a single mother by choice was manageable.

Through these meetings, many have seen her son grow up and she has seen other SMCs move through the stages to realize their dreams. She continues to provide hope and encouragement to any woman who wants to take on this journey of being a mother on her own.

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Lee Rosevere
Track: The Secret to Growing Up
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_3/03_The_Secret_to_Growing_Up

Track: Sad Marimba Planet
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_for_Podcasts_4/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_for_Podcasts_4_-_02_Sad_Marimba_Planet

Track: Easy Life
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/The_Big_Loop_-_FML_original_podcast_score/Lee_Rosevere_-_The_Big_Loop_-_FML_original_podcast_score_-_02_Easy_Life

Track: Completely Lost
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/The_Big_Loop_-_FML_original_podcast_score/Lee_Rosevere_-_The_Big_Loop_-_FML_original_podcast_score_-_05_Completely_Lost

Track: Wandering
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_2/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_for_Podcasts_2_-_13_Wandering

Track: And So Then
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_3/05_And_So_Then

Track: Quizitive
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_For_Podcasts_-_06_Quizitive

Track: Making A Change
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_3/07_Making_A_Change

Track: I Bet You Wonder Why
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_5/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_For_Podcasts_5_-_09_I_Bet_You_Wonder_Why

Track: Everywhere
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_5/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_For_Podcasts_5_-_06_Everywhere

Track: As I Was Saying
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_for_Podcasts_4/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_for_Podcasts_4_-_01_As_I_Was_Saying

Artist: Philipp Weigl
Track: Western Shores
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Philipp_Weigl/Sound-trax/Philipp_Weigl_-_07_-_Western_Shores