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 28: Lynn & Drew Polin: IVF, Persistence, and Paying it Forward

When you fall down, you get back up again. That’s an old saying. It’s a lesson in persistence, and it can be applied to all aspects of life. But it’s not always easy to just get back up, especially if you are struggling with infertility. Today we’re going to learn the power of persistence through Lynn and Drew Polin’s fertility journey. They went through multiple rounds of IVF, and a life-threatening pregnancy to have a baby. But they found out that this was just the beginning of their fertility journey when they started trying for baby number two. Today’s host is Jaime Ford, Claims and Billing Specialist at Progyny.

Guests include: Lynn Polin and Drew Polin.

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Walk of Hope NJ

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

Host

Jaime C. Ford, Claims & Billing Specialist at Progyny.

Jaime has been in the healthcare industry for over five years. She’s part of the Provider Relations department working alongside Progyny’s Patient Care Advocates to ensure members have a best-in-class experience by addressing any billing inquires and related issues. Previous to Progyny, Jaime was at Oscar Health and volunteered in the oncology unit at Montefiore’s Children’s hospital.

Guests

Lynn and Drew Polin were high school friends who married nine years later.

Six years into their marriage they agreed to grow their family yet had no success. After a diagnosis of bilateral hydrosalpinges (two blocked Fallopian tubes), Lynn’s only chance of conceiving was through IVF. In five years, Lynn experienced two rounds of IVF before conceiving their daughter, Kayla, who was born in May of 2014. In an effort to expand their family, Lynn underwent eight additional IVF cycles, the final one being documented by a camera crew to show the “raw and real” of this journey. Altogether Lynn experienced 10 rounds of IVF, five retrievals, 61 eggs retrieved, seven frozen transfers, four fresh transfers, one pregnancy loss, and one foster to adopt situation.

A third grade teacher by day, Lynn made it her mission to support others experiencing similar family building struggles and started her own peer-led support group through RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association. She later recruited Drew, the owner of a telecommunications consulting firm, to help her organize a DIY Walk of Hope to continue to validate those going through the journey while educating others. The Polin’s 2018 Walk of Hope was such a success that they were honored at RESOLVE’s 2018 Night of Hope with the Hope Award for Service.

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Lee Rosevere
Title: Thinking it Over
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_5/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_For_Podcasts_5_-_03_Thinking_It_Over

Title: What have you done
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/The_Big_Loop_-_FML_original_podcast_score/Lee_Rosevere_-_The_Big_Loop_-_FML_original_podcast_score_-_03_What_Have_You_Done

Title: Featherlight remix vocals by Heather Feather
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_2/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_for_Podcasts_2_-_17_Featherlight_remix_-_vocals_by_Heather_Feather

Title: Musical Mathematics
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts/Lee_Rosevere_-_Music_For_Podcasts_-_10_Musical_Mathematics

Title: 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

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

Artist: TRG Banks
Title: Christmas lights
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/TRG_Banks/TRG_Banks_Christmas_Album/Christmas_lights

Artist: Monplaisir
Title: Brotherhood
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monplaisir/American_Dreams_Soundtrack/Monplaisir_-_American_Dreams_Original_Soundtrack_-_15_Brotherhood

Title: A good Start
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monplaisir/American_Dreams_Soundtrack/Monplaisir_-_American_Dreams_Original_Soundtrack_-_12_A_Good_Start

Artist: Rest You Sleeping Giant
Title: Leaving for Chicago
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant/Songs_for_a_Sad_Guitar/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant_-_Songs_for_a_Sad_Guitar_-_10_Leaving_for_Chicago

Artist: Philipp Weigl
Title: Even when we fall
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Philipp_Weigl/Sound-trax/Philipp_Weigl_-_02_-_Even_when_we_fall