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 34: Transforming Pain into Bundles of Joy: Samantha Busch

In today’s episode, we hear from Samantha Buschlifestyle blogger, entrepreneur, and wife of NASCAR champion Kyle Busch. While they were trying to conceive, Samantha discovered she had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and after visiting a fertility clinic, they learned male factor infertility also contributed to their infertility. 

Despite the low odds the couple faced, Samantha was able to get pregnant with her son Brexton through IVFDuring her pregnancy, Kyle was badly injured during one of his races, which put an additional strain on the couple and their marriage. They were able to stay strong in the face of adversity, but things got even tougher when Samantha and her husband decided to try for a second child, which resulted in Samantha experiencing a devastating pregnancy loss.   

Along her fertility journey, Samantha was disheartened to learn how costly the IVF process is, and how this creates a significant financial barrier for individuals and couples trying to create a familyThis inspired her to co-found the Samantha & Kyle Busch Bundle of Joy Fund, an organization that provides grants to people who are struggling to afford fertility treatment in the Charlotte area.  

Today, we’ll learn how Samantha got to where she is now, what she’s learned along the way, and how she’s transforming her own pain into something more like joy – bundles of it! 

Guest: Samantha Busch, Co-founder of Bundle of Joy Fund 

HostLissa Kline, VP of Member and Provider Services at Progyny 

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page and The Samantha and Kyle Busch Bundle of Joy Fund. 

You can read more about Samantha’s journey with IVF and PCOS on her personal blog here 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @ThisisInfertilityPodcast and use the #ThisisInfertility. 

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

Host

Lissa Kline, LCSW, VP of Member & Provider Services at Progyny

She oversees the Patient Care Advocates and the Provider Relations Team. She worked at Columbia University Medical Center for several years in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Involved in Patient Services and the Donor Egg Program, she loved working with patients while they underwent fertility treatment. Lissa graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.

Guests

Samantha Busch, Co-Founder of the Samantha and Kyle Busch Bundle of Joy Fund

Samantha is a wife, mother, IVF advocate, and boss babe. Through her lifestyle blog and social platforms, she discusses a variety of topics across food, fitness, beauty, as well as engages in an open dialogue on her IVF journey. From co-owning a race team to running Murph Boutique to advocating for infertility education and awareness through the Samantha and Kyle Busch Bundle of Joy Fund, Samantha’s followers will always get an honest look into her life and it’s many facets as she strives to empower women.