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 37: #InfertilityUncovered: IVF in the Workplace

National Infertility Awareness Week falls on April 21 – April 27 and this year’s theme from RESOLVE is #InfertilityUncovered. In honor of this week, we’re doing a four-part series on what it’s like to truly uncover the world of infertility.  

In the third episode in our four-part series, we address the topic of infertility in the workplace. Why, in 2019, are American workplaces still so ineffective in dealing with issues around infertility? That’s the question that Katherine Goldstein, reporter and host of the podcast The Double Shift, asks in her article for Slate titled, “IVF & The Office.”  

Katherine has been researching and writing about issues relating to women and the workplace for years now, and when she turned her attention to infertility in the workplace, she found herself with more questions than answers. In this episode Katherine uncovers what she’s learned while researching her article, the advice she has for women, and what workplaces can do to support employees with infertility.  

Guest: Katherine Goldstein, Host of The Double Shift podcast 

HostCassandra Pratt, VP of People at Progyny 

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page and The Double Shift podcast. 

To ask your HR/benefits team for a fertility benefit, visit Talk to HR to start the conversation. 

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Host

Cassandra Pratt, VP of People at Progyny

Cassandra leads all the HR and talent efforts for Progyny. Previously she was the Director of Talent at SignPost and TravelClick. Cass is experienced in human resources, talent acquisition, learning and development, and employee experience for growth stage companies. She’s a member of SHRM.

Guests

Katherine Goldstein, Creator and Host of The Double Shift podcast

Katherine is an award-winning journalist and expert on being a working mother. She was a 2017 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has a track record for conversation-setting work, such as the viral New York Times op- ed, “The Open Secret of Anti-Mom Bias in the Workplace.” Previously, she was the editor of vanityfair.com, and a director of social media strategy at Slate. She lives in Durham, N.C., and is the mother to a three-year-old son.