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 40: Infertility in the Military: Staff Sergeant Helena Giammarco

It can be hard to balance a demanding workplace with a goal of family building. For many couples, the first step to having a baby is timed intercourse. But how do you manage when you don’t have time for timed intercourse?

In today’s episode, we’ll hear from Staff Sergeant Helena Giammarco who plays the French Horn in the United States Airforce band. She and her husband had no trouble conceiving their first child.

But when they tried for a second, they faced roadblock after roadblock. We’ll hear about Helena’s experience, and learn what it’s like to be infertile in the military.

Guest: Helena Giammarco, Staff Sergeant in the US Airforce

Host: Jasmine Villa, Patient Care Advocate at Progyny

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Service Women’s Action Network.


Jasmine Villa, Lead Patient Care Advocate at Progyny.

Jasmine has always been passionate about patient care and has eight years of healthcare experience. Jasmine’s passion and curiosity for the world around her is why she is a self-proclaimed “lifelong learner” and “answer seeker.” She is known in her community as a fierce advocate for all people, fighting tirelessly for the right to better healthcare. It brings Jasmine great joy to be part of a life-changing organization that helps to build families.


Staff Sergeant Helena Giammarco, US Airforce

– Helena started her military career in the United States Navy in 2004. She played in and soloed with the Pacific Fleet Navy Band at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii until 2008. She joined the Air Force in 2013 and is currently a member of the Air Force Band of Mid-America at Scott Air Force Base. She is married to Michael Kelly, clarinetist and educator, and they enjoy living in Illinois with their son Copland and turtle Tibby.

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Lee Rosevere
Title: What Have You Done

Title: Knowing the Truth

Title: Betrayal

Title: Completely Lost

Artist: Captive Portal
Title: What Is?

Artist: Jahzzar
Title: #1 Wish

Artist: Josh Woodward
Title: Hollow Grove Instrumental Version

Title: Private Hurricane

Title: Stars Collide Instrumental Version

Title: Under the Stairs Instrumental Version

Artist: Philipp Weigl
Title: Even when we fall