June is Pride Month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
While there is still a lot of work to be done to bring true equity to the LGBTQ+ community, today’s story is a demonstration of how far we’ve come over the past 50 years. We hear from Katie and Christina Bailey, a couple who utilized reciprocal IVF to welcome their baby girl into the world. And a year later, they did it again.
But their journey wasn’t easy. The couple faced a number of hurdles before they were able to meet their daughters Kennedy and Charlotte, from having to choose the right sperm donor to exploring egg donation due to Christina’s PCOS. In this episode, Katie and Christina share their complex fertility journey, what it was like building a family as a same-sex female couple, and how they decided to give back to the infertility and LGBTQ+ family building communities through their social media and online blog.
Guests: Katie and Christina Bailey
Host: Lissa Kline, VP of Member and Provider Services at Progyny
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Lissa 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
Together Katie and Christina have two daughters, Kennedy (3 years old) and Charlotte (a year old). To sum up their life so far: They fell in love, got married, and we they have two children via Reciprocal IVF. The path to having our kids is a whole other story. Their family is still growing but for now, they’re enjoying their time as a family of four. They love to travel and show their kids as much of the world as possible. You can follow their journey on Instagram and YouTube.
Music From This Episode:
Track: Talk to me
Artist: Yakov Golman
Artist: Loyalty Freak Music
Track: I care
Artist: Lee Rosevere
Track: Dawn II