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 47: Brewing for a Fertility Benefit

Fertility treatments are expensive, and they’re usually not covered by insurance. So, what do you do when you need IVF, but you can’t afford the associated bills?  

Over the course of her 10-year fertility journey, Brandi Kline found herself asking that question time and again. She had a good fulltime job, but no coverage for fertility treatments. Where did she turn when she was running out of hope? Starbucks.  

Brandi shares with us her story of resilience and resourcefulness, how she got her fertility treatments covered by working part-time at Starbucks, and how after a complicated and draining experience, she is now a mother to a beautiful baby.  

Guest: Brandi Kline  

HostJulie Stadlbauer, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Progyny 

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Host

Julie Stadlbauer, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Progyny

Julie is a national sales executive with more than two decades of experience in the east and west coasts helping large, national customers achieve their health and productivity goals. Julie is particularly passionate about Progyny’s mission – to ensure that anyone can have a child when they want. Prior to Progyny, Julie has held various national sales and leadership roles with Cigna, Health Net, Bloom Health and ConsumerMedical.

Guests

Brandi Kline, Director of Customer Success at Pathfinder Health Innovations

Brandi is an Iowa native and graduated from Iowa State Alumni with a degree in early childhood special education. She currently resides in Kansas City where she works for a wonderful company that provides software solutions for teachers and therapists that work with individuals with Autism.

She’s a huge animal lover with two dogs, a Papillon and a German Shepherd, and provides foster care for local animal rescues. Brandi spends any spare time she can get with her loving husband, Dusty, and the beautiful new baby girl, Charlotte (Charli).

Music From This Episode:

Artist: Andy G. Cohen
Track: Land Legs
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Andy_G_Cohen/MUL__DIV_1198/Andy_G_Cohen_-_MULDIV_-_02_-_Land_Legs  

Track: Space (Full)
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Andy_G_Cohen/MUL__DIV_1198/Andy_G_Cohen_-_MULDIV_-_06_-_Space_Full 

Artist: Mystery Mammal
Track: Greenhorn
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Mystery_Mammal/Risk_Society/Greenhorn 

Artist: Kai Engel
Track: Seeker
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/The_Run/Kai_Engel_-_The_Run_-_01_Seeker 

Track: Harbor
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/The_Run/Kai_Engel_-_The_Run_-_03_Harbor 

Track: Scenery
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/The_Run/Kai_Engel_-_The_Run_-_06_Scenery 

Track: Salue
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/Brume/Kai_Engel_-_Brume_-_04_Salue 

Artist: Sergey Cheremisinov
Track: When You Leave
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sergey_Cheremisinov/Charms/Sergey_Cheremisinov_-_Charms_-_04_When_You_Leave 

Artist: Jahzzar
Track: Joke
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jahzzar/4_naked_songs_4_autumn_rainy_days/03_-_Joke  

Artist: Spectacular
Track: What Was That Spectacular Sound Production?
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Spectacular_Sound_Productions/ 

Artist: Rest You Sleeping Giant
Track: End of Winter
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant/Songs_for_a_Sad_Guitar/Rest_You_Sleeping_Giant_-_Songs_for_a_Sad_Guitar_-_07_End_of_Winter  

Artist: Chris Zabriskie
Track: Your Mother’s Daughter
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-03  

Artist: Marco Trovatello
Track: Southfolk 1st Division
URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Marco_Trovatello/Not_At_All/01_-_Southfolk