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 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. Today’s host is Julie Stadlbauer, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Progyny.  

Guests include: Brandi Kline 

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page.

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Julie Stadlbauer, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Progyny.

She’s 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.


Brandi Kline, Director of Customer Success at Pathfinder Health Innovations

– She’s 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

Track: Space (Full)

Artist: Mystery Mammal
Track: Greenhorn

Artist: Kai Engel
Track: Seeker

Track: Harbor

Track: Scenery

Track: Salue

Artist: Sergey Cheremisinov
Track: When You Leave

Artist: Jahzzar
Track: Joke

Artist: Spectacular
Track: What Was That Spectacular Sound Production?

Artist: Rest You Sleeping Giant
Track: End of Winter

Artist: Chris Zabriskie
Track: Your Mother’s Daughter

Artist: Marco Trovatello
Track: Southfolk 1st Division