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 7: Family Building & Equality for Same Sex Couples

Any fertility journey can be complex, but for same-sex couples there are additional legal and political challenges that vary state by state. We hear from Trystan Reese, a transgender activist who works to ensure that every LGBTQ person has the right and ability to start their own family at Family Equality Council, and Theresa Witherspoon who, with her wife, found their family through reciprocal IVF. Today’s host is Parawana Yasmin, Patient Care Advocate, Progyny.

Guests include: Trystan Reese from Family Equality Council, and Theresa Witherspoon.

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page and Family Equality Council

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Parawana Yasmin, Patient Care Advocate at Progyny.

Parawana has had a passion for healthcare from an early age and has been studying health sciences and working in the healthcare field for over eight years. She currently works in New York as a Patient Care Advocate at Progyny and is also pursuing a degree in nursing atop her bachelor’s in integrated neuroscience. Interacting with members and being an integral part of their fertility journey is Parawana’s favorite part of being a PCA. “Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater then to do something for others.” She has always wanted to incorporate giving to others in some capacity in her everyday life and through her current pursuits as well as future educational endeavors she strives to make helping others a career.


Trystan Reese, Director of Family Formation at Family Equality Council.

Trystan Reese is the Director of Family Formation at Family Equality Council, where he works with employers, businesses, and community members to reduce barriers to LGBTQ family building. He is a transgender dad to two adopted children and one biological child. He lives with his family in Portland, OR.

Terri Witherspoon

is a labor and employment attorney living in San Francisco. She and her wife chose to use reciprocal IVF to have their daughter in 2014. They did not have a history of infertility but chose this method, so they could both have a biological connection to their child, with Terri carrying the baby created using her wife’s egg.