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: LGBTQ+ Family Building: Understanding the Legal Side

For Pride month, we’re rolling out four episodes that cover family building for the LGBTQ+ community. The third episode discusses the additional obstacles same-sex couples often encounter when trying to start a family.  

Any fertility journey can be complex, but for same-sex couples there are additional legal and political challenges, both on Federal and State levels. In this episode, 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.  

We also hear from Theresa Witherspoon who, with her wife, found her family through reciprocal IVFTheresa shares some of the hurdles she and her wife faced as a same-sex female couplelike finding the right sperm donorabsorbing the costs of fertility treatments and donor feesand navigating the legality of same-sex parenting 

Guests: Trystan ReeseDirector of Family Formation at Family Equality Council, and Theresa Witherspoon 

Host: Parawana Yasmin, Patient Care Advocate at Progyny 

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast pageProgyny’s Education page for LGBTQ+ family building options, and Family Equality Council. 

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Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com. 

Host

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.

Guests

Trystan Reese, Director of Family Formation at Family Equality Council

Trystan 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

Terri 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.