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Infertile AF

Alison Prato

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Infertile AF

Infertile AF

Alison Prato

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In this unfiltered podcast about infertility, Brooklyn-based journalist and mom-of-two Ali Prato, who went through IVF herself, talks to women—and some men—about the messy, frustrating, painful, heartbreaking, absurd and sometimes hilarious journey to have a baby. Or in some cases, to not have a baby. Each episode tells a different story, getting real about miscarriages, egg freezing, sperm donors, adoption, infertility depression, secondary infertility, surrogacy, endometriosis, IUIs, acupuncture, nutrition, relationship drama, embryonic genetic testing, money issues, that crazy jealousy you feel when you see someone else with a baby bump, and so much more. We’ll cover the happy endings, the soul-crushingly sad ones, and the ones still in limbo.

Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations

Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Latest Episodes

Paige

Paige Dennis is a fashion designer, and an infertility warrior who describes herself as, "If Dolly Parton and Suzanne Sugarbaker had a baby." She's also the breakout starof "DeMarcus Family Rules," the Netflix reality show that chronicles the lives of Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus and his beauty queen wife, Allison. Today, Paige tells Ali all about her infertility journey, including a pulmonary embolismthat rocked her health, getting pregnant very easily but then suffering a miscarriage at nearly 12 weeks, and how and why she and her husband found a surrogate without going through a surrogacy agency. She also talks about the tragic loss of her first son due to an umbilical cord accident, and how now, as the mother of twins, she feels passionate about giving back to the infertility community. Today’sepisodeis sponsored by FERTILITY RALLY—Community, Content and Curated Events at www.fertilityrally.com ( http://www.fertilityrally.com/ ) Tickets are now on sale for FERTILITY RALLY LIVE on October 24th at https://www.accelevents.com/e/FertilityRally Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

26 min5 d ago
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Paige

Ali and Blair Talk About Fertility Rally Live

Partners-in-biz-and-Claw Ali and Blair Nelson, who started the Fertility Rally membership site on June 1, talk about their latest creation: Fertility Rally Live, taking place virtually on Saturday, October 24th! The event will be a one-day, action-packed infertility celebration, with more than 30+ speakers, exhibitor booths, tons of giveaways and plenty of surprises. Ali and Blair talk about how they came up with the name for Fertility Rally, the importance of community, why it's going to be an incredible and valuable event for anyone no matter where they are on their fertility journeys, and some other amazing things that have been happening in their lives this week (hint: Blair is pregnant!). To get your RALLY LIVE TICKETS, GO TO www.accelevents.com/e/FertilityRally ( http://www.accelevents.com/e/FertilityRally ) Early bird prices are available for a limited time! Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

21 min1 w ago
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Ali and Blair Talk About Fertility Rally Live

Victoria

Victoria Nino, aka @expectinganything , talks to Ali about her long path to mamahood, beginning with a diagnosis of Stage 3 endometriosis. After medicated IUIs that didn't work, they turned to IVF, but her low egg quality led her to research donor eggs. As she and her husband went down the donor egg path, she explains how they "grieved their genetics," why at one point they maxed out their credit cards to travel around the world, ("YOLO!"), the spiritual experience she had in Thailand, why going through the donor profiles was so intense, how she feels about epigenetics, and her baby daughter, Flo. She also talks about her new ebook, "Why I'm Glad My Eggs Didn't Work" -- and the second transfer that didn't work, bringing her to her knees with grief. Today’sepis sponsored by FERTILITY RALLY—Community, Content and Curated Events at www.fertilityrally.com ( http://www.fertilityrally.com/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

48 min2 w ago
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Victoria

Chloe

Chloe Melas is an entertainment reporter for CNN, and today, she is getting realAF with Ali about her years-long infertility journey. They cover it all, including IUIs that didn’t take, the shock and heartbreak of IVF, a pregnancy “in an unknown location,” getting phone calls from doctors while on double dates, how it all affected her marriage (and her sex life!), and SO MUCH MORE. Today’s ep is sponsored by FERTILITY RALLY—Community, Content and Curated Events at www.fertilityrally.com ( http://www.fertilityrally.com/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

40 min3 w ago
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Chloe

Wes

Wes, aka Detour to Dad, who's been very vocal about the difficult journey that he and his wife, Amanda have traveled to have a baby—including a diagnosis of "extremely low sperm count" that made him feel "emasculated" and like he'd been punched in the face." Today, Wes tells his story, from when he and Amanda met playing softball, to making the decision to use donor sperm and how he came to terms with that—and what's happening with them now. EPISODE SPONSOR *Fertility Rally* Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ). Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

46 minAUG 27
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Wes

Jasmine

Today, Ali is talking to artist Jasmine Katatikarn, a fertility warrior who struggled to have a child for six years. After multiple IUIs and her 2nd IVF, she was told that she had a less than 1% chance of having a baby and to stop trying. However, Jasmine didn’t give up. Jasmine tells Ali about the devastation she went through, how she and her husband had a hard time talking about what they were both going through, why finding community is so important, and how she applied her artist's mindset to take control of her fertility journey. EPISODE SPONSOR: *Fertility Rally* Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ). Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

40 minAUG 19
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Jasmine

Mina

Today, Ali is talking to HGTV Good Bones star and all-around badass Mina Starsiak Hawk about her fertility struggles, including why she skipped IUI and went straight to IVF, how she deals with comments from judgy (and handsy) women, and how she and her husband decided to show everything, including the messy parts, on their TV show. We also get a surprise guest cameo by her husband Steve, who jumps on the call to talk about how infertility affected their relationship. EPISODE SPONSORS: *Fertility Rally* Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ) *Peanut* This episode is sponsored by Peanut, a social network for women. Peanut provides a community for women who are moms and who are hoping to be moms build friendships, find support and learn from one another. Download Peanut for free in the app store or click https://www.peanut-app.io/. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

37 minAUG 12
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Mina

Monique

Monique Farook is a an infertility survivor, a former NICU Mom, a wife, and host of the podcast, "Infertility and Me." She and her husband began their journey to parenthood in 2012 when she was 29, and today, she tells Ali all about their long and bumpy road, from her unsuccessful IUI and uterine and cervicalpolyps to how she experienced prejudice at the fertility clinic. Monique also talks about why, when she started looking for people in the infertility community who looked like her, she couldn't find anyone—and how she felt when she finally had her son, who spent 129 days in the NICU. Episode Sponsors: Fertility Rally Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ). Care/Of Care/of is a wellness brand that makes it easy to maintain your health goals with a customized vitamin plan that helps you feel your best today and supports you long-term.Care/of can make taking your vitamins and supporting your health goals attainable. Care/of is super transparent about the research and sourcing behind every one of their products with extensive info available on their website, and fun, informative content on their social pages. Care/ of’s in-depth , 5-minute online quiz asks you questions about your diet, lifestyle, and health concerns to help address your specific wellness goals. *For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to* *TakeCareOf.com* ( https://takecareof.com/ ) *and enter code INFERTILEAF50.* Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

44 minAUG 5
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Monique

Emily

Today, Ali is talking to Emily about the ups and downs of her years-long infertility journey, including 7 IUIs (all unsuccessful), "always ending up on the wrong end of the statistics," "a dreadful sex life full of stress and dashed expectations," her five pregnancies, a string of miscarriages, and the night she went to the hospital and her doctor told her, 'You have to abort this tonight unless you wanna die." It's a dramatic tale, but it ends with Hope—in more ways than one. Episode Sponsor: Fertility Rally Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ). Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

42 minJUL 29
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Emily

Ashley

Today, Ali is talking to Ashley, a single mom by choice, who wanted to share her story to inspire others and shatter any stigmas about choosing to have and raise a child on one's own. Ashley, a successful executive who is raising her now 10-year-old son in Los Angeles, talks about how she felt like a "unicorn" at the fertilityclinic, the unique process of of choosing a sperm donor (and why she asked her friends at one point, "Why wouldn't I choose the hot one?") and what happened when she tried for a second child. It's yet another example of someone building a modern family the way they want to create it--and we're thrilled to include her story here. Episode Sponsor: Fertility Rally Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun disco...

42 minJUL 22
Comments
Ashley

Latest Episodes

Paige

Paige Dennis is a fashion designer, and an infertility warrior who describes herself as, "If Dolly Parton and Suzanne Sugarbaker had a baby." She's also the breakout starof "DeMarcus Family Rules," the Netflix reality show that chronicles the lives of Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus and his beauty queen wife, Allison. Today, Paige tells Ali all about her infertility journey, including a pulmonary embolismthat rocked her health, getting pregnant very easily but then suffering a miscarriage at nearly 12 weeks, and how and why she and her husband found a surrogate without going through a surrogacy agency. She also talks about the tragic loss of her first son due to an umbilical cord accident, and how now, as the mother of twins, she feels passionate about giving back to the infertility community. Today’sepisodeis sponsored by FERTILITY RALLY—Community, Content and Curated Events at www.fertilityrally.com ( http://www.fertilityrally.com/ ) Tickets are now on sale for FERTILITY RALLY LIVE on October 24th at https://www.accelevents.com/e/FertilityRally Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

26 min5 d ago
Comments
Paige

Ali and Blair Talk About Fertility Rally Live

Partners-in-biz-and-Claw Ali and Blair Nelson, who started the Fertility Rally membership site on June 1, talk about their latest creation: Fertility Rally Live, taking place virtually on Saturday, October 24th! The event will be a one-day, action-packed infertility celebration, with more than 30+ speakers, exhibitor booths, tons of giveaways and plenty of surprises. Ali and Blair talk about how they came up with the name for Fertility Rally, the importance of community, why it's going to be an incredible and valuable event for anyone no matter where they are on their fertility journeys, and some other amazing things that have been happening in their lives this week (hint: Blair is pregnant!). To get your RALLY LIVE TICKETS, GO TO www.accelevents.com/e/FertilityRally ( http://www.accelevents.com/e/FertilityRally ) Early bird prices are available for a limited time! Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

21 min1 w ago
Comments
Ali and Blair Talk About Fertility Rally Live

Victoria

Victoria Nino, aka @expectinganything , talks to Ali about her long path to mamahood, beginning with a diagnosis of Stage 3 endometriosis. After medicated IUIs that didn't work, they turned to IVF, but her low egg quality led her to research donor eggs. As she and her husband went down the donor egg path, she explains how they "grieved their genetics," why at one point they maxed out their credit cards to travel around the world, ("YOLO!"), the spiritual experience she had in Thailand, why going through the donor profiles was so intense, how she feels about epigenetics, and her baby daughter, Flo. She also talks about her new ebook, "Why I'm Glad My Eggs Didn't Work" -- and the second transfer that didn't work, bringing her to her knees with grief. Today’sepis sponsored by FERTILITY RALLY—Community, Content and Curated Events at www.fertilityrally.com ( http://www.fertilityrally.com/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

48 min2 w ago
Comments
Victoria

Chloe

Chloe Melas is an entertainment reporter for CNN, and today, she is getting realAF with Ali about her years-long infertility journey. They cover it all, including IUIs that didn’t take, the shock and heartbreak of IVF, a pregnancy “in an unknown location,” getting phone calls from doctors while on double dates, how it all affected her marriage (and her sex life!), and SO MUCH MORE. Today’s ep is sponsored by FERTILITY RALLY—Community, Content and Curated Events at www.fertilityrally.com ( http://www.fertilityrally.com/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

40 min3 w ago
Comments
Chloe

Wes

Wes, aka Detour to Dad, who's been very vocal about the difficult journey that he and his wife, Amanda have traveled to have a baby—including a diagnosis of "extremely low sperm count" that made him feel "emasculated" and like he'd been punched in the face." Today, Wes tells his story, from when he and Amanda met playing softball, to making the decision to use donor sperm and how he came to terms with that—and what's happening with them now. EPISODE SPONSOR *Fertility Rally* Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ). Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

46 minAUG 27
Comments
Wes

Jasmine

Today, Ali is talking to artist Jasmine Katatikarn, a fertility warrior who struggled to have a child for six years. After multiple IUIs and her 2nd IVF, she was told that she had a less than 1% chance of having a baby and to stop trying. However, Jasmine didn’t give up. Jasmine tells Ali about the devastation she went through, how she and her husband had a hard time talking about what they were both going through, why finding community is so important, and how she applied her artist's mindset to take control of her fertility journey. EPISODE SPONSOR: *Fertility Rally* Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ). Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

40 minAUG 19
Comments
Jasmine

Mina

Today, Ali is talking to HGTV Good Bones star and all-around badass Mina Starsiak Hawk about her fertility struggles, including why she skipped IUI and went straight to IVF, how she deals with comments from judgy (and handsy) women, and how she and her husband decided to show everything, including the messy parts, on their TV show. We also get a surprise guest cameo by her husband Steve, who jumps on the call to talk about how infertility affected their relationship. EPISODE SPONSORS: *Fertility Rally* Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ) *Peanut* This episode is sponsored by Peanut, a social network for women. Peanut provides a community for women who are moms and who are hoping to be moms build friendships, find support and learn from one another. Download Peanut for free in the app store or click https://www.peanut-app.io/. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

37 minAUG 12
Comments
Mina

Monique

Monique Farook is a an infertility survivor, a former NICU Mom, a wife, and host of the podcast, "Infertility and Me." She and her husband began their journey to parenthood in 2012 when she was 29, and today, she tells Ali all about their long and bumpy road, from her unsuccessful IUI and uterine and cervicalpolyps to how she experienced prejudice at the fertility clinic. Monique also talks about why, when she started looking for people in the infertility community who looked like her, she couldn't find anyone—and how she felt when she finally had her son, who spent 129 days in the NICU. Episode Sponsors: Fertility Rally Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ). Care/Of Care/of is a wellness brand that makes it easy to maintain your health goals with a customized vitamin plan that helps you feel your best today and supports you long-term.Care/of can make taking your vitamins and supporting your health goals attainable. Care/of is super transparent about the research and sourcing behind every one of their products with extensive info available on their website, and fun, informative content on their social pages. Care/ of’s in-depth , 5-minute online quiz asks you questions about your diet, lifestyle, and health concerns to help address your specific wellness goals. *For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to* *TakeCareOf.com* ( https://takecareof.com/ ) *and enter code INFERTILEAF50.* Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

44 minAUG 5
Comments
Monique

Emily

Today, Ali is talking to Emily about the ups and downs of her years-long infertility journey, including 7 IUIs (all unsuccessful), "always ending up on the wrong end of the statistics," "a dreadful sex life full of stress and dashed expectations," her five pregnancies, a string of miscarriages, and the night she went to the hospital and her doctor told her, 'You have to abort this tonight unless you wanna die." It's a dramatic tale, but it ends with Hope—in more ways than one. Episode Sponsor: Fertility Rally Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun discounts on the journey of infertility and parenthood. To start your Free 7-Day Trial or join now, go to fertilityrally.com ( http://fertilityrally.com/ ). Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/infertile-af/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

42 minJUL 29
Comments
Emily

Ashley

Today, Ali is talking to Ashley, a single mom by choice, who wanted to share her story to inspire others and shatter any stigmas about choosing to have and raise a child on one's own. Ashley, a successful executive who is raising her now 10-year-old son in Los Angeles, talks about how she felt like a "unicorn" at the fertilityclinic, the unique process of of choosing a sperm donor (and why she asked her friends at one point, "Why wouldn't I choose the hot one?") and what happened when she tried for a second child. It's yet another example of someone building a modern family the way they want to create it--and we're thrilled to include her story here. Episode Sponsor: Fertility Rally Fertility Rally is the all-inclusive community for anyone who has gone through infertility, is going through infertility, or who are building modern families in “non-traditional” ways. The space is for anyone seeking support, information, inclusion, humor, kick ass virtual and IRL events, and fun disco...

42 minJUL 22
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Ashley
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