IVFU

IVFU

In a series of honest, uninhibited conversations, host Sam Shaber guides you through the world of in vitro fertilization, adoption, and all the pain, joy, angst, and love of trying to make a family the new-fashioned way. You'll hear from intended parents (gay, straight and single), doctors, egg donors, adoptive and transracial parents, and more, as well as from Sam herself, while on her own journey to have a baby via surrogacy. IVFU goes beyond the sappy and maudlin. These are intimate conversations with people who really get what you're going through. Because the struggle to make a family can be so painful, sometimes you just have to pour some wine, break out the chocolate, and have a good laugh with your closest friends. IVFU, now accepting applications for the fall semester. Editor's Note: Many of the interviews featured this season were recorded in person, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.... Show More

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October 20, 2020 43 min

What happens when you know you want to adopt, but no one wants you back? Maybe you wind up finding the perfect match in a child who is nothing like you.


To read Kathleen's blog about parenting visit thisoldmom.com

For Kathleen's essays about transracial parenting:

I Racially Profiled My Black Child – This Old Mom

Why Am I Brown? – This Old Mom

How Does A White Mom Explain Michael Jackson to Her Black Child? – This Old Mom

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October 13, 2020 40 min

Sam talks with her own therapist, Savannah, whose specialty in infertility issues stems from her own journey to have a child through egg donation. Together, they unpack the emotional minefield of infertility - a minefield that's different for every person who walks through it.

Savannah Sanfield is a marriage and family therapist, certified parent coach and maternal mental health specialist. She supports post and preconception fa...

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October 6, 2020 46 min

Social worker Maureen could only be described with one word: resilient. Okay, two words: resilient and hilarious. Somehow, between doing IVF as a single woman, navigating sperm banks, egg donors and the cost of it all, she still finds the strength to lobby for IVF health coverage at the state capitol.


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September 29, 2020 47 min

Lolly and Marvin tried IVF in its early days, eventually opening their minds to adoption, which at that time involved ads in PennySaver newspapers across the country. And somehow they found their perfect match, even without the Internet.


For episode transcripts and to download our theme song, “Freak in Love,” visit ivfupodcast.com

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September 22, 2020 54 min

A shocking medical diagnosis forced Julie to give up on IVF, but she couldn't give up on her need to be a parent. In an international adoption journey that took her all the way to Ethiopia, Julie learned how much love and work being a parent could be.

Editor’s Note: Julie's children approved this episode and gave permission for its airing.


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September 15, 2020 44 min

Three-time egg donor Mary has amazing tales to tell about her reasons for donating eggs, the physical and emotional rollercoaster she rode, and why she kept on doing it anyway. In a toast to self-care and her "donor retirement," Mary reminds us to "drink more bubbles" whenever possible.


For episode transcripts and to download our theme song, “Freak in Love,” visit ivfupodcast.com

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September 8, 2020 47 min

Singer/songwriter Kyler had her first child easily and was surprised and devastated when her next pregnancies resulted in miscarriage after miscarriage. What do you do when you're already in the "kid world" and everyone around you is popping out multiple siblings like it ain't no thang?


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September 1, 2020 51 min

Most gay men weren't having kids when Michael and Rey got together. Seventeen years later, they have three kids, two dogs and a house in Hollywood. With total candor, they share their thoughts on role models, reproduction, surrogates, stigmas, secrets – and the biggest love of all: family.


For episode transcripts and to download our theme song “Freak in Love” visit ivfupodcast.com

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September 1, 2020 43 min

In our debut episode, Sam talks candidly with her good friend Steph, a 5-year IVF survivor and New York-based high school counselor, about that brutal phrase "advanced maternal age," as well as yoga retreats, annoying things people say, marriage, infertility rage, and the love of friends.


For episode transcripts and to download our theme song, “Freak in Love,” visit ivfupodcast.com

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