Fertility Forward

Fertility Forward

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Fertility Forward is a podcast dedicated to bringing listeners cutting edge and accurate information on different aspects of the fertility space. Hosts Rena Gower and Dara Godfrey interview a wide range of experts including medical professionals, menta…


27: Your Fertility Fitness Journey with Mahri Relin
Jul 9 • 25 min
If you’ve ever wondered how exercise can affect your fertility fitness journey, or if you’ve simply run out of ideas to motivate yourself to continue exercising through it, today’s podcast is meant for you. In this episode of Fertility Forward, we chat…
26: Compensated Gestational Surrogacy and Establishing Parental Rights with Risa Levine
Jul 2 • 32 min
After becoming a fertility patient in 2004, Risa Levine began working to ensure federal insurance coverage for infertility treatment, and worked closely with RESOLVE for the passage of the family act to provide a tax credit for medical expenses incurred…
25: The Relationship Between Food and Fertility with Dr. Jorge Chavarro
Jun 25 • 53 min
Have you ever wondered what the direct impact of what you’re eating has on your chances of getting pregnant? Today’s episode is all about food and fertility, and our guest is an expert in the field. Dr. Jorge Chavarro is the Associate Professor of…
24: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: A Reproductive Endocrinologist’s Perspective with Dr. Daniel Stein
Jun 18 • 30 min
Recurrent pregnancy loss or multiple miscarriages can be particularly challenging because they frequently cannot be medically explained. While couples may begin to feel hopeless after going through this difficult infertility obstacle, our guest today,…
23: Embryology with Donna Dowling-Lasey
Jun 11 • 35 min
The handling of eggs and sperm in the culturing of embryos is delicate and complex and is performed by highly-trained embryology and andrology specialists. RMA of New York has a large and experienced lab team that is committed to upholding the highest…
22: Physical Training Before and During Pregnancy with Juliette Walle
Jun 4 • 52 min
If you have ever had a question about exercising while trying to conceive and during pregnancy, this episode is a must! Our guest today, Juliette Walle, is a personal trainer whose training style is deeply rooted in an understanding of biomechanics….
21: Third Party Donor with Nancy Kaufman
May 28 • 39 min
Having a solid support structure during your fertility journey is extremely important, whether that be a partner, a friend, or an established support group. Nancy Kaufman is a licensed psychoanalyst practicing in New York City for more than 30 years,…
20: Jealousy Versus Envy with Lauren Appio, PHD
May 21 • 33 min
We tend to use the terms jealousy and envy synonymously, but there’s a distinct difference between the two. Today’s guest is Dr. Lauren Appio, a licensed psychologist in the state of New York, who explains why this distinction can be important. In this…
19: How an Online Mentorship Program Helps Those Struggling with Infertility with Elyse Ash, CEO of Fruitful Fertility
May 14 • 29 min
Struggling with infertility, miscarriage, or loss is incredibly difficult, and feeling isolated can often compound those difficult feelings. While it’s so important to have a support system, it can be hard to reach out to those closest to you,…
18: Male Factor Infertility with Greg Sommer, Trak Fertility
May 7 • 30 min
Despite being responsible for nearly half of all cases of couples’ fertility struggles, men are largely left out of the equation. There are a plethora of resources for women, from educational material to psychological support, yet very few of the same…
17: Why It Could Be Your Thyroid, with Dr. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly
Apr 30 • 43 min
Dr. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly is an award-winning physician, and double board-certified in internal and integrative medicine. After completing an internal medicine residency, she did a fellowship in integrative medicine, trained in functional medicine,…
16: Fertility Nursing with Eliza Ferstendig
Apr 23 • 20 min
Being a fertility nurse is not an easy job. You often have to see patients go through great difficulties while remaining a positive, upbeat presence in their lives. The upside, however, is that you get to build great relationships with them, and you…
15: Behind the scenes at a fertility clinic - real talk with Margaret Daneyko, Director of Nursing at RMA NY
Apr 16 • 32 min
Margaret Daneyko currently serves as our Director of Nursing and Clinical Services at RMA of New York. With her 25 years of experience in women’s health, she is an expert voice when it comes to fertility-related operations and care. In this episode, we…
14: Genetic Testing with Teresa Cacchione, Certified Genetics Counselor
Apr 9 • 48 min
Teresa Cacchione is a board-certified genetic counselor at RMA of New York who guides patients on several genetics-related concerns such as cytogenetic anomalies, carrier screening, family history concerns, and preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) of…
13: Infertility, PTSD, and Trauma with Joanna Flemons
Apr 2 • 42 min
Infertility is related to the body, which means that it deals with one of our most basic human needs. As long as you are struggling with it emotionally, it will have knock-on effects and hamper your ability to fully work on other parts of your life….
12: Mind-Body Connection, Relationships, and Navigating Ovum and/or Sperm Donation with Lori Metz, Psychotherapist
Mar 26 • 47 min
Joining us today is Lori Metz, a licensed clinical social worker, and certified case manager who is also board certified in tele-mental-health and the host of her own podcast. Lori has adopted a positive psychology approach that includes mindfulness and…
11: Acupuncture and Pulse Therapy for Fertility with Miriam Pineles
Mar 19 • 36 min
Eastern medicine offers many unique diagnostic techniques and treatments to patients embarking on their fertility journey. We were fortunate to speak about some of these on the show today with Miriam Pineles who is a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese…
10: Psychology, Mental Health, and the TTC Journey with Dr. Georgia Witkin
Mar 12 • 44 min
The links between stress and fertility that seem to be so commonly believed in are very misleading. Dr. Georgia Witkin is the Director of Psychological Services at RMA and has written thirteen books about stress and she joins us on the show today to…
9: Reproductive Yoga and Mindfulness with Dalia Sabari
Mar 5 • 29 min
Today on the show we welcome Dalia Sabari. Dalia is a certified yoga instructor with a specialty in women’s health. Dalia discovered yoga in 2011 when having difficulty conceiving. Since then, yoga has become her passion and a tool to help keep her…
8: The Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act with Betsy Campbell, Chief Engagement Officer, RESOLVE
Feb 27 • 30 min
Today on the show we welcome Betsy Campbell, who has spent her career working for non-profit organizations and her free time volunteering for worthy causes. Her experience in public relations, fundraising, and volunteer management span a wide range of…
7: Tackling BRCA and IVF: A Patient Perspective with Amy Switzer
Feb 20 • 27 min
Infertility struggles are incredibly challenging, both mentally and physically. So, imagine dealing with these hurdles alongside a life-altering diagnosis. This is the position our guest today, Amy Switzer, was in a few years ago. Amy knew that she had…
6: Breast Cancer and Fertility with Dr. Matthew Lederman
Feb 13 • 29 min
Today we have the great pleasure of welcoming Dr. Matthew Lederman to the show! Dr. Lederman is an incredible doctor who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and BRCA. We get to hear about his journey in medicine, his family history in the field of…
5: PMADS, and Perinatal Anxiety and Depression With Dr. Catherine Birndorf
Jan 14 • 41 min
Today on the show we welcome Dr. Catherine Birndorf, Co-Founder and Medical Director of The Motherhood Center of New York. Dr. Catherine is also co-author of the books, What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood and The…
4: The Power of Raising Your Voice with Barb Collura
Jan 10 • 35 min
Today on the show we welcome Barb Collura. Barb serves as the President and CEO of RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association. Barb is a nationally recognized expert on infertility and the family-building journey, with a special emphasis on the…
3: Why Your Infertility Story Matters, with Ali Prato
Jan 9 • 36 min
After a brutal, four-year struggle with secondary infertility, Brooklyn-based journalist and mom-of-two, Ali Prato, launched Infertile AF. Infertile AF is an unfiltered podcast about all the different paths toward building modern families and having…
2: Real Talk with Rena Gower and Dara Godfrey, Co-Hosts of Fertility Forward and Fertility Warriors
Jan 8 • 26 min
Today on the Fertility Forward Podcast, we introduce your hosts Rena and Dara, and they share some background about their own struggles with infertility. Rena Gower is a licensed social worker here at RMA. She is currently a state advocate for RESOLVE:…
1: Optimizing Patient Care, with Dr. Alan Copperman
Jan 8 • 28 min
Today on the show, we welcome Dr. Alan Copperman. Dr. Copperman serves as our Medical Director here at RMA of New York. He is also the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, as well as the Vice-Chairman of the Department…