Here come the Bitter Infertiles!

27 Aug

Hi everyone! So here is that exciting news I promised you…

I’m honored to be joining Mo, Jess and Cristy as we host a brand new podcast, devoted solely to infertility. I give you: Bitter Infertiles.

Bitter Infertiles was born from the simple fact that despite the thousands of podcasts out there dedicated to every topic under the sun, there didn’t seem to be one just for people struggling with infertility in one form or another. I don’t know if you’re a big podcast listener but I love them (my regulars are Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, This American Life, Radiolab, The Moth and Books on the Nightstand). So I knew just what Mo was talking about when she pointed out the lack of an infertility podcast.

So what did Mo do? She made one. She took four different women, each struggling with a different aspect of infertility: repeat pregnancy loss (aka RPL, that’s Mo); in vitro fertilization (aka IVF, that’s me); adoption (that’s Cristy), and parenting after IF (that’s Jess), and put them together in one podcast to talk IF.

We’re going to talk about everything under the sun related to infertility. In the first episode, we cover pee sticks (and why Mo thinks she has magic pee, and why that’s awesome), how we all began our infertility journeys (aka realizing that something wasn’t quite right and deciding to see and RE), and we feature a podcast version of Jess’ famous “Faces of ALI” series (talking with Kristin from Dragondreamer’s Lair). My favorite part of her interview is where she mentions the “pain Olympics,” where when we start comparing people’s pain? No one wins.

The podcast is filled with a lot of laughter, support, and only a touch of sarcasm. 😉 Mostly it’s full of a lot of what I consider “real” talk about what it’s really like to be infertile. I personally feel that there aren’t a lot of honest portrayals of infertility out there in the mainstream media, and it’s really important that there are. Because infertility touches one out of every eight couples. And when there are misconceptions about it, we all suffer for that in our thoughts and in our interactions with family, friends, and just the world at large. This shit is hard, you know? (Of course you know.) So let’s talk about it.

Okay, have I sold you? You can listen to our very first episode by clicking HERE. We’re still waiting for our iTunes approval but for now you can click on that link and listen from there. We also have a blog dedicated specifically to the podcast which can be found here. On the blog, you can read more about the four of us, find resources (coming soon!), and get updated every time there’s a new episode. We’re shooting for one episode a week, so prepare thyself. And be sure to subscribe.

Enjoy! Be sure to come on back and let me know what you think!

12 Responses to “Here come the Bitter Infertiles!”

  1. Mo August 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Yay! Can I hire you to rewrite my podcast launch post?

  2. Kate @ Infertile First Mom August 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Loved it Shelley! You ladies did an awesome job! I laughed and even chimed in out loud with my own 2 cents a couple of times:). I agree with you… It’s such an important topic to get out there in a “real”, non-sensationalized way. So glad Mo got it started and the rest of you are there to provide your valuable experiences and insights! Keep it up, and please let me know if there is ever anything I could do to help out!

  3. road2ourbaby August 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Listening right now. Love it! Thank you all for doing this. 🙂

  4. Katie August 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Super exciting stuff!!

  5. jjiraffe August 28, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Great recap!!! Love this.

  6. Alicia August 28, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    Love this!!!!!!

  7. Gina August 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    OMG love it! You ladies are super awesome! I’m so excited! Woo hoo!

  8. Stinky Weaselteats August 29, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    Oh wowser, I got a shock when I clicked on the link to here (we have matching blog templates) looks weird to see someone else’s writing in what looks like your own blog!

    Will be checking out this podcast in the next few days hopefully . . . started listening the other day but had to go do productive concentrating things

  9. Alissa August 29, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    Listened to it and loved it. Yay for an IF podcast!

  10. marwil August 29, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Great idea and I really enjoyed listening to your conversation, it’s important stuff to get out there. Keep up the good work.

  11. sams August 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Great idea! You should submit this news to the LFCA. 🙂

  12. Desiree Durang @ Tiny Heartbeats September 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    I just listened and just LOVED the conversation. Even better than a blog it feels like real women connecting and having a candid conversation. Thanks!

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