FertilitySmarts Contributors

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Voices Contributors

Just knowing that you’re not alone can make a huge difference, but hearing from others who’ve been through it all can also be a great comfort, raise important questions to consider—or even just help pass the time.

We’re talking about the power of community and we believe in it’s purpose. That’s why we feature those who inspire us, and they’re known as our FertilitySmarts Voices contributors. Our Voices gladly share their personal experiences and their takes on the fertility journey.

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Dr. Amani Harris & Dr. Jim Tsaltas


Amani is about to complete her advanced fellowship in minimally invasive surgery with AGES (Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery) at…

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Endometriosis and Infertility
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Dr. Angela Lawson

Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry

Dr. Angela Lawson is a clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Psychiatry at…

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What Research Says About Stress as a Cause of Infertility
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Dr. Alice Domar


Alice D. Domar, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health, the director of integrative care at Boston IVF, and an…

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Let’s Stop Arguing About Whether or Not Stress Causes Infertility
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Amy Sedgwick

Co-Founder, Red Tent Sisters

Amy Sedgwick is a certified Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP) and a member of the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals.…

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Identifying Stages of Cervical Mucus
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Amy Wruble


Amy Wruble is a regular contributor to mom.me and Momtastic. Her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Parenting, iVillage and Scary…

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The Surprising Fertility Advice I got from my IVF Doctor
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Rebecca Atkinson


Rebecca founded Fertility Fact Checker during her fertility treatment journey that led to two perfect girls. Being frustrated at the lack of reliable…

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30 Ways You Know You’ve Been A Fertility Patient For Too Long
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Brent Stoller


Brent Stoller is a Houston-based writer who has been featured on Pregnantish, Bumps to Baby, Our Misconception, the Huffington Post and other…

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How It Feels To Support My Wife Through Infertility and Pregnancy Loss
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Caro Townsend

Writer & Award-Winning Blogger

Caro Townsend is a writer, survivor, and advocate of all things infertility. She is a contributor for the Huff Post UK and writes for The Baby Spot…

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Redefining Strength After Infertility
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Chris Wohl

Award-Winning Blogger & Infertility Advocate

Rocket scientist by day, family building advocate by night, Chris and his wife Candace co-author the award-winning blog, Our Misconception that has…

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How Men Can Show Support During Infertility
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Frugal Crib


We are Mr. and Mrs. Frugalcrib, coming to you live from sunny Florida. We’re two scientists in our early 30’s who are passionate about…

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5 Things to Know About Our IVF Treatment Abroad
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Dr. Diane Tober

Author & Assistant Adjunct Professor

Diane Tober, Ph.D. is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging. As a medical…

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Should I Donate Eggs Again?
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Dr. Julie Bindeman


Dr. Julie Bindeman has a doctorate in psychology from George Washington University. She has experience working with a variety of areas of concern…

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IVF and an Impossible Choice: Termination of a Wanted Pregnancy
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Dr. Deborah Simmons

Infertility and Pregnancy Loss Therapist

Dr. Deborah Simmons has provided counseling for infertility-related trauma and pregnancy loss for more than 20 years. She received her Ph.D. in…

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Dealing With the Pain of Infertility as a Stepparent
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Dr. Mark Trolice

Infertility Specialist & Author

Dr. Mark Trolice is double board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) as well as OB/GYN. He maintains annual…

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Elyse Ash

CEO and founder of Fruitful Fertility

Elyse is the CEO and founder of Fruitful. Before Fruitful, Elyse spent 10 years working as a copywriter and digital marketing strategist in…

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Your Best Fertility Ally: Fellow Fertility Warriors
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Erin Bulcao

Blogger & Advocate

Erin Bulcao is a 36-year-old mom of twin girls from San Diego CA who has been dealing with infertility since she started trying to conceive. Staying…

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Pregnancy After Infertility: I Didn’t Know I Would Still Feel This Way
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Gina MacCarthy


Gina MacCarthy is a 45-year old Londoner and is relatively new to the blogging scene. A self-confessed 'late bloomer', Gina has been…

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Our Journey to Pregnancy With Donor Eggs
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Arden Cartrette

Infertility & Miscarriage Advocate, Blogger

Arden Cartrette writes about her personal journey navigating infertility and pregnancy loss through her blog, Hello Warrior. Along with talking about…

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5 Things I Learned From Experiencing Pregnancy Loss
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Inside IVF


Inside IVF was created in 2018 by embryologists working in the UK. We are here to simplify the science behind IVF and to promote evidence-based…

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Embryo Freezing and Thawing: What You Need to Know
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Dr. Cecilia Kitic

Exercise Physiologist

Dr. Kitic is an Exercise Physiologist with a Ph.D. in Exercise Immunology and over 20 years of research experience in understanding how exercise…

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10 Things You Should Know About Exercise During IVF
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Dr. Huma Rasheed, MBBS

Expert Medical Writer

Dr. Huma Rasheed is a physician and experienced medical writer with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). She is a member of the…

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Dr. Oreoluwa Ogunyemi, Urologist

Board-Certified Urologist

Dr. Ore Ogunyemi is a board-certified urologist, entrepreneur, and medical writer. She earned her medical degree at UCLA, where she was inducted into…

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Jessica Jones


Jessica Jones is an infertility and life blogger. Her aim is to help raise awareness of the issue of infertility, including the effect on physical…

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Why Self-Care Isn’t What I Thought It Was
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Amber Woodward


Amber Woodward is the founder of The Preggers Kitchen, a humorous and light-hearted website on battling infertility that is full of positivity,…

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A 12 Step Guide on What to (Really) Expect with IVF
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Jen Mclellan

Founder, Plus Size Birth

Jen McLellan is a published author and certified childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. She promotes positive information to empower…

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5 Myths About Plus Size Fertility
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Jen Noonan, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Jen Noonan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the…

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9 Unique Challenges of Secondary Infertility
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Justin Lioi, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) focused on Counselling for Men

Justin Lioi, is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) focused on men’s mental health and relationship expert. He is a New York-based…

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Reframing Male Infertility
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Joanna Hackman

Blogger & Infertility Support Group Leader

Storyteller and Infertility Support Group Leader, Joanna lives for loving on her community. She has found strength in sharing her story and…

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I’m Not Going To Have A Baby Next Year
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Jennifer "Jay" Palumbo

Award-Winning Blogger & Infertility Advocate

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo is a freelance writer, infertility and women’s rights advocate, former stand-up comic, author of the blog…

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FertilitySmarts Social Summary: The Best of May
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Katy Huie Harrison, PhD


Katy Huie Harrison, Ph.D. (English Literature) is an author, mom, and advocate for women’s reproductive, physical, and mental health.…

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7 Ways to Help Overcome Grief after Pregnancy Loss
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Alex Smith


Alex is a Mom, freelance writer, and lover of decaf espresso.

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8 Ways to Deal with Fertile Myrtle Jealousy
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Kristen Jones

Accredited Embryologist

Kristen is an accredited embryologist with a master's degree in reproductive medicine and is certified by the Australian Professional…

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From Eggs to Blastocysts: Understanding IVF Attrition
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Living Child Free with Erik and Melissa


Do you ever have those life moments when you stop and think, “How did I get here? This isn’t the life I expected.” Well, Erik and…

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8 Things to Know About Our Family of Two
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Dr. Lora Shahine

Infertility and Miscarriage Specialist

Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist currently practicing at Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists in…

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Facts on Weight and Fertility
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Maya Grobel Moskin, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Documentary Producer

Maya Grobel Moskin is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and psychotherapist in Los Angeles who specializes in supporting those struggling to…

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Where Babies Come From When the Old-Fashioned Way Doesn’t Work
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Candace Wohl

Award-Winning Blogger & Infertility Advocate

Candace Wohl is a writer, infertility advocate, speaker and mother through surrogacy. She is a co-author of the award-winning blog, Our…

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Fertility Stories: When Building a Family Takes a Whole Family
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Rebecca Matthews, PhD


Dr. Rebecca Matthews has a PhD in embryo implantation and currently works as an embryologist. Rebecca is passionate about her work and about…

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Understanding Blocked Fallopian Tubes
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Risa Kerslake, RN

Registered Nurse Turned Freelance Writer

Risa is a registered nurse turned freelance writer from the Midwest who began blogging back in 2012 about the path infertility has taken her down.…

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Dealing With IVF Injections When You’re Scared of Needles
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Stephanie M. Caballero, Esq.


Stephanie M. Caballero, Esq. and her firm, The Surrogacy Law Center, PLC, have represented over 3,500 clients, including Intended Parents, Surrogates…

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Understanding the Legal Side of Surrogacy: 5 Steps
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Jillian Waldron


Jillian a mother who lives in Queensland, Australia. She is a primary school teaching currently working part-time while raising her 2 young children.

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Why Embryo Donation Was Right For Us
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Taylor Ortiz-Hershman


Taylor lives in Chicago with her husband and three dogs (Vern, Norma, and Millie). She and her husband and started trying for a baby in 2018, and…

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Sometimes Getting Pregnant is Not the Issue
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Dr. Temeka Zore OB/GYN, REI

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Dr. Temeka Zore is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a fellowship-trained reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist…

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Secondary Infertility: What You Need to Know
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Kristy Taxson


Kristy and her husband and have been on this crazy infertility roller coaster for over a decade. She started writing a blog as a way of "coming…

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If You Can’t Afford IVF, Then You Can’t Afford a Baby…
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Ashley Wong, MS, Clinical Embryologist

IVF Laboratory Supervisor & Lead Embryologist

Ashley Haine Wong works as a clinical embryologist and lab supervisor for Midwest Center for Reproductive Health and has an extensive working history…

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Understanding IVF Extras: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
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Kelly Park


Kelly Park is the founder and editor-in-chief of FertilitySmarts. She is passionate about fertility education and shining light on the many ways…

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Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
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