Guest Information

Thank you so much for your interest in being a guest on Beat Infertility!

As a preview of the show, here’s my infertility story:

Before we get too far, I wanted to explain the technology behind our interviews:

  • All interviews are recorded (not live) with AUDIO ONLY and take place via your internet browser using a software called SquadCast.fm (no download or app required) for approximately 45 minutes.
  • You must have access to the internet, preferably wired/Ethernet.
  • You need a headset (preferred) or headphones/earbuds (at a minimum, to prevent echoing). No bluetooth headsets, please!
  • Please remember to silence your phone and turn off your desktop and device notifications.
  • Overall, make sure you’re in a quiet location that doesn’t echo when you speak for the duration of the interview.

That’s it! Pretty simple.

As far as tips for the interview itself:

  • I have a professional podcast editor who puts each episode through post-production. So, no need to worry about those filler words or when you lose your train of thought! She makes everyone sound like a rockstar.
  • Focus on the question I’m asking rather than thinking ahead and/or telling your whole story all at once. 🙂
  • Your answers to each question should be at least 3-5 minutes long. Longer is better than shorter — we can always trim your answer in post-production, but we cannot make it longer!
  • Try not to talk at the same time as me. I always try to give an extra pause when I think someone’s answer has ended before moving on to the next question. It’s very easy to remove an awkward pause in post-production, but it’s not so easy to fix when two people are talking at once.

Success Story Guests:

Success story episodes feature an an interview with a woman (or man) who’s beaten infertility and had a baby or is currently pregnant. If that’s you, the goal is to give hope to the women still trying, so the primary focus of the interview will be on your infertility journey, not your pregnancy or child.

Here’s a list of questions that will come up during our 60 minute call, although more might come up depending where the conversation takes us:

BEFORE TTC

  • Tell me a bit about yourself. How old are you, what do you do for a living, what do you do for fun, etc.?
  • Think about life before infertility. Back then, how would you describe you as a person?
  • Tell me about when you first met your [husband/wife/partner].
  • How would you describe you and your [husband/wife/partner] as a couple?
  • Tell me about the moment when you first knew you wanted to be a [mom/dad].
  • How has longing to be a [mom/dad] impacted other life decisions? (For example, perhaps have you chosen jobs that were family-friendly, rented instead of purchased a house, etc.)

DURING TTC

  • Let’s dive into the journey to build your family. Take us through your whole infertility timeline, starting at the very beginning.
  • Follow-up questions:
    • While still trying to conceive on your own, what was the first sign that you might want to consult a medical professional?
    • Why did you decide to:
      • (If OB) start with your OB?
      • (If RE) go straight to a reproductive endocrinologist?
    • At your first RE appointment, what was your initial impression of the clinic, the doctor, and the rest of the staff — and has your impression changed since then? Did you ever consider changing doctors or clinics?

INDIVIDUAL QUESTIONS

  • Heather will ask one or more of the individual questions you submitted with your story.

EMOTIONS

  • How did you deal with your expectations of conceiving versus what actually ended up happening?
  • Tell me how you and your [husband/wife/partner] felt the day you finally received a diagnosis.
    • (If unexplained infertility) You never received a true diagnosis. How did not having a ‘problem to solve’ make you feel?
  • Tell me about the lowest point during your journey. How did you recover from it?
  • Tell me about a positive moment during your journey.
  • Tell me about the moment when you first learned you were going to be a [mom/dad].

WORK & MONEY

  • Tell me about how you and your [husband/wife/partner] managed balancing work and fertility treatments.
    • Do you have any tips for communicating with your boss and co-workers about fertility treatments?
  • Did insurance cover any of your diagnostic testing or treatments?
    • Does your workplace offer any other fertility-related benefits?
    • How were you able to afford everything?

RELATIONSHIPS

  • How did infertility alter your relationship with your [husband/wife/partner] throughout the journey and afterward?
  • What about friends and family? How did infertility change those relationships?

SELF-ADVOCACY

  • Did you have to learn how to advocate for yourself while you were on your infertility journey, or have you always been a natural self-advocate?
  • Do you have any examples of times when you advocated for yourself while battling infertility?
  • What tips do you have for listeners who are still learning how to advocate for themselves?

AFTER TTC

  • Tell me about the birth of your child, specifically the emotions you felt knowing you had finally beaten infertility.
  • How has infertility changed you?
  • Knowing what you know now, what is one piece of advice you’d give yourself when you were still in the thick of infertility?
  • What words of hope would you offer to a [woman/man] who’s at the beginning of [her/his] infertility journey right now?

Infertility Journey Guests:

Journey story episodes take one of two forms: either the woman/man is telling their infertility journey story to date, or several women/men are providing an update. As such, please note that the first call will last approximately 60 minutes in order to introduce you and your backstory to Beat Infertility listeners. Subsequent calls will be much shorter, approximately 10-15 minutes, and take place once every other month.

The first call will include:

BEFORE TTC

  • Tell me a bit about yourself. How old are you, what do you do for a living, what do you do for fun, etc.?
  • Think about life before infertility. Back then, how would you describe you as a person?
  • Tell me about when you first met your [husband/wife/partner].
  • How would you describe you and your [husband/wife/partner] as a couple?
  • Tell me about the moment when you first knew you wanted to be a [mom/dad].
  • How has longing to be a [mom/dad] impacted other life decisions? (For example, perhaps have you chosen jobs that were family-friendly, rented instead of purchased a house, etc.)

DURING TTC

  • Let’s dive into the journey to build your family. Take us through your infertility timeline to date, starting at the very beginning.
  • Follow-up questions:
    • While still trying to conceive on your own, what was the first sign that you might want to consult a medical professional?
    • Why did you decide to:
      • (If OB) start with your OB?
      • (If RE) go straight to a reproductive endocrinologist?
    • At your first RE appointment, what was your initial impression of the clinic, the doctor, and the rest of the staff — and has your impression changed since then? Did you ever consider changing doctors or clinics?

INDIVIDUAL QUESTIONS

  • Heather will ask one or more of the individual questions you submitted with your story.

EMOTIONS

  • How have you dealt with your expectations of conceiving versus what has actually ended up happening?
  • Tell me how you and your [husband/wife/partner] felt the day you finally received a diagnosis.
    • (If unexplained infertility) You never received a true diagnosis. How has not having a ‘problem to solve’ made you feel?
  • Tell me about the lowest point during your journey so far. How did you recover from it?
  • Tell me about a positive moment during your journey so far.

WORK & MONEY

  • Tell me about how you and your [husband/wife/partner] have managed balancing work and fertility treatments.
    • Do you have any tips for communicating with your boss and co-workers about fertility treatments?
  • Has insurance covered any of your diagnostic testing or treatments?
    • Does your workplace offer any other fertility-related benefits?
    • How have you been able to afford everything?

RELATIONSHIPS

  • How has infertility altered your relationship with your [husband/wife/partner] throughout the journey?
  • What about friends and family? How has infertility changed those relationships?

SELF-ADVOCACY

  • Did you have to learn how to advocate for yourself during your infertility journey, or have you always been a natural self-advocate?
  • Do you have any examples of times when you advocated for yourself while battling infertility?
  • What tips do you have for listeners who are still learning how to advocate for themselves?

WHAT’S NEXT

  • What’s coming up for you next?

After that, our subsequent calls will consist of:

  • What’s been happening on your infertility journey since we last spoke?
  • Emotionally and physically, how are you feeling?
  • What’s coming up for you next?