Ep 74: Parijat’s Birth Story – IVF, Surrogacy, Pregnancy Loss and Mindful Pregnancy – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #74: Parijat's Birth Story - IVF, Surrogacy, Pregnancy Loss and Mindful Pregnancy

You all know that I love every birth story episode of the podcast, but some of them stand out a little bit extra in my mind. Today's episode is one of those particularly inspiring stories that illustrates the incredible strength parents have and everything it takes to bring a baby into the world.

Today we're joined by Parijat Deshpande, a high-risk pregnancy expert, mind-body health specialist, author, speaker, and advocate for moms with high-risk pregnancies and pre-term birth. Parijat's own experiences have hugely influenced her work and her passion for helping other moms handle some of life's most difficult decisions. 

Parijat and I talk about the journey to the births of her son and daughter, including the fertility challenges she and her husband knew they were going to face, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), pregnancy complications, and giving birth to her son at 24 weeks. She also talks about navigating the NICU and some of the healing she and her husband went through to get to a place where they felt ready for a second baby.

Then Parijat shares the thought process she and her husband went through as they decided to work with a surrogate (AKA gestational carrier) and how they navigated several pregnancy losses with her. We also talk about the birth of her daughter, how Parijat has used her background in therapy to consciously choose joy while navigating the grief around this journey, and how these experiences have transformed her professional life, too. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Parijat's pregnancy journey began with fertility treatments and an ectopic pregnancy
  • Why it is so important to trust your instincts when it comes to your pregnancy and your baby
  • How Parijat and her husband navigated the birth and NICU stay of their son when he arrived at about 24 weeks
  • What they had to do to heal from the first part of their pregnancy journey so they could think about growing their family
  • What Parijat and her husband considered with their medical team before choosing to work with a gestational carrier
  • Some of the challenges they faced with their gestational carrier, including pregnancy loss and losing their additional embryos
  • How Parijat and her husband made an intentional choice to feel joy rather than fear during their final pregnancy

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