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Episodes
  • Episode 1 - The Bridge

    Aug 31 2020
    Meet Isaac and Abbe. After more than seven years of marriage, we find them struggling on their journey to become parents. Three years of unsuccessful medical intervention and a devastating miscarriage have left them exhausted, both emotionally and financially. They return to San Francisco, where Isaac proposed, to renew their commitment to becoming parents.
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    24 mins
  • Episode 2 - The Plan

    Aug 31 2020
    Abbe and Isaac decide, after previous disappointments and a miscarriage, to plan for another egg retrieval. They are faced with difficult reminders of their struggle while taking steps to regain control.
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    32 mins
  • Episode 3 - The Meds

    Aug 31 2020
    Abbe prepares for egg retrieval and navigates a hectic medication schedule as they approach the trigger shot and retrieval date. Isaac explains the “production” process to Abbe.
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    28 mins

About the Creator and Performer

Abbe Meryl Feder is a writer, producer, and actress in Los Angeles. She’s an Artist in Residence at the Braid Theater in Santa Monica. Her struggle with infertility led to co-founding InCircle Fertility, a coaching business helping people navigate infertility. She is also a stylist, and is a recurring contributor to the blog What’s Up Moms. You can find her on social media at @absofstyle (instagram). She grew up on the mean streets of New York’s Upper East Side, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She is an avid mahjong and card player, an escape room enthusiast, and has been called by many friends a true "balabusta."

About the Creator and Performer

Isaac Feder is a film director and television showrunner. Recent projects include series for Netflix, Sony Pictures Television, Disney+, Amazon, and Fuse. He has directed shows for Comedy Central, VICELAND, Tru, YouTube Originals, and IFC, and has worked with Sacha Baron Cohen, Robert Smigel, Nikki Glaser, Ken Jeong, and Haley Joel Osment. His first feature film, the scripted comedy Sex Ed, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature Film at the Portland Film Festival. His short film produced for ESPN’s "30 for 30" series, AC Green: Iron Virgin, was an official selection at the TriBeCa Film Festival. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, and holds an MFA from the American Film Institute Conservatory. Isaac was born and raised in Chicago, and now lives in Los Angeles.

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Just what I needed

It's heartfelt and kind and a testament to what a good couple can get through. I gobbled it all up in two days - I couldn't stop listening.

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Exceptional and truly inspiring.

Eagerly anticipating the happy ending! Thank you for your contribution to individuals and couples on their journey!

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So Glad it’s Back!

Been waiting for so long to hear the rest of this story! This series is an insightful look at the challenges of getting pregnant - especially as many couples struggle to start a family later in life. Isaac & Abbe really pull back the curtain and let the audience see how hard it can be - and sometimes more importantly how to treat each another, support each other, and love each other when it feels like so much is at stake (when trying to plan for a family and even the toll it takes financially). This helps understand even how to talk to those who are going through similar struggles. Been rooting for them since the beginning - and no spoilers but no matter how it turns out - they’re a special couple. Thanks for sharing!

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Must Listen for Anyone Going Through IVF

Thank you Abbe and Isaac for your story. You perfectly capture the pain and trauma of this process, and at the same time offer self reflection and insight about my own emotions and pain that I haven’t been able to decipher myself. I wish the world would listen to your podcast because I know this would help people understand the real severity of this trauma. You are such gifted storytellers, and please know you’ve made an impact on me.

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Absolutely amazing and riveting

I am so grateful that Abbe and Isaac shared their story. Their story embodies what so many couples are experiencing on this crazy infertility journey. I truly have felt everything that they have in some capacity, and they make it all so real! They do hold back on any piece of their journey. I found my myself sobbing and laughing throughout the story. Thank you Abbe and Isaac, you are both amazing humans! Your story is inspiring!

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These two are my heroes!

Listen now of you want to hear a true life account of a brave and charming couple who are on an epic quest to have a kid. I laughed and cried, their story has truly touched my heart. It reminded that we all have our struggles, and what comes easy for some is the most impossible thing to attain for others.