Brooklyn Woman Helps Support Others Experiencing Infertility

It is Infertility Awareness Week, and a Brooklyn woman is helping support others all over the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in eight couples experience infertility, and doctors expect that number is even higher; CBS2's Lisa Rozner reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: By the way, this is Infertility Awareness Week, and a Brooklyn woman is helping support others all over the world.

MAURICE DUBOIS: The CDC says one in eight couples goes through infertility, and doctors expect the numbers are even higher. CBS 2's Lisa Rozner has this.

ALI PRATO: I had recurrent pregnancy loss, four miscarriages.

LISA ROZNER: Williamsburg resident Ali Prato felt alone, going through secondary infertility after giving birth to her first child at 35. Blair Nelson of Texas had a similar experience with her husband at 31.

BLAIR NELSON: We found out that he had some chromosomal issues that he was born with. We were basically told eight months into our marriage that IVF was the only way we were going to have children.

LISA ROZNER: Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Michelle Obama have helped open up the conversation. The National infertility Association says approximately 30% of infertility is due to a female factor and 30% due to a male. Prato and Nelson found the strength to share their stories on podcasts, crossed paths, and founded the support community FertiltyRally.com. As part of Infertility Awareness Week, they've hosted 35 speakers.

ALI PRATO: Everything from embryo donation, to walking away childless not by choice, to plus size infertility.

LISA ROZNER: Doctors say there are no signs or symptoms of infertility, but recommend getting regular checkups to detect a problem.

ALAN COPPERMAN: It's OK to get a reproductive checkup, for a woman to go into her gynecologist or her reproductive specialist and say, are my eggs OK, is my uterus OK, for a man to go and say, is my sperm OK?

LISA ROZNER: Dr. Joshua Klein heads egg freezing company Extend Fertility.

JOSHUA KLEIN: We do a blood test, we do an ultrasound in advance.

LISA ROZNER: Through IVF with Dr. Klein, Prato gave birth to her second child five years ago.

ALI PRATO: Now, I look at my son every day, honestly, and I say to him, I still can't believe you're here.

LISA ROZNER: And for Nelson, after four rounds of IVF, she's expecting a baby girl in a few weeks, both showing others there is hope. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Lisa Rozner, CBS 2 News.

MAURICE DUBOIS: And in recent years, New York State has required health insurers to cover services to diagnose and treat infertility. And last year, the state began allowing paid surrogacy. And for more resources, you can head over to CBSNewYork.com.