In this episode of Star Legacy Foundation‘s podcast Stillbirth Matters, Chris Duffy visits with Debbie Fischer, MA, LAMFT about the mental health issues surrounding infertility, pregnancy loss and pregnancy subsequent to loss.
Debbie holds a master of arts in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University of MN. After a 20 year career in human resources, where she worked for Target and Walt Disney World, and most recently as the director of HR for a legacy advertising agency in Minneapolis, she elected to return to school and change careers. The decision was driven by her heartbreaking, yet enlightening journey into parenthood. A bereaved mom, who lost 2 sons to stillbirth in 2003 and 2007, and then struggled with secondary infertility and endured 11 rounds of fertility treatments, she felt called to help others who are faced with reproductive health challenges.
A specialist in infertility, pregnancy loss, and alternative family building, Debbie prepares straight and gay couples and single women and men who wish to pursue IUIs, IVF, donor eggs, donor sperm, donor embryos, and surrogacy. She prepares gestational carriers for surrogate pregnancy. Debbie is affiliated with the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Minneapolis where she screens potential egg donors. She is an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and Resolve, and she is on the advisory board of Fruitful Fertility. She also facilitates Star Legacy’s virtual support group for bereaved parents, and is a past board member of Faith’s Lodge.
Debbie, along with her business partner, Dr. Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT, will be opening a private practice in November 2018, called Partners (in)fertility, which will specialize in reproductive complications including infertility, pregnancy loss, and assisted reproduction.