Can you imagine finally having the very thing you want the most in life and at the same time losing someone you love? In this episode, Dr. Megan Vermeulen shares her infertility journey, her birth story, and how she lost her brother around the time when she gave birth to her baby.
We are in absolute awe hearing her story and listening to her talk about her passion for bringing in diversity and inclusion and being a voice to those who feel very fragile and voiceless.
Dr. Vermeulen’s Infertility story
Dr. Vermeulen’s is very concerned about justice and equity in her work
Showing vulnerability as a doctor
How procedures sometimes can be dehumanizing
How women in infertility journey can be fragile to set boundaries and use their voice
Advocating for yourself
Dr. Megan’s birth story during the wake of his brother
About The Show:
A Tribe Called Fertility is a platform to share conversations about maternal health, black families, and their experiences around fertility. Our mission is to provide support and possible solutions to decrease birth disparities for black babies and maternal mortality outcomes for black women.
Read more about the hosts and their birth stories in Our Stories page.
About Dr. Meagan Vermeulen:
Having been on the “other side of the stethoscope” since a teen, including her own journey through infertility, Meagan Vermeulen brings a unique perspective to her role as a Family Physician and medical educator. Dr. Vermeulen has a longstanding commitment to helping her patients navigate the often troubling waters of the healthcare system with dignity, respect, and compassion while delivering evidence-based, exceptional care to her patients while training the next generation of Family Physicians in this tradition.
Dr. Meagan Vermeulen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey. She is also the medical director for Rowan Family Medicine, Mullica Hill in Sewell and the Founding Program Director for the Inspira Family Medicine Residency Program, Mullica Hill. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Genetics from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA and completed her medical degree from MCP-Hahnemann (now Drexel) College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Vermeulen completed her residency training in Family Medicine at VIrtua Health in Voorhees and was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2019. In 2021, Dr Vermeulen was selected as an inaugural fellow in the ACGME DEI Leadership Learning Community Pilot Fellowship to help promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice in medical education and the field of medicine. She is passionate about teaching medicine and creating a future of Family Medicine that is truly reflective of the communities it serves. She lives with her husband of over 20 years and daughter in South Jersey.
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