Article first published by HuffPost UK Presenting a baby to the world is a moment of pure, unadulterated joy. It’s a time of celebration, of pride, doting and wonder. Parents beam, despite the exhaustion, their worlds having changed after creating, and now cradling, new life. There’s unconditional love combined with sheer radiating happiness. Strangers smile … More When it keeps on happening to others
Mother’s Day. To most of the world it’s merely two words made up of ten letters. Just another day to be found amongst the calendar year of special occasions. For the cynical, it’s a feat of commerciality, offering overpriced bubble bath and glittery cards. For the optimist, it’s a chance to honour, to praise, to … More Mother’s Day – Two words. Ten letters.
Award winning Laura Lexx is fast becoming a household name in the world of comedy. Fresh from performing a sell-out show at the Soho theatre, London, Laura’s is the latest big name to join the talented crew at NextUp comedy, with an hour live special of her five-star rated, one woman show: Trying. I’m always … More Trying, with Laura Lexx & NextUp comedy
IVF is a full-time job. The appointments are endless and if it’s not the appointments, it’s the reams of paperwork. If it’s not the paperwork, it’s the procedures. Then there’s the medicating, the scans, the blood tests, the research, the injecting. And if it’s none of the above, it’s the emotional trauma, which is always … More Heartbreak, hope and hormones in the workplace
Four years ago, last week, my son was “defrosted”. This was the culmination of years of trying to conceive, multiple cycles of IVF, miscarriage and repeated heartbreak. Yet, with thanks to advances in reproductive science, he was created in a petri-dish, vitrified, thawed and is currently a very happy and active three-year-old boy. Medical science … More Frozen, fortunate and fighting
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear” – Mark Twain. Thank you, my husband, for finding the courage to raise your voice with mine… I’m Hugh. One half of an infertile couple. The infertile half. I’m not much of a blogger and not usually one to write much at all … More The other side of our story, by Hugh
It’s exactly five years ago, today, that I peed on a stick, to see whether we were pregnant, following years of “trying” and our first round of ICSI. I remember waking early, huddling in my parents’ freezing cold bathroom, peeing, then waiting. Waiting for that second pink line to appear. Waiting to see whether our … More An unexpected ray of sunshine
When Huff Post UK approached me to write a piece on Michelle Obama, miscarriage and IVF, I was completely honoured, overwhelmed and scared; I desperately wanted to give this courageous revelation the words it so rightly deserved. And so, I did what I do, and began to write. I think I cried through every sentence. … More Huff Post UK, Michelle Obama, infertility, IVF & miscarriage
No one dreams of miscarriage, or baby loss. No one aspires to be infertile. And for those who desperately crave a family, no one whiles away the hours wistfully planning for, or fantasising about, a life without children. Yet, for many, that’s the sad reality. Infertility, miscarriage and baby loss are battles so many women … More Baby Loss Awareness week: 9-15 October
One of the questions I’ve often been asked, by the friends and family of those undertaking fertility treatments, is: What is IVF? Huge topic hey? I am absolutely by no means an expert or a scientist or even have any medical background; I’m merely a person who went through multiple rounds of fertility treatments. But, … More What is IVF?