As Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube” baby, turns 40, this month, we’re reminded of the joy IVF can bring to millions of people worldwide. However, what is often forgotten is that IVF fails. Fact. It’s an incredibly sad truth and one which not everyone is aware of, initially, including me. There’s a huge … More IVF Fails. Fact.
You might remember that a couple of months ago, Jess Jones, from Infertility and Life blog, recently guest posted for The Cuckoo Mama. Jess is currently undergoing her first frozen embryo transfer (FET)*. Sadly, the four fresh cycles of IVF she’s already gone through, haven’t ended with the miracle she’d hoped. After experiencing the grief … More The BFP after IVF – my guest post
As featured in the Huff Post UK It’s that time of year again. We’re building up to the day when social media will be awash with photos of perfect, grinning families, and of declarations of love, for the best mother a child could have. Where shops are packed to the rafters with cards and flowers … More Mother’s Day – A little sensitivity can go a long way
I’d like to introduce you all to Jess Jones! Jess blogs over at Infertility & Life and is also a fellow Huff Post contributor. She’s been interviewed, numerous times, on BBC Radio Leicestershire, and has an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine show under her belt too; I’m sure you’ll all agree I’m leaving you in incredibly … More IVF: One size does not fit all. A guest post by Jess Jones
I was recently asked how on earth I kept hope during our infertility and round after round of “treatments”. And, if the truth be told, I didn’t. I simply couldn’t. In the beginning there was hope, why wouldn’t there be? Those of you who have followed my blog regularly will know that it took me … More A hope in hell
Article first published in the Huff Post UK On November 10th 1977, Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards performed a procedure which was to result in the world’s first IVF baby. Almost nine months later Louise Brown was born and since then more than five million babies have entered this world after being conceived with the … More Happy IVF-ing Birthday!
I have recently been touched by the various articles and blogs I have seen surrounding miscarriage, bravely written during Baby Loss Awareness Week. It’s a subject incredibly close to my heart. Like many others, I have experienced loss. I have known pain and suffering and grief. You see, my son is a multiple round IVF … More A second child?
For today’s post I thought I’d try something a little bit different! A spotlight on: Fertility Network UK. As some of you may know I work alongside FNUK as a local volunteer, acting as an additional resource for individuals experiencing infertility. I’m there as a listening ear, an advocate, a champion and real person. Someone … More A Spotlight On: Fertility Network UK
I was recently asked to share the strangest, and most unique, situation whereby I’d injected myself with hormones during IVF, and boy, what a choice I had! You don’t get through seven rounds plus 12 weeks of progesterone shots without collating a lot of ammunition to dine out on! I mean, there was that one … More My first time / How to jack up in a car
“A woman is like a teabag, you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water” said Eleanor Roosevelt, and I can’t help but agree. I’m sure there are times in all our lives when we’ve had to muster up all the inner strength we can possibly find. If you follow … More Infertility & friends