In a world where a film about periods can simultaneously win an Oscar and be described as “icky”, it’s not surprising to find mixed attitudes towards talking about reproductive and gynaecological health. Yet these are real issues which need to be understood and more widely discussed. In the UK alone, one in seven couples are … More Let’s talk: The Reproductive & Gynaecological Health campaign 2019
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
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!
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 recently came across my old IVF diaries and it completely broke my heart to re-read them. My pain had been so raw, I was angry, depressed, grieving and confused. I wrote a lot about being in what I described as “Limbo Land; that place between history and the future; what currently is and what … More Why I decided to blog!