Fertility advice in Wales

Cmhc-LqWYAAWk88If you want to know more about fertility and live in Wales, you may be interested in a fertility information event organised by Fertility Network UK and sponsored by Darren Millar AM.

Held at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay on Saturday 19th November from 10.30am to 4pm, this free event will bring together fertility clinics, practitioners and support agencies from all over the UK and Europe.

There will be the opportunity to have an informal chat and to pick up information on clinical and donor treatment options; fertility counselling; alternative family options; male fertility and local support services

For more information please contact Alice  – alice@fertilitynetworkuk.org

Launch of support service for fertility patients in Wales

CVOjtHGWoAAYj4YGreat news for anyone who is having difficulty conceiving and lives in Wales. Infertility Network UK launched its first dedicated patient information, advice and support service in Wales in a ceremony at the Welsh Assembly today led by Darren Millar, Shadow Minister for Health and Older People in Wales.

Susan Seenan, chief executive of Infertility Network UK said: ‘We are delighted to be launching a patient support service in Wales. For the first time in many years, all those who struggle to become parents will have a local patient support service that understands their particular problems, addresses regional issues and challenges and is locally managed.’

The new service, which was made possible by a major award from the Big Lottery Fund, will enable the charity to set up face-to-face and online support groups, a Wales-specific information service, employ a Welsh co-ordinator to manage the service and hold annual patient information events.

The launch was hosted by Darren Millar and attended by fellow Welsh Assembly members Julie Morgan and Kirsty Williams along with Peter Bowen-Simpkins and Dr Thackare from London Women’s Clinic Wales, BICA fertility counsellor Lynda Mizen and Dr Sofia Gameiro from Cardiff University among others.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions…

At the recent Infertility Network UK information day in Cardiff, fertility author Jessica Hepburn gave an excellent talk about her experiences and suggested some tips for getting through fertility treatment. One of the things she mentioned was the way that we often lose confidence in ourselves when we are at the fertility clinic, worrying about being annoying and wanting staff to like us as if this might have an impact on the outcome of our treatment. I’ve spoken to a number of people talk about this recently, and sometimes usually confident people find themselves becoming oddly meek when they’re facing a fertility specialist.  People do leave the clinic without really understanding things, or don’t want to make a fuss even when there are clearly issues which need to be addressed.

Even today, there’s still a lingering stigma about fertility problems that can carry an element of shame and embarrassment – and it can be difficult to feel confident in the clinic when you may feel constantly close to tears. It is important to remember that it’s fine to ask questions or to say if there’s something you don’t understand or which is worrying you.  There’s nothing worse than walking out of an often long-awaited appointment feeling that you aren’t quite sure what is happening next or why a certain path is being recommended.

If you are worried about anything, don’t forget that Infertility Network UK has a trained nurse who you can call completely free of charge and who can point you in the right direction offering support and advice  – but when you are at the clinic, remember that asking questions and understanding is key to taking back some control.

 

Want to know more about fertility and treatment?

Wales-Info-day-Lottery-logoI’ve just been looking through some of the presentations for the Infertility Network UK information day in Wales tomorrow, and they really are absolutely fascinating – great stuff on different types of treatment, on NHS funding, on acupuncture – and that’s just the ones I’ve seen already… I’m going to be there with Andrew from Infertility Network UK, and lots of expert speakers – so do come and join us if you can,

It’s not too late to book if you are anywhere remotely near Cardiff and would like to come along tomorrow – and you can actually just turn up on the day although it’s preferable to book so that we have some lunch for you!

Here’s the link to the booking form – http://www.infertilitynetworkuk.com/regional_network_2/infertility_network_wales/fertility_information_day_2

Cardiff fertility information day speakers

The speakers have now been confirmed for the fertility information day in Cardiff on September 27, and there’s a brilliant range of talks covering everything from what to expect at your first appointment to counselling and complementary therapies.

Wales-Info-day-Lottery-logoYou can hear speakers from leading fertility clinics in Wales including Dr Hemlata Thackare and Louise Mitchell from London Women’s Clinic Wales and Paul Knaggs from Wales Fertility Institute – as well as Dimitrios Kafetzis from Newlife Clinic in Surrey. Specialist acupuncturist Jackie Brown who has a clinic at CGRW, fertility counsellor Wendy Martin and Ann Bell from Adoption UK. Finally, Infertility Network UK trustee and fertility author Jessica Hepburn will be there, talking about her personal experience.

I will be there chairing along with Infertility Network UK‘s Andrew Coutts.

You can book your tickets for the day now for just £10 to include lunch – http://www.infertilitynetworkuk.com/regional_network_2/

 

Have you booked your ticket for Cardiff yet?

Wales-Info-day-Lottery-logoIf you live anywhere in or near Cardiff, you should come along to the fertility information day there on September 27.  You will be able to hear speakers on a wide range of fertility-related subjects, including IVF and complementary therapies for treatment.  Bookings are now open – and your ticket includes lunch, tea and coffee.

It’s a brilliant opportunity to find out more about fertility – and meet up with others too. I’ll be there along with others from the Infertility Network UK team – so hope to see you there!

There are a limited number of tickets – so do book yours now at www.infertilitynetworkuk.com

Fertility information day – Cardiff

If you live anywhere in or near Cardiff, you will want to know about the fertility information day there on September 27. Organised by the charity Infertility Network UK, there will be a range of speakers on different subjects such as the latest treatment options, complementary therapies and fertility, male fertility problems and fertility counselling.

Bookings are now open – if you book before the end of the month, it costs just £5 – an absolute bargain as the price includes lunch and tea and coffee!  It’s a great opportunity to find out more about fertility – and to meet up with others too.  I’ll be there too – so you can come along and say hello!

You can book at www.infertilitynetworkuk.com