Congratulations to the counselling team at Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool who are running a free mindfulness group for their fertility patients. They say research has shown that mindfulness can be helpful for anxiety and depressive symptoms, and knowing that fertility problems and treatment has a significant impact on our emotional and psychological well-being, they are offering the mindfulness group to try to help with this.
The group is free of charge for their patient and each week will cover different short mindfulness practices – what a great idea. You can find out more here
It was these tributes from the Liverpool Echo which inspired me to write a few words here in memory of Iwan Lewis-Jones who very sadly died last weekend. Iwan was one of those doctors you long to come across as a fertility patient – kind, understanding, empathetic and brilliant at his job working as a male fertility specialist at the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool. Long before I ever met Iwan, I interviewed a couple who’d been treated by him. They were so enthusiastic about this wonderful doctor they’d seen, how he had immediately understood their fertility problems and had known the best way to help, how lovely he had been to them and how they didn’t think they would ever have had their much-loved children if they hadn’t happened to find him.
Iwan brought such joy into many lives, and was a really lovely man. He was a great supporter of Infertility Network UK and understood the needs of fertility patients. It is just so terribly sad that he is no longer with us. You can read more about Iwan in the Liverpool Echo and the Daily Post. He will be remembered with warmth and fondness by all those whose lives he touched. Our thoughts are with his wife Clare and family.