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/

 

Are you getting NHS funding for fertility treatment?

It’s good to see that pressure is mounting for the NICE guideline to be followed – and for all those who are eligible to have three full cycles of fertility treatment funded by the NHS. The BBC were running a story this morning about calls for proper funding in Cornwall, and it follows a stream of coverage after NICE made it clear that commissioners should be mindful of the guidelines, which are based on what is both clinically and economically effective.

Infertility Network UK campaign on this as part of the National Infertility Awareness Campaign.  If you are in London and the South East and are having problems accessing treatment, do contact me via I N UK at katebrian@infertilitynetworkuk.com

Funding for fertility

It’s good to see that pressure is mounting for the NICE guideline to be followed – and for all those who are eligible to have three full cycles of fertility treatment funded by the NHS. The BBC were running a story this morning about calls for proper funding in Cornwall, and it follows a stream of coverage after NICE made it clear that commissioners should be mindful of the guidelines, which are based on what is both clinically and economically effective.

Infertility Network UK campaign on this as part of the National Infertility Awareness Campaign.  If you are in London and the South East and are having problems accessing treatment, do contact me via I N UK at katebrian@infertilitynetworkuk.com

Free – Complete Guide to IVF

9780749952495-1We have a FREE copy of The Complete Guide to IVF to give away – get in touch through the contact page if you’d like to be included in the draw which will take place at the end of the month.

The book gives a “behind the scenes” view of what is involved in assisted conception, and includes expert views and first-hand accounts from patients as well as Kate’s personal experiences.  Essential reading for everyone considering assisted conception.

 

What other people say:

“Every part of the process, both scientific and emotional, is covered succinctly by Kate, who has been through it all herself” (Irish Tatler)

“…if all our patients had read this book, a lot of their anxieties and uncertainties would have gone away” (Dr Stephen Troup)

“An authoritative book which combines factual accuracy with intuitive understanding of how couples deal with the complexities of IVF treatment” (Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya, Professor of Reproductive Medicine, University of Aberdeen)

 

Fertility myths at WoW festival

If you’re in London this weekend, you may want to come along to the Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre, where I’ll be chairing a session discussing fertility myths with a fascinating panel – there’s obstetrician Dr Susan Bewley who is known for her concerns about women leaving it later to conceive, there’s Zita West who runs a very popular and successful fertility clinic in Central London, there’s Jody Day founder of Gateway Women which supports those who are childless by circumstance and Jessica Hepburn who wrote a powerful memoir about her experiences of fertility treatment.

It promises to be a fascinating debate – and I hope you may be able to join us at lunchtime on Saturday – details here