Last few days to book for fertility information day in Belfast

120px-Parliament_Buildings_StormontIf you’re based in Northern Ireland, there are just a few more days left in which to book your place for the Fertility Information Day to be held in Belfast on Saturday 3 October.

The day is open to everyone and is being held in The Long Gallery at the Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast. It is organised by Infertility Network UK. It all kicks off at 9 am and runs right through to 3.30 pm, with talks on a variety of topics including NHS treatment and funding, nutrition, counselling, fertility investigations, treating endometriosis, embryology & recruiting an egg donor. The cost is £10 for individuals, and £20 for any professionals working in the field who wish to attend.

Tickets are available until the end of September, and you can find out how to book your tickets here 

Fertility Information Day in Belfast

120px-Parliament_Buildings_StormontAnother event for you if you’re based in Northern Ireland – on Saturday October 3 there’s a fertility information day in Belfast organised by Infertility Network UK. It will cover a huge range of fertility-related topics including NHS treatment and funding, counselling, fertility investigations, treating endometriosis, embryology, nutrition and recruiting an egg donor.

The day will be held at the Long Gallery at the Parliament Buildings at Stormont, and it will run from 9 am to 3.30pm.  The cost is £10.00, but if you book before 28 August, you can get an earlybird booking for just £5.00. For professionals the cost is £20.00, with an early booking fee of £10.00 before 28th August.

You can find out more here 


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 –

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 –


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