It’s been a year since we went public about our struggle with fertility. In October 2017 we shared our story with the BBC… and it was incredibly difficult.
We’ve gone on to write lots of articles, spoken at important fertility events, made a series for Radio 4’s PM Programme, and produced a podcast called The Long Road to Baby
This week my article Desperate for a Baby went out across the BBC going some way to explaining how fertility conditions can affect the people around us… our friends and family.
Aside from fertility awareness, I also do other stuff… yep, it’s true. This year I launched my own show on BBC Three Counties Radio.
It’s called ‘The People’s Playlist’ and features interesting people from Beds, Herts and Bucks telling me their life stories and choosing eight of their favourite pieces of music over the course of the hour.
You can find this live on Sunday’s at 1pm and Tuesday’s at 7pm on BBC Three Counties Radio.
Or here for 3o days after each episode: The People’s Playlist
Sometimes it takes barely a moment for a lifetime of dreams to be shattered.
For me and my husband Jonny that moment came in 2013, in the London consulting room of a gynaecologist we were seeing to investigate excruciating abdominal pain and ask why I was struggling to fall pregnant.
Frantic googling had already me convinced I had endometriosis, a condition which affects the womb lining and makes it difficult to conceive, but I thought this was a problem that could be fixed – until a laparoscopic investigation confirmed that my womb effectively looked like a warzone…
Read the full article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/six-failed-rounds-ivf-can-hope-miracle/
“I don’t think we’ll ever accept the idea that we won’t meet our own biological baby…”
On our fifth wedding anniversary we spoke to Jeremy Vine on Radio 2. A big deal for both of us, of course – he’s a legend.
Jeremy wanted to know exactly what it’s like for a couple to face many years of fertility problems.
So we told him:
We felt strong as we told Jeremy our story… until we started taking calls.
One brave lady called Sharon had not only faced five rounds of IVF, but during the treatment her husband passed away.
It broke my heart, and made me realise how lucky we are.
After IVF failed for us, my husband Jonny and I have been exploring alternative parenting options and documenting this for The PM Programme on BBC Radio 4.
During the series we look at donor conception, adoption, the male side of things, foster to adopt, overseas adoption, and a life without children.
Listen to the full series here: Our Fertility Series
Infertility is an issue that affects so many…
Approximately 3.5 million people in the UK have trouble conceiving naturally. Around 50,000 of these people seek help from fertility doctors every year. Yet IVF is only successful for 30% of them. Then what do people do?
That’s why we are sharing our experience, in the hope that others in the same boat can take something from it.
Thank you to Eddie and the team at PM for their support, and for totally getting behind this subject. Please do listen, share, comment, and keep talking.
Thank you x