VIDEO & PODCASTS
Fertility Fest 2018 trailer
Fertility Fest 2018 Showcase on The Fertility Podcast
An audio overview of Fertility Fest 2018 from Natalie Silverman of The Fertility Podcast
Does Motherhood Make You Happy?
Fertility Fest Founder Jessica Hepburn talks about her new book, the story of one woman who ate 21 meals with 21 women and then swam 21 miles to find out the answer to the question: does motherhood make you happy?
What Comes First The Career or the Egg?
Go to university. Get on the career ladder. Kiss a few frogs before finding your prince (or princess). But what does this mean for your eggs? How can you have children at the biologically optimum age of twenty five if you’ve got to do all those other things first?
The Doctor in the Bedroom
No one would chose to make a baby in a laboratory. Would they? It’s hardly roses and candles. Is it? So what does it really feel like to have the doctor in your bedroom?
When ART Doesn't Work
IVF is a modern miracle – it’s given millions of people the families they dream of. But roughly two thirds of all treatment cycles fail and the emotional impact can be devastating whatever your outcome in the end.
The M Word: Miscarriage Not Motherhood
Experts believe that more than one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage. So why do we still not talk enough about ‘The M Word’?
Fertility Fight Club 1
Four artists and fertility experts take to the stage to fight for what they believe in, followed by live discussion and debate. In this session: Prof Joyce Harper from UCL, writer, speaker and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey, Dr Zeynep Gurtin from the London Women's Clinic, and Theatre Director Sarah Esdaile.
Fertility Fight Club 2
Four artists and fertility experts take to the stage to fight for what they believe in, followed by live discussion and debate. In this session: author and founder of Gateway Women Jody Day, Professor Geeta Nargund from St George's Hospital, egg donor and former Chief Executive of the National Gamete Donation Trust Laura Spoelstra, and journalist and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor.
Fertility Fight Club 3
Four artists and fertility experts take to the stage to fight for what they believe in, followed by live discussion and debate. In this session: film-maker Josh Appignanesi, Prof Emily Jackson from The London School of Economics, author Diane Chandler, and writer and theatremaker Stella Duffy.
The Invisible Man
It maybe a man’s world, but not when it comes to infertility. Too often the male experience is invisible.
Race, Religion and Reproduction
Infertility doesn’t discriminate. It affects 1 in 6 couples, whatever your race or religion. But are there different pressures and prejudices depending on the community you come from?
Fertility and the Body
You need two bodies to make a baby, but how does not being able to make a baby make you feel about your body?
40 Years of IVF
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the birth of Louise Brown – the world’s first IVF baby. It has been one of the most important scientific and societal developments of our time.
The Business of Fertility
The fertility industry is booming. But is it doing enough to support the customers who are lining its pockets?
The gift of a child is an incredible thing. But there are lots of complications to consider – should donation be altruistic or commercial; should your child have a right to seek out their genetic parent when they grow up or is it OK if they don't have that option?
You, Me and the Pornstar
Men have the ‘easy bit’ in IVF. Right? Wrong! This isn’t how they wanted to conceive a child either. So how does it feel that the most important part in the conception of their child is them on their own in what feels like a broom cupboard with a sticky magazine?
The Queer Family
The Queer Family is not a new phenomenon. But in recent years there has been an exponential growth in surrogacy, assisted conception, co-parenting and adoption among same sex singles and couples. What does this mean for family-making in the future and what are the challenges that still need to be overcome?
Unpregnancy: Infertility before IVF
The number of people turning to reproductive science to make a family is growing but infertility is not a modern problem. Before pregnancy tests and IVF, there was unpregnancy. What can we learn from the past?
“When you get to a certain age, people start asking you if you’re going to get a cactus. And it’s like, I dunno, I’ve never really thought about it. But then your mates just start getting them, and when you go round you’re the only one not holding a cactus, and it’s like…do I even want one? I have no idea.”
The Unborn Child
What does it feel like to be the parent of a child who is never born? A baby that was only a dream, an expectation or just a cluster of cells that strived but didn’t survive?
Why is the language of fertility and infertility so #Awkward (or should that be #Awful?) What can we do to make the discourse better for those people who are struggling to conceive; and for their friends and family who don’t know what to say?
How to Make Something Beautiful Out of a Mess
Whatever your outcome after struggling to conceive it will be better if you learn how to make something beautiful out of a mess.