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Parenting After IVF

So you finally got to the mecca of a double line and you’re going to NCT classes and making a birthing plan like any regular pregnant human being. But does the experience of struggling to conceive and having a baby through IVF ever entirely go away? Or will it forever affect your parenthood and relationship with your child? Today is all about the truth of Parenting after IVF.

Two events

Overview:

Life and Lunch: 11.30am - 1pm
To the Moon and Back: 7pm - 9pm

Friday 26 April 2019

The Pit

Life and Lunch: Parents and IVF Babies Session

11.30am - 1pm

A Parent and Baby club with a difference. Only IVF babies and parents allowed! Led by actress Lesley Cook, co-creator of the show baby-go-round which explores amongst other things how it feels to finally get pregnant after struggling to conceive, this will be a chance to talk candidly and confidentially about being in the IVF parents club – we’ll be chatting about whether it’s possible to enjoy your pregnancy; whether survivor's guilt is normal; and how it feels to cross over from endless hospital trips and negative pregnancy tests to breast-feeding and changing nappies.

 

Lesley will be joined by fertility experts and IVF mums Katie Eaves, midwife and pioneer of improving care for patients post successful IVF treatment, and Carmel Dennehy, Specialist Counsellor and Psychotherapist working within Infertility, Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Centre for the Reproductive and Genetic Health Fertility Clinic (CRGH). Plus Cat Strawbridge from the national charity Fertility Network UK.

Friday 26 April 2019

Squish Space (Level G Studio)

11.30am - 1pm

Tickets FREE (bring a picnic or food available to purchase at the Barbican)

With thanks to our principal clinic supporters:

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The Experts

The Artists

To the Moon and Back

7pm - 9pm

In this extraordinary dialogic performance, a mother and daughter reflect on the experience of IVF from their respective perspectives – on the one hand of the fertility patient; and on the other, the person born as a result of reproductive science. With unflinching honesty, they reveal some of the hard and unspoken truths about coming to motherhood late and being born ‘special’ as a result and, as the story unfolds, it reveals their intensely close and complex relationship.

 

The artists will be joined for a discussion and Q&A by Victoria Macdonald, Channel 4’s Health & Social Care Correspondent, and Ann Daniels, record-breaking polar explorer and mum of IVF triplets.

Chaired by writer and journalist Jo Ind.

Friday 26 April 2019

The Pit

7pm - 9pm

Tickets £10

Proudly produced in association with Motherworks and Athletes of the Heart

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With thanks to our principal clinic supporters:

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The Artists

The Experts

The Chair

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Thanks

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