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What Comes First: the Career or the Egg?

Are in your twenties or thirties? Wondering whether to parent or not to parent? Juggling a career and paying the rent with meeting a partner and thoughts of having a family? Are you thinking about freezing your eggs or even going it alone? This day is for you.

Three
events

Overview:

To Parent or Not To Parent: 11.30am - 12.45pm
Egg Freezing: 1.15pm - 2.30pm
Solo Motherhood: 3pm - 4.15pm

Saturday 4 May 2019

The Pit

11.30am - 4.15pm

Tickets £20 (3 events)

£10 individual events

To Parent or Not to Parent

11.30am - 12.45pm

That is the question!

In a world where Mumsnet can influence general elections and tabloid magazines conjure celebrity pregnancies out of post-dinner bloats, every woman's reproductive status seems to have become public property.

  • Theatre-makers Anna Bliss Scully and Nina Davis present an extract from their show, The Non-Parent Trap, that considers our modern obsession with procreation.

 

 

The artists will be joined on stage for a discussion and Q&A with academic and artist Dr Eirini Kartsakfrom the University of Essex and Tracey Sainsbury, Senior Counsellor at the London’s Women Clinic

 

Chaired by Maddy Costa, Writer and Reviewer

Saturday 4 May 2019

The Pit

11.30am - 12.45pm

Individual Event Tickets £10

This day is generously supported by The London Women’s Clinic

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With thanks to our principal clinic supporters:

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The Artists

The Experts

The Chair

Egg Freezing

1.15pm - 2.30pm

Everyone seems to be putting their eggs on ice these days in a bid to preserve their fertility and keep their options for having a family open. But is it worth the money? Does it work? What age should you do it? What’s the difference between freezing eggs and embryos? Which is better? So many questions, and, let’s face it, women don’t have that many eggs! Do they? Discuss. We will!

  • Brew-makers Theatre Company will be presenting an extract from their show The Egg Rumour, a musical comedy with an important question at its heart – what is the truth about this new work perk that many young women are being offered to freeze their eggs and put baby-making on hold whilst they pursue their careers?

  • Pepper Binkley’s twelve part web series It’s Freezing Out There tells the story of a mid 30s woman who learns her ovarian reserve is dwindling whilst her career is on the rise and her relationship is on the rocks. While sorting our her feelings she explores egg freezing and discovers it might be the pause button she needs whilst she puts the puzzle together.

 

The artists will be joined on stage for a discussion and Q & A with Dr Kylie Baldwin from the Centre for Reproduction Research at De Montfort University in Leicester who has spent the last eight years researching social egg freezing, women’s experience of age-related fertility decline and reproductive timing.

Chaired by Sophie Sulehria, BBC journalist and creator of the Radio 4 series The Long Road To Baby.

Saturday 4 May 2019

The Pit

1.15pm - 2.30pm

Individual Event Tickets £10

This day is generously supported by The London Women’s Clinic

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With thanks to our principal clinic supporters:

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The Artists

The Expert

The Chair

Solo Motherhood

3pm - 4.15pm

More and more people are taking control and following their dream of parenthood alone. But it isn’t an easy decision. How do you find a donor? What happens when you decide to go it alone and it doesn’t actually work? And – wow – then a baby arrives and you find you’re a single parent. How do you cope with that? In this session you’ll meet two wonderful women who have been there, done it and have all the answers.

  • Journalist and writer Genevieve Roberts will be talking about her new book out in April, Going Solo – My choice to become a single mother using a donor.

 

  • And writer and performer Claire Taylor, who spent five years going through treatment as a single woman before finally having her son, will be sharing an extract from her new solo show, Single Multiplication, about her epic voyage into the world of motherhood with all the monsters and mirth she encountered along the way.

The artists will be joined on stage by fertility experts Caroline Spencer from Lister Fertility Clinic and Cindy Charles from London Women’s Clinic.

Saturday 4 May 2019

The Pit

3pm - 4.15pm

Individual Event Tickets £10

This day is generously supported by The London Women’s Clinic

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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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