October 29 to November 4 2018 is the busiest week in the fertility calendar. This week marks national Fertility Week where UK national charities and fertility organisations come together to raise awareness and funds for anyone struggling to conceive
IVF babble will host its inaugural fundraising Pineapple Ball on the evening of Thursday, November 1 at the Science Museum London
Only a handful of tickets remain and we look forward to an evening raising funds to support people who need grants for fertility treatment, with the amazing singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bexter performing and supporting our cause.
FNUK will use the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone to mark the week and events include:
Monday 29 October #Scream4IVF
The charity will reveal the best and worst places to live in the UK if you’re hoping to access NHS IVF and release the latest news about #Scream4IVF – the campaign for fair access to NHS fertility treatment. Help us end the IVF postcode lottery: scream, share and sign our joint online petition at www.scream4IVF.org
Tuesday 30 October #LifeWithoutChildren
How do you move forwards meaningfully when you have not been able to have children? FNUK reveals exclusive research results from Dr Sophia Gameiro of Cardiff University and host two webinars: Lesley Pyne at 7pm talking about her book Finding Joy beyond Childlessness and Dr Sofia Gameiro at 8.30pm discussing practical advice if you have not met your parenthood goals. For further information click here
Wednesday 31 October #FertilityFellas
Fertility is not solely a female issue – men are half the fertility equation too – so it’s time to explode some male fertility myths. Did you know one of the most common reasons for a couple to try IVF is because of male factor problems? Share and tweet our top five male fertility facts.
Thursday 1 November #FertilityAtWork
Do you know your employment rights during fertility treatment? FNUK highlight what people can and should expect from their employer when facing fertility issues and going through treatment. Share and tweet fertility at work facts.
Friday, November 2 #FutureFertility
FNUK focus on fertility education. Do you know your fertility vital statistics? For women, they’re 28:35:42.
28: female fertility is already falling, 35: female fertility plummets, 42: your chance of becoming a biological mother is vanishingly small. Share and tweet our future fertility facts.
IVF babble will be hosting its first #WorldFertilityDay on Friday, 2 November in London
World Fertility Day is about education, empowerment and understanding. IVFbabble.com founders, Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page will host the central UK event at Little Italy, in Soho, London and have invited leading fertility experts in every field across the globe to join them to offer their knowledge.
Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, will also be supporting the event and answering calls.
Whether you’re trying to conceive naturally, considering fertility treatment such as IVF, using donor eggs, sperm or embryos, surrogacy or adoption, nutrition advice and support, there will be someone at the end of the phone who can help you.
You will get the chance to ask experts questions during a series of Q&A sessions throughout the day on social media.
If you would like to join us at Little Italy in Soho, just email on firstname.lastname@example.org! If you are overseas or not close to Soho that day, why not call in on +44 (0) 20 7856 0182 or join us on social media to ask questions to the incredible experts who will be contactable for any questions you may have from 12-5 pm.
Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 The Fertility Show, London
Fertility Week culminates in The Fertility Show at Olympia, London – the biggest and best-attended fertility show in the world. Join us there
How can you get involved in all the great things going on this week
Host a Fertili-tea party
Brew like you’ve never brewed before. Everything seems better after a cup of tea, so we’re asking all tea aficionados to call up friends, family or colleagues, bake a fertility cake or two (let your imagination run wild) and sell tea and cakes to help others. And, yes, we want to see photos of those amazing egg and sperm cakes. For a Fertiliti-tea pack click here
A Fertility Network UK spokeswoman said: “Not being able to have the family you yearn for can be an incredibly isolating experience whatever stage of your fertility journey you are at: considering your future fertility, having fertility treatment, or facing life without children.
“Fertility Week is a chance to challenge the taboos and myths around infertility and raise awareness of the devastating physical, emotional and social impact fertility problems wreak. Together – sharing stories and experiences – we can change perceptions, signpost support and raise funds to help others.”
Share your stories, experiences, blogs and more during the week using the hashtags #YouAreNotAlone #FertilityWeek18 and either #Scream4IVF #LifeWithoutChildren #FertilityFellas #FertilityatWork or #FutureFertility.
On Friday, November 2, World Fertility Day
World Fertility Day will use the hashtags #WorldFertilityDay #Starttheconversation and #breakthesilence when posting your get togethers and lunch events.
Don’t forget to tag @IVFbabble on all your posts so we can see what you guys are up to on this momentous day.