What a month it has been for the fertility community. November has seen a whole host of events, exhibitions and awareness days during Fertility Network UK’s annual fertility week
IVF babble hosted the first annual World Fertility Day to start a global conversation and this year was the tenth London Fertility Show, which was another resounding success
The first week of November saw Fertility Network UK host Fertility Week, seven days of raising awareness and funds for all things fertility.
They hosted a huge variety of events covering all things fertility, including webinars on life without children, released key facts and figures on male infertility, shared workplace policy on fertility and what you should expect, as well as focusing on fertility in the future and how education can play a part in shaping the next generation.
On Thursday, November 1, IVF babble held its inaugural fundraiser, the Pineapple Ball at the wonderful Science Museum in London.
IVF babble co-founders Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page welcomed 250 industry experts, influencers and celebrities, who enjoyed a champagne reception, a sumptuous three-course gala dinner and danced their way into the early hours all thanks to the amazing singer songwriter, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
On Friday, November 2, IVF babble hosted World Fertility Day
World Fertility Day, an initiative created by IVFbabble, hosted its central UK event at Little Italy in Soho, where they welcomed fertility experts and patients from across the globe to its headquarters for the day.
A series of Instagram Q&As were held and in total more than 200 questions and answers were given by fertility experts – free of charge.
The weekend of November 3 and 4 saw the London Fertility Show welcome thousands of visitors to its tenth event
IVF babble joined forces with the London Fertility Show and Fertility Network UK for this year’s event and launched the Babble Giving Lounge for guests to retreat to a calm place for reflection during their visit.
There were more than 100 exhibitors covering all aspects of fertility treatment and support, as well as a huge range of industry experts taking taking part in the seminar programme.
The new Let’s Talk Fertility stage offered a relaxed and approachable chat forum
It was hosted by Jessica Hepburn, author and co-founder of Fertility Fest, and was opened by Aileen Feeney, chief executive of Fertility Network UK providing an overview for visitors to plan their day.
Throughout both days a series of topical discussions across a diverse range of fertility topics were delivered by experts and specialists encouraging visitors to put forward their questions.
The esteemed panel included Joanne Triggs, head of communications for the HFEA, Kelly da Silva, founder of The Dovecote and Professor Allan Pacey, Head of Andrology at Sheffield University. It also ventured boldly into inspiring patient-led discussions with author, presenter and chef Lisa Faulkner; CNN news anchor, Hannah Vaughan Jones. Also joined by This Morning resident Dr Zoe Williams, author Izzy Judd and Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby.
The ever popular seminar programme covered all the essentials for visitors starting out on their fertility journey
Just some of the talks included Richard Clothier discussing male infertility, Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of CREATE Fertility who discussed natural and mild IVF and Professor Adam Balen, who gave a talk on PCOS.
Managing director, Laura Biggs, said she was delighted with the show
She said: “We are delighted that the show continues to provide a positive environment for visitors to plan in a really informed way their next stage of their fertility journey. We are lucky to have such fantastic support from the industry to be able to deliver this much needed event for patients.
Aileen Feeney, chief executive of leading patient charity Fertility Network UK, said the whole week was a great success
She said: ‘Fertility Network would like to say a massive thank you to all the patients, health professionals and others who helped make Fertility Week 2018 a resounding success. The message #YouAreNotAlone was heard and discussed by so many facing fertility struggles – on national and regional television, radio and print, and across social media as well. We are stronger together.
“A big thank you too to everyone who is supporting #Scream4IVF, our campaign calling for fair access to NHS IVF. We have very nearly reached 100,000 signatures to our online petition at www.scream4IVF.org with IVF babble. With your help we can end the IVF postcode lottery.
“The Fertility Show was a great finale to this year’s Fertility Week. It was wonderful to be able to meet and speak face-to-face with so many couples seeking advice and help along their fertility journey.”
IVF babble co-founders, Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page said they thoroughly enjoyed the week with a personal highlight of watching many dancing the night away to the wonderful Sophie Ellis-Bextor at the Ball which raised much needed funds for both their new charity, Babble Giving and Fertility Network UK.
Tracey said: “We would like to thank everyone who supported our events during Fertility Week. It was amazing to join together with so many wonderful people coming together for the common good.”
“We are already planning next year’s Babble Giving and Fertility Network UK charity ball on 31 October 2019 which we are so excited about.”
“World Fertility Day will be taking place on 1 November 2019 and we would like to thank all those around the world who joined forces with us to go some way towards breaking the silence of fertility across the globe. A special thanks too to Nova IVI Fertility who not only celebrated World Fertility Day in each of their clinics across India, but are continuing the initiative with a World Fertility month, which has received an incredible response.”
“This year’s Fertility Show London was a fantastic success with such wonderful feedback. With the addition of the Babble Lounge, IVF babble are looking forward to it being a permanent feature for the Manchester and London shows in 2019 too.”
The Fertility Show re-opens in Manchester, March 23 and 24 2019 and then back in London in November 2019. Ticket sales will be open from the first week in January for the Manchester show.
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