We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to give you amazing access to some of the top fertility experts in their field on World Fertility Day this Friday (November 2)
The day of action will call for people to start a conversation on their own fertility journey, whether you are just starting, very much on the way or having concluded your journey, with or without realising your dream.
The IVF babble team will be based at Little Italy restaurant, 21 Frith Street, in Soho, London from 11am and if you can make it along, we will welcome you with open arms to mark the day.
We have a long list of experts coming along to take part in a series of Instagram and Facebook Q&As, along with several Facebook Live sessions and interviews.
We will also have several telephone lines available for people to ring in to ask questions directly to the experts.
Experts coming along during the day include Dr Carole Gilling-Smith, from the Agora Clinic, Sam Everingham of Families Through Surrogacy, Dr Larisa Corder, This Morning’s resident fertility doctor, Sandra Bateman from the National Fertility Society, chief executive of Fertility Network UK, Aileen Feeny, Vickie Budden, the founder of the Scandinavian Fertility Show, life coach, Sarah Banks, Dr Marc Schriefen from Nijs Geertgen Clinic, representatives from Donor Concierge and Dr Jon Aizpurua from IVF Spain will join us remotely for an Instagram Q&A.
The world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, will join us to take part in some filming for a Japanese documentary on fertility and she will also be there to help with answering the phone lines and talk to our followers.
Below you will find a schedule for the social media Q&A sessions and we want to encourage you to send in questions you may have in advance, if you can’t join us virtually or in person on the day.
IVF babble co-founders, Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page have said they are delighted to welcome along so many prestigious guests to talk to the TTC community.
Tracey said: “We are overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received from the many clinics and fertility organisations for World Fertility Day. Our main aim is to give our followers the access that they need and get the questions they have answered during the social media question and answer sessions. It is shaping up to be an exciting day of action.”
Many World Fertility Day events have also been organised by IVF babble followers around the world
Sara said: “We have been contacted by people across the globe who have said they will be having lunch with their friends and support networks. We knew we had support for the initiative as soon as we told people, but to be told that people as far afield as Australia, India and Kenya will be getting together to break the silence of infertility is quite remarkable.”
The World Fertility Day headquarters for the event will be the Little Italy restaurant, 21 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4RN and doors open at 11.30am.
The list of Social media Q&As on Instagram are as follows and many other wonderful leading experts will be going to be joining us for Facebook live streaming
- Sam Everingham, from Families Through Surrogacy, will take part in a Facebook Q&A on global surrogacy from 11.30am for half an hour.
- Dr Carole Gilling-Smith, of the Agora Clinic, will participate in an Instagram Q&A focusing on the LGBTQ community from 12.30pm to 1pm.
- Dr Jon Aizpurua of IVF Spain will take part in an Instagram Q&A taking questions on IVF in Spain from 1pm to 1.30pm
- The guys from Embryolab will be coming along to support us on the day and we hope to organise a Q&A with them during the day.
- Aileen Feeny, the chief executive of Fertility Network UK is hoping to come along to take part in an Instagram Q&A during the day, with the time to be confirmed.
- Vickie Budden, who is the founder of the Scandinavian Fertility Show, Fertilitetsmessen will be participating in an Instagram Q&A from 2.30pm on fertility in Denmark and her work as a specialist fertility acupuncturist.
- Fertility counsellor, Sandra Bateman from the National Fertility Society will be available to take questions on fertility and your mental health during her half an hour slot at 3pm on Instagram.
- Life coach Sarah Banks is a firm favourite with us here at IVF babble and so it is wonderful she can join us to talk about fertility support during her Facebook Q&A from 3.30pm
- Dr Larisa Corda, ITV’s This Morning will be joining us later in the day to answer any questions you have on anything fertility. We expect this to take place at about 6pm, but look out for further announcements.
If you can’t make it to the World Fertility Day headquarters or access our social media Q&AS, why not give us a call and ask your question.
We have four lines which will go live at 12 noon on Friday. Dial 020 3916 5040 50 41, 42, 43 and 44 to get direct access to any of our fertility experts and ask away.
If you are holding an event, please do make sure you use the hashtags #WorldFertilityDay, #starttheconversation and #breakthesilence tagging @IVFbabble in the post, so we can then share your photos and videos online.
We are asking that if you would like to donate monies to help those struggling with fertility issues, to either send a pledge to World Fertility Day email and we will organise for someone to call you back in the next 48 hours. Or directly with our new charity Babble Giving which we have set up to offer financial grants for fertility treatment, the wonderful Fertility Network UK, Resolve US, Fertility Matters Australia, Fertility Matters Canada.