2018 was always going to be a busy year for IVF babble and the fertility world with it being the 40th year of IVF and celebrating the incredible Louise Brown’s birthday, but we could never have imagined how amazing it was to be
The co-founders Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page have had a busy year supporting the fertility community by travelling the world visiting different expos, shows and exhibitions to raise awareness, break the silence of infertility and report back to the IVFbabble community with the latest in fertility treatment.
There have been many highlights throughout the year
With two of the most memorable being the work Tracey and Sara have done to create a fertility campaign with their pineapple pins which has crossed continents and also, in partnership with clinics across the globe, to offer our loyal followers 15 free IVF cycles.
The pair decided to start this initiative following the decision by many of the UK Clinical Commissioning Groups to reduce or cut completely IVF provision for many, implementing several strict criteria, making it out of reach for most.
They launched a petition joined by Fertility Network UK and their fantastic scream4ivf campaign to highlight the unfair access to free IVF treatment in the UK
Incredibly, with your amazing help, we have reached over 100k signatures and will be delivering the petition together with FNUK to No 10 Downing Street on 14 January 2019.
They have also held a series of #ttc lunches, visited Chicago to attend the wonderful MRSi, Barcelona for ESHRE, Copenhagen for Fertilitetsmessen, Spain for a clinic visit to IVF Spain, ASRM in Denver along with much more and there are several trips booked already for next year, including clinic visits to India, Greece, Canada, USA, Bulgaria, Spain in the first couple of months of 2019.
Two other huge highlights of 2018 were the inaugural Pineapple Ball to mark the launch of IVF babble’s charity, Babble Giving and the first ever World Fertility Day, created by IVFbabble founders. They hosted the central UK event in London, during national fertility week in November. and were joined by many other countries joining together to raise awareness and going some way towards breaking the taboo.
The Pineapple Ball was a year in the making
It culminated in 300 of the fertility industry’s most influential gathering at the London Science Museum on November 1 to watch the brilliant Sophie Ellis Bextor perform live. Dr Zoe Williams was an incredible host and the fantastic Louise Brown and Mike McNamee, of Bourn Hall, celebrated the legacy of Steptoe and Edwards in their wonderful speeches. All followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner and auction raising funds for Babble Giving and Fertility Network UK.
The following day World Fertility Day was held in London, attended by a whole host of fertility experts, visitors and the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, who was being filmed for a Japanese television show on fertility.
During the day we hosted several Instagram Q&A sessions with industry experts, who gave their time for free to answer hundreds of questions on fertility and trying to conceive.
The London Fertility Show saw us host our first Babble Lounge, where visitors could spend time reflecting on their visit to the show and meet us and our ambassadors who were on hand to offer a supporting hand to hold and a listening ear.
The Babble Lounge will be replicated at the Manchester Fertility Show in March, one of several shows we will be attending in 2019.
The whole team are looking forward to next year and what 2019 will have to offer
Sara said: “2018 has been an incredible year for IVF babble and the fertility community. Our readership and following has grown incredibly over the year and we are humbled by the amazing people finding solace in what can be such an isolated space for so many. We know, because we were so there ourselves.
“We would like to thank each and every one of you who has subscribed, liked, shared, followed or been touched by what we’re doing and so dedicated to breaking the silence and educating the young too about their future fertility. We are here for you and want to build on those amazing relationships going forward, inspiring each other. Sending you so much love, festive greetings and an amazing New Year filled with everything you wish for.”
Tracey echoed those sentiments. “We need to take a moment and reflect on what a fantastic year 2018 has been. We cannot get over how supported we have been by people behind the scenes, including clinics, fertility bloggers, industry experts, charities and organisations connected to us. If it wasn’t for their generosity of spirit, we would not be able to offer the free IVF cycles and support we have on such a grand scale.
Also an incredible thank you to the wonderful Louise Brown who has been so generous with her time and for breaking her 40th birthday celebrations on 25th July to help us in choosing the winners of our first free IVF draw.
“We are so looking forward to 2019 with immense excitement and plans are being put in place to smash all the targets we set ourselves in 2018 to break the silence. It is going to be a phenomenal 12 months and we have some exciting plans in place. So, have a wonderfully restful festive period and we look forward to joining together with you to break the silence even more so next year.”
The first exciting event for 2019 is the announcement of the winners of the ten free IVF cycles that are currently on offer to our followers. To find out more or to enter click here